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Principles and Procedures for Renaming Buildings and Other Features at Stanford University

Stanford University is committed to maintaining high standards of integrity and robust academic freedom, and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the Stanford community. With this in mind, Stanford will consider renaming features of the university, such as buildings, streets, monuments, endowed positions, and prizes, when there is strong evidence that retaining the name is inconsistent with the University’s integrity or is harmful to its research and teaching missions and inclusiveness.

In Winter 2018, members of the Advisory Committee on Renaming Principles presented recommendations for how Stanford should approach the process of reconsidering the name of a building or site, including the principles involved, the procedure to be followed and the factors to be considered. These recommendations were accepted by President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

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Renaming of Junipero Serra features on the Stanford campus

Serra Mall and two campus buildings currently named for Junipero Serra, the founder of the California mission system, will be renamed, but other campus references to Serra and the mission system will be retained, based on a set of university committee recommendations that have been accepted by the Board of Trustees.

The Stanford Board of Trustees accepted the recommendations of a university committee to rename certain campus features. It also accepted a recommendation by President Marc Tessier-Lavigne to use the opportunity to honor university co-founder Jane Stanford by renaming Serra Mall as “Jane Stanford Way.”