Faculty Flexibility Resources at Stanford

The scenarios outlined within these tabs are fictional representations of situations showcasing how Stanford's flexibility policies may be used to manage specific situations. These scenarios were developed in collaboration with the Stanford WorkLife Office and the School of Medicine Office of Academic Affairs.

Use Case Scenarios

At 2 a.m., Brian, a Clinical Assistant Professor, is awakened by his three-year-old daughter. Sara is crying uncontrollably, holding her ear, and obviously has a fever. After taking care of Sara, Brian lies awake and thinks about his upcoming day. Brian knows that Sara will not be able to attend pre-school in the morning, and he worries about how he will attend a mandatory meeting and meet his clinical responsibilities. His wife is away on a business trip until Friday, and their alternate caregiver is sick herself. Brian wonders how he will arrange care for his sick child until he can be home to take care of her.


  • Faculty Back-up Care Advantage program
  • 24/7 access by internet (login sucares, password 2011), or call 877-BH-CARES (877-242-2737)
  • Applies to child and elder care: childcare in home or in center, eldercare in home
  • Agency coordinates care and notifies user

    For more information about childcare options on and off campus, contact the Stanford Work-Life Office.

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For comprehensive summaries of work-life programs, resources, policies, and assistance policies at Stanford, see here