Spring 2021 Campus & Workplace Operations

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President Eisgruber’s Message to the Community

I want to express once again my gratitude to all the Princetonians — students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni — who have collaborated to address the special challenges of this year. Many people at this University have worked hard both to support online instruction and to give students the option of a semester in residence. I recognize that, even with this herculean effort, our students are confronting a very imperfect choice between remote learning and a highly constrained on-campus experience.

President Christopher Eisgruber in his November 24, 2020, update to the University community

Health & Safety Measures

Employees are expected to understand and follow the University's health and safety operational measures, which may continue to evolve, and employees should check regularly for updates. These measures include:

  • Wearing of masks, social distancing, hand washing, and cleaning protocols
  • Participation in the asymptomatic testing program as required by the University
  • Completion of the mandatory online COVID-19 General Awareness training either before or within 24 hours after returning to campus by all staff approved to work on campus regularly, occasionally, or intermittently
  • Completion of the mandatory online Safe Resumption of Research training for all staff who work on research projects in University laboratories
  • Compliance with the New Jersey requirement for all staff who are scheduled or plan to come to work in any on and off campus University building or worksite that they complete the Daily Symptom Check

By July 1, all University faculty and staff need to upload or update their vaccination status to VacStatus. For complete information on the University’s vaccine requirements, vaccine clinics and more, visit Princeton COVID Resources.

Questions related to health and safety policies can be directed to the Princeton University COVID Connector. Customer service agents are available at 609-258-7000 during University business hours from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Questions may also be emailed to covidconnector@princeton.edu.

Planning for Resumption

All work that can be reasonably performed remotely must continue to be performed remotely so that campus does not unnecesarily re-densify. In the interest of public health, departments must keep the number of staff on-\site to only what is required to meet operational needs.

Departments that are student facing and anticipate resuming or expanding on-campus activities for the spring semester are responsible for determining their corresponding operational and staffing needs, taking into account careful consideration of which jobs will require an on-campus presence and by when. More information will be provided to departments by the On-campus Resumption Review Team.


Vice President Sullivan-Crowley's Message to Staff Regarding the 2021–2022 Academic Year

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and one another while preparing to take part in a campus-centered academic year. I look forward to the joy of reuniting and to thanking many of you in person for your exceptional contributions.

Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, March 11


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In This Together

Princeton expects all members of the University community to adhere to these directives, as protecting everyone’s health and safety is a shared responsibility. This means the University is asking everyone to build new work habits that require increased self-awareness, accountability, and attentiveness to others.

Princeton also expects everyone to interact with one another in a respectful manner, even when someone forgets to practice the guidelines as individuals adapt to an altered on-campus workplace.

Staff members should direct compliance concerns to their manager or senior HR manager.


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