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

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

Thank you again for your resilience and commitment to the University. As we anticipate the return and arrival of our students, we count on your collegiality, collaboration, and dedication to Princeton to keep our campus as safe as possible and make this a successful spring semester. Please be sure to take good care of yourselves and each other!

Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, November 24, 2020


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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.