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Resources for students during winter closure 2023-24

Here's a quick reference for students who need a hand from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3.
Falling snow and tree against winter background. Credit: Allison Piwowarski

Need help during the winter break? Stanford University will be closed for regular business from Thursday, December 21, through Wednesday, January 3. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, a good place to start is the Resident Director on call (undergraduates) or Graduate Life Office dean on call (for graduate and professional students).


New TimelyCare option for students!


TimelyCare is offered as a supplement to the extensive existing in-person and virtual services offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)Vaden Medical Services, and other Vaden and on-campus resources. This no cost service offers enrolled students residing in the United States virtual medical and mental health care 24/7, 365 days/year and up to 12 scheduled mental health therapy sessions per academic year.


Resident Director On-Call

A Resident Director on-call is available to help undergraduates 24/7 if you are in a crisis and need immediate assistance that cannot wait until winter quarter begins.  The RD on call can be reached at 650.504.8022.

Graduate Life Office Dean On-Call

A Graduate Life Office dean on-call is available to help graduate and professional students 24/7. If you are in a crisis and need immediate assistance that cannot wait until winter quarter begins, you can page the GLO Dean on call by following the instructions below.  If you can wait, please email us and a GLO Dean will get back to you when winter quarter begins.

  • Text the GLO pager at Include your name, your return phone number, and reason for paging in the message. Please note, this is not an email address and the number of characters we can view are limited. We will call you back for the details.
  • Call the GLO pager at 650.723.7288. You will reach a Stanford operator. Provide pager ID #25085 and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean on-call.

Vaden Health Services

Vaden winter closure hours and services are posted here. Additionally, the following health resources are always available to students:

Stanford University Department of Public Safety (DPS) 

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (DPS) endeavors to be a consultative resource for all members of the community and can be reached 24/7 at 650.329.2413.

Protected Identity Harm Reporting 

The Protected Identity Harm Reporting form will remain available during the university's winter closure. Responses will be reviewed after January 3, 2024. If you are currently witnessing or are the subject of an incident involving destruction of property, violence, or the threat of violence or any other criminal activity, and you feel safe to do so, we urge you to contact the police immediately at 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from off-campus or a cell phone.

Confidential Support Team (CST) 

Confidential Support Team (CST) telephone support is available for all students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence 24/7 at 650.725.9955. (confidential resource)

Stanford SHARE Title IX Office

The Stanford SHARE Title IX Office will be closed. Please contact the Resident Director on-call (undergraduates) or Graduate Life Office dean on-call (graduate and professional students) for non-confidential assistance and referrals.

YWCA @ Stanford

The YWCA @ Stanford will have walk-in hours available on December 21 and will be closed from December 22 through January 2. For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, contact the YWCA 24-hour Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Crisis Support Line at (800) 572-2782.

Bechtel International Center

Bechtel International Center will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. Students with urgent needs can write to, which staff will be monitoring.

Office for Religious and Spiritual Life

The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life will be closed. Information about Advent and Christmas services at Memorial Church is available on the ORSL website.

Student Services Center

The Student Services Center will be closed and offers basic support by telephone only at 650.723.7772.

Student Technology Support

Student Technology Support is closed for winter break. Tech Resources & Support has Stanford-specific, self-service help guides available for many technology problems as well as answers to common questions.

  • Closed Winter Break: December 21 - January 3 (no services)
  • Open December 18 - December 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; December 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (in-person visits by appointment only)
  • Reopening January 4 - January 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (in-person visits by appointment only)
  • Resuming regular hours January 7

Residential & Dining Enterprises

Residential & Dining Enterprises housing operations staff are available during winter closure.