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Campus resources, Commencement, your belongings and more

An update for undergraduate students.

Dear students,

We have experienced extraordinary change over the past few weeks. There is no way for me to adequately thank you for the incredible grace you have demonstrated as we asked you to navigate a situation that called upon us to re-think the very fundamentals of our academic community, including how we live, teach, learn, work, and socialize. 

I am writing now with updates on topics that you have been asking about, and to offer information on what we are doing to bring campus services and programs to you, wherever you are. Program websites are being updated, and are a great source of information. I’ll offer a summary below.

Clearly, communication will be key in the months to come, and I welcome your suggestions on how best to keep in touch with you, and to help you keep in touch with one another. Please submit your thoughts and suggestions to us using this survey.

Community values

As we join together as a community to respond to COVID-19, we lead with the same values that shape who we are at all times at Stanford, including support for our international and Asian and Asian American community members. Hateful speech expressed against any group based on their race, ethnicity or national origin has no place on our campus at any time. Should you witness or experience an Act of Intolerance, please report this conduct.


We know that many of you have great ideas for celebrating Commencement. Please submit ideas here!

Leave of Absence

You can take a leave of absence for spring quarter for any reason including you do not want to take remote classes. Because of the exceptional circumstances relating to COVID-19, the deadline for submitting a leave of absence for spring quarter 2020 will be Sunday, April 5, 2020. You can receive a full-tuition refund if you file for a leave by this deadline. If you file for a leave after this deadline, you may be able to receive a prorated refund. Coterm students should check with their departments to verify leave of absence deadlines and tuition refund schedules. All international students considering a leave of absence should email Bechtel International Center advisors at

Your belongings

With spring quarter continuing online for the full term, we will soon start the process of packing belongings for students who have left campus. We are currently working to design a process to do this. We welcome your help, insights and advice as we create that process. Please share your ideas here

Note that social distancing and shelter in place orders make it impossible for you to return to campus at this point in time to retrieve your belongings. It is likely that we will need to start packing a small collection of rooms early. If this impacts you, we will be in touch shortly.

Your campus resources

Stanford’s services and programs are evolving so that we can support students virtually. You will find more information on the websites for individual offices. For example:

  • Whether you are near or far, your residential staff is still here (or there!) to support you. We are continuing to pay all student staff that are enrolled for spring quarter so that they can support you whether you are in your dorm or not. Please feel free to reach out as they are a key source of support and information. 

  • Residence Deans (RDs) are also available to you and will continue to be a resource. If you have never worked with your RD, your student staff can facilitate an e-introduction or you can reach out to the RD who supports your house directly. You can find contact information for your RD on the ResEd website.   

  • BEAM Career Education is offering online career coaching, workshops and panels, and a spring career fair 9 a.m to 3 p.m. April 23.

  • Although the buildings are closed, our community centers, FLI Office and OMAC are open for you and translating their programs and services for a virtual environment.  

  • Cardinal Nights and Stanford Recreation and Wellness have also gone virtual. Get the latest updates here.

  • The housing assignment Draw will begin in the coming weeks. Look for invitations to virtual information sessions where you can learn about the Draw and get your questions answered. 

I know we have shared this link with you quite a few times but it’s an important one: Vaden Health Center is open to serve you. The Vaden home page includes the latest medical care information for COVID-19, plus links to learn more about virtual services from CAPS, Well-Being at Stanford, the Confidential Support Team, and the Weiland Health Initiative. And so this note to you ends where we began this detour from campus life just a few weeks ago: doing our best to protect the health and well-being of our students and the university community.

Thank you,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs