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Important Information Regarding COVID-19

In accordance with the guidelines from Stanford, Santa Clara County and the CDC due to COVID-19, the Dean of Students office is currently operating virtually.  Dean of Students staff will be available for consult via Zoom or phone during standard office hours.  Faculty, staff, students and other members of the Stanford community are encouraged to consult with the office as needed.  

Sheltering in place guidance for students living in undergraduate communities  

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Sheltering in place guidance for students living in undergraduate communities

We care deeply for all of our Stanford Students and recognize that navigating a pandemic on campus in the summer is a significant challenge.  The following guidelines are rooted in the care for your health and well-being and collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Each guideline aligns with County of Santa Clara orders and university policy, to ensure the safety of our students and the front line workers that you may encounter on a daily basis and to comply with county and state law.

The County of Santa Clara “June 5 Order” continues to restrict all persons to sheltering-in-place, campus activity to certain essential and approved activities in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus while providing provisions for limited outdoor activity.  Stanford also has a University COVID-19 Base Social Distancing Protocol (in accordance with the Santa Clara County order effective May 22, 2020).  A student’s failure to comply with these orders constitutes a violation of the law and will be considered a violation of the Fundamental Standard.  The university takes adherence to these expectations very seriously.  Violations can also include the possibility of immediate removal from summer housing.

Students must be responsive to the university and university officials regarding health and safety directives, including but not limited to university communications and Stanford Health Alerts. Students must also follow the most current Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order which may be subject to change through the summer.

The university takes adherence to these expectations very seriously.  Violations can include the possibility of immediate removal from housing and charges against the Fundamental Standard. Students who are removed from housing for violating the Residence Agreement and/or Fundamental Standard are still responsible for paying housing charges for the quarter. 

Students must be responsive to the university and university officials regarding health and safety directives, including but not limited to university communications and Stanford Health Alerts.


If you see violations of these expectations, please call the Residence Dean on Call immediately at 650-504-8022.

To be clear, we offer the following shelter-In-place guidelines, and we define “shelter” as a student’s dorm room or apartment.

  1. In compliance with the Santa Clara County shelter-in-place orders, Stanford has updated the requirements to include any community member entering campus buildings for the purpose of work and research to complete COVID-19 hygiene training and participate in the Health Check symptom tracking tool. This does not include entrance to campus residences or picking up to-go meals in the dining halls.

  2. Stanford requires the wearing of face coverings in all University buildings when outside of your apartment or dorm unit.  Students are responsible for their own face covering.  Particularly, students are required to wear a face covering when picking up to-go meals in the dining halls, going to Munger Market or the Axe & Palm, and attending the Pop-Up Food Pantry.  Face covering use is strongly encouraged outdoors whenever personal interactions within 6 feet are likely to occur (for instance, walking through the Main Quad). For your safety, face coverings are not required when exercising outdoors, but physical distancing remains very important.

  3. Limited to one student at a time, students are permitted to access dormitory kitchenettes, within or adjacent to other common areas and lounges, with mandatory face coverings and hand washing required before and after exiting the kitchenette.

  4. In accordance to physical distancing requirements, you must maintain six feet of distance between each person you don’t already live with.  However, in University buildings you must maintain physical distancing even among those you live with, and you must wear facial covering in all dining establishments.

  5. You may not invite to campus any guests or Stanford students not approved to live on campus.

  6. We are suspending all visitor access from one dorm/house/apartment to another, except where houses are considered one community with oversight by the same Resident Fellows. You may not visit dorms/houses where you are not assigned to live. 

  7. We ask that you honor quiet hours on Sundays through Thursdays after 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays after 1 a.m.

  8. We ask that you limit travel off campus for the essential needs such as medical care, groceries, and dining take-out.

  9. You are not allowed to travel outside of the Bay Area for any reason. If you do so, you will not be permitted to return to campus housing.

  10. You must follow all university policies, including but not limited to those covering alcohol and drugs, health and safety, and Title IX.

  11. You must avoid all contact sports and common areas as Stanford Recreation & Wellness resources are all virtual, as all local and state facilities are closed.

  12. For the health and safety of the residential community, you must report COVID-19 testing and results to deanofstudents@stanford.edu.

  13. Students must be responsive to the university and university officials regarding health and safety directives, including but not limited to university communications, and Stanford Health Alerts.

  14. Common areas, including but not limited to lounges, study rooms, and computer clusters will be closed and must not be used.  Laundry rooms will remain open and students will need to wear a face covering and continue to maintain physical distancing as set forth above when they are out of their apartment or dorm room. Students are not required to wear masks in their immediate hallways or common bathrooms, although it is strongly encouraged. 

  15. All public and private gatherings of people occurring within a student’s dorm, house room or apartment that violates the above parameters are prohibited.  To state the obvious, this includes but is not limited to parties of all types, which are expressly prohibited. Note that smoking of any kind in or near buildings is strictly prohibited.

  16. You must follow the most current Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order. Failure to comply with these orders constitutes a violation of the law.

     

You may leave your residence:

  1. for walks or exercise, as long as you keep six feet away from anyone you don’t already live with in the same room.  Face covering is strongly encouraged while outdoors, but is not required when exercising,

  2. to walk your approved assistance animal or emotional support animal,

  3. for medical appointments (please reschedule all routine, non-essential appointments),

  4. to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for food and supplies, and

  5. to walk to your assigned dining halls locations and the Axe and Palm to pick up to-go meals (with a face covering).

 

Perhaps most importantly, Stanford has the highest standards for student behavior during this time. Please understand that these measures are not only for your health and well-being but equally for that of our Stanford employees and their families, particularly front-line workers.  Therefore, these measures may continue  to be subject to change in order to help keep our community safe.  A violation of these guidelines can be grounds for the immediate termination of spring quarter 2020 housing and may impact your ability to access future on-campus residential experiences. In addition to constituting a Fundamental Stanford violation, such behavior could result in a student being referred to the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, Residential Education, the Title IX Office and others. As a reminder, the university has the ability to place an administrative hold on an individual student, immediately removing the student from campus and suspending all student privileges, for reasons relating to the safety or health of the student or the Stanford community.