Princeton researchers report high level of compliance with on-campus health and safety protocols

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

A survey of Princeton researchers who returned this summer to on-campus laboratory-based activities found a high level of compliance with the University’s health and safety protocols.

The anonymous survey, conducted in late July, asked researchers to report how often they and their colleagues adhered to University guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing, laboratory density and other practices that help prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Of the 818 people who took the survey, nearly all reported wearing a mask most or all of the time, maintaining 6 feet of distance between lab members, and following lab occupancy maximums.

“These results suggest that Princeton laboratory researchers are serious about safety,” said Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti, chair of the Committee on Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research, which oversees pandemic-related policies affecting research personnel and facilities. “This level of adherence to health and safety guidelines is an encouraging sign that the University can carry out its research mission under uniquely challenging conditions.”

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