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2018-19 Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report

Dear Stanford community,

Today I am releasing the Annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report. You can read the entire report here and you can also find a story in today’s Stanford Report.

The report contains information on how the university responded to reported concerns of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination involving students, faculty, and staff during the period from Sept. 1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019.

The Title IX Report will be among topics discussed tomorrow at a town hall meeting on sexual violence organized by ASSU. The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Building 200-002 and is open to all Stanford community members. I encourage you to attend; I will be there, and I want to hear your thoughts about this very serious issue.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Access prepared the report from data collected by Stanford’s Title IX Office, the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, and Human Resources/Employee Labor and Relations. The data are presented without revealing details about particular cases to respect the privacy of affected individuals.

Earlier this year, we released two other reports that provide data on the prevalence of sexual violence and sexual harassment at Stanford: the AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct and the Annual Safety, Security and Fire Report. Section 4 of the Title IX report contains a comparison chart where you can see what information is included — and what is not included — in each of these reports. Although it is difficult to cross-reference the data from the three reports, it’s clear that we continue to see the prevalence of sexual violence and sexual harassment at Stanford.

The reason we disclose information about the reports we receive and how they are handled is so that we can hold ourselves accountable as a community. It is also my hope that by making surveys and reports visible and accessible we will encourage anyone experiencing unwanted sexual conduct to come forward so that it can be addressed. Information about support and resources can be found at https://sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu.

Our continuing goal is to create a campus culture free of sexual violence, sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Reaching that goal will require the involvement of every member of the campus community. Solutions will come from multiple sources and at many levels — from the institution, schools and programs to offices, organizations and individuals.

I hope you will take some time to review the report and the Stanford Report story. As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Persis Drell
(she/her)