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Balancing Academics and Athletics
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/07/2012
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Princeton University has long been committed to maintaining a competitive Division I varsity athletics program as part of its broad conception of undergraduate education. In keeping with that commitment, Princeton reserves the 4:30-7:30 p.m. time slot for student participation in athletics (and many other extracurricular activities). The University sanctions varsity athletic competition and recognizes that athletic teams must travel off campus from time to time for games and meets. Such absences are therefore permitted, and the university's policy is not to penalize students for that missed class time.

Students are encouraged to meet with their instructors at the beginning of each term to identify the class meetings they expect to miss due to athletic competition and to discuss how they will cover the assigned material (by, for example, reviewing other students' notes, attending office hours, or writing a short essay on the assigned reading). In short, while the University does permit students to miss class for varsity athletic competition, such conflicts should not rise to the level of interfering with a student's ability to remain in good standing in a course.

If you have any questions or concerns about the amount of class time that a student is missing due to varsity athletic competition, you should contact Dean Tara Christie Kinsey at 609-258-0463 or by e-mail at tarac@princeton.edu to verify that the absences are, in fact, the result of scheduled competitions and to develop a plan for resolving the situation. Dean Kinsey will consult as needed with Dean Clayton Marsh, Princeton's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA, and other colleagues in the residential colleges and the athletics department.

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