7.1.M. Personnel Files
The Personnel Files and Data policy found in Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.3 applies to the personnel files of Instructors. Section 22.214.171.124, Access & Use, reflects Stanford’s policy of many years that an individual should be able to learn the general substance of the information contained in his or her personnel file.
However, material supplied to the University by a third party (whether inside or outside the University), or supplied by a member of the University to a third party, is presumed to be confidential unless otherwise stated and should not be shown to the individual. Because the quality of the University’s appointment and reappointment process depends on the candor of the participants, Stanford’s policy is to protect vigorously the sources of information. Accordingly, materials in an Instructor’s appointment file such as peer evaluations from outside and inside sources, letters from students, departmental or higher-level documents regarding the review process, and documents containing statements based on personal knowledge, judgments or opinions are regarded as confidential. Such material should, therefore, upon request, be summarized by a responsible School officer in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the source of the information.