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9.1. A Synopsis of Campus Buildings

Used primarily for non-residential purposes except where otherwise noted, building hours can be located on the security website: security.ptsem.edu.

9.1.1. Adams House


The Adams House contains offices of Continuing Education, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, meeting spaces, and guest rooms.

9.1.2. Administration Building


The Administration Building houses various administrative offices, including the President’s Office, Academic Affairs, Communication and External Relations, the Business Office, Human Resources, and the Bursar’s Office.

9.1.3. Carriage House


Faculty and staff offices are located in the Carriage House.

9.1.4. Charlotte Newcombe Center


The “CN” Center includes a daycare facility.

9.1.5. Erdman Center


The Erdman Center houses the Office of Conferences, Events and Auxiliary Services, the Farminary office, and is also a lodging and meeting facility, with 57 rooms and several meeting venues. These facilities are available for use/hire through the Seminary’s conference coordinator.

9.1.6. Hodge Hall


Primarily serving as a residence hall, Hodge Hall also contains offices for faculty and staff providing faculty support.

9.1.7. Lenox House


The Lenox House contains faculty offices and seminar rooms for classroom use.

9.1.8. Library


The world-renowned Princeton Theological Seminary Library currently houses over 1,250,000 books, periodicals, microforms, manuscripts, and other items, including electronic databases, ebooks, and ejournals. Research tables, leisure seating, and carrels provide individual study space in the facility, with an atrium, community assembly room, seminar rooms, and small meeting rooms available for classes, small groups, collaborative work, and public events. Departments of Advancement and Information Technology are also located in the library. Other conveniences include a café; copy, print, and scan services; a multimedia lab; service desks providing library and technology support; and Christian education assistance for church curriculum needs through the Reigner Reading Room Collection. Additional information, including library hours, is available on the library website: ptsem.edu/library.

Additional library resources are available through the Princeton University Library, which is open to Seminary students and their spouses and faculty who present a valid Seminary identification card and obtain a Princeton University Library photo ID.


9.1.9. Mackay Campus Center


The Mackay Campus Center accommodates dining facilities, an auditorium, the mailroom and campus store, lounges, and several offices for faculty members and student organizations. The dining facilities are more fully described elsewhere. Reservations for particular spaces are made through the online master calendar.

9.1.10. Miller Chapel


Members of the Seminary community are encouraged to use the chapel for personal reflection and prayer. Regular services of worship are held Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated each Friday. Other special services and events are scheduled throughout the year. Groups that wish to reserve the chapel are asked to complete a reservation request form through the online master calendar. The chapel is available for weddings when the bride or groom, or a parent of either, is a student, graduate, trustee, or employee of the Seminary. A complete statement on the use of Miller Chapel and the Seminary’s musical instruments may be found in Appendix H. 


9.1.11. Parking Structure


The parking structure, located between Templeton Hall and the Corporation Yard, provides long-term parking for students in Alexander, Brown, and Hodge Halls, daily parking for commuters and residents of the CRW campus and short-term parking for employees. Entrance to the facility is gained only through card access.

9.1.12. Scheide Hall


Scheide Hall houses the offices of the minister of the chapel, the director of music, and other chapel office staff. There are two music practice rooms in the basement of Scheide Hall that may be reserved by students. The Gambrell Room, located on the second floor, serves as the choral practice room. It may also be used for acoustic recitals, small worship services, seminars, and receptions. Requests to reserve the Gambrell Room are made through the online master calendar.

9.1.13. Stuart Hall (currently under renovation for 20-21)


Stuart Hall is the principal classroom building. A commuter lounge that includes lockers is located in the lower level of the building. Commuter students can secure the use of a locker through the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services. The computer laboratory in the basement, accessible through the basement side door, ordinarily is available at all hours via card access.  Academic support services offices are also found in the lower level of the building.

9.1.14. Templeton Hall


Along with offices for a number of administrative areas (including many student services departments) and several academic areas, Templeton Hall contains specialized classrooms, a production studio, and a computer lab.

9.1.15. Tennent Hall


Tennent Hall is devoted largely to the education and formation offices and classrooms. The upper floors contain student apartments. Entrance to the facility is gained only through card access.

9.1.16. Whiteley Gymnasium


Whiteley Gymnasium, located on the Tennent campus, contains courts for basketball and racquetball, a fitness center, and two apartments.  Entrance to the gymnasium facilities is gained only by card access. 

9.2. A Synopsis of Campus Residential Facilities

9.2.1. Residence Halls (closed in 2020-2021)

9.2.1.1. Alexander Hall: residence hall accommodating 78 students.

9.2.1.2. Brown Hall: residence hall accommodating 53 students (currently under renovation 2020-21).

9.2.1.3. Hodge Hall: residence hall accommodating 57 students (see also §9.1.6.).

9.2.2. Apartments

9.2.2.1. Charlotte Rachel Wilson “CRW” Campus Apartments

9.2.2.2. Roberts Hall

9.2.2.3. Tennent Hall (see also §9.1.15.)

9.2.2.4. Witherspoon Apartments

The CRW and Witherspoon apartments are located in West Windsor Township, approximately three miles from the Seminary's main campus.  

9.2.3. Access to Residential Buildings

All exterior doors of the residential buildings are locked at all times and have card access. Students who reside in a specific building have 24/7 access, while students not living in that building have access from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

9.2.4. Residence Hall, Apartment, and Pet Rules and Regulations

For rules and regulations regarding residence halls, apartments, and pets, please refer to the policies available from the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services on Inside PTS (http://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Housing/Content.aspx?id=3638430). 

9.2.5. Student Lockouts

From time to time Seminary housing occupants may be locked out of their residence. When this occurs security is available to grant access only to the listed resident of that apartment/room or to other residents of that unit (see Appendix J: Campus Security Policy, section I.2.2.; ID cards can be obtained from the Office of Student Administrative Services or Security). Students will be granted free access for two lockouts each academic year, after which a fee will be charged for each additional request. The initial charge will be $5 and it will increase in $5 increments for each additional request up to a maximum of $25. After three chargeable lockouts the matter will be referred to the dean of student life and vice president for student relations for further action. Charges will be added to a student’s account with the Bursar’s Office. Lockouts relating to mechanical failures will not be considered in assessing charges.

9.3. Smoking


The Seminary has formulated a policy for a smoke-free campus, which prohibits smoking of any kind (including vaping) in all Seminary buildings and vehicles. Individuals who wish to smoke must be at least 25 feet away from any building. To reduce the risk of fire, all cigarette butts must be disposed of in appropriate receptacles.

Questions and concerns about the policy should be directed to the executive vice president.


9.4. Food in Classrooms


The creation of a positive teaching and learning environment for members of the Seminary community is of the utmost importance to the institution. In observance of classroom etiquette, out of respect for members of the facilities services staff, and out of concern for individuals with food allergies, the Seminary prohibits food in all of its classrooms and spaces used for the purpose of instruction. Beverages with lids, however, are permitted.

9.5. Notices and Pictures


Notices may be posted only on bulletin boards provided for that purpose or in table displays in the dining hall. All such notices must bear the name and contact information of the person who is posting them. While responsibility for the content and presentation of a posting resides with the person whose name appears on it, a copy of each posting must be presented to the Office of Student Life. Please do not post signs on doors or walls or nail them to trees. Notices may be displayed in the dining hall using the table displays only, and should be posted no more than one week before the event. Any postings made in violation of this policy will be subject to removal.

9.6. Tents


No tent shall be used on campus without the advance, written approval of the director of facilities and construction and the director of events and hospitality. Requests must be made via the online master calendar and must include the name of the event. This provision is for the protection of the Seminary community, as there are a number of locations on campus (especially the quadrangle) where underground utilities pose a significant safety threat should stakes be driven into the ground. Any tent leased from a company must be professionally installed according to a schedule approved in advance by the Seminary, and the leasing company must provide evidence of satisfactory insurance to the Seminary’s business office at least one week prior to installation.

9.7. Commercially Provided Amusement Equipment


No commercially provided amusement equipment shall be used on campus without the advance, written approval of the director of facilities and construction and the director of events and hospitality. Requests must be made via the online master calendar and must include the name of the event. Any such equipment leased from a company must be professionally installed according to a schedule approved in advance by the Seminary. At least one week prior to the event, the leasing company must provide evidence of satisfactory insurance to the Seminary’s business office. Event participants (or their parents/guardians) may be required to sign a release form to participate in the activity.

9.8. Community Use of Seminary Resources


Use of academic facilities by the public is not permitted except in the transaction of the Seminary’s business or by permission of the registrar. These academic facilities include, but are not limited to faculty offices, research facilities, computer labs, conference rooms, and classrooms (except where classrooms are used for public lectures or conferences, as described below).

Princeton Seminary seeks to respond to community needs and the needs of its religious constituencies by sharing its resources and facilities when possible and appropriate. However, it must protect the Seminary’s central educational mission and must conserve its resources, both physical and financial. Accordingly, Seminary functions have priority over community events in scheduling the use of facilities.

The following guidelines describe the circumstances under which the general public may use the Seminary’s non-academic facilities.


9.8.1. Implementation


The following policies for the implementation of these guiding principles are administered by the director of conferences, events and auxiliary services. It is the responsibility of that office to see that the policies are properly applied, and, when necessary, to seek interpretation from other appropriate Seminary officials. It is recognized that these guidelines cannot cover every contingency. Questions about the use of facilities or about these guidelines should be addressed to the director.

9.8.2. Types of Facility Use

9.8.2.1. By Explicit Invitation


Many activities in the Seminary are unambiguously open to members of the general public. These are often announced in Seminary publications or in the local press. Examples are public lectures, open houses, conducted tours of campus buildings, and seasonal musical events.

9.8.2.2. By Implicit Invitation


The Seminary makes its grounds, walkways, and roads generally available to the public, while reserving the right to regulate or prohibit their use. Such regulations may be called for, for instance, when unrestricted public use of these facilities could impede the Seminary’s educational mission, be dangerous to the public, become a nuisance to the community, or place the Seminary in a position of substantial liability. The Seminary may, therefore, place limits on the use of selected areas.

9.8.2.3. By Renting Seminary Facilities


Outside organizations wishing to rent Seminary facilities should apply through the Office of Conferences, Events and Auxiliary Services in the Erdman Center. Seminary departments, offices, organizations, and groups request facilities via the online master calendar. Requests for use of Seminary facilities will be considered for the following types of activities, subject to limitations stated elsewhere in these guidelines:

(1)   Activities of religious, educational, or informational nature sponsored by churches, professional societies, and other nonprofit organizations.

(2)   Programs with artistic, cultural, or entertainment content that may appeal to the Seminary community.

(3)   Charitable events on a limited basis, where the objectives of such events are consistent with the Seminary’s theological and religious purposes.

(4)   Student-initiated events approved by the dean of student life and vice president for student relations.

The following types of activities ordinarily will not have access to Seminary facilities:

(1)   Activities sponsored by off-campus organizations for political purposes or for fundraising for political goals or for influencing public policy.

(2)   Other third-party fundraising activities.

(3)   Activities conducted primarily for the purpose of making a profit for the sponsoring organization that are not of general interest to the Seminary.

(4)   Activities that could be construed by the public to be educational courses or other activities sponsored by the Seminary when, in fact, they are not so sponsored.

The following additional considerations will be taken into account in handling requests for the use of Seminary facilities:

(1)   The activity should not interfere with the schedule of normal activities of the Seminary.

(2)   The sponsoring organization must show that it is fiscally sound and has the resources and insurance necessary to underwrite all risks associated with the event, and that it has demonstrated administrative capacity to organize and manage the event in a manner consistent with Seminary practices, standards, and requirements.

(3)   The content of the activity should be reasonably compatible with the primary activities and the mission of the Seminary as a theological institution and should be carried out with the decorum necessary to that distinctive environment.

(4)   Activities that might present problems for the local community, such as traffic congestion or noise, will be approved only after prior consultation and coordination with representatives of the local community.

(5)   During the course of the academic year, when access to facilities must be limited because of their extensive use for Seminary purposes, preference will be given to outside groups sponsored by campus organizations or departments and activities that are of interest to the Seminary community. The renting of Seminary facilities will ordinarily be on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible organizations, except that campus-based groups or Seminary-sponsored programs shall have priority. For each activity, the director of hospitality and event services or director of housing and auxiliary services will establish charges in advance for the use of Seminary facilities.

(6)   For activities involving minors, additional insurance, background checks for adult leaders, training, and other requirements will apply.


9.8.2.4. By Invitation


Unless a member of the public uses Seminary facilities through one of the avenues mentioned above, he or she must be the guest of a specific member of the Seminary community who assumes responsibility for the guest’s activities and safety while the guest is on the Seminary campus. This guest privilege shall not be construed to authorize members of the Seminary community to make nonacademic facilities available to guests except for short visits, nor shall it be used to relieve non-Seminary persons or groups of the responsibility for paying for the use of Seminary facilities for which charges are customarily made. Any individual or group, including campus-based organizations, contemplating the use of Seminary facilities should note the guidelines for political, religious, and charitable activities and the policy regarding persons who are not members of the Seminary contained herein.

9.9. Solicitation by Off-campus Individuals or Organizations


No individual or organization may distribute literature, advertise, or otherwise solicit customers, seek donations, or make sales on campus without the express written authorization of the executive vice president.

9.9.1. Commercial Sales


The executive vice president may grant permission for solicitation and sales by off-campus business concerns only when specifically requested to do so by a recognized Seminary student, Seminary employee, or employee organization. Such permission, when granted, will be subject to such limitations as the executive vice president may prescribe.

9.9.2. Political, Religious, or Charitable Solicitation


As a general rule, the Seminary looks with disfavor upon the personal distribution of literature on the campus, or the personal solicitation of support, by non-Seminary individuals or organizations who are acting either on their own behalf or on behalf of political, religious, or charitable causes. The preferred route in these cases is as follows:

9.9.2.1. Notice Boards


The Seminary provides several locations on the campus where notices may be posted by persons and organizations not associated with the Seminary. Any such posting, however, must bear the name and contact information of the person who is posting it. Any postings displayed in violation of this policy will be subject to removal. Persons and organizations not associated with the Seminary are invited to communicate with the campus community through this medium, which will remain open unless abused.

9.9.2.2. Requests from Charitable Organizations


Requests for Seminary cooperation in solicitations of particular importance (e.g., United Way, Red Cross Blood Drive) should be directed to the executive vice president.

9.9.2.3. Requests from Religious Sources


Religious organizations, publishers, and others who wish to distribute literature or make solicitations to the Seminary community, or to particular segments thereof, may present their requests to the executive vice president.

9.9.2.4. Political Uses


Princeton Seminary’s facilities and resources may not be used for partisan political purposes. To ensure they are not, the following guidelines must be strictly adhered to:

(1)   The Seminary name, seal, and logo may not be used on stationery or other materials intended for political purposes.

(2)   No Seminary office or facility may be used as an official mailing address for political correspondence. The name or logo of the Seminary may not be used in such correspondence either in the address or in the body of the material, and titles designating the normal association of the individual with the Seminary should not be used in such correspondence.

(3)   Seminary facilities may not be used for political purposes or campaigning.

(4)   Seminary employees may not perform or be asked to perform tasks relating to partisan political activities during their work hours.


9.10. Parking


The purpose of Seminary parking regulations is to define areas that provide efficient, convenient parking for all members of the Seminary community and to keep fire and other emergency lanes open. Due to Princeton fire regulations, parking on campus roadways after midnight is prohibited. These parking regulations are in effect during the entire year, including holidays and vacation periods.

In accordance with municipal ordinances and Seminary policy, all vehicles must have a valid registration, inspection, insurance, current valid Seminary parking permit, and be operational to park on Seminary property. Should a vehicle become non-operational it must be removed from Seminary property immediately. If necessary, arrangements for short-term storage of the vehicle can be made for up to 30 days (until the vehicle can be made operational again), by contacting security. If security is not notified, any vehicle considered non-operational will be treated as abandoned and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Students who will be leaving campus for more than seven days must notify security in advance of leaving in order to ensure their vehicle is located in the appropriate designated parking area. Students will be required to complete a long-term parking registration form and leave a valet key for emergency situations. The valet or car key will be kept in a sealed envelope in a lock box in the Security Communications Center in the lower level of Templeton Hall during a student's absence.


9.10.1. Vehicle Identification

All members of the Seminary community are required to obtain parking permits for all vehicles they intend to park on Seminary property. Permits may be obtained (upon presentation of a Seminary identification card and proof of vehicle registration) from Student Administrative Services, Room 203, Templeton Hall, during regular business hours or the security office LL3 Templeton Hall 2.

9.10.2. Parking Permit Stickers

A parking permit sticker identifies a vehicle as one belonging to a student or to an employee. Student parking permits must be renewed by August 31 each year.  A vehicle should be parked only in the areas designated for its permit as follows:

Alexander, Brown, and Hodge halls residents — Parking Deck (lower and middle levels only)

22 Dickinson Street residents — Parking Deck

Roberts and Tennent halls, and 36 Hibben residents — Tennent Campus parking lot

Payne Hall residents — Payne Hall parking lot, Parking Deck

CRW campus residents — CRW, Parking Deck, and Library lot

Commuters — Parking Deck and Library lot

Visiting Scholars/Lecturers — Parking Deck and Library lot

Employees — designated employee parking areas


9.10.3. Display of Permit Sticker

A parking permit is honored as long as the owner of the vehicle is a current member of the Seminary community and the permit period has not expired. The permit must be visible and permanently affixed (not taped) to the lower right corner of the side window in back of the driver.

9.10.4. Removal or Loss of Permit Sticker

Parking permits must be removed at the time of sale or other disposal of a vehicle. Any person who loses his or her sticker should immediately get a replacement permit, for which a fee of $25 will be charged.

9.10.5. Revoking Permits

Parking permits may be revoked if more than five violation notices are given to an individual during an academic year. After 10 cumulative violations during one's tenure at Princeton Theological Seminary, parking privileges will be revoked permanently.

9.10.6. Parking Area Assignments

Separate instructions regarding parking assignments and related issues are distributed at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Please comply with all regulations and any and all signage on the campus regarding parking. Visitors should park in designated visitor spaces.

9.10.7. Restricted Parking Areas

(1)   No parking is permitted on the roadways bordering the quadrangle, with the exception of a) the designated spaces in front of the Administration Building and Hodge Hall; b) student vehicles loading/unloading (see below); and c) designated admissions office guest spaces.

(2)   The area to the north of the chapel and behind 29 Alexander Street is to be used only by those officially assigned a space there.

(3)   The area behind Payne Hall is reserved for the tenants of Payne Hall and 21 Dickinson Street.

(4)   The parking spaces behind Hodge Hall are restricted to delivery, service, facilities, and emergency vehicles only.

(5)   There are several areas on campus that are designated by signage as “no parking when snow covered.” Please do not park in these areas any time a snow event is predicted or occurs, as doing so inhibits proper snow removal efforts. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

(6)   The staff lot (located next to Mackay Campus Center and Templeton Hall) is reserved for employees during business hours. This lot is available to students and visitors 5:00 p.m.–midnight, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m.–midnight, Saturday and Sunday. No overnight parking is permitted.

(7)   Visitor spaces are not available at any time to members of the Seminary community, and reserved spaces are to be used only by those assigned to them.

9.10.8. Parking and Traffic Regulations

Student vehicles are to be kept in designated student parking areas. They are allowed on the quadrangle only for loading and unloading, up to a thirty-minute maximum, and flashers are required when doing so. A note must be left on the dashboard of a vehicle indicating it is being loaded or unloaded, or the vehicle will be ticketed. If additional time is needed for loading or unloading, contact security dispatch by calling 609.497.7777, and up to an additional hour will be provided without penalty. Vehicles must be parked within parking space dividers. Seminary lots are to be used for parking only and may not be used for storage of vehicles or trailers.

Storage of trailers, boats, RVs, and any oversize registered vehicles may be arranged by contacting the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services. A photo and registration is required. If storage is approved, such vehicles will be kept in the storage area located next to the CRW facilities storage building.

9.10.8.1. Regulatory Signs

Regulatory signs are to be observed at all times, especially on one-way roads located around the quadrangle and on the Tennent/Roberts campus.  Security at times, with notice, may place temporary traffic signs/barriers to support special projects or campus events.

9.10.8.2. Speed Limits

The speed limit on all campus roadways and in parking lots is 15 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted.

9.10.9. Violations

Within 10 days of receiving a Seminary Notice of Motor Vehicle Violation, the vehicle owner must pay the fine to the bursar’s office. A person to whom the vehicle permit is issued will be held responsible for violations, regardless of the actual driver of the vehicle.

9.10.10. Schedule of Vehicle Violation Fines and Penalties

Group A

Parked in handicapped-accessible space: $75, appealed only by producing a valid handicapped decal, plate etc. Towed on all subsequent offenses

Group B

No permit/expired permit: $25 fine, waived upon obtaining proper parking permit next business day and showing proof to security (One-time only)

 2nd offense: $25 for Princeton Theological Seminary affiliate/Municipal ticket for non Seminary affiliates* 

3rd offense: $25 for Seminary affiliates and boot ($50.00 removal fee)/Tow for non-Seminary affiliates*

4th offense: Tow for this and all subsequent offenses

Group C

All other violations, such as parking in a reserved space, parking in a visitor space, parking in a reserved parking lot, parking in a designated no parking area during a winter storm, failure to obey posted stop signs or temporary parking restrictions, etc.

1st offense: $25

2nd offense: $25 for Seminary affiliate/Municipal ticket for non-Seminary affiliates*

3rd offense: $25 for Seminary affiliates and boot ($50 removal fee)/Tow for non-Seminary affiliates*

4th offense: Tow for this and all subsequent offenses

*A Non-Seminary affiliate is a vehicle with no record of ever having a Princeton Theological Seminary permit or relation to the Seminary


If a student accumulates 10 offenses during the course of their degree program at the Seminary, all vehicle privileges will be revoked.

Presently, the Seminary uses Lakeside Towing, 3750 South Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey. The towing fee is $150, and a $35-per-day storage fee is also assessed (subject to change).

Fines associated with student violations are charged to student accounts as soon as possible after the event, thereby requiring payment prior to subsequent semester enrollment or graduation. Violations by employees and visitors will be billed by the Bursar’s Office. Vehicles not identified by Seminary parking permits are subject to being booted, receiving municipal parking tickets, and/or being towed at the owner's expense.

9.10.11. Visitor Parking

Main Campus

Daily visitors to Princeton Theological Seminary must park in the designated visitor parking spaces located in the various parking lots on campus as designated on the campus map. All visitor spaces are designated by signs.

Parking passes for visitors who are guests of students or departments may be obtained through the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and the Security Communications Center 4 p.m.-12 midnight.

Guests staying at the Erdman Center can obtain a visitor pass at the front desk of Erdman. All visitors from groups that are attending a conference or meeting on campus must obtain a visitor pass through the group leader or sponsoring Seminary department or office.

CRW Campus

Visitor parking is located on Farber Road, Loetscher Place, and Emmons Drive. Visitors may park on the streets without permits until 12:00 a.m. Overnight visitors are required to have a temporary parking permit, which is available at the Housing and Auxiliary Services Office 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and the Security Communications Center 4 p.m.-12 midnight. All visitor spaces are designated by signs.

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