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October 1, 2020

Dear undergraduate students,
We hope your week has been a good one so far. We’re writing today to provide updates on Spring 2021 housing options. 

In July, the University reported that first-years and sophomores would have priority for assignments in Fall 2020, while juniors and seniors would receive priority for living on-campus in Spring 2021. The University has reviewed a number of factors, including the available rooms in campus housing and level of interest expressed by juniors and seniors in being on campus this spring. Based on this, all students currently living in campus housing in Fall 2020 will be able to remain in their current on-campus assignment in Spring 2021. Additionally, any junior or senior student can apply for and will be assigned spring housing. Other undergraduate students studying remotely can also apply for on-campus housing. Priority for new assignments will be given to seniors and juniors, then first-year students moving onto campus from remote study, and then, as space allows, sophomores moving onto campus.

If you are not changing your housing status, there is nothing you need to do for Spring 2021 housing. In other words, if you are studying remotely and will continue remotely in the spring, or if you are currently on-campus and plan to stay in the same room next semester, you do not need to make any changes at this time.

If you are planning to move onto campus or to move off-campus, action is required. Please update your housing status through Housing and Residential Life’s housing portal. This includes both students currently on-campus who want to decline their spring housing assignment (if you are going to study remotely or take time off, for example) and students currently off-campus who want to move onto campus. First-year students will be housed within first-year communities as configured on East and West, and juniors and seniors can request to live near up to three friends on West, at 300 Swift, or in Duke-leased hotels and apartments. We will continue to assign all students to single bedrooms, and follow other existing practices for a safer campus including de-densification, increased cleaning in on-campus residence halls, and limited on-campus events and services.

While we can accommodate a small number of last-minute changes, we ask that all students who are changing your housing status complete your application by Friday, Oct 30.

Again, applications from juniors and seniors received by this date will receive priority for vacancies in our upperclassmen communities on West, at 300 Swift, or in Duke-leased hotels and apartments.

As a reminder, the planned first day of spring classes is Wednesday, January 20, although this date and our housing plans are subject to change on short notice. The University will continue to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments as required by public health conditions and state and local regulations. We appreciate your continued efforts to keep one another and the campus community safe.

Thank you and go Duke,

Gary Bennett
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs