Quarantine is a public health measure to protect unvaccinated individuals from those who may have COVID-19 by preventing further exposure.

Throughout the semester, unvaccinated and/or unboosted undergraduate and graduate students on or living near campus may be required to enter quarantine due to exposure to a potentially infected (or confirmed positive) person. Unvaccinated and/or unboosted employees or students who live off-campus may be asked to quarantine at their residence.

Quarantine that is required for those who are not vaccinated due to exposure to a potentially infected or infected person or due to travel is 5 days. Travel within the United States and U.S. territories does not require quarantine upon return to campus.

Requirements for quarantine are based on federal and New Jersey state guidelines and are therefore subject to change. The actual length of quarantine will be communicated to you.

While self-quarantining:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. If living in on-campus housing, students in quarantine who have a meal plan should wear a mask to pick up a to-go meal from the dining hall. They should not eat meals in the dining hall. 
  • Avoid non-essential travel and limit your activities in public like shopping for food, etc. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during this time.
  • You should not share items with others in your home, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, etc. 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables daily. 

If you must go out:

  • Wear a high-quality face covering, such as a KN95 mask, when entering public areas. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters), especially while removing your face covering for eating. Do not use public transportation. Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing, etc. 

If you develop symptoms:

If you have a fever (100.4 °F/ 38 °C or higher), loss of taste or smell, or cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Students should contact UHS (609-258-3141) and employees should contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center. Call in advance, do not just show up.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while quarantining should notify Global and Community Health immediately at communityhealth@princeton.edu

Resources for employees

Resources for students

  • Counseling & Psychological Services: 609-258-3141

  • University Health Services - Medical Services: 609-258-3141

  • For non-urgent health-related questions, email askhealth@princeton.edu.