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Due 6 p.m. July 12 -- housing request for students with special circumstances

Let us know if you may need to live on campus during a quarter in addition to your quarterly cohort assignments.

Dear undergraduate students and families, 

As a follow-up to the July 6 Re-Approaching Stanford newsletter, we are writing to remind undergraduate students with special circumstances to complete this housing request by 6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, to live on campus during a quarter in addition to your quarterly cohort assignments. We plan to respond to these housing requests in late July. 

What are special circumstances?

Special circumstances may include international students who may face travel or visa complications; students experiencing homelessness; students with home environments that prevent them from being able to participate in a remote learning environment or are unsafe; and other special needs. 

Please note that student requests for these spaces may exceed available housing, and we would then need to prioritize according to student need. 

What should international students do?

As many of you know, the federal government has announced a new rule that nonimmigrant students cannot be physically attending universities in the United States if they are taking all of their courses online in autumn 2020. On Wednesday, President Tessier-Lavigne shared this message with the campus community about the steps the university is taking to support international students.

We ask all international students who may be enrolling in in-person classes during quarters in addition to their quarterly cohort assignments to complete the housing request form. Housing cancellation fees will be waived for situations outside of a student’s control.

How will housing be assigned, and what will it be like living on campus?

The location of housing assignments allotted through this process will depend on the number of students requesting housing. Students will be placed in a dormitory or house with a Resident Fellow and/or Escondido Village Graduate Residences Building A, in accordance with the housing assignments process that will be outlined by Student Housing later this summer.

We would like to remind you of the following, originally shared on June 29. While we very much look forward to welcoming undergraduates back to campus, we need to be clear about what you should expect. The safeguards we will need to implement will fundamentally change the student experience. 

We are working with a group of students this summer to start creating ways to help students get acquainted and spend time with friends; however, there will be significant restrictions on in-person classroom use, dorm life, social life, guests and travel. For example: 

  • It is highly unlikely that campus events and parties will be allowable, and even smaller gatherings could be limited. 
  • Face coverings will be required whenever students leave their rooms, including in dorm common areas, dining halls and everywhere on campus. 
  • COVID testing, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation will become a regular part of student life.  
  • We expect the vast majority of courses to be online, even for students living on campus. 
  • Given the need to house a new cohort after autumn and spring quarters, and the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage students to only bring essential items, things they can carry on their own if the need arises.  

Keeping in touch

We know that with each announcement, a critical and difficult student decision needs to be made. We deeply care for that impact; however, these are essential steps that we must take to protect the health and safety of all students, instructors and staff who live and work in your residences, dining centers and throughout campus.  

Please read the Re-Approaching Stanford newsletters and website for information, and if you have any questions about the planning process, please submit a ServiceNow ticket here.


Mona Hicks
Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Emelyn dela Peña
Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning