Stanford recognizes that individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence or stalking often want and need a confidential person to talk to who can help them process what has happened, understand the support and resources available to them, and consider their options. Under state and federal law, only certain individuals who have professional status (e.g., mental health professionals and clergy) are in legally protected roles that permit them to guarantee confidentially to those who consult them. A Stanford student may contact the following offices for confidential counseling and support:
Confidential Support Team (24/7)
The Confidential Support Team (CST) offers emotional support, consultation and short-term individual counseling to Stanford students impacted by sexual assault and relationship/domestic violence as well as intimate partner abuse, stalking and sexual harassment. CST is staffed by clinical psychologists and a clinical social worker. At CST you can receive information and guidance about your rights and reporting options. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. There is no charge for Stanford students.
YWCA Rape Crisis Hotline (off campus)
(650) 493-7273 or (408) 287-3000
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is the University’s counseling center available to help undergraduate and graduate students who experience a wide variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. They offer free evaluation and brief counseling, including individual, couples, and group therapy. The CAPS staff can help you address whatever it is that may be of concern to you in a confidential setting.
Office for Religious Life (ORL)
ORL deans are available for confidential discussions regardless of your religion.