After reading about Stanford’s reaction to the college admissions scandal in your newspaper, I have come to the unhappy conclusion that the Stanford administration is entirely missing the point.
The Office of Community Standards (OCS) saw 207 total cases — 180 of which were honor code cases — in the 2017-2018 school year, presenters told the Faculty Senate at Thursday’s meeting.
At the 12th meeting of the 20th Undergraduate Senate, Senators passed a resolution to instate a new program to replace Cardinal Conversations.
On Oct. 2, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) reintroduced the goals for its cabinet positions this year, with one of the positions being the newly created ASSU Director of Academic Freedom. Among the position’s stated goals is to work with University administration to ensure free exchange of ideas while making sure speakers invited by student groups uphold the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.
The personal information of 341 freshmen was publicly accessible for more than one month on incoming sophomore class president Brian Chan’s ’21 personal GitHub account.
In its penultimate meeting, the 19th Undergraduate Senate introduced a bill that would give Senators the power to financially penalize student groups that invite guests perceived to be in violation of the Fundamental Standard, a University statement guiding student conduct since 1896.
On Feb. 18, Stanford’s Board of Judicial Affairs declined to add military affiliation to the list of identities — including race, gender, socioeconomic status and more — explicitly protected under the Fundamental Standard. The University decision followed a request for the change nearly six months prior by Adam Behrendt ’19, president of the Stanford Undergraduate Veteran Association.
Some students and their advisors say the Office of Community Standards’ process for resolving misconduct allegations can be unnecessarily burdensome and still must do more to protect students’ rights. Meanwhile, judicial panelists say they lack the training to rule confidently in specialized cases.