ODUS Operations in COVID-19
The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) continues to support students throughout this unprecedented time. We are committed to continuing to support the co-curricular experience, student health and well-being, and to continue to promote healthy and active citizenship in our community. In keeping with University guidance in response to COVID-19, and in support of the goals of social distancing, ODUS will be conducting business virtually, via email, phone, and Zoom.
ODUS will be offering many alternatives to our customary on-campus programs and services for students. Below, you will find a summary of these virtual modifications and links to other updates:
- Health and Well-Being
The Directors of Student Life (DSLs) support and enhance the Princeton student’s experience throughout the academic year, as well as in times of crisis. Though this semester has been dramatically altered in response to the Covid-19 virus, the DSLs remain fully available. They can speak with students directly, refer students to appropriate resources here on the campus, and are also continuing to offer robust programming on topics related to health and well-being, which remain a core institutional value and a goal of the University’s co-curricular programming.
Working with their DSLs, Residential College Advisers (RCAs) will continue to support students virtually by promoting community development and safety and by directing students to relevant resources. (A)RCAs will continue to host weekly zee group study breaks and guide conversations on transitioning to home, beginning virtual classes, and accessing campus resources.
DSLs continue to address these important matters under the mantle of “Live Well Be Well,” a multifaceted program whose aim is to help undergraduates learn and practice lifelong healthy habits in creative and personally meaningful ways. Though much of campus life has moved to a virtual environment for the remainder of this semester, students will still have a variety of activities and resources offered to them to foster skills in several key areas: nutrition, sleep, managing stress, mindfulness, and physical activity. The program connects students into University resources around issues of spirituality, safety, sexual activity, mental health and substance use, and will take the form of weekly email messages, regular postings through social media, and virtual activities offered on this “Virtual Activities Calendar”.
DSLs carry out this work within the Office of the Dean of Students (ODUS) and in partnership with many other University offices. These include:
- Student Organizations/Activities
University guidelines direct that on-campus social activities and interactions be severely limited as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the disease. Therefore, no in-person student activities will be approved at this time. Student organizations are encouraged to develop virtual events for members to connect using digital resources. All student organization activities must be registered in CLEVER. For questions regarding ODUS Arts resources, please contact Jessica Bailey, arts program coordinator. For questions regarding Whig Clio, please contact Kauribel Javier, Whig-Clio program coordinator. For general student organization questions or questions about virtual events, please contact Ian Deas, assistant dean of undergraduate students and director of student leadership and engagement.
- Princeton Student Agencies (PSA)
A consortium of student-led businesses powered by an undergraduate workforce of nearly 250, many of PSA’s operations have ceased for the remainder of the academic year. However, PSA stands ready to support members and families of the Class of 2020 in providing a number of graduation specific offerings, such as yearbooks, degree frames, and class rings. In anticipation of the fall 2020 term, PSA looks forward to serving fellow Princetonians in their preparations for life on campus, including dorm room rentals, laundry service, event support, and catching up over the perfect pour at Coffee Club.
- Student Leadership
The Undergraduate Student Government Senate and Class Governments are continuing their work using digital technologies. Class officers will be updating their classes via email and social media, including Slack. The USG is hosting Senate meetings via Zoom at 9:30PM EST every Saturday. Students with questions about the Senate agenda should be in touch with USG VP Andres Larrieu ‘22.
The USG Senate U-Council and Class Government elections are continuing online. Students who want to run in the election are to fill out a registration form submitted to the Chief Elections Manager by March 31. Campaigning begins on Monday, April 6th, voting begins on Monday April 13th and closes on Wednesday, April 15th, and results are announced on Friday, April 17th. The Chief Elections Manager and Parliamentarian are currently comprising campaigning guidelines to account for the new online semester.
The Campus Life Leadership Council and First Year Leadership Cohort are continuing their work online. For questions regarding ODUS leadership programming, please contact Claire Pinciaro, leadership program coordinator.
The call for nominations for the Spirit of Princeton award will launch during the week of March 30th. The selection committee will convene for two zoom meetings to deliberate and select this year’s award recipients in mid-late April. Winners will be announced in early May.
- Student Spaces
In support of public health practices on social distancing, compliance with NJ Executive Orders, and the University’s efforts to maintain the most essential of campus facilities, all student spaces managed by ODUS will be closed until further notice. This includes: Campus Club, Whig Hall, 48 University Place, OA Climbing Wall, Murray Theater, 171 Broadmead Street, Stone Barn, University Band Office, USG and Class Government Offices, as well as all student organization practice, office, rehearsal, and storage spaces in Bloomberg, 1901, Henry, Foulke, and Walker halls. Students may not access these spaces without prior written permission from ODUS.
- Orientation (including Outdoor Action)
We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 this fall. Though the University has moved to virtual instruction through the spring semester, we continue to prepare for the arrival of the newest members of our Princeton community. Some trainings for our student leaders have moved online through the spring. The following positions are still available within these small-group experiences:
Community Action (CA) leaders, Pace Center: Contact Maggie Hussar
We are focused on keeping the spirit of OA alive and encourage you to find ways to connect with each other and connect with the natural world. On the OA website, we have built a new page filled with resources for you to explore, from hike recommendations in your local community, YouTube channels filled with virtual hikes, and full-length adventure films (similar Free Solo). We are also building opportunities for live engagement, including TED-style “fireside chats” with OA Seniors and meditative “nature walks”. As these events are scheduled, we will post them on the OA Instagram (@outdooractionprinceton) as well as this webpage.
In support of the efforts to reduce density on campus, all co-ops have been closed for the remainder of the academic year. Prox access was deactivated on March 19.
Co-op members should be in touch with their respective leadership to discuss how this impacts their membership dues. Student treasurers should contact Monique Clark, administrative assistant, with any financial questions.
- Eating Clubs
In support of the efforts to reduce density on campus, all eating clubs have been closed for the remainder of the academic year. Students with questions regarding spring membership dues should contact their club leadership directly. Contact information for individual clubs can be found at princetoneatingclubs.org.
- Housing Accommodations
At this time, the Housing Accommodations pre-draw deadline has passed. Students should now go through regular room draw, and if unable to select a room that does not meet their needs, can be added to the housing accommodations waitlist. Please contact Monique Clark to be added to the waitlist. Additional information about the timeline can be found here.