March 22, 2019

Stanford’s new home in Redwood City

Yesterday, I joined Provost Drell, Redwood City Mayor Ian Bain, and other leaders from Redwood City, San Mateo County, and Stanford to officially open Stanford’s Redwood City campus. This was a historic moment, marking our first significant footprint outside of the main campus and a strategic investment in Stanford’s future.

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March 21, 2019

An update on the admissions fraud scheme

We are writing to provide a further update to our community on the steps Stanford is taking to respond to the recent admissions fraud scheme. We know that this episode has jarred the trust of many Americans in the college admissions process, and it has prompted many questions from the Stanford community. We are determined to take the right steps at Stanford to ensure the integrity of our process and to work toward rebuilding that trust.

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March 21, 2019

On the ‘free inquiry’ executive order

At Stanford we have had a longstanding commitment to freedom of expression. Universities must foster environments that promote open campus discussion.

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March 15, 2019

Our unwavering support

We write to express our shock and deep sorrow following today’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our profound sympathies and support go out to the families and loved ones of the victims, and to all members of the Muslim community in New Zealand and around the world.

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March 12, 2019

On student mental health and well-being

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Harry J. Elam

Senior Vice Provost for Education
Patricia Gumport

Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs
We write with great sadness to acknowledge the recent deaths of two graduate students, and the sense of loss and grief across our university community. We would like to provide an update on initiatives underway to address the struggles our students face, ranging from the academic and financial to the physical and psychological, and beyond.

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March 12, 2019

The sailing case, and our resolve

Let us be clear: The conduct reported in this case is absolutely contrary to Stanford’s values, and to the norms this university has lived by for decades. Today’s news is a shock exactly because it so clearly violates our institutional expectations for ethical conduct.

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March 7, 2019

In support of our community

As our country works to both advance innovation and protect national security, let us also make sure to reject prejudice and discrimination in all their forms.

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February 17, 2019

This evening's community alert

Persis Drell
The Stanford Department of Public Safety issued a community alert this evening about two reported sexual assaults and an unwanted sexual encounter, possibly an attempted sexual assault, that were reported to have occurred on our campus this weekend. We are distressed to hear these reports, and we hope that the victims will come forward to allow both the university and the police to investigate.

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February 14, 2019

A window into the work of the long-range vision design teams

Persis Drell
I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new video series capturing the work of some of Stanford's long-range vision design teams. Here, in the first of five videos, we focus on IDEAL — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment — which is one of three presidential initiatives designed to help advance our mission and put our values into action on our campus, in our local community, and in the world.

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January 30, 2019

The proposed Title IX regulations

Persis Drell
The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations late last year for how colleges and universities manage Title IX cases. The department has been holding a public comment period that is now closing. At Stanford, we have been reviewing these proposed regulations in detail. Our focus has been on how the regulations would affect our support for students – both complainants and respondents in Title IX cases – and ensure a fair and effective Title IX process.

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