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How does it work?

To report an incident of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact, you can speak with the Title IX Office.

Jill Thomas
Title IX Office
Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)
419 Lagunita Drive
(650) 497-4955

You can first save info about what happened in Callisto and bring the downloaded PDF with you to help you make a report in-person.

Many Stanford staff members are Responsible Employees, meaning that they are required to report any allegation of sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator. The following University staff members (including student staff members) are required to disclose unreported incidents; (i) supervisors; (ii) staff within: (a) Residential Education; (b) Vice Provost for Student Affairs; (c) Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; and (d) Vice Provost for Graduate Education; and (iii) faculty and staff who have responsibility for working with students in the following capacities: teaching; advising; coaching or mentoring. 

Please note that student RAs are Responsible Employees. Residence Deans, Graduate Life Deans, and RAs are all trained to listen carefully, provide immediate support, and accompany you to report what happened. If you disclose sexual assault to your RA, they are required to inform the Title IX Coordinator. They can also help you report directly to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Just because a report is provided to the Title IX Office does not mean that you will lose your agency about how you want to respond to the assault.  The Title IX Office works with students to explain formal and informal response options and the Title IX Office takes into the account the requests made by students about how to resolve a matter.  While there are some circumstances that will likely result in investigations, for example, those assaults involving multiple victims or weapons, even then the Title IX Office will work with students so they are supported during the process.

To speak with someone confidentially, contact the Stanford Confidential Support Team at;

  • Crisis Line: (650) 725-9955, 24/7
  • Office Line: (650) 736-6933, M-F 8:30am-5pm
  • Address: Rogers House, 581 Capistrano Way, M-F 8:30am-5pm

You can also speak with any of the counselors at CAPS confidentially, or contact the YWCA Silicon Valley for 24/7 off-campus support.

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What happens after I report?

If you report to a Stanford “Responsible Employee”, they will notify the Title IX Office, who will contact you within two business days of your report.

Reports of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact are directed to the Title IX Office.

Jill Thomas
Title IX Office
Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)
419 Lagunita Drive
(650) 497-4955

You will be contacted by the Title IX Office within two business days of your report to set up a meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • Ensure your safety and determine if you need any interim measures, like housing or academic accommodations
  • Determine whether or not to proceed with an investigation
  • Offer you informal interventions, such as training for an individual or group
  • Inform you of the right to contact the police
  • Talk about available Stanford resources
  • Discuss what to expect next from the Title IX Office

Any campus proceeding will be handled with sensitivity and with respect for privacy.

If you would like to proceed with an investigation, you will meet with a trained Title IX Investigator. You can learn more about investigations below.

Please note that if the incident you are reporting happened before you were a Stanford student, the available options may be different. 

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What is an investigation?

Stanford is obligated to investigate any reports to the best of our ability and to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all. However, if you ask that no investigation be pursued, the Title IX Office will do their best to honor your wishes when possible.

  • Title IX Office Receives Report, contacts the complainant (survivor) with options and resources. The complainant can request an investigation or request to not be involved in an investigation.
  • Title IX Office Investigates, both parties are sent a Notice of Concern, and the Title IX investigator investigates by interviewing parties and witnesses and by collecting relevant documentary evidence. Interim measures can be implemented on a case-by-case basis.
  • Title IX Coordinator Makes Charging Decision, which could be:
    • No Charge and Outcome Letter Issued (dissatisfied parties may appeal)
    • Non-Hearing Resolution and Non-appealable Outcome Letter Issued (requires agreement by both parties)
    • Charge (hearing schedule set and file released to parties)

If a matter is charged by the Title IX Coordinator, it will move into the hearing stage.  The following steps relate to the hearing stage:

  • Evidentiary Review, where an Evidentiary Specialist (outside of Stanford) reviews any objections relating to contents of Hearing File and the involved parties submit statements in response to the Hearing File.
  • Hearing & Deliberation includes three trained panelists reviewing the Hearing File and meeting with parties and witnesses. They deliberate and determine responsibility using preponderance of the evidence standard. Parties are notified of outcome.
  • For Findings of Responsibility, Sanctioning and Remedies are set. Both parties may submit statements about sanctioning. The Hearing Panel determines the disciplinary outcome and the Title IX Coordinator sets ongoing remedies for the safety of the complainant and campus. Both parties receive an outcome letter.
  • Appeal can be requested by either party after the Outcome Letter.
  • Ongoing Management of sanctions and remedies by the Title IX Coordinator is conducted.

Learn more about the investigation & appeals process in the Stanford Title IX Processes.

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Who is involved?

Reports of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact are directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Jill Thomas.

You can report directly to the Title IX Office, or you can tell any Stanford faculty or staff about what happened. They are required to tell the Title IX Coordinator what you tell them, as a part of the Responsible Employee process.

You will not have to interact with the perpetrator. If you choose to be involved in an investigation, you will be interviewed separately. 

Your parents will not be informed unless you tell them. Stanford’s primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. University officials will inform your parents if you request for them to do so, or in a life-threatening situation.

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