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Divestment update, fall plans, and anti-racist efforts: Here's what you missed at this year's last CPUC meeting

<h6>Andrew Somerville / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Andrew Somerville / The Daily Princetonian

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) met on Monday afternoon to present several updates regarding campus and administrative happenings. 

In a highly-anticipated update on the possibility of fossil fuel divestment by the University, Chair of the CPUC Resources Committee Blair Schoene announced that the Resources Committee will recommend criteria for divestment from fossil fuels to the Board of Trustees during the meeting.

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The update details four major recommendations for the Board of Trustees to consider regarding the University’s future relations with the fossil fuel industry. It will be submitted on May 10.

Campus COVID-19 update and fall planning

President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 began the meeting with an opportunity for those in attendance to ask any questions to the CPUC. 

When asked about whether or not it will be required for faculty to have received a COVID-19 vaccination to continue working in the fall, Eisgruber said that no decision has been made yet. 

Executive Director for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety Robin Izzo gave an update on the University’s COVID-19 statistics and planning. 

According to Izzo, the University recently reported zero positive cases of COVID-19, and the campus risk status was changed from moderate to low. 

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Additionally, Izzo announced that the University will continue to hold vaccine clinics, with appointments available to both the University community and the general public. 

“That explosion of vaccines [that were] promised is finally happening,” she said. 

President Eisgruber gave a preview of the current plans for the Fall 2021 semester, regarding residential and instructional planning.

“We expect and anticipate that we will be able to have fully residential, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs to resume [in the fall],” he said. 

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An attendee asked if there would be options for students to continue virtual instruction next semester, and Eisgruber responded simply that there will not, except for extenuating circumstances.

Efforts to address systemic racism

During an update on the University’s efforts to address systemic racism, Provost Deborah Prentice mentioned an interim update published on the University’s website that details its current and ongoing efforts. 

These efforts include a professorship in Indigenous studies, grant programs for anti-racism research, and new partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to the update.

The meeting was held via Zoom at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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