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When can I start planning work travel (e.g. for conferences, business meetings, etc.)?

While the university has started its staged restart to campus operations, university business travel, including travel to any Stanford campus will remain suspended until at least September 1, 2020. Learn more about the university’s updated travel policy here.

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Parking permit requirements resume on July 1. What does that mean for me?

Parking permit requirements will resume at Stanford’s main campus and Stanford Redwood City as of Wednesday, July 1. To avoid potential citations, commuters and residents who plan to park, including former carpoolers, must purchase a new ‘A,’ ‘C,’ ‘C-SRWC,’…

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Is there a way to apply for financial help with expenses from the pandemic?

The Employee Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to benefits-eligible employees experiencing a short-term financial emergency, such as unanticipated expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The program reimburses up to $1,000 of eligible expenses incurred as a result…

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What should I do if I get something on my face covering?

Like other personal clothing items, face coverings should be laundered regularly. If a face covering is soiled with hazardous chemicals, biological materials, or radioactive isotopes, immediately: Remove the face covering;Rinse face and other possibly contaminated body parts in the safety…

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What are the special considerations for face covering use in labs?

Face Shield: Wear a face shield (meeting ANSI Z87.1) in addition to a face covering when working with pyrophorics, flammable solvents (>500 mL), incompatible chemicals such as strong oxidizers like nitric acid, or using an open flame. Conduct this…

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Can I work from my vacation home, a relative’s home, or another location away from my home during the summer?

If you are planning to work from a location different from what you specified on a prior Telecommute Agreement, speak with your manager. Following manager approval, you will need to submit an updated Temporary Telecommute Agreement to reflect your…

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Are there instances when disposable face coverings should be worn instead of cloth face coverings?

Cloth face coverings may not be appropriate in some special work environments. Disposable face coverings should be worn in specific scenarios including but not limited to: clinical research with patients;some BSL2+ work that requires disposable lab coats (refer to APB…

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Will my face covering protect me from hazardous chemicals or biological materials?

No, a cloth face covering is intended to provide community protection and is not intended to provide the wearer respiratory protection from exposure to chemicals, biologicals, or other airborne hazards. Continue to perform work activities using appropriate safety controls such…

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How do I prevent my prescription or safety glasses from fogging while wearing a face covering?

The warm, moist air in exhaled breath can cause water droplets to condense on glasses lenses, even if the face covering or mask is tight-fitting. Washing lenses with soap and water and drying with a soft cloth can prevent…

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How long will employees telework from home?

The university continues to work on its phased restart plan. The return to campus is based on State and County health guidance, as well as other considerations to reduce resurgence of the virus, including: Increased testing and contact tracing;The ability…

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