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For the 2020-21 academic year, your well-being and education are our top priorities. 

Grad Updates has current information for new and continuing graduate students, including those pursuing professional degrees.

2020-21 Academic Information

Stanford has made temporary changes to academic policies, calendars and deadlines and course instructional modes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please also see your School information here.

Winter Quarter 2021 Information key dates & important protocol for campus in winter quarter

2020-21 Academic Calendar important dates & deadlines for your degree program

2020-21 Stanford Bulletin university policies & specific degree requirements 

COVID-19 and Academic Continuity temporary changes to policies and practices in response to COVID-19

Explore Courses catalog of courses offered in 2020-21

Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures (GAP) handbook university graduate policies, including temporary COVID-19 changes

Undergraduate students & families please see Re-Approaching Stanford

2020-21 Health & Safety Information

To contribute to the safety of Stanford and the surrounding community, students coming to campus or living in on or off campus Stanford student housing should follow these protocols:

Current COVID-19 policies and status

COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices one-time, 10 minute online training

Daily Health Check now on Stanford mobile app

COVID-19 Testing Program weekly surveillance testing through Verily

Campus Compact for students who opt to agree to the compact

California's COVID -19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and Santa Clara County COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for students who opt to follow all state, county, and university public health guidelines

Current Guidelines on Gatherings restrictions differ for academic and non-academic gatherings and are subject to change

Campus Zones controlled access to certain areas of campus

Flu Shots free vaccinations available at Vaden for all students (also free at pharmacies)

Essential Visitors guidelines about safely welcoming visitors to your residence

Households guidelines about safely forming "households" with other residents

Also see Stanford's COVID Testing Dashboards

Other Emergencies

Be prepared for any emergency.

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