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What is Stanford’s policy on visitors to campus?

Effective immediately, students’ spouses/partners and students’ minor dependents are allowed as essential visitors under county and state orders. The campus compact’s provisions regarding guests and visitors are being amended to reflect this clarification. Note that childcare providers are already included…

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Are employees required to report if they are awaiting or have received test results for COVID-19?

Yes, faculty and staff who are awaiting or have received a test result for COVID-19 are required to report this information to their school or unit HR Director or HR Manager. This is both to connect you to resources that…

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Where can we get disinfectants, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.?

Cold and flu viruses, as well as COVID-19, are susceptible to disinfectants that contain alcohol (recommended at least 60% for hand sanitizer) or bleach, which are commonly found in many cleaning products.At this time, departments and labs should evaluate their…

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What if I am unable to submit my grant on time due to COVID-19?

Most federal agencies, including NIH and NSF, do not grant prior approval for late submissions; however, there are existing policies that address extenuating circumstances and the NIH published a memo on March 9, 2020 relating to late applications, as well…

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COVID-19 issues are negatively affecting the progress on my grant. What should I do?

See the NIH memos published on March 9, 2020, regarding late applications and an FAQ. The NIHFederal Office of Management and Budget also released a memo indicating that grant “flexibilities are applicable to NIH applicants and recipients where the entity is conducting…

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What guidance has the federal government provided regarding funding and grants?

On March 9, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) produced a memo directing Federal agencies to support research and services that are deemed necessary to carry out emergency response related to COVID-19.On March 12, 2020, the NIH issued a …

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Should my external business partners still conduct meetings on campus?

Due to the Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order that took effect on March 17, only essential services should be conducted on campus. External business partners should use phone or Zoom video conferencing to conduct business.

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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?

Faculty, staff, and postdocs, who have been onsite within the past two weeks or are expected onsite and are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have close-contact to someone who tested positive for COVID, must notify Stanford via …

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What should labs do now to reduce the risk of spreading illness?

First and foremost, do not come into the lab unless you are essential staff performing critical functions identified and approved in a Laboratory Research Continuity Plan in Essential Research SmartSheets.To reduce the risk of spreading illness, including COVID-19, colds, and flu, follow…

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Should employees who show any sign of illness (e.g. runny nose, sore throat) self-isolate?

Due to COVID-19 and the Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order, only essential employees should be reporting to Stanford facilities. Employees feeling unwell and/or showing signs of illness that are expected to be on campus either partially or fully to do…

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