These university policies address sexual harassment, prohibited sexual conduct, Title IX, and consensual romantic or sexual relationships at Stanford. Collectively, the policies apply to all students, faculty, staff, and others who participate in Stanford’s programs and activities. One or more of these policies may apply to your concern.
Where sexual harassment has occurred, the University will act to stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and discipline or take other appropriate action against those responsible.
The Sexual Harassment Policy includes the following sections:
This policy went into effect in 1993. It is subject to periodic review, and has been amended as needed to remain relevant and timely.
In addition to defining terms relating to Prohibited Sexual Conduct, sections of this Memo cover
According to the Office for Civil Rights, sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will, or where a person is incapable of giving consent. Examples of acts of sexual violence include:
In addition to University disciplinary actions, someone who engages in Prohibited Sexual Conduct may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation.
The next two documents address Stanford University’s responsibilities under the Title IX statute and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Together, these prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender in federally-funded educational programs and activities, and require that universities have procedures in place to be able to respond when such discrimination occurs.
The Title IX administrative process covers student-related concerns of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual misconduct, dating violence or domestic violence and stalking when the responding party is a faculty, staff or a third party.
The Title IX Investigation and Hearing process covers student-related concerns of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual misconduct, dating violence or domestic violence and stalking when the responding party is a Stanford student.