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Policies & Guidance

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The Stanford community strives to create meaningful change both on campus and in the world. A commitment to integrity permeates all aspects of campus life, and the Office of Community Standards (OCS) supports this mission by upholding two of Stanford's foundational principles: the Fundamental Standard and the Honor Code. Together, these standards articulate the values that unite us and outline the responsibilities that attend the great privilege of being at Stanford. Every member of the Stanford community plays an integral role in espousing these ideals and sustaining our culture of excellence.

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Your role in upholding the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.

Cardinal Rules

  • Promote a culture of personal integrity and academic honesty through your daily actions
  • Speak up if you're unsure whether or not conduct would violate these principles
  • Hold yourself and others accountable to these community values
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Policies & Procedures Important Links

Academic Accommodations & the Honor Code

If the Office of Accessible Education in consultation with the relevant department, determines that a student’s academic accommodation is both reasonable and does not constitute a fundamental alteration of a course, the terms of that accommodation shall not be considered an academic procedure that creates a temptation to violate the Honor Code.

BCA Guidance: Definitions and Clarifications

Here you can explore pages reflecting Board on Conduct Affairs (BCA) guidance regarding various aspects of the Judicial Process.

BCA Guide to the Penalty Code

The following pages reflect Board on Conduct Affairs (BCA) guidance regarding the Student Conduct Penalty Code.

BCA's Interim Honor Code Recommendations

Based on guidance from the 2019 Judicial Charter Committee (C-10) and with the advice of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate, the ASSU Graduate Student Council, and the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, the Board on Conduct Affairs (BCA) adopts the following guidance to promote community ownership of the Honor Code.

Bylaws to Charter

The bylaws to the Student Judicial Charter of 1997 are rules and/or administrative provisions of the Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA) that clarify and facilitate practice under the Charter and allow for efficient internal governance of the BJA.

Student Conduct Penalty Code

Learn more about when different sanctions are typically applied during the Judicial Process, and what the ramifications are for a student.

The Student Judicial Charter of 1997

The Student Judicial Charter of 1997 applies to cases in progress as of May 1, 2023. Read through the student judicial charter's contents.

The Stanford Student Conduct Charter of 2023

The Stanford Student Conduct Charter of 2023 applies to cases filed on May 2, 2023 and after. Read through the student conduct charter's contents.

Student Title IX Process

The Stanford Title IX Office oversees the Stanford Student Title IX Process and offers resources for students affected by interpersonal violence and gender-based discrimination.

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Other Stanford Policies

For your convenience and ease of reference, we have posted links to a number of Stanford University policies that are germane to Stanford's Fundamental Standard and Honor Code.

"There is only one true failure for you and that is not to be true to the best you know." — Jane Stanford

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