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Stanford is a place for each of us and all of us. We recognize that we are a richer and more vibrant place when we can be together, share in the development of knowledge, and engage in learning with each other. 

Recognizing that not everyone can be together in person, those of us who can be on campus must take important steps to keep everyone safe. Our custodial, dining, residential, instructional staff, and many others are taking extraordinary measures to safeguard our community while supporting the core mission of education and research. Community, collective responsibility and care are why we are now engaging in frequent hand washing, face coverings and physical distancing. It is incumbent upon each of us to do our part.

COVID-19 has taken many lives and devastated many aspects of human life, particularly among front-line workers and minoritized communities. We are deeply committed to the eradication of COVID-19 in our local and global communities. This historic moment calls us all to place greater value on well-being, equity, access, respect and integrity as a means to have healthy relationships with ourselves and others. The health of our whole community depends on the health of each individual member. The provisions in this Compact are not meant to contribute to feelings of blame or shame towards those who may contract this virus, but to ask each of us to work collectively to keep our community safe because there are real public health and safety risks at stake. Therefore, each of us must commit to protecting our own health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of our fellow students, postdocs, staff members, and faculty.

Recognizing the importance and urgency of our collective efforts, I agree to:


  • Follow all federal, state, county, city and Stanford mandates and protocols to support public health and minimize the spread of COVID-19, and any additional guidelines and protocols implemented by my school or program. I will ensure that my partner and/or children that reside in Stanford housing, along with any essential visitors will comply with the Compact. I understand I am responsible and may be held accountable for their conduct.
  • Complete all required Stanford COVID-19 training prior to returning to campus and any ongoing training provided while on campus.  
  • Keep myself informed and adhere to the most current protocols, found online at Stanford COVID-19 Health Alerts, recognizing that these mandates and protocols are likely to change. 
  • Follow directives from the University, including Resident Fellows, if asked to change my actions or practices so that I am in compliance with the expectations outlined in this Compact.   
  • Work with the Office of Accessible Education if accommodations are needed related to these expectations.  
  • Adhere to all Stanford protocols for in-person class attendance.
  • I understand that violations of this Compact will generally be addressed by a Compact Review Panel, as described below, and that for serious or repeated offenses they may require me to vacate Stanford residential housing and/or refrain from participating in any on-campus activities (while I continue my academic endeavors remotely).

Screening, Testing, Isolation, Quarantine
Part of our collective responsibility to each other involves engaging in a rigorous protocol for testing, isolation, quarantine, and exposure notification. Institutionally, we are putting all of the necessary infrastructure in place to help ensure students can engage with these expectations.

  • Screen myself daily for COVID-19 symptoms and self-report my health status by using Stanford Health Check on a daily basis. I also agree to follow any guidance communicated via Health Check and consult with Vaden Health Services as advised. 
  • Participate in all COVID-19 testing, quarantine, isolation and exposure notification protocols applicable to me, and share complete and truthful information about others who may have been exposed. If I test positive for COVID-19 or learn that I have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including my essential visitor(s), or household, I will review County COVID-19 Recommendations and comply with Stanford and County public health quarantine and isolation requirements. This may require that I and/or members of my household remain in residence or relocate to another residential space for a designated number of days as determined by the University.
  • Notify the Dean of Students Office at when I seek a self-initiated COVID-19 test and report the results when I receive them.
  • Receive the seasonal flu vaccine unless I am unable to do so for health reasons.

Hygiene, Distancing, Face Coverings
One of the most important ways each of us can contribute to the safety of our community is in wearing a face covering, washing our hands frequently and wiping the surfaces that we are using in common areas.  Upon arrival, each undergraduate student will receive a cloth face mask, disposable face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to help ensure students have the supplies they need to start the year.

  • Practice personal hygiene consistent with public health guidance, including frequent and thorough hand washing, use of hand sanitizers before entering and after leaving campus buildings, and wiping down surfaces when arriving and upon leaving communal spaces.
  • Wear face coverings whenever I leave my apartment and/or dorm room, even when I am with my essential visitor or among my household, in accordance with federal, state, county and Stanford directives. However, face coverings do not need to be worn when gathering exclusively with your household members within a campus apartment or room, or outside among your household members unless you are in the presence of non-household members who are fewer than 12 feet away.
  • Follow Stanford’s directives for physical distancing in common areas (including hallways and elevators), dining facilities, and all other campus buildings, areas and outdoor spaces, maintaining to the maximum extent possible a distance of six feet between myself and any other person, unless I am exclusively among someone who is assigned to live with me, or my essential visitor, or my household.
  • When accessing dining services, I will adhere to the student safety measures found in the R&DE CleanDining plan to protect the health of workers and their families, including wearing a face covering, follow additional safety directives from University employees and only pick up to go meals in the location assigned to me. 

Guests, Access, Travel 
One of the most challenging and important ways to prevent the spread of COVID during this time are the restrictions we have on seeing our friends and loved ones.  This has been a significant challenge throughout the pandemic, and we would like to encourage you to reach out to friends, family and university resources, including our community centers, student organizations and wellness services for support during this time as you work to follow these expectations.  These expectations are necessary for us to meet the requirements that have been set by the State of California and Santa Clara County for our university to be open.  

  • Register essential visitors and household members in accordance with Stanford policy before engaging in approved interactions outside of individuals currently living in your apartment.
  • Refrain from having anyone who is not an essential visitor or in my household in my apartment or in common areas of my apartment building, per California state and county orders. 
  • Refrain from inviting or hosting individuals on campus who are not registered essential visitors, nor otherwise approved for in-person attendance on campus.
  • Access only my own residential building, and refrain from accessing other residential buildings, unless I am an essential visitor of a student living in another residential building, or required to access a dining facility to which I am assigned, or need to access a University resource within another residential building.
  • Refrain from organizing, hosting, or attending any indoor events, gatherings or parties either on or off campus, in accordance with public health guidance, available here. I understand that Stanford may also enact policies that are more restrictive than public health guidance. 
  • Adhere to Stanford, county and state guidance when participating in outdoor events, parties and gatherings.  
  • Stay up-to-date with and adhere to Stanford's Travel Policy and all university guidance on travel stated on the health alerts website. If I am returning from travel and have questions or need assistance complying with these protocols, I will reach out to my Residence Dean. I will comply with any return policies or directives, which may include testing and quarantine.

Compact Review Panel

  • I understand that alleged violations of this Compact will generally be reviewed by a Compact Review Panel of students, faculty, and staff, but acknowledge that the University retains the right to remove any person from housing or the campus to protect the health and safety of the community. 
  • The consequences imposed by the Panel will reflect the seriousness and/or pervasiveness of the behavior, including factors such as whether a violation occurred, whether the behavior puts the health and safety of others at risk, whether prior concerning behavior has occurred, and other relevant information to determine an appropriate public health response. 
  • The Panel may impose a range of consequences, including issuing a warning, requiring additional training or education, restricting access to Stanford facilities or removal from campus, including housing. 
  • Panel decisions that restrict access to Stanford facilities or remove a student from campus, including housing, may be appealed by submitting a letter via email to the Provost explaining why the student believes that they should be allowed access to Stanford facilities and/or to remain on campus. The letter must be submitted within 48 hours of receipt of the Panel’s decision, and will be responded to within 48 hours.
  • All Stanford community members are required to participate and cooperate fully with the Panel and any necessary investigations related to violations of this Compact. 
  • Violations of the Compact may also be grounds for referral to other applicable University processes (for example, the Office of Community Standards for possible disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Judicial Charter of 1997). 

Further information about the Compact Review Panel can be found here

Last update 3/30/21