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More researchers to return to campus in new phase on June 22

Category: Research

Beginning next week, additional on-campus research activities will be permitted as we enter Stage 2 of Stanford’s recovery. During Stage 2, essential on-campus research functions and associated support activities will continue to ramp up as a small number of additional researchers return to campus to conduct research that require use of special lab equipment and cannot be done remotely. Unless authorized by school/unit dean, vice provost or vice president to return to campus, all work that can be done remotely should continue to be done remotely. Most faculty and staff members will continue to work off-site.

As Stage 2 begins, each academic unit may adjust research activity levels depending on staffing and readiness, while adhering to the broader Stanford guidance. Principal Investigators (PIs) may gradually increase the number of on-site personnel in their labs with approval from the academic unit. Headcount will be limited mainly by laboratory space considerations, with up to one person per 250 square feet permitted.

All on-site researchers and staff must continue to follow Stanford’s social distancing protocol, which includes maintaining physical distancing, use of face coverings, and frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer. Researchers and support staff returning to campus will be required to use the Health Check tool to report health status each day. They will also be required to take an online training course on COVID-19 hygiene best practices before returning to campus.

To support the research return, signage will be posted at building entrances to provide information about Stanford’s social distancing protocol. Stanford Transportation has also created a resource page with details about commute options, including parking and Marguerite service changes. More information about working on campus during Stage 2 is available on the Cardinal Recovery website and in the Research Recovery Handbook, which will be updated as working groups develop and implement safe protocols for different types of research.