In their July 6th message to all undergraduates, Dean Dolan and Vice President Calhoun noted, “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means that we’re far from returning to business as usual.” Truly, the novel coronavirus has touched every aspect of our campus community, requiring each of us to think with forethought, while implementing prudent measures that not only safeguard the wellbeing of all Tigers, but those with whom we come into contact.
In reviewing the most current public health guidelines, student group facilities are particularly unique. Not only are these indoor spaces intended to be communal, much of the equipment within is shared property, and traditionally accessible without restriction to the day or hour. This makes a frequent and recurring cleaning schedule impractical, and unnecessarily puts our community at risk.
Indeed, providing opportunities that contribute to the co-curricular engagement of undergraduates and a robust Princeton experience remain at the heart of ODUS. Yet, the health and safety of students can be second to none.
For fall 2020, all student organization facilities will be closed. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Practice and rehearsal rooms
- Student group offices
- Theaters and prop rooms
- Storage and costume closets
- Recording and media editing studios
- Whig Hall
- Campus Club
- Student Publications Center at 48 University Place
- Outdoor Action Climbing Wall and Equipment Room
Prox access to these facilities will remain inactive for the fall term. However, in exceptional cases, such as to retrieve a critical piece of equipment, student organizations may request temporary and very limited entry to their space. To do so, an officer of the group will need to complete this form a minimum of five (5) business days in advance, detailing the nature of the request. If approved, an ODUS staff member will be in touch to make arrangements to meet on-site with an officer of the student organization. We expect the majority of requests should come the first two weeks of fall term.
In looking ahead at space usage for spring 2021, ODUS will continue to monitor University policy and public health guidelines, including executive orders for New Jersey.
Like you, we are disheartened by the events surrounding this pandemic. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this most challenging of times. Should you or a classmate need any assistance, ODUS remains at the ready, and here to support our Tigers.