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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more about Join Californians combating COVID with their smartphone
Associate Vice Provost Russell Furr provides an update on public health restrictions at Stanford following the state’s lifting of the regional stay-at-home order, which still leaves local counties in the highest-risk purple tier of the state’s COVID-19 framework.Read more about Stay-at-home lifted; purple tier in effect
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