COVID-19 Campus FAQ

updated 9.15.21

Below are common questions we have heard from the community.

Fall ’21

What are the current campus COVID protocols for the Fall semester? *updated 9.15.21*
  • Vaccinations: All Duke undergraduate, graduate and professional students must present proof of vaccination in order to attend classes and other campus activities this Fall. All faculty and staff are expected to present proof of vaccination by September 1. Students, faculty and staff may apply for a medical or religious exemption. Individuals granted medical or religious exemptions will be subject to daily symptom monitoring, regular testing, masking and other protocols applicable to those who have not been vaccinated.
  • Testing: All students will be tested upon arrival at Duke and must then participate in surveillance testing regardless of their vaccination status. The frequency of how often students are called in for testing depends on a number of factors, including vaccination status and whether an individual has potentially been exposed to the virus. All students who have obtained an exemption from vaccination will be required to participate in surveillance testing twice a week. Faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated will be required to participate in surveillance testing once per week. The testing schedule for each group is based on the number of interactions they are likely to have that could lead to the transmission of COVID-19. Students tend to live in congregate settings and will likely have substantially more interactions than faculty and staff. **updated 9.15.21**
  • Symptom Monitoring: Effective September 1, fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students will not be required to complete daily symptom monitoring. Anyone who has not been vaccinated, regardless of the circumstances, will be required to complete daily symptom monitoring.
  • Masking: Masks are required on the Duke Campus in all indoor locations. Because of the declining trend the last couple weeks, masking is no longer required outdoors in most circumstances on the Duke campus, though masks are still strongly recommended in outdoor settings with a gathering of people. Masks will continue to be required for large outdoor events on campus. Masks are also required on all Duke buses and shuttles, as swell as bus stops. These requirements apply to all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required when an individual is working alone in an office where they are the only occupant. **updated: 9.15.21**
  • Indoor Eating: Indoor group seating at Duke Dining facilities will be temporarily suspended. All Duke Dining facilities will transition to grab and go, and more than 25 tents have been erected across the campus to provide outdoor seating for meals and other gatherings.**updated: 8.31.21**
  • Flu Vaccination: All members of the Duke community will be expected to participate in the annual flu vaccine program.

Updated: 7.6.21

What is the Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan? *updated 8.24.21*

As our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, the Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan has been established to provide guiding principles as well as student responsibilities and expectations while enrolled in the 2021-22 academic year. This policy plan has the ability to be updated appropriately as more information becomes available. Any undergraduate student who attends in-person courses on campus or utilizes on campus resources, facilities, or services is required to attest to these guiding principles. The Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan overarches the Compact and offers the Durham community a broad perspective on Duke’s undergraduate policy around COVID-19 as conditions change throughout this academic year.

Updated: 8.24.21

Can neighbors still report student behavior to Duke? (includes how to)

Yes. Neighbors are still encouraged to alert Duke to any student behavior that they are concerned about including behavior that violates our Duke Community Standard or potentially violates local, state or federal law.

Neighbors can look to “The Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Students” for undergraduate student policies.

This policy document primarily uses language pertaining to on-campus behavior, however all undergraduate students are made aware that our Duke Community Standard pertains to behaviors regardless of location from enrollment to commencement. The items pulled out from the document below bring additional context to the University’s ability to address the policies for off-campus behavior.

  • Duke students are held to these standards wherever they are (on-campus or off-campus in Durham or traveling elsewhere).
  • Page 32-33, Other Violations section- addresses violating local ordinances or state or federal laws including those related to noise, housing occupancy, and/or the use of distribution of alcohol.

To report behavior to the University, follow the steps below:

Here are the ways to submit a report (please submit as many details as possible):

  • The toll-free phone line is (800) 826-8109 (English and Spanish)
  • The link to the confidential web form is at this website: values.duke.edu
  • The email address is conduct@duke.edu

The phone line and web form are confidential and can take reports anonymously.

The reporting line is intended to collect conduct issues and investigate the concern over a period of time. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Updated: 7.6.21

When will undergraduate students return to campus?

Duke hosts some pre-orientation programs prior to the start of fall semester. Students who attend will move to Durham beginning August 2nd.

First-Year Move-In Day is Tuesday, August 17th. Upperclass students who live on campus will move in between Friday August 20th and Sunday, August 22nd.

Upperclass students who are eligible to live off-campus sign leases on different timelines throughout the summer depending on their unique circumstance.

Updated: 7.6.21

Duke has a longstanding three-year on campus residential requirement for undergraduate students as part of the philosophical liberal arts educational approach. Will that policy be in effect this year?

Yes. The policy is in effect.

Last year, as part of its COVID safety measures, Duke significantly reduced the number of students living in on-campus residences and only invited certain class-years to live on campus during the Fall and Spring semester. For this reason, some students who would have normally lived on campus chose to live in off-campus housing instead.

Updated: 7.6.21

What conduct outcomes can be shared from the 2020-2021 academic year? *updated 9.14.21*

Duke aggregates conduct outcomes and created this infographic to share some high level outcomes.

Summer ’21

What are the student expectations for Summer?

New and returning students will continue to be held accountable to the behavior expectations and Duke Compact.

Neighbors are still encouraged to alert Duke to any student behavior that violates our code of conduct or is out of line with state and local requirements at any time, and we appreciate all of the input received during the Fall and Spring semester.

Here are the ways to submit a report (please submit as many details as possible):

  • The toll-free phone line is (800) 826-8109 (English and Spanish)
  • The link to the confidential web form is at this website: values.duke.edu
  • The email address is conduct@duke.edu

The phone line and web form are confidential and can take reports anonymously.

Updated: 4.26.21

Spring ’21

When will undergraduate students return to Durham?

Undergraduate students who live on campus will start to return on January 14, residence halls open on January 15. However, we continue to monitor local, state and national conditions including travel advisories, and could make changes as needed.

Remember that most of Duke’s 9,000 graduate and professional students, and their families, call the Durham area home year-round. A small number of undergraduates remained on campus over the break due to travel restrictions or extenuating circumstances.

Duke’s academic calendar is available at the Registrar’s website. That URL is: https://registrar.duke.edu/calendars-key-dates/academic-calendar

Any changes to the academic year will be posted to coronavirus.duke.edu.

From 1.12.21

Will students be tested upon return?

Yes, all students accessing campus will have entry baseline testing before they are cleared to return to campus. Surveillance testing will continue throughout the semester. The testing tracker is now updated on Tuesdays: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/covid-testing/

From 1.12.21

Will students still need to commit to the Duke Compact?

Yes, and all undergraduate students who are living in Duke housing or taking classes on campus will need to reaffirm their commitment to the Duke Compact before their DukeCard will be reactivated. DukeCards are student’s electronic key and are required for building access and all student services such as dining. From 1.12.21

Will student groups such as fraternities/sororities hold membership drives and “rush” events in January as is the tradition?

Due to COVID-19, first year students will not be allowed to participate in traditional recruitment for fraternity/sorority organizations at Duke. And there will be no in-person recruitment among any selective living groups during the spring semester. All student events must be in compliance with Duke policy. Any in-person recruitment activities will be considered a violation of the Duke Compact. If neighbors are concerned that these types of behaviors are occurring in the community, they are encouraged to submit a report. From 1.12.21

Can neighbors still report student behavior to Duke? (includes how to)

Yes. Neighbors are still encouraged to alert Duke to any student behavior that violates our code of conduct or is out of line with state and local requirements at any time, and we appreciate all of the input received during the Fall semester.

Here are the ways to submit a report (please submit as many details as possible):

  • The toll-free phone line is (800) 826-8109 (English and Spanish)
  • The link to the confidential web form is at this website: values.duke.edu
  • The email address is conduct@duke.edu

The phone line and web form are confidential and can take reports anonymously.

From 1.12.21

Were there any outcomes from reports that were submitted during the Fall?

Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, the Duke Office of Audit Risk and Compliance has been able to track concerns reported regarding student conduct related to the Duke Compact.

Individuals reporting a concern are not required to indicate their affiliation with Duke. Of the concerns reported where affiliation data was captured, 76% were reported by students, 21% by Duke faculty or staff members and 3% by individuals outside of Duke.

More than 700 students went through the conduct process during the Fall semester, resulting in educational interventions or individual sanctions. Additionally, five student organizations were placed on interim suspension.

Updates on the conduct process are sent to students throughout the semester and are posted here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/community-messages/

From 1.12.21

What are the behavior expectations for students?

Wherever they are during the break, students are expected to adhere to the Duke Compact and student COVID-19 Policy Plan: https://keeplearning.duke.edu/student-expectations/

Additionally, the “Community Responsibility” section of the Duke United website outlines the expectations for all members of the Duke community: https://returnto.duke.edu/community-responsibility/

The Duke Compact is posted here: https://returnto.duke.edu/the-duke-compact/ 

From 1.12.21

How do we know Duke’s safety protocols are successful?

Over the Fall semester, Duke administered 178,084 tests to faculty/staff and students with 241 positive results. Campus remained open and functioning throughout and there were no incidents of virus transmission resulting from classroom settings.

Read about Duke’s testing, surveillance and contact tracing.

The CDC also cited Duke as a model program for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 on a college campus. From 1.12.21

Duke has had a longstanding policy that undergraduate students must live on campus for at least three of their four years at Duke. Has that changed?

No, the policy has not changed. However, as part of its COVID safety measures, Duke significantly reduced the number of students living in on-campus residences and only invited first- and second-year students to live on campus. For this reason, some students who would have normally lived on campus chose to live in off-campus housing instead.

We anticipate that on-campus residency will return to pre-COVID levels, but only when it is safe to do so. From 1.12.20

Fall ’20

How can neighbors report student behavior to Duke?

Yes. Neighbors are still encouraged to alert Duke to any student behavior that violates our code of conduct or is out of line with state and local requirements at any time, and we appreciate all of the input received during the Fall semester.

Here are the ways to submit a report (please submit as many details as possible):

  • The toll-free phone line is (800) 826-8109 (English and Spanish)
  • The link to the confidential web form is at this website: values.duke.edu
  • The email address is conduct@duke.edu

The phone line and web form are confidential and can take reports anonymously.

From 1.12.21

What are the behavior expectations for students?

Students are expected to adhere to the Duke Compact and student COVID-19 Policy Plan: https://keeplearning.duke.edu/student-expectations/

Additionally, the “Community Responsibility” section of the Duke United website outlines the expectations for all members of the Duke community: https://returnto.duke.edu/community-responsibility/

The Duke Compact is posted here: https://returnto.duke.edu/the-duke-compact/ 

From 1.12.21