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Note: Housekeeping changes are in the following section at the bottom of the page.

January 1, 2020

AGM 2.2.5: Requesting a Lactation Accommodation

  • Updated in multiple sections:
    • Section 2.a: Clarified “Chair” refers to “Department Chair”
    • Section 4: Non-exempt employees are entitled to rest break penalties if reasonable break time or adequate space is not provided. Employees should contact local HR or UHR/ELR if they believe reasonable break time or adequate space has not been provided. Employees may also pursue complaints with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
    • Section 5: Listed additional requirements for appropriate lactation space
    • Section 6: Clarified that lactation use takes precedence in multi-use spaces

AGM 2.3.5: Disability and Family Leaves

  • Updated throughout to reflect program changes that now cover up to six weeks' paid family leave
  • Section 6(d)4.: Updated to note that failure to repay an overpayment could result in disciplinary action

September 16, 2019

AGM 9.2.1: Organization chart: Provost

  •  Updated with one new position and one modified position, as recently announced

August 27, 2019

AGM 2.1.13: Paid Holidays

  • Replaced the "Christmas" holidays terminology with "Winter Holidays" when referring to the December 24 and 25 paid holidays.

August 13, 2019

AGM 2.3.3: Tuition Privileges

  • Applicability: Clarified that the policy applies to “regular staff”.
  • Section 2.B: Clarified who is eligible for a fee waiver when auditing classes to be consistent with current practice. Added link to required audit form.

June 5, 2019

AGM 2.1.3: Personnel Files and Data

  • Section 3.a: Removed general correspondence between employee and supervisor from list of appropriate content for personnel files.
  • Section 3.b: Clarified that workplace investigation records and letters of reference are not retained in personnel files.
  • Section 4.a: Clarified that authorized representatives may request a copy of a current employee’s personnel file; clarified timeframes by which copies of personnel files must be furnished.
  • Section 4.b: Clarified that authorized representatives may request a copy of a former employee’s personnel file; clarified timeframes by which copies of personnel files must be furnished.

May 21, 2019

AGM 1.8.1: Protection of Minors

  • Section 1: Clarified that Live Scan background checks must include both California DOJ and FBI results.
  • Section 4: Updated definition of Program Sponsor to be consistent with OSEP’s requirements. Also specified that the Program Sponsor must be represented by a Department Chair, Senior Staff, Institute Director, or designee.
  • Housekeeping edits throughout.

April 29, 2019

AGM 5.4.2: Business and Travel Expenses

  • Updated throughout to emphasize the core responsibility of financial stewardship and the guiding principle to spend appropriately with regard to business and travel expenses and purchases of items to be owned by Stanford. In addition, an outline of the university’s reimbursement policy and associated IRS Accountable Plan requirements were added. Finally, examples of appropriate and inappropriate business expenses were added to provide clarity on common expense types. Detailed information around transportation guidelines, fare options and meal guidance was removed but will continue to be available on Fingate.

AGM 5.4.3: Reimbursable Expenses

  • This Guide Memo was deleted, and the content was added to the updated 5.4.2: Business and Travel Expenses.


Housekeeping Changes

Changes do not affect policy content, but may include corrected cross-references to other policies, corrected titles, change of authority for the policy, changed URLs, addresses, and phone numbers or very minor text changes for clarity. Policies are not re-dated when housekeeping edits are made; the date is only updated if the policy content is changed.

October 25, 2019

For both policies, replaced the name of the Title IX Coordinator throughout.

June 19, 2019

Added "Academic Staff – Teaching" to the Applicability section and also updated the link for “Academic Staff – Research” to point to the correct policy in the Research handbook.