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Mental Health Resources at Stanford

The Process

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

PIH Reporting Process Methods

  • The Data Route: A person is solely interested in letting the University know about an incident for data collection purposes. 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 restoration pathway directed towards themselves or a community AND also sharing data. The connection route is targeted towards students. This route includes three steps:
    • Report. Use the form to report an incident.
    • Response. Meet with (a) staff member(s): Discuss issues or concerns 
    • Restoration. Receive guidance and resources to assist in processing the incident and providing solace. 

5 Overall Steps from Reporting to Restoration

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. 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. 
  2. Automated Response Sent. You will receive an automated response from the system. The message includes information about next steps. 
  3. Staff Member Responds. A Student Affairs staff member will review your report and give you 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, unlawful discrimination, 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 Restoration. If a student so chooses, staff will help create resources that provide a sense of restoration. Some examples of restoration include a healing circle for affected community members, an educational workshop, or an established connection to CAPS.


Members of Stanford's communities may learn more about reporting here.

 Pillar details, Encina Hall. Credit: Andrew Brodhead /


Responding to an incident also happens in two different ways.


The restoration part of the process provides solace for individuals or communities. 


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