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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 thetechdesk@stanford.edu.  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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What should I propose to my PI as “work from home” projects?

Tasks such as analyzing data, planning or writing papers or thesis chapters, reviewing literature, doing calculations and modeling, updating lab training documents and standard operating procedures, and planning future experiments are all reasonable remote research projects. We strongly encourage you…

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How will animal care proceed during “shelter in place”?

The Department of Comparative Medicine, which oversees the Veterinary Service Center, has continuity plans in place to continue to provide routine care (food, water, sanitation, health checks) and routine veterinary care. The VSC is currently well stocked on essential items…

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What must research labs do to ensure the continued care of research animals?

Per the VSC, research labs must:Create a plan to manage research animal experiments and ongoing care in case of lab staffing or shortage supplies;Create an emergency contact list and provide to their Building Manager/DFA/Local Area Contact.Per the VSC, research labs should:Prioritize essential,…

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If research activities are curtailed, would we have enough notice?

We are actively monitoring the situation on campus and in the community. Considerations include availability of campus-wide resources, levels of staffing, and other conditions on and around campus.If the situation worsens, the Stanford Administration may, in consultation with public health…

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How frequently should disinfection occur in laboratory spaces and adjoining offices?

Disinfection frequency depends on the amount of activity in the lab and shared office areas. At the very least, disinfection should occur daily before closing for the day. Janitorial services are providing stepped-up cleaning of cafeterias, breakrooms, bathrooms and other…

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