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Policy Statements

Stanford Non-Discrimination Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the University's programs and activities; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy: Director of the Diversity and Access Office, Mariposa House, 585 Capistrano Way, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-8230; (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1216 (TTY), (650) 723-1791 (fax), (email).

Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence: 450 Serra Mall, Building 160, Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 497-4955 (voice), (650) 497-9257 (fax), (email).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

The Title IX Coordinator serves as a resource to review allegations of prohibited conduct and may provide interim accommodations relating to housing, academics, or no-contact letters while a matter is being reviewed. When prohibited conduct has been confirmed by a preponderance of the evidence, the Title IX Coordinator will provide long term accommodations and services to students to address the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Title IX Student Policy provides the grievance procedure and appeal mechanism to review the University's actions relating to a Title IX concern involving Prohibited Conduct. The Title IX contact information is; (650) 497-4955 (voice). See also Administrative Guide Memos 2.1.2 Recruiting and Hiring of Regular Staff1.7.1 Sexual Harassment1.7.2, Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships, and 1.7.3, Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault.

Domestic Partners Policy

In October 1990, Stanford University adopted a domestic partners policy. This policy, which implements the University's nondiscrimination policy, makes services that have historically been available to married students available on an equal basis to students with same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partners. These services include access to student housing, a courtesy card that provides access to University facilities, and the ability to purchase medical care at Vaden Health Service. A domestic partnership is defined as an established long-term partnership with an exclusive mutual commitment in which the partners share the necessities of life and ongoing responsibility for their common welfare.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)/Section 504 Grievance Procedure (Student)

For information more generally concerning policies and procedures for students with disabilities, see the Diversity & Access Office web site, or the ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer, Diversity and Access Office, Mariposa House, 585 Capistrano Way, Stanford University, Stanford CA, 94305-8230, (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1216 (TTY), (650) 723-1791 (fax), (email); see also the Office for Accessible Education (OAE) web site.


Stanford University, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA; as amended 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), does not discriminate on the basis of disability in administration of its education-related programs and activities, and has an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for disabled students who are otherwise qualified.

Students who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, or have been denied access to services or accommodations required by law, have the right to use the grievance procedure outlined in the Stanford Bulletin.

Compliance Officers

Stanford University's Compliance Officers are responsible for administering this grievance procedure as well as ensuring compliance with applicable laws. The Director of the Diversity and Access Office is the designated ADA / Section 504 Compliance Officer. That office is located in the Mariposa House, 585 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8230, 650-725-0326 (Voice), 650-723-1216 (TTY), 650-723-1791 (Fax), email:

Additional Compliance Officers may be designated from time to time by the Provost from those faculty and staff members knowledgeable concerning disability issues and the legal mandates of state and federal disability statutes.


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001. In addition, certain programs of the University have specialized accreditation. For information, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Campus Safety and Criminal Statistics

Stanford University complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. A copy of Stanford's policies and statistics under this act are posted on the Department of Public Safety web site. A paper copy can be obtained by calling the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650) 723-9633.