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Eisgruber explains email supporting DACA, hesitation in designating campus as "Sanctuary Campus"

In an email sent to the undergraduate student body on Monday afternoon, University President Christopher Eisgruber '83 said that the concept of a “Sanctuary Campus” is a legally unfounded, noting consultation with immigration lawyers as the basis for this impression. Eisgruber also brought to bear his own experience as a constitutional scholar, connecting the judgment of these lawyers with “commitment to the rule of law,” which he holds as “one of the country’s most basic principles.” In the email, he wrote, “In a country that respects the rule of law, every person and every official, no matter what office he or she may hold, is subject to the law and must respect the rights of others.

NEWS | 11/29/2016

CPUC discusses We Speak results, updates from U. committees

History professor Angela Creager, Chair of the Committee on Naming, opened Monday’s Council of the Princeton University Community meeting with an update on the committee’s work. Creager explained that the committee selected the atrium of Robertson Hall for naming in part because it is one of the nicest unnamed places on campus and because it could accommodate a plaque or another similar marker of recognition. She added that the committee selected West College for naming because it is an especially conspicuous building and because the original name referred not to a person but to its geographic placement relative to the former East College, which was demolished in 1896. Creager noted that the committee had received 150 naming suggestions within just a week of the submission form having been opened and said that she would like to see more suggestions.

NEWS | 11/14/2016

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We Speak Survey results find decline in sexual misconduct rates

In an email to the University community, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter reported the results of the second annual “We Speak” survey that was administered in 2015. The reported results of misconduct were lower than last year’s “We Speak” survey, but they “still show that too many of our students have been victims of sexual misconduct,” the email stated. While undergraduate women still experienced the highest rate of sexual misconduct at the University, they experienced fewer instances, according to the 2016 survey.

NEWS | 11/10/2016

Task force recommends change in language requirement, academic calendar

In a report issued Thursday morning, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations pertaining to undergraduate teaching that span from mandating foreign language studies regardless of prior proficiency to changes in the academic calendar.According to the report, the task force is recommending that the fall term start earlier and conclude in December.

NEWS | 10/27/2016

Task Force on Gen Ed. recommends final exams before winter break, changes in A.B. distribution requirements

In a report issued Thursday morning, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations pertaining to undergraduate teaching that span from mandating foreign language studies regardless of prior proficiency to changes in the academic calendar.According to the report, the task force is recommending that the fall term start earlier and conclude in December.

NEWS | 10/26/2016

Amended lawsuit against U. filed by former dean of architecture alleges dismissed investigations against Prentice, Eisgruber

In response to a press release issued by the University in late May, professor and former dean of architecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filedan amended civil action complaint against University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, Dean of Faculty Deborah Prentice, and twenty other anonymous individuals affiliated with the University.The amended complaint alleges that the May 26 press release was made in violation of the University’s internal confidentiality rules and included misleading disclosures.The amended complaint raised a number of allegations including the fact that the defendants chose to not disclose evidence favorable to Zaera-Polo to the investigation committee, that the defendants selectively interviewed witnesses adverse to Zaera-Polo, and that Eisgruber’s demand for Zaera-Polo’s resignation was unprecedented.“These facts, among others, directly contradict Defendant’s improper public assertion that Plaintiff had been found guilty of research misconduct by a ‘fair, unbiased, and rule-complaint procedure,’” the brief said with regards to the May 26th press release.In the copy of the amended brief obtained by the ‘Prince,’ Zaera-Polo also raised a number of new claims about the breach of conduct on the part of various University administrators.

NEWS | 10/25/2016