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AAU 2019 Survey on Sexual Assault and Harassment at Stanford

On October 15, 2019, the Association of American Universities (AAU) released the results of its 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct. A total of 181,752 students from 33 colleges and universities completed the survey.

The survey was administered to Stanford undergraduate and graduate students from April 9 to May 10, 2019 at the recommendation of an advisory committee of Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Sixty-two percent of all Stanford students participated in the survey. This response rate is significantly higher than the AAU 33 school average, which was 22 percent.

AAU partnered with Westat, a leading social science research firm, to design and administer the survey.

This survey is an important tool for the university to measure the prevalence of sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual violence at Stanford, as well as measure student perceptions of Stanford’s climate around these issues. The results of this survey will be used to assess current programs and to shape future policies to encourage a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory environment on campus.

Content Note

This report discusses sexual assault, sexual harassment and relationship violence. We feel that it is important to share survey information with our community. Reading this report might remind you of experiences that you or someone close to you has gone through. Please decide for yourself how to engage with this information and seek support if you are distressed. If you would like to talk to someone confidentially about questions or concerns, please contact one of the following resources.

Confidential Resources for Students

  • Stanford Confidential Support Team – 650-736-6933 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F) or 650-725-9955 (24/7 urgent)
  • YWCA Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Line – 1-800-572-2782 (not affiliated with Stanford)
  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) – 650-723-3785

Confidential Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty Staff Help Center – 650-723-4577
  • YWCA Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Line – 1-800-572-2782 (not affiliated with Stanford)

Non-Confidential Resources and Reporting

  • Stanford Title IX Office – 650-497-4955
  • SARA (Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response) – 650-725-1056
  • SHPO (Sexual Harassment Policy Office) — 650.724.2120