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For Visitors

Important

  • To help minimize interactions between nonessential visitors and the Stanford community, visitors to Stanford campuses are largely restricted to those approved to be onsite for education, research, and official business purposes.
  • If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19, within 10 days of being onsite, they must complete the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.
  • If a service vendor tests positive for COVID-19 and was on a Stanford campus, within 48 hours prior to symptoms onset, this must be immediately reported to the University by completing the Contractor COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.

Current status

  • Visitors coming to a Stanford campus for academic, business, or research purposes are approved, on a case-by-case basis, by the dean or vice provost of a department or unit. 
  • New Appointments: Exceptions Vice provosts will consider requests for exceptions to the restriction on new appointments for high-priority and urgent programmatic needs that are first reviewed and approved by the School deans. 
  • 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.

Approved Visitors: for academic, business, or research purposes

Visitors coming onsite to a Stanford campus for academic, business, or research purposes are approved on a case-by-case basis by the dean or VP of 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. 

To attest, visitors must complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation, prior to visiting our campuses. 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.

Events on campus

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19, indoor gatherings are currently restricted, and outdoor gatherings are allowed with modifications at Stanford. Indoor gatherings are currently limited to essential business meetings, trainings, and household pods. Outdoor gatherings requiring modifications, are broader in nature, but can include social and entertainment gatherings. 

Any event that involves gathering of individuals (e.g., filming), even if the event is half digital and half in person, must be submitted to EH&S for approval via the Events & Gatherings form. Student-led events and events put on by student organizations must also be submitted to Student Affairs HERE for approval. 

For an overview of gatherings and meetings at Stanford, please refer to this link.

Campus Zones

As a result of other statewide and local restrictions, Stanford has adopted zone restrictions on its campus to help minimize interactions between nonessential visitors and those approved to be on campus for education, research, and official business purposes. Further information on the campus zones program is available here.

Visiting the University museums

The Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University have temporarily closed their galleries. The Stanford museums will open to the campus community on April 16  and to the public on April 21 at 25% capacity. 

Free timed tickets are required

Changes to Stanford art museums programming will be provided here.

The Dish area

The Dish area will look and operate a little differently in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors are asked to observe new rules that are consistent with state and local public health guidance.

Visit dish.stanford.edu for updates on hours and closures.

Service Vendors

Service vendors must maintain COVID-19 safety management practices that are consistent with county Social Distancing Protocol requirements when working in Stanford buildings. 

To ensure a safe vendor experience, departments/ building managers must ensure vendors complete the Service Vendor Expectations Checklist for COVID-19 Safety Management form. 

For more information please refer to the Service Vendor Expectations webpage on Carinal Recovery

If service vendors test positive for COVID-19 after coming onsite

If a vendor employee was on a Stanford campus, within 48 hours prior to symptoms onset, this must be immediately reported to the University by completing the Contractor COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.