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For Staff

On this page, you will find information and answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 for all Stanford employees. For additional information specific to faculty/instructors and researchers/research administrators, please go to their respective pages.

Current status

As of July 28

  • Stanford is following a phased recovery of university operations. We are currently in Stage 3 of the restart process. Learn more about Cardinal Recovery.
  • Return to On-site Work. Employees not required to have an on-site presence will continue to work from home through early September 2021, although greater access to on-site work may be possible sooner. School/unit deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents (or assigned delegates) will determine whether an on-site staff presence is required for the summer and moving into fall, either fully or partially, and must approve all recommendations for revised work arrangements, including those participating in flexible work pilot programs during the summer. For more information, please see the Work Arrangements interim policy here. Training on COVID-19 hygiene is also required before returning to work at a campus location for the first time. 
  • Submitting your Health Check, to self-report health status is required on a daily basis for employees and postdocs working in-person at a Stanford facility. However, fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoc who have (1) listed their vaccination date(s) and manufacturers in Health Check and (2) uploaded an image of their documentation on Health Check will not be required to make daily Health Check submissions when coming to campus (unless they become symptomatic or receive a positive COVID test result) or to undergo regular testing. For those uploading vaccination documentation for the first time, follow these instructions. For questions about vaccination reporting in Health Check, please refer to these FAQs
  • Face coverings. Effective June 26, Employees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear face coverings and will no longer need to follow distancing rules in most workplace settings. However, face coverings will still be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in certain locations such as classrooms, crowded events where physical distancing is difficult, all healthcare facilities, carts and other university vehicles occupied by more than one person, and public transportation. 
  • Surveillance testing for faculty, staff and postdoctoral students approved to come to campus remains voluntary. However, weekly testing is recommended for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, or may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination, uploaded in Health Check, is required for all university-sponsored travel. Unvaccinated travelers returning from personal travel outside of California (including from international locations) must test before coming to campus. Further details may be found on the For Stanford Travelers page. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular testing procedures.
  • Vaccination requirement for Fall. All faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars coming to campus this fall will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 
  • Dining hall access is currently limited to students, their children and registered partners/spouses. If the positive trend continues, Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) expects to open the dining halls to faculty and staff during the summer. R&DE retail cafes and markets are open to students, faculty and staff. See Stanford Dining locations and hours and retail locations and hours on the R&DE website. 
  • The Stanford Guest House is also open.

An overview of all current policies and status regarding COVID-19 is available here.

Relevant policy information

Frequently asked questions for…

Providing a healthy and safe workplace is important at any time for Stanford, and is of paramount concern during the COVID-19 outbreak. We strive to provide the best care for our staff members and continue to operate as effectively as we can during this time of uncertainty. We are committed to providing updates on the latest developments and explaining how they impact our people and our workplace.

Workplace resources

COVID-19 Workplace Guide (for employees)

COVID-19 interim policies

Employee support & self care

Return to On-site Work resources

Manager resources

Virtual training