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The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.


(TW: This message references sexual assault.)

April 19, 2022 
Dear students,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we’re writing today to reaffirm our commitment to sexual misconduct prevention and accountability at Duke. We also want to remind all students of our campus policies and the avenues available to students impacted by gender violence to access support and formally report incidents to Duke and to the local authorities.

There is no place for sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault at Duke. Our teams strive to promote a campus community that values respect, safety, and accountability.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Office for Institutional Equity are committed to fostering a culture of respect and prevention, while at the same time responding with swift and consistent action to any and all allegations of sexual misconduct.

We are pleased to share that the Division of Student Affairs will establish a Center for Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention (GVPI) in Fall 2022.  This GVPI Center will allow us to significantly expand Duke’s prevention and intervention efforts and improve transparency and accessibility of supports for all graduate, professional and undergraduate students. The GVPI center will allow us to sustain efforts to create a safer and healthier environment on campus and improve transparency and access to needed supports and trainings. This change stems from feedback from student leaders, campus partners and alumni; it also aligns Duke best practices in addressing sexual assault through active prevention, intervention, and accountability.

A search for a director of GVPI is currently underway, and students will interact with candidates as they come to campus for interviews. After a director is in place, GVPI will hire clinicians who will offer therapeutic services for students of all genders who are survivors of gender violence, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, cyber sexual harassment, and sexual harassment. 

GVPI will also have a focus on prevention through the deployment of peer educators and facilitators. We hope to strengthen and further develop existing partnership with student leaders, including SHAPE, RA staff, and DuWell interns, to further develop programming and outreach on sexual health and well-being, gender-based violence prevention, healthy relationships, campus policies, and Federal and State laws. 

While much work lies ahead, we remain wholeheartedly committed to ensuring Duke is a place where every member of the community can learn, teach, study, and work, free from sexual misconduct of any sort. True prevention is an ongoing collaborative effort and shared responsibility, and we remain committed to taking tangible steps toward a safer community at Duke.

Thank you for your commitment to our Duke community.

Sincerely,

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs

Kimberly Hewitt
Vice President for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer

Duke Policies, Reporting Tools, Support Resources, and Training Resources

The Division of Student Affairs, the Office for Institutional Equity, and faculty and staff across campus are here to support you. There are many resources on campus to support you:
  • If this is an emergency situation or you are in immediate danger, call 911 or Duke Police at (919) 684-2444.
  • The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides an online Incident Reporting tool for reporting incidents of protected-status harassment, discrimination, and related misconduct, including sexual misconduct.
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards collaborates with OIE to provide supportive measures in reports of sexual misconduct and to resolve sexual misconduct reports in certain cases.
  • Blue Devils Care offers 24/7 mental telehealth support to all students at no cost.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential individual and group counseling, couples counseling, and referral to off-campus specialty resources.
  • The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) provides support to students from marginalized sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
  • The Women’s Center plays an important role in educating and programming on women’s rights, gender equity, toxic masculinity, and serves as a place to build community for all women-identifying students.
  • The Balthrop-Cassidy Fellows work to prevent sexual assault on campus through healthy relationship training that helps Duke students understand boundaries and consent, be able to identify the signs of an unhealthy relationship, and know how to help a friend in need. More information is available by contacting current fellows, Bailey Bogle or Corey Pilson.
  • You can access the university’s complaint policies and procedures via the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct. Please also refer to the following flowchart for information about the process: https://oie.duke.edu/file/oie-reporting-process-oct-2021png
  • To discuss your options for reporting sexual misconduct at Duke, please contact Adrienne Allison, the Acting Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, in the Office for Institutional Equity at adrienne.allison@duke.edu. You can speak to Adrienne about options before deciding on reporting.