Dean of the Faculty & Vice President for Human Resources' Message About Preparing for the Fall 2021 Semester

Aug. 11, 2021

On August 11, Dean of the Faculty Gene Jarrett and Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed staff the following about preparing for the fall 2021 semester:

Soon, Princeton students, faculty, and staff will start the fall semester on campus, a moment that we look forward to as our community joins together. To those of you whose roles required that you work in-person throughout the pandemic, we are grateful for all you have done to keep Princeton University running. And to those of you who are just now returning from working remotely during the pandemic, welcome back! Our goal has been to support a healthy, safe environment where we can all enjoy the fullest experience possible for work and learning this fall. We thank our faculty and staff for establishing a campus where almost everyone working at the University is vaccinated.

Many of us have been away from the campus or our offices throughout the pandemic, and there have been a series of institutional changes during the many months while we were working remotely. Given these circumstances, we want to help you prepare for a campus that might look different from the last time you saw it in person. This memo provides a checklist of the steps you can take to plan for your return, as well as helpful phone numbers and links. 

This information is also available under the Workplace section at Princeton COVID Resources.


  • Wear face coverings indoors on campus. Effective today, August 11, all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering indoors in buildings occupied by the University. This indoor face covering requirement will be evaluated weekly by a team of physicians and scientists. Exceptions to this requirement include working alone in a room or cubicle or when actively eating or drinking. Visit the University’s COVID-19 Policies and Guidance page for more information.
    • The next update on the indoor face covering requirement will be communicated to the campus community by August 23. That update will include guidance on teaching and classrooms. Be sure to check the COVID Resources page for the most up-to-date information.
  • Plan for classes to be in-person. We are not anticipating moving to a hybrid model at the start of the semester or any restrictions on in-person class size.
  • Social distancing is no longer required indoors or outdoors, per the COVID website. The occupancy limits imposed for public health purposes are no longer needed.
  • Participate in COVID-19 testing each week. Everyone who works in buildings occupied by Princeton University is required to take part in testing. Employees who are vaccinated will be tested once a week. Unvaccinated employees due to an approved accommodation will be tested twice a week. Everyone with an active Princeton University ID will be able to use and submit a test kit. For information and instructions see COVID Resources Testing.
    • If you are new to the testing program, you will need to visit the testing clinic located on the New South lawn for your first test. We strongly recommend that you not wait until August 30, to avoid long lines.
  • Review rules for visitors. You may host visitors who are vaccinated, but must follow the process in accordance with the Visitor Policy. This includes formal approval of each visitor and obtaining confirmation that the individual is fully vaccinated.
  • Resuming your commute. Please ensure that you are enrolled in Revise Your Ride, or that you have an active, virtual permit linked to the license plate of the vehicle(s) that you will use for your commute by logging into My Transportation portal. As of August 30, employees are expected to park in their assigned lots. Until then, employees with active permits may choose from broader parking options (see full details here). Construction projects have impacted several parking lots, resulting in fewer or no available spaces. Transportation and Parking Services is working directly with departments whose usual lots will be directly impacted. See TPS’ website for more information and expect further communication regarding campus parking.
  • Navigate your way around construction. Princeton’s campus is evolving. Construction has been underway in many areas, and the availability of parking has been impacted. Check the Construction at Princeton page under “News” for the latest updates.
  • Carry your ID card and check access to buildings. Nearly all campus buildings with prox card access will be locked at all times. All faculty, staff, and students should be able to enter main doors to all academic buildings and most administrative buildings. After tapping a hotspot to update your card (mainly for interior door locks), check your access to the buildings. Report any problems to Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 or The Service Point at (609) 258-8300 or If your building exterior doors require keys instead of prox cards, and if your building is used for classes, check with Public Safety or The Service Point at (609) 258-8300 or to confirm any locking schedule.
  • Attend a Town Hall, where you will hear about fall semester expectations and how the University is supporting a healthy and safe workplace. Please email questions in advance to Additional questions will be addressed during the Zoom programs as time permits.
    • Staff Town Hall: Thursday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. Register now!
    • Faculty Town Hall: Friday, August 13 at 9:30 a.m. (Registration information will be sent to faculty members by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty)
  • Review the Quick Guide to Returning to Campus Fall 2021. The slides on this page and the Information for Faculty and Staff link on the left side of the page include information that will be helpful to employees returning to campus and to those who have been working on campus for a while.

Helpful numbers and links for more information:

Just as we helped each other through the most challenging times of the pandemic, so too will we support each other through our return to more normal campus operations at the University this fall. As we continue to look out for each other, we will work together, as we always have, to make the fall semester a productive and gratifying one, in the very Princeton tradition of service to each other, to the nation, and to the wider world.

NOTE: The information in this memo is not yet fully reflected throughout the Human Resources website. Updates will be made on an ongoing basis as we prepare to return to campus.