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Duke Student Affairs

January 14, 2021

A new year, a new semester
We hope you're looking forward to the start of spring semester like we are and are geared up to begin the semester with flying colors (and jazz hands!).
We recognize that while it is (thankfully) no longer 2020, 2021 has been off to a rough start for many of you, and for us. Please remember that so many of us at Duke are here for you in all that you do.
We hope that you'll find a way to connect with us and each other through the opportunities and news we're sharing in today's newsletter.  
Go Duke, 
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education  

TONIGHT: Vivek Murthy

Don't miss Gary Bennett in conversation with Vivek Murthy tonight! Murthy, co-chair of President-Elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board, will be speaking about what sustains him in his tireless efforts to protect the public's health. 
*General Duke registration is closed, but undergraduate students can email if you'd like to (virtually) attend!
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COVID updates

NC Executive Order Extended
North Carolina has extended its Phase 3 restrictions until at least January 29. This includes wearing a face mask in public at all times, keeping indoor gatherings under 10 people, and a modified stay-at-home order/curfew during the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Read up on all current restrictions on the website.
Vaccine Distribution Plans
While there is much excitement about the COVID-19 vaccine and the potential to bring an end to this pandemic, we ask for your continued patience as the distribution process will take many months. In the meantime, please continue to mask, socially distance, monitor your symtoms, and use good hand hygiene. You can find more information about the vaccine, including resources and answers to common questions, on the Duke COVID-19 Vaccine website.

Tip(s) of the week: getting ready to return to campus

🔹 Pack warm clothes. Remember, activities are safer if held outdoors, so if you want to hang out with friends, be prepared to do so outside. Outdoor hangs still require masks and social distancing (we know you know). More tips on this coming soon!
🔹 Entry testing is required for all students who plan to be on campus for any length of time this spring, including if you live off-campus! Plan your arrival to Durham around your entry test appointment time.
🔹 If you previously tested positive for COVID-19, bring a hard copy of your test report with you to entry testing. Please also be sure the report has been uploaded to Duke MyChart.
🔹 All students must sequester in their rooms after entry testing until they receive a negative test result. This is a great time to get settled in! Unpack, nest, get organized, and take advantage of mobile order & delivery through Duke Dining!
🔹Thanks to all of you who have already gotten reacquainted with the Duke Compact. All students received an email on January 6 with a request to reaffirm your committment to the Duke Compact. This should be completed before you arrive on campus for entry testing. Thank you to the many who have already checked this off your list!

Travel safely!

Traveling to campus this week? We know you already know basic COVID precautions, but we want to pass along these tips to help keep you safer as you make your way to Duke, whether driving or flying.  
Stay safe, and see you soon! 

Voices of the Movement: MLK 2021

This year, Duke's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration commemorates "voices of wisdom from the past and hope for the present that guide our pursuit of a more just world." 
Find out more about the events planned for this weekend, headlined by Rev. Starsky Wilson, on the MLK commemoration website. (Please note that some events require pre-registration.)
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Engagement opportunity: BCAP town hall

You are invited to a town hall with Black Coalition Against Policing (BCAP) on Wednesday, January 27, for a discussion on policing and policy enforcement at Duke. 
We encourage you to submit your questions in advance, and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions via the live Q&A feature at the event. Zoom information to come—keep a lookout in your email. 

ICYMI: Message to students regarding events in D.C.

Last Wednesday, we, alongside Dean of Students John Blackshear, sent an email to all undergraduate students addressing the events that occurred in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Capitol that afternoon. We expressed our support of democracy, the peaceful transfer of power, and for you, our students.
We encourage anyone who needs it to take advantage of Blue Devils Care, through which you can access an immediate source of support.

You can now add your gender pronouns to DukeHub

As you may be aware, a new version of DukeHub was released in mid-December. One new feature includes the option for undergraduate students to select or add their gender pronouns, which will then be visible on class rosters. This is one important step, among many, towards the realization of an affirming campus for transgender and non-binary students. 
View the tutorial for how to add your pronouns, as well as additional pronoun education, in the Student Affairs Instagram Guide

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We can't wait to see you soon!