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Campus compact revisions and implementation

Update on the compact, financial support, deadlines

Dear graduate and professional students,

We are writing with a few quick updates on the campus compact. We’d like to express our gratitude to the many students who have met with us and shared their thoughts and concerns. Through these conversations and messages, our understanding of students’ sincere commitment to keeping each other and the entire community safe has been resoundingly affirmed. As leaders whose primary role is to support students academically and personally during their time at Stanford, we are committed to continuing to listen and to work with you to implement the safety measures required by the pandemic.  

The deadline for signing the compact has been moved to September 14.
Some students have shared that they are waiting to see the final, revised compact before making the decision to sign. This is a very reasonable request, and so we are revising the timeline for the compact’s implementation. Students who choose not to sign the compact may continue to live in housing and be in their labs until this deadline.

A revised compact will be available September 9.
We are incorporating student feedback and will share the revised compact with students next Wednesday. The revised compact will include:

  • an appeal process
  • an outline of violations and what possible educational interventions and administrative actions could be taken for different levels of violation
  • clarification on travel 
  • clarification on events and gatherings 

We have requested an exception from the county for the current guest restrictions in R&DE assigned housing. We hope to hear from the county in time to include this information in the revised compact on Wednesday.  

Financial assistance is available now.
If you face financial difficulties because of an enrollment delay, the Graduate Cash Advance is available to you prior to formal enrollment. For the Autumn quarter, the amount that students can request as an advance has been doubled to a total of $6,000. If you have already submitted a Graduate Cash Advance request, you can request additional assistance by contacting the Student Services Center. We have also eliminated any fees/penalties for late submission of a study list (late enrollment) and there will be no penalty for cancelling an R&DE housing contract for reasons related to COVID-19.

We invite you to keep in touch with us. To share your ideas or express your concerns, please go here. The best place to submit personal concerns is here. Again, we would like to express our deep gratitude to the students working with us on improving the compact and look forward to being in touch with all of you on Wednesday.


Susie, Stacey & Mona

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Stacey Bent
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

Mona Hicks
Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students