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COVID-19 FAQs

Mar 10, 2020
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Woodrow Wilson School

Princeton University is implementing a series of policies in response to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. The University is enacting new policies and practices based on the concept of social distancing.

The goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

When off campus, faculty, staff, and students are free to do as they wish, though they should keep health and safety in mind.

Most answers to your questions can be found on Princeton’s COVID-19 websitePlease use that site as your official source of information, as other websites, media outlets, and social media pages may not have the most accurate or up-to-date information from the University.

University FAQs:

Undergraduate Student FAQs

Graduate Student FAQs

Faculty FAQs

Staff FAQs

Parent FAQs

Visitor FAQs


Below are FAQs that are WWS-specific.

If you have any questions, contact Elisabeth Donahue, Associate Dean of Public Affairs and Communications, at edonahue@princeton.edu or 609.258.5988.

Graduate Students:

Q. Where can I find the latest information from the Graduate School?

The Graduate School has sent out a series of targeted announcements specifically for graduate students regarding COVID-19. This list will be updated as further communications are sent.

Q. Will I be able to stay on campus until the end of the semester?

Yes; and if this is the decision you make because it is in your best interest, you should not feel guilty about it! That said, as you know, the University and the WWS are strongly encouraging anyone who is able to leave without endangering themselves or their loved ones to do so. Fewer people on campus means that the students, staff, and faculty who must be here are further protected. We would like to keep track of who is staying and who is leaving, so please update your plans at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66G59JN

Graduate students who elect to leave campus and complete the spring semester remotely will be allowed to cancel their housing contracts immediately. Provided you continue to make reasonable academic progress, your funding will not be impacted.

Q. I am moving off campus for the time being. How do I set up mail forwarding?

If you lived at the Graduate College, complete this form on the Graduate School’s website upon move-out and/or on the day that your housing contract ends. If you lived at the Lakeside or Lawrence Apartments, the Graduate School recommends setting up mail forwarding through the United States Postal Service.

Q. Are we permitted to use Robertson Hall's computer clusters or student lounge?

The graduate student lounge and computer clusters in Robertson Hall are closed. Graduate students should not be in academic buildings or labs unless they have received prior approval through the continuity of research plans as essential personnel or unless your teaching crucially relies on equipment that you cannot access or replicate from home.

Q. What is the School planning for internship requirements for MPA1s?

This is an evolving issue, dependent on how long the crisis continues. Barbara Hampton will continue to be in touch about summer internships and requirements.

Q. I have a question about my University health insurance. What do I do?

Contact Melanie Jeitner in McCosh Health Center at 609.258.1332 or mjeitner@princeton.edu.

Q. I am experiencing anxiety and stress; where can I find support?

Graduate students who are facing financial hardship as a result of the situation should reach out to the student life team at the Graduate School. Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), which offers telehealth videoconferencing and guidelines for taking care of your mental health, can be reached at 609.258.3141. Students also are encouraged to reach out to campus life centers and to the Office of Religious Life.

Q. If I stay on campus and have an eating plan, will l still have access to dining services?

Dining halls and retail locations will continue to serve the campus community according to a revised schedule. Check the Dining Services website for up-to-date information.

Q. Can the University offer temporary storage solutions until the fall semester?

Two moving/storage vendors, Campus Storage and Storage Squad, are available for contracting at Dillon Gymnasium, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., until March 20, and online at any time. Boxes and tape are available at the New Graduate College Multipurpose Room, 200 Lakeside Road, and 1 Lawrence Mailroom until March 30.

Q. Will students continue to have access to the library?

All Princeton University Library services have been moved online and all locations have ceased in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6. Students can access many collections virtually and receive support from Library staff (Elana Broch at ebroch@princeton.edu). Find details on the Princeton University Library website.
 
Q. Will access to Robertson Hall or Green Hall be restricted?
 
All buildings on the Princeton campus, including Robertson Hall and Green Hall, are locked and may be accessed by students, faculty, and staff only by PU ID, from 7 a.m. to midnight.
 
Q. What changes will there be to TigerTransit?
 
The latest information can be found on the Princeton Transportation & Parking Services website.

Undergraduate Students:

Q. Are there implications for the WWS undergraduate senior thesis and junior policy task force paper?

The due date for the WWS senior thesis has been extended until Monday, April 27. Students are strongly encouraged to continue consulting with their thesis advisors. The junior policy task force paper is due Friday, May 15. Students may contact Paul Lipton or Monica Ruscil with questions.

Q. I am experiencing anxiety and stress; where can I find support?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), which offers telehealth videoconferencing and guidelines for taking care of your mental health, can be reached at 609.258.3141. Virtual CPS counseling sessions are being offered as well. Students also are encouraged to reach out to campus life centers and to the Office of Religious Life.

Q. If I stay on campus and have an eating plan, will l still have access to dining services?

Dining halls and retail locations will continue to serve the campus community according to a revised schedule. Check the Dining Services website for up-to-date information.

Q. Can the University offer temporary storage solutions until the fall semester?

Two moving/storage vendors, Campus Storage and Storage Squad, are available for contracting at Dillon Gymnasium, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., until March 20, and online at any time. Boxes and tape are available at the New Graduate College Multipurpose Room, 200 Lakeside Road, and 1 Lawrence Mailroom until March 30.

Q. Will students continue to have access to the library?

All Princeton University Library services have been moved online and all locations have ceased in-person operations until at least Monday, April 6. Students can access many collections virtually and receive support from Library staff (Elana Broch at ebroch@princeton.edu). Find details on the Princeton University Library website.
 
Q. Will access to Robertson Hall or Green Hall be restricted?
 
All buildings on the Princeton campus, including Robertson Hall and Green Hall, are locked and may be accessed by students, faculty, and staff only by PU ID, from 7 a.m. to midnight.
 
Q. What changes will there be to TigerTransit?
 
The latest information can be found on the Princeton Transportation & Parking Services website.

Classes:

Q. Will faculty be provided guidance on how to handle timing of classes for different time zones?

Each instructor will decide the best format for their course. Instructors have been reminded that they may be teaching to students in different time zones. Faculty are aware that recorded rather than live options may be necessary for some students for a variety of reasons, including unexpected childcare obligations and time zone differences.

Q. I am an instructor; how can I conduct my classes online?

In response to COVID-19, the Teaching Continuity website provides guidance for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses virtually. Faculty may need to select alternative instructional methods. Faculty may also need to adjust the course content itself, depending on the circumstances.

Q. Will there be training to use Zoom and Blackboard?

WWS has already conducted two Zoom drop-in sessions for faculty and staff who required hands-on training or had specific questions related to Zoom. If additional trainings are warranted we will send out a communication. 

Online resources:

Events and Meetings:

Q. How will this affect graduate admit weekend?

This event has been cancelled.

Q. How will this affect the Students and Alumni of Color Symposium (SAOC)?

This event has been cancelled. 

Q. Will leadership guests still visit campus?

All remaining leadership guests scheduled to visit during the spring semester have been postponed until next year. All public talks hosted by WWS’ Office of Public Affairs and Communications for the remainder of this semester have been cancelled or postponed.

Q. Should I continue to conduct meetings with students, faculty, and staff?

In-person meetings are strongly, strongly discouraged. Meeting organizers should use remote technology whenever possible, including substituting conference calls, video-conferencing, and phone conversations for in-person meetings. Meetings that must take place should adhere to social distancing best practices.

Q. Are public events hosted by the WWS and its Centers/Programs being cancelled?

All public events hosted by the University (including its schools, departments or units, and student-sponsored events) have been cancelled or postponed for now. Some events may be held virtually; check the WWS website calendar for information about specific events.

Miscellaneous:

Q. How will COVID-19 affect the "Reimagining Robertson" construction project?

We do not know whether COVID-19 will affect the construction schedule for Robertson Hall. As with all things related to this global crisis, we are making decisions based on the information we have at any given time. At this time, it is unknown how long this crisis will go on and what the ripple effects will be.

Q. What is the travel advisory for WWS-sponsored business travel? 

All University travel is encouraged to be booked through World Travel, the University’s contracted travel agent. They will manage ticket refunds in the event of cancelled travel and apply refunds towards future travel. Please work with them on this.

If booking online through Concur, you will receive messages as to whether travel to your destination is allowed or if it’s recommended that you reconsider travel to that area. However, there’s the possibility that due to frequent Department of State/University updates that Concur notices may be lagging, so it’s best to check with World Travel.

All University-sponsored international travel is prohibited and non-essential University-sponsored domestic travel should be postponed or cancelled.

WWS has been informed that airlines are gradually waiving cancellation and change fees due to the current situation. Inquire about this with your travel reservationist or airline representative.

If you, your department, or visitor have cancelled business travel due to the coronavirus and did not book through World Travel, the WWS will reimburse for either the cancellation fee or change fee with proof of making such payment. This fee is to be charged to the original funding source to which the ticket would have been charged. 

The WWS Financial Management Office reserves the right to disallow travel expenses that are deemed to be outside of University directives in effect at the time the ticket was purchased.    

For additional guidance visit the websites below. However, final determination as to allowability is governed by University-issued directives.

Additional information:

CDC Travel Notices by Country with Level Definitions

DOS Travel Advisories with Level Definitions