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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 continue to be adjusted as the public health situation changes. See guidance on planning and protocols for Stanford’s fall quarter here

Employees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to wear face coverings and will no longer need to follow distancing rules in most workplace settings. However, face coverings may still be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in certain locations such as classrooms, crowded events where physical distancing is difficult, all healthcare facilities, cars and other university vehicles occupied by more than one person, and public transportation. And, consistent with CDC guidance, Stanford strongly recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors on campus. Updates will be added as we get closer to fall quarter.

COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by health care providers to eligible individuals based on criteria set by public health authorities. For the most current information, visit the Vaccinations page.

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

On-campus housing for the summer quarter is being offered to graduate students, frosh and sophomores, approved undergraduates with special circumstances, and, if space permits, juniors and seniors returning for a fifth year in 2021-22. Effective June 26, dining halls will offer indoor dining (no reservations needed), with Clean Dining protocols. The campus compact will not be required for summer and subsequent quarters, but certain health and safety requirements will remain in place.

Research and some other essential in-person campus activities are operating on-site. Guidance for researchers is available. Undergraduate researchers who are enrolled in summer quarter and live in the local area may be approved to work in campus labs following an application/approval process outlined on the research recovery site. Otherwise, faculty, staff, postdocs and students who can work remotely are asked to continue doing so until school/unit leaders determine that return to on-site work is needed. Work Anywhere offers resources.

COVID-19 testing is being provided for the campus community. Effective July 19, 2021, students living on campus or coming to campus frequently this summer are no longer be required to participate in COVID-19 testing and Health Check after providing documentation they are fully vaccinated. Testing is voluntary for faculty, staff, and postdocs who are approved to work on-site and are fully vaccinated but, effective Aug. 9, is required for those who are not fully vaccinated. 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.

Gathering size and events policy: Currently, there are no limits on the size of non-student gatherings on campus, with the exception of mega-events above 5,000 people indoors and 10,000 people outdoors. Events and gatherings of greater than 500 individuals require registration. Please email for more information, and visit Health Alerts for the latest event and gatherings guidance.

Visitors and the Stanford community are welcome to outdoor areas of both Redwood City and Palo Alto campuses. Public events, performances and exhibitions are occurring in person at limited capacity. Certain essential visitors (including spouses/partners and minor dependents) are allowed in student residences. Visitors for academic, business, or research purposes  must be hosted by a department or unit. New appointments of visitors, including visiting scholars, visiting postdocs, visiting student researchers and others, are restricted.

Proof of COVID vaccination, uploaded in Health Check, is required for all university-sponsored travel. Unvaccinated travelers returning from personal travel outside of California (including from international locations) must test before coming to campus. Further details may be found on the For Stanford Travelers page. Students should continue participating in Stanford’s regular testing procedures.

Stanford Athletics has provided a carefully staged return, based on each team’s situation. Select athletic venues are now accessible for spectators beyond families and friends of participating student-athletes.

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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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

Where can I get a vaccine?

Find out about COVID vaccine eligibility and where to receive a vaccine, based on the county in which you reside.

Learn more about getting a vaccine

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