On Thursday, Stanford released the results of its Campus Climate Survey, administered confidentially online in spring 2015. According to the survey, 1.9 percent of respondents have experienced sexual assault, as defined in the University policy, since starting their degree programs at Stanford, and 14.2 percent have experienced another form of misconduct.
According to a statement released earlier today, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) has now indefinitely lost its on-campus house — among other privileges — due to another investigation related to the fraternity’s compliance with its current alcohol and social suspension.
The Task Force’s achievement of pushing through the inertia and presenting a comprehensive proposal is no small feat, but it’s also far from the end of the road. The next step is implementation, and, more importantly, research to understand how we can design the policies to reflect the standards we expect as members of the Stanford community.
On Wednesday, the Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices recommended making expulsion the expected sanction for students who have violated University policy on sexual assault and removing undergraduates from the panels that will adjudicate those cases.
A recent uptick in reports of academic dishonesty during Winter Quarter prompted an all-faculty email from Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D ’82. In the email, Etchemendy cited a large, introductory course, where as many as 20 percent of students are suspected of violating the Honor Code. According to sources familiar with the situation, the emailed referred to CS106A and B.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were several traffic accidents related to last Monday’s demonstration, some of which involved property damage and minor injuries.
First, the ARP does allow students the opportunity to challenge reviewers. Students are provided with the names of their case reviewers in advance of their hearing. If a student objects to the presence of particular reviewers on his or her panel, and can demonstrate good cause for removing those reviewers, substitutions will be made. Second, due process requires that a student charged with a violation of the Fundamental Standard or any other Stanford policy receive notice of the nature of the charge against him or her, and the opportunity to respond to the charge.
One extra point—seeking that extra point to improve a grade is often all it takes for a student to exhibit a case of academic dishonesty and violate the Honor Code in classes using clickers.