December 16, 2021

Princeton University Shifting to Remote Exams

By Anne Levin

Princeton University has announced a shift to remote exams, and a cancellation or postponement of some indoor gatherings, it was announced Wednesday. The changes are effective Thursday, December 16.

An increase in undergraduate COVID-19 cases is the reason for the shift. The entire University community must cancel or postpone all indoor gatherings with food, and those where face coverings cannot be worn. The order lasts through Friday, January 7, when the University will revisit and update the policies accordingly. Students will be able to leave the campus at their earliest convenience, and take their exams remotely.

As of Wednesday evening, the campus risk status was posted as “moderate to high.”  The campus website lists 34 positive cases out of 18,934 tests between December 4-10.

Undergraduates will test twice a week regardless of vaccination status. Graduate students who are fully vaccinated will continue to test once a week, and those who are not fully vaccinated must test twice a week. Student athletes participating in group practices and competitions must test three times a week, placing samples in a drop box by 10 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

The University’s COVID-19 testing clinic and test kit pickup information will switch to limited holiday season hours from Wednesday, December 22 through Sunday, January 2.

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