Dear Undergraduate Students,
I hope this message finds you and your families doing well, even in the midst of the disruption and on-going constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am glad to be able to welcome all student back to campus for the spring, 2021 semester, however, we know that each of you has made the choice to study on campus or away from campus to best meet your needs and we are prepared to support whatever choice you have made.
All undergraduate students enrolled this spring must visit https://socialcontract.princeton.edu to review important information about our expectations. For example, students living on campus, in Mercer County or Plainsboro, New Jersey, are required to complete an online training, submit proof of a flu shot and sign the Social Contract by January 4, 2021. Your prox card access will be available only after you have completed these important steps or have been granted an exception. All other students must review the Expectations of Social Behavior document. Both portals are available through the above link.
Life on campus in the spring will not be the Princeton experience that we look forward to in the future, but working together, we hope to make it a meaningful and safe experience for everyone. And, we plan to stay connected to those of you who will be studying away from campus as well.
Disappointment and feelings of isolation and lack of motivation have characterized what many of us have been feeling since we left campus in March, 2020—and that may especially be true for those of you who began your first semester remotely. We are coming back slowly, so please remember that you may continue to need support.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is available regardless of whether or not you are on campus. Even if your state doesn’t allow cross-state practice, CPS can still offer consultations to help connect you to local providers. Their virtual workshops are open to everyone. Call 609-258-3141 or log on to “myUHS” to schedule an initial consultation or email the outreach counselors directly. In addition to individual support, CPS will offer group support; please sign up here.
Like so many things that have happened over the past nine months, we face the coming semester with an equal measure of enthusiasm and caution, optimism and realism. We also face the coming semester together as a community dedicated to safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of each other.
Happy New Year and All the Best for Spring 2021,
W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life