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Isolation for graduate and professional students and postdocs

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This information applies to students and postdocs living in campus housing with a private bedroom and single-occupancy bathroom.

Here’s what to do if you test positive while living on campus

Effective Jan. 1, students and postdocs who live in campus housing with private bedrooms and single-occupancy bathrooms will be isolating in their assigned housing. This means you will be isolating in your space until Vaden Health Services releases you from isolation. 

If you have not already done so, complete this form to report your positive test results. Then read the information below to become more acquainted with the expectations and resources in place for you.

If you are experiencing worsening symptoms, contact Vaden Health Services at 650-498-2336. Here is how to reach Vaden after hours.  CDC guidance can be found here.

What does it mean for you to be in isolation?    

Being in isolation means preserving your health, safety, and well-being along with that of your community. The isolation period is necessary anytime a student tests positive for COVID-19. Although you will be in “isolation,” our goal is for you to still feel connected and well-supported. 

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What if I have one or more apartment-mates?

There are a limited number of spaces available for healthy apartment-mates who share common space with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. Here's how to contact us to request a space.

What should I do when my isolation period ends? You will be cleared to end your isolation period by Vaden Health Services, which will provide any further instructions.

What should I do if I'm sharing an apartment with someone who has tested positive? We've posted additional guidance.

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Isolation expectations

Do not leave the space. 

Do not use laundry rooms.

Do not go to any in-person classes, events, meetings, social activities, shared dining spaces, common rooms, or other group activities.  If you have questions about leaving your space, please contact Stanford Vaden Health Center.

Do not go to work. Communicate with your supervisor and HR to explore working from home options, if appropriate.   

During your period in isolation, you may only leave to seek medical attention or with permission to do so by Vaden Health Services.

If you are cleared to leave your room by Vaden, you MUST wear a face mask fully covering your nose, mouth, and chin. You MUST return to your room immediately after.  

You MAY NOT have visitors. Do not have others come to your space for visits of any kind.  

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Daily needs: meal delivery, medical care, your campus resources

Throughout this process, it is our hope that you will continue to engage in academics (to the extent the severity of your illness allows it and if applicable) and practice a daily routine that includes tending to your health, well-being, dietary needs, and non-in person social communication. Please contact the EVGR-B Housing Service Center for everyday essentials you may need to replenish. We are here to ensure you have access to appropriate campus resources so that you are well supported. 

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Meal delivery  

Meals will be tailored for dietary restrictions and allergies based on the information you have submitted when you completed this form.    

Isolate in Place Meal Delivery FAQ

Medical care

Throughout your isolation period, please continue to be in regular contact with Vaden Health Services at 650-498-2336. Here is how to reach Vaden after hours.  CDC guidance can be found here.


If you are in isolation on campus, leave your garbage outside your room door on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Custodial teams will pick up and dispose of garbage in the clear plastic bag that R&DE Dining is providing with meal deliveries.

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Academic needs

We encourage you to reference your course syllabi and email your professors and your academic advisor so that they know that you will be unable to participate in in-person academic activities. Graduate and professional students can contact the Graduate Life Office for assistance. 

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Apartment-mates and Family Members

What should I do if my apartment-mate tests positive?

There are a limited number of spaces available for healthy apartment-mates who share common space with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. Here's how to contact us to request a space.

If you are sharing an apartment with a student who tests positive, everyone is advised to: 

  • Stay inside your bedrooms with doors closed as much as possible.
  • Wear face coverings except when in the bathroom, eating, or in your bedroom.
  • Avoid entering the bathroom within 15 minutes of your apartment-mates.
  • Disinfect the bathroom and kitchen as often as possible.
  • Eat in separate rooms.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Students who test positive should avoid using the laundry room.
  • Healthy students should review the information below to determine if you are a high or lower-risk close contact, and then follow the guidance below.

What should we do if a family member tests positive?

  • A student who tests positive and is living on campus with their family can request isolation housing by contacting the Graduate Life Office at 650.723.7288 Pager ID #25085. Indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.
  • A student who is exposed to a family member who tests positive is a high-risk close contact, and should follow the guidance below.
  • Spouses, partners and family members of a student who tests positive and who does not move to isolation housing should complete 3 COVID-19 tests:
    1. Immediately AND 
    2. 3-5 days after first exposure to the positive case AND 
    3. 3-5 days after the positive case completes their isolation period.

What is a lower-risk close contact?

  • A lower-risk close contact is someone who has been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case indoors or outdoors with face coverings, or outdoors without face coverings but distanced. 
  • All lower-risk close contacts, whether vaccinated or not should:
    • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately
    • Then follow your normal testing cadence

What is a high-risk close contact?

  • You are considered a high-risk close contact if you have been indoors, unmasked and prolonged exposure (15 minutes, can be cumulative over time) to a positive case.
  • If you are high-risk & fully vaccinated for COVID-19
    • You do not need quarantine housing at this time, but it is important to minimize your exposure to others
    • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately
    • Test again 3-5 days after your last exposure to the positive person
    • Test again 8 days after your last exposure to the positive person
    • First 3-5 days: get grab-and-go meals at the dining hall, do not go to class, contact your academic advisor to request academic support, avoid any unmasked contact with others, and maintain proper physical distancing
    • After a negative 3-5 day test, you can resume classes and other activities
    • If you develop symptoms at any point, submit a Color test immediately and follow the instructions for a symptomatic person
  • If you are high-risk & not fully vaccinated for COVID-19
    • Contact Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336 to notify our health care professionals
    • Rest in your room, keep away from others, and wear a face covering around roommates, apartment mates, and family
    • Do not go to the dining hall, classes, and indoor gatherings
    • Prepare to move to a temporary isolation space. Not everyone is moved.
    • Submit a Color COVID-19 test immediately 
    • Test again 3-5 days after your last exposure to the positive person
    • Test again 8 days after your last exposure to the positive person

Questions? Here’s how to reach us.