Classrooms and Lecture Halls

Returning to Indoor Classroom Instruction

Beginning Autumn 2021, Stanford University will return to full indoor instruction with no distancing requirements in classrooms and instructional spaces.

General Health and Safety Guidance

The purpose of this document is to provide campus partners with information for instructional spaces as we return to full indoor instruction. Please note this guidance is subject to change, dependent upon federal, state and/or local directives.

Minimum Facility Requirements

Buildings/rooms with mechanical ventilation or operable windows may be used for instruction. For more information on ventilation systems, please see the Healthy Buildings FAQ.

Health Check & Face Coverings

  1. Instructors and students must follow university health check requirements.
  2. Instructors and students are currently required to wear face coverings at all times in classrooms/teaching areas. The use of face shields alone does not replace the requirement at the time of publication. Accommodations can be granted by the Office for Accessible Education (students) or the Disability and Access Office (faculty, staff, instructors).

Exposure Tracing & Scheduling Considerations

  1. The new scheduling pattern allows 15 minutes between classes.
  2. Regardless of who is coordinating the scheduling and assignments, Axess must be updated with the correct room and/or location as appropriate in order for the Registrar to support exposure tracing by Vaden or other health staff. New rooms can be added as necessary to Axess and/or 25Live by the Registrar’s Office as needed.