Stanford University Develops New Guidelines for Dealing With “Acts of Intolerance” on Campus

Stanford University president John Hennessy recently signed an eight-page protocol document outlining how the university should react to “acts of intolerance” on campus. The new protocol adds intolerance incidents relating to age and gender identity to the previous list that included gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation.

The new policy, formulated by a 24-member committee composed of students, administrators, residence hall officials, and the university’s general counsel, outlines the reporting process for students who have been victimized or who have witnessed acts of intolerance. The protocol also outlines mechanisms for the university to respond to such incidents and for establishing a consultation process to engage students and faculty in addressing such incidents.