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COVID-19 Guidance for Students

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Welcome to Campus.

We want to assure you that we are taking steps to protect everyone’s health and safety, and we invite you to join us in minimizing the prevalence and reducing the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Please check back regularly for the latest information about COVID-19 requirements to help you navigate life on the Farm. 

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Find information about arrival testing and where to pick up free COVID tests on campus.

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We’re Looking Forward to the New Academic Year

Let's get you ready to go, too! Here’s a quick summary of our fall message.

  1. All students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Complete your entrance health requirements. 
  2. Assemble a first aid kit with your preferred over-the-counter medications such as fever reducers and decongestants to get you through the cold and flu season. Be sure to include a thermometer. 
  3. Bring face coverings. Stanford strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Masking is required in classrooms, except while speaking; in residential common spaces; in healthcare facilities, including Vaden Health Center and Stanford hospitals and clinics; and on Marguerite buses.
  4. Complete pre-arrival and arrival COVID testing. Rapid and Color test kits will be provided at no cost at check-in tables during move-in (Color is a lab test with results in 24-72 hours; learn more about registering for Color). Varsity Athletes should complete PCR tests through the Sports Medicine team instead of Color. 
  5. Pick up Color and rapid tests as needed this fall. Kits will be available for students and students’ spouses/partners living in R&DE-assigned housing. 
  6. Slow down and  tune in to how you feel. Familiarize yourself with COVID symptoms and be ready to test if needed. Report any positive COVID test results. Review COVID’s isolate-in-place protocol and campus resources.
  7. Take preventative measures to help protect our community against monkeypox, and note that the isolation period for people who become infected with this virus is two to four weeks. Our public health experts are actively monitoring the situation, and more information will be shared soon, following up on this July 21 message
  8. Connect with Resources for Our Communities for a variety of services, guidance, and more. Take time to care for yourself and connect with friends, family, and other support. You do not have to experience anything on your personal journey on your own.



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Autumn Quarter 2022

COVID Isolation Guidance

Here's what to do if you test positive and related information.

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COVID Exposure & Symptomatic Testing

Here's a quick guide to quarantine/isolation, masking, and testing for students who have tested positive, are symptomatic, or have been exposed.

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Arrival, Travel, & Return Testing Guide

Here are more details about our approach to supporting a healthy return to campus, on initial arrival and post-travel, including picking up university-provided rapid tests.

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COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination & Health Check

Learn more about rapid and Color testing, the vaccination requirement, and Health Check.

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If you are seeking information on COVID testing pick-up and drop-off location closures & hours, learn more here. 

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