The University REACHED A SETTLEMENT with a student who filed a lawsuit five years ago charging that Princeton had discriminated against him by failing to accommodate his mental-health disability and requiring him to withdraw after he ingested 20 tablets of a prescribed antidepressant in his freshman year. The University agreed last month to reimburse the student $29,315 for tuition and other expenses and to contribute $75,000 to the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit focused on student mental health and suicide prevention. The student graduated from Princeton in 2016.
After the U.S. Justice Department opened a compliance review in 2014, the University clarified its policies and practices for student leaves of absence and accommodations for students with disabilities.
The 2018–19 ANNUAL GIVING campaign raised $68.6 million, the third-highest total in the University’s history. The 25th-reunion Class of 1994 set the pace by raising $7 million. The Class of 1984 set a 35th-reunion record with $6 million, while the Class of 2009 broke the 10th-reunion mark with $594,100. Graduate alumni donated $2.2 million. The number of undergraduate donors increased by nearly 200 from the previous year, according to Susan Walsh, executive director of Annual Giving. But with the addition of more than 1,280 new graduates to the alumni body, undergraduate participation slipped for the fifth straight year, to 55.4 percent.
At a time when alumni-giving rates are declining nationally, Walsh said, Princeton continues to receive “very broad-based support” as a result of a personal approach in which most alumni are contacted by someone they know. She also cited efforts targeting the youngest classes, including regional events and the addition of Venmo, a mobile payment service, as a giving option.
EVA KUBU was named associate dean and director of graduate-student professional development. She previously was director of Princeton’s Center for Career Development (formerly Career Services).
STANLEY N. KATZ, lecturer with the rank of professor of public and international affairs, has retired. Coming to the University in 1978, he served as director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, acting director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and president of the Center for Jewish Life. He is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies and received the National Humanities Medal in 2011.