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Spring events & gatherings

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Sarah Church share new and enhanced opportunities for undergraduates to see friends safely and re-engage with campus.

Hello undergraduates,

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Welcome everyone to the first week of spring quarter! We are writing with hopeful news. With the expectation that COVID conditions will continue to improve, we are planning new and enhanced opportunities for you to see friends safely and re-engage with campus. As you know, undergraduates living on campus will be able to form households of up to 8 students beginning April 7. Today, we’re announcing more opportunities for you and your friends beginning April 14. We would like to send a huge thanks to those of you who have been helping us make these plans, including the ASSU, Class Presidents, The Social Project, and Cardinal Nights. As a reminder, undergraduates living off campus are not permitted in the campus and academic campus zones except when seeking medical services or participating in university-approved research.

Here’s what we’re planning to do.

  • Beginning April 14, undergraduates can organize private outdoor gatherings for up to 24 students from 3 households, an increase from our previous plans of up to 12 students from 3 households. Face coverings and physical distancing are required, and you’ll need to register your gathering. Here are all the details.
  • Among the activities we hope to make available for households is fountain hopping!  We’re working on how to do this safely and in accordance with current public health orders.
  • The Arbor outdoor pub and gathering space — created by students at Tresidder — is scheduled to reopen April 15 for grab-and-go meals, outdoor seating, music, game nights and more.
  • The dining halls (AFDC, Wilbur, Stern, FloMo and Lakeside) will begin taking reservations for indoor dining on April 12 (up to 25 percent of dining room capacity). Students will receive an email with instructions for making reservations.
  • Frost Amphitheater will host outdoor movies, in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement. The Anderson Collection and the Cantor reopen April 21. Stanford students are invited to a special museum preview weekend April 16-18.
  • Stanford Recreation and Wellness is inviting students to try its programs for free during its Spring Welcome Fair planned for April 5-13. You can also reserve time for swimming, climbing and more.
  • The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life will sponsor outdoor religious services for students. Later this spring, Stanford Associated Religions student groups may apply through ORSL to host religious gatherings.
  • Spring recruitment is open for many of our Greek-letter organizations. You will find all the information you need for all of our recognized fraternities and sororities on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.
  • We’ve posted additional information online. Keep an eye on the site for updates.

Here’s what we need you to do.

Take good care of yourself! Connect with friends, family and community; establish a daily routine, and rest often. Check out our spring wellness checklist. Abide by the public health orders summarized in the COVID-19 Campus Compact. The incidence of COVID at Stanford is low because students are wearing face coverings, physically distancing, washing hands frequently, testing twice weekly, and completing Stanford Health Check daily. We are counting on everyone to double down on prevention. If we can keep people healthy, we can offer you more opportunities to see each other.


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education