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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 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 spring quarter is being offered to graduate students, new transfer students, juniors and seniors and approved undergraduates with special circumstances. Dining halls provide takeout meals, with CleanDining protocols. A compact outlines protocols for those living in R&DE-assigned housing or coming to campus.
Research and some other essential in-person campus activities are operating on-site. Guidance for researchers is available. 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 required on a twice-weekly basis for students who live on campus or come to campus frequently. Starting January 4, 2021, surveillance testing also is required for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site. Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community.
Maintain physical distance from others at all times – generally at least 6 feet. Wear a face covering indoors (unless you are in your apartment, dorm unit or personal office and no one else is present who is not a member of your household) and also outdoors whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained from people who are not in your household.
Gatherings are generally prohibited, both indoors and outdoors, with some exceptions for university-led academic activities and other activities. Students in R&DE-assigned housing can gather with members of their registered “households” of up to 8 people and as of April 14 can participate in on-campus outdoor gatherings for up to 3 separate households with no more than 24 students total in one gathering.
Nonessential visitors to campus are limited under the campus zones program. Public events, performances and exhibitions are not occurring in person. Certain essential visitors (including spouses/partners and minor dependents) are allowed in student residences. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.
University-sponsored travel is restricted. Employees arriving from travel of more than 150 miles away from Santa Clara County or San Mateo County can return to the Stanford main campus or Stanford Redwood City campus after receiving a negative COVID-19 test 5 or more days after their arrival back (or after 10 days without a COVID-19 test). SLAC employees may have different policies. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular twice-weekly testing for students.
Athletics activities are being provided additional flexibility under a revised Santa Clara County order. Stanford Athletics will be in touch with student-athletes and coaches about the effects on team activities.
Exercise outdoors is encouraged, subject to physical distancing. Pool reservations and other recreational offerings are available for those approved to be on-site.
Russell Furr, associate vice provost for environmental health and safety, updates the campus community about options for getting a vaccine, noting that Stanford encourages those eligible to seek vaccination appointments through any available distribution channel in the county where they live.Read more about Update on possible vaccine options for eligible groups
A message to faculty and researchers extends the restrictions on appointments of visiting scholars at least through Summer Quarter.Read more about Updated restrictions on visitors & other nonmatriculated students at least until September 1, 2021
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