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Princeton expects to keep student organization facilities closed throughout the spring

Whig Hall, Campus Club, and other facilities are closed for individual and group use ‘until further notice,’ with prox access ‘expected to remain inactive’ throughout the semester.

<h6>Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Students will not have access to student organization facilities this spring, according to a message from Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Jarrett Fisher sent to student group leaders this morning. 

While the University may revisit access depending on public health guidelines, the facilities are expected to remain closed throughout the semester.

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This includes theaters, rehearsal rooms, and media editing studios — as well as Campus Club, Whig Hall, and the Student Publications Center at 48 University Place.

According to Fisher, opening these spaces “continues to be impractical” given current public health guidelines and policies outlined in the University’s social contract for the spring.

“All student organization facilities will remain closed for individual and student group use until further notice,” he wrote.

"For spring 2021, all student organization facilities will remain closed for individual and student group use until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Practice and rehearsal rooms

• Student group offices

• Theaters and prop rooms

• Storage and costume closets

• Recording and media editing studios

• Whig Hall

• Campus Club

• Student Publications Center at 48 University Place

• Outdoor Action Climbing Wall and Equipment Room"

- Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students Jarrett Fisher

Unlike a similar announcement made in July, when the University expected to invite back around half of the student body for the fall semester, this recent message left the door open for potentially reopening student organization facilities later this spring.

Though noting that prox access to these spaces “is expected to remain inactive for the duration of the spring term,” Fisher wrote that “ODUS will continue to closely monitor University policy and public health guidelines, including state regulations for New Jersey.” 

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“Should the situation allow, ODUS will revisit opportunities for access to student organization spaces, where appropriate, and communicate a reopening plan,” he wrote.

In “exceptional cases,” student groups may request temporary, one-time entry to space.To do so, a student group officer will need to complete a form detailing their request at least five days prior, and an Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) staff member will meet them on-site.

“We expect the majority of requests should come the first two weeks of spring term,” the message noted. 

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

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