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COVID-19: Coronavirus FAQs for Visitors

Campus updates for visitors and guests

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRINCETON’S PLANS FOR FALL 2020

AUG. 7 UPDATE: New information about the University’s plans for the fall, and how they may affect students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, is available on the Fall 2020 website. Employees should also consult Human Resources’ Fall 2020 Campus Workplace and Operations website. The Fall 2020 and HR websites have the most up-to-date information as of Aug. 7, 2020. 

What is the status of cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey? 

For updated state information, visit the New Jersey Department of Health's website.

Are there cases of COVID-19 at Princeton?

Princeton’s University Health Services will provide regular updates on cases that they are aware of on the main page of this website (see Latest Updates section). 

Students, faculty, staff, researchers and postdocs should notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. Please notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu if they are tested for coronavirus by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. This notification will allow UHS to conduct additional contact tracing and determine if there was any potential exposure to other members of the campus community so that they can take appropriate next steps to mitigate further spread of the virus.  

Due to limitations in testing and other factors, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 likely understates its prevalence in the University community. For that reason, it is especially important for everyone to practice social distancing and follow other public health guidance.  

For updated information about COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s website.

Will University buildings be open to students, faculty and staff? Will buildings be open to visitors?

The Princeton University Art Museum will temporarily close its doors to visitors starting at 5 p.m. March 15 until further notice. The closure is out of concern for health and safety, as well as to reduce density on campus and mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus.The museum’s satellite gallery space, Art@Bainbridge, and museum store locations will also temporarily close. 

Starting March 14 at 7 am campus academic and administrative buildings will be following an extended hour weekend building schedule until further notice. This means building exterior doors will be locked and will not be open to the general public. 

Students, faculty and staff will have access to buildings with card access systems using their cards from 7 am to Midnight

Other university buildings without card systems will be locked and have key access only. Questions about being granted key access should be directed to Departments in these buildings. 

There is no change to residence hall access. All dorms remain locked 24/7 with card access. 

Questions about other public buildings like Frist Campus Center should be directed to those departments for information about access, hours and operations. 

Will University suppliers be able to access campus? 

University suppliers should read the frequently asked questions for suppliers on the Finance and Treasury website.

Will events and summer programs be canceled on campus?

As of March 21, all campus events are canceled until further notice. 

Princeton remains operational with essential staff who perform critical services on campus, while other staff and faculty work remotely. 

Summer 2020 Programs: On April 16, Dean of the College Jill Dolan and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun sent an email update about end-of-the-semester and summer programs, including the cancelation of all on-campus summer programs through August 15.

Will visitor and student tours be canceled on campus? 

Out of an abundance of caution, the Office of Admission has canceled campus tours and information sessions beginning Tuesday, March 10 until further notice. 

Are there restrictions on guests to campus?

All events that would bring guests to campus have been canceled as of March 21. Guests are also restricted from dormitory buildings. 

 


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