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Clery Act - International Context

July 18, 2018

The Clery Act, a federal law, requires institutions such as Stanford to publish the institution's crime statistics, identify resources for those impacted by certain crimes, and establish policies and procedures to provide timely warnings and emergency notifications. This webinar provides an overview of the Clery Act, identifies health and safety incidents that are reportable under the Act, and discusses Stanford’s obligations to report incidents in an off-campus and international context.

Presenter: Annette M. Spicuzza, Department of Public Safety, Stanford University

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Export Controls – Travel to Sanction Countries 

June 20, 2018

Travel to countries that are under U.S. trade sanctions, as well as research-related activity in these countries, remains tightly regulated by federal law. Such travel to countries such as Iran, Cuba, Syria, and the Crimean region of the Ukraine, generally requires a Treasury Department (“OFAC”) export license. This webinar discusses these complex OFAC regulations, Stanford financial and documentation requirements associated with sanctioned country travel, and provides information about violations that may result in severe financial penalties to the traveler and to the University.

Presenter: Steve Eisner, Director of Export Compliance & University Export Control Officer, Stanford University

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Contextualizing Stanford's Bribery Guide Memo

August 22, 2018

Stanford’s Anti-Bribery policy prohibits all forms of bribery and corruption, including in our international activities. Stanford’s policy is drafted to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act, but many countries also have their own laws prohibiting bribery and corruption, which must be followed by members of the Stanford community when conducting activities in or involving those countries. In addition to institutional consequences to the University, individuals who violate the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, or other anti-bribery laws may be subject to personal fines or criminal prosecution.

This webinar discusses the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act in the larger context of global bribery and corruption, and examines the complexities of the laws, and consequences of violations. Topics discussed will include what is a bribe, high risk countries and activities, how contracting with third parties can pose liability for the University and individuals, and how acts of bribery within the United States may fall within the purview of FCPA or foreign anti-bribery laws.

Presenter: Nancy Heafey, Office of the General Counsel, Stanford University

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In June 2019, Control Risks (Stanford's external consultant on global risk) offered a series of global safety and security analyst sessions. Each session had a particular geographic focus and was recorded exclusively for Stanford faculty and staff. View all webinars here, or individually at the links below.


Middle East/North Africa:

Middle East



South Africa

Sierra Leone






South East Asia

China Safety and Security Briefing Materials

Latin America:

Latin America