Established back in 1891, Stanford University now has a student enrollment that exceeds 16,000. Among the institution's Guiding Principles is a commitment to “inclusion” throughout its educational community. To further this goal, the University maintains compliant with the federal Title IX guidelines and requirements, which were established in 1972 to address concerns related to sexually-based discrimination in education.
Advantage of Having an Attorney in the Support (Advisor) Role
All parties may select an advisor or support person that may accompany them amid Title IX proceedings. An attorney that is familiar with the area of practice is well-suited to accurately interpret the policies and provisions of the institution. Your attorney may also be a tremendous asset for your preparation to ensure you deliver concise statements and effectively respond to questions.
Title IX Coordinator and Options for Filing Complaints at Stanford
The Title IX Coordinator is located in the Division of Institutional Equity & Access on the second floor of Kingscote Gardens. Others who support these efforts include a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Outreach and Student Resources Manager. Those who wish to submit a complaint anonymously may do so using Callisto, which is an online reporting platform.
Resolution Without a Hearing
A potential “alternative” or “informal” process of resolution may be considered based on the circumstances. Both parties must agree to pursue this option, which does not involve a formal hearing. This is not an appropriate solution for cases involving serious allegations such as sexual assault.
Hearing Panel and Deliberations
The Title IX Coordinator will gather evidence in an investigation that will include interviewing witnesses. The parties are permitted to submit a list of witnesses that may be considered. If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the evidence is sufficient, the parties may be summoned to a hearing. These proceedings are heard by a trained panel of three individuals selected at the discretion of the Provost.
Parties are permitted to issue statements during the hearing. The panel members will typically direct questions to the parties and witnesses.
The allegations are evaluating using a preponderance of the evidence standard. The panel will deliberate to reach a decision and issue an Outcome Letter. If the allegations are proven, the responding party is likely to be suspended or dismissed from the school.
Right to Appeal a Ruling
Those who wish to appeal a decision must generally notify the administration within 10 days. Appeals must be submitted in writing and may not exceed 6,000 words. An Appeal Officer is appointed from the same pool of candidates that are eligible for hearings.
Those who are pursuing an appeal are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from an attorney. This will better ensure that the procedural guidelines are interpreted and that the document submitted is effective.
Representation for Students in Title IX Disciplinary Actions at Stanford University
College or university students that have been accused of committing acts of sexual misconduct may face sanctions that can suddenly and permanently disrupt their future. Attorney Joseph D. Lento will work to defend students and ensure their rights are protected. Contact the office for more information at (888) 535-3686.