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If I have a technology need (e.g., internet access, laptops) in order to successfully engage in online courses, what should I do?

The university is committed to making sure you can adequately engage in coursework remotely. If you would like to borrow a laptop, need reliable access to the internet, or have other technology concerns, please email [email protected]  You may also find…

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Is there any guidance about group activity? About qualifying exam committee meetings?

It is everyone’s responsibility to take prudent steps that help inhibit the spread of the virus. One such step following the CDC guideline is social distancing, cancelling or postponing extracurricular group activities and large events. To ensure continuity of education…

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Will some graduate classes be offered in person, e.g. small-group instruction?

No, as announced by President Tessier-Levigne, for all spring quarter classes, we will use virtual learning, rather than in-person classes, until further notice. We will not be making any exceptions to allow this; all research and expert advice points to…

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What factors did the university consider when adopting the Satisfactory/No Credit grading policy for spring 2020?

During such distressing times amid unprecedented circumstances, when most students have been displaced to homes around the world and faculty are being asked to rapidly shift their classroom courses to untested online environments, our entire Stanford community has been challenged…

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Will I graduate on-time if I need to complete lab or performance-based classes?

We recognize remote learning poses challenges for some courses that cannot reasonably meet remotely. We are in close touch with school deans who are communicating with departments about these kinds of situations, and we will have more guidance soon. Graduating…

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If I am a graduate student in university housing, what happens if I choose to leave my campus housing and stay elsewhere while classes are only meeting online? Can I break my Stanford housing contract without penalty?

Graduate housing FAQs can be found on the R&DE website.

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