Daily Symptom Check Requirement, Testing Absence Form, and Additional Study Space

February 1, 2021

Dear Graduate Students,

As we begin the spring semester, there are three important changes we want to bring to your attention:

  • Daily Symptom check using an updated app is now required for graduate students who come to campus or enter a University building that is not their residence.
  • Graduate students who participate in the COVID-19 asymptomatic screening program can now report ahead of time that they will miss one or more tests using the Self-Report COVID Testing Absence Form.
  • There is additional study space available on campus for student use.

More information about each of these topics follows below.  


All graduate students must complete the Daily Symptom Check each day before they come to campus or enter a University building that is not their residence. They do not need to complete the Daily Symptom Check if they are not planning to be in University buildings, such as staying in their dormitory or other on campus housing.

The new Daily Symptom Check requires login with your NetID and password, with dual authentication via DUO. The new system has a compliance feature that sends a reminder if you enter a University building without completing a Daily Symptom Check and notifies the Graduate School if you still do not complete it. The system also alerts Environmental Health and Safety if a person enters a University building after being advised by the app to stay home.

How to Access and Use the Daily Symptom Check

The new app is located in the same place in TigerSafe as the previous Daily Symptom Check. Open TigerSafe, select Daily Symptom Check, and press the Daily Symptom Check button. If you prefer to use a tablet or computer, go to https://tinyurl.com/PrincetonSymptomCheckApp. See Daily Symptom Check on the EHS website for more information, including screenshots of the system.

After logging into the app, if you have none of the symptoms listed, select No and submit. You will receive a message with a green checkmark and message informing you that you are free to enter University buildings. If you select Yes, you will be prompted to answer additional questions about your symptoms, including whether any of the symptoms are related to a chronic or confirmed condition for which you are being treated. Graduate students may be informed that they should contact University Health Services if they are experiencing symptoms. 

Your result may indicate that you should stay home and will provide additional instructions and guidance. Entering a University building is an attestation that you do not have symptoms related to COVID-19. See Daily Symptom Check on the EHS website for more information, including screenshots of the system.

If you are unable to access the Daily Symptom Check with a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you may use the paper form.

 Use of the Daily Symptom Check ensures compliance with New Jersey Executive Order 192 for faculty, staff, and researchers, and ensures compliance with New Jersey Restart Standards for higher education for undergraduate and graduate students. 


The Self-Report COVID Testing Absence Form allows individuals who participate in the COVID-19 asymptomatic screening program to report ahead of time that they will miss one or more tests, and the reasons for missing testing. Therefore, graduate students are asked to complete this form as soon as they know they will be missing required on-campus testing. Responses to this form will be integrated into the weekly testing compliance report that the Graduate School receives.

Accessing and Using the Self-Report COVID Testing Absence Form

The form is available in the TigerSafe app and on the web. From the TigerSafe app, select Testing Kit and choose the Report a Testing Absence option. Alternatively, from any internet browser, go to https://tinyurl.com/PrincetonTestAbsence.

 Log in with your Princeton University NetID and password. Enter the start and end dates of your absence from testing, and select the reason for the absence. See the Report a Testing Absence web page for more information, including screenshots.


In order to help accommodate the needs of our students to find adequate study spaces while maintaining safe, socially distanced protocols protecting our community, graduate students will be permitted to use to an additional number of academic buildings for the coming term.

As of February 1, students may study in lobbies, atria and other common spaces as well as select classrooms within these buildings:

  • Aaron Burr
  • East Pyne
  • Friend Center
  • Frist Campus Center
  • Julis Romo Rabinowitz/Louis A. Simpson 
  • Lewis Arts complex
  • Lewis Library
  • McDonnell
  • Robertson
  • Woolworth

Students may access these buildings with their PUID cards between 6:45 a.m. and midnight each day. These spaces do not require advanced reservation. All other graduate student access should remain unchanged from the fall.

The Library will continue its study-browse service to allow students and faculty to reserve a seat or browse the stacks at several locations through a reservation system. Study spaces in Frist and East Pyne that were available by reservation only during the fall semester, will now be available on a first come, first serve basis, during the hours the buildings are open.  There will also be some additional study spaces made available in JRR/LAS.  Details on which spaces are available will be posted inside each building.

All students must abide by the public health regulations and university policies (including wearing masks, heeding capacity limits, practicing physical distancing and following cleaning protocols) while accessing these spaces and failure to do so may result in disciplinary sanctions.