We offer many resources to help, whether you want to:
There are many factors to consider when thinking about personal protection. These can include:
Regardless of your physical capabilities, the will to survive is often a mindset that involves some mental preparation. As such, it is important that you be aware of your surroundings, hide or escape from the environment if possible, and if not, the last option is to directly confront the assailant by using whatever means are necessary and at your disposal to defend yourself and/or get to safety.
The Stanford Martial Arts Program (SMAP) provides self-defense workshops throughout the year to all undergrad students in their residential areas. Workshops are open to all Stanford community members. If you would like to request a self-defense workshop for your Stanford residential community or department, please contact Tim Ghormley: For more information about SMAP, please visit their website: recreation.stanford.edu/sports/smap/.
Warning signs can manifest themselves in many forms: one-on-one settings, group interaction, public behavior, letters, emails, blogs, websites, social networking sites, photos, phone calls, text messages, etc. The following list of warning signs is not intended to be fully comprehensive.
If you recognize any of these warning signs, you are encouraged to notify someone immediately about your concerns.
We encourage you to become familiar with violence prevention programs on campus and to utilize those resources when you feel it necessary. The most important component of violence prevention and threat assessment is the communication of observed behavior to the appropriate resources, so that intervention can occur before something happens.
If there is a reported emergency on campus, AlertSU, Stanford's emergency notification system will deliver time-sensitive emergency notifications to faculty, staff, students, postdocs and other members of the Stanford community via voice mail, email and text-messaging based on the personal contact info on file with the university. Status updates are available online and through a recorded phone message.
Stanford University policy also states that "no adverse action may be taken against any employee for his or her legitimate efforts to resolve workplace problems..." (Admin Guide 2.1.11)
Stanford University is committed to maintaining an environment where people feel safe to carry out the university's mission. Education, communication, collaboration, coordination of resources and early intervention are the cornerstones of Stanford's violence prevention efforts.