COVID-19: Guidance For Staff Who Must Be On Campus

Apr. 2, 2020

Staff who must come in to work face special challenges in staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few tips from the CDC and EHS.

Update June 2020: Face Coverings Policy

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth whenever in buildings or on property occupied by Princeton University. Wearing a face covering supplements, but does not replace, social distancing. Individuals are not required to wear a face covering when alone in a room, cubicle or vehicle, or when outdoors if they are able to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet (two meters).

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General Hygiene

  • Do not shake hands and maintain a six-feet distance between yourself and others when possible.
  • Wash hands regularly and after each interaction with another person. Remember, people who are not sick can still be carrying the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • If available, use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving buildings and getting on or off public transportation.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. 
  • Do not touch your face. Germs most easily travel into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Do not share food, cups, bottles or utensils. Do not use public water fountains.
  • Carry disinfectant wipes and disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly.

Workplace Environment

  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
  • Avoid in-person meetings. Use video conferencing if possible.
  • Postpone meetings or group projects/activities if possible.
  • Postpone non-essential business travel.
  • If your job requires you to come into contact with individuals in isolation or quarantine, contact Shaundree Davis at EHS for information on PPE (personal protective equipment): 

Personal Health

  • If you feel sick or are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, do not come into work. Call your health care provider for advice. 
  • If a family member of another resident of your home is sick with any of the above symptoms, do not come into work. 
  • If you are tested for coronavirus, no matter where you are tested you should immediately notify University Health Services by emailing

As a reminder, the University has instituted COVID-19 days intended to assist benefits-eligible employees who are unable to work, either on campus or remotely, because of hardships related to the coronavirus. HR has made available a new short-term disability application specifically for employees diagnosed with COVID-19. 

For more information on these and other policies related to COVID-19, call or email HR at (609) 258-3300 or

The latest information on Princeton University's response to COVID-19, including public health guidance and FAQs for the campus community, can be found on the coronavirus information webpage