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Winter Break & Return Testing Guide for Undergraduate Students

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What are the testing expectations and requirements for all students returning to campus housing starting Jan. 1?

  • Take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus.
  • Take a university-provided rapid test immediately upon returning to campus, if rapid tests remain available.
  • Take TWO Color tests during your first week on campus (Day 0 and 5). Do not submit a new Color test until you receive the previous test result.
  • Then continue testing with Color, at your assigned cadence.

(Exception: Testing is not required for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months. If you tested positive through a provider other than Color or Vaden, send a copy of your positive test results (attached to a message with the subject line "secure: test results") to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the VadenPatient portal.) 

After I return to campus, where do I get a rapid test?

  • Kits will be dropped off at each undergraduate room. 
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What should I do if I test positive?

Wear a face covering at all times and follow these directions.


Circumstance Time What to do
I tested positive before returning to campus. Until further notice Do not travel! Send a copy of your positive test result (a PCR test is preferred) to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the Vaden patient portalPlan to isolate for 10 days in your current location. The CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation from 10 days to five days for asymptomatic individuals. However, Santa Clara County (where Stanford is located) is still assessing this new guidance. Do not change your travel plans on the assumption that five days is sufficient. 
I tested positive after returning to campus (rapid or Color) and I live in a dorm or Row house. Until further notice Call the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk at 650.784.5961 to see if temporary isolation space is available. Learn more here.  
I tested positive after returning to campus (rapid or Color), I live in EVGR-A, Mirrielees or the Suites, and I have a private bedroom and single-occupancy bathroom Until further notice Isolate in your assigned housing unit. Learn more here.  
I’m a varsity athlete. Until further notice Contact the Sports Medicine team.
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I’m new to campus

Here’s everything you need to know about Color testing and the immunization requirement.

If you need immediate medical advice, call Vaden Health Services at 650.498.2336.