Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Campus Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Mental Health Resources
  2. Basic Needs and Financial Resources List
  3. Sexual Violence Resources
  4. Disability Resources
  5. LGBTQ+ Student Resources
  6. Academic Resources
  7. Resource Centers
  8. Diversity and Equity Resources
  9. Financial Resources
  10. University Policies
  11. Harassment Guide

Mental Health Resources 

CAPS: Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services 

CAPS is Stanford’s counseling service, run through Vaden Health. The team of professional psychologists can provide a variety of resources: Crisis support, medication and mental consultations, care management consultation and treatment planning, referral assistance, workshops and events, and coaching support services, among others. The demand for CAPS is high, so it can sometimes be difficult to get non-crisis support immediately. For a guide on how to navigate CAPS, click here.

Hours of operation:

24/7 for urgent support

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

Contact: caps.stanford.edu 


Enrollment status necessary to access: urgent support is given regardless of location;

Financial: Most services are free for students who have paid the Health Fee. For a complete breakdown of fees, click here.

Keywords: professional; mental health; counseling; crisis support; therapy; medication 

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center

An anonymous, student run service. Trained peer counselors offer short term support in most areas; they can’t diagnose or give you formal advice, but will work with you to develop a “game plan,” refer you to other campus resources, and will listen as long as you want to talk. 

Hours of operation: 

24/7 phone service

9:00 am – midnight walk-ins

COVID Zoom Hours: 3:00 pm – midnight (PST)

Contact: thebridge.stanford.edu 


    Currently operating over Zoom – visit their website for more information.

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: anonymous; mental health; counseling; crisis support 

Weiland Health Initiative

Promotes mental health and wellness for the entire spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations through education, training, and clinical services.

Hours of operation: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (PST)

Contact: https://weiland.stanford.edu/


   [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: Full-time; Flex term

Financial: Free

Keywords: professional; mental health; counseling; crisis support; gender affirming ; queer

Stanford Health Library

Meditation and mindfulness resources, research librarians to ask questions (for Stanford and non-Stanford community members!), health-related lectures, diagnostic tools.

Hours of operation: Currently closed, call or email to receive information or visit their website

Contact: “Ask-Us” form can be found here

         Online resources here

         Phone: 1 (800) 295-5177

         Email: [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: Open to the public

Financial: Free

Keywords: Physical and mental health resources, meditation and mindfulness, lectures about health and wellness

Vaden Well-Being

The mission of Well-Being at Stanford is to empower individuals and communities to flourish through education, connection and positive culture change. They offer non-therapy support to students in and out of California, including life-coaching and other events and groups.

Hours of operation: M-F, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (PST)

Contact: 650-723-0821

    [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: 

Financial: Limited free services, others paid, financial aid available

Keywords: Coaching, outreach, training and consulting, red folder

Graduate Life Office (GLO) Resource Finder

Graduate resources regarding mental health, housing, family planning, food, and academics. From the GLO office: “Our specialty is helping graduate students, and we are here to help you navigate the issues, challenges and complications that are an inevitable part of life. The Graduate Life Office (GLO) can assist with a variety of situations including, but not limited to personal issues, roommate problems, family and health concerns, academic challenges, and financial difficulties. We can also help you with practical questions about life on campus and in the local community. We know about support services across campus and can refer you to the staff or office best suited to address your needs. Some problems or concerns can benefit from professional counseling and we can help you determine if seeking professional advice is right for you. Counselors at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Vaden Health Center advise students about their individual needs. The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) offers consultation, resources and education related to sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence and stalking.”

Hours of operation: Varies, accessible 24/7


For Immediate Assistance:

If you are in a crisis and need immediate assistance, the GLO deans are accessible 24/7 through text or call. You will be contacted directly by return call.

— Text the GLO pager at [email protected]. Include your name and reason for paging in the message.

— Call the GLO pager at 650-723-7288. You will reach a Stanford operator. Provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.

Make an Appointment:


Enrollment status necessary to access: Any 

Financial: Free

Keywords: Graduate student, family, mental health, academics, resources

GLO Pager

Hotline for Stanford graduate students in crisis or who need immediate assistance. Text the GLO pager at [email protected] with your name and reason for paging. Or, call the GLO pager at 650-723-7288. You will reach a Stanford operator. Provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call. More on GLO services above.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: 650-723-7288, provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call

   [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: Graduate students

Financial: Free

Keywords: Quick help; graduate students; crisis

Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)

A resource to support and educate the Stanford community throughout their spiritual journeys. The ORL is also a confidential resource for people struggling with any variety of issues, especially grief, regardless of spiritual or religious background or beliefs.

Hours of operation: M-F, 9am-5pm PST

Contact: (650) 723-1762,

    [email protected], https://orsl.stanford.edu 

Enrollment status necessary to access: 

Financial: Varies, meeting with an ORL staff member is free but some services are paid

Keywords: Religion, confidential, grief support

Stanford Mental Health Outreach (SMHO)

Stanford Mental Health Outreach is a student organization whose aim is to destigmatize mental health and the conversations surrounding it at Stanford.

Hours of operation: Varying 

Contact: Abigail Graber [email protected] (president); 


Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Club, peer, outreach, activism, community

SHARE Office

Addresses and serves Stanford students with concerns regarding sexual harassment and abuse or other relationship and gender-based concerns. Contains several teams, including the Title IX office and an educational team.

Hours of operation: Varying, see Calendly links below

Contact: 650-725-1056

    [email protected] 

   Calendly links for meetings are here

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Sexual assault, relationship abuse, gender discrimination, advice, reporting, professional

Confidential Support Team (CST)

A professional, legally confidential resource without reporting requirements; specializes in sexual assault and relationship abuse response, but is helpful for other issues as well.

Hours of operation: 8:30am-5:00pm M-F (PST)

Contact: 650-736-6933

    650-725-9955 for urgent support (24/7 hotline)

   Website: https://vaden.stanford.edu/cst/how-to-connect 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Dependent on which service you would like to access. For more information, click here. For crisis response, any enrollment status is welcomed.

Financial: Free

Keywords: confidential, sexual assault, relationship abuse, therapy, professional, counseling

Queer Student Resources (QSR)

Community center for LGBTQ+ students; runs affinity groups, programming, and other resources around gender and sexual identity. Also offers the QT Umbrella Assistance Fund, which can help LGBTQIA+ students access gender and sexuality affirming mental health and medical care.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://queer.stanford.edu/


    (650) -725-4222

   [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: Enrolled or Flex

Financial: Free

Keywords: gender; sexual identity; community; LGBTQ+

Stanford Recreation & Wellness

Physical education, wellness classes, organized sports and recovery/physical therapy resources.

Hours of operation: Varies 


Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) Front Desk: (650) 498-0765

AOERC Fitness Desk: (650) 498-0761

AOERC Climbing Wall: (650) 736-7768

AOERC Outdoor Center: (650) 736-7768

Avery Recreation Pool: (650) 498-0756

Avery Aquatic Center: (650) 498-0756

Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR) Front Desk: (650) 724-9872

ACSR Fitness Desk: (650) 725-5622

Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC: (650) 926-3313

Stanford Redwood City Recreation & Wellness Center: (650) 497-1265

Enrollment status necessary to access: Enrolled or Flex

Financial: Free, some paid classes, financial aid available

Keywords: Sports, physical education, wellness classes; physical health

Hillel@Stanford Brief Therapy Program

Free coaching/counseling for 5 or fewer sessions dealing with issues including self-motivation, career trajectory, personal relationships, and more, with the Brief Therapy Center of Palo Alto. (This is not exclusive to the Jewish community!)

Hours of operation: Varying, book an appointment using Calendly 

Contact: https://www.brieftherapycenter.org/about/brief-therapy-center 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free for 5 sessions

Keywords: counseling, confidential, free, motivation, relationships, career, professional

Hillel@Stanford Ruach Spiritual Counseling

Short-term support for immediate emotional and spiritual needs. The service is inclusive and accessible for people from any or no denominational or religious background.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: [email protected], sign up here

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Religion, counseling, coaching, spirituality, professional

First-Gen Low-Income Partnership (FLIP)

FLIP is the student resource and community group for first-gen, low-income students at Stanford.

Hours of operation: Email-only

Contact: [email protected]

    Mailing list https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/we_the_flip 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: first generation, low-income, community group, FLI

Office of Accessible Education (OAE)

The Office of Accessible Education can help advocate for students with disabilities in and out of the classroom. They can’t provide diagnoses, but can help students arrange for accommodations in classes.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Contact: Website: http://oae.stanford.edu 

     Email Address: [email protected] 

Phone Number: 650 – 723 – 1066 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: disability; academic support; accessibility; professional

Women’s Community Center (WCC)

Community center for women on campus; can help connect with other resources and support systems, has conference spaces.

Hours of operation: Varying, events are held across time zones

Contact: COVID-specific website: https://stanfordwcc.weebly.com/ 

   Email:  [email protected]

    Mailing list:  mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/wcc-announce 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Women, nonbinary, gender, community group

Office for Inclusion, Belonging, and Intergroup Communication

Stanford University’s Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication (IBIC) works “to build communication and understanding across differences. Our programs include curricular and co-curricular courses, educational workshops, training and consulting.”

Hours of operation: Space currently closed, online programming still happening (timing varies)

Contact: Website accessible here

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Difference, diversity, FLI, interpersonal conflict

ASSU Legal Counseling Office

Free legal advice to Stanford students and their partners about accidents, divorce, landlords, and more.

Hours of operation: Varying, send an email to make an appointment

Contact: (650) 375-2481

     [email protected]

     Old Union Suite 103 (currently closed)

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any affiliation with Stanford (spouse is OK too)

Financial: Free

Keywords: legal, domestic abuse, rent, landlord, lawsuit, free

Happiness Collective (HapCo) 

A supportive community dedicated to happiness and wellness that meets weekly to make new friends, support our peers, and bond through games and spotlights. Group meetings are a space to discuss anything and everything with complete confidentiality. Meetings occur once weekly over Zoom and are zero commitment and open to all!

Hours of operation: Varies, current meeting time 5:00pm Sunday

Contact: Axel De Leon [email protected] (president)

    Email: [email protected]

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Wellness, mental health, happiness, peer-led

Basic Needs Fund 

Provides funds for Stanford students in-need, for housing, food, or other necessities.

Hours of operation: 24/7, fund requests are distributed on a weekly basis but can be expedited if needed

Contact: [email protected]

  Request form: https://basic-needs-stanford.org/#request 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Fund, food, housing, necessities, rent

Office of the Ombuds

Discuss academic or work challenges and especially interpersonal challenges at Stanford (e.g. with a professor or staff member), receive unbiased and confidential recommendations. 

Hours of operation: 9:00am-5:00pm, M-F 

Contact: [email protected]

    Phone: 650-497-1542

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any (med school has a separate ombuds!)

Financial: Free

Keywords: Confidential, academic, free, interpersonal conflict

Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic

Stanford Clinic to support students and local residents in addiction recovery. 

Hours of operation: 8:30am-5:00pm, M-F

Contact: 650-498-9111

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any, must be on Cardinal Care to receive a lower copay. 

Financial: Financial assistance available

Keywords: Addiction; alcohol abuse; drug abuse; healthcare; narcotics; substance abuse


Courses offered by/through the Med School to teach and empower students to embody positive wellness habits, offered throughout the academic year.

Hours of operation: Varying

Contact: Course Listings

Enrollment status necessary to access: Currently enrolled or on Flex term

Financial: Free, some courses have a $35-200 fee but this can be waived if need be

Keywords: Courses, mindfulness, well-being; classes

Office of Alcohol Policy and Education

Offers resources for alcohol abuse recovery; one-on-one counseling and referrals to other campus groups and resources.

Hours of operation: Varying

Contact: [email protected]

    https://go.oncehub.com/OAPEzoom to schedule appointment

     Recovery meeting for all  Stanford students at 3:30-4:30pm Fridays

Enrollment status necessary to access:  Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: Addiction recovery, one-on-one, counseling, professional


Guided weekly meditation sessions open to all.

Hours of operation: Monday 5-5:30pm PST

Contact: http://skycampushappiness.stanford.edu/ 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Free

Keywords: meditation, mindfulness

Schwab Learning Center

Supports learners with study strategies, learner variability, and academic support coaching

Hours of operation: 9:00am-5:00pm, M-F, PST

Contact: [email protected] 

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any Stanford student with a diagnosed or probable learning difference

Financial: Free

Keywords: academic coaching, learner variability, tutoring

Sexual Health Peer Resource Center (SHPRC)

SHPRC can offer peer counseling surrounding sex and sexuality issues and questions, also provides heavily subsidized sexual/reproductive  health and gender affirming resources and products. 

Hours of operation: M-F 12:00-5:00pm, weeks 2-10 of each quarter

Contact: https://stanfordshprc.wordpress.com/ , 650-SAFE-SEX

Enrollment status necessary to access: Any

Financial: Every undergraduate receives one $3 credit per quarter, free condoms, and free pregnancy tests. Other products are heavily subsidized and may be free for students on financial aid.

Keywords: sex, sexuality, peer resource, peer counseling, pregnanBay Area Resources

Mental Health Call Center

The Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center is the centralized entry point for individuals who are seeking behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. Staff will talk with you to clarify what your behavioral health needs are. The Behavioral Health Call Center will link you with the appropriate behavioral health service, county services or referrals to community services.

Hours of operation: General information, appointments, and referrals are available during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Behavioral Health Call Center can be contacted regarding a behavioral health crisis that you or a family member might be experiencing after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Contact: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/bhd/Services/CallCenter/Pages/default.aspx

Financial: Free

Keywords: Santa Clara County; referrals; professional;


The women’s branch of YMCA, the organization offers a wide variety of community support services, including therapy, a battered women’s shelter, and more. 

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://yourywca.org 

  Sexual violence hotlines: 650-493-7273; 408-287-3000, call for intake & appointments

   Domestic violence hotline: 800-572-2782

Financial: free

Keywords: therapy; domestic abuse; sexual violence; community support; professional

Santa Clara Suicide and Crisis Services: 1(855) 278-4204

​Toll-Free: 1-855-278-4204

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/bhd/Services/SP/Pages/suicideandcrisisservices.aspx

Financial: Free

Keywords: hotline, Santa Clara, suicide, crisis

California Peer Run Warm Line: 1(855) 845-7415

The Peer-Run Warm Line–which began operation in 2014–is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking mental and emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need. Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, pain, depression, finances, alcohol/drug use, etc.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: Call 1-855-845-7415

    Visit https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/ to live chat and learn more

Financial: Free

Keywords:  warm line, call, support, web chat

211 Santa Clara County: 211

Call 211, links to other hotlines and crisis management resources

Hours of operation: Varies, most are 24/7

Contact: Call 211, visit: 211bayarea.org/santaclara/crisis-services/crisis-intervention/sexual-assault-hotlines/

Financial: Free

Keywords: Hotline, call, suicide

Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (855) 278-4204

Hours of operation: 24/7, English and Spanish hotlines

Contact: (855) 278-4204 Crisis 

    Text Line: Text RENEW to 741741

Financial: Free

Keywords:  Text, call, Spanish, English, hotline; suicide

Santa Clara Spanish Hotline: (800) 572-2782

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: (800) 572-2782 https://www.sccgov.org/sites/bhd/Services/SP/Pages/suicideandcrisisservices.aspx

Financial: Free

Keywords: Spanish, hotline, call

California Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200

The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis. Professionally trained staff and volunteer counselors respond to 20,000 calls annually with crisis intervention counseling and resource referrals to service providers in the caller’s local community. We have access to more than 5,500 free or low-cost resources for youth and families across California.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://calyouth.org/cycl/  

    (800) 843-5200

Financial: Free

Keywords: hotline, call, youth, crisis

Child & Adolescent Sexual Abuse Resource Center: (415) 206-8386

CASARC provides specialized professional services to children, adolescents (up to age 18), and their families who have experienced trauma, including physical or sexual abuse and witnessing severe violence.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://psychiatry.ucsf.edu/zsfg/trc

    (415) 206-8386

Financial: Varies depending on service

Keywords: sexual abuse, ucsf, resource center

San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency: 628-206-8125

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/location/psychiatric-emergency-services-pes/

For clients needing to be assessed at Zuckerberg San Francisco General; available 24 hours/7 days a week. Call 628 206 8125

Suicide Prevention Hotline: For telephone crisis counseling all day, every day. Call 415 781 0500

Mobile Crisis Team: For outreach and home visits during a mental health crisis for adults (18 years and older). Call 415 970 4000

Mental Health Triage Warm Line: For people who need to talk to a Peer Counselor right now; available 24 hours/7 days a week. Call 855 845 7415

San Francisco’s City Information Line: Provides general information about city services. Call 311

Financial: Varies depending on service, calling is free and hotlines are free

Keywords: hotline, emergency, crisis, warm line, information

Suicide Prevention Talkline: 415-781-0500

San Francisco Suicide Prevention is the oldest community-based telephone crisis center in the United States, founded in 1962 by Bernard Mayes, a journalist from the British Broadcasting Corporation.  To this day, the agency trains local volunteers who provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to callers, over 500 other crisis centers across the United States now utilize the same concept.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://www.sfsuicide.org/; 415-781-0500


Crisis Line: (415) 781-0500

HIV Nightline: (415) 434-2437 or 1-800-273-2437

HIV Textline:  (415) 200-2920

Drug Information Line: (415) 362-3400

Relapse Line: (415) 834-1144

PWSS Support Line: (415) 288-7160

TTY: (415) 227-0245

Financial: Free

Keywords: hotline, talkline, san francisco, HIV, crisis

Support Group for People with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

Hours of operation:  *may vary due to COVID-19*  Third Wednesday of each Month

Time: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Family Service Agency

Location: 1010 Gough Street, 5th Floor Group Therapy Room

Dinner is provided.

Contact: You may drop in or call for more information.

    Susanne Killing: 415 558-5900

Financial: Free

Keywords: schizophrenia; schizoaffective disorder; mental illness; mental disorder; support group

Chinese Family Alliance for the Mentally Ill

A family member support group, with meetings open to consumer participation. Though meetings are conducted in Cantonese, English interpretation is available. Meets the second or third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. – noon, at Chinatown/North Beach Mental Health Services, 729 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Contact Ed Koo at Ph#: (415) 352-2047 Please call ahead to confirm meetings.

Hours of operation:  *may vary due to COVID-19*  second or third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. – noon

Contact: http://www.mhbsf.org/resources/

    (415) 352-2047

Financial: Free

Keywords: Chinese; family; support group; translation

Filipino Family Alliance for Mental Health

A bilingual support group for families and friends of mental health patients. Patients are also welcome to attend. Meets the last Saturday of every month, from 3-5 pm, at the South of Market Clinic, 760 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. To confirm attendance, contact Melga at Ph#: (415) 836-1700

Hours of operation: *may vary due to COVID-19*  last Saturday of every month, from 3-5 pm

Contact: http://www.mhbsf.org/resources/

    Melga: (415) 836-1700

Financial: Free

Keywords: Filipino; family support; support group; 

San Francisco Depressive/Bipolar Support Association (SFDBSA)

A support group for the people diagnosed with depression and bi-polar disorders, as well as other mental and emotional symptoms and disabilities. Meets Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3P.m., and Mondays, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room B, San Francisco, CA 94109. Contact Volunteer Staff. Ph#: (415) 995-4792 Please call ahead to confirm meetings. Family Member/Friends Support Group meets first Monday of every month, same location, 6:45 – 8:30p.m.

Hours of operation: *may vary due to COVID-19* Meets Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3P.m., and Mondays, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Contact: https://www.dbsalliance.org/

Financial: Free

Keywords: depression, bipolar, san francisco, support group

San Francisco Guide to Mental Health Services

This resource guide is designed for those seeking services from the public behavioral health system in

San Francisco. Public behavioral health services are provided through the San Francisco Department of

Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS). Behavioral Health is an umbrella term for mental health and substance abuse services. Services are provided by a myriad of providers,

including social workers, case managers, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, peer counselors,

neurologists and family practice physicians. 

Hours of operation: n/a

Contact: http://www.mentalhealthboardsf.org/MHA-SF-ResourceGuide20080626.pdf

Financial: Free

Keywords: San Francisco, resource guide, service

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
: (800) 273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Hours of operation: 24/7 

Contact:  1800.273.8255 (TALK)


Financial:  Free

Keywords:  suicide, hotline, confidential

Bilingual Chinese Crisis Hotline: (888) 968-7888

Contact:   (888) 968-7888

The Glendon Association

Our mission is to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, violence, child abuse and troubled interpersonal relationships.

Hours of operation:  Varies

Contact:  www.Glendon.org

Financial:  Free

Keywords:  resources, mental health

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (888) 799-4889

The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects callers to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: 1-800-799-4889

Financial: Free

Keywords: hotline, call, suicide prevention, crisis

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://www.crisistextline.org/

Financial: Free

Keywords: text, hotline, 24/7, crisis

Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: www.trevorproject.org

Financial: Free

Keywords: lgbtq, queer, call, text

2ND FLOOR Youth Helpline: (888) 222-2228

Confidentially serves youth and young adults (ages 10 to 24). Youth who call are assisted with

their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: 888­-222-­2228, www.2ndfloor.org

Financial: Free

Keywords: confidential, youth, call, crisis


moodgym is an online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://moodgym.com.au/

Financial: Free

Keywords: self-help, online, program

Trans Lifeline hotline: (877) 565-8860

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.

Hours of operation: The hotline is open 24/7. We have operators guaranteed to be on call during the following hours:

Hawaii: 5:00am-12:00am

Alaska: 6:00am-1:00am

Pacific: 7:00am-2:00am

Mountain: 8:00am-3:00am

Central: 9:00am-4:00am

Eastern: 10:00am-5:00am

Contact: Call 877-565-8860⁣⁣, https://www.translifeline.org/

Financial: Free

Keywords: trans, hotline, peer, support

National Alliance on Mental Illness: (800) 950-NAMI

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Hours of operation: Varies, The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–8 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected]

Contact: Helpline 800-950-NAMI; https://nami.org/home

Financial: Free

Keywords: helpline, education, advocacy 

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

BEAM is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Our mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. 

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://www.beam.community/

Financial: Free

Keywords: black, education, art, community

Black Mental Health Alliance

BMHA serves the community and organizations throughout the area by providing workshops and forums covering a range of topics and subjects. We also offer the community an opportunity to connect with culturally-competent and patient-centered licensed mental health clinicians through our expansive referral database.

Hours of operation: Varies

Contact: https://www.blackmentalhealth.com/

Financial: Free

Keywords: black, community, referral, workshop

NEDA Eating Disorders Screening Test

Ages 13 and up, created by the National Eating Disorders Association, to determine if it’s time to seek professional help for an eating disorder.

Hours of operation: All

Contact: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool

Financial: Free

Keywords: eating disorders, online

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline 

National helpline for people struggling with disordered eating.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline

Financial: Free

Keywords: eating disorders, helpline

Navigating CAPS

  1. Basic Walk Through

The first step in reaching CAPS is to make an access coordination appointment. This can be made over the phone or through a walk-in appointment* (between 9am and 4pm). In this conversation, you will talk about CAPS resources and services to see which will be most helpful. After the access coordination appointment, there can be a few different outcomes, including:

  • Initial consult with a CAPS clinician:  You’ll talk about what you’re experiencing and begin developing a support plan. This can take many forms.
  • Referral to community services (outside of CAPS): This may be preferable for people who are going to need long term support. The referral specialist at CAPS will work with you to find resources that are covered by your insurance.
  • Referrals to support groups or workshops: Run by CAPS or other campus professionals (such as Weiland Health Initiative) and cover a wide array of topics. 
  • A psychiatric consult: This can help with medication management and prescription. This service is only covered under Cardinal Care. Without Cardinal Care, appointments may be up to $200. You can submit for a reimbursement through your insurance network, but it is not guaranteed. CAPS can refer you to external psychiatrists within your insurance network if you prefer.

The average wait time for an appointment (outside of the access coordination appointment) is less than 11 days, including weekends. If you are experiencing a crisis, the CAPS number (650-723-3785)  is open 24/7. You can also call CST (the Confidential Support Team)

A note on hospitalization: Less than 1% of the students CAPS sees are hospitalized (and CAPS treats around 20% of the student population at any given time). Expressing suicidal ideation does not automatically trigger a hospitalization; the student must meet a certain risk threshold. This risk threshold usually looks like the student posing a significant threat to others or self. Risk to self usually means suicidal ideation, with a plan, and with intention to carry out that plan.

* Walk-in appointments can usually be made day-of, but this is not a guarantee. The beginning of fall quarter tends to be busier.

  1. COVID Details

For students in California, CAPS can continue providing all typical services, remotely. For students outside California, CAPS can currently provide more limited services (because of their medical licenses). These services include:

  • 24/7 crisis support
  • Care management support and help with planning for continued treatment
  • Referral assistance to resources in the student’s local community*
  • Workshops and outreach events

Other support resources include the Well-Being coaches, who can support students outside of California. Wellbeing.stanford.edu also houses many virtual wellness events and resources.

There are a few in-person appointments at CAPS, on a very limited basis. Please call them before arriving in person to ensure everyone’s safety. Most of the services will be provided through tele-health. 

*Some students have found it difficult to access treatment from the providers they have been referred to. 

Handling COVID Isolation

How to Cope With Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Dealing with Social Isolation


How to Apply for the Opportunity Fund

The Stanford FLI Office Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist undergraduate students who are experiencing an unexpected financial challenge or who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic and/or professional development. The FLI Office completes a thorough, holistic review of each application.


Finding Providers in your Insurance Network 

Vaden Referrals Page


How to Find a Psychiatrist and Other Therapists


Sites to Help Finding Therapists



Basic Needs and Financial Resources List

Note: This is a best-effort compilation completed by students working with the Basic Needs Coalition meant to serve as a starting point and not the definitive final resource. 

For governmental / community resources sorted by state, you can click this link.


Food Pantry Pop-Up

Lathrop Equipment and Laptop Lending

Free and Low-Cost Internet Access

Free Laptops


The Opportunity Fund

Flex-Term Grants

Medical/Dental Expense Form

Undergraduate Cash Advance from the Financial Aid Office

Lathrop Learning Hub Internet Access Help and Tech Checkout

Graduate Student-Only

Grad Cash Advance Program

Emergency Grant-in-Aid Funds

Graduate Student Aid Fund

Graduate Family Grant Program

Graduate School of Education Emergency Funding Program

Miles and Nancy Rubin Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Stanford Law School Cash Advance

GSB Emergency Grant

University Employee-Only

The Child Care Subsidy Grant Program (CCSG)


  1. Food Pantry Pop-Up
    1. In partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Stanford R&DE hosts monthly pop-up food pantries for undergraduate and graduate students and their affiliates who need additional food support. Each student household is eligible to receive produce, dairy, meat or poultry and non-perishable items at no cost. The initial pop-up events have included seasonally appropriate stone fruits, apples, squash, and greens, plus chicken, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cereal, and peanut butter among other food items.
    2. R&DE Stanford Dining is reviewing the frequency and location of future pop-up pantries given the constraints placed on events and shelter-in-place directives. 
    3. https://rde.stanford.edu/food-pantry-pop-up
  2. Lathrop Equipment and Laptop Lending
    1. Through Lathrop tech desk
    2. Available to any actively enrolled student
    3. Laptops and other tech equipment available, free of charge
    4. Shipping is available for off-campus students, depending on academic need.
    5. https://thehub.stanford.edu/check-out-equipment-and-laptops
  3. Free and Low-Cost Internet Access
    1. The Hub at Lathrop has compiled a list of low-cost and free internet providers: https://thehub.stanford.edu/get-help-with-home-internet-access
    2. If none of these options work for you, there are other available internet options for low income households here: https://broadbandnow.com/guides/low-income-internet
    3. If your trial for these resources is expired or they are not available where you live, fill out this form from Lathrop to be mailed internet equipment: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCdpXED5x4QctPwM3FABzr1xxlH6RXR6FTnWkkdu5ZTpwAWQ/viewform
  4. Free Laptops
    1. PCs for People offers free computers to people below the 200% poverty level (example: for a family of 1, income level below $25,520) or people enrolled in government assistance programs. You must be able to provide a government issued ID and proof of income: https://www.pcsforpeople.org/eligibility/
    2. Computers with Causes offers free computers on a case by case basis, there are no income limits or other eligibility requirements: https://www.computerswithcauses.org/application.htm
    3. The On-It Foundation offers free computers to K-12 students and discounted price computers to other students and individuals: http://theonitfoundation.org/faqs/
    4. With Causes is an organization that raises money for a variety of causes, including access to technology for students: https://www.withcauses.org/askforhelp.htm


  1. The Opportunity Fund
    1. Through the FLI Office
    2. Only for undergraduate students
    3. Can cover “Travel costs related to a death or illness, citizenship fees or other similar fees with supporting documentation, assistance with laptop repair or replacement in the event of an emergency (one-time during your academic career at Stanford, computer expense form required), medical/dental expenses that are not covered by the Financial Aid Office, attending conferences/workshops (twice during each students’ academic career), expenses associated with parent/guardian/family attendance at major campus events, with the exception of graduation (one-time), expenses associated with preparation for graduate or professional school admissions and preparation, summer storage”
    4. Will not cover “Tuition or fees, health insurance, study abroad, iPads, expenses which are standard considerations for financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office”
    5. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis
    6. https://fli.stanford.edu/students/current-students/financial-support
  2. Flex-Term Grants
    1. Through the FLI Office
    2. Only available on your flex-term, for undergraduate students, with a combined expected family contribution and expected student contribution below $5,000 on the financial aid award letter
    3. https://fli.stanford.edu/students/current-students/financial-support
  3. Medical/Dental Expense Form
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office
    2. Only for undergraduates, students must be enrolled at the time expenses were incurred
    3. Must be more than $150 requested
    4. Documentation of the costs is required
    5. https://financialaid.stanford.edu/pdf/MedicalDentalExpense.pdf
  4. Undergraduate Cash Advance from the Financial Aid Office
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office 
    2. For certain expenses that undergraduate students enrolled for fall quarter and who are receiving financial aid might need advance funding for, ahead of financial aid disbursement dates.
    3. Individual outreach and documentation of situations is required.
    4. In order to inquire about this option, please email the Financial Aid Office
      1. [email protected]
  5. Lathrop Learning Hub Internet Access Help and Tech Checkout
    1. Through the Lathrop Learning Hub
    2. For undergraduates who will be enrolled in classes
    3. Can find resources and equipment available to check out at this website: https://thehub.stanford.edu/help-and-resources-summer-quarter
  6. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office
    2. The amount you can take out on a loan varies depending on your class standing. Interest does not accrue at all while you’re enrolled at least half-time and for the 6 months following graduation. 
    3. For more information about these resources, visit this website: https://financialaid.stanford.edu/loans/direct/index.html

Graduate Student-Only

  1. Grad Cash Advance Program
    1. Through Student Financial Services
    2. Enrolled graduate students only
    3. “A Cash Advance option is available to graduate and professional students to assist with expenses before graduate financial support is posted to their student account and/or TA/RA salary is paid.  Active degree-seeking graduate students can request an advance in the amount of $1000, $2000, or $3000 per term via Axess.”
    4. Repayment policies and instructions on how to receive advance:https://sfs.stanford.edu/gradcashadvance
  2. Emergency Grant-in-Aid Funds
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office
    2. Only graduate students not enrolled in the School of Medicine, School of Law, or School of Business
    3. Will cover “Unanticipated or unusual expenses (most commonly medical, dental, or legal, but other expenses can be considered) outside of the typical student budget that may hinder the student’s academic progress will be considered. Costs must have been incurred while enrolled at Stanford, and costs for a previous or future academic year will not be considered. Each case is considered on its own merits. Any costs that are not documented cannot be considered. Temporary COVID-19 Related Funding: Additional Grant-In-Aid funds have been made available to assist graduate students in this unusual situation. Expenses considered include but are not limited to unexpected travel expenses, expenses related to academic activities performed from home, costs incurred as a result of carrying out essential research on campus, or accommodation for unexpected changes in family finances.”
    4. Up to $5,000
    5. Can apply to students on medical LoA
    6. https://financialaid.stanford.edu/pdf/EmergencyGrant-In-Aid.pdf
  3. Graduate Student Aid Fund
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office
    2. Only graduate students not enrolled in the School of Medicine, School of Law, or School of Business
    3. Will cover: “health related university fees”
    4. Amount is “no more than the amount of Campus Health Service Fee and Cardinal Care Insurance per quarter of enrollment or up to $2,500 toward the cost of health insurance for a spouse through Vaden’s dependent insurance plan”
    5. https://financialaid.stanford.edu/pdf/GraduateStudentAidFund.pdf
  4.  Graduate Family Grant Program
    1. Through the Financial Aid Office
    2. Available to all graduate students
    3. Can be used to cover “childcare, healthcare, insurance, and rent”
    4. Amount is up to $15,000 depending on family income and number of dependents
    5. Family Grant FAQ https://financialaid.stanford.edu/pdf/GradFamilyGrant2021.pdf
    6. Family Grant Application https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5C765B6WLry1TmZ
  5. Graduate School of Education Emergency Funding Program
    1. Same application and eligibility as the Emergency Grant-in-Aid, but must be enrolled in Graduate School of Education
    2. Supplements up to $2000 in addition the the Emergency Grant-in-Aid’s $5000 limit
    3. https://ed.stanford.edu/academics/doctoral-handbook/financial-support/emergency-funding
  6. Miles and Nancy Rubin Loan Repayment Assistance Program
    1. Available to law school students
    2. Up to 100% forgiveness of any loans taken out
    3. https://law.stanford.edu/apply/tuition-financial-aid/loan-repayment-assistance-program-lrap/#slsnav-lrap-babies-gallery
  7. Stanford Law School Cash Advance
    1. Students can apply through the Student Services Center via Axess to temporarily help meet basic needs
    2. Students can request $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 per term
    3. Funds arrive in your bank account within 1-2 business days
    4. Once requested, a Cash Advance charge will be posted to your University bill.
    5. No interest or fees
  8. GSB Emergency Grant
    1. On internal GSB website only accessible by GSB students (couldn’t find link)
    2. Up to $5,000 per year 
    3. Very similar to Emergency Grant-in-Aid
    4. Students must be enrolled in GSB and making satisfactory academic progress
  9. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
    1. Up to $20,500 in unsubsidized loans for Graduate Students.
    2. For more information, visit: https://financialaid.stanford.edu/loans/direct/index.html

University Employee-Only

  1. The Child Care Subsidy Grant Program (CCSG) 
    1. provides grants of up to $5,000 a year to benefit-eligible, university employees, working in the United States, with children ages 10 and younger. Grants are provided to assist with meeting the cost of child care.
    2. 2021 CCSG Application Period is now available through September 1, 2020. Please scroll down to the 2021 CCSG Required Financial Documentation section below to access and download your copy.
    3. https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards/worklife/financial-assistance/child-care-subsidy-grant-program

Sexual Violence Resources 

Stanford Resources 

Confidential Resources 

Unless the alleged victim is a minor or there is a belief that there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others, reporting a Title IX concern to one of these resources will not

lead to a University or police investigation 

Confidential Support Team– Offers confidential suppport to students impacted by sexual assault and relationship vioolence 

*The Bridge Peer Counseling Center (not described by Stanford as a confidential resource as it is not run by staff → run by trained undergrad and grad students)

  • (650) 723-3785 – 24/7 Counseling & Support
  • Located at Rogers House

YWCA Sexual Assault Center at Stanford 24-hour line 

  • (800) 572-2782

Vaden Health Center

  • (650) 498-2336, ext. 1

Counseling and Psychological services(CAPS)(for students) 

Faculty and Staff HELP Center(for staff and faculty)

Office for Religious Life

University Ombuds

Medical Center Ombuds

  • (498-5744) 

Other Resources 

Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Education and Response 

Residence Deans and the Graduate Life Office 

  • (725-2800 and 736-7078) 
  • Can provide assistance with academic, housing and similar issues

Medical Clinicians at Vaden Health Center

Sexual Harassment Policy Office 

Cathy Glaze, Title IX Coordinator, [email protected]

Resident Assistants(RAs), Residence Deans(RDs) 

  • On-call Graduate Life Office Dean at 723-8222, ext. 25085. For grad students 
  • Undergraduate Advising and Research(for undergraduates)- (650)-723-2426 to notify faculty that student is experiencing a period of personal hardship 

On campus escorts

  • 5-Sure- (650)-725-7873

Stanford Well-Being Project at the Weiland Health Initiative- well-being coaching sessions 

Medical Treatment

An individual who has been sexually assaulted is urged to seek appropriate medical evaluation as promptly as possible.

  • For life-threatening conditions, call 911 (or from a campus phone, call 9-911) or seek a Blue Emergency Phone Tower on campus
  • Go to the Emergency Department at Stanford Hospital & Clinics or to the nearest hospital emergency department
  • Vaden Health Center (723-4841) 
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department (723-5111)
  • For evaluation and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, as well as consultation for other health issues, students and/or their spouses or domestic partners can use Vaden Health Center (723-4841)

Medical-Legal Evidence Collection — An individual who has been sexually assaulted is encouraged to request collection of medical-legal evidence. Prompt collection of physical evidence is essential should a person later decide to pursue criminal prosecution and/or a civil action

Federal law provides free medical-legal exams to victims of sexual assault. For assistance in seeking such an exam contact: 

  • YWCA (725-9955)
    • Stanford community members are strongly urged to contact the YWCA as early as possible because it provides immediate support and advocacy and will coordinate services with other agencies if requested
    • The YWCA Sexual Assault Center at Stanford 24-hour telephone line is 725-9955. An individual seeking an exam is encouraged to request a police escort to SCVMC.
  • SUDPS (911 or 723-9633)
  • Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)(408) 885-6466 
  • Emergency Department (408) 885-5000

National Resources 

RAINN – National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: (800) 656-4673

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Hours of operation: 24/7

Contact: Call 800.656.HOPE (4673)

Chat https://hotline.rainn.org/online 

Visit: https://www.rainn.org/ 

Financial: Free

Keywords: hotline, support, call, chat, sexual assault

Equal Rights Advocates

Equal Rights Advocates is a nonprofit that provides legal consultation and representation to survivors of sexual violence in education. Through Equal Rights Advocates, you can fill out this online form to be connected with an ENOUGH advocate, who can give you free legal information, tell you about your rights and options, and potentially provide legal representation. ENOUGH is part of Equal Rights Advocates’ End Sexual Violence in Education(ESVE) program, where the organization recruits and trains pro-bono attorneys to provide high-qualitym trama informed legal assistance to college student survivors at all stages of the Title IX complaint process. ERA also partners with students through outreach and education wtih the goal of letting student survivors and their friends know that they have rights, options, and help. 

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 

Call 800.656.HOPE(4573), and you wil be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. The National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including

  • Confidential support from a trained staff member
  • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
  • Someone to help you talk through what happene
  • Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
  • Referrals for long term support in your area
  • Information about the laws in your community
  • Basic information about medical concerns

Legal Momentum: 

Legal Momentum is a legal advocacy group for women’s issues. The organization has a Title IX helpline which you can contact at (212)-925-6635 or at [email protected] if you are concerned that your school may be failing to meet its responsibilities to you as a victim of sexual violence nder Title IX. 

The National Women’s Law Center: 

The National Women’s Law Center is able to assist in filing Title IX complaints and lawsuits. If the NWLC is unable to represent you, they will make an effort to refer you to another attorney. You can contact the NWLC here. You can also fill out an intake form, and the NWLC wil send you the names of three lawyers in the Legal Network for Gender Equity who practice in your area. Lawyers in the Legal Network give free initial meetings, and some may offer free or discounted pricese for ongoing representation. You can also apply for case funding here or look for additional resources

Public Justice: 

Public Justice can help you file Title IX complaints and lawsuits on a pro-bono basis depending on your case. You can contact the organization for legal assistance by filling out this form, by phone at (202) 797-8600, or by email at [email protected]

Disability Resources 

The Office of Accessible Education

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) offers comprehensive resources for students with disabilities, providing a wide array of accommodations, support services, auxiliary aids and programs to remove barriers to full participation in the life of the University.

Schwab Learning Center

The Schwab Learning Center (SLC) offers students with learning difference and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder a wide array of services and resources to enrich their learning experiences at Stanford.

Diversity and Access Office 

The Diversity and Access Office oversees compliance with federal and state civil rights statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and provides disability-related access information to faculty, staff, students and visitors in the Stanford community. Additionally, the Diversity and Access Office is responsible for ensuring all Stanford facilities and programs meet all federal, state and local laws regarding equal access for individuals with disabilities. 

Student Disability Resource Center

The SDRC coordinates academic and other accommodations for undergraduates and graduate students who have disabilities including mobility impairments, chronic illness, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, and psychological disabilities. The center’s goal is to enable students with disabilities to participate fully in the educational experience at Stanford while meeting the academic standards maintained by the university. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the SDRC offers an array of accommodations and auxiliary aids and services to students with documented disabilities. Direct support services include, but are not limited to, notetaking, Brailling, oral or sign language interpretation, stenocaptioning, books on tape or electronic text, examination accommodations, and special housing arrangements. During the academic year, the SDRC runs a golf cart service called DisGo Cart for use by students who have temporary and permanent mobility impairments or who use a wheelchair. To arrange for an on-campus ride call 725-2484 (5-CHUG).

Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC)

The Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) is a new group at Stanford Medicine that is open to everyone, including faculty, staff, residents, fellows, postdocs and everyone in between. The purpose of SMAC is to foster and advocate for the equal treatment and well-being of all students, trainees, faculty and staff at Stanford Medicine, regardless of their physical or cognitive differences

Stanford Disability Initiative 

Disability @ Stanford is a website featuring the achievements, events, and work of the disability community and its allies at Stanford University. It is maintained by The Stanford Disability Initiative, a working group launched in 2017 by a coalition of students, faculty, and staff who aim to push forward the ongoing need for access rights and disability equity at Stanford University through community-building and academic scholarship.

LGBTQ+ Student Resources 

Academic Resources 

Resource Centers 

Diversity and Equity Resources 

Financial Resources 

University Policies  

Harassment Guide 

Forms of harassment

Harassment can come in various forms. In this guide, we will focus primarily on online harassment, which includes harassment by email and social media, and mail harassment, because these are the main forms we’ve seen staffers experience. 

Online Harassment

PEN America defines online harassment as “pervasive or severe targeting of an individual or group online through harmful behavior.”

  • Severe because even a single incident of online abuse, such as a death threat or the publishing of a home address, can have serious consequences.
  • Pervasive because, while some individual incidents of online abuse, such as insults or spam, may not rise to the level of abuse, a steady drumbeat of incidents, or a coordinated onslaught, does.
  • Online includes email, social media platforms (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok), messaging apps (such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp), blogging platforms (such as Medium, Tumblr and WordPress), and comments sections (on digital media, personal blogs, YouTube pages and Amazon book reviews).

Online harassment can include doxxing (the publishing of sensitive personal information online), hateful speech (online expression that attacks a specific aspect of a person’s identity), threats, persistent direct messages and pervasive insults or attacks.

Mail Harassment

Mail harassment can take similar forms to those of online harassment and can range in severity. However, mail can also be more difficult to track than digital communications. Since anyone anywhere can drop mail into a post office collection box, it can sometimes be nearly impossible to determine the mail’s origin.

Stanford P.O. boxes can be made public on your Stanford profile, which means it can be somewhat easy for a harasser to determine how to reach you. As with digital communication, it is important to maintain original copies of all correspondence. Below, you can find steps and advice for dealing with mail and digital harassment more specifically.

Steps to reduce email harassment

The best way to avoid email harassment, especially to your stanford.edu email, is to keep that email off the internet. If you have a stanford.edu email on your bio, ask your desk editor or managing editor to take it down.

Your next step is to get your Stanford email off the internet. Replacing Stanford emails with StanfordDaily emails will help out some amount, but it isn’t a cure-all if your Stanford email is still floating around on the internet.

According to one of the UIT folks at Stanford, changing your SUID email is harder than changing your name legally, so if your main email gets spammed, there’s not much you can do about it. Please avoid this by keeping your SUID-based email off the internet. 

  1. Take your email and other personal information like your phone number, P.O. box, etc. off of your public Stanford profile, which can be done through Axess: https://axess.sahr.stanford.edu/group/guest/selfservice?psft_src=/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/CC_PORTFOLIO.STF_SS_PRIVACY.GBL.
  2. Look for other places on the internet where you’ve put your SUID-based email address and get those removed to avoid getting spammed. Google “[insert your email here]” in quotation marks and see what pops up.

If you do want to keep an email public, we recommend setting up an email alias at accounts.stanford.edu/manage. These emails will still go to your inbox, but if the alias gets spam, you can just shut it down at a later date.

Steps to reduce social media harassment

If you are being harassed over social media, the first thing that you should do is make your account private. That way, those who are harassing you do not have a direct way to reach you and will not be able to find out even more information about you.

For platforms like Twitter, which some people use professionally, it may be beneficial to create two separate accounts: one for your professional work (public) and one for your personal use (private). That way, all that you post on your public profile are posts that are typically already available for everyone online.

It may also be worth changing the username of your personal accounts, which will make them harder to find. If any of your public accounts contain information about where you live, the names of your family members, or any other personal information that you would not want a stranger to see, it’s best that you make them private. You can always make them public again once harassment stops.

Steps to reduce harassment by mail

First, if you haven’t already, scrub the internet of information about your address.

  1. Take your email and other personal information like your phone number, P.O. box, etc. off of your public Stanford profile, which can be done through Axess: https://axess.sahr.stanford.edu/group/guest/selfservice?psft_src=/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/CC_PORTFOLIO.STF_SS_PRIVACY.GBL.
  2. Think back to when you might have provided your address on the internet (i.e. uploading a resume with that information to LinkedIn, some random blogpost that you made, etc.). Get those removed.
  3. Google your address or PO box and see what comes up. Get those removed.

There is a limit to how much of your personal information, like your address, you can get off the internet thanks to data brokers. These sites (Spokeo, PeopleFinders, TruthFinder, etc. — there are hundreds) buy and sell data (whenever you give a company permission to share your data, these are the sites where it ends up). There are services you can use to get your information off these sites, but they can cost several hundred dollars. 

If someone does get ahold of your address or P.O. box, you still have options, such as changing your P.O. box or asking a friend to check your mail and filter out the harassment.  

Sending threatening mail can also rise to the level of a federal crime. From the United States Postal Inspection Service: Keep any letter that attempts to scare, threaten or extort you in any way, and report it to the Postal Inspection Service by calling 1-877-876-2455.

Free Stanford resources for coping with harassment

There are many free Stanford resources for coping with harassment — this website provides a very helpful table with different psychological and mental health resources. https://harass.stanford.edu/help/resources 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

650.723.3785 for the 24-7 support line. Appointments can be scheduled at Vaden Patient.

  • Stanford’s counseling center, dedicated to student mental health and well being.
  • CAPS can connect you to informal discussion about mental health, group therapy, as well as professional counseling.
  • This CAPS FAQ has information about its services during the pandemic.

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center

Email [email protected] or visit this site to schedule a meeting.

  • The Bridge provides trained peer counselors to guide those in need to develop their own solutions to problems. They offer anonymous and confidential 24/7 counseling to members of the greater Stanford community.
  • The Bridge is open every day, 3 p.m. to midnight PST (subject to change, depending on the quarter).

Residence Deans

650.725.2800 — Check your Stanford email, as all students are assigned an RD.

  • Residence Deans provide a support network and various resources for undergraduate students. Your RD can connect you to academic accommodations or career advice, as well as provide general advising to navigate your time at Stanford. They are available to receive complaints about harassment (external or internal to Stanford) and connect you to other Stanford resources, such as counseling or academic help.
  • An RA or RF can page the RD 24-hour pager in the event of an after-hours crisis.

Weiland Health Initiative

Contact 650-723-2005 or [email protected] for more details.

  • Weiland is a collective of medical providers, mental health professionals, staff, students and community leaders that represent a partnership between multiple campus departments including Vaden Health Center and Queer Student Resources.
  • Weiland provides mental health and wellness support particularly for LGBTQIA+ students at Stanford. A list of its services — including individual therapy or drop-in hours — can be found at this link.

Queer Student Resources

650-725-4222 or [email protected] for more details.

  • QSR is a community center for students celebrating, questioning, investigating and/or struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • QSR continues to provide resources to connect students, including Trans& meetings, affinity groups, student staff and professional staff. Students can also join the listservs of various queer student groups like La Familia, BlaQs and Queer & Asian, as well as the the Vaden Flourishing Alliance listserv to be notified of events, new programming, and opportunities to connect.
  • QSR can provide an important community and support system — both virtually and on campus, at the Firetruck House — for queer students facing identity-based harassment online.

Women’s Community Center

Contact WoCo at [email protected] or visit this site for information on how to get involved with their resources.

  • WoCo engages with students on issues of gender, equity, identity and justice. Their goal is to facilitate the success of women students at Stanford, and can connect students to a variety of resources for coping with online harassment.
  • A list of gender-based resources for women can be found on this site.

When does harassment become a crime? 

While this guide is filled with non-legal options, in some cases, harassment rises to the level of a crime, and you might want to get police or lawyers involved for the safety of you and those around you. However, getting law enforcement involved is always optional. 

In general, the harassment received by Daily reporters will be considered civil harassment. Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close family relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate or a friend (that you have never dated). 

It is also considered civil harassment if the abuse comes from an extended family member. So, for example, if the abuse is from an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin, it is considered civil harassment and NOT domestic violence.

The civil harassment laws define “harassment” as:

  • Unlawful violence, like assault or battery or stalking, OR
  • A credible threat of violence, AND
  • The violence or threats seriously scare, annoy, or harass someone and there is no valid reason for it.

A credible threat of violence involves words or actions that would make a reasonable person fearful of their safety or the safety of their family. It can involve following or stalking someone or making harassing calls or sending harassing messages (by phone, mail, or e-mail) over a period of time (even if it is a short time).

Read more about the specifics in the California Code of Civil Procedure. 

Legal Options

Objects of targeted harassment can file with the state for a civil harassment restraining order. Restraining orders generally fall under three categories; the category related to virtual harassment is a personal conduct order. Personal conduct orders can require the named individual to stop contacting, calling, e-mailing, messaging, stalking, threatening, or harassing the “protected person” named in the order.

If you have a legal problem or need legal advice, visit the ASSU Legal Counseling Office. The office provides free legal advice and consultations to Stanford students, as well as their spouses and domestic partners. This service, provided by qualified attorneys, is available on campus and is completely confidential. Find more information here.

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