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Guidance on requirements for returning to work on Stanford campuses

Categories: Campus, Health & safety, Workplace & HR

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Stanford is planning with optimism for a return to near-normal activity this fall. Rigorous measures have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of our community as we proceed with the resumption of in-person classes and other on-site activities.

As public health guidance continues to shift, the experience for anyone working on-site will continue to change over time. Check this page regularly for the latest requirements for working or visiting a Stanford work location. For student-facing staff, additional guidance regarding operating standards this fall is provided on Cardinal at Work.

Here are some handy tips for packing for your first day back. For those in a hurry, here is a checklist that shows the four things you need to do before your first day back.


  • Stanford already requires all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students (undergraduate, graduate and professional students) coming on-site to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. As a result of the Sept. 9thexecutive order, this expanded requirement will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States, and applicable subcontractors. Proof of vaccination status must be uploaded to Health Check by Jan. 4, 2022. (The initial federal deadline of Dec. 8, 2021 has since been delayed.)
  • Also, remember to bring your Stanford ID card when returning to campus. For security, many buildings will still require badge or key access. Have your Stanford ID readily available or download the Stanford Mobile app as it can serve as your campus ID and also gives you direct access to Health Check.

Requirements before coming on campus

Requirement/ActionVaccinatedUnvaccinatedMore Information
COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices trainingRequired. Once completed, this step is fulfilled.Required. Once completed, this step is fulfilled.COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices training (EHS-2470) in STARS
Health Check submissionRequired every day you are scheduled to be on-site until vaccination documentation is uploaded to Health Check. Once documentation is uploaded, a Health Check submission is only required if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or receive a positive COVID-19 test result through your primary care provider or other testing site.Required every day you are scheduled to be on-site.Health Check

Requirements while on campus

Requirement/ActionVaccinatedUnvaccinatedMore Information
COVID-19 testingEffective September 20, weekly testing is required for 
vaccinated individuals in any week where work is performed on-site.
Effective September 20, twice weekly testing is required for unvaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars (or those who decline to state vaccination status) who are on-site four or more days per week. Individuals on-site three days or fewer per week are required to test once a week.Testing policy page (Health Alerts)

Requirements regardless of vaccination status

Face coverings

Face coverings are mandatory indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals per Santa Clara County Public Health and San Mateo County Public Health orders. They are also required when using public transportation (include Marguerite and Stanford shuttles), when in healthcare facilities, and in case of an outbreak. 

Stanford strongly recommends face coverings outdoors in crowded settings when 6 feet of distance from others cannot consistently be maintained. 

Individuals are not required to wear face coverings while alone in a closed private office or room, or while actively eating or drinking in a designated break area.

Stanford has a supply of N95 respirators and KN95, disposable surgical and reusable two-ply face coverings. Local units will coordinate with their staff on how to make requests.

Updated Guidance for face coverings on Stanford campuses and facilities (Health Alerts)

Physical Distancing

Based on federal and state agency guidelines, physical distancing is no longer required in most circumstances. 

See this page for exceptions, including the requirement to maintain physical distance from others if wearing a face covering would cause an unsafe condition or if there is a medical or mental health exception.

Updated Guidance for face coverings on Stanford campuses and facilities (Health Alerts)

Cleaning requirement for shared workspaces

Individuals are responsible for keeping their workspaces clean, whether assigned or unassigned. 
Cleaning crews in academic, research and administrative buildings will focus their cleaning efforts on common spaces such as break rooms, restrooms, cafes, and high-touch areas like doorknobs and elevator buttons.

For more tips about safety habits for cleanliness, visit Cardinal Recovery.

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