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Code of Conduct

Digital Engagement
All Stanford constituents are expected to comport themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner in connection with any activity, communication, or digital offering. We welcome all viewpoints as long as the mode of discussion is one of respectful discourse. Communications that defame or threaten others or are bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive are not acceptable. In keeping with the university’s Code of Conduct, Stanford reserves the right to warn, suspend or ban any person from access to constituent resources and events whose behavior does not uphold the values of respect, integrity, honesty, and fairness. Statements or postings which violate the aforementioned terms will be deleted upon discovery.

Prohibited conduct includes:

  • Posting content that defames, abuses or threatens others
  • Posting harassing materials (such as racially or sexually charged material)
  • Posting statements that are off-topic, bigoted, hateful or racially offensive, or that promote bigoted, hateful or racially offensive behavior
  • Posting content that advocates illegal activity
  • Posting content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets. When quoting copyrighted material, please adhere to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fair Use Guidelines
  • Posting material that contains obscene language or images, including on personal profile and banner images
  • Posting images of minors without parental consent
  • Posting spam, advertisements or any form of commercial solicitation
  • Posting material that promotes business, commercial or special interests, such as fundraising initiatives, and offering services or expertise
  • Posting job opportunities
  • Posting factually erroneous information or “disinformation”
  • Posting political ads or solicitation of support for any political candidate
  • Posting anything that violates Stanford University’s Code of Ethics

You are expected to adhere to the following aspects of Stanford’s Code of Conduct for ethical and professional standards of behavior. Central to this code is the principle of treating others with respect, integrity, honesty, and fairness. We are individually and collectively accountable for our behavior.

Integrity and Quality
Conduct university business transactions with the utmost honesty, accuracy, and fairness. Expediency should never compromise integrity.

Respect for Others
Treat each university community member fairly and with respect and embrace diversity and inclusion.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Information Security
Obtain and use only information pertinent to the university activity for which it was intended.

Copyrighted material, including without limitation software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video, and musical recordings, may not be placed on digital offerings without the express permission of the owner of the copyright of the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material. Any person posting material protected by copyright for the benefit of any third-party represents and warrants consent or permission has been obtained to post such materials. Although Stanford does not screen or monitor content posted by users to digital offerings, Stanford reserves the right to remove content that violates the above rules of which it becomes aware.

You may not attempt to use or distribute tools designed for compromising security or take any action to compromise the security of this site. Examples of these tools include but are not limited to password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools. You may not "flood" or disrupt the digital offerings through any means or process.

You may not copy, scrape, download, export or otherwise capture any data obtained in the digital offerings and/or store it outside of the system, e.g., in a separate spreadsheet, email list, database, or other external repository.

If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your Stanford User account, you agree to notify Stanford by telephone at (866) 543-0243 Toll-free, (650) 724-0627 International, email at or in writing at the address below:

Stanford Alumni Association
Attn: Online Services Accounts
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA, 94305

Event and Program Participants
By registering for any Stanford activity, you agree to comport yourself in a respectful and appropriate manner. In keeping with the university’s code of conduct, Stanford reserves the right to dismiss any person from this event or program whose behavior does not uphold the values of respect, integrity, honesty, and fairness.