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

November 30, 2018

AGM 5.2.1: Financing of Purchases

  • Section 4.f.: Updated to clarify amortization of internal loans, particularly with regard to new Bridge Financing loan terms, and how debt service will be charged after substantial completion of the project to the school or unit responsible for repaying the loan. 

October 6, 2018

AGM 2.1.8: Miscellaneous Authorized Absences

  • Section 1.d.: Renumbered to add 1.d(1), 1.d(2), 1.d(3) and 1.d(4), to clarify how PTO is reported and scheduled
  • Throughout: Changed references to "his/her" to "they" or "their"

September 9, 2018

AGM 2.1.3: Personnel Files and Data

  • Section 5.b Maintenance and Retention: Terminated Employees: Updated to reflect that records are to be maintained for eight years following a termination.
  • Housekeeping edits throughout to clarify who to contact related to personnel files.

August 24, 2018

AGM 2.1.9: Separation from Employment

  • Section 6.b(1) Notice: updated to reflect that employees terminated for gross misconduct do not receive two weeks' notice pay and do not qualify to become an Official University Retiree.

AGM 2.1.10: Staff Retirement

  • Section 2.a. Eligibility: updated to reflect that employees terminated for gross misconduct do not qualify to become an Official University Retiree.

AGM 2.1.14: Senior Staff

  • Section 4.a Termination Policy: updated to conform with existing practice where involuntary terminations of Senior Staff employees include the concurrence of the VP for HR or designee; also updated to reflect that Senior Staff do not receive notice and severance pay if the termination is for gross misconduct.

AGM 2.1.16: Addressing and Conduct and Performance Issues

  • Summary: changed "misconduct" to "unsatisfactory conduct"
  • Policy statement: Added "unsatisfactory conduct" and "conduct or acts that disrupt the reputation or operations of the University" as examples of legitimate business reason; added that gross misconduct warranted immediate termination.

August 9, 2018

AGM 2.4.1: Visas for and Employment of Foreign Nationals
  • Section 2.h.: Validity of Temporary Petitions was updated to conform with the Department of Labor interpretations of the law. Specifically, the responsibilities associated with O-1 petitions and H-1B petitions are updated.

July 24, 2018

AGM 1.1.1: Code of Conduct (updated on 7/23/18)

The Code of Conduct update, and the values it represents, is being published in alignment with Stanford’s Long-Range Plan and Vision.

Applicability: The groups for whom this policy applies was clarified. Postdoctoral scholars and Members of the Board of Trustees were added.

Section 1: Standards of Integrity and Quality

  • Diversity, respect, freedom of inquiry and expression, trust and were added to the list of what the University values (integrity, honesty and fairness were already listed). SU’s activities were updated to “education, research, health care and business practices.”
  • Sub-sections: c. Violations, and d. Questions were removed as they were duplicative to section 10: Reporting Suspected Violations.

Section 2: Standards of Integrity and Quality

  • No major changes to policy; minor language edits.

Section 3. Respect for Others (previously Section 5); section title changed from Human Resources

  • The institutional's commitment added “embracing diversity and inclusion.” Link to Statement of the President and Provost on Advancing Free Speech and Inclusion.
  • Three additional policies referenced; Faculty Handbook 4.2 Statement on Academic Freedom, Policy for Protection of Minors, and Acts of Intolerance Protocol.

 Section 4. Compliance with Laws and Applicable Policies and Procedures (previously Section 7); section title changed from Compliance with Laws

  • No major changes to this section; minor language edits.

Section 5. Confidentiality, Privacy and Information Security (previously Section 3); section title changed from Confidentiality and Privacy

  • Section language edits. Statement regarding disaffiliation added: “When disaffiliating from Stanford, Community members must return all sensitive University data unless an exception has been granted.
  • Specific privacy laws content removed and replaced with references and links to privacy Administrative Guide policies (eight policies listed).

Section 6. Financial Responsibilities and Internal Controls; section title changed from Financial Reporting

  • Section clarified to emphasize University expectation of “sound business practices and exercise prudent financial management in their stewardship of University resources”.
  • References and links added to University Policies on Financial Administration.

Section 7. Use of University Resources (previously Section 8)

  • Listing of the types of University resources expanded to include: Stanford name, logo and letterhead; Stanford facilities; University records.
  • References and links added to specific University policies (three policies).

Section 8. Conflict of Commitment/Conflict of Interest (previously Section 4); section title changed from Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment

  • Language expanded to give examples of the types of conflicts of commitment/interest.
  • References and links added to specific University policies (six policies).

Section 9. Response to Governmental or Other Investigations (New Section)

  • New section describing Stanford University’s commitment to cooperating with government investigators as required by law. Also states what to do when a governmental entity contacts an individual.

Section 10. Reporting Suspected Violations (previously Section 9)

  • Expanded the Other Reporting sub-section listing of departments and resources for reporting concerns.
  • Non-retaliation sub-section added; emphasizes “Stanford policy prohibits retaliation against an individual who in good faith reports or provides information about concerns or suspected violations.
  • Consequences of Violation sub-section added. States “Confirmed violations will result in appropriate disciplinary action...


AGM 2.2.10: Gifts and Awards for University Employees (updated on 7/23/18)
  • Section 3.b. Dollar Limit: Added "length-of-service or retirement" to clarify the type of award subject to the dollar limit.
  • Section 3.c: Form of Awards: Clarified the types of awards the IRS does not consider to be tangible personal property, adding gift cards, gift coupons, vacations, meals, lodging, tickets to theater or sporting events for service or retirement awards to the description.
  • Section 3.d.: Meaningful Presentation: Clarified that the award must be presented in a meaningful presentation or ceremony. Removed Directors from the list of those responsible for ensuring awards programs comply with IRS requirements for nontaxable gifts.


June 28, 2018

AGM 5.3.1: Financial Irregularities


  • Added examples of the types of financial irregularities that can arise, including a list of Asset Misappropriation examples.
  • Throughout: Office of the Chief Risk Officer(OCRO) replaces Director of Institutional Compliance as a point of contact.
  • Clarification added regarding what a department should not do in situations where suspected financial irregularities arise; e.g., departments should not initiate an investigation, or discuss, investigate or confront individuals.

Section 1: Notification

  • Notification to Office of the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of financial irregularity moved to the Investigation Process section.

Section 2: Investigation Process

  • Policy now states after preliminary research and determination that an investigation is warranted, “the Office of the General Counsel, the Chief Financial Officer, and all appropriate stakeholders will be notified.”
  • In the listing of appropriate stakeholders who may be involved in an investigation, Risk Management was removed as it is now a part of OCRO.
  • Reference to responsibility for any report was updated.

May 18, 2018

AGM 8.1.3: Provision of Mobile Equipment and Related Services
  1. Updated reference to OMB regulations applicable to sponsored research
  2. Made appropriate references to revised AGM 2.1.20 and related definitions
  3. Clarified that “business necessity” exists where an employee is a remote worker as defined by AGM 2.1.20 for purposes of providing or reimbursing such employees for mobile equipment and related services
  4. Removed the requirement that employees must demonstrate financial hardship in order to receive reimbursement of reasonable business use of home internet service
  5. Clarified that telecommuting is nota factor establishing “business necessity” for purposes of providing or reimbursing mobile equipment and related services (business use of cell/data service and home internet service)
  6. Provided links to updated forms for providing or obtaining reimbursement for mobile equipment and/or business use of cell/data service and home internet service

Mobile Equipment and Cell/Data Services Template

This template was re-named “Mobile Equipment and Cell/Data Services Template”, and replaces the “Mobile Equipment and Services Template” found on Fingate.  (This form memorializes mobile equipment provided to an employee and is also used to authorize reimbursement of up to $25/month in reasonable business use of personal cell/data service as provided in AGM 8.1.3.)  The form also clarifies that reimbursement of home internet must be requested on a separate form pursuant to AGM 2.1.20.

Home Internet Services Reimbursement Form

This template removed the requirement that employees requesting reimbursement for business use of home internet service must demonstrate financial hardship, but kept the requirement that “business necessity” must be established as provided in the revised AGM 8.1.3.  The form was also updated to reflect the levels and types of approval required for an employee to receive reimbursement for business use of home internet service, and confirms such reimbursement is authorized up to $35 per month.

March 20, 2018

AGM 2.1.19 Relocation of Faculty and Staff
  • Updated according to new Federal tax regulations regarding the taxability of relocation expenses

March 9, 2018

AGM 3.1.2: University Funds
  • Updated the Funds Functioning as Endowment (or Quasi-Endowment Funds) section of the policy
  • Updated the Intermediate Pool Funds section of the policy
AGM 3.3.2: Expendable Funds Investment, Interest Allocation and Buffer Policy
  • Updated the title from "Expendable Funds Investment, Interest Allocation and Buffer Policy" to "Expendable Funds Investment, Return Allocation and Buffer Policy"
  • Updated the Expendable Funds Investment and Return Allocation Policy section

January 19, 2018

AGM 2.2.5: Requesting a Lactation Accommodation

New policy to align with state (CA Labor Code sections 1030-1033) and federal (PPACA) lactation laws and reflects Stanford's commitment to a workplace culture supportive of family care-giving responsibilities.

January 12, 2018

AGM 2.2 General Employment Policies

The following policies were re-numbered to fill unassigned AGM policy numbers:


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.

November 29, 2018

All were updated to refer to Lincoln Financial and their URL as the university's leave administrator, replacing Liberty Mutual.

November 13, 2018

Updated 2.h. with the current USCIS fee, which is $1,410.00

August 25, 2018

Updated two URLs in Section 3: Respect for Others

July 6, 2018

Updated four URLs in Section 9 for use of Marks in connection with photographs or film, requests to use Marks in advertisements, marketing materials, press releases, movies or television; use of Marks in three-part Internet host names within the Stanford.EDU domain; and use of Marks in social media.

June 12, 2018

Replaced the term "Death in the Family" with "Bereavement."

March 28, 2018

Added Kingscote Gardens physical address whenever Title IX coordinator's phone number is mentioned.

March 26, 2018

Updated address of Sexual Harassment Policy Office to new address at Kingscote Gardens.

For 1.7.1 and 1.7.3, updated the sexual violence support and resources website url from to

March 2, 2018

8.1.2: Mail Services

Section 1.e.(1), Permit 28: For minimum requirements to qualify for nonprofit bulk mail postage rates for Stanford mail service, changed 250 pieces of mail to 200, per USPS rules.

January 24, 2018

2.2.1: Definitions

Section 10, Made clarifying change to notes on temporary and casual employees to include "at-will" information.

January 18, 2018

10.2.1 Graduate Student Assistantships
Section 5, Made clarifying change to part b. "autumn, Winter and Spring Assistantship Appointments by changing the word "must" with "may" in part 3.