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May 25, 2007

Stanford investigates two cases involving allegations that individuals falsely claimed affiliation with university

Stanford student affairs administrators today are taking the first steps in what will be a deliberate and comprehensive review of circumstances surrounding the discovery earlier this week in university residences of a young woman allegedly misrepresenting herself as an undergraduate student.

Meanwhile, university officials are issuing a stay-away letter to an individual alleged to be improperly claiming to have an official affiliation with an academic department.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman has appointed Chris Griffith, associate dean of students, to lead the investigation of allegations that a young woman impersonated a Sanford undergraduate student.

“Griffith will begin by piecing together a comprehensive overview of the allegations, seeking to discover where there may be gaps in Stanford’s system of identifying enrolled students. Those involved in the investigation are expected to make recommendations to solve any problems found,” Boardman said.

In the second case, Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to President John Hennessy, said, "We are issuing a stay-away letter, which prohibits the individual from campus. We cannot comment any further on this case, as law enforcement and university officials are delving into the matter and do not wish to jeopardize these investigations.

“We recognize that this allegation, following earlier reports of an individual falsely impersonating an undergraduate, raises important questions about campus security. In addition, there are separate investigations under way of each of these individual cases,” Wachtel said.

Prior to these reports, the university had already launched a broad review of campus policies under the auspices of Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer Randy Livingston to assure students, faculty and staff that community safety is of the utmost importance, Wachtel added.


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