Some students living on campus have voiced dissent with new mask requirements — but others say the University needs to go even further to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Unvaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars will need to adhere to weekly COVID-19 testing beginning on Aug. 9.
The infections come just days after Stanford eliminated its twice-weekly testing requirement for inoculated students.
Among the academic changes slated for fall are a return to “normal seating capacity without physical distancing” in classrooms.
Starting July 1, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars will no longer be required to complete their daily Health Check when visiting or living on campus if they have uploaded proof of full vaccination.
The University will draw 20 winners of $25 gift cards to Amazon, DoorDash and Starbucks each Thursday, for a total of $3,000 worth of prizes.
Stanford will not require fully vaccinated students to wear masks in indoor or outdoor residential areas after June 26. Masks will still be required indoors in most other buildings, including dining halls and academic, research and administrative buildings.
The University is eliminating the Campus Compact and reducing mandatory testing requirements. The shift comes as many frosh arrive on campus for the first time since being admitted to Stanford over a year ago.
The University will place enrollment holds on students’ Axess accounts if they fail to meet the requirement or deadline.
Stanford will add Resident Directors, Community Coordinators and Neighborhood Program Directors to their residential education system as part of The University’s ResX initiative.
Stanford will pay for continued Collegeboxes storage until the start of fall quarter 2021 for students who are not currently living on campus, will not return to campus for summer quarter and are planning to return to campus for fall quarter, according to a Monday email from the executive director of R&DE Student Housing Operations Imogen Hinds.
Though the exact breadth and scope of the breach remain unknown, these steps can also act as important preventative measures to ensure you are kept safe in any future breaches.
Under the newly relaxed restrictions, students will be able to organize private outdoor gatherings for up to 24 students from three households.
The reduction of county restrictions comes as thousands of juniors and seniors plan to return to campus in the coming days for spring quarter.
The University reported zero new student COVID-19 cases and four new faculty, staff and postdoc cases for the week of March 8 — a reduction from the previous week’s six combined new cases.
“They’re on the wrong side of this and they should be held accountable,” said Senator Kobe Hopkins, as he and senators called on the University to expand scribe services for disabled students.
The easing of restrictions on student gatherings comes as new COVID-19 cases among students remain at two for the second week in a row, the lowest positivity rate since the start of the quarter, but also amid multiple prohibited gatherings and COVID-19 safety rule-breaking.
Students at Stanford’s School of Medicine worked directly with administrators to plan an in-person happy-hour event. Organizers said careful planning, contact tracing and guidance from med school administrators lead to what they believe was a safe event.
The University reported nine new student COVID-19 cases and nine new faculty, staff and postdoc cases for the week of Feb. 2 — a mild uptick from the previous week’s 15 combined new cases, according to its COVID dashboard.
“Some parts of it are unintelligible. Other parts are contradictory. Other parts are just counterintuitive,” Senate Chair Micheal Brown ’22 said of the constitution in its current form. “There's a lot of work that has to be done.”