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Fall decision to come next week, U. says

<h6>Design Credit: Harsimran Makkad / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Design Credit: Harsimran Makkad / The Daily Princetonian

The University’s decision on fall undergraduate instruction will not come this week.

In a statement today to The Daily Princetonian, University Spokesperson Ben Chang indicated that the announcement will instead be made the week of July 6.

“As President Eisgruber indicated in early May, the University will be sharing its plans for the fall early this month,” he wrote. “In accordance with this timeline, we will announce next week (the week of July 6) the University’s approach to undergraduate teaching for the upcoming academic year.”

Chang added that University administrators “want the decision to be as fully informed as possible,” which “includes taking into account information on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recently released guidance from the state of New Jersey regarding higher education operations in the coming months.”

This statement comes a day after First College administrators indicated a decision would be coming on July 2. 

A message to all rising first-year students in First College sent Monday afternoon stated that “the University will release plans regarding undergraduate instruction for Fall 2020 on July 2.” This message still appeared on the First College website when Chang indicated that an announcement would not be coming until next week. 

When asked to comment on that posting yesterday, Deputy University Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss referred the ‘Prince’ to a previous statement indicating that planning “continues in real time.” 

Today’s statement from Chang, however, specifies a more specific timeline. 

The statement also comes as colleges and universities across New Jersey, the Ivy League, and the country are finalizing their plans for instruction. 

Dartmouth College announced yesterday that half of its undergraduate student body will be permitted on campus each quarter, and the University of Pennsylvania announced that all students would be able to return last week.

Earlier today, Yale University announced its decision to open its campus without sophomores in the fall — and without freshmen in the spring.

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Certain operations at the University, including research and graduate student advising, have already begun phased reopenings, while on-campus graduate instruction is planned to resume in the fall, varying by department.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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