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Guidance on requirements for returning to work on Stanford campuses

Categories: Campus, Health & safety, Workplace & HR

Starting Feb. 14, 2022 the university will see the largest influx of employees returning to on-site work since the pandemic began. 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. 

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


  • All faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars coming to campus are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and to upload vaccination documentation into Health Check.
  • 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/ActionVaccinatedUnvaccinated Including Those with a Medical or Religious AccommodationMore 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 submissionOnce 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 March 1, 2022, regular surveillance testing is no longer required for vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars working on-site. 

Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars should still test if experiencing symptoms, after travel or after exposure to COVID-19.
Unvaccinated faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, including those who have received a medical or religious accommodation are required to test twice weekly for those working 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

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.

Other Recommendations and Resources

  • While face coverings are no longer required, masking will continue to be strongly recommended on-site regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Individuals who have had COVID in the past 90 days or are recovering are recommended to use rapid antigen tests to end their isolation period and speed up their return to on-site activities. Color or PCR tests have the potential for false positive results from residual shedding of the inactive virus. When using a rapid antigen test, you must manually report your result in Health Check. 
  • Refer to the following resources to support your safe return to on-site work: