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Find historical information about the Acts of Intolerance (AOI) Protocol, the former name of Protected Identity Harm Reporting of the process, and more. 

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Acts of Intolerance (AOI) Protocol & Beyond

The Acts of Intolerance (AOI) Protocol, the former name of Protected Identity Harm Reporting, was established in the early 2000s.

Before 2020, it was last reviewed in 2008. In 2020, we started a process to review the protocol to ensure that the needs of the community were met and that the protocol aligns with other changes in policies, best practices, and socio-cultural dynamics in higher education today. As of September 2021, the working group's work was considered complete and many members pivoted to be a part of the Advisory Board.

In September 2020, the website has been updated to incorporate this information for Charges 1 and 2. Charge #3 was deferred for the Fall. Over the course of 2021, the workgroup was charged with the following via work by subgroups:

1. Name, Framing, & Policies 

This subgroup will look at four concepts:

  • Renaming of the AOI process (including whether to rename, the process for renaming, and option(s) for the new name)
  • Data Reporting Process 
  • Purview and management of AOI (including faculty/staff inclusion) 
  • Definitions

2. Student Menu Building

This subgroup will build out the resolution process for students, descriptions and components of each option, including clarifying the university partners, and behind the scenes work. All menu items focus on harm reduction and must be opt in only. 

3. Education & Marketing

This subgroup will determine a strategy on how to educate and market the AOI process to the campus community (student, faculty, staff). There should be strategies about both initial and ongoing outreach, partnerships, workshops, and tools. 

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In the Summer of 2020, under the purview of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, a fall working group was established due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with three charges:

  1. Make recommendations for how acts of intolerance will function in the 2020-2021 academic year including but not limited to:
    • For AOIs that occur off campus where students are living
    • For AOIs that happen online via a Stanford student org but are reported by students living away from campus
    • For AOI reports that are logged by non-enrolled students but who are attending Stanford in the 2020-2021 academic year
  2. Make recommendations for a communications plan for AOI that clearly articulates what AOI is, what will happen when a report is filed and what students can expect.
  3. Recommend where to direct AOI reports filed by faculty and staff.
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Find information about members and working groups that informed our process.