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Open Letters

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“We raise our voices in defense of our students, as well as students around the United States, who are under threat of censure and reprisal for taking political stands that are moral, reasonable, and valid in a free society.”

“We raise our voices in defense of our students, as well as students around the United States, who are under threat of censure and reprisal for taking political stands that are moral, reasonable, and valid in a free society.”


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Environmental GPA: An open letter on Princeton’s retirement plans and fossil fuels

“Educators across the country are challenging TIAA to live up to its claim to ‘champion green initiatives, address environmental justice and lead our industry in modeling sustainable behavior’ and its recognition that ‘climate risk is investment risk.’ Our faculty and staff should join those at Cornell, SUNY, Rutgers, and other universities to pass a resolution urging TIAA to fully divest their funds of fossil fuels.”

“Educators across the country are challenging TIAA to live up to its claim to ‘champion green initiatives, address environmental justice and lead our industry in modeling sustainable behavior’ and its recognition that ‘climate risk is investment risk.’ Our faculty and staff should join those at Cornell, SUNY, Rutgers, and other universities to pass a resolution urging TIAA to fully divest their funds of fossil fuels.”

OPINION | May 11

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Dear Princeton, you must do more on Title IX

“Princeton has repeatedly failed survivors of sexual violence. As alumni of the Princeton Class of 2022, we call upon Princeton University to take action to protect survivors and to implement measures that ensure safe, accessible, and just processes to keep our campus safe.”

“Princeton has repeatedly failed survivors of sexual violence. As alumni of the Princeton Class of 2022, we call upon Princeton University to take action to protect survivors and to implement measures that ensure safe, accessible, and just processes to keep our campus safe.”

OPINION | 04/03/2023

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An open letter from alumni on mental health

“Too many of us believed, like I did, that seeking help was a sign of weakness or failure. Many of us wish we sought help sooner. And we wish we had defeated the stigma, so you wouldn’t have to face it.”

“Too many of us believed, like I did, that seeking help was a sign of weakness or failure. Many of us wish we sought help sooner. And we wish we had defeated the stigma, so you wouldn’t have to face it.”

OPINION | 03/05/2023

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Postdoc pay raise: What collective action can do for us all

In reference to the previous open letter written in April 2022, the PUPS wrote, “Princeton has yet to acknowledge our letter, nor did they consult us in making these decisions. We deserve much more transparency and respect. We deserve a seat at the table.”

In reference to the previous open letter written in April 2022, the PUPS wrote, “Princeton has yet to acknowledge our letter, nor did they consult us in making these decisions. We deserve much more transparency and respect. We deserve a seat at the table.”

OPINION | 01/30/2023

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Christian campus groups: We condemn the hate speech on Washington Road

“We, the leaders of various Christian fellowships, ministries, and groups at Princeton University, write this letter to condemn hatred and bigotry. We unequivocally condemn this rhetoric as antithetical to the Christian faith.”

“We, the leaders of various Christian fellowships, ministries, and groups at Princeton University, write this letter to condemn hatred and bigotry. We unequivocally condemn this rhetoric as antithetical to the Christian faith.”

OPINION | 12/13/2022

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With the IHRA definition of antisemitism, the CJL alienates left-wing Jewish students

“In prioritizing the protection of Zionism over the protection of Jewish students on this campus, the CJL betrays the cause it claims to care so much about. The Princeton Jewish community, and Princeton students in general, deserve better than this political stunt masquerading as an attempt to fight antisemitism.”

“In prioritizing the protection of Zionism over the protection of Jewish students on this campus, the CJL betrays the cause it claims to care so much about. The Princeton Jewish community, and Princeton students in general, deserve better than this political stunt masquerading as an attempt to fight antisemitism.”

OPINION | 11/15/2022

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An open letter calling on Princeton to accept the Duolingo English Test as part of international application process

“Princeton has made the application process more just and accessible in many ways, from the new Financial Aid policy to offering application cost waivers to low-income applicants. Yet, it still requires internationals to take extremely overpriced tests to prove their English proficiency.” 

“Princeton has made the application process more just and accessible in many ways, from the new Financial Aid policy to offering application cost waivers to low-income applicants. Yet, it still requires internationals to take extremely overpriced tests to prove their English proficiency.”

OPINION | 10/27/2022

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An open letter from Indigenous leaders on Princeton’s holdings in lithium mining

“We need your help. Princeton University must divest from Lithium Americas Corporation. To continue to profit from the destruction of land, water, wildlife habitat, and indigenous communities and sacred sites is morally reprehensible.”

“We need your help. Princeton University must divest from Lithium Americas Corporation. To continue to profit from the destruction of land, water, wildlife habitat, and indigenous communities and sacred sites is morally reprehensible.”

OPINION | 08/17/2022

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GSRC Director: Princeton will handle monkeypox with compassion and without stigma

“As you are undoubtedly aware, monkeypox (MPX) has had a direct impact on queer and trans (QT) communities in our region and around the world, yet this virus is indiscriminate.”

“As you are undoubtedly aware, monkeypox (MPX) has had a direct impact on queer and trans (QT) communities in our region and around the world, yet this virus is indiscriminate.”

OPINION | 08/12/2022

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An open letter from members of the Princeton Swimming and Diving community on Lia Thomas’s right to swim

“As members and alumni of the Princeton swimming and diving team, we write this letter to clarify that the exclusionary and discriminatory viewpoints expressed by those swimmers do not speak for our entire community.”

“As members and alumni of the Princeton swimming and diving team, we write this letter to clarify that the exclusionary and discriminatory viewpoints expressed by those swimmers do not speak for our entire community.”

OPINION | 06/21/2022

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An open letter from women of Class of ’72 on their classmate Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked reversal of Roe v. Wade

“We are about to celebrate our 50th reunion — half a century since we graduated from Princeton. We find it bitter indeed to see the draft Supreme Court opinion reverse the strides we thought we were making, as part of one of the first classes of Princeton women, towards a world of equity and fairness for women of all races and social and economic positions.”

“We are about to celebrate our 50th reunion — half a century since we graduated from Princeton. We find it bitter indeed to see the draft Supreme Court opinion reverse the strides we thought we were making, as part of one of the first classes of Princeton women, towards a world of equity and fairness for women of all races and social and economic positions.”

OPINION | 05/11/2022

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An open letter in support of Maria Ressa ’86 from her Class of ’86 classmates

“With this letter, some of Maria Ressa’s 1986 classmates invite you to join us in taking a very simple step to do that, by subscribing to her news organization, Rappler+.”

“With this letter, some of Maria Ressa’s 1986 classmates invite you to join us in taking a very simple step to do that, by subscribing to her news organization, Rappler+.”

OPINION | 05/05/2022

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Princeton needs to rethink its ban on social gatherings

We shouldn't let an uptick in cases distract us from the fact that we are well-protected, and we should not restrict students' activities in ways that would make, at most, a marginal impact on student health but a significant impact on their well-being. 

We shouldn't let an uptick in cases distract us from the fact that we are well-protected, and we should not restrict students' activities in ways that would make, at most, a marginal impact on student health but a significant impact on their well-being. 

OPINION | 11/28/2021