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The entrance to McCosh Health Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton implements universal indoor mask mandate

Masks will now be required for all students, regardless of vaccination status, unless individuals are working alone, in their own dorm room or suite, or actively eating or drinking.

Masks will now be required for all students, regardless of vaccination status, unless individuals are working alone, in their own dorm room or suite, or actively eating or drinking.

NEWS | August 11

Frist Campus Center
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Your questions, answered: Administrators discuss fall COVID-19 plans

On Monday, University administrators answered student questions about the logistics of the Fall 2021 term in a Town Hall organized by Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

On Monday, University administrators answered student questions about the logistics of the Fall 2021 term in a Town Hall organized by Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

NEWS | August 10

Marcia Brown / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton to ‘encourage’ mask-wearing for vaccinated individuals, stops short of mask mandate

Given new CDC guidance around indoor masking due to the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19, unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear masks indoors on campus. This rule will likely only impact a small portion of the population, with over 90 percent of employees and around 90 percent of students already having verified that they are vaccinated. 

Given new CDC guidance around indoor masking due to the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19, unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear masks indoors on campus. This rule will likely only impact a small portion of the population, with over 90 percent of employees and around 90 percent of students already having verified that they are vaccinated. 

NEWS | August 5

A food service worker in the Butler and Wilson dining halls and a 79-year-long poll worker, Laura Wooten died on March 24, 2019 at 98.
Photo Credit: Jamie Saxon / Office of Communications

NJ enacts Laura Wooten’s Law, honoring former Princeton employee and record-holding poll worker

Named after Laura Wooten, who passed away in 2019, the law requires all middle school students in New Jersey to receive civics education. “She served as an inspiration for Princeton students, and we hope that she will now inspire generations of students across the state,” a University spokesperson noted.

Named after Laura Wooten, who passed away in 2019, the law requires all middle school students in New Jersey to receive civics education. “She served as an inspiration for Princeton students, and we hope that she will now inspire generations of students across the state,” a University spokesperson noted.

NEWS | July 27

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton revises fall travel guidelines, permits 'feasible' domestic travel for undergraduates

Domestic travel will be permitted for undergraduate students in the fall semester, with the new guidelines taking effect on Aug. 23. However, University-sanctioned international travel remains suspended for undergraduates, with one exception for those traveling to approved Study Abroad programs.

Domestic travel will be permitted for undergraduate students in the fall semester, with the new guidelines taking effect on Aug. 23. However, University-sanctioned international travel remains suspended for undergraduates, with one exception for those traveling to approved Study Abroad programs. 

NEWS | July 21

McCosh Health Center
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton eliminates free telehealth coverage under Student Health Plan due to end of NJ’s ‘public health emergency’

Originally set to expire by July 31, the pandemic expansions of the SHP — including free telehealth and therapy — were eliminated on July 3 with the end of NJ’s Public Health Emergency. But many undergraduate and graduate students feel that this reduction in healthcare coverage comes too soon.

Originally set to expire by July 31, the pandemic expansions of the SHP — including free telehealth and therapy — were eliminated on July 3 with the end of NJ’s Public Health Emergency. But many undergraduate and graduate students feel that this reduction in healthcare coverage comes too soon.

NEWS | July 10

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Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C, and receiving the "Defender of the Constitution Award." 
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Donald Rumsfeld ’54, former Secretary of Defense, dies at 88

Rumsfeld, who served Secretary of Defense for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush and was one of the key figures in the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has died at age 88.

Rumsfeld, who served Secretary of Defense for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush and was one of the key figures in the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has died at age 88.

NEWS | July 10

The entrance to Frist Campus Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton revises guidelines for fall, eliminates masking and social distancing requirements

The University will return to mostly normal operations in the upcoming fall semester, including the elimination of the indoor and outdoor masking and social distancing requirements. Eating clubs will reopen, and in-person student activities will resume.

The University will return to mostly normal operations in the upcoming fall semester, including the elimination of the indoor and outdoor masking and social distancing requirements. Eating clubs will reopen, and in-person student activities will resume.

NEWS | July 1

FitzRandolph Gate.
Courtesy of the Office of Communications.

Class of 2020 to have in-person Commencement in May 2022

After a virtual Commencement in 2020, the Class of 2020 will be invited back to campus for an in-person Commencement, as well as a commemorative dinner and an in-person Reunions, in May 2022.

After a virtual Commencement in 2020, the Class of 2020 will be invited back to campus for an in-person Commencement, as well as a commemorative dinner and an in-person Reunions, in May 2022.

NEWS | June 28

Sameer A. Khan / Office of Communications

Amaney Jamal named next SPIA Dean

Jamal’s appointment comes after an extensive search to replace former Dean Cecilia Rouse, who is currently serving as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. She grew up in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, and her appointment as SPIA Dean comes at a time of renewed focus on Palestinian lives, narratives, and scholarship with the latest iteration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

Jamal’s appointment comes after an extensive search to replace former Dean Cecilia Rouse, who is currently serving as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. She grew up in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, and her appointment as SPIA Dean comes at a time of renewed focus on Palestinian lives, narratives, and scholarship with the latest iteration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

NEWS | June 21

An OA group on top of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah Park, Virginia, in a non-pandemic year.
Thomas Morris ’20 for The Daily Princetonian

Orientation small group programs to occur in person, based on campus

Orientation’s small-group programs will be in-person and based on-campus this fall, according to an email sent to student leaders on Monday and obtained by The Daily Princetonian. 

Orientation’s small-group programs will be in-person and based on-campus this fall, according to an email sent to student leaders on Monday and obtained by The Daily Princetonian. 

NEWS | June 17

Harsimran Makkad / The Daily Princetonian

All Princeton employees must be vaccinated for fall semester

As of a June 8 announcement, all University employees will be required to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Additionally, guidelines for the summer and fall pertaining to face coverings, in-person gatherings, testing, and social distancing have been updated.

As of a June 8 announcement, all University employees will be required to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Additionally, guidelines for the summer and fall pertaining to face coverings, in-person gatherings, testing, and social distancing have been updated.

NEWS | June 9

Divest Princeton holds a rally in April 2021.
Justin Cai / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton to divest from some sectors of the fossil fuel industry

The University Board of Trustees has announced that Princeton will divest and disassociate from the thermal coal and tar sands segments of the fossil fuel industry, as well as companies currently involved in climate disinformation. The University will also work towards making its $26.6 billion endowment carbon neutral.

The University Board of Trustees has announced that Princeton will divest and disassociate from the thermal coal and tar sands segments of the fossil fuel industry, as well as companies currently involved in climate disinformation. The University will also work towards making its $26.6 billion endowment carbon neutral.

NEWS | June 4

Rachel Spady / The Daily Princetonian

Gene Andrew Jarrett ’97 named next Dean of the Faculty

Gene Andrew Jarrett ’97 will take over as Princeton’s next Dean of the Faculty on Aug. 1, as well as the William S. Tod Professor of English. Jarrett has studied African American literary history, among other subjects, and is coming to Princeton from his position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.

Gene Andrew Jarrett ’97 will take over as Princeton’s next Dean of the Faculty on Aug. 1 as well as the William S. Tod Professor of English. Jarrett has studied African American literary history, among other subjects, and is coming to Princeton from his position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.

NEWS | May 29

Morgan Smith ’21
Sameer Khan / Office of Communications

Morgan Smith ’21 elected Young Alumni Trustee

At Princeton, Smith concentrated in the School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to serving as president of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, she was a member of Black Arts Company, a cohort leader for Vote100, and a barista for the Coffee Club.

At Princeton, Smith concentrated in the School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to serving as president of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, she was a member of Black Arts Company, a cohort leader for Vote100, and a barista for the Coffee Club.

NEWS | May 22

Kevin Chang '23 with his family's Shih Tzu, Mimi.

Courtesy of David Jo Kung Chang 

Friends, family remember Kevin Chang ’23

The Kevin Chang ’23 Memorial Fund has been set up in Chang’s memory; all gifts will be made to Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services in support of student wellness and mental health. 

The Kevin Chang ’23 Memorial Fund has been set up in Chang’s memory; all gifts will be made to Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services in support of student wellness and mental health. 

NEWS | May 18

Princeton University 2021 Commencement
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Class of 2021 celebrates an in-person commencement

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands gathered in Princeton Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the commencement of the great Class of 2021. Speeches acknowledged the unique difficulty of the graduates’ time at the University and praised their resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NEWS | May 16

Trevor Noah speaks at the 2021 virtual Class Day ceremony.
Naomi Hess  / The Daily Princetonian

Trevor Noah discusses comedy and community at Class Day 2021

Earlier in the ceremony, President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 used the “new Zoom teleport object feature” to award virtual keys to the University to the class of 2021.

Earlier in the ceremony, President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 used the “new Zoom teleport objects feature” to award virtual keys to the University to the class of 2021.

NEWS | May 16

Ruth Simmons speaks at 2021 virtual Baccalaureate ceremony.
Evelyn Doskoch / The Daily Princetonian

Ruth Simmons speaks on diversity at 2021 Baccalaureate

During her Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2021, Prairie View A&M University President Ruth Simmons spoke of diversity as an asset in building mutually respectful, safe communities that care for one other through times of trial and adversity. 

During her Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2021, Prairie View A&M University President Ruth Simmons spoke of diversity as an asset in building mutually respectful, safe communities that care for one other through times of trial and adversity. 

NEWS | May 16