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Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying
Employment Law in California

Confidentiality for a Potential Title IX Claim is Not Guaranteed

By Timothy Broderick, Attorney at Broderick Saleen Law Firm

If a victim of sexual harassment at a university such as Stanford requests confidentiality in making a report of sexual harassment, the university will give “serious consideration” to the request.

The policy at Stanford is that only in rare circumstances will the university proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the impacted victim. Although the university will seek to honor the request of the impacted victim to maintain confidentiality and not to proceed to a Title IX investigation, the university and the Title IX coordinator reserve the right to pursue the alleged perpetrator, particularly when there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct. Stanford will also consider the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the impacted victim or other person in the university community.

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