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Students found in “large gatherings” may face “disciplinary consequences,” U. says

Students gather in Henry Courtyard on Thursday: Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

In an email to the student body sent at 5:56 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) wrote that “continued violations of University health and safety guidelines and University policy may result in disciplinary consequences.”

The email stated that the positive test result of one of the two University staff members currently under self-isolation underscores the need for “every student to immediately follow these guidelines.” The guidelines referenced included the need to “employ social distancing.”


As a result of the “disruptions we have seen on campus in the past two days,” the email stated, several measures will be implemented immediately. 

Students found “congregating in large gatherings” will be considered in violation of University guidelines. 

The Department of Public Safety “may document large gatherings,” and according to the email, students should “expect disciplinary consequences.” Groups that do not disperse can face arrest for disorderly conduct. 

“Any student identified in a large gathering or found in violation of University policy will be told to leave campus immediately,” the statement continued. “Students escorted off campus by Public Safety officers may not return. They will need to find hotel accommodations until they can leave Princeton.” 

The email went on to state that “anyone in violation of New Jersey laws, including alcohol violations, may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.” 

The ODUS statement stressed that the University is “disheartened to see that so many students are failing to heed these protective measures and engaging in disruptive behavior.” It stated that disruptions constitute a threat “to your own health and the health of those around you.”


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