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Anti-Retaliation Policy

Stanford policy prohibits retaliation against an individual who in good faith reports or provides information about concerns or suspected violations. Retaliation is an adverse action taken because an individual has made a report or has participated in an investigation.

An adverse action is any action that materially affects that individual's standing or terms and conditions of employment. False accusations made with the intent of harming or retaliating against another person may subject the accuser to disciplinary action. 

For more information, please see Administrative Guide Memo: 1.1.2: Non-Retaliation Policy.

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Ethics and Compliance Helpline Process 

Helpline Process



Report a Concern

The Ethics and Compliance Helpline is a resource for the Stanford Community to raise questions or concerns. Stanford encourages everyone to speak up – if you see something, say something!

Review + Assess

Every concern is taken seriously, evaluated carefully, and referred to an investigative unit, if warranted. The O­ffice of Ethics & Compliance will acknowledge receipt of your report.

Inquire + Investigate

The investigative unit will conduct an inquiry or if necessary, a full investigation. The Off­ice of Ethics & Compliance will track the investigation until completion.


Upon completion of an inquiry or investigation, a conclusion will be reached about whether a violation occurred. Stanford will take any appropriate action to address the concern.


The Off­ice and Ethics & Compliance will notify you when the matter has concluded.