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12.1. Student Health Program


12.1.1. General

There are three components to the Student Health Program provided by the Seminary: (1) the Student Health Benefits Plan (SHBP); (2) health-related services partially funded by the comprehensive fee (e.g., counseling services on campus and at Trinity, Teladoc, medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for students traveling abroad); and (3) health and wellness-related services. Additional information is available in the SHBP brochure, at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and on the Seminary’s website under Health Resources as well as under Student Counseling.


The Office of Student Life is the center for emergency contact contacts for all students. In the event of a personal emergency, the Office of Student Life will assist students by informing the appropriate Seminary personnel. Princeton Theological Seminary may use the emergency contact information listed on the entering student survey form to notify designated persons in certain emergency situations where this is deemed necessary. Students are responsible for any coursework that has been missed and must contact their professors to make appropriate arrangements upon their return to the Seminary. Contact Numbers Including including Psychological Crises

Students with serious illness or injury should call 911 and will be transported immediately to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, the local hospital.  During work hours,   When the campus is open a student experiencing a psychological emergency should go directly to the Office of Student Counseling, 301 Templeton Hall.  After hours, in psychological crises onlyhours and when the campus is in partial or total shut-down, call 609.273.9727 (on campus) and 609.273.9726 (CRW) to reach a security officer, who will contact an the director of student counseling who will then contact an administrator from the psychological crisis response team.


Before initial registration at Princeton Seminary, every entering student must submit an immunization history completed by a family or school physician to the Seminary’s contractor, Princeton HealthCare Systems. A standard report form for this purpose is made available from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid of the Seminary, and on the Seminary’s website. The deadline for submission is August 15 for most students. Students receiving immunizations to satisfy State of New Jersey mandated requirements prior to beginning classes at the Seminary must pay for the services at the time they are received, no matter who the provider is.


All students are required to enroll in the SHBP unless allowed to waive the coverage. Verification of an employer-sponsored plan, government-sponsored plan, or church-sponsored health plan that provides coverage that is comparable to the SHBP (ex. plan maximum, deductible/copay amounts, in-network providers in the Princeton area, prescription drug coverage, mental health benefits, etc.) must be supplied to the Office of Admissions before a waiver can be approved. Dependents and the SHBP

Student spouses and children are eligible for the SHBP.


The SHBP brochure, enrollment, and waiver forms are available on the Seminary’s website and also at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

12.1.3. Counseling Services Campus Counseling Services

Counseling services are available through the Office of Student Counseling in 301 Templeton Hall for students and spouses and remotely on Webex when needed. The first two sessions are free of charge, which facilitates crisis management and referrals. If a student or spouse continues with counseling on campus, the fee is $10 per session for up to eight subsequent sessions and is billed to student accounts.  The copayment is $15 for sessions 11-20 and $25 after that. There is a $15 cancellation fee in non-emergency situations without 24 hours’ notice. No one will be denied services for lack of ability to pay. Intake forms can be found on the Student Counseling website or can be filled out in the office. The website also includes information about counseling and spiritual direction options, support groups, mental health and self-assessment screenings, and guidelines for responding to a psychological crisis.   If you are in a psychological emergency during work hours, when the campus is open please come directly to 301 Templeton Hall.   After hours, in psychological crises only, call 609.273.9727 (on campus) or 609.273.9726 (CRW) to reach a security officer, who will contact an administrator from the psychological crisis response team. Confidentiality in counseling is overridden when life or property are at risk.  In September 2017 the Rev. Ryan McMillian joined our staff.  His expertise includes working with couples, family trauma and issues related to diversity.  If If you have questions about counseling, please call Rev. Nancy Schongalla-BowmanWanda Sevey, the director of student counseling, on her confidential line at 609.497.7891 or email nancyemail Mental Health Medication Consultation and Management

Lynn Shell is a psychologist and advanced practice nurse who provides consultation and monitoring of medications and supplements for students and spouses on campus one morning each week during the academic year and every other week in the summer.  Her orientation is holistic and collaborative.  The copayment of $25 is billed to student accounts and referrals are through the director of student counseling.  A cancellation fee is charged for missed appointments without 24-hour 's notice.  Ongoing counseling is needed to pursue medication on campus, and clients must discuss any desired medication changes in advance, with their therapist and Dr. Shell. Vocational Self-Exploration

Maggie Furniss, an on-campus contract counselor and board-certified life coach offers a four-session module for students and/or spouses which focuses on increasing self-understanding and awareness in the context of vocation and work.  Professional instruments such as the Birkman Inventory are used along with a variety of information gathering tools to assess personality traits, values, interests, and functioning in work environments.  Participants are expected to complete relevant assessments as “homework” during the process.  Additional sessions, resources and support are available as needed.  On-campus fees apply.  Interested individuals should contact the director of student counseling. Wellness Life Coaching Services


Groups are offered on and off campus to provide additional avenues for the psychological, relational, and spiritual formation of students and spouses. Spiritual direction and art of discernment groups meet twice per month, ; are led by local, trained spiritual directors, ; and are organized through the Office of Student Counseling, in 301 Templeton Hall. Support and psychotherapy groups are offered periodically, including stress management, mindfulness meditation, sexual compulsivity, dialectical behavior therapy, perfectionism, procrastination, ADD, anxiety, parenting, relationship enhancement, mood regulation, and spirituality and creativity. The copayment for most groups is $10/meeting irrespective of a person’s insurance; however, seminars led by on-campus staff are free. Financial aid is available. Therapist Assisted Online Self-Help Resources

This completely private library of behavioral health resources includes interactive educational modules and practice tools accessible for free, 24/7, via the student counseling website for all who have a ptsem email account.  Whether or not you are in counseling, you can learn stress management, mindfulness skills, problem solving, relationship skills, and strategies to avoid dwelling on your concerns and to develop more helpful thinking patterns.  Those in counseling on-campus, can coordinate TAO resources with their therapy, and  their therapist can register them for additional self-assessments and TAO resources. 

1212.1.3.7. Certificate of Recognition for "Developing a Healthier Lifestyle"

This certificate is available for those who meet with the PTS wellness life coach or a therapist eight times over a two-year period to receive support for lifestyle changes and positive habits they are incorporating related to physical, spiritual, psychological and relational formation.  Tools such as the "Self-Care and Wellness Assessment"  and "The Formation Wheel"  on the counseling website can prompt consideration of possible desired changes for health, balance and overall well-being. Individual Spiritual Direction

Many students and spouses benefit from spiritual direction while at Princeton Seminary, often in addition to personal counseling. While there is an overlap between counseling and spiritual direction, monthly spiritual direction sessions focus on how to listen for God in one’s life and may include reflection, silence, prayer, and being present with God. Themes often addressed in spiritual direction are discernment and call, taking in God’s grace, connecting head and heart, and spiritual practices. Students enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan have a benefit that makes the copayment for spiritual direction $10–15 per session. For others the copayment ranges from $20–45. Information about spiritual direction is available in the student counseling, chapel, student life, and field education offices and on the Student Counseling website.  A new referral form must be filled out in the counseling office in 301 Templeton every September for students or spouses enrolled in the SHBP who wish to continue seeing a director in the student health benefit network.  Financial aid is available. Trinity Counseling Service (TCS)

Trinity Counseling Service (TCS), at 22 Stockton Street, 353 Nassau St, Princeton, 609.924.0060, provides counseling for individuals, couples, and families.  Students and spouses enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan have an unlimited number of sessions available at TCS with a consistent copayment of $15.  Students who have paid the comprehensive fee and are not in the SHBP , can access up to thirty individual, premarital, or marital sessions during their years at Princeton Theological Seminary subsidized by the comprehensive fee, where the copayment is $10 for sessions 1-10, $15 for sessions 11-20, and $25 for sessions 21-30. Spouses and children are not eligible for Seminary-subsidized counseling, but TCS works with most insurance companies and has a sliding scale that helps make counseling more affordable. A referral by the director of student counseling can be helpful but is not required when someone wants to do counseling at TCS. Ministry candidates and their ordination committees can use TCS for vocational and psychological evaluation testing to assist with the discernment process. While the Seminary subsidy and the SHBP insurance do not cover these services, many judicatories pay a significant portion of the cost for their ministry candidates.


A select group of 35 therapists is available for students and spouses enrolled in the Princeton Theological Seminary Student Health Benefits Plan (SHBP). These mental health professionals are ethnically diverse and have different specializations. Some are ordained or active in a church.  One provides medication consultation and management. SHBP counselors are accessed only by referral through the Office of Student Counseling. A new referral is needed each September if counseling continues into the next academic year. The copayment is $25 per session. There is no session limit for individual, marriage, or pre-marital premarital counseling. Responsibility for Costs

Responsibility for the cost of counseling, except as noted above, is assumed by the student. As an educational institution, the Seminary does not assume financial responsibility for counseling beyond that indicated. It does, however, encourage students to seek necessary help and stands ready to assist in financial planning, together with the possibility of loans, through its financial aid officer.


12.2.1. Residential Facilities

The Seminary maintains several residential facilities for students who are pursuing their work on a full-time basis. Three residence halls on the main campus accommodate single students, who take their meals in the Mackay Campus Center. More than 250 apartments of varying size, each with a kitchen, are available for single students, married students, and married students with familiesPlease note - Residence Halls are closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Housing Resident Assistants

Housing resident assistants (HRAs) are students who act as liaisons between residents and the housing and facilities offices. They facilitate communication and help enforce rules and regulations. HRAs are located in Alexander, Brown , and Hodge Halls, halls; Witherspoon, ; Roberts/Tennent, ; and at CRW.

12.2.2. Application for Seminary Housing


Primary eligibility for residence hall and apartment accommodations is extended to full-time MDiv, MA, and MA MA(TS) , students; transfer students, ; dual-degree students, ; and PhD candidates. Assignments are based on the date of confirmation. International students and military chaplains are ordinarily placed in the primary category.


Information regarding single student apartment lottery and residence hall room draw for the following fall term is circulated at the start of the spring term each year. Single student apartments are drawn on a straight lottery, no priorities. Apartments are assigned on an available basis based on the lottery, with a waiting list established after.  Residence hall lottery will follow the apartment lottery.  Priority will be for PhDs drawing first, followed by returning interns, then rising MDiv and MA seniors and rising dual-degree students in years three and four, then rising MDiv middlers and dual-degree students in year two. A student wishing to have a room assignment changed during the year should contact the director of housing and auxiliary student administrative services. The cut-off date to change rooms for the spring term is March 1.


Each student occupying Seminary housing is required to make a housing deposit, usually in advance but occasionally upon arrival. The amount of this deposit is $150 for a residence hall resident and one month’s rent for a Seminary apartment resident. These deposits, which also cover repairs for incidental damage, are not treated as rental payments and are retained until after the student has vacated Seminary housing. Moving from one Seminary accommodation to another may require a change in this deposit. Within 45 days after the student vacates Seminary housing, damages will be assessed and a refund of the unused deposit will be issued. The cost of repairs, based on a per hour charge that includes labor and materials, is determined by the director of facilities and construction and/or director of housing and auxiliary student administrative services. 

12.2.9. Guest Facilities

Limited guest facilities are available at a nominal charge. Reservations for these accommodations should be made during regular office hours. Visits to the Seminary campus by groups must be arranged in advance with the director of housing and auxiliary student administrative services, whether the Seminary is in session or not. Guests under college age shall not be housed overnight in Seminary facilities. The group leader will be given instructions regarding meals, rooms, parking, and facilities available on campus. If meals are involved, arrangements must be made at least one week in advance. It is important that these steps be followed so that visitors not be embarrassed by lack of arrangements or by conflicting schedules.


A photo identification card is issued to each entering student at the time of registration and is valid for the duration of his or her program. This ID card is for the exclusive use of the person whose name and photograph appear upon it and is nontransferable. Misuse of seminary ID may be subject to disciplinary action. It is used for several purposes: as a board card for persons on the Seminary board plan, ; as a declining balance card, ; as an access card for residential buildings, mailroom, Stuart basement (for CRC) and the gym, ; for borrowing books from the Seminary libraries, ; and as a credential for obtaining borrowing privileges at the Princeton University library facilities. The loss of an ID card must be reported immediately to the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services. The cost of a first replacement is $20. This fee is raised in $5 increments each time a card must be replaced. Spouse photo identification cards are issued at time of check-in. Spouses and dependent children (ages13–18ages 13–18) are also required to have photo ID.  

12.4. Dining Service


The dining hall in the Mackay Campus Center is open daily during the academic year and is available to members of the Seminary community, special groups, and invited visitors. It is also frequently used by persons from the community at large. The schedule is normally as follows, although it does change between semesters and the summer when classes are not in session.


The Seminary ID card serves also as the meal card for those students on the meal plan. Students  Students who are unable to attend a particular meal can contact the dining services office to make arrangements for a boxed meal that they can pick up during operating hours and the value of that meal will be deducted from their plan.


The mailroom is located on the lower level of the Mackay Campus Center. The mailroom is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the summer (June to August), hours may change and will be posted. Although the mailroom closes at 4:30 p.m. each day, access to student, faculty, and department mailboxes is available in the evenings when the exterior door of the mailroom will be locked; however, access can be obtained using the student’s Seminary ID card.


Box 5204

Princeton, NJ 08543-5204 For Non-postal Carriers (UPS, Fed Ex, etc.)

Packages from non-postal carriers delivered to the mailroom and must be addressed as follows:


All returning students who are gone for the summer must give PTS the Seminary a forwarding address.  In addition, those who receive mail from the U.S. Postal Service at an address other than their SBN, and who plan to be away for the summer, should file an address change directly with the post office. Forms for this purpose are available from the mailroom. All first-class and address-correction mail addressed to the student’s SBN will be forwarded promptly, but the mailroom will dispose of other classes of non-deliverable mail. Campus mail will be placed in the student’s mailbox, where it can be picked up on the student’s return.


It is important that students not returning in the fall both file a forwarding address order with the post office  office and PTSPrinceton Theological Seminary. First-class and address-correction mail will be forwarded to this address until October 31 after graduation. Students who leave at any other time will have mail forwarded for three months after their official leave date. After these deadline dates, all mail will be returned to sender.


(2)   A minimum of one week's notice is required . before the desired completion date.


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12.8. Use of the Whiteley Gymnasium


12.8.1. Hours

The Fitness Center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Fitness Center is closed for cleaning Monday through Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12.8.2. Racquetball Court

The racquetball court is open during Fitness Center hours, but closed for cleaning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Please be sure to sign up in advance. The athletic director has a sign-up board outside the court. You will need to provide your own racquet and balls. Be sure to turn off the lights after use.

Appropriate footwear (non-marking sneakers) must be used.

12.8.3. Basketball Court

The basketball court is open during Fitness Center hours, but closed for cleaning from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All individuals must wear the appropriate non-marking sneakers on the basketball court.

Equipment: A volleyball net and stanchions are available for use. Soccer nets are also available. Equipment must be returned to the back hallway. Basketballs and volleyballs are available when a gym attendant is on duty. Rollerblading and street hockey are not permitted. Tape of any kind is not permitted on the court or walls.

Etiquette: When playing a game or just recreational use, please use proper etiquette and fair play. Please do not use foul language.

12.8.4. The Exercise Room

The exercise room located in the lower level of the gym is open during normal gym hours. The schedule is posted on the door. The room may be reserved through the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services for gym-related activities only.

12.8.5. Holidays

All gym and fitness facilities are closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas break.

12.8.6. Fitness Center Rules (Whiteley Gym and CRW



For safety reasons the following Fitness Center rules must be observed at all times:

(1)   Children age 12 and under are not permitted to be in or use the Fitness Center at any time.

(2)   Children age 13 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult and have proper Seminary ID.

(3)   All beverages must be kept in a sealed container.

(4)   Proper footwear is required.

(5)   Use the equipment properly and at your own risk.

(6)   Wipe down all exercise equipment after use.

(7)   A maximum of 20 minutes per exercise machine is permitted when people are waiting

(8)   Music or televisions should not be played loudly or before 8:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m., portable headphones are highly recommended.

(9) Personal trainers are not permitted.

Safety and Security

Access to the Fitness Center requires a Seminary ID card. The Fitness Center is only to be used by the Seminary community.

For your safety, the exterior doors are kept locked at all times. Please do not prop the doors open. For liability reasons, guests are not permitted at any time. Anyone without proper identification will be asked to leave the facility.


Please turn off the lights if you are the last person to leave.

12.8.7. Gym Access

Access to the gym requires a Seminary ID card. Members of the Seminary community including students, faculty, administration, staff, visiting scholars, CTI members, their spouse spouses and children and/or legal dependents, and guests at the continuing education office are all eligible for ID cards. Seminary ID cards must be carried at all times, and presented to the gym attendant if requested.

12.8.8. Eligibility for Gym Access

Immediate family members of employees and students who are eligible to use the gym must obtain a photo ID card from the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services.

12.8.9. Access for Children

Children of members of the Seminary community ages 13 to 17 may use the gymnasium facilities other than the Fitness Center without being accompanied by an adult, providing that a parental consent form for minors is completed by the parent as part of the process of obtaining an ID card. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times and cannot have an ID card.

12.8.10. Guests

Members of the Seminary age 18 and over may bring one guest per visit, with a maximum of four visits during a calendar year. The guest must be accompanied by the member at all times. The guest must sign in each time with the Seminary member. Children age 17 and under may not bring guests at any time.

12.8.11. Group Use Seminary Group Use

Seminary student groups should schedule their use of the gym through the intramural director. Outside Group Use

Outside groups may use the gym when approved and authorized by the director of the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services. Proper insurance coverage must be provided. Scheduling is done through the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services, 609.497.7730. Outside groups are only allowed to use the facilities they have been scheduled to use during their allotted time. Scheduling Group Use

The intramural director schedules all Seminary groups who wish to use the basketball court Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Outside groups may use the facility with permission from the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Scheduling subject to change.

12.8.12. Footwear

All groups and individuals must have the appropriate footwear. Only proper white-soled sneakers can be worn to use any of the basketball facilities.

12.8.13. Bringing Equipment

Individuals should plan to bring their own equipment (basketballs, volleyballs, etc.). A volleyball net and stanchions are provided.

12.8.14. Lockers

The top row of the gymnasium lockers may be reserved through the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services. The bottom row of lockers is for daily use only and cannot be reserved. Lockers are not for long-term storage nor are they considered personal lockers. Lockers that are not reserved will have locks cut off and personal items in the locker discarded.

12.8.15. Personal Trainers and Coaches

Personal trainers and coaches are not permitted to use any of the fitness facilities, gym, or indoor/outdoor recreational spaces.