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For Visitors

Important

  • To help minimize interactions between nonessential visitors and the Stanford community, visitors to academic and residential areas of Stanford campuses are largely restricted to those approved to be onsite for education, research, and official business purposes.
  • All approved visitors for indoor or outdoor activities and events, need to complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation.
  • All visitors coming to Stanford must meet at least one of two criteria: 1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 2) receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite.
  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visiting scholars, researchers, and other temporary community members with a regular presence on a Stanford campus are equired to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19, within 10 days of being onsite, they must complete the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.

Current status

  • Visitors coming to a Stanford campus for academic, business, or research purposes must be hosted by a department or unit.
  • New appointments of Visiting Student Researchers, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, Visiting Scholars, and other non-matriculated students are restricted through Summer Quarter, at least until September 1, 2021.
  • Current Appointments: Extensions Vice provosts will consider requests for extensions for current visitors whose research and ability to return home may have been disrupted by the pandemic. Note that extensions will not be further extended or a second extension granted. Please review the policies listed below and carefully note the information required for a request for an extension.

Visitors: for academic, business, or research purposes

Visitors coming onsite to a Stanford campus for academic, business, or research purposes must be hosted by a department or unit. Please contact the hosting department or unit for more information about their approval process.

Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation

To ensure the safety and public health of our Stanford University community, approved visitors must attest that they have screened themselves prior to arriving on Stanford campuses, do not have COVID-like symptoms, and that they are not in a restricted status requiring isolation or quarantine. 

All visitors coming to a Stanford campus must attest that they meet at least one of two criteria: 

1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
2) receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite

To attest, visitors must complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation, prior to visiting our campuses. Both the visitor and the Stanford contact will receive copies of the completed attestation form. Any visitor unable to attest, is NOT approved for onsite access.

Departments or units that would like to implement a verbal, or alternate, health attestation process must have that process approved. Email health-alerts@stanford.edu for more information.

Visiting Scholars, Researchers, and other Temporary Community Members

All temporary community members with a regular presence on campus starting June 21, 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This requirement will apply to those at Stanford locations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as SAL3 in Livermore and Hopkins Marine Station.

For the purposes of this policy, temporary community members include:

  • visitors with extended academic or research appointments administered by a Stanford school, department, or unit (e.g. visiting scholars, researchers, adjunct faculty, teaching staff) on campus at least once a week, for three weeks or more;
  • non-degree or non-matriculated students on campus at least once a week, for three weeks or more;
  • external participants of summer programs living in campus residences.

This requirement is intended to align with Stanford’s recently announced plans to require all students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by fall, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Governance Committee’s determination that vaccines are crucial to having a safe, healthy environment at Stanford and in our broader community.

Read the full policy here.

Nonessential Visitors and Members of the Public

Nonessential visitors and the Stanford community are welcome to outdoor areas across both campuses. Visitor parking is available in all parts of main campus.

Visiting the University museums

The Cantor Arts Center is open to the public at 100% capacity. Reservations, face coverings, and social distancing are still required.

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University has closed temporarily for the summer for building maintenance, reopening in the fall. Changes to Stanford art museums programming will be provided here.

The Dish area

Visitors to the Dish can now walk or jog in both directions along the path. Face coverings are still required when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between members of different households, and people should continue staying to the right of the path unless passing. The drinking fountain will remain turned off and visitors are encouraged to bring their own water. More information about visiting the Dish area is available here.

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