COVID-19 Information and Resources

The EHS website has available a number of resources for the campus community as we work together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Information On COVID-19 For the Princeton Community: Princeton University’s main coronavirus website is a comprehensive resource for up-to-date information on the University's response to COVID-19. Go to Site »

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs page includes questions and answers regarding: 

  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Daily Symptom Check
  • Face Coverings
  • Gatherings and Events
  • Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizers
  • Return to Campus / Resumption of Operations Processes
  • Vehicle Use
  • Ventilation
  • Visitors

Health and Safety for the Campus Community

University Policies and Guidance

The University has updated guidance and policies related to COVID-19. 

Gatherings, Events, and Conferences

University staff, students or faculty can host indoor and outdoor gatherings and events of any size on or off campus. Princeton University-sponsored events and gatherings (events) held indoors must be set up in accordance with these updated guidelines and the University’s Visitor Policy.

Holiday Party Guide: Guidance for gatherings during the 2021 holiday season.

Those who organize events are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all attendees are aware of necessary public health guidance, including use of face coverings.
  • Organizing food service to minimize attendee risk. See Guidance for Eating and Drinking Indoors for more information. 
  • Maintaining a list of attendees for 2 weeks after the event.
  • Providing a means for event attendees and guest speakers who are not current faculty, staff or students to attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Developing a plan for building access when hosting events.
University-sponsored gatherings, conferences and events are expected to follow the Gatherings and Events Guidelines and should be scheduled through the EMS web app (link is external) for reservable spaces.

Face Coverings and Social Distancing

Effective August 11, 2021, all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering indoors in buildings occupied by the University. Exceptions to this requirement include working alone in a room or cubicle or when actively eating or drinking. Face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information and updates, see the Face Coverings Guidance.

Teaching and Classroom Practices: Updated guidance on teaching and classroom practices related to face coverings is summarized in the Supplemental Guidance on Face Coverings.

Aerosol-Generating Performing Arts Activities: There are specific guidelines for singing and playing wind instruments, including specialized masks and filtering bell covers.

Social Distancing: Social distancing is no longer required indoors or outdoors.


With some exceptions, visitors must be approved to be on campus. See the Visitor Policy for more information.

  • Academic, administrative and residential buildings will remain accessible to appropriate faculty, staff and students by card access only. 
  • As of June 17, 2021, the category of “approved visitors” was expanded to include:
    • prospective undergraduate student outdoor tours media and film crews that have been pre-approved by the Office of Communications to enter campus buildings
    • prospective graduate students who have received approval from the Graduate School;
    • prospective faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff who have received approval from the administrative department head of the University employee sponsoring the visitor
    • Beginning August 1, 2021, individuals participating in University-sponsored conferences,  public performances, varsity and athletics events, and religious services.
  • You must follow the guidance in Hosting an Indoor Conference or Event with Pre-Registered Visitors (link) if you are hosting pre-registered visitors at a conference.

If you wish to sponsor a visitor to work or conduct research in a laboratory, academic or administrative space, you must request approval from your department head. Use the Sponsored Visitor Request Form

Daily Symptom Check

As of July 6, 2021, employees who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to submit a Daily Symptom Check. Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. 

All faculty, staff, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are not fully vaccinated are required to complete a Daily Symptom Check before coming to work on campus or before entering any University buildings other than their campus residence. After completing the check, you may not come to campus if advised to stay home. This page provides a link to the web-based form and to the paper forms.

Campus Operations and Facilities

Beginning July 4, 2021, social distancing is no longer required in campus buildings. Buildings remain locked, but may be reoccupied at the same levels as before the pandemic.

Reversing Facilities Modifications

Many spaces were modified with Plexiglas barriers, removal of furniture, chair straps, tape, and signage to support social distancing. Please review the Returning University Spaces to Original Layouts guidance before removing barriers, chair straps, etc. 

COVID Signage

Most signage related to COVID-19 public health requirements may be removed or replaced. Please see Returning University Spaces to Original Layouts for information about which signs to retain.

Ordering Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

Guidance for ordering personal protective equipment and disinfection supplies.

Princeton Playbook: Guidelines for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Operations

This playbook provides a comprehensive set of policies and guidelines that members of our University community must follow in any University workplace. 

Ventilation in Classrooms

Guidance on ventilation in classrooms whether assigned by the University registrar or maintained by individual departments.

Information For Academic Managers

Update 6/8/21: An Important Step Towards Normal Research Operations (pdf)
See the Princeton Research website for additional updates.