Stanford Policies

Academic Regulations

Summer Session students should familiarize themselves with the policies regarding the grading system, dropping and withdrawing from courses, taking courses for Credit/No credit, end-quarter examinations, and fees (including late fees). Explanations of these policies are provided in the Stanford Bulletin.

Student Conduct

Stanford Summer Session students are bound by the expectations of student conduct outlined in their program’s Summer Session Handbook. In addition to the policies discussed in the Handbook, Summer Session students are held to the expectations of conduct laid out by the Fundamental Standard, the Honor Code, and the Policy on Campus Disruptions. Every member of the Stanford community, including every Summer Session student, is responsible for knowing these policies. Some University policies not covered in the Summer Session Handbook may be addressed at the Summer Session website or in the Stanford Bulletin. Questions about specific Student Conduct policies related to a Summer Session program, or possible policy violations, may be discussed with the program’s director or Summer Session’s Senior Judicial Officer. The Senior Judicial Officer serves as an adviser to parties in the areas of Student Conduct during Summer Session. Either the program director or the Senior Judicial Officer may initiate formal charges or refer a matter to the appropriate University office(s).


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; 501-748-9001. In addition, certain programs of the University have specialized accreditation. For more information, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Statement of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Stanford University’s Summer Session admits students of either sex and any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against students on the basis of sex, race, age, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic, and other University-administered programs.

Students in programs offered through the Summer Session Office are not matriculated Stanford University students, and not all University student policies apply to Summer Session students. The University reserves the right, at its discretion, to withhold registration from, or require withdrawal from the program of, any student or applicant.

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Information can be found in the Stanford Bulletin.

Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its regulations protect the privacy of an individual’s health information.

Computer and Network Usage Policy

Stanford has a Computer and Network Usage Policy that translates the University’s general business practices into the electronic domain and conforms to federal, state, and local laws. This policy defines the appropriate usage of computers and networks with respect to intellectual property rights, privacy issues concerning information belonging to others, and the integrity of information resources. A key piece of the policy is that campus identifiers (such as Stanford ID, SUNet ID, and password) never be shared with anyone. Stanford urges students to read and become familiar with the policy, which will also be covered during orientation. In addition, students should familiarize themselves with the related Academic Computing Services Acceptable Use Policy.

Stanford requires that users of the Stanford network respect copyright law. Stanford is required by law to follow up and respond to every copyright complaint, and even a first time complaint for a student may result in the disruption of network services for that student. On a second valid copyright complaint, the student’s Internet connection is disabled and the student is referred to the Summer Session Office. 

Incoming Stanford Freshmen

If you are accepted to Stanford University as a matriculated undergraduate student and will be starting your freshman year during the upcoming Autumn Quarter, you are not eligible to take summer courses as a visiting undergraduate student. Stanford typically does not allow incoming freshmen to begin their studies during the Summer Quarter. Stanford students are eligible to take Summer Quarter classes following their freshman year.

Additional Information

Additional information on Stanford University can be obtained through Stanford University website. Every effort is made to ensure that the course information, applicable policies, and other materials contained in this website are accurate and current. The University reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.