New Jersey Travel Advisory for Students, Faculty, Researchers, Postdocs and Staff

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020

The following provides details about what undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, postdocs and researchers should do if planning to return to campus this summer or fall.

What you need to know:

  • The State of New Jersey currently advises anyone arriving from a state deemed “high risk” to quarantine for 14 days after leaving the high-risk state. This may be done in any state not on the New Jersey travel advisory list. Students living on campus may also finish any incomplete quarantine periods when they move in to their campus residence.
     
  • States that fall into the category are updated regularly based on public health data. You can find the latest list here. Anyone returning to campus for Fall 2020 should consult this list before planning to arrive.
     
  • You cannot “test out” of the quarantine — all travelers from designated states should self-quarantine, regardless of any COVID-19 test results.
     
  • Faculty, staff and students who live off campus are encouraged to quarantine in their home — students residing on campus will have to quarantine in their dorms.
     
  • The University is mandating the quarantine advisory for all students returning to campus and for all faculty, researchers, postdocs and staff who have been approved to work on campus. Compliance with this University policy is NOT voluntary.
     
  • If you leave New Jersey, then travel to a designated state and return to Princeton, you will need to re-quarantine.
     
  • If you live in a designated state and commute to Princeton, you do not need to quarantine.

If you are an undergraduate student invited to campus arriving from one of these states:

-All incoming and returning undergraduate students to campus housing will be required to complete the confidential COVID-19 risk assessment form during the week prior to their  assigned move-in date (not before that week). The University’s Global and Community Health team will evaluate your responses to the confidential risk assessment form and confirm your need to quarantine. If you have quarantined in another location in New Jersey or other non-designated state, the risk assessment form serves as suitable “proof” that an individual self-quarantined; no other affidavit is needed.

-Whether you have to self-quarantine upon arrival to campus will be determined by the State of New Jersey regulations in effect at the time you complete the risk assessment form. We will communicate with you about those regulations before you arrive. A fact sheet for students who need to self-quarantine is available online.

-If you are required to self-quarantine, this means remaining in your own room, not using the common spaces in suites and dormitories, not going to gatherings, limiting time outside and monitoring your health. Campus Dining will be in contact with you and will provide you meal services for the duration of your quarantine period. You may spend limited time outside for a walk, while practicing social distancing (about 6 feet or 2 meters) from others and wearing a face covering. You should not share items with others, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, etc. When you are using common spaces, like shared bathrooms, you should clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets  after use. Take your temperature and call University Health Services (609-258-3141) if you have a temperature of 100.4 F or higher, cough or difficulty breathing. UHS will be checking in with you with a survey that you should be answering once daily while on quarantine.

-The University is not allowing students to come to campus prior to their assigned move-in date in order to self-quarantine. You may come to New Jersey early to self-quarantine at the residence of a friend or family member, or at a hotel or other temporary lodging. Students would need to make their own arrangements, at their own cost.

-If you have a move-in helper, they will not need to quarantine for 14 days as long as they are only going to be on campus to help with the move-in and will not linger or stay on campus after your assigned move-in day.

-Even if you are tested for coronavirus, you will still need to quarantine for the full 14 days if you are returning from one of the states in the New Jersey travel advisory. All students who elect to live on campus will be expected to comply with the University testing protocol. COVID-19 testing will be conducted by University Health Services within a few days of your arrival and you will be retested regularly throughout the semester. Testing will be free of charge to on-campus students and those living off-campus who are invited to be on campus for the semester (first-years and juniors in fall semester and sophomores and seniors in spring semester). 

-Every undergraduate student who has been invited to return to campus, whether living on or off campus in the greater Princeton area, must sign the University’s undergraduate social contract that articulates their commitment to following the University’s health and safety protocols and to observing the behaviors designed to promote the well-being of everyone in our community.

If you are a graduate student arriving from one of these states:

-All incoming and returning graduate students to campus housing will be required to complete the confidential COVID-19 risk assessment form during the week prior to their returning to campus (not before that week). After you have completed the form, the Global and Community Health team will notify you via email whether you are required to self-quarantine upon your return to campus. If you have quarantined in another location in New Jersey or other non-designated state, the risk assessment form serves as suitable “proof” that an individual self-quarantined; no other affidavit is needed.

-If you have been in campus housing continuously since the spring 2020 semester, then you do not need to complete the form unless you have been instructed to complete it through the phased resumption of research plan or otherwise.

-If you are required to self-quarantine, this means remaining in your own room or apartment, not using the common spaces in suites and dormitories, not going to gatherings, limiting time outside and monitoring your health. Do not go to work, class or lab. Do not participate in any campus activities for this 14-day period. You may spend limited time outside for a walk, while practicing social distancing (about 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. You should not share items with others, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, etc. When you are using common spaces, like shared bathrooms or kitchens in apartments, you should clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets  after use. Take your temperature and call University Health Services (609-258-3141) if you have a temperature of 100.4 F or higher, cough or difficulty breathing. UHS will be checking in with you with a survey that you should be answering once daily while on quarantine

-If you will live at the Graduate College, Annex or an RGS residence, you will self-quarantine in your residence. Campus Dining will be in contact with you and will provide you meal services for the duration of your quarantine period. A member of the Graduate School will reach out to you to offer support.

-If you will live in Lakeside, Lawrence or 27-29 Edwards apartments, the expectation is that you will be able to self-quarantine in your apartment by following some simple hygiene guidelines. Campus Dining will reach out to you should you require a box of non-perishable food items to sustain you during your quarantine period. A member of the Graduate School will reach out to you to offer support.

-For information regarding self-quarantine for graduate students who are required to quarantine and their roommates/suitemates are not required to quarantine, please visit the Graduate Student FAQs on the University’s COVID-19 website.

If you are a faculty member, researcher, postdoc or staff member arriving from one of these states between now and the start of the academic year:

-Please notify your supervisor or department manager to let them know and to determine how your self-quarantine will impact your work responsibilities, whether you are on campus or working from home.

-If you are approved to work from home, you can continue to work from home during quarantine.

-If your job requires physical presence on campus, either on a regular, occasional or intermittent basis, and you return from a hotspot state and are required to quarantine, you may use your COVID-19 days as defined by Human Resources. Please check with your manager and Human Resources for more details.

-You must comply with all related policies and procedures that the University has issued or will issue over the coming weeks, including the University’s Communicable Disease Policy. You must familiarize yourself with the most up-to-date policies and procedures and adhere to public health guidelines including, but not limited to, social distancing, face coverings and handwashing.

-All individuals approved to work on campus regularly, occasionally or intermittently must complete the mandatory online COVID-19 awareness training prior to returning to work on campus. There are two online training tracks: one for Safe Practices for Resumption of On-Campus Operations, which does not include work on research projects in University laboratories; and Safe Practices for the Resumption of Research, for faculty, researchers, postdocs and staff who work on research projects in University laboratories.

Deeper Dive/More Information

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Jersey. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

The self-quarantine advisory was issued to limit the spread of the virus. The advisory is “voluntary, compliance is expected.” In order to protect our community and comply with the New Jersey travel advisory, Princeton University is mandating a 14-day quarantine period for all students, faculty, researchers, postdocs and staff traveling from or returning to campus from these states. 

This advisory also applies to Princeton faculty, researchers, postdocs and staff who live in the greater Princeton area and are returning from vacation in one of the designated states.

The University is monitoring the state travel advisory daily and will make arrangements to comply with any quarantine requirements as students, faculty, researchers, postdocs and staff return to campus. The state advisory FAQs are updated frequently and are available online.

The travel advisory does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration through the course of travel. Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses and/or trains; or layovers for air travel, bus travel or train travel.

Travelers and those residents who are returning from these impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging in the state of New Jersey.  Individuals should leave their place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. When leaving their place of quarantine for these purposes, they should wear a face covering and practice social distancing and other public health guidance, such as frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, where possible.

If an individual is tested for COVID-19 and the result is positive, the individual should self-isolate for 10 days and at least three days (or 72 hours) after any fever is resolved and they meet the clinical criteria for discontinuation of isolation set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health. These individuals should only leave self-isolation to receive medical care and to obtain food or other essential items.