Reevaluate Weight of Princeton U. Midterms

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In light of recent progression of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) epidemic spread in surrounding regions, Princeton University administration announced on Monday (3/9) morning that classes will be moved online for at least two weeks after Spring Break and encouraged students to stay home after break. As of Tuesday (3/10) noon, at least two Princeton University affiliates have started self-quarantining due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. This news comes in the midst of midterms week, when students have up to several exams. Since Sunday night's premature release of University plans, students have been immensely stressed about their health and travel plans for the upcoming weeks and are not in the right state of mind to prepare accordingly for their midterms. International students (which make up about 25% of the student body) are especially distressed because they're not sure whether they should or will be able to come back following the three-week period.

We, the student body, respectfully ask that the University considers reevaluating the weight of this semester's midterms or postponing them. This will grant students the opportunity to prioritize their health and safety, without the pressure of upholding Princeton's typical academic standards.