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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 Oct. 21

  • Stanford has a COVID-19 screening program with weekly testing for students living on campus, and those living off campus who are coming to campus on a regular basis. A dashboard provides the results of surveillance testing at Stanford.
  • Stanford is following a phased recovery of university operations. We are currently in Stage 2 of the restart process. Learn more about Cardinal Recovery.
  • To support the safety of the Stanford community on our campuses, those working in-person at a Stanford facility must report their health status through the university’s Health Check tool.
  • Stanford has established zones on the main campus intended to limit nonessential visitors. Detailed information here.
  • Classes are mostly remote for the autumn quarter. Limited classes are offered in-person. Some outdoor classes may be moved indoors, subject to capacity limits.
  • On-campus housing for the autumn quarter includes graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and approved undergraduates with special circumstances. Dining halls are open for takeout, with CleanDining protocols. A campus guidebook is available to students, and a compact outlines protocols for those living in R&DE-assigned housing or coming to campus. Stanford is planning with the intention of inviting frosh, sophomores and new transfer students to campus for the winter quarter; an update is expected by mid-November.
  • Gatherings are generally prohibited, both indoors and outdoors, with some exceptions for university-led academic activities and other activities. Students in R&DE-assigned housing can gather with members of their registered “households” of up to 8 people.
  • Nonessential visitors to campus are limited under the campus zones program. Public events, performances and exhibitions are not occurring in person. Certain essential visitors (including spouses/partners and minor dependents) are allowed in student residences. 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 some open-air 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.