I know that you are all adjusting to life on (or nearby) campus and that there is much information to process and continuously keep in mind. The essence of this communication is to highlight important reminders that can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy campus. The first point I would like to make is that you are expected to firmly adhere to all policies that now guide life on campus or in the vicinity. Otherwise, you will not be permitted to stay or continue to access campus.
I also understand that, along with the start of classes, there has been a need for much adjustment and settling in for the semester, especially with the new realities of on-campus life. Here are some very important reminders about: Physical Distancing, Face Coverings, Testing, Guest Policy, and Travel.
Physical Distancing: COVID-19 spreads more effectively when people are within close contact of one another. This does not mean that we want you to avoid socializing with your friends and peers, but the Social Contract which you signed to be able to live on campus requires you to maintain a distance of 6 feet/2 meters from others both indoors and outdoors. Please do so even when taking pictures together.
Face Coverings: Are face coverings effective? One way to test this is to run a little experiment while you are in your room, physically distanced from others. Fold a piece of paper in half, making it like a book, and stand it up on your desk. Then, with your face covering off and while sitting up straight in your chair, blow it over. Repeat this action with your face covering on. Likely, if your face covering is of the proper thickness, the paper will be much more difficult to blow over. Wearing a face covering limits the amount of air – and potential virus – that you are exhaling towards the person you are talking to, and you are also required by the Social Contract to wear a face covering everywhere on campus – indoors and outdoors – except for your private sleeping space. However, students are required to wear a face covering in their living space when University staff must enter the space for maintenance, inspection, emergency response or other services. The only exceptions for wearing a face covering are:
o When alone in a room, cubicle or vehicle, or if the individuals present in those
spaces are part of one’s household unit:
o Outdoors, only if able to maintain at least 6 feet/2 meters of distance from others
outside one’s household unit at all times;
o If granted an exemption through the Office of Disability Services due to a medical
or physical condition. Even in this case, we still ask you to hold to the Social
Contract which you signed and do your part to help keep COVID-19 from spreading
Remember that face coverings and physical distancing work best to combat the virus when
they are used together.
Testing: Princeton has created an asymptomatic COVID-19 testing protocol which makes use of a diagnostic RT-PCR test. This protocol is designed to regularly screen our entire community and identify positive cases early so that a student or employee who needs to isolate can do so in an effort to prevent community transmission. Students are required to submit their tests in a timely manner and do so regularly. This, however, is not sufficient to prevent transmission, and students are still encouraged and required by the Social Contract they signed to observe University protocols such as physical distancing at 6 feet/2 meters, wearing face coverings, and washing hands frequently.
Please review covid.princeton.edu/testing/taking-test for more information on how to
sample for how and where to drop off your sample and the deadlines for doing so.
o Daily Symptom Tracker Requirements:
§ If you live on-campus, you must complete the Daily Symptom Tracker when
you leave your residence if you’re planning on entering any other campus
building. It only needs to be completed once per day. So, for example, complete
it before you leave your dorm for breakfast that day, and then you’re set for the
rest of the day.
§ If you live off-campus, you should complete the Daily Symptom Tracker before
you leave for campus, and before you enter any campus buildings. You also
only need to submit it once a day, and only on the days you are already coming
to campus. You can find the Daily Symptom Check through the TigerSafe App
or through a web browser at https://tinyurl.com/PrincetonSymptomCheckApp
Guest Policy: On-campus students may not host any off-campus guests – family members, romantic partners, friends, or even enrolled Princeton students who are not residing on campus – in their rooms. However, students may host up to two resident student guests at a time, but no more than two at a time.
Travel: All students who are part of the testing protocol and who anticipate leaving Mercer county/Plainsboro area due to a personal emergency, legal obligation, or medical reason must email their DSL a travel request with the following information:
Trip Name: Description: Reasons:(Must be personal emergency, legal obligation, medical reason) Dates: Destination:
Additionally, students are expected to attach supporting documentation (ex. Doctor’s Note,
Appointment Note, etc.). All those who are approved to travel must also complete the
COVID Risk Assessment Form within the 3-7 days prior to returning to campus. This can be
found at covid.princeton.edu/travel. It will allow UHS to advise whether a 10-day
quarantine is required upon the student’s return. Lastly, should there be a sudden
emergency that requires immediate travel after 5pm or on the weekends, please call the
department of Public Safety and ask to be connected with the Dean-On-Call to discuss your
Resources: Please also remember that The Princeton Playbook – your Princeton COVID Resources – can be found at covid.princeton.edu. If you have not already done so, please also download the TigerSafe App where you will find the Daily Symptom Check along with the web app to register your Testing Kit. When in doubt, contact your DSL for clarification.
While we are all observing guidelines for physical distancing, I remain your committed DSL. I will continue to support you in a variety of ways, and I plan to be fully available via phone, email, or Zoom, whether it be for a quick hello or a more substantial conversation. I can offer you virtual advising appointments and regular virtual office hours. You can sign up for an appointment with me here: https://calendly.com/dcepin/30min. Moose, I cannot emphasize this enough: if you are unsure about a policy or if you have any questions about the social contract or campus protocols, please start with me; I will provide a response and guide you in the right direction.