These resources offer the option to file a complaint. In most cases, the decision to proceed is yours. However, in rare circumstances (e.g., where your and/or University community safety is a concern), the University may be obligated to investigate, even if you may not be ready. This would be discussed with you in advance, and the University would ensure that you have support throughout the process.
The SHARE Title IX Office oversees education & response efforts across campus regarding Prohibited Sexual Conduct (see Admin Guide 1.7.1). The SHARE Title IX Office will reach out to those impacted to offer resources and the option to explore possible next steps. This office investigates complaints involving students and administers the formal disciplinary process. The SHARE Title IX Office provides supportive measures, informal interventions, and implements final administrative remedies for matters having gone through the Title IX Procedure, the SHARE Hearing Procedure, and the SHARE Investigation Procedure.
Interim-Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity Investigations at Stanford University
Stanford’s 2020 Sexual Harassment/Assault Policies & Pilot Procedures
In 2020, Stanford developed new sexual harassment and assault policies and pilot procedures to comply with federal regulations issued on May 6, 2020 by the Department of Education. Stanford Administrative Guide 1.7.1 defines what conduct is expected of all Stanford community members, including conduct that the federal government has defined as Title IX prohibited conduct, as well as conduct that the federal government did not address but Stanford chose to prohibit. Stanford also developed three procedures that describe the manner in which Stanford investigates and adjudicates alleged violations of Administrative Guide 1.7.1 – the Title IX Procedure (effective August 14, 2020), the SHARE Hearing Procedure, and the SHARE Investigation Procedure. The facts and circumstances of each complaint brought to the SHARE Title IX Office – including the nature of the conduct alleged, the location where it occurred, the date of occurrence, and who is involved – dictates which process applies.
Student leaders developed an infographic explaining the student-related procedures.
Sexual assault, stalking, & relationship violence are crimes. SUDPS can initiate a criminal investigation that is separate from Stanford’s Title IX Procedure. A criminal investigation does not relieve the University of its obligation to respond under Title IX. Both a criminal and a University investigation may proceed simultaneously, and neither process is instigated by the initiation of the other process. The University will assist you in contacting SUDPS or the jurisdiction where an incident took place, at your request.
Emergency line: 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
Business line: 650-723-9633
Non-Confidential Options: Your privacy will be protected to the greatest extent possible; however, they are unable to guarantee confidentiality as they must notify the Title IX Coordinator
What if I don’t want to do anything now?
These resources are available for you throughout your time at Stanford. There’s no right or wrong way to access reporting options. This includes when you choose to do so.