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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 July 28

  • Classes will be mostly remote for the summer quarter, with limited classes offered in-person. Teaching Commons and Teach Anywhere offer resources for instructors.
  • On-campus housing for the summer quarter is being offered to graduate students, frosh and sophomores, approved undergraduates with special circumstances, and, if space permits, juniors and seniors returning for a fifth year in 2021-22. Effective June 26, dining halls will offer indoor dining (no reservations needed), with Clean Dining protocols. The campus compact will not be required for summer and subsequent quarters, but certain health and safety requirements will remain in place.
  • COVID-19 testing is being provided for the campus community. Effective July 19, 2021, students living on campus or coming to campus frequently this summer are no longer be required to participate in COVID-19 testing and Health Check after providing documentation they are fully vaccinated. Testing is voluntary (but recommended until fully vaccinated) for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site. Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community. 
  • 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 to self-report health status is required on a daily basis for students on campus and for employees and postdocs working in-person at a Stanford facility. Training on COVID-19 hygiene is required before returning to work at a campus location for the first time.
  • Employees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to wear face coverings and will no longer need to follow distancing rules in most workplace settings. However, face coverings may 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, cars and other university vehicles occupied by more than one person, and public transportation. Updates will be added as we get closer to fall quarter.
  • Gatherings are generally limited to faculty, staff and students, both indoors and outdoors, with special approval required for outside visitors at special events. Student organizations can host outdoor gatherings until August 22.
  • Public events, performances and exhibitions are occurring in person at limited capacity. The temporary campus zones program ended on June 16. Visitors for academic, business, or research purposes are approved on a case-by-case basis by the dean or VP of a department or unit. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.
  • Exercise outdoors is encouraged, subject to physical distancing. Pool reservations and other recreational offerings are available for those approved to be on-site.

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 deanofstudents@stanford.edu 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.

Residence Deans

Our RDs are available to help undergraduates with personal concerns. Find your RD. 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 25085@pageme.stanford.edu. 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.