PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton University reached an agreement with students protesting what they say is the racist legacy of former US President Woodrow Wilson, ending a nearly two-day sit-in.
That resolution comes after university President Christopher Eisgruber and two other school officials signed the agreement late Thursday with the Black Justice League to end a 32-hour sit-in. A university statement said 17 students signed the agreement.
The protesters wanted the school to acknowledge what they say is the racist legacy of Wilson, a former Princeton president. They also wanted the school to rename the buildings and programs named for him.
The agreement says Eisgruber will email the chair of the Board of Trustees to begin conversations about Wilson's legacy. It also says the board will collect information on the ''campus community's'' opinion, but does not give further details.
Eisgruber also agreed to quickly begin the process to ''consider removal'' of Wilson's mural from a dining hall on campus.
''We appreciate the willingness of the students to work with us to find a way forward for them, for us and for our community,'' Eisgruber said. ''We were able to assure them that their concerns would be raised and considered through appropriate processes.''
Princeton officials also agreed to designate four rooms in the Carl A. Fields Center to be used as ''Cultural Affinity Centers'' as well as enhancing cultural competency training for some staff.
Princeton is home to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, his name is on one of the school's residential colleges and there is a mural of Wilson in a dining hall that the protesters want removed.
Wilson was president of Princeton from 1902 to 1910 and served as New Jersey's governor from 1911 to 1913, when he entered the White House. The Democrat was a leading progressive but supported segregation, including appointing Cabinet members who segregated federal departments.
The agreement comes as students at colleges across the country rally over race and other social issues, and soon after Princeton announced it was ending the ''master'' title for leaders of the six residential colleges where students live on campus. The faculty members will now be known as ''head of the college.''
Messages left with the Black Justice league have not been returned.
The university said no formal disciplinary action would be taken if the students peacefully left the office.