Princeton and Cornell Move Finals Online as Omicron Is Detected

(Bloomberg) — Princeton University moved final exams online after the school saw an increase in Covid-19 cases among undergraduates during the last 24 hours, including suspected cases of the highly contagious omicron variant.

The move follows Cornell University’s decision on Tuesday to move finals online, cancel activities involving undergraduates and shut libraries after the school in Ithaca, New York, found evidence of the variant in a “significant number” of student samples.

Princeton, in Princeton, New Jersey, is also canceling or postponing all indoor gatherings with food, and those where face coverings can’t be worn. It advised students to leave “at their earliest convenience.”

“We hope to avoid letting the final exam schedule interfere with students’ travel home for winter break,” Jill Dolan, dean of the college, and W. Rochelle Calhoun, Princeton’s vice president for campus life, wrote to students Tuesday night. “We certainly don’t want you remaining on campus in required isolation through the holidays.”

Cornell moved to “alert level red” days before the end of the semester, closing the campus to visitors and instructing students to avoid nonessential contact with others, according to a statement on its website Tuesday.

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Source: Bloomberg