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FAQs, experiential opportunities, and more

In our fifth newsletter, we also provide a list of important dates, and information on EVGR-A and other topics.

Hello undergraduates and families,

Many of you raised great questions after reading last week’s newsletter on the outlook for fall 2020. We are responding to some of your FAQs today; this information is below our signatures. Additionally, President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell will be holding a conversation with the community on August 3 at noon Pacific time. Students are welcome to join this virtual session, and here's where you'll find more information.

Activities during your quarters away

In preparation for the year ahead, Stanford has convened more than 30 working groups to provide students the support and resources that they need. One area we're working on is how to help students engage with experiential opportunities and career support.

As we plan, we are looking for input and feedback for next year. Will you please complete this feedback form by August 3? 

Re-Approaching Stanford website

We’ve been sharing a lot of information with you this summer, and we’re hoping our Re-Approaching Stanford website makes it easy for you to keep track of updates. We’d like to thank our student interns and the many students they’ve consulted to put the site together. It’s a work in progress, and we’re always open to suggestions.  

We welcome your thoughts and questions!

We and our staff are reviewing every comment and inquiry that comes in. To get involved, share your ideas, or express your concerns, please go here. If you have any questions, please submit a ServiceNow ticket here


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Important dates

Here’s a calendar-at-a-glance that will help you think through some of the shifts in dates and planning for autumn quarter.

  • 2020-21 grading policy, update coming in next week’s newsletter
  • Autumn housing application deadline, August 7
  • Autumn schedule of classes opens August 17
  • Autumn housing allocation results, August 24
  • Enrollment opens September 1
  • Classes begin September 14
  • Leave of Absence deadline for full-tuition refund, September 14; information about the process for LoA applications coming soon.

Religious dietary accommodations

Stanford diligently works to provide for the diverse religious dietary needs for students living on campus. To request a religious dietary accommodation, please complete this form by August 5. If you cannot access the Google form, please email R&DE Stanford Dining has posted more information on halal, kosher and other dining options here.

Students with special circumstances

Some of our students with special circumstances have reached out with questions and concerns about their housing for 2020-21. For all students who have been approved to live on campus in addition to their cohort’s designated quarters, we will do our best to house as many as possible even if changing circumstances prevent us from opening campus, as long as we are in compliance with state and/or county regulations, and are able to provide the conditions necessary to keep students safe. 

Escondido Village Graduate Residences, Building A (EVGR-A)

Many of you would like to know more about this housing option. EVGR is a new complex in East Campus. Building A (EVGR-A) -- one of four, 10-story buildings -- will be set aside for undergraduates this fall so we can provide for physical distancing across the residences. Located at 757 Campus Drive, across from Mirrielees, Building A has 710 bed spaces in mostly two-bedroom/two bathroom units and a handful of studio units. Learn more about Building A here.

Residential Education (ResEd) will manage the community programming for Building A, as in the rest of undergraduate housing. Every two floors will be defined as one community (approximately 150 students and 10 resident assistants). Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Student Housing Operations will manage an undergraduate housing front desk in EVGR-A and provide custodial service, ensuring enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of common areas. Undergraduates, including student staff, who live in EVGR-A will be on one of three R&DE Stanford Dining meal plans.

Row staff

We know that many of you are concerned about students who were planning to staff houses on the Row. We are pleased to share that we are able to offer 50 residential student staff positions in EVGR-A. This will allow us to hire former Row staff who applied by the deadline to staff in EVGR-A. ResEd will continue to fill vacancies in other houses where necessary, and will continue to work with any Row staff who are not interested in staffing EVGR-A but may be interested in staffing another area.


In last week’s newsletter, we introduced the concept of a campus compact encouraging students to take good care of themselves and each other. We’ll all have a collective responsibility to take preventative measures such as face coverings, COVID testing, and physical distancing to keep everyone safe. 

Last week, we also introduced the concept of a compact review panel for when we may need to hold students accountable for reported violations. There will be no appeals process. We’ll need to act quickly to reduce transmission of the virus. Actions from the panel, ranging from education to removal from campus, will not become part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record. 

Emergency preparedness

Everyone who was on campus in 2019 remembers the wildfires. We saw quite a bit of smoke on campus, and this memory is a reminder that other kinds of public health events could occur in the coming year. The university’s Environmental Health & Safety office has summarized quite a bit of information here

Also, it’s always a good time for students to double check their contact information for AlertSU, Stanford's emergency notification strategy used to communicate time-sensitive information during an emergency event affecting campus. Students update their information through Axess.

Your feedback is appreciated

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