Campus COVID Update for December

Dec. 15, 2021

On December 15, Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed all staff the following message:

As we prepare to wrap up the fall semester, I want to thank you for all your efforts to maintain a healthy and safe environment at Princeton University. Our efforts are ongoing, and the University continually monitors COVID-19 case rates and assesses risk mitigation strategies to ensure we are responding quickly and appropriately.

Due to an increase in cases among undergraduates in the last 24 hours—including suspected cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant—the University decided to shift final exams to remote formats so that students will be able to leave campus at their earliest convenience and avoid required isolation, should they test positive for COVID.

It is important to note that there has not been a significant rise in cases among faculty, staff, or graduate students, and no evidence of transmission in campus labs to date. 

What You Can Do

Because of this increase in undergraduate cases, the entire Princeton community must cancel or postpone all indoor gatherings with food, and those where face coverings can’t be worn, effective Thursday, December 16 through Friday, January 7, 2022. The University will revisit this guidance before January 7 and update our public health policies accordingly.

Please continue to maintain your normal work schedule, participate in the weekly asymptomatic COVID testing program, and follow guidance on face coverings. As we prepare to return to campus for an in-person spring semester, the University intends to further mitigate the effects of COVID by requiring all students, faculty and staff who are eligible to receive a booster by January 31, 2022. You will see details about the requirement later this week. If you have already received the booster, now is the time for you to upload your information into VacStatus.

We will keep you informed of any changes in COVID risk or actions. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves, and enjoy a peaceful holiday and well-deserved break. I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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