Some other students “doing wet-lab work” or other research that requires being on campus will also be allowed to return, Dean of the College Jill Dolan said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Princetonian.
The Office of International Programs (OIP), University Global Safety and Security Unit, and off-campus partners came to the decision based on the “health and safety concerns, evolving travel restrictions, and a lack of clarity surrounding logistical, immigration, and security matters,” according to an OIP statement on June 1.
“This proclamation is extremely distressing for Chinese students who are afraid for their statuses and for what this proclamation may mean for their ability to study at Princeton,” wrote GSG President Karina Alventosa in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. “The restrictions would impact the incoming class as well as anyone who needs to renew their visa.”
PGSU circulated a petition earlier this month calling on the University to lengthen all graduate student fellowships, benefits, enrollment statuses, time-to-degree deadlines, and international student support by a year.
The petition outlines 16 demands, which seek to establish a “universal floor for all of the Princeton community members,” according to Hrishi Somayaji GS, one of the petition’s authors. Somayaji expressed hope that the University will standardize compensation and other policies across academic departments.
The students pointed to the stress imposed by the COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, outbreak. Since Sunday night, when the University inadvertently leaked plans to move to online schooling after spring break, students, faculty, and staff have scrambled to make contingency plans. The University officially announced that plan on Monday, at the start of midterms week.