Princeton takes all final exams in remote format as COVID cases rise on campus

As the number of positive COVID cases on campus increased this week, Princeton University officials announced that all final exams for this semester will be conducted remotely.

The announcement was made Tuesday evening by Dean Jill Dolan and Campus Life Vice President Rochelle Calhoun in an effort to allow students to leave campus as soon as possible.

“Given that we have seen an increase in the number of cases among undergraduates over the past 24 hours – including suspected cases of the highly contagious variant of omicron – we hope to avoid leaving the exam schedule finals interfere with students returning home for winter break, ”Dolan and Calhoun said. “We certainly don’t want you to be left on campus in the required seclusion while on vacation.”

The announcement did not specifically state how many new positive cases there were on campus.

The state requires anyone who tests positive for COVID to self-isolate for 10 days, even if they are asymptomatic, Dolan and Calhoun said.

The remote final exam format will begin on Thursday. In addition, all gatherings indoors with food and all gatherings where face coverings cannot be worn will also be canceled and postponed on Thursday, school officials said.

The postponements / cancellations will be in effect until Jan. 7, but the advice collection will also be reconsidered before that date, the university said.

Dolan and Calhoun added that a recall vaccination mandate will also be in effect next year for all students, faculty and staff.

“We will require that all who are eligible receive a reminder by January 31, 2022,” the couple said. “We will share the details on the requirement this week.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published Expanded eligibility guidelines on boosters that said, many people 18 and over were eligible for one.

Anyone 18 years and older in New Jersey who received their second dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines six months or more ago may be given a booster. Anyone 18 years and older who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also eligible for a booster two months after their single injection.

Thank you for relying on us to provide the local news you can trust. Please consider supporting with a voluntary subscription.

Chris Sheldon can be reached at [email protected].