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Duke Student Affairs

April 8, 2021

With only 15 days until LDOC, there is certainly much to attend to right now. Please read the important information and updates below, and we look forward to seeing you at Wellness Day on Monday, whether through one of the day’s planned activities, or perhaps taking a walk across campus. 
Go Duke, 
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs  
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education   

COVID updates


As the sun begins to set on another spring semester, you're probably in the midst of figuring out your summer plans. While doing so, please fill out the exit survey by April 16 at 5 p.m. The survey is required for all students—whether you're leaving Durham for the summer or sticking around, whether you lived on campus this semester or not. And don't worry, you can always update the survey if your plans change! 

Duke cares about your safety and well-being, no matter where you are or what you are doing. The COVID Amnesty Policy states that if the university first learns of a violation of the Duke Compact or Undergraduate Student COVID Policy Plan as part of a student reporting sexual misconduct, the complainant and witnesses will not be charged with violating these policies. We do not want you to avoid reporting sexual misconduct with a fear you may face disciplinary action. Your well-being is our top priority priority. 
We want to thank our Balthrop-Cassidy Fellows, Bailey Bogle and Corey Pilson, for continuing to promote and discuss this policy with students and staff. If you have any questions on the policy, you can find FAQs on the OIE website, or you can reach out to Bailey or Corey directly.

Toward a more inclusive Duke

Last week, Duke launched the first-ever university-wide climate survey. This survey will be key to establishing new policies and practices to build a more equitable campus community.

Please share your thoughts! This is your chance to promote a more inclusive Duke—your voice can shape anti-racism and equity efforts on campus. 

Check your email for a message from, or search "Duke Community Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey," for your personalized survey link. 

Next Gen 2.0 updates

Wondering what's been going on with the Next Generation Living and Learning Experience 2.0 ("Next Gen 2.0")? Visit the website for updated information on our process and our progress, including information about student focus groups, happening now.
Available next week? Sign up for upcoming focus groups to share your views and insights about Duke's current residential experience and any changes you wish to see. Participating students will receive a $15 Duke Dining Gift Card. Signups are limited to the first 7 students for each time slot.

Resource highlight: Mental Health resources

Have you seen Duke's Mental Health Resource Guide? This comprehensive resource guide was created by DSG Senators in collaboration with fellow students and Duke's Student Wellness Directors, and provides national and campus resources specific to students’ identities and experiences.
Back in January, Duke Today also provided a great roundup of resources for the entire Duke Community related to mental health, particularly during busy and stressful times. We've bookmarked this list, and we hope you do, too!

Tip of the week: submit your event ideas!

Do you have a program/event idea that would foster community engagement and connection on campus? We know you do.
Any member of the Duke community is invited to submit an initial application for consideration. If you have questions, please email the committee at

Engagement Opportunity: An Evening with Author Mary Adkins

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and though here at Duke we strive to shift culture and prevent violence all year long, we especially acknowledge the issue this month. Please join the Women's Center and the Baldwin Scholars program on Wednesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. for a discussion with Mary Adkins, Duke alumna and author of the new book, Privilege. The talk will cover gender violence and intersectionality, topics tackled in Adkins' book.

ICYMI: Transgender Day of Visibility

Last week was Transgender Day of Visibility, and we wrote to you to share our support for Duke's transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students and colleagues. We want to reiterate that support, both on Transgender Day of Visibility and every other day. We see you; we celebrate you! 

Celebrate the Duke Community!

We hope you'll join us to celebrate the Duke community as we recognize the great and many contributions that have helped make our communities better through student leadership and service. The annual In the Spotlight award ceremony will be live-streamed globally on Tuesday, April 13, at 12 p.m. and will be recorded for viewing if you can't make it at that time. 

Spotted: Outdoor studying

Here are James and Katie, spotted studying safely outdoors in those awesome Adirondack chairs, showing off their C-Team coupons.
Have a few of those free coffee/smoothie coupons piling up from this semester? Make sure to use them before they expire at the end of the semester!