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Harassing Email

This page tells you what measures you can take against threatening or sexually harassing email.

What do I do if I am harassed via email?

  1. Do not delete the email. You need to keep it as evidence.
  2. Assess the situation: If you believe that you are in danger, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately! On campus, contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650) 723-9633.
  3. Tell the harasser to stop: Reply to the harassing email with a firm but polite message telling him or her to refrain from sending you any more mail. If it's someone with whom you must continue to correspond, tell this person to refrain from sending you more messages of the kind you find offensive. Be specific. Make sure to send a copy of this email to yourself. You need to document as much as possible.
  4. If the harasser does not stop: Report the situation to the appropriate address below.

Where to report harassment

For reporting verbal abuse, declared threats of violence, etc.
For reporting sexual harassment.

How to report harassment

Send the following three messages to the appropriate address above:

  • Send an email describing the harassment. Include a copy of the original harassing email if you wish, but it's not necessary.
  • Send a copy of the message you sent telling the harasser to stop.
  • Forward a copy, with full headers, of the harassing message you received after you told the perpetrator to stop. Remember to forward this message: don't bounce it or send it as a MIME attachment.
The Computer Security Office will contact you soon to let you know about next steps. Information about how to forward full headers is shown below.

How do I show full headers?

Each email you receive contains information about where the message came from and which computers it went through on its way to your mailbox. This information, contained in the message's headers, is usually masked from your view. When you display full headers, you're telling your email program to restore this information, which can be used to trace email back to its source.

Specific instructions

The CS department created a page that shows how to display full headers for the common email applications.

If you have problems with these instructions, please contact the Stanford IT Help Desk via HelpSU,or call 5-HELP (650-725-4357).


Last modified: 06/03/2014 04:18:01 PM