Duke is taking community safety very seriously, and this school year will look different than any other in the past, not only because fewer people are on campus but also because there are new expectations related to behavior. To start, all students, faculty and staff must sign The Duke Compact, which is a pledge to safeguard community health through key behaviors and adhere to local and state ordinances. Expectations specifically for students are housed in the Duke Community Standard, and this year there are also COVID-specific which have some additional restrictions. You can read the message outlining additional student expectations from Dean of Students John Blackshear and Jeanna McCullers, Director of the Office of Student Conduct.
UPDATE – 9/20/20
When to report violations to Duke
If you would like to report violations of COVID safety protocols, please call the Duke “Speak Up” reporting line at 800-826-8109, option 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Duke has received more than 100 reports of COVID security violations, seven of which were serious. Please know that Duke administrators are taking these reports seriously. The reporting line is intended to collect student (or staff) conduct issues regarding COVID-19 safety on-and off-campus so they may be investigated, but it is not intended as an immediate dispatch hotline.
When you need an immediate response
For an immediate response to conduct issues regarding COVID-19 safety off-campus, the Durham Neighborhoods United Protocol for Dealing with Off-Campus Student Housing should be followed. Durham Neighborhoods United (DNU) has been working to address issues with disruptive college parties by partnering with the Durham Police Department. During the pandemic, this protocol is applicable when more than ten students are gathered.
We want to emphasize that these two avenues work best when they are both utilized for a violation concern. The DNU Protocol allows for immediate action and the Duke reporting line allows for Duke to understand the bigger picture and use internal channels to hold students accountable long-term.
UPDATE – 9/8/20
Fall semester COVID-19 updates include:
You can read details about how Duke is preparing for the new semester at returnto.duke.edu.
If you have any concerns or observe students whose behavior does not adhere to these policies, please call the Duke “Speak Up” reporting line at 800-826-8109, option 3, or email email@example.com, which goes to the Office of Student Conduct in the department of Student Affairs. Submissions by phone and email will be sent to the appropriate department for follow up. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of Duke or state/local standards will go through the Duke student conduct process.
Duke is working closely with Durham City and County to ensure our safety protocols remain aligned with local and state ordinances and respond swiftly to changing conditions. Duke is also involved in several important public health initiatives regarding COVID-19 including the Pandemic Response Network, Latinx outreach, and partnerships with local school districts. You can read more about Duke’s research and other efforts related to the coronavirus on our news site.
Finally, we invite you to stay connected with all that is going on at Duke by signing up for our daily email, The Duke Daily.
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