Stanford Reverses Course, Goes Almost All Virtual For Fall

Stanford University will no longer bring freshmen, sophomores and transfer students to university residence halls this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was announced Wednesday in a letter from President Marc Tessier-Levigne posted to the school’s website.

"As eager as we have been to bring undergraduates back to campus and to pursue as normal a year as possible, we have concluded for...that the public health situation due to COVID-19 simply does not make it feasible at this time."

Some undergraduate students with special circumstances have been preapproved for on-campus housing.

In addition to the restrictions on residence halls, Tessier-Levigne said "almost all" undergraduate instruction will be done remotely.

The school had previously announced in June that freshmen and sophomores would be welcomed back to campus for the fall and summer quarters next year, with juniors and seniors coming to campus in the winter and spring.

"We will continue planning with the hope and expectation of bringing undergraduates back to Stanford at the earliest possible time," Tessier-Levigne wrote. "If public health conditions allow, we plan to invite frosh, sophomores and new transfer students to be in residence on campus for the winter quarter, and juniors and seniors for the spring quarter."

UC Berkeley announced plans to start the fall semester virtually last month.