Vice President for Human Resources' Message: Welcome to Fall Semester 2021

Aug. 20, 2021

On August 20, Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley emailed all staff the following message:

As we all prepare for the fall semester at Princeton University, I encourage you to read President Eisgruber's message, and I echo his gratitude and pride in the way our staff and faculty have risen to the challenges of the past year and a half. 

While we expect our campus will once again be full and vibrant, we know the pandemic is not over. With infections rising again, we implemented a range of measures designed to decrease risk on our campus, which provide us with the strength and resolve to resume more normal operations.   

Many in our community are excited and hopeful about the fall semester. Still, we recognize that some staff members who have been away from campus are feeling anxious about returning, and some staff who remained on campus may feel anxious about working in a more densely populated environment again. I want to take a moment to remind you that your emotional health and wellness matter to us. Whether you have worked remotely or on site, there are resources and tools available on the Human Resources website to help you, including in-person, digital, or virtual Mental Wellness Resources, a video learning series called Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic — The Emotional Roadmap Back to the Office, and tips for Returning to the Workplace.

Remember, too, that HR staff members are here to support you every step of the way, and are reachable by phone at (609) 258-3300 or email at for assistance.

The impact of COVID-19 in New Jersey, and specifically on colleges and universities, continues to be monitored. Safeguarding everyone’s health and safety and following state and federal guidance remain the cornerstone of our decision-making process. The University is committed to keeping you informed of relevant developments and decisions as they unfold.

Just as we helped each other through the earlier stages of the pandemic, that same spirit of community will see us through the changes and opportunities of the fall semester. I look forward to working with all of you as we open our doors to the new academic year.