The University has an obligation to its community to be clear about the options it is considering for the fall semester and beyond. Bringing students into the fold only when a decision is made shirks that obligation.
Though this Board commends efforts to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 on campus over the summer, we are deeply concerned by the large and seemingly arbitrary cost that the University is imposing on these students.
We applaud Princeton’s previous decisions to revise policy when confronted with the realities of the pandemic and encourage similar action before the disparate effects of the current grading policy become even more self-evident.
Though Princeton may seem a world away from the uncertainty and terror that Dreamers endure every day, we must not forget that we have peers who are living through this hell. We stand with them as friends, students, and Americans.
The new requirement will further allow members of CPUC — foremost among them, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 — to manicure, polish, and calibrate platitudes in advance. Council meetings will degenerate into PR. Worse still, there is no way to ensure that the Council will even address, much less disclose, the questions it receives and chooses not to answer.