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The University’s directive for the overwhelming majority of students to depart campus has left classrooms, libraries, and public spaces deserted — over 90 percent of the undergraduate population has packed up and returned home for the rest of the semester.
In recent weeks, the University has not hesitated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with decisive action. From calling off Reunions, granting extensions for independent work, and sending students home, Nassau Hall has adopted drastic but necessary measures.
All spring writing seminars will be pass/D/fail (PDF) only, according to an email sent by Director of the Writing Center Dr. Amanda Irwin Wilkins on Friday, March 20.
On Sunday, March 22, the University published a public health update on its COVID-19 information website, as part of “regular communications to the University community” regarding COVID-19. According to the update, University Health Services (UHS) is aware of 36 students and 17 employees who have been tested for COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. Out of the 53 tests the University is aware of, 15 have returned positive, eight have returned negative, and 30 are currently pending results.
While the University remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it will reimburse student workers not able to work on campus. This reimbursement will apply only to student workers who receive need-based financial aid.
I’ve been debating for a while whether or not to write this. In times of such extreme polarization, it seems like those who have already agreed with me will still agree and those who have not will not see it any other way. At the end of the day, nobody has changed their mind, so what is the point? Then I think to myself — this is the kind of mindset that results in dangerous inaction. So here I go, in the hope that this is not just me shouting into the void.
New Jersey residents must “stay at home,” with some exceptions beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, according to Executive Order No. 107, which Gov. Phil Murphy signed into effect on Saturday, March 21. Violating the order could result in fines or imprisonment.
When the University announced that all undergraduates “who are able” would have to return home, thousands of Princeton seniors saw their academic careers cut short. In one day, the traditions that encapsulate a senior year at Princeton — theses, “post-thesis life,” graduation, the walk through FitzRandolph Gate — were all thrown into question.
As I returned home last week, Arkansas public schools announced they would close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost immediately, high school classmates and community members posted on Facebook that they would be available to babysit kids whose parents couldn’t access child care. I even mentioned to my mother that I would like to do the same, because I knew the schools closing would wreak a devastating blow on parents who cannot afford to take time off from work.
Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Princeton, including the first case not to be linked to the Feb. 29 house party where multiple attendees were exposed to the virus.
A Princeton Public School District employee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release issued by the Princeton Health Department on March 19.
On March 20, the Alumni Engagement office announced that 2020 Reunions, originally scheduled for May 28–31, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The same announcement stated the University has not made a decision regarding Commencement activities for the Class of 2020, set to take place after Reunions.
Room draw has been pushed back two weeks, according to a new schedule announced on Wednesday.
Six Bridge Year students are struggling to return from abroad, currently stuck in Urubamba, Peru.
In an online petition that had garnered 352 student signatures as of Thursday afternoon, Princeton Graduate Students United (PGSU) urged the University to “make sure that no one is left behind” as the University responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All undergraduate students will be allotted unlimited P/D/Fs for the 2020 spring semester, according to an email sent to the campus community by Dean of the College Jill Dolan.
This week, department chairs and representatives informed seniors that all undergraduate lab research, including work done for senior theses, had been suspended. Students who had previously petitioned to remain on campus solely to continue thesis work were told they would have to return home.
Two more University staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, with at least two staff members and two students awaiting results for pending tests.
On Tuesday, March 17, the University announced that the student quarantined and tested for COVID-19 in McCosh Health Center has tested negative for the virus.
The Daily Princetonian is tracking all confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey,
with particular attention paid to the University and the municipality of Princeton. See a timeline of our full coverage