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Archive of Coronavirus Updates

The following is an archive of the daily updates that have been posted at the top of the Coronavirus Information Website

April 7 (10:10 a.m.)

On April 7, Human Resources emailed all benefits-eligible faculty and staff members that they and their eligible dependents now have access to VitalCheck-Doctors in Your Office, a resource available to conduct screening and, if appropriate, facilitate testing for COVID-19. The cost is covered 100% by their health insurance. Employees need not be enrolled in a Princeton medical plan to utilize this service. 

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19 as described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.

If individuals think they may have COVID-19 and would like to discuss their symptoms or exposures with a doctor, book an appointment through the VitalCheck—Doctors in Your Office website. The doctor will screen them, advise them about the symptoms to which they should be alert, offer next steps to avoid getting the virus, and suggest how to avoid passing it onto loved ones. 

If the individual meets specific criteria, VitalCheck—Doctors in Your Office will send them a coronavirus lab kit. This is not a home test kit; it is a lab test, the same test that is conducted at state public drive-through stations. A physician will call to guide the individual and oversee the collection of the specimen and process for delivery of the specimen to the lab. Results are being returned within 48–72 hours. 

If employees are being tested for COVID-19, or someone in their household is being tested for COVID-19, please notify UHS by emailing communityhealth@princeton.edu so UHS can begin contact tracing.

For more information, read the Employee Testing section on the staff and faculty FAQ pages of this website, as well as the Human Resources website

April 3 update: 

The CDC has 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.

April 2 update:

The University has launched a new COVID-19 Community newsletterfocusing on public health guidance and policies affecting our campus and community, on-campus and off, as well as a sampling of stories of Tigers “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” The electronic newsletter provides a summary of the latest guidance and updates shared on this website. The first edition was sent to faculty, staff, researchers, postdocs and students on April 1 and will be emailed to the campus community weekly. 

April 1 update: 

On April 1, University Health Services announced updates to the Student Health Plan regarding referrals, coverage for COVID-19-related care, and coverage for telehealth visits. The changes are intended to make it easier for individuals on the Student Health Plan to receive services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The changes apply to undergraduate students, graduate students and student dependents enrolled in the Student Health Plan for the 2019-20 plan year. More information on the Student Health Plan’s recent updates is available on the University Health Services website

March 31 update:

As of Tuesday, March 31, 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

82 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 15 students were tested on campus and 67 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (15)

  • 3 students tested positive. Of those: 1 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and has left campus; 2 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and have returned to regular on-campus housing.
  • 8 students tested negative and were able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous housing arrangements.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (67)

  • 33 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 26 students tested negative.
  • 8 tests are still pending.

Employees

34 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 14 tested positive. Of those: 5 have been able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous work arrangements; 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 13 tested negative.
  • 6 tests are still pending.
  • 1 test returned as inconclusive; has not returned to work yet.

This update is as of March 31 at 4:45 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

 March 30 update:

On March 30, University Health Services (UHS) said it will continue its temporary suspension of operations in its overnight infirmary until it can be properly staffed. This suspension began March 23 and is a precautionary public health intervention related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effect on UHS staffing. As stated previously, the suspension is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

UHS will remain open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).  After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation will also remain available. If you do not feel well (have a fever, cough, trouble breathing) or otherwise have an urgenthealth concern, you can continue to contact UHS at 609-258-3141. UHS will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing to students who have a fever (99.6 or higher), cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please inform UHS of this at communityhealth@princeton.edu. If you have non-COVID-19-related, non-emergency questions, you may also consult with UHS by emailing AskHealth@princeton.edu during business hours and they will respond within 48 hours. UHS is not currently offering routine healthcare appointments for students on campus as they continue to focus their efforts on COVID-19 prevention and response. View the full announcement on the UHS website.

March 29 update:

On Saturday, March 28, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This advisory aligns with earlier New Jersey ‘stay at home’ orders and University policies regarding travel. Previous policies and practices implemented by the University already meet the standards laid out in the new advisory, so it requires no additional action by students, faculty, or staff. Members of our community should continue to refrain from all non-essential travel, and to comply with New Jersey and surrounding states’ ‘stay at home’ provisions, which allow for staff to travel to and from the University for work as needed.

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.

March 27 update: 

On March 27, University Health Services (UHS) announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with comprehensive health information and resources for the University community. The website includes testing sites for employees, as well as guidance for if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19. Note: The list of testing sites changes often, as sites reach capacity, new sites open up or site-specific testing criteria changes. 

Princeton University continues to operate in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s March 23 stay at home order. Strictly following social distancing protocols and other health guidelines helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community.

 

 


 

April 3 (8:40 p.m.)

The CDC has 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.

April 2 update:

The University has launched a new COVID-19 Community newsletter focusing on public health guidance and policies affecting our campus and community, on-campus and off, as well as a sampling of stories of Tigers “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” The electronic newsletter provides a summary of the latest guidance and updates shared on this website. The first edition was sent to faculty, staff, researchers, postdocs and students on April 1 and will be emailed to the campus community weekly. 

April 1 update: 

On April 1, University Health Services announced updates to the Student Health Plan regarding referrals, coverage for COVID-19-related care, and coverage for telehealth visits. The changes are intended to make it easier for individuals on the Student Health Plan to receive services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The changes apply to undergraduate students, graduate students and student dependents enrolled in the Student Health Plan for the 2019-20 plan year. More information on the Student Health Plan’s recent updates is available on the University Health Services website

March 31 update:

As of Tuesday, March 31, 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

82 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 15 students were tested on campus and 67 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (15)

  • 3 students tested positive. Of those: 1 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and has left campus; 2 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and have returned to regular on-campus housing.
  • 8 students tested negative and were able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous housing arrangements.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (67)

  • 33 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 26 students tested negative.
  • 8 tests are still pending.

Employees

34 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 14 tested positive. Of those: 5 have been able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous work arrangements; 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 13 tested negative.
  • 6 tests are still pending.
  • 1 test returned as inconclusive; has not returned to work yet.

This update is as of March 31 at 4:45 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Website updated: March 30 (6:30 p.m.)

On March 30, University Health Services (UHS) said it will continue its temporary suspension of operations in its overnight infirmary until it can be properly staffed. This suspension began March 23 and is a precautionary public health intervention related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effect on UHS staffing. As stated previously, the suspension is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

UHS will remain open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).  After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation will also remain available. If you do not feel well (have a fever, cough, trouble breathing) or otherwise have an urgent health concern, you can continue to contact UHS at 609-258-3141. UHS will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing to students who have a fever (99.6 or higher), cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please inform UHS of this at communityhealth@princeton.edu. If you have non-COVID-19-related, non-emergency questions, you may also consult with UHS by emailing AskHealth@princeton.edu during business hours and they will respond within 48 hours. UHS is not currently offering routinehealthcare appointments for students on campus as they continue to focus their efforts on COVID-19 prevention and response. View the full announcement on the UHS website.


 

April 1 (2 p.m.)

On April 1, University Health Services announced updates to the Student Health Plan regarding referrals, coverage for COVID-19-related care, and coverage for telehealth visits. The changes are intended to make it easier for individuals on the Student Health Plan to receive services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The changes apply to undergraduate students, graduate students and student dependents enrolled in the Student Health Plan for the 2019-20 plan year. More information on the Student Health Plan’s recent updates is available on the University Health Services website

March 31 update:

As of Tuesday, March 31, 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

82 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 15 students were tested on campus and 67 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (15)

  • 3 students tested positive. Of those: 1 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and has left campus; 2 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and have returned to regular on-campus housing.
  • 8 students tested negative and were able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous housing arrangements.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (67)

  • 33 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 26 students tested negative.
  • 8 tests are still pending.

Employees

34 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 14 tested positive. Of those: 5 have been able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous work arrangements; 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 13 tested negative.
  • 6 tests are still pending.
  • 1 test returned as inconclusive; has not returned to work yet.

This update is as of March 31 at 4:45 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Website updated: March 30 (6:30 p.m.)

On March 30, University Health Services (UHS) said it will continue its temporary suspension of operations in its overnight infirmary until it can be properly staffed. This suspension began March 23 and is a precautionary public health intervention related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effect on UHS staffing. As stated previously, the suspension is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

UHS will remain open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).  After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation will also remain available. If you do not feel well (have a fever, cough, trouble breathing) or otherwise have an urgent health concern, you can continue to contact UHS at 609-258-3141. UHS will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing to students who have a fever (99.6 or higher), cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please inform UHS of this at communityhealth@princeton.edu. If you have non-COVID-19-related, non-emergency questions, you may also consult with UHS by emailing AskHealth@princeton.edu during business hours and they will respond within 48 hours. UHS is not currently offering routine healthcare appointments for students on campus as they continue to focus their efforts on COVID-19 prevention and response. View the full announcement on the UHS website.

Website updated: March 29 (2 p.m.)

On Saturday, March 28, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This advisory aligns with earlier New Jersey ‘stay at home’ orders and University policies regarding travel. Previous policies and practices implemented by the University already meet the standards laid out in the new advisory, so it requires no additional action by students, faculty, or staff. Members of our community should continue to refrain from all non-essential travel, and to comply with New Jersey and surrounding states’ ‘stay at home’ provisions, which allow for staff to travel to and from the University for work as needed.

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.

March 27 update: 

On March 27, University Health Services (UHS) announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with comprehensive health information and resources for the University community. The website includes testing sites for employees, as well as guidance for if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19. Note: The list of testing sites changes often, as sites reach capacity, new sites open up or site-specific testing criteria changes. 

Princeton University continues to operate in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s March 23 stay at home order. Strictly following social distancing protocols and other health guidelines helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community.

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

Online events for the greater Princeton community

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

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:https://princeton.zoom.us/j/558173148, meeting ID 558-173-148; and a weekly meditation at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, via Zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/633771046, meeting ID 633-771-046. You can begin entering at 12:20 p.m. to allow yourself a few minutes to get settled.

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 (including “Painting the Mountains: Cézanne’s Rock and Quarry Canvases" at 5:30 Thursday, April 2), 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 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.

March 26 updates:

Princeton’s Human Resources has launched a new Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage to provide an overview of resources for staff and faculty, including medical and well-being, financial, spiritual and religious, and work continuity. A secondary page, Healthcare Plans & Well-Being Resources Updates During COVID-19 includes benefits and healthcare plan changes as a result of coronavirus. 

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on March 25 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by April 1.  

March 24 updates:

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.” 

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

 


 

March 31 (4:45 p.m.)

As of Tuesday, March 31, 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

82 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 15 students were tested on campus and 67 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (15)

  • 3 students tested positive. Of those: 1 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and has left campus; 2 met the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation and have returned to regular on-campus housing.
  • 8 students tested negative and were able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous housing arrangements.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (67)

  • 33 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 26 students tested negative.
  • 8 tests are still pending.

Employees

34 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 14 tested positive. Of those: 5 have been able to discontinue isolation and return to their previous work arrangements; 9 are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 13 tested negative.
  • 6 tests are still pending.
  • 1 test returned as inconclusive; has not returned to work yet.

This update is as of March 31 at 4:45 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Website updated: March 30 (6:30 p.m.)

On March 30, University Health Services (UHS) said it will continue its temporary suspension of operations in its overnight infirmary until it can be properly staffed. This suspension began March 23 and is a precautionary public health intervention related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effect on UHS staffing. As stated previously, the suspension is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

UHS will remain open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).  After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation will also remain available. If you do not feel well (have a fever, cough, trouble breathing) or otherwise have an urgent health concern, you can continue to contact UHS at 609-258-3141. UHS will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing to students who have a fever (99.6 or higher), cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction, please inform UHS of this at communityhealth@princeton.edu. If you have non-COVID-19-related, non-emergency questions, you may also consult with UHS by emailing AskHealth@princeton.edu during business hours and they will respond within 48 hours. UHS is not currently offering routine healthcare appointments for students on campus as they continue to focus their efforts on COVID-19 prevention and response. View the full announcement on the UHS website.

Website updated: March 29 (2 p.m.)

On Saturday, March 28, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This advisory aligns with earlier New Jersey ‘stay at home’ orders and University policies regarding travel. Previous policies and practices implemented by the University already meet the standards laid out in the new advisory, so it requires no additional action by students, faculty, or staff. Members of our community should continue to refrain from all non-essential travel, and to comply with New Jersey and surrounding states’ ‘stay at home’ provisions, which allow for staff to travel to and from the University for work as needed.

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.

March 27 update: 

On March 27, University Health Services (UHS) announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with comprehensive health information and resources for the University community. The website includes testing sites for employees, as well as guidance for if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19. Note: The list of testing sites changes often, as sites reach capacity, new sites open up or site-specific testing criteria changes. 

Princeton University continues to operate in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s March 23 stay at home order. Strictly following social distancing protocols and other health guidelines helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community.

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

As of Friday, March 27, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the following cases.

Students

71 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 12 students were tested on campus and 59 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (12):

  • 5 students tested negative: 4 have returned home; 1 is in a previously assigned quarantine and will be able to return home tomorrow.
  • 2 students tested positive: 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus; and 1 remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 5 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (59):

  • 23 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 23 students tested negative.
  • 13 tests are still pending.

Employees

25 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 12 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 10 have tested negative.
  • 3 tests are still pending.

This update is as of March 27 at 5 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Online events for the greater Princeton community

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

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: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/558173148, meeting ID 558-173-148; and a weekly meditation at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, via Zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/633771046, meeting ID 633-771-046. You can begin entering at 12:20 p.m. to allow yourself a few minutes to get settled.

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 (including “Painting the Mountains: Cézanne’s Rock and Quarry Canvases" at 5:30 Thursday, April 2), 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 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.

March 26 updates:

Princeton’s Human Resources has launched a new Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage to provide an overview of resources for staff and faculty, including medical and well-being, financial, spiritual and religious, and work continuity. A secondary page, Healthcare Plans & Well-Being Resources Updates During COVID-19 includes benefits and healthcare plan changes as a result of coronavirus. 

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on March 25 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by April 1.  

March 24 updates:

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.” 

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

March 23 update:

University Health Services announced that its overnight Infirmary Service will temporarily cease operations, beginning at 5 p.m. March 23. Operations of the Infirmary Service will resume at 7 a.m. on March 31. The temporary suspension of this service is being made as a precautionary public health measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on UHS staffing. It is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

The University recognizes that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students. In close collaboration with many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening next week.

As with other times when the Infirmary is closed (such as winter and summer breaks), UHS will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 am to 4:45 pm). After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation remain available. More information is available on the University Health Services website.

 

 


 

March 29 (2 p.m.)

On Saturday, March 28, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This advisory aligns with earlier New Jersey ‘stay at home’ orders and University policies regarding travel. Previous policies and practices implemented by the University already meet the standards laid out in the new advisory, so it requires no additional action by students, faculty, or staff. Members of our community should continue to refrain from all non-essential travel, and to comply with New Jersey and surrounding states’ ‘stay at home’ provisions, which allow for staff to travel to and from the University for work as needed.

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.

March 27 update: 

On March 27, University Health Services (UHS) announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with comprehensive health information and resources for the University community. The website includes testing sites for employees, as well as guidance for if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19. Note: The list of testing sites changes often, as sites reach capacity, new sites open up or site-specific testing criteria changes. 

Princeton University continues to operate in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s March 23 stay at home order. Strictly following social distancing protocols and other health guidelines helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community.

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

As of Friday, March 27, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the following cases.

Students

71 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 12 students were tested on campus and 59 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (12):

  • 5 students tested negative: 4 have returned home; 1 is in a previously assigned quarantine and will be able to return home tomorrow.
  • 2 students tested positive: 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus; and 1 remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 5 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (59):

  • 23 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 23 students tested negative.
  • 13 tests are still pending.

Employees

25 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 12 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 10 have tested negative.
  • 3 tests are still pending.

This update is as of March 27 at 5 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Online events for the greater Princeton community

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

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: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/558173148, meeting ID 558-173-148; and a weekly meditation at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, via Zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/633771046, meeting ID 633-771-046. You can begin entering at 12:20 p.m. to allow yourself a few minutes to get settled.

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 (including “Painting the Mountains: Cézanne’s Rock and Quarry Canvases" at 5:30 Thursday, April 2), 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 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.

March 26 updates:

Princeton’s Human Resources has launched a new Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage to provide an overview of resources for staff and faculty, including medical and well-being, financial, spiritual and religious, and work continuity. A secondary page, Healthcare Plans & Well-Being Resources Updates During COVID-19 includes benefits and healthcare plan changes as a result of coronavirus. 

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on March 25 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by April 1.  

March 24 updates:

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.” 

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

March 23 update:

University Health Services announced that its overnight Infirmary Service will temporarily cease operations, beginning at 5 p.m. March 23. Operations of the Infirmary Service will resume at 7 a.m. on March 31. The temporary suspension of this service is being made as a precautionary public health measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on UHS staffing. It is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

The University recognizes that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students. In close collaboration with many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening next week.

As with other times when the Infirmary is closed (such as winter and summer breaks), UHS will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 am to 4:45 pm). After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation remain available. More information is available on the University Health Services website.


 

March 27 (5:30 pm)

March 27 (5:30 p.m.)

On March 27, University Health Services (UHS) announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with comprehensive health information and resources for the University community. The website includes testing sites for employees, as well as guidance for if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19. Note: The list of testing sites changes often, as sites reach capacity, new sites open up or site-specific testing criteria changes.

Princeton University continues to operate in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s March 23 stay at home order. Strictly following social distancing protocols and other health guidelines helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community.

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

As of Friday, March 27, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the following cases.

Students

71 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 12 students were tested on campus and 59 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (12):

  • 5 students tested negative: 4 have returned home; 1 is in a previously assigned quarantine and will be able to return home tomorrow.

  • 2 students tested positive: 1 met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation and is off campus; and 1 remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 5 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (59):

  • 23 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 23 students tested negative.

  • 13 tests are still pending.

Employees

25 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 12 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 10 have tested negative.

  • 3 tests are still pending.

This update is as of March 27 at 5 p.m. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Online events for the greater Princeton community: Academic and campus life departments, centers, and programs are offering a variety of virtual and online lectures, music, religious services, and other programming. This is a brief sampling.

 

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: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/558173148, meeting ID 558-173-148; and a weekly meditation at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, via Zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/633771046, meeting ID 633-771-046. You can begin entering at 12:20 p.m. to allow yourself a few minutes to get settled.

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 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 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.

Website updated: March 26 (7 p.m.)

Princeton’s Human Resources has launched a new Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage to provide an overview of resources for staff and faculty, including medical and well-being, financial, spiritual and religious, and work continuity. A secondary page, Healthcare Plans & Well-Being Resources Updates During COVID-19 includes benefits and healthcare plan changes as a result of coronavirus. 

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on March 25 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by April 1.  

March 24 updates:

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.” 

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

March 23 update:

University Health Services announced that its overnight Infirmary Service will temporarily cease operations, beginning at 5 p.m. March 23. Operations of the Infirmary Service will resume at 7 a.m. on March 31. The temporary suspension of this service is being made as a precautionary public health measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on UHS staffing. It is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

The University recognizes that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students. In close collaboration with many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening next week.

As with other times when the Infirmary is closed (such as winter and summer breaks), UHS will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 am to 4:45 pm). After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation remain available. More information is available on the University Health Services website

March 22 campus updates:

-The University issued a vital reminder for all community members:If you are not feeling well, it is crucial that you self-quarantine and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions, including potential testing. It is important that you contact UHS no matter where you are tested or when you are tested. Given the nature of COVID-19, it is difficult to know when and where you first came into contact with the virus. Therefore, information about testing will allow us to work with public health officials to implement proper measures, including appropriate contact tracing.  This will help ensure the health and safety of your fellow students, faculty members, and staff. If you are contacted by Princeton University or your local health officials as part of contact tracing, it is important that you follow the public health guidelines they provide.

-Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed staff to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. “Princeton remains operational,” she wrote, “with remote classes to commence as planned on Monday, March 23, and we continue to support both undergraduate and graduate students living on campus.” She assured staff members who must come to work to perform critical services that they may and should do so under the terms of Governor Murphy’s directive. Read her full email.

-Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni sent an email to faculty to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. He wrote: “Our staff in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have been working remotely for the past week, and will continue to do so until the University announces a return to normal operations. Although we are working from home, we stand ready to assist you however we can.” Read his full email.

-Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reported awareness of the following cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Students

36 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 6 students were tested on campus and 30 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (6):

  • 1 student tested negative and has returned home.

  • 1 student tested positive and remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (30):

  • 4 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 4 students tested negative.

  • 22 tests are still pending.

Employees

17 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 10 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.

  • 3 have tested negative.

  • 4 tests are still pending.


 

 


 

March 26 (7 p.m.)

Princeton’s Human Resources has launched a new Coronavirus Resources for Employees webpage to provide an overview of resources for staff and faculty, including medical and well-being, financial, spiritual and religious, and work continuity. A secondary page, Healthcare Plans & Well-Being Resources Updates During COVID-19 includes benefits and healthcare plan changes as a result of coronavirus. 

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on March 25 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by April 1.  

March 24 updates:

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.” 

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.

March 23 update:

University Health Services announced that its overnight Infirmary Service will temporarily cease operations, beginning at 5 p.m. March 23. Operations of the Infirmary Service will resume at 7 a.m. on March 31. The temporary suspension of this service is being made as a precautionary public health measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on UHS staffing. It is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

The University recognizes that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students. In close collaboration with many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening next week.

As with other times when the Infirmary is closed (such as winter and summer breaks), UHS will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 am to 4:45 pm). After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation remain available. More information is available on the University Health Services website

March 22 campus updates:

-The University issued a vital reminder for all community members:If you are not feeling well, it is crucial that you self-quarantine and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions, including potential testing. It is important that you contact UHS no matter where you are tested or when you are tested. Given the nature of COVID-19, it is difficult to know when and where you first came into contact with the virus. Therefore, information about testing will allow us to work with public health officials to implement proper measures, including appropriate contact tracing.  This will help ensure the health and safety of your fellow students, faculty members, and staff. If you are contacted by Princeton University or your local health officials as part of contact tracing, it is important that you follow the public health guidelines they provide.

-Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed staff to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. “Princeton remains operational,” she wrote, “with remote classes to commence as planned on Monday, March 23, and we continue to support both undergraduate and graduate students living on campus.” She assured staff members who must come to work to perform critical services that they may and should do so under the terms of Governor Murphy’s directive. Read her full email.

-Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni sent an email to faculty to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. He wrote: “Our staff in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have been working remotely for the past week, and will continue to do so until the University announces a return to normal operations. Although we are working from home, we stand ready to assist you however we can.” Read his full email.

-Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reported awareness of the following cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Students

36 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 6 students were tested on campus and 30 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (6):

  • 1 student tested negative and has returned home.
  • 1 student tested positive and remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (30):

  • 4 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students tested negative.
  • 22 tests are still pending.

Employees

17 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 10 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 3 have tested negative.
  • 4 tests are still pending.


 

March 24 (5:40 p.m.)

As University classes resumed this week via remote teaching, University leadership underscored that Princeton continues to comply with New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order for all New Jersey residents started at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Specific guidance was issued over the weekend to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students remaining on campus, detailing operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order.

Princeton University’s compliance with the stay at home order helps keep those who must remain on campus healthy and safe, including students and essential staff, while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. As Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun said in a March 21 email to undergraduates approved to remain on campus: “As the number of COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, we will not be immune. Now more than ever, we must work together to mitigate the spread of the disease.”

Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep the community safe. This includes keeping six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors. Every single person’s sustained, intentional commitment to social distancing every moment of every day makes a difference. We know this is hard, we know this is disruptive, but it is essential.

As President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a March 17 email to Princetonians on meeting the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19: “I understand how painful these changes are. Like you, we cherish the personal relationships, the collective projects, and the special experiences that this campus facilitates and enables.”

Whether you are on campus or have left campus, if you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need. If you have been tested for COVID-19, in any jurisdiction, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu — you do not need to wait for results to contact UHS, please do so as soon as possible. This will greatly assist contact tracing efforts, where needed.


 

March 23 (7 p.m.)

University Health Services announced that its overnight Infirmary Service will temporarily cease operations, beginning at 5 p.m. March 23. Operations of the Infirmary Service will resume at 7 a.m. on March 31. The temporary suspension of this service is being made as a precautionary public health measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on UHS staffing. It is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

The University recognizes that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students. In close collaboration with many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening next week.

As with other times when the Infirmary is closed (such as winter and summer breaks), UHS will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 am to 4:45 pm). After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation remain available. More information is available on the University Health Services website.

March 22 campus updates:

-The University issued a vital reminder for all community members:If you are not feeling well, it is crucial that you self-quarantine and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions, including potential testing. It is important that you contact UHS no matter where you are tested or when you are tested. Given the nature of COVID-19, it is difficult to know when and where you first came into contact with the virus. Therefore, information about testing will allow us to work with public health officials to implement proper measures, including appropriate contact tracing.  This will help ensure the health and safety of your fellow students, faculty members, and staff. If you are contacted by Princeton University or your local health officials as part of contact tracing, it is important that you follow the public health guidelines they provide.

-Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed staff to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. “Princeton remains operational,” she wrote, “with remote classes to commence as planned on Monday, March 23, and we continue to support both undergraduate and graduate students living on campus.” She assured staff members who must come to work to perform critical services that they may and should do so under the terms of Governor Murphy’s directive. Read her full email.

-Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni sent an email to faculty to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. He wrote: “Our staff in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have been working remotely for the past week, and will continue to do so until the University announces a return to normal operations. Although we are working from home, we stand ready to assist you however we can.” Read his full email.

-Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reported awareness of the following cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The University will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

Students

36 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 6 students were tested on campus and 30 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (6):

  • 1 student tested negative and has returned home.
  • 1 student tested positive and remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (30):

  • 4 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students tested negative.
  • 22 tests are still pending.

Employees

17 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 10 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 3 have tested negative.
  • 4 tests are still pending.

March 21 campus updates:

-Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti issued an email to faculty and research facility directors with guidance on shutting down non-essential on-campus research following the State of New Jersey’s stay-at-home order announced today. Faculty members and facility directors who are responsible for on-campus research activities are asked to complete shut-down procedures by the close of business on Monday, March 23. Updates are also available on the website page COVID-19 Information for Researchers.

-A new set of FAQs was issued for exempted undergraduate students who remain on campus after the March 19 deadline. The FAQs cover a range of services and support including best practices for social distancing, dining, use of common spaces, visitors, storing belongings, questions about leaving campus and more. The FAQs are available online.

-Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie and Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun sent an email to graduate students with new guidelines, restrictions and best practices to comply with Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” executive order, which was announced today and went into effect at 9 p.m. In the email they wrote: “As a result, we are taking additional steps to support the health and well-being of our community and our neighboring communities.” Leslie and Calhoun commended the resilience and patience of the graduate student community as they adjust “to new ways of working, communicating, and supporting one another.”

-The University issued a community message following New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The executive order for all New Jersey residents starts 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. University classes will resume Monday via remote teaching and campus work continues for those required to be in-person. Support for those on campus will continue.


 

March 22 (8:45 p.m.)

On March 22, Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed staff to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. “Princeton remains operational,” she wrote, “with remote classes to commence as planned on Monday, March 23, and we continue to support both undergraduate and graduate students living on campus.” She assured staff members who must come to work to perform critical services that they may and should do so under the terms of Governor Murphy’s directive. Read her full email.

On March 22, Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni sent an email to faculty to provide guidance to ensure compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” executive order issued on March 21. He wrote: “Our staff in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have been working remotely for the past week, and will continue to do so until the University announces a return to normal operations. Although we are working from home, we stand ready to assist you however we can.” Read his full email.

Website updated: March 22 (4:40 p.m.)

On March 22, the University issued a vital reminder for all community members:

If you are not feeling well, it is crucial that you self-quarantine and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions, including potential testing.  It is important that you contact UHS no matter where you are tested or when you are tested. Given the nature of COVID-19, it is difficult to know when and where you first came into contact with the virus.  Therefore, information about testing will allow us to work with public health officials to implement proper measures, including appropriate contact tracing. This will help ensure the health and safety of your fellow students, faculty members, and staff.  If you are contacted by Princeton University or your local health officials as part of contact tracing, it is important that you follow the public health guidelines they provide.

As of Sunday, March 22, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the following cases:

Students

36 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 6 students were tested on campus and 30 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (6):

  • 1 student tested negative and has returned home.
  • 1 student tested positive and remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (30):

  • 4 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students tested negative.
  • 22 tests are still pending.

Employees

17 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 10 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 3 have tested negative.
  • 4 tests are still pending.

This update is as of March 22 at 4 p.m. The university will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

On March 21, Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti issued an email to faculty and research facility directors with guidance on shutting down non-essential on-campus research following the State of New Jersey’s stay-at-home order announced today. Faculty members and facility directors who are responsible for on-campus research activities are asked to complete shut-down procedures by the close of business on Monday, March 23. Updates are also available on the website page COVID-19 Information for Researchers.

On March 21, Princeton University Library (PUL) stated that Library services continue to be available online and that 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 resources are: PUL support for remote research, teaching and learning and COVID-19 PUL alerts and information.

On March 21, a new set of FAQs was issued for exempted undergraduate students who remain on campus after the March 19 deadline. The FAQs cover a range of services and support including best practices for social distancing, dining, use of common spaces, visitors, storing belongings, questions about leaving campus and more. The FAQs are available online.

This new set of FAQs was sent in a letter from Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun to the undergraduates who remain on campus. She wrote: “Faculty are preparing to begin online instruction next week and staff in Campus Life, the residential colleges, Housing, Dining, and Public Safety are working equally hard to maintain services for those of you who remain on campus. While the campus may feel rather empty, we assure you that the staff in the colleges and Campus Life are available remotely and stand ready to assist you. Many of these offices will be reaching out in the coming days to let you know how we plan to stay connected and help support you.”

Calhoun acknowledged the sacrifices and adjustments they are undergoing during this difficult time. She wrote: “One of Princeton’s greatest assets is the grace so many people display toward one another daily as we work together to solve problems, respond to crises big and small, and embrace opportunities to improve.  We ask that you continue this gracious and patient spirit in the days ahead and know that so many staff are working hard to support you. Some are physically here on-campus, others are working remotely; all remain deeply committed to keeping you healthy and safe.”

On March 21, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie and Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun sent an email to graduate students with new guidelines, restrictions and best practices to comply with Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” executive order, which was announced today and went into effect at 9 p.m. In the email they wrote: “As a result, we are taking additional steps to support the health and well-being of our community and our neighboring communities.” Leslie and Calhoun commended the resilience and patience of the graduate student community as they adjust “to new ways of working, communicating, and supporting one another.”

On March 21, the University issued a community message following New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The executive order for all New Jersey residents starts 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. University classes will resume Monday via remote teaching and campus work continues for those required to be in-person. Support for those on campus will continue.

The message states: “Earlier today, Governor Murphy issued a state-wide ‘stay at home’ order for all New Jersey residents starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. The order indicated that all residents of New Jersey should limit non-essential activities outside the home, mandated an end to all public gatherings, detailed certain types of businesses that must cease in-person operations, and required institutions across the state to identify and support areas where employees could work remotely. The order did not require jobs that can only be done in-person at institutions like universities to cease, or put any restrictions on the ability of those who have to travel to get to work to do so.

“Princeton University is working to ensure that we are in compliance with the order and doing what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Further, specific guidance will be issued to faculty, staff, undergraduate students remaining on campus, and graduate students throughout the weekend detailing any operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order. As we develop and share this guidance, we understand that you may have immediate questions about how the new executive order may impact you.   

  • For students and faculty, remote classes will still resume on Monday as planned, and the University will continue to assist and provide resources for teaching continuity.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students still on campus, the University will continue to provide you with the support you need, including dining and health services.
  • For University staff, those who can work remotely should, and those whose responsibilities require them to be on campus should continue coming into work.
  • For all of us, whether on campus or elsewhere, we should continue doing all we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. 

“We know that this will cause further disruption after a long week, but we will continue working to ensure that we are protecting your health and safety while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. 

“If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

On March 21, the University shared the following update:

  • Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order directing nearly all New Jersey state residents to “stay at home” starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21.
  • Princeton University’s remote teaching and campus support operations will continue. We are evaluating specific exceptions for higher education and critical services and will provide more information later today.

On March 20, the Office of Alumni Affairs announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, is canceled for this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

 

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Affairs website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website.

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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. 

Other updates:

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.


 

March 22 (4:40 p.m.)

On March 22, the University issued a vital reminder for all community members:

If you are not feeling well, it is crucial that you self-quarantine and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions, including potential testing. It is important that you contact UHS no matter where you are tested or when you are tested. Given the nature of COVID-19, it is difficult to know when and where you first came into contact with the virus. Therefore, information about testing will allow us to work with public health officials to implement proper measures, including appropriate contact tracing. This will help ensure the health and safety of your fellow students, faculty members, and staff. If you are contacted by Princeton University or your local health officials as part of contact tracing, it is important that you follow the public health guidelines they provide.

As of Sunday, March 22, Princeton’s University Health Services (UHS) reports they are aware of the following cases:

Students

36 students have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 6 students were tested on campus and 30 were tested elsewhere.

On-campus tests (6):

  • 1 student tested negative and has returned home.
  • 1 student tested positive and remains in isolation while receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students who are awaiting test results remain in isolation.

Off-campus tests (30):

  • 4 students tested positive and are receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 4 students tested negative.
  • 22 tests are still pending.

Employees

17 employees have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 10 have tested positive and are in their respective homes in self-isolation and receiving appropriate treatment.
  • 3 have tested negative.
  • 4 tests are still pending.

This update is as of March 22 at 4 p.m. The university will continue to report regularly to the community on these developments.

On March 21, Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti issued an email to faculty and research facility directors with guidance on shutting down non-essential on-campus research following the State of New Jersey’s stay-at-home order announced today. Faculty members and facility directors who are responsible for on-campus research activities are asked to complete shut-down procedures by the close of business on Monday, March 23. Updates are also available on the website page COVID-19 Information for Researchers.

On March 21, Princeton University Library (PUL) stated that Library services continue to be available online and that 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 resources are: PUL support for remote research, teaching and learning and COVID-19 PUL alerts and information.

On March 21, a new set of FAQs was issued for exempted undergraduate students who remain on campus after the March 19 deadline. The FAQs cover a range of services and support including best practices for social distancing, dining, use of common spaces, visitors, storing belongings, questions about leaving campus and more. The FAQs are available online.

This new set of FAQs was sent in a letter from Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun to the undergraduates who remain on campus. She wrote: “Faculty are preparing to begin online instruction next week and staff in Campus Life, the residential colleges, Housing, Dining, and Public Safety are working equally hard to maintain services for those of you who remain on campus. While the campus may feel rather empty, we assure you that the staff in the colleges and Campus Life are available remotely and stand ready to assist you. Many of these offices will be reaching out in the coming days to let you know how we plan to stay connected and help support you.”

Calhoun acknowledged the sacrifices and adjustments they are undergoing during this difficult time. She wrote: “One of Princeton’s greatest assets is the grace so many people display toward one another daily as we work together to solve problems, respond to crises big and small, and embrace opportunities to improve.  We ask that you continue this gracious and patient spirit in the days ahead and know that so many staff are working hard to support you. Some are physically here on-campus, others are working remotely; all remain deeply committed to keeping you healthy and safe.”

On March 21, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie and Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun sent an email to graduate students with new guidelines, restrictions and best practices to comply with Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” executive order, which was announced today and went into effect at 9 p.m. In the email they wrote: “As a result, we are taking additional steps to support the health and well-being of our community and our neighboring communities.” Leslie and Calhoun commended the resilience and patience of the graduate student community as they adjust “to new ways of working, communicating, and supporting one another.”

On March 21, the University issued a community message following New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The executive order for all New Jersey residents starts 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. University classes will resume Monday via remote teaching and campus work continues for those required to be in-person. Support for those on campus will continue.

The message states: “Earlier today, Governor Murphy issued a state-wide ‘stay at home’ order for all New Jersey residents starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. The order indicated that all residents of New Jersey should limit non-essential activities outside the home, mandated an end to all public gatherings, detailed certain types of businesses that must cease in-person operations, and required institutions across the state to identify and support areas where employees could work remotely. The order did not require jobs that can only be done in-person at institutions like universities to cease, or put any restrictions on the ability of those who have to travel to get to work to do so.

“Princeton University is working to ensure that we are in compliance with the order and doing what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Further, specific guidance will be issued to faculty, staff, undergraduate students remaining on campus, and graduate students throughout the weekend detailing any operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order. As we develop and share this guidance, we understand that you may have immediate questions about how the new executive order may impact you.   

  • For students and faculty, remote classes will still resume on Monday as planned, and the University will continue to assist and provide resources for teaching continuity.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students still on campus, the University will continue to provide you with the support you need, including dining and health services.
  • For University staff, those who can work remotely should, and those whose responsibilities require them to be on campus should continue coming into work.
  • For all of us, whether on campus or elsewhere, we should continue doing all we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. 

“We know that this will cause further disruption after a long week, but we will continue working to ensure that we are protecting your health and safety while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. 

“If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

On March 21, the University shared the following update:

  • Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order directing nearly all New Jersey state residents to “stay at home” starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21.
  • Princeton University’s remote teaching and campus support operations will continue. We are evaluating specific exceptions for higher education and critical services and will provide more information later today.

On March 20, the Office of Alumni Affairs announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, is canceled for this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

 

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Affairs website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website.

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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. 

Other updates:

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.


 

March 21 (10:30 p.m.)

On March 21, Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti issued an email to faculty and research facility directors with guidance on shutting down non-essential on-campus research following the State of New Jersey’s stay-at-home order announced today. Faculty members and facility directors who are responsible for on-campus research activities are asked to complete shut-down procedures by the close of business on Monday, March 23. Updates are also available on the website page COVID-19 Information for Researchers.

On March 21, Princeton University Library (PUL) stated that Library services continue to be available online and that 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 resources are: PUL support for remote research, teaching and learning and COVID-19 PUL alerts and information.

On March 21, a new set of FAQs was issued for exempted undergraduate students who remain on campus after the March 19 deadline. The FAQs cover a range of services and support including best practices for social distancing, dining, use of common spaces, visitors, storing belongings, questions about leaving campus and more. The FAQs are available online.

This new set of FAQs was sent in a letter from Vice President of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun to the undergraduates who remain on campus. She wrote: “Faculty are preparing to begin online instruction next week and staff in Campus Life, the residential colleges, Housing, Dining, and Public Safety are working equally hard to maintain services for those of you who remain on campus. While the campus may feel rather empty, we assure you that the staff in the colleges and Campus Life are available remotely and stand ready to assist you. Many of these offices will be reaching out in the coming days to let you know how we plan to stay connected and help support you.”

Calhoun acknowledged the sacrifices and adjustments they are undergoing during this difficult time. She wrote: “One of Princeton’s greatest assets is the grace so many people display toward one another daily as we work together to solve problems, respond to crises big and small, and embrace opportunities to improve.  We ask that you continue this gracious and patient spirit in the days ahead and know that so many staff are working hard to support you. Some are physically here on-campus, others are working remotely; all remain deeply committed to keeping you healthy and safe.”

On March 21, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie and Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun sent an email to graduate students with new guidelines, restrictions and best practices to comply with Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” executive order, which was announced today and went into effect at 9 p.m. In the email they wrote: “As a result, we are taking additional steps to support the health and well-being of our community and our neighboring communities.” Leslie and Calhoun commended the resilience and patience of the graduate student community as they adjust “to new ways of working, communicating, and supporting one another.”

Website updated: March 21 (6:15 p.m.)

On March 21, the University issued a community message following New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The executive order for all New Jersey residents starts 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. University classes will resume Monday via remote teaching and campus work continues for those required to be in-person. Support for those on campus will continue.

The message states: “Earlier today, Governor Murphy issued a state-wide ‘stay at home’ order for all New Jersey residents starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. The order indicated that all residents of New Jersey should limit non-essential activities outside the home, mandated an end to all public gatherings, detailed certain types of businesses that must cease in-person operations, and required institutions across the state to identify and support areas where employees could work remotely. The order did not require jobs that can only be done in-person at institutions like universities to cease, or put any restrictions on the ability of those who have to travel to get to work to do so.

“Princeton University is working to ensure that we are in compliance with the order and doing what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Further, specific guidance will be issued to faculty, staff, undergraduate students remaining on campus, and graduate students throughout the weekend detailing any operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order. As we develop and share this guidance, we understand that you may have immediate questions about how the new executive order may impact you.   

  • For students and faculty, remote classes will still resume on Monday as planned, and the University will continue to assist and provide resources for teaching continuity.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students still on campus, the University will continue to provide you with the support you need, including dining and health services.
  • For University staff, those who can work remotely should, and those whose responsibilities require them to be on campus should continue coming into work.
  • For all of us, whether on campus or elsewhere, we should continue doing all we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. 

“We know that this will cause further disruption after a long week, but we will continue working to ensure that we are protecting your health and safety while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. 

“If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

Website updated: March 21 (2 p.m.)

On March 21, the University shared the following update:

  • Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order directing nearly all New Jersey state residents to “stay at home” starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21.
  • Princeton University’s remote teaching and campus support operations will continue. We are evaluating specific exceptions for higher education and critical services and will provide more information later today.

On March 20, a University-wide email was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in response to possible new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities in the state of New Jersey over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow.

The email states: “It is our understanding that the state of New Jersey may be announcing new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow. We do not know what these new guidelines will specifically entail, but it is our expectation that we will continue to be able to support our undergraduate and graduate students who remain on campus, and to continue moving forward with remote classes starting on Monday.

“All University personnel who are currently slated to be on campus Saturday should assume that their presence is still required. As soon as we have more details on any new statewide guidelines we will share them with you, including any impacts on our workforce and on our remaining residential students.

“Whether on campus or elsewhere, thank you for everything you are doing to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing and social distancing. If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

On March 20, the Office of Alumni Affairs announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, is canceled for this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Affairs website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website.

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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. 

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library provided time on March 18 and 19 for students and faculty to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.


 

March 21 (6:15 p.m.)

On March 21, the University issued a community message following New Jersey Governor Murphy’s state-wide “stay at home” order to slow spread of COVID-19. The executive order for all New Jersey residents starts 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. University classes will resume Monday via remote teaching and campus work continues for those required to be in-person. Support for those on campus will continue.

The message states: “Earlier today, Governor Murphy issued a state-wide ‘stay at home’ order for all New Jersey residents starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21. The order indicated that all residents of New Jersey should limit non-essential activities outside the home, mandated an end to all public gatherings, detailed certain types of businesses that must cease in-person operations, and required institutions across the state to identify and support areas where employees could work remotely. The order did not require jobs that can only be done in-person at institutions like universities to cease, or put any restrictions on the ability of those who have to travel to get to work to do so.

“Princeton University is working to ensure that we are in compliance with the order and doing what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Further, specific guidance will be issued to faculty, staff, undergraduate students remaining on campus, and graduate students throughout the weekend detailing any operational changes necessitated by the new Executive Order. As we develop and share this guidance, we understand that you may have immediate questions about how the new executive order may impact you.   

  • For students and faculty, remote classes will still resume on Monday as planned, and the University will continue to assist and provide resources for teaching continuity.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students still on campus, the University will continue to provide you with the support you need, including dining and health services.
  • For University staff, those who can work remotely should, and those whose responsibilities require them to be on campus should continue coming into work.
  • For all of us, whether on campus or elsewhere, we should continue doing all we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. 

“We know that this will cause further disruption after a long week, but we will continue working to ensure that we are protecting your health and safety while doing everything we can to do our part for the larger community. 

“If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

March 21 (2 p.m.)

On March 21, the University shared the following update:

  • Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order directing nearly all New Jersey state residents to “stay at home” starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 21.
  • Princeton University’s remote teaching and campus support operations will continue. We are evaluating specific exceptions for higher education and critical services and will provide more information later today.

On March 20, a University-wide email was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in response to possible new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities in the state of New Jersey over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow.

The email states: “It is our understanding that the state of New Jersey may be announcing new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow. We do not know what these new guidelines will specifically entail, but it is our expectation that we will continue to be able to support our undergraduate and graduate students who remain on campus, and to continue moving forward with remote classes starting on Monday.

“All University personnel who are currently slated to be on campus Saturday should assume that their presence is still required. As soon as we have more details on any new statewide guidelines we will share them with you, including any impacts on our workforce and on our remaining residential students.

“Whether on campus or elsewhere, thank you for everything you are doing to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing and social distancing. If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

On March 20, the Office of Alumni Affairs announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, is canceled for this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

 

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Affairs website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website.

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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. 

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library provided time on March 18 and 19 for students and faculty to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

March 19 (6:30 p.m.)

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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.  

As the March 18 email noted: To date, eight university staff members have reported to University Health Services that they have been tested for coronavirus; five have tested positive and are receiving care in self-isolation, one has tested negative, and we are awaiting test results for the other two as they remain in self-isolation. Not all of these staff members reside in Princeton, and though we cannot share further details because of privacy concerns, we can share that they have been working with their home jurisdictions and following public health guidelines. We are also aware of three students who have been tested by UHS; one test has come back negative and we are awaiting results on the other two. Of the two awaiting test results, one is currently self-isolating on campus at a UHS designated site and one is self-isolating at home. All three have followed appropriate health protocols, including self-isolation.

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library provided time on March 18 and 19 for students and faculty to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

March 20 (7:10 p.m.)

On March 20, a University-wide email was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in response to possible new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities in the state of New Jersey over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow.

The email states: “It is our understanding that the state of New Jersey may be announcing new restrictions on certain businesses and public activities over the weekend, possibly as early as tomorrow. We do not know what these new guidelines will specifically entail, but it is our expectation that we will continue to be able to support our undergraduate and graduate students who remain on campus, and to continue moving forward with remote classes starting on Monday.

“All University personnel who are currently slated to be on campus Saturday should assume that their presence is still required. As soon as we have more details on any new statewide guidelines we will share them with you, including any impacts on our workforce and on our remaining residential students.

“Whether on campus or elsewhere, thank you for everything you are doing to help slow the spread of this pandemic, including careful hand-washing and social distancing. If you are not feeling well, please make sure to get the care you need, and if you have been tested for COVID-19, please contact UHS at communityhealth@princeton.edu. We will continue to update the University COVID-19 website with the latest policies and guidance and will be in touch as soon as we have more details on any new guidelines.”

On March 20, the Office of Alumni Affairs announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, is canceled for this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

 

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Affairs website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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.  

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library provided time on March 18 and 19 for students and faculty to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

March 19 (12:30 p.m.)

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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.  

As the March 18 email noted: To date, eight university staff members have reported to University Health Services that they have been tested for coronavirus; five have tested positive and are receiving care in self-isolation, one has tested negative, and we are awaiting test results for the other two as they remain in self-isolation. Not all of these staff members reside in Princeton, and though we cannot share further details because of privacy concerns, we can share that they have been working with their home jurisdictions and following public health guidelines. We are also aware of three students who have been tested by UHS; one test has come back negative and we are awaiting results on the other two. Of the two awaiting test results, one is currently self-isolating on campus at a UHS designated site and one is self-isolating at home. All three have followed appropriate health protocols, including self-isolation.

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library will have limited opening hours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, to accommodate students and faculty who need to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Emails have been sent directly to students and faculty regarding retrieving their materials. Apart from these materials, there will be no other access to collections. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

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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.

 


 

March 20 (6 p.m.)

On March 20, Alumni Engagement, University Advancement, announced that the 2020 annual Reunions event, traditionally held the weekend prior to Commencement, will not be held this year.

From the announcement: “In partnership with our public health officials and alumni leaders, we have made the difficult decision that Reunions will not take place as planned this May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we will miss this opportunity to gather with generations of Princetonians and family members for our flagship alumni event, we have determined that convening 25,000 people on campus for a large-scale, celebratory event — particularly one that relies on the dedication of hundreds of student employees and countless alumni volunteers — is not possible or prudent at this time. We felt it important to share our decision on Reunions as soon as possible so that classes and individuals can plan accordingly.”

For the full announcement, please visit the Alumni Engagment website and the Reunions website.

Current seniors (members of the Class of 2020) received an email with this information from the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

On March 20, Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie sent an email to graduate students to explain how they can turn for support to the Academic Affairs team at the Graduate School for concerns and questions they may have about a range of issues, including their lab environment, guidance and advice on navigating conversations with faculty about working remotely and more.

On March 20, the Davis International Center sent an update to international students on important immigration developments that are relevant to them and to reinforce a message related to COVID-19 bias concerns and the University’s commitment to a community free from bias and harassment. See full announcement on the Davis International Center website

On March 19, Dean of the College Jill Dolan sent separate emails to faculty and to undergraduates regarding teaching and learning continuities once virtual instruction begins on March 23. In her email, Dolan assured undergraduates that “teaching and learning will continue this semester. Although remote instruction will be different, our collective goal should be to continue our academic work as effectively as possible. We aim to help you complete your courses successfully so that you can continue your progress toward your degree.” Dolan’s emails also provide information on examinations, independent research and senior theses, grading options and other academic guidelines for undergraduates.

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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.  

Other updates: 

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library provided time on March 18 and 19 for students and faculty to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

A new Virtual Activities calendar has been created for undergraduates and graduate students. Students can sign up for activities like meditation sessions, fitness classes, professional development workshops and more.

The municipality of Princeton has established a new website princetoncovid.org and the State of New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Website provides information on coronavirus cases and health resources in the state.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message on March 17 thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

March 18 (4 p.m.)

On March 18, the University sent a campus email urging students, faculty and staff to notify University Health Services of all COVID-19 tests by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. 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.  

As the March 18 email noted: To date, eight university staff members have reported to University Health Services that they have been tested for coronavirus; five have tested positive and are receiving care in self-isolation, one has tested negative, and we are awaiting test results for the other two as they remain in self-isolation. Not all of these staff members reside in Princeton, and though we cannot share further details because of privacy concerns, we can share that they have been working with their home jurisdictions and following public health guidelines. We are also aware of three students who have been tested by UHS; one test has come back negative and we are awaiting results on the other two. Of the two awaiting test results, one is currently self-isolating on campus at a UHS designated site and one is self-isolating at home. All three have followed appropriate heath protocols, including self-isolation.

Other updates: 

The Housing Office has provided an updated schedule for housing room draw for next academic year for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Student Employment Office has published updated guidelines for undergraduates who are leaving campus and those who are approved to remain on campus regarding the student employment program.

The Graduate School has emailed graduate students with updated information regarding academic adjustments for graduate programs, as well as virtual office hours for graduate students.

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library will have limited opening hours from 2 to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20, to accommodate students and faculty who need to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Apart from these materials, there will be no other access to collections. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

The University sent a number of communications on March 17 with further guidance to the University community. President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

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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.


 

March 18 (12:30 p.m.)

The Housing Office has provided an updated schedule for housing room draw for next academic year for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Student Employment Office has published updated guidelines for undergraduates who are leaving campus and those who are approved to remain on campus regarding the student employment program.

 The Graduate School has emailed graduate students with updated information regarding academic adjustments for graduate programs, as well as virtual office hours for graduate students.

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library will have limited opening hours from 2 to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20, to accommodate students and faculty who need to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Apart from these materials, there will be no other access to collections. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research, teaching, and learning via the Library’s extensive digital resources and expertise.

The University also sent a number of communications on March 17 with further guidance to the University community. President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a message thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

A Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The student was tested on March 11 at McCosh Health Center out of an abundance of caution and immediately placed in isolation.

The University was notified March 15 that a third staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. All three staff members remain in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. Positive test results for the other two staff members were announced March 13 and 14. Close contacts of the newly diagnosed staff member will be contacted by University Health Services.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced March 16. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

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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.


 

March 17 (7:45 p.m.)

--Message from President Christopher L. Eisgruber thanking University students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. Eisgruber’s note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus.

--Email to staff and faculty with updated guidance on work policies and resources in light of COVID-19. .

--Email to graduate students with updated information about graduate student housing in light of COVID-19. 

Other updates:

A Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The student was tested on March 11 at McCosh Health Center out of an abundance of caution and immediately placed in isolation.

The University was notified March 15 that a third staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. All three staff members remain in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. Positive test results for the other two staff members were announced March 13 and 14. Close contacts of the newly diagnosed staff member will be contacted by University Health Services.

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.

The University’s moves to remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced today. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

The Princeton University Library will move all services online and all locations will cease in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6, in order to allow the Library to reassess operations and support the goal of social distancing across campus to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. The Library will have limited opening hours from 2 to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 20, to accommodate students and faculty who need to retrieve their materials from carrels, study rooms, or lockers. Apart from these materials, there will be no other access to collections. Throughout this period, the Library will continue to support remote research

March 17 (3:10 p.m.)

A Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The student was tested on March 11 at McCosh Health Center out of an abundance of caution and immediately placed in isolation.

In his March 17 message, President Christopher L. Eisgruber thanks the University community for their ongoing efforts to reduce density on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus across the community. 

Eisgruber's note lays out how all Princetonians can play a part in the effort against coronavirus. His note concludes by saying: “I want to close by thanking all of you for coming together as Princetonians to meet this unprecedented challenge.  I am grateful to the students who, with regret but also compassion and understanding, are returning home.  I am grateful to the faculty and staff who are enabling us to continue teaching online and to support the students who must remain on campus.  I am grateful to the alumni, parents, and others who have provided assistance and encouragement.  I am grateful to all who have accepted, in a spirit of community and care, the responsibility to make sweeping and sudden changes to their way of life to protect the health and well-being of themselves, their families, and others around them.  And I am grateful to the many Princetonians who have worked around the clock to make and implement difficult decisions as humanely as possible. “

The University's movesto remote instruction last week and current operating policies place us in compliance with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order introduced today. University operations continue with functions modified as announced last week and over the weekend. Faculty, staff, and students remaining on campus will be notified of any further changes.

Human Resources sent updated information about coronavirus and staff policies to all employees in an email the afternoon of March 15

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. 

The Princeton University Library will temporarily close for two days, March 16 and 17, to give staff time to prepare for providing essential services to campus. 

The University has been notified that a third staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. All three staff members remain in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. Positive test results for the other two staff members were announced March 13 and 14. Close contacts of the newly diagnosed staff member will be contacted by University Health Services.

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.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

March 15 (5 p.m.)

Human Resources sent updated information about coronavirus and staff policies to all employees in an email the afternoon of March 15

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. 

The Princeton University Library will temporarily close for two days, March 16 and 17, to give staff time to prepare for providing essential services to campus. 

The University has been notified that a third staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. All three staff members remain in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. Positive test results for the other two staff members were announced March 13 and 14. Close contacts of the newly diagnosed staff member will be contacted by University Health Services.

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.

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student continues to remain in isolation at McCosh; we continue to await the test results.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

 


 

March 14 (4 p.m.)

The University was notified on March 14 that the second of two staff members under self-isolation after possible exposure to COVID-19 has tested positive. The first staff member’s positive test result had previously been announced March 13. Both staff members remain in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. 

As the University announced March 10, the two staff members were possibly exposed to the coronavirus at an off-campus gathering. Earlier this week, the University worked with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in direct close contact with the two staff members since their potential exposure to COVI19. These individuals have been 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

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation.  The student continues to remain in isolation at McCosh; we continue to await the test results.

As the University announced March 9, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

We will continue to update the campus community on this website and through other channels.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

 


 

March 13 (3 p.m.)

The New Jersey Health Department has notified the University that one of the two staff members under self-isolation after possible exposure to COVID-19 has tested positive. The staff member remains in self-isolation, and we are working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need. 

As the University announced March 10, two staff members were possibly exposed to the coronavirus at an off-campus gathering. The test results for the second staff member under self-isolation are still pending from the state health department.

Earlier this week, the University worked with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in direct close contact with the two staff members since their potential exposure to COVID-19. These individuals have been 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

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student continues to remain in isolation at McCosh until the results are received in the coming days.

As the University announced Monday, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

We cannot stress this enough — no one should be engaging in large gatherings on campus at this time, either formal or informal in nature.  Social distancing practices — including avoiding crowds — is the number one way to keep yourself safe and slow the rate of potential COVID-19 transmission. Even a moderate sized gathering can greatly increase your chance of exposure, and the chance of exposure of anyone you come into contact with.

The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adhere to University standards of conduct and follow the public health measures proven to mitigate community spread of the virus. 

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. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and please call in advance. Undergraduate and graduate students should call University Health Services at 609-258-3141. Employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.


 

March 13 (11:15 a.m.)

Princeton’s Department of Public Safety has announced changes to building access starting March 14 — faculty, staff and students must have PUID to enter most buildings, including dormitories, academic buildings and administrative offices.

In an abundance of caution around coronavirus, the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab is curtailing operations and sending employees home to work effective 5 p.m. on March 13, until at least March 29.

McCarter Theatre in Princeton announced they are suspending all live performances, classes, and events through at least March 31.

Undergraduates are encouraged to read the detailed FAQs regarding logistical, financial, technical and other questions released on the afternoon of March 12, in addition to consulting the undergraduate student FAQ page on this website. 

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student will remain in isolation at McCosh until the results are received in the coming days.

The University announced March 10 that two staff members were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These two staff members have been tested and continue to self-quarantine while awaiting test results from state health authorities. More information will be shared when available. 

We will continue to update the campus community on this website and through other channels.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.


 

March 12 (5:40 p.m.)

Undergraduates are encouraged to read the detailed FAQs regarding logistical, financial, technical and other questions released on the afternoon of March 12, in addition to consulting the undergraduate student FAQ page on this website. 

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student will remain in isolation at McCosh until the results are received in the coming days.

The University announced March 10 that two staff members were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These two staff members have been tested and continue to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. More information will be shared when available. 

All Princeton classes, lectures, seminars, labs and precepts will move to virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 23 and remain virtual through the end of spring 2020, including final exams. All undergraduates who are able to must return home and stay home for the rest of the semester. Undergraduates are permitted to remain living on campus until the semester ends only if they meet a set of criteria outlined in the March 11 email to undergraduates. Separate guidance for graduate students on campus was outlined in a March 11 email from the Dean of the Graduate School. 

At around 9 p.m. EDT March 11, 2020, the federal government issued a suspension of travel to the U.S. from Europe for the next 30 days starting Friday, March 13 at midnight. While the situation is still unfolding, we are asking that all travelers currently abroad in Europe and the U.K. return to their permanent residence as soon as possible. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on Friday, March 13 at midnight. The University has reached out to University travelers in Europe and the U.K. and is providing logistical guidance and support.

Updated guidance was issued in a March 12 email by the Office of Human Resources for staff. The University is asking managers to use their best judgement to consider flexible work arrangements that still meet their units’ needs and obligations and are consistent with institutional guidelines. 

We will continue to update the campus community on this website and through other channels.

Previous updates can be found in the Latest Updates Archive on this website.

March 12 (11:05 a.m.)

Out of an abundance of caution, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 11 at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student will remain in isolation at McCosh until the results are received in the coming days.

The University announced March 10 that two staff members were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These two staff members have been tested and continue to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. More information will be shared when available. 

All Princeton classes, lectures, seminars, labs and precepts will move to virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 23 and remain virtual through the end of spring 2020, including final exams. All undergraduates who are able to must return home and stay home for the rest of the semester. Undergraduates are permitted to remain living on campus until the semester ends only if they meet a set of criteria outlined in the March 11 email to undergraduates. Separate guidance for graduate students on campus was outlined in a March 11 email from the Dean of the Graduate School. 

At around 9 p.m. EDT March 11, 2020, the federal government issued a suspension of travel to the U.S. from Europe for the next 30 days starting Friday, March 13 at midnight. While the situation is still unfolding, we are asking that all travelers currently abroad in Europe and the U.K. return to their permanent residence as soon as possible. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on Friday, March 13 at midnight. The University has reached out to University travelers in Europe and the U.K. and is providing logistical guidance and support.

Updated guidance was issued in a March 12 email by the Office of Human Resources for staff. The University is asking managers to use their best judgement to consider flexible work arrangements that still meet their units’ needs and obligations and are consistent with institutional guidelines. 

March 11 (7:45 p.m.)

All Princeton classes, lectures, seminars, labs and precepts will move to virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 23 and remain virtual through the end of spring 2020, including final exams. All undergraduates who are able to must return home and stay home for the rest of the semester. 

Undergraduates are permitted to remain living on campus until the semester ends only if they meet one or more of these criteria:

  • A senior who must conduct lab or other Princeton-based research on campus that’s required for your senior thesis;

  • A student who faces housing insecurity (homelessness or a precarious living situation);

  • A student who faces financial insecurity;

  • A student previously certified “independent for the purposes of financial aid”;

  • An athlete still in competition and required to be on campus;

  • Currently residing in “family housing.”

  • An international student may fall into any of the categories above. Other criteria for international students include those: 

    • Who have immigration, travel, and/or visa restrictions;

    • Whose home is in a country currently designed at a Warning Levels 2 & 3 and USDOS Levels 3 & 4 for COVID-19.

    •  Whose home is in an area with extremely limited internet connectivity.

Students who meet one of the above criteria, must register to stay on campus to ensure they have the necessary support and accommodations during this period. Please use the registration form on this website. Registered students living on campus will also receive instruction online, including spring 2020 exams. 

If students are not registered to stay on campus under the above criteria, their dormitory access will be deactivated by March 19.

More information about this guidance is available in the March 11 email to undergraduates from Dean of the College Jill Dolan and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun. 

The University announced March 10 that two staff members were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These two staff members have been tested and are self-quarantined while awaiting test results. More information will be shared when available.

March 11 (10:45 a.m.)

The University announced on March 10 that two staff members were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These two staff members have been tested and are self-quarantined while awaiting test results.

Individuals who were in close contact with the two staff members have been contacted and asked to self-quarantine as a precaution and in line with public health best practices. Contact tracing is standard practice in this type of public health situation.

University Health Services has announced a shift in operations to allow UHS to focus its resources on preparations for and response to coronavirus. McCosh Health Center remains open for urgent, acute care needs for students, including students seeking care for coronavirus.

All members of the campus community should continue to follow best practices to avoid illness, including frequent hand washing and avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands.  If you are not feeling well, do not attend classes or work. Stay home, get rest, and get any medical attention you need.

We will continue to update the campus community on this website and through other channels.

March 10, 2020

Two Princeton University staff members are currently under self-quarantine as a result of possible exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering.  These staff members are being tested and we expect results in the coming days.

The University is working with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in close contact with the staff members since their potential exposure to COVID-19.  The University also is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures.

As the University announced Monday, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community. These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality. They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other. The policies detailed below will be in place through Sunday, April 5, at which point we will reassess them. 

All members of the campus community should continue to follow best practices to avoid illness, including frequent hand washing and avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands.  If you are not feeling well, do not attend classes or work. Stay home, get rest, and get any medical attention you need.

Princeton, like other universities across the world, is actively engaged in efforts to prepare for and mitigate the impacts from COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus). Our top priority is to support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to advance our teaching and research mission. 


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