Letter to the administration regarding a forced evacuation from Stanford

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Dear Provost Drell and President Tessier-Lavigne,

Stanford students are not worried only about COVID-19 but are scared for how the University administration’s response will affect our lives. We are at a point where the lack of direction is just as harmful to us as the conditions that created it.

We need our leaders to tell us what they are considering. Moreover, we ask them not to force us to evacuate campus.

This morning, Harvard announced that it would be moving classes to an online format and asked all students to completely move out of their houses and dorms in five days. You have already moved classes online for the rest of winter quarter, and we fear what comes next. Arranging travel, moving belongings to a high-demand storage unit and figuring out how to pay for it all — these challenges are the last thing students can deal with now as we finish our already-disrupted winter quarter. 

For those of us who went home immediately following the cancellation of in-person classes, returning to take care of our belongings represents a logistical nightmare and would require many students to enter a more dangerous area than the one in which they currently live. As for the many of us that did not quickly go home, there is a reason we did not: It is hard! Some of us cannot afford the travel costs. Others would return to unstable homes. And some would go back to countries that might have more serious COVID-19 situations than the United States. Even if we did make it home, many of us have home situations that make it hard or impossible to take online classes, whether it be for the reasons above or lack of internet access.

Harvard’s intention makes sense in theory: send people home before they can get the virus and then spread it to others. Unfortunately, such reasoning does not apply to us. Stanford already has a confirmed case in a School of Medicine faculty member, and undergraduate students tested for COVID-19 after potential exposure. Thankfully, so far we know of no tests that have come back positive. However, as Provost Drell signaled in her Friday announcement, as more testing becomes available we can expect the confirmed cases of COVID-19 to grow in our region. Some of us could go home or stay with nearby family and are choosing not to out of fear of infecting loved ones. Forcing us to go home means forcing us to endanger our families.

While the impacts of Harvard’s decision remain to be seen, we know enough now to realize that Stanford students are nowhere near being ready to evacuate. If you are willing to prioritize our health and well-being, we ask you to continue working to make campus safe and responsive to our needs rather than rush us to make expensive and difficult arrangements only to arrive at uncertain situations at home and further the spread of this virus.

We understand that it is hard for the administration to provide all the support for which we ask, especially given the uncertainty. We know you are working around the clock. We appreciate your dedication. We are matching it with our own. Students are taking seriously the health precautions you have advised. We are putting the health of our community ahead of our own convenience. We will continue to do so as long as we live here. 

You don’t have to be perfect to make things better. Let us know that we can stay and that you are committed to keeping campus housing open for spring quarter. That knowledge alone will quell many fears. It will be progress —progress for which we are desperate.

Signed,

Jack Golub ’20 
Isaiah Drummond ’20
Sam Baucom ’20
Ana Cabrera ’20
Meg McNulty ’20
Barbara Cardona ’20
Harry Cromack ’20
Nizhóní Begay ’20
Juliann Hallum ’20
Dylan Cooper ’20
Peter Camacho ’21
Loghan Thain ’20,
Will Paisley ’20
Emma Spellman ’20,
Emmy Li ’21
Maggie Nowlan ’20
Jensen Neff ’20
Emma Glickman ’20
Niki Flamen ’20
Kiki Couchman ’20
Susi Arguello ’20
Kaila Kim ’21
Alex Bradfield ’21
Zack Boyd ’21
Neha Sharma ’21
Haley Hodge ’20
Celine Foster ’21
Amanda Huynh ’23
Chidinma Agbo ’21
Caleb Martin ’20
Noah Cortez ’21,
Kimberly Juarez-Rico ’21,
Edward Tran ’23,
Canyon Robins ’20
Abby Tarquinio ’21
Amanda Rizkalla ’20
Aviva Fallas ’20
Anavi Tekriwal ’20
Brooke Hale ’20
Kate Watkins ’20
Caroline Spertus ’21
Anika Sinha ’21
Emily Schmidt ’20
Merissa Rieken ’23
Drew Semler ’20,
Quinn Greicius ’20
Alex Maruniak ’22 
Sruthi Raguveer ’20
Allison Tielking ’20 
Tim Michael ’20, 
Nic Fort ’20,
Yusef Ferhani ’20
Jacob Kuppermann ’20
Helen Gordan ’21
Ashwin Ramaswami ’21
Jeff Rodriguez ’20
Nick Kingsley ’20 
Veronica Stafford ’20
Sasha Dierauf ’20
Bobby Sparks ’21
Jared Poblete ’22
Sam Wolfe ’20
Reagan Dunham ’20
Kayley Miller ’20 
Brent Peus ’20
Nathaniel Ramos ’21
Hamza Zahurullah ’20
Anna Haigh ’20
Pablo Ocampo ’21
Pippa Thompson ’20 
Alessandra Marcone ’20
Manan Shah ’21, 
Jessica de la Paz ’20 
Maggie McKenna ’22
Marvin Collins ’22 
Felicia Hou ’21
Aarthi Popat ’21, 
Miao Gong ’21,
Jessica Chen ’21
Sun Paik ’21
Jennifer Vu ’21, 
Ari Brown ’20
Erik Strand ’20, 
Carolyn Chun ’21, 
Evan Wisner ’22 
Zane Kashner ’20
Kathleen Chang ’20
Julie Chavando ’20
Elie Kuppermann ’20
Ellie Utter ’20, 
Ellie Chen ’20
Tessa Scott ’20 
Haiwen Gui ’20, 
Jordan Reist ’20, 
Annie Minondo ’21 
Anna Lee ’21
Madison Perez ’20, 
Carly Malatskey ’20 
Christine Callinan ’20
Dylan Johnson ’20 664 
Sierra Enge ’22
Taylor Crutison ’20
Chris Huntley ’20
Bradley Immel ’21
Abigail Varney ’22
Mehr Kumar ’20 
Justin Kang ’20, 
Amanda Han ’20,
Shravya Gurrapu ’20
Will Kingsfield ’20
Krithika Iyer ’21,
Cade Cannedy ’20 
Bella Khuu ’22
Jaymi McNabb ’22
Lauren Taylor ’20
Beattie Goad ’20
Carolyn Herrera ’20
Stephen Weyns ’20
Leda Morales ’20
Kylie Callan ’20,
Alegria Ruseler-Smith ’20
Dylan Junkin ’21
Gopal Raman ’21
Pedro Martins ’20
Ammaar Adam ’22
Shreya Venkat ’21
Arjun Dhawan ’2,
Surabhi Mundada ’21
Tia Sewell ’22 
Mitzi Harris ’20
Kate Miles ’22 
Carlos Ezquerro ’20
Angie Montemayor ’20
Ellen Ouyang ’20
Zheng Yan ’20
Madison Haley ’21  
Jonathan Gomes Selman ’20 
Elizabeth Gerson ’20 
Dylan Sherman ’20 
Walter Sobba ’20 
Catherine Lai ’20 
Daria Lenz ’22 
Courtney Gao ’20 
Catharina Clark ’20
Carolina Sculti ’22 
Daniel Henry ’20 
Madeline Casas ’22 
Sally Egan ’22 
Lorena Orozco ’22 
Serena Jing ’21 
Theiline Pigott ’20 
Natalie Sada ’21
Margaret Murray ’20 
Matt Frank ’22 
Nicole Ticea ’20 
Andrea Banuet ’20 
Leila Mengesha ’20
AJ Aldana ’20
Lilla Petruska ’21
William Kenney ’20
Isaac Pohl-Zaretsky ’21
Gunner Dongieux ’21
Zen Simone ’20
Ben Hoskins ’22
Ella Tessier-Lavigne ’20
Anooshree Sengupta ’22
Erin McCoy ’20
Katherine Moldow ’20
Maddy Fish ’20
Ella Eisinger ’20
Anna-Luisa Brakman ’21
Disha Dasgupta ’20 
Riley Noland ’20
Weiran Liu ’20
Theresa Gao ’21
Alexandra Hennessy ’21
Isabella Fulford ’21
Fenella Scutt ’22
Tanay Kothari ’20,
Julia Wang ’22
Kate Wang ’20
Marissa Gerchick ’20
Chloe Wintersteen ’20
Megan Cvitanovic ’20
Kaitlyn Jong ’20
Tenzin Wangdak ’20
Will Johnson ’20
Amy Lo ’23
Jade Chrobok ’23
Nathan Marshall ’20 
David Estrada-Arias ’21
Maya Shetty ’22
Lexi Long ’22
Michael Du ’21
Miranda Nykolyn ’21
Tiger Sun ’21
Jupinder Parmar ’22
Cathy Wang ’21
Dongming Zhang ’22
Aarushi Patil ’23
Abby Greubel ’22
Jay Liu ’20
Lacie Hull ’22
Rachel Carey ’21
Emma Dolan ’20
Alexander Iyabor ’20
Evie Johnson ’20
Pierce Ashworth ’20
Cameron Vaughan ’22 
Alexandra Suarez ’22
Chinenye Ogbonnah ’20
Medha Verma ’20
Merrell Guzman ’20
Brenna McCulloch ’20,
Ethan Oro ’20
Sophia Christodoulou ’20
Kit Sturm ’21
Natalie Cross ’22
Nicolai Garcia ’20
Sidhika Balachandar ’22
Haley O’Brien ’20 
Sana Gujral ’20
Alanna Sun ’22
Thomas Thach ’21
Clara Romani ’20
Saron Dea ’20
Layla Joseph ’20
Amrita Venkatraman ’20
Hugo Gonzalez ’20
Tiffany Zhu ’21
Celia Chen ’20
Isabelle Miller ’22
Michael Mahowald ’22
Khuyen Le ’21
George Kingston ’21
Jessica Seng ’20
Leo Dong ’23
Lyndie Ho ’20
Kevin Li ’22
Layo Laniyan ’22
Emily Cohen ’20
Maggie Rosenthal ’20 
Julia Wortman ’23
Carlos Rodriguez ’23
Justine Sombilon ’22
Elizabeth Steen ’20
Swathi Iyer ’21
Sonny Dryden Kūʻehuikapono Myers ʻ22 
Colleen Dai ’20
Emma Hard ’20 
Esha Dhawan ’23 
Dian Ang Yap ’20 
Katelin Zhou ’23 
Diva Sharma ’21
Frances Silva Roig ’20
Miley Hu ’21
Paola Martinez ’20
A.J. Aldana ’20 
Lina Fowler ’22 
Logan Pearce ’20 
HoyTaryn Imamura ’20
Christian Tocol ’23 
Cameron Cruz ’20 
Madeline Bernheim ’23 
Caroline Graham ’23 
Kyleigh McPeek ’23 
Kristen Fairbank ’23 
Anna von Preyss ’20 
Ariosto Gomez-Franco 20’ 
Habeeb Jimoh ’22
Michelle Xing ’22
Vanessa Veak ’22
Marie Burnett ’21
Mihir Patel 
Hugo Budd ’23
Gaurav Sandhu
Julia Gong ’21
Gordon Martinez-Piedra ’22 
Rip Livingston, ’20, 
Sydney Von Arx, ’23 
Nikhil Cheerla ’21 
Jasmine Rodriguez ’22 
Dominick Hing ’20 
Chloe Glikbarg ’21 
Andrew Sleugh ’23 
Jackson Parell ’22 
Randy Friedman ’20 
Mac Taylor ’20 
Maren McKenna ’20 
Kayla Kelly ’23
Aye Chan Moe
Abby Mcshane ’20
Alex Doan ’20 
Ashley Westerfield ’20 
Sierra Maciorowski ’20 
Samantha Loui ’20 
Molly Irvin ’20 
Lauren Howe ’23 
Rahma Ali ’23 
Zach Belateche ’20 
Lucy Brown ’22 
Mahima Krishnamoorthi ’20 
Ian Chang ’23 
Nik Castro ’20 
Gabriela Escobar ’22, 
Alice Ballard-Rossiter ’21 
Mihir Garimella, ’21 
Cassandra Lin ’20 
Harika Kottakota ’20
Eli Wachs, ’20 
Georgia Sampaio ’20 
Erfan Rostami ’22
Georgia Rosenberg ’23 
Danielle Tang ’21
Carolyn Stein ’23 
Alex Bhatt ’21 
Drew Feinman ’23
Chloe Chow ’23 
Keona Blanks ’23
Sathya Edamadaka ’23
Joseph Civantos ’23 
Benjamin Choi ’22 
Hailemichael Alemneh ’23
Remy Gordon ’20
Kelsey Rich ’20 
Kayla Magid ’20 
Patrick Gilligan ’20 
Alexandra Crew ’20 
Ian Singer ’22 
Audrey Elliot ’20, 
Gabby Crooks ’23 
Sabrina Raouf ’22
Kalyani Ramadurgam ’21
Akasha Hayden ’23,
Rebecca Cohen ’21
Vinjai Vale ’22
Daniel Michael ’22
Frances Cerkvenik, 22 
Emily Ross, ’21
Samaksh Goyal ’22
Jonathan Lipman ’21
Soraya Fereydooni ’20
Samsara Durvasula ’20
Courtney Bond ’20
TaNia Donatto ’23
Mea Anderson ’21
Vikas Munukutla ’20
Jeanette Kaleikau-Buxton ’21
Neha Srivathsa ’21,
Phoenix Reivers ’23,
Pedro Carvalho ’23,
Collin Douglas ’22,
Freya Forstall ’21,
Dmitri Saberi, ’22,
Chastity Hale ’21
Abdallah AbuHashem ’19,
Catherine Beck ’22
Erica Olsen ’21,
Catherine Beck ’22
Alex Fuster ’20,
Lauren Feitzinger ’20
Scott Stevens, ’20,
Iris Osorio-Villatoro ’20,
Harry Moran ’22,
Daniel Chen ’21,
JD Pruett ’23,
Jensina Froland ’20,
Julian Rodriguez Cardenas, ’23,
Ethan Strombeck, ’23,
Sarah Yribarren ’23,
Eva Batelaan ’23,
Michele Holtkamp, ’20
Laura Mediorreal, ’20
Andea Scott ’20,
Susi Arguello ’20
Savannah Mohacsi ’20
Brentley Sandlin ’22
Antigone Xenopoulos ’20
Lizzie Dowdle ’22
Alain Perez ’23
Isa Terrazas ’23,
Giovanna Pinciroli ’21
Sydney Brown ’21
Christian H. Nunez ’21,
Pranav A. Upadhyayula ’21,
Hank Tian ’20,
Dylan Grosz ’20,
Ben LeRoy ’20,
Sharon Tran ’21
Natalie Hojel ’21,
Sarah Bitter ’22,
Cricket Bidleman ’21,
Kendra Mysore ’20
Madison Ambroise ’23
Sean O’Connor ’22,
Sarah Crable ’22,
Carly Steyer ’20
Kate Golub ’23
William Golub ’23
Raagavi Ragothaman ’22
Hillary Umphrey ’21
Emily Schrader ’23
Sammy Luo (PhD ’23)
Odelia Lorch ’23,
Darryl Thompson ’23
Madison Quig ’23
Andrew Fang ’22
Abigail Schweizer ’23
Alice Yang ’20
Caroline Kushel ’21,
Sam Duke ’20,
Anne Lee ’22,
Ashley Toribio ’22
Maeve Givens ’20
Madeline Bubb ’20
Alisa Wang ’23
Blen Kedir ’23
Natalia Rojas ’20,
Nicole Edsall ’20
Adithi Iyer ’20
John Finkelman ’23
Noah Sveiven ’23
Onyi Ozoma ’21
Victor Ragsdale ’21
Jisoo Hope Yoon ’23
Brittany Stinson ’20
Ghawayne Calvin ’21
Sarah Vicol ’21
Nazjaa Hughson ’23
Thapelo Sebolai ’20
Chavdar Lalov23
Andrew Thomas ’21
Neil Cordingley ’23
Sophia Miller ’20
Ryland Pampush ’21,
Aline Thiengmany ’20,
Shaleen Thiengmany ’23,
Rylee Jackson ’20,
Maria Bojorquez ’20
Emily Chiao ’23 Otero
Jacob Herrscher ’23
Allison Oddman ’21
Ian Hall ’23
Aidan Chandra ’23
Francesco Insulla ’21
James Hamilton ’23
Mina Mahmood ’21
Ruben Krueger ’21
Clemente Farias Canepa ’23
Terachet Rojrachsombat ’23
Psalm Pineo-Cavanaugh ’21
Adam Salem ’22
Lara Maassen ’21
Ammar Alinur ’23
Malaysia Atwater ’23
Sarah Bloom ’23
Peter Caroline ’21
Sajan Mehrotra ’23
Ornella Pelissero ’23
Valeria Rincon ’20
Jenny Nova ’20
Julia Pandolfo ’20
Corinne Charlton ’22
Corazón Johnston ’22
Haley Farnsworth ’20
Huanvy Phan ’20
Rinni Bhansali ’23
Hannah Walton ’22
Abla Ghaleb ’21
Kyle Wang ’22
Robert Hurley ’23
Marco Antonio Vasquez ’21
Raymond Yin ’22 
Tomoya Tisdale ’20
Julian Aguilar ’21
Brooke Tran ’21
Elina Thadhani ’21
Hugh ZHang ’20,
Benek Robertson ’20,
Alissa Vuillier ’23
Amanda Jacquez ’20,
Cameron Linhares-Huang ’23
Drew Gao ’23 Gavilan
Matthew Radovan ’22
Catherine Areklett ’21
Julia Raven ’21 Roth
Obed De la Cruz ’21
Julia Skwarczynski ’21
Joey Thaman ’23
Celia Tandon ’22
Seth Liyanage ’21
Forrest Dollins ’22
Koye Alagbe ’23
Celeste Larios ’20
Cameron Woods ’20
Seiji Eicher ’20
Simone Willcox ’20
Laurel Sullivan ’23
Laura Pelaez ’21
Elisa Lopez ’23
Danae Cave’ 23
Sophia Mulwa ’22
Caitlin Casey ’22
Gina Sanchez ’22
Paloma ’23
Ben Davidson ’21
Francisco Irizarry ’23
Jess Yeung ’21
Isabella Duan ’21
Salvador A. Tello ’21
Matthew Blaisdell ’20
Jeremy Rubin ’23
Eric Kuang ’22
Michael Alisky ’23
Amy Kanne ’21
Rogelio Salinas ’23
Barbara Sanford ’23
Lee’Shae Lawson ’23
Dahlia Suiter ’23
Dayonna Tucker ’20
Rachel Rivera ’23
Maya Bedge ’23
Larissa Bersh ’22
Isabella Ruiz ’22
Isabelle Paylor ’23
Diego Dew ’20
Aaron Mitchell ’20
Diana Jordan ’22
Hailey Szybunka ’20
William Roberson ’23
Ishita Mangla ’23
Marion Hall-Zazueta ’22
Varun Shenoy ’23
Nirvik Baruah ’23
Isaac Kandil ’23
Brian Kuglen ’23
Angela Yang ’22
Kheshawn Wynn ’23
Briana Berger ’22
Ella Wang ’23
Lilith Frakes ’21
Ava Jones ’23
Caroline Steyer ’20
Natalie Milan ’23
Katie Mansfield ’20
Matthew Landis
Jayla Kilson ’21
Aniea Essien ’20
Bethel Bayrau ’22
Brenden Koo, ’23
Lauryn Lowe ’22
Kyra Teigen ’23
Kai Fox ’21
Alexa Luckey ’21
Scott Stevens ’20
Alex Millard ’20
Becca Nelson ’20
Cathy Yang ’20
Sumer Sao ’22
Vinicius Garcia ’20
Curtis Staples ’20
Natalie Johnson ’20
Yesenia Ulloa ’21
Artenisa Kulla ’20
Malaika Koshy ’20
Shawn Cai ’22
Robert Mungai ’20
Mary Zhu ’21
Victoria Hill ’22
Sela Berenblum ’20
Brooke Ferber ’20
Annie Nguyen ’22
Gema Cardenas ’23
Haley Hauser ’21
Angela Wang ’20
David Malinak ’21
Joshua Ojo-Osagie ’20
Komal Kumar ’21
Sequoiah Hippolyte ’22
Janae Belk ’22
Zakaria Sharif ’21
Marcus Grewal ’23
Janet Martinez ’21
Joddy Nwankwo ’22
Jose Giron ’20
Amay Aggarwal ’21
Malia Maxwell ’23
Bryan Aldana ’20
Mortaza Moradi ’20
Emily Arbuthnott ’20
Marinna Smallidge ’21
Sanura N’Jaka ’20
Fatima Karim ’22
Maya Passmore ’23
Sochima Ezema ’23
Ronald Clinton ’21
Sierra Edwards ’21
José Luis Gandara ’23
Esmeralda Reyes ’23
Cam Twarog ’22
Eleanor Sherline ’23
Cecilia Valencia ’23
Kavya Varkey ’23
Kaile Maske ’23
Veronica Pratt ’23
Anesu Mapuranga, ’23
Dija Manly, ’23
Kelly Devens ’20
Oriana ’23
Alex Loia ’23
Jana Kholy ’20
Engubia Fontama ’23
Meera Desai ’23
Carmen Duran ’23
Daania Tahir  ’23
Jennifer Martinez ’23
Tyson Thomas, ’23
Tristan Wagner ’20
Elizabeth Gray ’20
Jason Swanepoel, ’22
Kyla Windley, ’22
Rachel Naidich, ’23
Kevin Chen ’23
Michael Masseyl
Ruben Cuevas ’23
Tyah-Amoy Roberts ’23
Francis Santiago ’23
Sunwoo Kang ’20
Micaela Soria Robles ’22
Eddie Tchaouchev ’21
Alex Boulton McKeehan ’20
Anima Shrestha ’20
Sierra Wells ’22
Julia Meltzer ’22
Ethan Wang, ’23
Karla Villanueva, ’20
Francesca Pinciroli, ’23
Catherine Sarkis, ’23
Olivia Schroeder, ’22
George Wang, ’22
Ellen Allison, ’20
Wilmer S Zuna Largo ’23
Annie Nguyen ’23
Lily Taylor ’21
Kayla Williams ’22
Karen Villanueva ’22
Ayumi Namba ’23
Sydney Maly, ’20
Kendall Ota ’23
Justin Wilck ’20
Mia Bahr ’22
Izzy Ampil ’21
Michelle Julia ’21
Maia Brockbank ’21
Brennecke Gale ’22
Katie Fong ’21
Lucia Simpson ’20
Hannah Berke ’22
Kassidy Kelley ’21
Drew Feinman 23
Santiago Gallego ’20
Fahdah AlSubaihin ’22
Arielle Wenokur ’20
Emily Arbuthnott ’20
Isabela David Rodrigues ’22
McLain Simpson ’23
Christine Wey ’20
Leodson Jean Baptiste ’23
Jerry Chen ’20
Elana Begay ’23
Christopher Lee ’20
Edan Reches ’21
Miza Hixson ’22
Manuka Stratta ’22
Joaquin Garcia ’22
Lydia Villa ’22
Krishnan Nair ’22
Matthew Waltman ’22
Jonathan Seymour ’20
Lucy Sandeen ’23
Nolan Matcovich, ’21
Emily Snell ’23
Trace Guzmán, ’21
Gillyn Maung ’20
Pranavi Kethanaboyina ’22
Jacky Chu ’20
Erik Luna ’23
Kayla Severson ’22
Kate Formico ’21
Tara Parekh ’22
Sanju Sathish ’21
Jordan Kaplan ’22
Sophie Maguy, ’21
Martin Alcaraz Jr. ’20
Heman Gill ’20
Sidney Wilson ’21
Hannah Ashai ’23
Andrew Leonard ’23
Avoy Datta ’20,
Emily Mendoza ’21
Rodolfo Salazar ’21
Omar Gomez ’21
Celine Lopez ’20
Salei Salanoa ’21
Michelle Julia Ng ’21 576
Dean Manko ’21
Ryan Tan ’21
Nicola Buskirk ’22
Karla Manzanares ’23
Nicholas Abram ’21
Kimball
Reta Nissan ’23
Jesseca Topete ’20
Mila Camargo ’22
Ana Fernandez ’21
Nicole Salz ’21
Andrea Lee ’20
Kailash Nakagawa ’23
Mallika Jhamb ’20
Holly Campbell ’22
Hussam Algallaf ’23
Elliot Miller ’20
Robin Cheong ’20
Lauren Victoria Clark ’20
Aishwarya Mehta ’22
Katherine Ho ’22
Kelyn Wood ’22

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