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Policies & Protocols

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Stanford University is committed to the safety, health and well-being of the campus community. Here you can access information regarding protected identity harm reporting, involuntary leave of absence, the Stanford Group Accountability Process, Campus Security Authorities, and more.

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Certification Forms

This page describes Stanford’s process for Dean’s Certification, the certification process typically requested for law schools, FIPC, State Boards of Law Examiners, medical/veterinary school, etc.

Clery Act: Your Role as a Campus Security Authority

Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) have a duty to report certain crimes and prohibited sexual conduct.

Death of a Student

The death of a student is a tragedy that has a significant impact on the Stanford community. The University is committed to responding to these situations with compassion for the student and their family; care for friends, staff, and faculty who may be impacted; and timeliness in managing sensitive logistics and administrative processes during a difficult period.

Involuntary Leave of Absence and Return Policy

Stanford University is committed to the safety, health and well-being of the campus community. The University recognizes that students may experience situations that significantly limit their ability to function successfully or safely in their role as students. 

Protected Identity Harm Reporting

We envision a process that will create an environment where students who report harm feel heard and supported. 

Privacy and Confidentiality

Student records and information provided about students to the Dean of Students Office are protected by the educational privacy law known as FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). This is different from the type of confidentiality a student would have when working with a mental health or medical professional, or with an attorney. FERPA also allows staff and faculty within the university to communicate with each other in certain circumstances in order to coordinate support with regard to concerns about students.

James W. Lyons pattern-style portrait, 2024. Image credit: Chuck Painter Background credit: Marje / iStock

James W. Lyons Award

The James W. Lyons Award for Service was established in 1981 and named in honor of the late Jim Lyons who served as Stanford's dean of student affairs from 1972-1990. 

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