Student Expectations

Student compliance with health and safety expectations will be expected at all times, on and off campus, to protect the health and safety of all members of the Duke community, particularly our most vulnerable students, staff, and faculty.

COVID-19 demands the entire Duke community be united to look out for each other, and to take responsibility for our actions and the impact they will have on our friends, colleagues, teachers, and mentors, and particularly on the most vulnerable among us.

All students–undergraduate or graduate/professional, those living on-campus or off-campus–must abide by these expectations.

Vice Provosts Gary Bennett and Mary Pat McMahon join Provost Sally Kornbluth in a discussion about how they are working with students to encourage protective measures on campus. 

All students

Duke Compact

All members of the Duke Community, including those who are participating in Duke activities remotely–will be required to agree to and abide by the standards laid out in the Duke Compact.

This statement of community expectations was developed over the course of the past three months in collaboration with students, faculty and staff as well as our public health, infectious disease, human resources and Student Affairs experts. Its provisions were designed to protect the health and safety of the Duke community and our neighbors in Durham and the region while supporting the continuation of our core missions of education, research and patient care.

All students will receive an email from the Duke Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance with include instructions on how to formally acknowledge The Duke Compact, and, for undergraduates, the 2020-2021 Duke Community Standard and the Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan (see below for more).  

Read more about the Duke Compact, view or download the PDF, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Undergraduate students

All undergraduate students received an email outlining expectations for undergraduates this academic year on August 4, 2020.

Duke Community Standard

The Duke Community Standard (DCS) establishes norms, policies, practices, and processes for our Duke undergraduate community. Regardless of whether you plan to spend this semester in Durham or will be in another location, as a member of the Duke community, the Duke Community Standard is applicable to you and your peers’ behavior and conduct.  

View or download the complete 2020-2021 Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Students.

Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan

The Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan is an addendum to the DCS Guide highlighting student expectations. Any undergraduate who plans to utilize any campus resources this academic year will need to adhere to these important expectations. Durham-based students, even those who do not plan to access the Duke campus, will still need to be aware of and comply with Duke’s expectations for off-campus activity: 

  • Students must complete daily symptom monitoring via the SymMon app; 
  • All students must wear face coverings when on campus and in any non-campus public setting;
  • Students must follow physical distancing practices whenever possible;
  • All students living in on-campus or off-campus housing are expected to stay in the Durham area throughout the semester in accordance with public health recommendations;  
  • All student events will initially be virtual. When student organizations are permitted to conduct any business (meetings, activities, events, or programs), whether hosted on-campus or anywhere off-campus, they will be required to be registered via Duke Groups;
  • Individual students hosting gatherings in their off-campus residence must comply with all policies within the Duke Community Standard and Covid-19 Policy Plan. At present this includes the Duke expectation of no more than 10 people permitted to gather indoors or outdoors.  

Remote Learning: Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan

The Remote Learning: Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Policy Plan applies to any student who elects to take only remote courses for the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters.

COVID-19 Policies Related to Social Gatherings (on and off campus)

A message to all undergraduate students about social gathering policies was sent on August 7, 2020.

Duke has worked closely with city and local health officials in developing the plans for resuming educational operations this fall, and developed a number of new policies and programs to support community health measures. One of these critical policies relates to social gatherings.

Any social event with more than 10 people (indoors or outdoors) presents a serious public health risk and is prohibited by Duke policy until further notice. 

Individual students hosting and/or attending gatherings off-campus must comply with all policies within the Duke Community Standard and COVID-19 Policy Plan, including the limitations on social gatherings. As always, proper masking and physical distancing must be observed. Additionally, all student organization activity has been directed to be virtual for the time being.

Graduate and Professional Students

This section was updated 8/19/20.

Any graduate or professional student who plans to utilize any campus resources this academic year will need to adhere to these important expectations. Durham-based students, even those who do not plan to access the Duke campus, will still need to be aware of and comply with Duke’s expectations for off-campus activity: