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Council of the Princeton University Community
Committee on Naming
Policy on Naming
Propose a Name
What is the particular name or campus iconography about which you have a question or concern, and what is the nature of your concern?
principles to govern renaming and changes to campus iconography
include four criteria to help guide specific decisions about renaming and changing campus iconography. Any or all of the proposed criteria may be relevant to a particular case. Please explain how any, some, or all of these criteria are relevant to the name or campus iconography about which you have a question or concern.
Is a central part of the legacy of the namesake fundamentally at odds with the mission of the University?
Was the relevant central part of the legacy significantly contested in the time and place in which the namesake lived, or significantly out of step with the standards of the namesake’s time?
Did the University, at the time of a naming, honor a namesake for reasons that are fundamentally at odds with the mission of the University?
Does a building or program whose namesake has a central legacy fundamentally at odds with the University’s mission play a substantial role in forming community at the University?
The CPUC Committee on Naming will evaluate questions with consideration of the established principles and criteria to govern renaming and changing campus iconography. The Committee’s work will be informed by rigorous research and the appropriate scholarly expertise within and beyond the University community. Input from the broad University community will also be invited and encouraged. What scholarly expertise, community input, or other information would you suggest the committee consider with regard to the particular name or image about which you are raising a question?
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