Campus Information

Campus Information

Please consult the following policies and resources relating to public safety and Princeton University campus facilities.

Alcohol Policy at Princeton University

The University alcoholic beverage policy is designed to be consistent with the laws of the State of New Jersey and also reflects the need for mutual respect and personal responsibility within a diverse community. The University and the Town of Princeton prohibit:

  • Transport of an open container of alcohol across common spaces of the University. (Common spaces are areas such as lounges, open campus, meeting halls, etc., outside of Reunions headquarters.)
  • Possession of a container of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.
  • Serving of alcohol to persons under the age of 21.

Alcohol: The State of New Jersey

The state has very strict laws concerning driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Persons found guilty of DUI charges are subject to substantial penalties, including fines and imprisonment. In addition, the Town of Princeton prohibits the transporting of open containers of alcohol in public places, such as streets and sidewalks (including Prospect Avenue). Please note that golf carts are considered vehicles for purposes of DUI and open container laws. Princeton University does not condone the possession, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia of any kind in any amount, or the possession, use, manufacture or distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription. Please note that New Jersey state law classifies heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, marijuana and hashish, among other substances, as “controlled dangerous substances.” New Jersey law does provide some immunity for those who seek immediate medical assistance on behalf of themselves or others in drug overdose situations.

Animals

With the exception of service animals (or those in training) for guests with disabilities, attendees are not permitted to bring animals into academic and dormitory buildings, major reunion headquarters sites, or to the P-rade.

Athletic Facilities

Alumni and their guests are invited to use the following University athletic facilities:

Dillon Gym & Stephens Fitness Center
Thursday: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday: 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Dillon Pool
Thursday: 6:45 AM to 9:00 AM; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday: 6:45 AM to 9:00 AM; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

DeNunzio Pool
Thursday: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Friday: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Tennis Courts
The 9 recreational tennis courts and 6 varsity tennis courts will be open Thursday through Sunday for play during daylight hours. Court time is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cannabis / Marijuana

Federal law and University policy prohibit the possession, use, or distribution of marijuana and cannabis on University property, including for medical purposes. (This remains the case even though New Jersey has legalized the sale and possession of cannabis[1] to persons over the age of 21.) Thus, the possession or use of marijuana and cannabis remains prohibited on University property or as part of a University activity. There is a limited exception for a pre-approved, qualified research project, consistent with state and federal law.

Computing Resources

During Reunions weekend, Princeton’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides wireless internet access to all campus visitors. The service is free of charge and requires no registration. Your use of the Visitor Wireless Service constitutes your agreement to abide by the University’s Acceptable Use Policy, posted at princeton.edu/itpolicy. If you do not agree to abide by that policy, do not connect to this network.

Wireless Networking

Wireless networking is available in nearly all of Princeton’s buildings and in many outdoor spaces such as Cannon Green and Reunions headquarters sites. Visitors should connect to the network called “puvisitor.”

Getting Computer Help While on Campus

The OIT Support and Operations Center (also known as the “Help Desk”) is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to help with computing and networking problems. To speak with a Help Desk consultant on the phone, call 609-258-HELP (4357) and press option 1. For online chat, go to the OIT homepage (princeton.edu/oit) and click on the link on the right for “Live Chat Online.” Alumni should click the link “I do not have Princeton credentials.” You can also contact the Support and Operations Center by sending an email to helpdesk@princeton.edu.

Drones

During Reunions, the campus is a designated “no drone zone” for unmanned aircraft (i.e., model aircraft, quadcopters, drones). The University unmanned aircraft policy, which is designed to be consistent with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, places restrictions on the operation of unmanned aircraft in order to protect campus safety, security and privacy. The University prohibits drone flights throughout Reunions weekend, including the P-rade and fireworks.

Emergency Preparedness

Individuals are ultimately responsible for their personal safety and should take appropriate action in emergency situations. Adults must take responsibility for the safety of children in their care. In the event of an emergency, information will be provided by Public Safety officers and sent through the Princeton Events app. In limited situations, the University may use the Emergency Blue Light Phones with Towers which would broadcast a message. In case of an on-campus emergency, please call Public Safety at 911. Additional information about emergency preparedness can be found on the University’s Emergency Management website at emergency.princeton.edu.

Fireworks

Fireworks start at 9:15 PM following the orchestra concert at Princeton Stadium. Primary viewing location for both concert and fireworks is the Stadium seating area; the field will not be accessible. Due to traffic and road closures starting at 7:00 PM (Faculty Road – from Washington Road to FitzRandolph) and 8:45 PM (sections of Washington Road, Western Way, and FitzRandolph), it is recommended that pedestrians/golf carts use Streicker Bridge to access the fireworks viewing areas.

Lightning Storms: Emergency Preparedness

Individuals are ultimately responsible for their personal safety and should take appropriate action when threatened by lightning. Adults must take responsibility for the safety of children in their care during severe weather. However, awareness of certain lightning safety guidelines can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death.

  1. Identify in advance a location (e.g., building, bus, car) that would be safe during a thunderstorm. Locations that offer little or no protection from lightning include tents, golf carts, or open shelters, such as parking garages.
  2. Public Safety will attempt to notify your reunion site if a bad storm is expected and if evacuation of the headquarters site is recommended. However, when you first see lightning or hear thunder, go to the safe location immediately.
  3. Avoid standing under Reunions tents during severe storms; while tents provide protection from the rain, they do not provide protection from lightning. If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should:
    1. Crouch down and put your feet together. Place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
    2. If part of a group, spread out. You should avoid being in close proximity (minimum of 15 feet) to other people.
  4. Suspend outdoor activities for at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning flash or thunder clap or until your reunion receives the “All Clear” message from Public Safety.
  5. Persons injured by a lightning strike do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call Public Safety Emergency at 911.

Lost and Found

If you discover you have lost an item over the weekend, please check first with the student crew at your major reunion headquarters. Please submit the online Reunions Lost and Found registration form: reunions.princeton.edu/LostandFound. The Alumni Association crew also collects lost and found items, and you may stop by Maclean House (73 Nassau Street) or contact this crew directly for information (609-258-3468). Shortly after Reunions, some unclaimed lost and found items will be moved to Public Safety (609-258-1000).

Medical Services

If you or your companions need urgent medical assistance, dial 9-1-1. If you have any questions about any symptoms you may be experiencing, consult with your health care provider.

Minors (under the age of 21) Policy at 5th and 10th Headquarters Sites

  • All alumni/guests and Princeton University undergraduates with adult wristbands will have access to the 5th and 10th reunion sites unless closed (to 5th/10th wristbands only) due to capacity.
  • Princeton University undergraduate minors (with a “Senior” or “Student” wristband and a valid TigerCard/PUID) will have access to the 5th and 10th reunion sites unless closed (to 5th/10th wristbands only) due to capacity.
  • Guests of alumni who are minors (with a registered wristband) from the classes of 2007-1957 (15th- 65th), Old Guard, and APGA will not have access to the 5th and 10th reunion sites

Nursing Rooms

A dedicated private room will be available Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM in Frist Campus Center, Room TBD; and during the P-rade in Whig Hall and Dillon Gym.

On-Campus Emergencies

Dialing 9-1-1 from any University landline phone or your cell phone while on campus connects you to the Department of Public Safety’s emergency line.

There are numerous Blue Light communication towers and Blue Light phones throughout campus. With the push of a button, the user can communicate directly with DPS Communication Center. This enhanced technology also allows DPS to send out emergency broadcast alerts (e.g., seek shelter due to an impending lightning storm) as needed. The location of each tower is digitally displayed to the DPS Communication Center. For more information on safety and security, please go to the Public Safety website, publicsafety.princeton.edu.

Public Safety

Contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is located at 200 Elm Drive, on the southern end of main campus. DPS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Communication Center and Welcome Desk are located on the first floor at 200 Elm Drive. For non-emergencies, dial 609-258-1000, and for all immediate emergencies, please call 609-258-3333

Restrooms

Gender Inclusive Restrooms
The LGBT Center has created and maintains an up-to-date map of all gender free and single stall restrooms marked Men’s and Women’s in Google Maps. You can view it here.

Restrooms Along the P-rade Route
During the P-rade between the hours of 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM, dormitories with public restrooms located along the P-rade route will be unlocked. In addition, there are restroom trailers and/or gender-inclusive portable units available at the following campus locations:

  • Baker Rink Lot (5th satellite registration)
  • Boathouse
  • Dillon Court Walk
  • Dillon Gymnasium, near tower
  • East Pyne, near Cannon Green
  • Elm Drive, near Witherspoon Hall
  • Forbes College
  • Graduate College
  • Lot 28 (hotel bus pick-up)
  • Poe Field
  • U-Store Courtyard, near Laughlin
  • Whig Hall
  • Whitman College lawn, near 1981 Hall