Community Standards

Acts of Intolerance

The Office for Campus Relations established an Acts of Intolerance Protocol for Faculty, Staff, and Students. It defines “Acts of Intolerance” as the following:

  • Adversely and unfairly targeting an individual or group on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin

The protocol outlines procedures and support for students, faculty and staff if acts of intolerance occur on campus. The full text may be found at the Acts of Intolerance Protocol website.

Anyone who is a victim of, or witnesses an act of, intolerance is encouraged to report it to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 650-725-1808. Acts of intolerance that threaten physical harm or violence should be reported immediately to campus police (9-911).

Information on Reporting Acts of Interolerance

Nondiscrimination Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the University's programs and activities; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

For inquiries regarding this policy, contact the following:

Director of the Diversity and Access Office
Kingscote Gardens
419 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-8230
(650) 723-0755 (voice)
(650) 723-1791 (fax) (email)

Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator, Cathy Glaze, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Kingscote Gardens (2nd floor)
419 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 497-4955 (voice)
(650) 497-9257 (fax) (email)

Sexual Harassment Policy

Stanford University strives to provide a place of work and study that is free of sexual harassment, intimidation or exploitation. If sexual harassment is found to have occurred, the University will act to stop the harassment, and prevent its recurrence. The university will also discipline or take other appropriate action against those responsible. For the full text of the policy, please refer to the Sexual Harassment Policy Office's website.

Sexual Harassment Policy Office

Copyright Policy

Copyright laws protect original works of authorship. They give the owners of copyrights the exclusive right to authorize others to do certain things in regard to a copyrighted work. These things include making copies, distributing the work, displaying or performing the work publicly and creating derivative works.

Copyright laws apply to nearly all forms of captured content, including traditional works such as books, photographs, music, drama and sculpture. The laws also adapt to changes in technologies. They include in their scope modern forms of work such as motion pictures, electronic media, software, multimedia works and some databases.

Unless an exception to the copyright owner’s exclusive rights applies, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner to do any of the following:

  • Copy
  • Distribute
  • Display
  • Perform a copyrighted work in any medium for any purpose

Be especially mindful of copyrighted materials when using the Internet. Just because a work is posted on the Internet does not mean that the owner of the copyright has given you permission to use it. In addition, you should not post materials to the Internet without copyright clearance or share copyrighted materials electronically through peer-to-peer networks.

It is each person’s responsibility to be aware of and abide by copyright law. Violation may result in civil or criminal liability and constitutes grounds for University discipline, up to and including discharge, dismissal and expulsion. Comprehensive guidelines are posted on the Stanford University Libraries' Copyright & Fair Use website.

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Research Policies

Stanford undergraduate researchers must comply with the research policies outlined by the Office of the Dean of Research, which publishes the Stanford Research Policy Handbook. The Office of the Dean of Research maintains web pages with detailed information on all such policies.

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