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The Process

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There are two methods of approaching the Protected Identity Harm (PIH) Reporting process. 

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PIH Reporting Process Methods

  • The Data Route: A person is solely interested in letting the University know about an incident for data collection purposes. This can be done anonymously and can be done by anyone in the world. There is one step and that is to report the incident via our form.
  • The Connection Route: A person is interested in getting a response and potential resolution from an administrator directed towards themselves or a community AND sharing data. The connection route is targeted towards students, however, faculty and staff have some options for a response. This route is not anonymous and includes three steps:
    • Report. Use the form to report an incident. You must include your contact information.
    • Response. Meet with (a) staff member(s): Discuss issues or concerns 
    • Resolution. There are a menu of choices, ex: restorative justice, healing circle, mediation to help move towards resolution. This step is only for students. 

Protected Identity Harm Reporting Timeline

5 Overall Steps from Reporting to Resolution

Before you begin the process, we encourage you to assess your concerns. Check out FAQs for more information to give you a sense of considerations for reporting and FAQs. There are resources for students who need to connect with someone immediately.  

  1. Incident Reported. Fill out the Protected Identity Harm Reporting Form if you wish to report an incident. This can be done anonymously.  
  2. Automated Response Sent. You will receive an automated response from the system if you choose to disclose contact information. The message includes information about next steps. 
  3. Staff Member Responds. A Student Affairs staff member will review your report and analyze it to give you a curated response and options for next steps depending on the circumstances and your wishes. It is your choice about what you want to do next. *If the PIH incident reports a hate crime or harassment, appropriate offices will be contacted. 
  4. Meeting Scheduled. If a student so chooses we will schedule an initial meeting with Student Affairs staff and/or campus partners, including graduate student GLO Deans, undergraduate support staff, Centers for Equity, Community and Leadership staff, or others.
  5. Path to Resolution. If a student so chooses the Student Affairs staff managing PIH Reporting will work with campus partners and students to help bring resolution to a case. Some examples include mediated conversations, restorative justice sessions, or Indigenous circle practices.
    • Information is shared with the responding party, if applicable and if the informing party so chooses.
    • If the responding party does not want to participate in this voluntary process, the team of staff (from Step #5) will work with the informing party to develop a resolution that allows them to feel heard and supported.
    • If the incident rises to the level of community harm, the resolution will involve support to the community. 
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Members of Stanford's communities may learn more about reporting here.

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Responding to an incident also happens in two different ways.

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The resolution part of the process only applies to students, either as individuals or as part of a community. 

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We've gathered together our most frequently asked questions in one space for our communities to explore.