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Current policies and status

Stanford is in a phased recovery of operations due to COVID-19. Below is an overview of our current policies and protocols. These will be adjusted as the public health situation changes.

Classes will be mostly remote for the winter quarter, with limited classes offered in-person. Teaching Commons and Teach Anywhere offer resources for instructors.

On-campus housing for the winter quarter is being offered to graduate students, new transfer students and approved undergraduates with special circumstances. Dining halls provide takeout meals, with CleanDining protocols. A compact outlines protocols for those living in R&DE-assigned housing or coming to campus. Read an update about the winter quarter plan for undergraduates and additional information about winter quarter return for undergraduates and graduate and professional students.

Research and some other essential in-person campus activities are operating on-site. Guidance for researchers is available. Otherwise, faculty, staff, postdocs and students who can work remotely are asked to continue doing so through March 31, 2021. Work Anywhere offers resources.

COVID-19 testing is required upon arrival and through the winter quarter for students  who live on campus or come to campus frequently. Starting January 4, 2021, through the winter quarter, surveillance testing also is required for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site. Dashboards provide aggregated results for the Stanford community.

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.

Maintain physical distance from others at all times – generally at least 6 feet. Wear a face covering indoors (unless you are in your apartment, dorm unit or personal office and no one else is present who is not a member of your household) and also outdoors whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained from people who are not in your household.

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 (though such gatherings of households are not permitted for the first two weeks that returning or newly arriving students are on campus following winter break).

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.

University-sponsored travel is suspended. If you arrive from travel of more than 150 miles outside of Santa Clara County, you must quarantine for 10 days; it is recommended that you get tested on day 6 or later and also monitor for any symptoms until 14 days. This Santa Clara County directive is now in effect “until rescinded or modified” by the county. The 10-day travel quarantine also applies to all undergraduates arriving for winter quarter from travel of any distance. For employees working at either the main Stanford campus or Stanford Redwood City, if you travel more than 150 miles from either Santa Clara or San Mateo counties, you should not return to on-site work for 10 days after return; there is no testing exception.

Athletics activities are being provided additional flexibility under a revised Santa Clara County order. Stanford Athletics will be in touch with student-athletes and coaches about the effects on team activities.

Exercise outdoors is encouraged, subject to physical distancing. Pool reservations and other recreational offerings are available for those approved to be on-site.

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COVID Dashboards

Stanford’s COVID dashboards provide daily and weekly updates about COVID surveillance testing, isolation, and prevalence in the Stanford community.

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Latest Updates

Join Californians combating COVID with their smartphone

CA Notify is the state’s exposure notification mobile app that enables rapid communication by the way of alerts if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The state is encouraging all Californians to do their part to stop the spread of COVID, not only by wearing masks and social distancing but also by activating the app.

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Testing, Prevention & Care

What should I do if I'm feeling ill?

Learn how to access care if you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Learn more about what to do if you're feeling ill

Where can I get tested?

Find out where you can get tested for COVID-19 if you are on or near campus. (Stanford's five drive-through testing locations are available to all insurances.)

Learn more about where you can get tested

Mandatory self-reporting to Stanford

Let Stanford know if you are awaiting test results or have tested COVID-positive, or if you are sick with certain COVID-19 symptoms.

Learn how to self-report

Can I work on campus?

If you are an essential employee, find out when it’s okay to work on campus, and when you should self-isolate.

Prevention & self-care

Learn about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain good mental and emotional health.

Learn more about prevention and self-care

Campus hygiene

Learn about Stanford’s enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures and follow instructions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about campus hygiene

Social distancing protocol

Learn about the steps Stanford is taking to comply with the Social Distancing Protocol requirement.

Learn more about Stanford's social distancing protocol

Travel information

Find current travel advisories and resources for re-booking and cancellations, and learn what to do if you are returning to campus from an out-of-state trip.

Learn more about travel and returning to campus from traveling out of state

Frequently Asked Questions

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For COVID-19 related information for the Stanford community from prevention strategies to university operations to finding help:

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Other Resources

Learn Anywhere

Information and technology resources for students to set up internet access at home and attend classes online.

Learn more about attending classes remotely

Teach Anywhere

This guide provides you suggested actions to take quickly when making the shift from teaching in a classroom to teaching anywhere.

Visit the Teach Anywhere website

Research Continuity

Guidance and information on research continuity, sponsor agency, funding opportunities and COVID-19 research at Stanford.

Learn about research continuity

Work Anywhere

Technology resources, services, and equipment to enable the success of Stanford’s distributed workforce — no matter where your “office” may be.

Visit the Work Anywhere website

Stanford COVID-19 research & crisis response

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic poses a humanitarian crisis unprecedented in its scale of complexity, calling for coordination and collaboration between many fields of study.

Learn about Stanford’s response plan to unite COVID research

Stanford scholars and researchers lend their expertise to tackling the COVID-19 crisis

Stanford scholars in fields ranging from history to virology to artificial intelligence have been lending their expertise to the study and analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

Learn about Stanford scholar’s expertise and ongoing COVID-19 work