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A photograph of the ongoing construction of two new residential colleges, presented during the Dec. 14 CPUC meeting by University Architect Ron McCoy.

Here’s what happened at the last CPUC meeting of 2020

At the final CPUC meeting of the calendar year, administrators also touched on spring 2021 planning and COVID-19 testing, and attendees heard updates on ongoing efforts to address systemic racism, campus construction, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Climate, Culture, and Conduct.

At the final CPUC meeting of the calendar year, administrators also touched on spring 2021 planning and COVID-19 testing, and attendees heard updates on ongoing efforts to address systemic racism, campus construction, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Climate, Culture, and Conduct.

NEWS | December 15

Photo Credit: Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton shortens quarantine duration, launches move-in website

Spring move-in will take place throughout the third week of January for undergraduates, a substantial shift in the timeline following altered quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey. In accordance with those guidelines, students who receive negative COVID-19 test results and report no symptoms may only need to quarantine for seven days, rather than 14.

Spring move-in will take place throughout the third week of January for undergraduates, a substantial shift in the timeline following altered quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey. In accordance with those guidelines, students who receive negative COVID-19 test results and report no symptoms may only need to quarantine for seven days, rather than 14.

NEWS | December 11

Photo Credit: Lazarena Lazarova

PDF grading policy will remain largely unchanged this spring

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental prerequisites or requirements for a grade.

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental pre-requisites or requirements for a grade.

NEWS | December 10

Sarah Lee ’22 participated in the Vote100 campaign while still on campus, urging students to stop by and contact their representatives.
Karolen Eid / The Daily Princetonian

After helping Princetonians vote, Vote100 interns look ahead

Ever since COVID-19 sent most undergraduates home in early March, the student- and staff-led organization has expanded beyond straightforward get-out-the-vote marketing and has virtually helped thousands of students register to vote and stay informed about national and local elections.

Ever since COVID-19 sent most undergraduates home in early March, the student- and staff-led organization has expanded beyond straightforward get-out-the-vote marketing.

NEWS | December 6

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton establishes professorship of Indigenous Studies with $5 million gift from Wendy and Eric Schmidt ’76

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines,” according to the announcement. 

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines” according to the announcement. 

NEWS | December 4

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

Delivered meals, hybrid teaching, and quarantine policy in flux: Key takeaways from last night’s parent town hall

The University may alter aspects of the spring 2021 move-in and quarantine process, pending guidance from the New Jersey government. 

The University may be altering aspects of the spring 2021 move-in and initial quarantine process, awaiting guidance from the state after the CDC shortened the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days on Wednesday. Housing will push back its launch of a move-in sign-up site to bide time for a potential state policy shift.

NEWS | December 3

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McCosh Health Center: Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Administrators discuss vaccine preparedness, socially-distant spring at USG town hall

A wide range of topics were discussed at the town hall, including housing, dining, virtual programming, visa restrictions for international students, testing protocol, and whether the University would be able to distribute a vaccine once available. 

A wide range of topics were discussed at the town hall, including housing, dining, virtual programming, visa restrictions for international students, testing protocol, and whether the University would be able to distribute a vaccine once available. 

NEWS | December 2

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton expects to keep student organization facilities closed throughout the spring

Though noting that prox access “is expected to remain inactive throughout the term,” the announcement left the door open for adjustment if public health guidelines permit.

Though noting that prox access “is expected to remain inactive throughout the term,” the announcement left the door open for adjustment if public health guidelines permit.

NEWS | December 2

SPIA Dean Cecilia Rouse. 
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Biden to nominate SPIA Dean Rouse as CEA chair

Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), will be named by President-elect Joe Biden as his pick for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, The Wall Street Journal reported. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman of color to chair the Council.

Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), will be named by President-elect Joe Biden as his pick for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman of color to chair the Council.

NEWS | November 29

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Sophomore sues Princeton for spring 2020 tuition refund

Reid Zlotky ’23 is suing the University in federal court, arguing the institution is unfairly charging full tuition for virtual instruction in the spring. Tuition reimbursement lawsuits have now been filed against all eight Ivy League institutions.

Reid Zlotky ’23 is suing the University in federal court, arguing the institution is unfairly charging full tuition for virtual instruction in the spring. Tuition reimbursement lawsuits have now been filed against all eight Ivy League institutions.

NEWS | November 28

An artist rendering of The Hub
Courtesy the New Jersey Governor's Office

As The Hub’s first tenant, Princeton hopes to catalyze New Jersey’s tech industry

Rodney Priestley, Vice Dean of Innovation and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, said the University is committed to nurturing New Jersey’s tech ecosystem.

At the online announcement of the partnership, Rodney Priestley, the Vice Dean of Innovation and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, expressed commitment to nurturing the New Jersey tech ecosystem through projects like The Hub and with the help of other research institutions in the state, including Rutgers University. 

NEWS | November 25

Under current University guidelines, McCosh 50 will be able to accommodate no more than 42 occupants at one time.
Photo Credit: Lazarena Lazarova ’21  

Faculty for ‘about 60 courses’ have expressed interest in hybrid teaching

“So far, the Office of the Dean of the College has had inquiries from faculty for about 60 courses — including both undergraduate and graduate courses — who are interested in exploring hybrid elements in their teaching,” a University spokesperson told the ‘Prince.’

“So far, the Office of the Dean of the College has had inquiries from faculty for about 60 courses — including both undergraduate and graduate courses — who are interested in exploring hybrid elements in their teaching,” a University spokesperson told the ‘Prince’ this afternoon.

NEWS | November 25

Currie and Tom Barron ‘74, pictured at their home in Colorado.
Photo courtesy of Currie and Tom Barron via the Office of Communications

Barron '74 establishes Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund

The University recently announced the establishment of the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund to support environmental research on biodiversity. 

The University recently announced the establishment of the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Biodiversity Research Challenge Fund to support environmental research on biodiversity. 

NEWS | November 25

Albert Jiang / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton to invite all undergraduates to campus this spring, with most instruction remaining online

Most instruction will remain online, and classes with an in-person component will be offered in a “hybrid” format to accommodate students studying remotely. All graduate students will again be invited to campus

Most instruction will remain online, and classes with an in-person component will be offered in a “hybrid” format to accommodate students studying remotely. All graduate students will again be invited to campus

NEWS | November 24