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University Commitment

Stanford is committed to providing a campus environment that is free of sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence, intimidation or exploitation. In a society of differing generations, cultures, and backgrounds, what is acceptable behavior to one person may be unacceptable to another. Furthermore, it may be illegal.

Stanford's role

When sexual harassment occurs, the University will act to stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and take appropriate action against those responsible.

Stanford has a range of programs to educate community members on issues of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, provide support in the wake of an incident, encourage reporting, and investigate allegations of misconduct.

Your role

Stanford's Sexual Harassment policy represents a visible sign of the University's commitment. However, full achievement of our goal requires understanding, good will and effort on the part of the entire University community. It is expected that students, faculty, staff, and other individuals covered by the policy will treat one another with respect.

Who is covered by the policy

The policy applies to all students, faculty and staff of the University. It also applies to others who participate in Stanford's programs and activities, both on and off-campus, including overseas programs.


Those who violate the policy are subject to discipline up to and including discharge, expulsion and/or other appropriate sanction or action.

Freedom of expression

Stanford is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Vigorous discussion and debate are fundamental to the University, and the sexual harassment policy is not intended to stifle teaching methods or freedom of expression.
However, sexual harassment is neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom. It compromises the integrity of the University, its tradition of intellectual freedom, and the trust placed in its members.


Under no circumstances will Stanford allow reprisals against a person who in good faith reports or provides information about sexual harassment or behavior that might constitute sexual harassment.

False allegations

Intentionally making a false report or providing false information is grounds for discipline.

Unwanted behavior that is not sexual in nature

Other forms of misconduct could be a violation of Stanford’s Code of Conduct. The Sexual Harassment Policy Office can refer you to appropriate university offices to address these concerns. For help, you may consult with your HR Manager or one of the Stanford Ombudspersons. See our Resource guide for options and details.