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Statute of Limitations & Jurisdiction

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Charter Amendments adopted January 28, 2008

Statute of Limitations Section II.A.11

To have a charge filed no more than six months after the alleged misconduct occurred or should reasonably have been discovered. In cases involving an alleged hate crime or physical assault, to have a charge filed no more than two years after the alleged misconduct occurred. If compelling new evidence becomes available after these stated times, a case may be charged since a Panel maintains the ultimate authority to dismiss or allow a case.

Jurisdiction

University judicial policy applies year-round to all on campus activities, and to any acts that threaten the safety and integrity of the university community regardless of where such acts occur.

"Any acts that threaten the safety and integrity of the university community regardless of where such acts occur" will be interpreted as those acts meeting each of these criteria:

  1. the act involves an allegation of a serious crime, which, if true, would rise to the level of creating a substantial threat to the safety of the Stanford community;
  2. there is a significant nexus to Stanford, such as the victim is a Stanford student, faculty or staff member; and
  3. the Office of Judicial Affairs will have the ability to conduct a thorough investigation and have access to necessary witnesses and documents.

Note that nothing in this amendment diminishes the university's ability to place an immediate Administrative Hold on an individual student immediately removing the student from campus and suspending all student privileges for reasons relating to the safety or health of the student or the Stanford community or to safeguard the integrity of the institution.