One day after announcing that 43 students on campus have tested positive, Stanford has canceled plans to bring frosh and sophomores to campus for winter quarter. If you were planning to move to campus starting Jan. 21, you may have to change your plans. So what are your options?
Undergraduate resident assistants and undergraduates with approved special circumstances — who have been moving in over the last few days — are allowed to stay on campus.
Stanford says that the overall positivity rate in student testing programs remains “low.” Students are tested twice upon arrival to campus — with the option to be tested through a mailed kit before coming — and then tested twice weekly. The positive tests “are a reminder of the importance of testing,” according to the University.
While Monday’s announcement was the most significant yet, the University has repeatedly reaffirmed its plan to invite students to campus for the winter quarter in spite of rising case counts in recent weeks. Stanford originally planned to bring frosh and sophomores back to campus in the fall, but ultimately reversed its decision.
Campus support for former Vice President Joe Biden started out lukewarm, with many students preferring other contenders for the Democratic nomination. But President Trump’s 2016 election was met with anger, fear and anxiety on Stanford’s campus, and Stanford affiliates and the Trump administration have repeatedly clashed since then.
According to six students, the zoom-bombers entered the MATH 19 Zoom lecture around 10 minutes before the class was slated to end. One student said they witnessed up to three people enter the lecture, while others reported seeing only one. One intruder set their background to a pornographic video while loudly moaning.
The executive director of Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Program, Henri “Jaap” Suermondt ’87 M.S. ’89 Ph.D. ’92, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies including aggravated sexual assault of a minor under 14 years old. He was booked on July 19 and no bail is allowed, according to a county website. Upon learning on July 20 of his arrest, Stanford immediately placed Suermondt on unpaid leave and relieved him of all his duties, according to a Stanford Medicine spokesperson.
While the current fall quarter plan to have frosh, sophomores and first-year transfers in residence (and to run a limited number of in-person classes) is tentatively still in place, the University acknowledged that, considering the worsening circumstances surrounding COVID-19, those plans might have to be rolled back. The University expects to reach a decision in “mid- to late August.”
“The events of recent weeks following the murder of George Floyd have made us all painfully aware of the shameful legacy of anti-Black racism and how it endures in our communities and our country,” University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne wrote. “Unfortunately, our campus is not immune from such pernicious forces.”
Frosh and sophomores will be invited back to campus during the fall and summer quarters, while juniors and seniors will be allowed back for the winter and spring quarters, according to an announcement made Monday afternoon by Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Sarah Church.
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III B.S. ’03 (D-Mass.) announced in a Facebook live held last Thursday that he had disaffiliated from his Stanford fraternity, Kappa Alpha (KA) last year.
Stanford’s Student Title IX Investigation & Hearing Process (Student Title IX Process) outlines the University’s policies and process in reviewing and adjudicating sexual violence allegations made against students. The policy has been criticized by students and faculty on multiple grounds, including those surrounding counseling, attorney time, the definition of sexual assault and expulsions.
“I know this is difficult news to hear, and it is difficult for me to share, knowing the dedication and contributions of the people across our Stanford workforce,” wrote President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.
Some of the largest amounts of money approved included $212,500 requested by the Stanford Concert Network and $102,815 requested by the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. No amendments appeared on the ballot.
In this new climate, a debate has arisen around reproductive healthcare, and whether or not it should be considered an “essential service.” A group of Stanford doctors argue that self-managed abortion, or the “abortion pill,” is an essential service — and safe and effective — in the era of COVID-19.