Safe Practices for Campus Visitors (Researchers, Vendors)

Guidance for visitors

An order covering six Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, requires everyone to “shelter in place” until at least May 31st to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. This order covers non-essential events of any size.

Campus events have been canceled or postponed or changed to an online format. For updates about events, please visit

Supplier and vendor guidance

In order to ensure the health and safety of the university community and of Stanford’s valued suppliers and vendors, it’s advised that suppliers and vendors contact their campus partners directly before making deliveries or attempting to provide on-site service. Suppliers should confirm or revise service and delivery instructions in accordance with university measures, specifically with regard to restrictions around building access and limited operations.

Guidance for New Visiting Scholars

Stanford has restricted the appointment of all new Visiting Student Researchers, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, and Visiting Scholars until at least June 1, 2020. By limiting the arrival of new visiting researchers on campus, we can focus our attention on keeping our community as safe as possible. Also, as you realize, travel restrictions can be imposed at any time, further complicating plans for visitors to arrive on campus.

We appreciate your understanding in this unprecedented situation and recognize that this may affect your research plans. If you have Visiting Student Researchers, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars, or Visiting Scholars who were planning to arrive on campus before June 1, please postpone their appointment until at least June 1 (recognizing that this date may change) by updating and submitting the relevant appointment documents.