The compact does not affect the expectations for students’ behavior but does affect the disciplinary process if they are accused of violating COVID-related restrictions. Signing the compact is primarily a consent to a different process of dealing with rule infractions.
Atlas has come under repeated fire by both Stanford affiliates and some nationwide for controversial views on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Verily testing dashboard, where students on campus can schedule a test, showed no open time slots between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6 — a period of 10 days — on Friday night.
At 4 p.m. on Monday, neither the University nor the Hoover Institution had yet responded to Scott Atlas’ latest statement to spark national controversy — a tweet calling on followers to “rise up” against a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan — leading some to wonder whether tendentious comments by the Hoover fellow would go unrebuked by Stanford again.
“I'm pretty tired and fatigued in general, pretty anxious in general and we're also in week eight,” Senate Chair Micheal Brown ’22 said, emphasizing that senators should keep the context of the election and pandemic in mind while creating goals for the rest of the year. “This moment … really matters,” Brown said.
The University reported two new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 26, according to Stanford’s dashboard.
The Undergraduate Senate voted unanimously to pass a resolution that encourages Stanford to unhouse Greek organizations following a discussion that lasted nearly two hours. Members of Abolish Stanford Greek, who authored the resolution, and multiple fraternity and sorority members attended the meeting to lobby the senators to support or oppose the proposal.
Following reports that hundreds of students may not be compliant with Stanford’s testing policy, the University sent emails to students indicating that they had not been compliant, writing that their housing privileges were potentially at risk. However, many of the recipients had been tested weekly.
The discussion comes amid a growing movement among students to abolish Greek life at Stanford. Members of the organization Abolish Stanford Greek attended the meeting to answer senators’ questions about the resolution and lobby support for its passage.
Around 5,900 students currently reside on campus, University spokesperson E.J. Miranda told The Daily on Tuesday. But Stanford’s own COVID-19 dashboard shows only an average of 4,971 tests were completed in the previous five reported weeks.
The nine new cases are among student-athletes across three teams, according to Stanford’s COVID-19 dashboard. Eight of the students live off campus, according to an Athletics spokesperson, but student-athletes who tested positive are isolating on campus.
During the proposed winter quarter, frosh and sophomore students must be enrolled in classes (and not on a Flex Term) to be eligible to live on campus. However, undergraduates will be able to appeal to live on campus during their Flex Term “if they are involved in a full-time on-campus opportunity."
According to Brown, the Faculty Senate cited technical concerns for their decision to eliminate student attendance at Faculty Senate meetings. Now, students can only view meetings in Zoom’s webinar mode, which does not give participants the option of having their video shown on the screen to other meeting participants.
Medical school professor Jay Bhattacharya promoted a herd immunity approach to combating COVID-19 and denounced many current lockdowns — positions that leading experts reject — in an open letter cited by senior White House officials.
Those who choose to remain on campus may be moved to different dorms in early January. Students who choose not to remain on campus for all of winter break may not leave their items on campus, according to the email.
A new student-led website “Kiter” is aiming to help students organize their deadlines and points of contact when applying for jobs and internships. Since publicly launching on Sept. 8, the site has acquired around 100 users, according to creator Andrew Mangan ’23.
Undergraduate senators debated urging the University to eliminate the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam as a requirement for graduate studies admissions at their Thursday meeting. The senators discussed five resolutions passed by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) but did not pass any resolutions or bills of their own.