We, the undersigned graduate students of Princeton University, demand that President Eisgruber, Dean Crittenden, and the University administration commit to actively and vocally opposing any legislation that imposes a tax on graduate student tuition waivers. In particular, we demand that the administration commit to opposing any bill that would tax tuition waivers even if such a bill would not impose a tax on university endowments.
In the event that legislation is passed that does tax graduate student tuition waivers, we demand that Princeton’s administration commit to preserving our after-tax income at no less than its current level. The University is more than well-resourced enough for the administration to make this commitment even if it is not yet certain of the exact means by which it would do so. Whether the administration decides to change its accounting procedures, increase our stipends enough to offset the tax, or use some other just and transparent method, we demand our take-home pay be preserved without increasing our housing fees, teaching/AI duties, or research responsibilities.
We call upon the administration to communicate promptly and clearly to Princeton graduate students its position regarding each of these commitments.