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Can I work from my vacation home or another location besides my home while I’m telecommuting? Can I work outside of the United States?

While the university is committed to offering flexibility, at this time remote work may be granted for a temporary period by school/unit leaders (deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents or an assigned delegate), and should coincide with the current extended…

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How long will employees work remotely from home?

The university is planning for as normal a fall quarter as possible, with the resumption of on-site classes and expanded research. Over the summer and into fall, certain employees will be needed on-site to support the return of our students…

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I do not have a university laptop issued to me. Can I use my personal computer in order to work from home?

Using a Stanford-owned device that has been configured to meet Stanford’s security requirements is always the best alternative for conducting Stanford work, both when at Stanford or at another location. If that option is not possible, the Information Security office…

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Can employees receive a stipend to purchase an ergonomic desk and chair?

While stipends for ergonomic desks and chairs are not available, you are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded session of the Ergonomics at Home webinar hosted by Environmental Health & Safety, which offers tips and do-it-yourself (DIY) hacks for setting up a…

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What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who tested positive, or I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms? (Updated 8/27/21)

Faculty, staff and postdocs must notify Stanford via Health Check. See this page on Health Alerts for more information.

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Who is eligible for telecommuting?

The following may be eligible to telecommute or work remotely from Stanford facilities: Exempt and non-exempt employees, full- and part-time Employees still in their trial periodContingent (temporary/casual) staffStudent employeesPostdoctoral scholars in the research environment Decisions about who can telecommute should be…

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