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Current policies and status
Stanford is in a phased recovery of operations due to COVID-19. Below is an overview of our current policies and protocols. These will continue to be adjusted as the public health situation changes.
COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by health care providers to eligible individuals based on criteria set by public health authorities. For the most current information, visit the Vaccinations page.
On-campus housing for the summer quarter is being offered to graduate students, frosh and sophomores, approved undergraduates with special circumstances, and, if space permits, juniors and seniors returning for a fifth year in 2021-22. Effective June 26, dining halls will offer indoor dining (no reservations needed), with CleanDining protocols. The campus compact will not be required for summer and subsequent quarters, but certain health and safety requirements will remain in place.
Research and some other essential in-person campus activities are operating on-site. Guidance for researchers is available. Undergraduate researchers who are enrolled in summer quarter and live in the local area may be approved to work in campus labs following an application/approval process outlined on the research recovery site. Otherwise, faculty, staff, postdocs and students who can work remotely are asked to continue doing so until school/unit leaders determine that return to on-site work is needed. Work Anywhere offers resources.
COVID-19 testing is being provided for the campus community. Effective May 2, routine surveillance testing is required weekly for graduate students who live on campus or come to campus frequently, twice weekly for undergraduates, and on a voluntary basis (but recommended until fully vaccinated) for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site. Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community.
Face coverings for fully vaccinated persons are not required outdoors, except when attending crowded events where physical distancing is difficult. Employees are required to wear face coverings for most indoor and outdoor occupational work settings, regardless of vaccination status. All individuals must continue to wear a face covering in shared indoor settings (including classrooms, common spaces, university-sponsored meetings and Stanford Health Care facilities). These policies will be modified effective June 26.
Gatherings are generally limited to faculty, staff and students, both indoors and outdoors, with special approval required for outside visitors at special events. Student organizations can host outdoor gatherings on campus from June 26 through August 22.
Public events, performances and exhibitions are occurring in person at limited capacity. The temporary campus zones program ended on June 16. Visitors for academic, business, or research purposes are approved on a case-by-case basis by the dean or VP of a department or unit. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.
Visitors and the Stanford community are welcome to outdoor areas of both Redwood City and Palo Alto campuses. Public events, performances and exhibitions are occurring in person at limited capacity. Certain essential visitors (including spouses/partners and minor dependents) are allowed in student residences. Visitors for academic, business, or research purposes are approved on a case-by-case basis by the dean or VP of a department or unit. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.
University-sponsored travel is in “limited” phase. Fully vaccinated Stanford personnel now may return to campus without post-travel testing or self-quarantine, provided they have submitted full-vaccination status into Health Check. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular testing procedures.
Stanford Athletics has provided a carefully staged return, based on each team’s situation. Select athletic venues are now accessible for spectators beyond families and friends of participating student-athletes.
Exercise outdoors is encouraged, subject to physical distancing. Pool reservations and other recreational offerings are available for those approved to be on-site.
A message to the campus community addresses upcoming changes to safety protocols for face coverings, social distancing and density, as well changes to Health Check.Read more about Update on changes to COVID safety protocols
A message to the campus community addresses changes in public health requirements over the next few weeks that will significantly influence rules for the campus and community. Among the protocols that will change later this month are those involving face coverings, vaccinations and Health Check, campus zones and other outdoor settings and events.Read more about Update on COVID-19 policies, Health Check and events
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