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Stanford University Guidelines for Campus Compact Violations

A. Introduction

Stanford University has created a Campus Compact (“Compact”) to help articulate our collective responsibility as we seek to keep our campus and our local community as safe as possible during this COVID-19 pandemic.  COVID-19 has already taken many lives and has been particularly devastating to minoritized communities. Protecting the health and well-being of our campus and the surrounding communities requires each of us to commit to act responsibly and in ways that demonstrate care and compassion for our fellow students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and neighbors. 

The pandemic and resulting public health measures are significant disruptions to our community and they impact our mental health and well-being, sense of security, and academic engagement. With such impacts, missteps are to be expected under the intense pressure and continual vigilance our current circumstances require. Some of us may get COVID-19 regardless of how conscientious we are in our choices and actions. If any member of the campus community does get sick, it is critically important that they engage with our university resources to keep themselves and others as safe as possible. The provisions of the Compact are not meant to blame or shame anyone who contracts this virus. Instead, they are to provide community awareness and protection, and a mechanism for addressing/correcting concerning behaviors. One of our goals is to avoid asking anyone to leave our community, and we take that extreme action only when people are seriously or continuously endangering the community. 

It is important to note that, as members of the community, the most lasting impact comes from discussing our concerns with each other. It is always best when we first see something to say something to one another with grace and respect. Likewise, when we are confronted with concerns over our behaviors and choices, it’s critical we respond respectfully, recognizing our fellow community member’s concern for their own or other’s health, and directly change and address their concerns.

While the transmission risk of COVID-19 depends on multiple factors, public health guidance has also shed light on certain behaviors that are believed to present a higher risk to our community than others. It is with that in mind that the University has sought to provide guidance on the types of behaviors we are particularly concerned about to ensure all members of the community feel safe in their homes and workspaces. Ideally, comportment with the Compact will help protect our community. However, in the event that there are violations that need to be addressed, these guidelines offer an outline of administrative actions that may constitute an appropriate public health response. 

The guidelines below cannot account for every possible scenario that may arise. As such, they are not intended to be exhaustive, and the specific circumstance may require more or less serious administrative actions.  For example, the unique details related to the specific circumstances of a given incident or series of incidents may constitute mitigating or aggravating factors to be considered when determining an appropriate response. Repeated offenses of a given violation may progressively lead to more serious administrative actions. The conduct listed below are meant to serve as examples, and the fact that some behaviors are referred to as having a comparatively lower risk does not indicate that they are acceptable or not themselves violations.    

B. Guidelines for Violations

Low-Level Violations

Violations that create a relatively lower risk of community transmission will be addressed through a reminder email and educational conversations with a Residence Dean, GLO Dean, residential staff, or other university official.  However, three or more reported low-level violations may be referred to the Compact Review PanelNote: a referral to the Compact Review Panel does not mean that a student will be restricted from access to campus or removed from housing. The Compact Review Panel has a range of administrative actions that may be taken, as described further below.

Examples of Low-level violations include:

  • Failing to wear an appropriate face covering when required
  • Failing to follow physical distancing requirements
  • Participating in small unpermitted outdoor gatherings where attendees are following public health measures (e.g., physically distant, wearing face coverings, not sharing communal food or beverage)
  • Failing to register essential visitors before visits

Mid-Level Violations

Violations that create a comparatively increased risk of community transmission may be handled through a reminder email and educational conversations with a Residence Dean, GLO Dean, residential staff, or other university official, a requirement to participate in additional training or education regarding COVID-19 risk and our collective responsibility, or referred to the Compact Review Panel, depending on the circumstances of each violation.  For such violations, the Panel may issue:

  • Written warnings
  • Educational conversations with a Residence Dean, GLO Dean, residential staff or other university official
  • Restorative action
  • Requirement to participate in additional training or education regarding COVID-19 risk and our collective responsibility
  • Restrictions from co-curricular engagement such as participation in VSOs or other University-sponsored events or groups
  • In the case of egregious violations, a restriction of access to Stanford facilities (this does not include removal from a student’s housing assignment)

Examples of Mid-Level violations include:

  • Failure to adhere to the student safety measures found in the Residential and Dining Enterprises CleanDining document (given that even minor violations in this setting could impact a large number of students and staff)  
  • Having no more than two unpermitted guests in your apartment and/or dorm room, or in common areas of your residential building
  • Hosting an unpermitted visitor on campus
  • Attending any indoor event, party, or gathering
  • Failing to register household before in-person gathering 
  • Failing to practice physical distancing with non-household members when interacting with household outdoors without a face covering

High-Level Violations

Violations that create a comparatively high risk of community transmission will be referred to the Compact Review Panel.  For such violations, the Panel may issue:

  • Written warnings
  • Educational conversations with a Residence Dean, GLO Dean, residential staff or other university official
  • Restorative action
  • Requirement to participate in additional training or education regarding COVID-19 risk and our collective responsibility
  • Restrictions from co-curricular engagement such as participation in VSOs or other University-sponsored events or groups
  • In the case of egregious violations, a restriction of access to Stanford facilities or removal from campus, including housing.

Examples of High-Level violations include:

  • Consistently violating the Compact in a manner that puts community members at risk and where prior educational interventions have not had an impact on changing the student’s behavior
  • Deliberately violating the Compact in a manner that significantly puts many community members at risk
  • Willfully/recklessly failing to follow County COVID-19 Recommendations and comply with Stanford and County public health quarantine and isolation requirements upon testing positive for COVID-19
  • Hosting or organizing any indoor event, party, or gathering
  • Participating in large outdoor gatherings where attendees are not following public health measures (e.g. not physically distant, not wearing face coverings, sharing communal food or beverage)
  • Participating in small indoor gathering with members from different households
  • Deliberately interacting in-person with household after testing positive for COVID-19

Last update on 10/5/20