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August 23, 2023
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Dear Class of 2027 and Transfers,

We are counting down the days until we get to welcome you to campus! Please check your email this week for some important messages with action steps:
  • Frosh Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) Introduction: Schedule a meeting and begin the advising conversation with your assigned academic advisor. Use the Academic Planning Worksheet to help you prepare.
  • Transfer Course Enrollment: Enrollment opens for transfers on August 30 by Enrollment Group.
  • University Core Values Required Trainings: All frosh and transfers are required to complete online modules on university core values by September 18.
Update for Cardinal Care Acknowledgment/Waiver: The 2023-24 acknowledgment/waiver in Axess is not yet available. We expect it to open next week - thank you for your patience! Aug 22 Zoom Recording: Health Insurance Info Session with Vaden Staff.
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Have a great week and reach out if you have questions!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674
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Core Values of the University Community

Stanford students strive to create meaningful change both on campus and in the world. A commitment to integrity permeates all aspects of campus life, and the Office of Community Standards (OCS) supports this mission by upholding two of Stanford’s foundational principles: the Fundamental Standard and the Honor Code. Together, these standards articulate the values that unite us and outline the responsibilities that attend the great privilege of being at Stanford. Every member of the Stanford community plays an integral role in espousing these ideals and sustaining our culture of excellence.
Prior to coming to campus, you are required to complete the Office of Community Standards online course on the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard. 
The Fundamental Standard and Honor Code are more than just words articulated long ago, they are values seeped in Stanford’s history and reflected every day throughout our community. As a part of this community you are now entrusted with upholding these important values. 
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In September when you arrive for New Student Orientation, you will finally begin to experience all the things that inspired you to choose Stanford. Being away at college as an adult will give you the freedom to explore new experiences, and you will need to make choices to ensure your health, safety and well-being here on the Farm.
Some of these choices may involve whether you engage in alcohol use, romantic relationships, or sexual activity. Living in the dorms brings a shared commitment to the health, welfare, and interests not only of yourself but also of those around you. Regardless of your views about these issues, we want you to have a sophisticated understanding of their complexities and the dynamics that impact each of you as members of our campus community. We want you to make informed and empowered choices so that you can avoid behaviors that may be harmful to you or your peers, and to put you on a path to engage in behaviors that are healthy and safe for you.
To this end, we expect incoming students to complete the following tasks before arriving to campus:
1. You are required to complete AlcoholEdu for College, an online educational course about alcohol use, misuse and their related consequences to you and the larger community. You will also learn skills for helping peers and situations to look out for when alcohol is present.
2. You are required to complete Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention for College, a 30 minute online educational course that offers knowledge, skills, and tools to help students make healthy, informed decisions about prescription medications.  
3. You are required to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, an online educational course about sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. This is conduct prohibited by Stanford’s Title IX policies. This program is intended to help you learn more about these issues and how to play an important role as an “upstander” in keeping our campus safe.
While alcohol or other drug use are never a cause or excuse for sexual and relationship violence, these issues may be correlated in certain circumstances. That is why our offices have collaborated to provide this comprehensive training to all of our incoming students. We want you to understand our community values and your role as essential partners and leaders in creating a healthy, safe, and supportive campus environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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Sustainability - Zero Waste Module

Stanford has set ambitious sustainability goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 and zero waste by 2030. This means that over 90% of waste generated on campus must be diverted from landfills. Because half of Stanford’s annual landfill generation is from students like you, reducing your waste footprint and knowing how to correctly sort your waste is crucial for our campus community to reach its goals.
Before you arrive to campus, we ask all new students to complete the Student Sustainability - Zero Waste Training. The purpose of this required module will be to teach you how to correctly sort your waste at Stanford and introduce you to resources on campus to reduce your waste footprint.  
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Finances for Students Module

“Finances for Students” is a self-paced tutorial with critical information for financial aid recipients and those looking for more information about managing finances as an undergraduate. While we expect students receiving financial aid to complete this tutorial, all are welcome!

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