Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the county and state, Stanford reported 15 positive tests among staff members in the past week and no new student cases. The University has also added an additional 1,000 testing spots.
Stanford’s football and basketball teams will not be allowed to practice or host games on campus as a result of more stringent COVID-19 restrictions issued by Santa Clara County public health officials on Saturday amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
While Stanford has managed to keep the number of positive tests among students and staff relatively low, last week a record-high number of 10 students tested positive for COVID-19.
Despite rising cases and hospitalizations in the county, Stanford is proceeding with plans to provide on-campus housing to first-year, sophomores and transfer students for the winter quarter, which begins on Jan. 11. On Monday, Provost Persis Drell announced Stanford was moving forward with its plans, citing low prevalence rates of COVID-19 on campus.
Stanford is proceeding with its reopening despite increasing COVID-19 case numbers in Santa Clara County.
Repeated calls for Stanford to reevaluate its relationship with the Hoover Institution have been shut down by administrators who underscore the importance of academic freedom. But Hoover scrutiny has risen to a new level during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Hoover fellow and Trump advisor Scott Atlas at its center.
Stanford’s class of 2024 is made up of 52% women and 48% men, coming from 56 different countries and representing all 50 U.S. states. In addition, 20.2% of the class are first generation college students and 9.9% hail from abroad.
On the first morning of the Hoover retreat, President Trump proclaimed on Twitter that the virus “was very much under control,” despite a rising case count. He added, “Stock market starting to look very good to me!” Mere hours before the Hoover briefing, Kudlow said on CNBC that the coronavirus threat had been curbed and “it’s pretty close to airtight.”
This report covers a selection of incidents from Oct. 6 to Oct. 11 as recorded in the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin.
Local officials said that they are prepared for the November election, which will be conducted almost entirely by mail due to COVID-19.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was overheard saying that Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution and special advisor to President Donald Trump, has been spreading misinformation to the president about the pandemic.
Stanford had initially planned for first-years, sophomores and transfer students to be on campus in the autumn quarter, but later suspended its plans.
An attorney representing Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution and White House coronavirus adviser, threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against signatories of a critical open letter that condemned Atlas’ views on COVID-19.
The University does not plan to establish a community center for undocumented students and students who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, said Senior Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students Mona Hicks at a Wednesday webinar.
Senator Alain Perez ’23 said that several significant events over the summer spurred the Senate to action, notably the ongoing effects of the pandemic, racial reckoning in the United States following the killing of George Floyd and government policies affecting international and undocumented students.
Stanford physicians and researchers published an open letter to the Stanford University School of Medicine faculty on Wednesday that criticized Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Dr. Scott Atlas’ controversial views on the COVID-19 pandemic, countering his stances with a list of statements on COVID-19 infection and mitigation supported by a “preponderance of data.”
Stanford will indefinitely delay implementation of the campus zones program ID policy, which will require individuals approved to be on campus to visibly display their Stanford IDs. “Civilian Stanford representatives” will enforce the ID requirement.
Stanford University School of Medicine physicians and researchers discussed the latest developments in COVID-19 research, including new information regarding the way the disease impacts children, men, women and nonbinary individuals. The professors warned of a possible “twindemic” and brought attention to prevention strategies for the upcoming flu season in the Aug. 27 COVID-19 town hall. …
Students receiving financial aid at Stanford are typically expected to contribute at least $5,000, with $1,500 coming from summer earnings and $3,500 from employment during the school year.
Stanford is establishing a temporary “campus zones program” that will define access to its main campus, effective Sept. 1. Stanford community members approved to be on campus will be required to visibly display their Stanford IDs when in controlled zones starting on Sept. 8. The temporary zones will be implemented in order to reduce contact…