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Architecture professor fired last year blames ‘cancel culture’ as Princeton cites ‘neglect of duty’

On July 19, 2021, an eight-year saga came to a climax when Alejandro Zaera-Polo was terminated from the Princeton faculty. In the time since, the former dean of the School of Architecture has framed the story of his dismissal as a tale of “identity politics,” “academic authority,” and “codes of silence.” University administrators see it differently: The professor repeatedly failed to comply with policies, they say, and “damaged the educational interests” of students.

On July 19, 2021, an eight-year saga came to a climax when Alejandro Zaera-Polo was terminated from the Princeton faculty. In the time since, the former dean of the School of Architecture has framed the story of his dismissal as a tale of “identity politics,” “academic authority,” and “codes of silence.” University administrators see it differently: The professor repeatedly failed to comply with policies, they say, and “damaged the educational interests” of students.

NEWS | June 7

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Life after accusation: Inside Princeton's Honor Code

Every year, dozens of students come before the Honor Committee. In interviews with eight of the accused, we chronicle a story of spiraling mental health, institutionalized alienation, and renewed hopes for reform.

Every year, dozens of students come before the Honor Committee. In interviews with eight of the accused, we chronicle a story of spiraling mental health, institutionalized alienation, and renewed hopes for reform.

NEWS | 11/18/2021

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‘I don’t understand who they’re protecting here’: Princeton’s COVID-19 policy frustrated reporting of sexual misconduct allegations, say students

This past semester, one student’s experience shows how the University’s Social Contract, a series of coronavirus-related restrictions, hindered reporting of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct. While some peer institutions offered amnesty to victims, University policy did not offer such protections, despite warnings as early as summer 2020 from campus resources. This story illustrates the unintended — but not unanticipated — effects the policy had on students. “I just feel like the University did everything wrong,” one student told the ‘Prince.’

FEATURES | 07/21/2021

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Alumni allege history of inappropriate conduct with female students by Princeton professor Joshua Katz

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

A ‘Prince’ investigation has uncovered allegations that Katz, a classics professor who spent more than two decades at the University, crossed professional boundaries with three of his female students.

NEWS | 02/04/2021

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Princeton says it avoided COVID-19 furloughs and layoffs. For some contract workers, that isn’t the case.

According to those affected, around 50 Restaurant Associates contract workers have been furloughed since March, and at least five laid off. Feeling forgotten by the University, which has maintained pay and benefits for its direct employees, four furloughed workers shared their experiences with The Daily Princetonian.

According to those affected, around 50 Restaurant Associates contract workers have been furloughed since March, and at least five laid off. Feeling forgotten by the University, which has maintained pay and benefits for its direct employees, four furloughed workers shared their experiences with The Daily Princetonian.

FEATURES | 12/23/2020

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As students recount discrimination abroad, Bridge Year examines racial equity

In a year of reckoning on issues of equity, especially regarding race, a vibrant conversation has taken root in the Bridge Year community on how the program experience differs for students of various identities. With the program’s director expecting to craft an “action plan” by the end of the year, several students shared their experiences of discrimination with the ‘Prince.’ 

In a year of reckoning on issues of equity, especially regarding race, a vibrant conversation has taken root in the Bridge Year community on how the program experience differs for students of various identities. With the program’s director expecting to craft an “action plan” by the end of the year, several students shared their experiences of discrimination with the ‘Prince.’ 

NEWS | 11/20/2020

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‘Committee, committee, committee’: After five years, Princeton’s approach to institutional reform hasn’t changed

On Sept. 2, President Eisgruber laid out how his administration would “combat systemic racism” — announcing plans that resemble the University’s response to the Black Justice League in 2015. With insight from the students, alumni, and stakeholders who sat on the previous iteration of committees, The Daily Princetonian unravels a convoluted story of college governance, layers upon layers of committees, and the difficulties that impede institutional change.

FEATURES | 09/24/2020

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Princeton businesses received over $200M in PPP loans. Some are still struggling.

The U-Store, Tower Club, McCarter Theatre,  Princeton Theological Seminary, Small World Coffee, Labyrinth Books, Jammin’ Crepes, and the Princeton Record Exchange all received loans of over $150,000. Several small business owners told the ‘Prince’ that this lifeline, while helpful, wasn’t enough. 

FEATURES | 08/06/2020

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Elite degrees, but at what cost?

Nearly all of the female students interviewed said the culture of the department had led them to seek therapy. “We used to joke that the women in our department all went to therapy to deal with the men in our department,” said one former graduate student who was in the department in the 2000s.  Still, those in charge say the department is ultimately a positive environment for women. 

NEWS | 11/22/2017