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.”
The infographics break down Stanford’s Title IX process, explaining the differences between the SHARE Hearing Procedure, which applies to student or faculty member respondents, and the SHARE Investigation Procedure, which applies to staff and postdoctoral scholar respondents.
Brubaker-Cole added that state and county regulations could play a role in the decision-making process, but said the University was moving “ahead full steam” after recently reaffirming plans to bring students back for the winter.
“We, as East Palo-altons are fighting to see if Silicon Valley will live up to its creed, to see which one is more valuable: the iPhone 12, or kids finishing grade 12,” he said in his video message to supporters.
The compact does not affect the expectations for students’ behavior but does affect the disciplinary process if they are accused of violating COVID-related restrictions. Signing the compact is primarily a consent to a different process of dealing with rule infractions.
Atlas has come under repeated fire by both Stanford affiliates and some nationwide for controversial views on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Verily testing dashboard, where students on campus can schedule a test, showed no open time slots between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6 — a period of 10 days — on Friday night.
At 4 p.m. on Monday, neither the University nor the Hoover Institution had yet responded to Scott Atlas’ latest statement to spark national controversy — a tweet calling on followers to “rise up” against a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan — leading some to wonder whether tendentious comments by the Hoover fellow would go unrebuked by Stanford again.
“I'm pretty tired and fatigued in general, pretty anxious in general and we're also in week eight,” Senate Chair Micheal Brown ’22 said, emphasizing that senators should keep the context of the election and pandemic in mind while creating goals for the rest of the year. “This moment … really matters,” Brown said.
The University reported two new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 26, according to Stanford’s dashboard.
The Undergraduate Senate voted unanimously to pass a resolution that encourages Stanford to unhouse Greek organizations following a discussion that lasted nearly two hours. Members of Abolish Stanford Greek, who authored the resolution, and multiple fraternity and sorority members attended the meeting to lobby the senators to support or oppose the proposal.