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All classes offered through the Language Center observe the following administrative guidelines:

Statement on Academic Integrity and Outside Assistance

All students are expected to read and abide by the Stanford Honor Code with regard to classwork, activities, and assignments related to their language classes. Academic integrity is at the heart of language acquisition: only you are responsible for your own learning and can demonstrate what you can do. Plagiarism refers to the unattributed, direct copying of text and/or ideas from a source other than yourself. In language courses, this includes translations of source material into the target language. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden as a part of Stanford's Honor Code. The use of translation services and apps during language exams, including but not limited to online translators such as Google Translate, is considered to be unpermitted aid and a hindrance to student learning.

Within the context of language learning, digital language tools may be helpful if used judiciously with the guidance of your instructor. Permitted assistance on assignments may take various forms. We expect you to use your textbook, dictionaries and grammar resources in the composition process, aligned with what you are learning in class. Under no circumstances, however, is another person or service to compose an essay for you or contribute to the ideas or substantive expression of individual assignments. For collaborative or group work, your instructor will issue guidelines on what is appropriate. Your instructor may also ask you to declare the amount and type of assistance you have received on any written or oral assignment.

We do not discourage assistance in the preparation of oral assignments. It is always helpful to have another person listen to you practice your oral presentations and provide feedback on your manner of expression. Under no circumstances is another person or service to compose or develop the assignment for you or contribute to its ideas or substantive expression. Similarly, it is always helpful to practice conversation with native speakers or someone more knowledgeable as a way to increase your comfort level while preparing for oral interviews. Divulging the content of the interview, as with any exam, is not permitted, as this violates Stanford's Honor Code.

Statement on Disabilities

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty. Unless the student has a temporary disability, Accommodation letters are issued for the entire academic year. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk; phone: 650-723-1066; web site:

Statement on Inclusivity

All language courses at Stanford are inclusive. Everybody has a name and a pronoun. Instructors are committed to referring to students with the correct pronoun. Please feel free to correct the instructor if there is an error.

Accommodation in Stressful Times

Language instructors care deeply about your well-being.  Small classes mean individual support in your language learning. Please speak with your instructor if you are having any academic or personal difficulties. It is very important that we stay connected, especially during troubled times. We can be flexible about assignment and project completion dates. However, we want you to continue to attend class. We are a community and we need to support one another.

Language Center Attendance and Make Up Guidelines

In accordance with University standards, students should plan to attend all class sessions of their language courses and review the respective syllabus for specific details. Language courses are governed by the Language Center guidelines on attendance and make ups, consistent with the Language Center mission.

Requesting a Less Commonly Taught Language

The Stanford Language Center does its best to accommodate students who request language services outside regular Language Center offerings. 

Requests for instruction in languages not regularly offered need to be made one academic year in advance of beginning instruction.  This time lag is necessary because the Language Center needs to find qualified instructors and to budget for courses outside the regular curriculum.  Please use the following request forms to request instruction in a language. 

To request an African or Middle Eastern Language not already taught at Stanford:  AME Request Form

To request another language not already taught at Stanford:  SLP Request Form

In like manner, requests for placement (i.e., to fulfill the language requirement) in languages outside the regular curriculum should be made no later than the end of the sophomore year.  Finding qualified testers in some languages can be extremely difficult.  It is possible that the Language Center staff will be unable to find a qualified tester.  In these instances, students will need to complete the language requirement with another language and need to make space in their programs for this well ahead of graduation. 

To request a placement test in a language other than those already taught at Stanford, please email The exam will assess listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as applicable.  Once an examiner is located, the student will have one month in order to complete the assessment.