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For Students & Postdocs

On this page, you will find information related to COVID-19 for all Stanford students and postdocs. Please follow links on this page for answers to frequently asked questions specific to undergrads, grad students and postdocs. Postdocs and grad students might also be interested in additional information for researchers and instructors/TAs.

Current status

As of September 26

  • Face coverings are required in classrooms pending further assessment; however, individuals may remove face coverings while speaking.
  • Masking is required in residential common spaces; in healthcare facilities, including Vaden Health Center and Stanford hospitals and clinics; indoors at SLAC; and on Marguerite buses.
  • Stanford strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. We encourage everyone to respect the choices that individuals make about their own masking.
  • Color and rapid testing remain available at these locations. Testing is strongly recommended when Stanford community members experience symptoms, are concerned about possible exposure, or are returning to campus from travel.
  • Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community.
  • Dining halls offer indoor dining at full capacity, with Clean Dining protocols. 
  • Stanford is following a phased recovery of university operations. We are currently in Stage 3 of the restart process. Learn more about Cardinal Recovery.
  • Health Check is required for those who test positive.  have a positive COVID test. Training on COVID hygiene is required before returning to work at a campus location for the first time.
  • New postdoctoral scholars coming from outside Stanford, and current scholars returning from travel must follow relevant travel guidance that specifies how and when they may be approved for campus access. 
    • Vaccinated scholars arriving from domestic locations should register with Health Check and Color and begin surveillance testing.
    • Vaccinated scholars, including continuing scholars, arriving from international locations should register with Health Check and Color, and test on Day 0 and Day 5 before coming to campus for business purposes (note that they may come to pick up and drop off their tests). Unvaccinated scholars are not permitted unrestricted campus access until they submit a negative COVID test taken at least 5 days after arriving in California and are vaccinated or in compliance with the enhanced testing program for unvaccinated staff.

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

Relevant policy information

Frequently asked questions for…

Additional resources for students & postdocs

Attending class online

Financial resources

Staying connected and active

Timely information on other student services

Vaden Medical Services

Vaden asks all students seeking medical services to call 650-498-2336 and speak with a medical professional before heading to the clinic to keep patients and providers safe.

Dean of Students

Contact Dean of Students Mona Hicks at if you’re waiting for or have received COVID-19 test results. This is both to connect you to university resources that can support you, and to help the university assess the impacts of the virus in our community.

Resident Directors

Our RDs are available to help undergraduates with personal concerns. For immediate assistance, contact the RD on call at 650-504-8022

Graduate Life Office (GLO) Deans

GLO is available to help grad students with personal concerns. For immediate assistance:

  • Text the GLO pager at Include your name and reason for paging in the message.
  • Call the GLO pager at 650-723-7288. You will reach a Stanford operator. Provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.

Academic Advising

Undergraduate students can contact their Academic Advising Director, AARC Advisor, or Specialist Advisor. Graduate students should keep in touch with your advisor and/or department.

Office of Accessible Education

OAE Connect is a new online platform for students requesting educational and other accommodations.

Schwab Learning Center

SLC’s learning specialists and tutors are available on Zoom.

Student Services Center

The SSC helps students with Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Services and Graduate Admissions questions and issues. For the quickest response, submit a ServiceNow ticket.

Bechtel International Center

International students and scholars are encouraged to consult with Bechtel about travel concerns, remote coursework, leaves of absence, optional practical training and more.

Residential & Dining Enterprises

R&DE has updated its website with current information on campus housing and dining.

BEAM Career Education

BEAM has compiled a spring 2020 FAQ to help students keep their future in focus wherever they are this spring and summer.

The Office for Religious Life

The Office for Religious Life is offering virtual gatherings, podcasts, videos and daily reflections.