Health and Safety for the Campus Community

COVID-19 Policies, Guidance and FAQs

For information on the latest COVID-related news, exposure/isolation procedures and where to get vaccinated, visit For information on what to do if you've tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of a positive case, visit the…

Art & Theater Safety

This section provides information for students, faculty and staff creating visual arts or theater productions.

Bats & Animals

The procedure for response to bites from wild and domestic animals can be found on the Emergency Management website.

First aid and follow-up treatment for animal bites and exposures that occur in the research lab can be found on the…

Campus Lighting for Safety and Security Working Group

The Environmental Safety and Risk Management (ESRM) Committee has convened a working group to examine exterior lighting for campus safety and security. The working group is made up of representatives from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Facilities, Housing and Real Estate…

Drinking Water Quality

Campus drinking water is supplied by NJ American Water. EHS and Facilities work together to prevent and respond to concerns regarding drinking water.

If you have concerns about the appearance, odor or taste of the drinking water in your…

Food Safety and Protection

The Food Safety website provides guidance for students who are considering serving food at a campus event and information on how to report a suspected food-borne illness.

Indoor Air Quality

EHS provides investigation and response services to indoor air quality concerns and odors that develop indoors.  For more information, go to this Indoor Air Quality Program page.

Large & Special Events

Nearly every day, the University hosts large and small events at indoor and outdoor venues.  This page provides links to resources for outdoor event safety and to determine whether you will need a permit from the local Health Department in order to serve food at your event.

Mail Handling & Suspicious Packages

In the last decade, there have been a limited number of national incidents involving agents of terror, including anthrax and ricin, being sent through the mail. The University has developed guidance on handling suspicious mail or packages. For more information, go to the 

Mold & Microbial Growth Concerns

Damp indoor environments caused by water leaks, floods or high humidity can lead to the growth of mold and other microbial organisms. Uncontrolled mold and microbial growth and exposure to building dampness can be associated with respiratory symptoms. For people who are sensitive to molds, exposure can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness,…

Playground Safety

The University maintains several playgrounds in various Housing complexes across campus and follows the state's rregulatory requirements that all campus playgrounds must comply with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission 2010 Public Playground Safety Handbook.


Princeton University maintains a comprehensive radon testing and mitigation program.  For more information about the University's radon program, go to the Radon Testing Program page.

Recreational Cannabis

The NJ Cannabis Regulatory Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act (NJCREAMMA) (N.J.S.A. 24:6I-31 et seq.) legalizes the purchase, possession, and use of up to one ounce of cannabis (or the equivalent amount of cannabis products) for individuals twenty-one years of age and over in New Jersey.

Recreational cannabis…

Residential Lead Paint

Housing units constructed prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. The deterioration of lead paint can result in exposure to lead-containing dust. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk of exposure to lead because of their rapid growth and tendency to place their hands or other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Research and recreational use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), including drones and model airplanes, falls under the Princeton sUAS Policy. All use of such devices on campus is subject to formal approval by the…