Stanford Limiting Public Access Starting Sep 1

Stanford announced Friday that it will be limiting public access to most of the campus starting Tuesday, September 1, as it prepares for the return of students, faculty, and staff for fall quarter. Areas like the Dish and Stanford Golf Course will remain accessible to the public, but most of the central campus will not. Here’s Stanford’s letter to the community:

Dear neighbors,

On August 7, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance for institutions of higher education as colleges and universities across the state work to resume operations curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines include limiting nonessential visitors from entering higher education campuses and using campus resources.   

To comply with this guidance, beginning September 1, Stanford University is implementing zones that restrict the public from entering the newly established Academic Campus Zone in the center of campus and other areas with student housing and academic, athletic and cultural facilities, while continuing to allow public access in Community Zones that include the Dish area, the Arboretum and the golf course and driving range. More details about the program are in Stanford Report and the FAQ

We anticipate these changes will be temporary and look forward to welcoming visitors back as public health conditions improve. 

Please send questions to Thank you.

The map below shows the new zones and their restrictions; click through for a larger version. New signage will be installed on campus to help the campus community and visitors navigate these new restrictions.