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Princeton announces summer thesis research to occur on campus, continuous housing available for select students

<h6>Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

On-campus programs and housing for summer 2021 will be restricted to senior thesis research that requires laboratory access or other special University resources, according to a memo sent to students by Dean of the College Jill Dolan and Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun.

“Approval for on-campus thesis research will be contingent on the endorsement of the student’s department and presumes that individual students may be accommodated safely in research facilities under the applicable social distancing protocols,” Dolan and Calhoun wrote.


Seniors interested in doing on-campus thesis research should contact their thesis adviser or Director of Undergraduate Studies “as soon as possible” and submit an application for senior thesis research funding in SAFE by April 4.

Those on campus will be expected to continue adhering to the Social Contract and completing Daily Symptom Checks. COVID-19 guidelines will continue to be enforced, with gatherings and use of University facilities limited as they are currently.

Students approved for summer research “will have the option to remain on campus from the end of final exams until June 1,” or to leave after Commencement and return for the summer session. Those who leave campus must return on June 1 and move out by Aug. 2. Students who submit vaccination records to University Health Services (UHS) will be exempted from arrival quarantine.

Dolan and Calhoun acknowledged that some other University-sponsored activities that occur off-campus might take place.

“We expect there will be some opportunity for senior thesis research involving domestic travel, as well as for participation in domestic off-campus internships. Revised travel guidelines will be released shortly and will provide full details on permissible University-sponsored travel for the summer, including for undergraduates,” wrote Dolan and Calhoun.

Dolan and Calhoun’s memo also reiterated prior announcements stating that the “vast majority” of University-funded internships that typically occur on campus will be conducted remotely.


Aside from seniors engaging in on-campus thesis research, the only other students permitted on campus will be those registered with the University’s continuous housing program.

Students will be able to apply for continuous housing in early April. 

The memo stated that this will be available to students who will be enrolled next fall and “face significant financial hardship and/or other serious extenuating circumstances that make it impossible to secure alternative housing during the summer months.”

This summer housing includes students who would otherwise be “subjected to a dangerous, unhealthy or hostile living or learning environment,” including based on social identity or protected characteristics. This is consistent with updated criteria for emergency housing announced last November after an anonymous student wrote in The Daily Princetonian that the University had denied them emergency housing for the fall, despite their being gay and closeted in a household where they felt unsafe.

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According to the recent memo, “all students in residence on campus during the summer will be charged the standard rates for housing and dining, if applicable,” though exact costs have not been finalized yet.

Last summer, the University charged $1,500 for summer housing — a decrease from the typical $218 weekly rate, which would have totaled over $2,800 over the 13-week period of emergency shelter. Though discounted, last summer’s costs still created financial difficulties for some students.

More information about costs this summer will be listed on the Housing & Real Estate Services website once available, according to the memo.

This memo comes before the University has received any information from the state about a vaccination timeline; however, the University is eligible to serve as a vaccination center when it receives supply from New Jersey.

The memo also referenced opportunities for summer classes. Dolan wrote that select courses will be offered over the summer by the Math and Physics departments; students must submit an application for these programs by April 7.

Dolan also provided a full list of summer course offerings in her memo.

This story is breaking and will continue to be updated as more information is provided.