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AUG. 7 UPDATE ABOUT PRINCETON’S PLANS FOR FALL 2020. UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION WILL BE FULLY REMOTE. 

Updated information about the University’s plans for the fall, and how they may affect students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, is available on the new website fall2020.princeton.edu. Please check fall2020.princeton.edu for more details and answers to frequently asked questions about the upcoming academic year. 

Aug. 24 update:

Princeton University submitted the following institutional plan to the State of New Jersey.

Aug. 18 update:

As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

356 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 43 students tested were on campus and 313 were elsewhere.

On-campus students: 

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

40 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

0 tests have pending results. 

No students are isolating and 47 students are quarantining on campus as of Aug. 17.

Off-campus students:

  • 54 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 233 students tested negative.
  • 26 test results are pending.

Employees

361 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

Of those: 47 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 45 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 2 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

280 have tested negative.

33 tests are pending results

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

 

This case update is as of Aug. 18 at 9a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

July 30 update: 

As of Thursday, July 30, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

295 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 38 students tested were on campus and 257 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

30 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

5 tests have pending results

Three (3) students are isolating and 11 students are quarantining on campus as of July 28.

Off-campus students:

52 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

185 students tested negative.

20 test results are pending.

Employees

296 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those: 46 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 35 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 11 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

219 have tested negative.

30 tests are pending results

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of July 30 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

July 23 update:

As of Thursday, July 23, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

261 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 35 students tested were on campus and 226 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

29 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

3 tests have pending results

One (1) student is isolating and 14 students are quarantining on campus as of July 22.

Off-campus students:

49 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

163 students tested negative.

14 test results are pending.

Employees

266 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

Of those: 45 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 35 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 10 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

196 have tested negative.

24 tests are pending results

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of July 23 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

July 15 update: 

As of Wednesday, July 15, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

226 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 34 students tested were on campus and 192 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

29 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

2 tests have pending results

Today, 2 students are isolating and 15 students are quarantining on campus as of 7/14

Off-campus students:

49 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

130 students tested negative.

13 test results are pending.

Employees

215 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

Of those employees, 42 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 33 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

155 have tested negative.

17 tests are pending results

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of July 15 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

July 8 update: 

As of Wednesday, July 8, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

217 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 32 students tested were on campus and 185 were elsewhere.

On-campus students: 

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

29 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

No students are isolating and 9 students are quarantining on campus as of July 7.

Off-campus students:

  • 48 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 123 students tested negative.
  • 14 test results are pending

Employees

190 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

41 have tested positive. Of those:

  • 32 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

132 have tested negative.

16 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of July 8 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu 

Website updated: July 6 (12 p.m.)

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRINCETON'S PLANS FOR FALL 2020

President Christopher L. Eisgruber emailed the University community on July 6 about Princeton's plans for the 2020-21 academic year. All information about the University's plans, and how they may affect students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, is available on the new website fall2020.princeton.edu. Please check fall2020.princeton.edu for more details and answers to frequently asked questions about the upcoming academic year. 

June 25 (6:45 p.m.) update: 

The University distributed its weekly COVID-19 Community Newsletter on June 25. In this week's email newsletter, readers can learn about:

Website updated: June 24

As of Tuesday, June 23, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

184 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 31 students tested were on campus and 153 were elsewhere.

On-campus students: 

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

28 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

No students are isolating and one student is quarantining on campus as of June 22.

Off-campus students:

  • 48 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 99 students tested negative.
  • 6 test results are pending

Employees

155 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those: 40 have tested positive. Of those:

  • 31 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

105 have tested negative.

9 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of June 23 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu 

 June 23 (1 p.m.)

University Health Services (UHS) has invited a limited group of University community members to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot for asymptomatic individuals on June 25-26. UHS has partnered with Accurate Diagnostics Labs to provide self-collected saliva Covid-19 tests to people without symptoms of coronavirus. The pilot tests will be available to a limited number of faculty, staff and researchers, including some graduate students, who work in essential roles or who have been approved to resume lab work on campus.  Only individuals who have been contacted by UHS may participate, though they are not obligated to be tested.

The pilot program to test asymptomatic individuals will help UHS as it continues planning for the fall 2020 semester. As previously announced, the University will decide in early July its plans for the undergraduate program this fall.

As a reminder, all benefits-eligible faculty and staff members have access to COVID-19 testing resources. The University offers the VitalCheck—Doctors in Your Office service to conduct screening and, if appropriate, facilitate testing for COVID-19. The cost is covered 100% by employees’ health insurance. Employees need not be enrolled in a Princeton medical plan to utilize the service.

Employees with symptoms of illness, such as fever, should contact their personal health care provider or make a screening appointment through VitalCheck-Doctors in Your Office. More information is available on the Human Resources Coronavirus page for employees and the University’s coronavirus website. Graduate students and undergraduates on campus with symptoms of illness should call UHS at 609-258-3141.

June 19 (10 a.m.) update: 

The University distributed its weekly Community COVID-19 Newsletter on June 18. This week's email newsletter included the following information:

  • Message regarding campus operations and planning for fall. On June 17, Governor Murphy announced a new Executive Order outlining the state’s guidance for higher education in New Jersey. This guidance sets, among other things, minimum standards that every institution must meet to resume in-person instruction and welcome students back to campus for residential living. The University is in the process of analyzing the new Executive Order and determining how it will impact the University’s operations for the remainder of the summer and for the coming fall semester. For now, nothing has changed in terms of our campus operations. You should continue to follow the guidance you have received previously. As a reminder, we are still planning to release our plans for undergraduate teaching and learning this fall in early July.
  • The University will offer faculty and staff a fully paid day off Friday, June 19, to recognize the significance of Juneteenth for our community and to provide space to contemplate how we can do our part to eliminate structural and overt racism and other forms of discrimination on our campus, in our communities, and in our country.
  • The Office of Admission will suspend its undergraduate standardized testing requirement and move to one application deadline for the 2020-21 first-year admission cycle due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The changes apply to undergraduate admission.
  • The phased resumption of some laboratory-based research on campus.
  • The latest episodes of the University’s “We Roar” podcast with Dr. Céline Gounder, Class of 1997, is an infectious diseases specialist and host of the “EPIDEMIC” podcast, and Natalie Guo, Class of 2012, who is helping fortify the frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic with her nonprofit, Off Their Plate, a donation-funded program paying chefs and shift workers to provide meals to health care staff.
  • A reminder about the University’s travel guidelines.

Website updated: June 18 (6 p.m.)

Provost Deborah Prentice and Executive Vice President Treby Williams sent a campus email on June 18 regarding New Jersey’s pandemic guidance for colleges and universities. The University is reviewing the guidance and assessing its impact on our planning and operations. These new guidelines will help shape our decision-making regarding undergraduate instruction this fall, which we are still on track to announce in early July. Current policies pertaining to on-campus operations, including requirements for those who are able to work remotely to do so, remain in place until further notice.

Website updated: June 18 (4:45 p.m.)

As of Thursday, June 18, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

170 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 31 students tested were on campus and 139 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

28 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

No students are isolating and one student is quarantining on campus as of June 16.

Off-campus students:

47 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

89 students tested negative.

3 test results are pending.

Employees

148 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

40 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 31 have recovered and discontinued isolation. 
  • 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

97 have tested negative.

10 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of June 17 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

Website updated: June 17 (3:30 p.m.)

Earlier today, the state of New Jersey released updated pandemic guidance for colleges and universities. The University is reviewing the guidance and assessing its impact on our planning and operations. These new guidelines will help shape our decision-making regarding undergraduate instruction this fall, which we are still on track to announce in early July. Current policies pertaining to on-campus operations, including requirements for those who are able to work remotely to do so, remain in place until further notice.

June 10 (7 p.m.) update: 

Over the past two weeks, the state of New Jersey has made a number of announcements relaxing certain restrictions related to COVID-19. The University, however, continues to operate under a series of executive orders designed to minimize the number of employees working on campus and restricting many of our in-person activities in order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. We anticipate that these orders will be updated by the state in the coming weeks, and we will communicate directly to those impacted in our community as we adjust any University policies accordingly. All University policies regarding remote work and our limited on-campus operations currently remain in place. 

As previously announced, Princeton will decide in early July whether the undergraduate teaching program will be online or residential in the fall term. We are committed to offering the best possible undergraduate education consistent with the health and well-being of our community.

The University will continue to share COVID-19 updates through the coronavirus website, Princeton homepage and other campus communications, including the Community COVID-19 email newsletter. The June 10 edition of the Community COVID-19 newsletter included the following stories:

  • A recap of the virtual conversation on race in the era of COVID-19. As COVID-19 has swept across the United States, it has unmasked and amplified existing racial inequities. The virtual panel “Race in the COVID Era: What America’s History of Racism and Xenophobia Means for Today” on June 8 discussed strategies to address marginalization and empower impacted communities. You can re-watch this important conversation on the University’s Facebook page.
  • Dr. Céline Gounder, a Class of 1997 graduate and an attending physician at New York's Bellevue Hospital, will discuss her experiences serving on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m. ET on the Princeton University Facebook page.
  • The University's "We Roar" podcast has released new episodes featuring interviews with Department of History Chair Keith Wailoo, TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal '88, The College of New Jersey President Kate Foster *93, and Princeton philosopher Andrew Chignell. 

June 10 (11:15 a.m.)

As of Wednesday, June 10, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

157 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 31 students tested were on campus and 126 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

28 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

No students are isolating and one student is quarantining on campus as of June 9.

Off-campus students:

47 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

77 students tested negative.

test results are pending.

Employees

124 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

39 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 31 have recovered and discontinued isolation. 
  • 8 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

77 have tested negative.

7 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of June 10 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

June 2 (6:30 p.m.) update: 

The University distributed its weekly Community COVID-19 newsletter on June 2. This week's email newsletter included the following information:

June 2 (3 p.m.)

As of Tuesday, June 2, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

149 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 28 students tested were on campus and 121 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

25 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

One (1) student is quarantining on campus as of June 1.

Off-campus students:

47 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

72 students tested negative.

2 test results are pending.

Employees

114 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those: 39 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 31 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 8 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

70 have tested negative.

4 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of June 2 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

May 29 (5:30 p.m.) update:

On May 29, Princeton University Library (PUL) announced two priority services in its phased resumption of on-site services — available starting on June 8 only to Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdocs and graduate students:

Princeton University Library's Return Task Force has finalized plans for the phased resumption of on-site library services beginning with two priority services which will provide access to library materials for Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdocs and graduate students. The two priority services are book pick-up and in-house digitization and will begin the week of June 8 with Firestone Library providing the first available pick-up location in a designated area. Branches will follow during that week. 

Library locations will not be open to the public or patrons. Patrons will not be allowed beyond the designated pick-up areas. Social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask will be required for picking up books. Library staff will also be following social distancing and other protocol requirements as outlined by the CDC, State and University. Beginning June 8, book pick-up requests can be made via a link on the online catalog pages. This phased resumption of specific services is in line with current state guidance. The BorrowDirect service continues to be suspended at this time.

These steps are part of the process President Eisgruber detailed in his message to the community of May 4 regarding Princeton’s research and teaching enterprise in light of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please email refdesk@princeton.edu.

Read the full announcement on the PUL website.

May 28 (10 a.m.) update:

The University distributed its weekly Community COVID-19 Newsletter on May 28. This week’s newsletter included the following information:

  • The Graduate School will host a virtual Hooding ceremony on Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m. ET. 
  • The University will honor the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 31, at 1 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be streamed on the Commencement page, the University homepage, the Media Central Live page as well as on Princeton’s Facebook and Twitter. Please use #Princeton20 on social media for all Commencement-related content.
  • The latest example of how Princeton researchers are contributing to our understanding of the health effects of COVID-19.
  • New episodes of the ‘We Roar’ podcast featuring Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson *03 and Rabbi Ira Dounn from Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life.  
  • A spotlight on Humanities Council lecturer Noah Buchholz, who serves as one of the Certified Deaf Interpreters for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily press conferences.
  • An upcoming webinar discussing race in the COVID-19 era with New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim, Princeton faculty, staff and alumni.

May 27 (11 a.m.)  update: 

As of Wednesday, May 27, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the cases detailed below. Please remember, if students, faculty, or staff are tested for coronavirus, in any jurisdiction, they must contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. No one should wait for results; they should reach out to UHS directly as soon as they are tested.

The University will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests and cases involving community members which UHS is aware of. These numbers, especially those involving students who no longer reside on campus, are based on self-reporting.

Students

144 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 28 students tested were on campus and 116 were elsewhere.

On-campus students:

3 students tested positive. Of those:

  • 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus.
  • 2 discontinued isolation according to clinical criteria and returned to regular on campus housing.

24 students tested negative and discontinued isolation per the clinical criteria.

1 student awaiting test results remain in isolation

 One student is isolating and three students are quarantining on campus as of May 26.

Off-campus students

47 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

67 students tested negative.

2 test results are pending.

Employees

107 employees have been tested for COVID-19.

39 have tested positive. Of which:

  • 30 have recovered and discontinued isolation.
  • 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

62 have tested negative.

5 tests are pending results.

1 has resulted inconclusive. The employee will not be retested, has recovered and returned to work.

This case update is as of May 27 at 9 a.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

We ask every member of the Princeton University community, whether on campus or elsewhere, to continue doing all they can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. Please remember, if you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested, you should immediately notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu.

Other Relevant Information:

May 5 (9 a.m.):

Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie has issued the following communication to the Graduate School community providing specifics on how the University is supporting graduate students during COVID-19. Dean Leslie's email on May 4 was sent to current graduate students and graduate alumni. The Graduate School also sends weekly emails specifically for graduate students regarding University resources and policies related to coronavirus. 

May 4 (12:35 p.m.):

On May 4, President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message to the Princeton community about the state of the University and planning for the academic year ahead. In his email, President Eisgruber said Princeton will decide in early July whether the undergraduate teaching program will be online or residential in the fall term. The University is exploring ways to safely and responsibly reopen Princeton’s laboratories, libraries and other facilities when state law permits.

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Acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment run counter to our University values and Princeton’s policies, including Respect for Others and our nondiscrimination policies, as well as our Statement on Diversity and Community.

Princeton University is committed to maintaining an educational, working and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and where every member can thrive. It is essential that each of us uphold and demonstrate these core values of dignity and respect. We encourage you to communicate these values to your staff and colleagues.

Public Health Guidance

We encourage all members of the University community to employ the following social distancing techniques:

  • Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places and inside all buildings.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Avoid close contact, limit in-person meetings, keep 6 feet between you and others

Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu. Those measures include frequent hand washing and avoiding touching one's face with unwashed hands. 

The University is conducting more frequent cleaning in common areas and on commonly touched surfaces, including in dining and housing spaces.

Avoid touching your face
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds

 

Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on April 10 requiring everyone in New Jersey to wear a face covering when entering any retail establishment or restaurant for take-out orders and when riding public transportation. The University's Office of Environmental Health and Safety has a face mask primer for more information.

On April 2, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend the use of cloth face coverings “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The guidance also clarifies that this recommendation is to use cloth face coverings, not surgical masks or N95 masks, as those are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders. 

Stay at home when you are sick except to seek medical attention
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Below are links to University Health Services handouts that explain social distancing, isolation and quarantine, as well as recognizing COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you think you might have the disease.


If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students on campus – call University Health Services at 609-258-3141.
  • Students off campus - contact your primary care provider or local urgent care center. If you are tested for coronavirus, you must notify UHS by emailing  communityhealth@princeton.edu so UHS can begin contact tracing. 
  • Employees – contact your primary care provider or local urgent care center. If you are tested for coronavirus, you must notify UHS by emailing  communityhealth@princeton.edu so UHS can begin contact tracing. 

The following is specific guidance from University Health Services on what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19 for:

Any questions should be emailed to UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

The University has convened the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group (SARG) in response to the significant public health needs from the COVID-19 pandemic. SARG will evaluate, support and assist with non-research volunteer projects primarily focused on production, manufacturing and donation. These volunteer projects are open to faculty and staff members who may volunteer to participate during University work hours (with supervisor approval).

The focus of the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group is to allocate university resources and coordinate several special activities that can have immediate application and impact. Examples may include:

  • the collection and donation of cloth face coverings;
  • the inventorying and repurposing of equipment and materials that can potentially be used to design and produce protective equipment and other healthcare needs;
  • the production of medical devices or parts using 3D printers and other manufacturing equipment;  
  • blood drives to assist with critical levels of the nation's blood supply. 

Members of the community are encouraged to submit ideas for new/ongoing projects as well as volunteer.

Campus Events

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.

Virtual Events

Academic and campus life departments, centers, and programs are offering a variety of virtual and online lectures, music, religious services and other programming. The lists below are a brief sampling? 

For departments and other University groups hosting virtual events, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity has developed a series of brief webinars and related resources to help recognize various forms of online abuse, highlight proactive steps to help prevent an online attack, present best practices for responding to online abuse, and provide guidance for reporting incidents of online abuse. The webinars (which are approximately three minutes each) and resource materials are located here: https://inclusive.princeton.edu/addressing-concerns/bias-discrimination-harassment/online-harassment-resources. This tip sheet summarizes the most important information.

The following events are for the University community only:

The John H. Pace ’39 Center for Civic Engagement has curated a number of tips, resources, information and ideas to virtually respond and engage.

Led by Campus Life units and facilitated by the Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement (OWCE), this page contains resources for Princeton undergraduate and graduate students to reduce social isolation and encourage connections while on-campus opportunities are suspended due to COVID-19 precautions.

For personal and professional development, the GradFUTURES website now includes an easily accessible listing of dozens of online programs and resources

The following events are free and open to the public:

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) offers an evolving list of free streaming resources, and invites the public to join its virtual concert hall on Spotify as part of its new Collaborative Listening Project. PUC hopes both initiatives might help fill your social distancing with music!

The Office of Religious Life offers a daily 10-minute guided meditation with Dean Matt Weiner at 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, via Zoom.

The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel is hosting virtual events and programs; online registration is required. 

The Lewis Center for the Arts is now offering a number of virtual events and activities including online dance classes, a series of conversations with theater makers, and guest artist talks open to the University community, with more opportunities being planned. Stay up to date by signing up to receive a weekly email of coming events.

Princeton University Chapel’s Sunday services will be videotaped and may be viewed online at Sunday Chapel Service. The services will remain archived, so everyone may return to them whenever they might find that to be helpful.

Princeton University Art Museum is pleased to offer online lectures  and highlights of current exhibitions.

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to offer online events. Check PEI’s event calendar for details.

Yiyun Li, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, invites readers to participate in her virtual book club Tolstoy Together. Inspired by the solidity and structure that “War and Peace” provides in these unsettling times, the novel offers “a moment each day when we can gather together as a community.”

The Humanities Council is pleased to offer a range of thought-provoking talks, lectures and online events. Check the event calendar for details.

The departments and centers of the School of Engineering and Applied Science continue to offer online events. See the listings here and sign up for the school’s weekly events newsletter.

Classes and Research

Classes

To facilitate social distancing, all lectures, seminars and precepts moved to virtual instruction on March 23 through the end of spring 2020. The spring semester has now concluded and there are no University classes scheduled for the summer.  Information about the undergraduate teaching program and plans for the fall 2020 semester will be in early July. 

Research

The latest University guidance regarding academic research, including lab research on campus, is detailed in frequently asked questions on the Princeton Research website. The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) has also compiled a list of frequently asked questions related to sponsored research.

On June 17, Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti announced that on-campus laboratory research may begin phased resumption. The phased resumption pertains to experimental, laboratory work in science and engineering. All work that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely. In order to return to the lab, faculty or lab directors must have their Research Lab Operations Plans approved by the University and must take a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of every person working in the lab. More information is available on the Princeton Research website

 

Travel

June 16 reminder:

A Message from the Global Safety & Security Unit

As we enter into the summer months, we wish to remind all populations affiliated with Princeton University, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff, that Associate Provost Aly Kassam-Remtulla’s April 16 guidance regarding University-sponsored travel remains unchanged. We will review our travel guidelines again in early July, after broader announcements are made regarding plans for the undergraduate teaching program.

To summarize the currently applicable guidelines:

  • All University-sponsored international travel continues to be suspended, and no international travel should be planned or scheduled.
  • University-sponsored travel within the United States should continue to be limited to essential trips. We remind travelers and travel sponsors (i.e., the department or other unit funding or otherwise supporting a trip) that they should review each proposed domestic trip to decide if it is essential. In doing so, you must use your best judgment in balancing the benefits of travel with health and safety considerations.

To aid in making the determination, we recommend considering:

  • Is the travel required to fulfill a critical research, teaching, legal, or compliance obligation?
  • Is the travel necessary to meet a graduation requirement?
  • Can the travel be postponed?
  • Is there a substitute to in-person travel such as virtual engagement?
  • Can someone in the destination location perform the activity in lieu of you?
  • Can the travel be accomplished safely and in compliance with local public health requirements, given health, community, and social conditions in the destination? The Global Safety & Security unit can assist you in evaluating these issues; please feel free to contact the team for a consultation.

 In addition, undergraduate students participating in essential domestic travel should review and comply with the guidance in the Undergraduate Domestic Travel Checklist.

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines and welcome your questions and concerns to globalsafety@princeton.edu.

June 1 update: 

Given the global health and safety risks and continuing uncertainty around travel posed by the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the Office of International Programs is suspending undergraduate participation for all OIP programs abroad this fall. This includes the cancellation of the 2020-21 Novogratz Bridge Year Program and the suspension of fall 2020 study abroad. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs website

April 16 update:

Aly Kassam-Remtulla, associate provost for international affairs and operations, issued the following extension of the University’s current prohibition against international travel and strong recommendation against domestic travel, including University-sponsored travel and personal travel (domestic and international). This information supersedes earlier guidance about travel.

Given the uncertainty about when travel will again be safe and when countries will begin lifting current travel restrictions, we share the following guidance for all populations affiliated with Princeton University including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. This guidance is in place until further notice.

Academic and administrative units that have questions about domestic or international travel may seek guidance from the Global Safety and Security unit at globalsafety@princeton.edu.

University-sponsored international travel

International travel continues to be suspended and this will only be reviewed when the current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Department of State (DOS) travel restrictions have been relaxed.  For travel to be considered, a location will have to be CDC Level 0 or 1 AND DOS Level 1, 2, or 3.  At this time, no locations meet those criteria and we will provide additional guidance to the campus when that occurs.  Until further notice, no international travel should be planned or scheduled.

University-sponsored domestic travel

COVID-19 has spread throughout the United States and we do not have systematic advice from government authorities about the safety of domestic travel.  We therefore maintain a strong recommendation against non-essential domestic travel.

We urge those who engage in such travel to exercise caution and good judgement.  Travelers should heed the advice of authorities in the states they are departing from and to which they are traveling.  For further advice, please consult the CDC’s advice for domestic travel.

Many states have a “shelter in place” order so we expect domestic travel in the near-term to be limited.  In addition, several states now require quarantines for those arriving from cities and states affected by large-scale outbreaks.  We encourage those considering domestic travel to develop medical and logistical contingency plans in case restrictions change, including in the state to which they plan to return.

As was the case prior to COVID-19, undergraduate students must register all domestic travel (beyond the New York to Philadelphia corridor) in Concur Request.

Personal travel (international or domestic)

We continue to strongly urge against international and domestic personal travel (vacations, visiting friends/family) and note our limited ability to support such travelers. If you choose to engage in international personal travel, you should register for alerts from International SOS(membership number 11BSGC000022), enroll in the DOS Smart Traveler’s Enrollment Program (STEP) (or similar programs offered by other governments for their citizens/nationals), purchase travel insurance (note that most policies do not cover COVID-19 related evacuation or repatriation), and closely monitor local travel advisories. 

We understand that some individuals and academic/administrative units are already planning University-sponsored international and domestic travel for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.  Given the significant uncertainty, we encourage you to delay or postpone such plans. If you must make plans, please pay close attention to cancellation and refund policies and change fees.  

CDC Travel Notices by Country with Level Definitions

DOS Travel Advisories with Level Definitions

Resources

University Resources

External Resources

University Communications

Princeton has sent out a series of announcements to update the University community regarding coronavirus. This list will be updated as further communications are sent.