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In our ninth and final summer newsletter, we focus this week on the transition from summer to fall.

Dear students and families, 

With the first day of classes being right around the corner, we’d like to focus this week on the transition from summer to fall. Here’s what we’ll cover today:

  • We’re refreshing the Re-Approaching Stanford website.
  • The Hub is offering Student Technology Onboarding Workshops.
  • Vaden Health Services has published its annual Student Health Matters handbook.
  • The university has launched its COVID screening program for on-campus undergraduates.
  • State, county and university guidance related to the campus compact are being clarified, and an appeal process is being developed.
  • Beginning Sept 14, undergraduates may resume on-campus research.
  • We have created new job opportunities for students who can no longer serve as RAs.


Consolidating information on the Re-Approaching Stanford website

First, we recognize that we’ve been sending all of you bits and pieces of information for months, as the autumn quarter took shape. We are in the process now of consolidating and organizing all this information on the Re-Approaching Stanford site. We’d like to send our thanks to our student interns for the huge amount of time and care they’re putting into this project for fellow students and families. 

The refreshed Re-Approaching Stanford site will offer both resources and guidance for all students regardless of location, as well as resources and guidance for students living on campus (we’re calling this “The Guidebook”).  We will let you know when this refresh is complete, though we also expect to be making additional updates throughout the quarter. We’ll let you know about those, too.

The Hub’s Student Technology Onboarding Workshops

There’s a terrific resource we’d like to call out now as students and families prepare for remote learning—The Lathrop Learning Hub. Because most of you can’t get to Lathrop right now, The Hub is coming to you through a series of Student Technology Onboarding Workshops, which are being held Mondays 2-3 p.m. PST and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. PST until autumn quarter starts. Here’s where you can learn more about the workshops, as well as many other timely and relevant topics including getting help with your Internet connection, your computer set-up and Zoom video conferencing.

We want to hear from you!

As usual, we have a collection of additional updates below our signatures, and as a reminder, we’d love to hear from you. To get involved, share your ideas, or express your concerns, please go here. If you have any questions, please submit a ServiceNow ticket here. For academic planning discussions and related questions, please make an appointment with your academic advisor.

Sincerely,

Susie & Sarah

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
 



Vaden Health Services has published its annual Student Health Matters handbook.

Please read these materials carefully to:

  • Learn how to comply with the university’s Entrance Health Requirements,
  • Know Vaden’s role in providing clinical services for students and in promoting student flourishing,
  • Understand why having usable health insurance at Stanford and in the Bay Area is so important,
  • Learn about COVID-specific updates, highlighted throughout the book with the spiky fuzz ball that has come to symbolize the coronavirus, and
  • Receive a reminder that the final waiver deadline to take action on your health insurance decision is September 15. Please take action to acknowledge enrollment in Cardinal Care, or waive, by September 15! 


The university has launched its COVID screening program for on-campus students.

  • Students will be tested weekly at McCaw Hall, part of the Arrillaga Alumni Center.
  • There is no cost to students to participate in this testing program. 
  • The program is for asymptomatic individuals. 
  • Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Vaden Health Services or another healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. 
  • Much more information is available on this website, and this FAQ


State, county and university guidance related to the campus compact are being clarified, and an appeal process is being developed.

The university is incorporating student feedback and will share these clarifications with students next Wednesday. These include:

  • a compact appeal process
  • an outline of compact violations and what possible educational interventions and administrative actions could be taken for different levels of violation
  • clarification on university travel guidance for students 
  • clarification on university events and gathering guidance 


Additionally, Stanford has requested an exception from the county for the current guest restrictions in Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) assigned housing. We hope to hear from the county in time to include this information in a message to students on Wednesday. 

Beginning September 14, undergrads may begin to be included in on-campus research.

Permission to engage in on-campus research may only be provided for those undergraduates living on campus. Decisions about whether a lab/research program can safely accommodate an undergraduate researcher may be made by PIs, in consultation with the faculty chair or director of the building in which the research will be conducted. More information is available on the Cardinal Recovery website.

We have created new job opportunities for students who can no longer serve as RAs.

We know that many of you have been concerned about the residential student staff who lost their positions when the university was unable to bring frosh and sophomores to campus this fall, and we have good news on this topic. We’ll be offering these students new positions co-facilitating Frosh 101 and serving as mentors to frosh and new transfer students. More information will be provided soon to students eligible for these positions.

Questions? Comments?

To get involved, share your ideas, or express your concerns, please go here. If you have any questions, please submit a ServiceNow ticket here. For academic planning discussions and related questions, please make an appointment with your academic advisor.