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Adhering to Stanford’s Code of Conduct  requires that any suspected violations of applicable standards, policies, laws, or regulations be brought to the attention of the appropriate cognizant office. Reporting would normally be made to the immediate supervisor, instructor, or advisor. In situations where it is not appropriate or comfortable to report to an immediate supervisor, individuals may go to a higher level within the department, program, school, or university.

Obligations and confidentiality

Reporting obligations

There are specific situations mandated by law that require persons who are considered agents of the university to report. Except for University-recognized confidential resources, certain University staff members (including student staff members) with knowledge of unreported concerns relating to Title IX Prohibited Conduct are required to report such allegations to the Title IX Coordinator. These Responsible Employees include supervisors and faculty and staff who have responsibility for working with students in the capacities of teaching, advising, coaching, or mentoring. Reporting by these individuals is required regardless of whether the subject of the Title IX Prohibited Conduct has or has not indicated they will contact the appropriate office.       

Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are staff and faculty with significant responsibilities for student and campus activities. CSAs are required to report certain offenses in accordance with the Clery Act.

Reporting confidentiality

There are select resources that are confidential (see below). The information you share with them is protected by federal and state laws and cannot be shared without your explicit permission. Confidential resources are not required to report to Stanford Title IX and will not share information except in certain circumstances. Those circumstances include: pursuant to a court order or other legal obligation, if they have reason to believe that a student or staff member presents a risk of harm to self or others, or if a minor is being abused. Non-confidential resources treat the information you share with the maximum amount of discretion possible, but are required to report sexual harassment and abuse, allegations of discrimination, minor abuse, and risk to oneself or others, to the appropriate cognizant office.

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can provide additional information and resources on reporting and grievance systems.

University-level reporting options and selected points of support

Reporting is confidential where noted by *

Stanford Title IX

All concerns of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct for faculty, staff, including other teaching titles, postdocs, and students should be reported to Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX office will then triage the concern to the appropriate office (i.e. UHR’s EL&R for staff concerns) if needed.  See also SHARE for additional resources.

Stanford University Diversity and Access Office

For discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other trait or status protected by applicable law.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) *

For a broad range of student services including crisis counseling, individual therapy, medication assessment and management, and group therapy.

Confidential Support Team (CST) *

Free and confidential support to Stanford students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence, including domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, stalking, and sexual or gender-based harassment and discrimination. CST services include brief emotional support and ongoing individual counseling.

Faculty Staff Help Center *

Confidential counseling and other resources for faculty, staff, postdocs and spouses/domestic partners. 

Office of the Ombuds *

Confidential, neutral, and independent resource for faculty, staff, students, and postdocs to listen and help address concerns.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability reporting options and selected points of support

These are non-confidential sources within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability where students, faculty or staff may reach out for support or reporting.

Department Chairs and Program Directors, Student Services teams, Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, and/or faculty advisors are generally the best place to start with a non-confidential concern.  Many issues can be resolved at the local level and appropriate connections or referrals can be made to other appropriate resources.

Sexual Harassment Advisors are available to anyone in the Stanford community who seeks guidance about sexually harassing behavior or information about the University’s policy and procedures. The advisers are authorized to receive complaints. They are non-confidential resources and will treat information discreetly and privately.  

DEI Councils

Council members include students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability DEI Councils are established as a platform for advocacy and partnership-building to address and strengthen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability School community.