Privacy and Media Policy

What is the privacy and media policy?

Stanford University has an interest in ensuring that the privacy of all of its students, faculty and staff is respected, and that no activities interfere with education, research or residential life. Media representatives are not authorized to enter residential dining areas unless they have been invited for appropriate business or social purposes and have the express permission of the responsible administrator, resident fellow, or the Stanford News Service. No commercial activity - including the taking of photos or similar audio or visual recordings that are sold to others or otherwise used for commercial purposes - may occur in the residential dining halls without the Executive Director of R&DE Stanford Dining's or R&DE Director of Communications express written permission. Recognized student groups will be granted such permission so long as they do not violate the privacy or property interests of others; and so long as they comply with applicable University policies and procedures. Media representatives must not interfere with the privacy of students, faculty and staff, or residential dining hall activities. The University may revoke at any time permission to be present in these, or any other, areas. Violators of this policy may be subject to criminal and/or civil liability, as well as University disciplinary action.

Stanford University's statement on privacy can be found at the University Communications website:

What is the policy on film, video and photography in the dining halls? 

Personal photos may be taken by students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other campus visitors so long as (i) they are used exclusively for personal non-commercial purposes, (ii) the taking of such photos is consistent with this policy, and (ii) they do not interfere with the ongoing operations of the university in the residential dining halls. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the university reserves the right to prohibit any filming or photography on its lands for any reason, including if the filming or photography creates the potential for: (i) disruption of academic, research, business or student activities; (ii) damage to or alteration of university property; (iii) inappropriate use of the Stanford name, marks or image; (iv) disruption of traffic, parking or pedestrian pathways; (v) other safety hazards; or (vi) violations of the university’s privacy policies.
Stanford News Service accommodates reasonable requests for journalistic, news-related, non-commercial shooting, but reserves the right to deny permission when the request runs contrary to university policies –  especially those that ensure student privacy. The subject of all news-related filming or photography must be directly related to the university.
Further information on film, video and photography requests can be found at the University Communications website: