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COVID-19: Coronavirus FAQs for Visitors

Campus updates for visitors and guests

(Updated March 23)

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 and staff – both on and off campus – must immediately 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.  Faculty, staff and students are expected to notify University Health Services if they are being tested by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu, and UHS will get in touch directly with that person’s close contacts.

What about people who were in close contact of the cases? 

The University works with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in direct close contact. These individuals will go under self-quarantine as a precaution. These individuals will be notified by Occupational Health about the duration of the self-quarantine they need to observe. If these individuals develop symptoms they need to seek care and testing through their primary care providers and notify the University that they are being tested by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu . 

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. 

 

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. The University Art Museum is currently closed to visitors.

Princeton University Library (PUL)  services are available online and Library staff members are available to work with Princeton faculty, students and staff. If you have questions or need help, contact the Ask Us service or email a staff member directly. For support with subject specific questions, contact the subject librarians. Books do not need to be returned at this time. All fines are suspended until further notice. Two additional library resources are: PUL support for remote research, teaching and learning and COVID-19 PUL alerts and information.

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 meetings and events be canceled on campus?

All campus events are canceled following Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order issued on March 21.

In-person meetings are strongly discouraged. Meeting organizers should use remote technology whenever possible, including substituting conference calls and phone conversations for in person meetings. Meetings that must take place should use social distancing best practices.

Princeton remains operational with remote classes starting March 23, and essential staff who perform critical services continue to support undergraduate and graduate students who have been approved to remain on campus. 

Will athletic events be canceled?

The Ivy League announced March 11 that it will cancel all spring athletics practice and competition through the remainder of the academic year. The Ivy League had decided March 10 to cancel the upcoming Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. The decision has been made in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals to discourage and limit large gatherings on campuses. 

For more information on athletic events, visit the Princeton Athletics website or the Ivy League website. 

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?

As of March 4, the University has prohibited anyone from CDC Warning Level 3 countries from visiting campus unless they have been outside of these countries for at least 14 days.  This is due to the particularly international nature of our campus and our limited capacity to review travel itineraries and undertake medical assessments of visitors. 

Campus guests include those coming to give an academic talk or performance, visiting student research collaborators (VSRCs), conference attendees, collaborators, and contractors. This does not impact the return of registered students, faculty, or staff to campus. 

Departments or individuals hosting conferences on campus should register their events with this form to ensure that University officials are aware of the event.

 


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