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Current policies and status

Below is an overview of current policies and protocols at Stanford related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These will continue to be adjusted as the public health situation changes.

Stanford strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Masking is still required in healthcare facilities, including Vaden Health Center and Stanford hospitals and clinics. Individuals in Stanford facilities outside Santa Clara County are expected to follow local masking mandates (e.g. SLAC).

In compliance with a federal order, all Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, including those working remotely in the United States, and applicable subcontractors  were required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and upload documentation on Health Check by Jan. 4, 2022, unless they have a medical or religious accommodation.

Students were required to be vaccinated  and to provide documentation of a booster, unless they have a medical or religious accommodation, by Jan. 31, 2022. Read more here.

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.

As of Oct. 24, 2022, face masks are no longer mandatory in classrooms. However, individual instructors will have the option of requiring masks in classes. Instructors who will require masking should inform students in advance on Canvas, the university’s learning management system, and by email.

Dining halls offer indoor dining at full capacity, with Clean Dining protocols.

Research activities continue at Stanford. Guidance for researchers is available here. Additional guidance is available on COVID policiesflexible work resources and requirements for returning to work on-site at Stanford.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is not required for anyone (employees or students), but available if desired. 

Color testing continues to be available, up to two tests per week, for anyone who wishes to continue to use Color for regular asymptomatic testing.

See the SymptomsExposure, and Travel pages for more information about when to test. 

Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community. See the Testing page for more information.

Health Check to self-report health status is required for faculty, staff, or postdocs who are symptomatic, a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID, or receive a positive COVID test result. Training on COVID hygiene is required before returning to work at a campus location for the first time.

Gatherings are required to comply with current COVID-19 event modifications, detailed here. Please fill out this EH&S Health Guidance form for more information, and visit Health Alerts for the latest guidance.

Guests from outside the Stanford community are permitted to visit student residences effective Oct. 8, 2021. Guests must comply with the Residence Agreement and follow the university’s COVID-19 visitor policy. Additional information on visiting scholars, researchers, nonmatriculated students and other visitors is available here and here.

The university made important updates to its domestic and international travel policy effective March 28, 2022. While these changes are intended to help campus units plan for future activities, Stanford recommends that unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens do not travel outside of the United States given the uncertainty around entry requirements. Current requirements and updates effective March 28 are available here.

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COVID Dashboards

Stanford’s COVID dashboards provide daily and weekly updates about COVID surveillance testing, isolation, and prevalence in the Stanford community.

See the dashboards

Latest Updates

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Testing, Prevention & Care

What should I do if I'm feeling ill?

Learn how to access care if you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Learn more about what to do if you're feeling ill

Where can I get tested?

Find out where you can get tested for COVID-19 if you are on or near campus. (Stanford's five drive-through testing locations are available to all insurances.)

Learn more about where you can get tested

Mandatory self-reporting to Stanford

Let Stanford know if you are awaiting test results or have tested COVID-positive, or if you are sick with certain COVID-19 symptoms.

Learn how to self-report

Where can I get a vaccine?

Find out about COVID vaccine eligibility and where to receive a vaccine, based on the county in which you reside.

Learn more about getting a vaccine

Prevention & self-care

Learn about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain good mental and emotional health.

Learn more about prevention and self-care

Campus hygiene

Learn about Stanford’s enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures and follow instructions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about campus hygiene

Social distancing protocol

Learn about the steps Stanford is taking to comply with the Social Distancing Protocol requirement.

Learn more about Stanford's social distancing protocol

Travel information

Find current travel advisories and resources for re-booking and cancellations, and learn what to do if you are returning to campus from an out-of-state trip.

Learn more about travel and returning to campus from traveling out of state

Other Resources

Learn Anywhere

Information and technology resources for students to set up internet access at home and attend classes online.

Learn more about attending classes remotely

Teach Anywhere

This guide provides you suggested actions to take quickly when making the shift from teaching in a classroom to teaching anywhere.

Visit the Teach Anywhere website

Research Continuity

Guidance and information on research continuity, sponsor agency, funding opportunities and COVID-19 research at Stanford.

Learn about research continuity

Work Anywhere

Technology resources, services, and equipment to enable the success of Stanford’s distributed workforce — no matter where your “office” may be.

Visit the Work Anywhere website

Stanford COVID-19 research & crisis response

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic poses a humanitarian crisis unprecedented in its scale of complexity, calling for coordination and collaboration between many fields of study.

Learn about Stanford’s response plan to unite COVID research