Guidelines for the Campus Community
Policy on Laboratory Security
Safeguarding University resources from unauthorized access,
misuse or removal is a duty of all faculty and staff. In laboratories,
this obligation rests primarily with the Principal Investigator; however,
all laboratory personnel have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions
against theft or misuse of materials, particularly those that could threaten
the public. Any extraordinary laboratory security measures should
be commensurate with the potential risks and imposed in a manner that
does not unreasonably hamper research.
At a minimum, the institution expects all laboratory personnel
to comply with the following security procedures:
Laboratory building exterior doors are secured after
normal business hours. To minimize the likelihood of unauthorized
access, all after-hours building users should:
- Question the presence of unfamiliar individuals in laboratories and
report all suspicious activity immediately to Public Safety by calling
- After normal business hours, all laboratories must be locked when
not in use.
Research or other activities involving the use of lab
space, materials or equipment without the knowledge and approval of the
responsible Principal Investigator is strictly prohibited. Violation
of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action up to and including
- Avoid providing building access to unfamiliar individuals.
- Secure doors behind them.
- Immediately report any building security problem to Public Safety
©2003 The Trustees of Princeton University. Last modified
by Robin M. Izzo