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

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 

Dear students,

We write to make you aware of two off-campus robberies of Duke students that were reported today. We are grateful that the students involved are safe and uninjured.

Both incidents occurred near apartments near Morreene Road earlier this afternoon. The first involved three suspects approaching an undergraduate near Newell Street, and the second involved one suspect approaching a graduate student on Campus Walk Avenue. 

In both cases, the suspects approached students and demanded valuables. They did not display a weapon. No detailed description of the suspects is available at this time.

Durham Police are investigating the incidents and working to determine if they are related. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Durham Police at 919-560-4427; Duke Police at (919) 684-2444, or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers may remain anonymous.

While incidents like this are rare and victims are not to blame for being involved in a crime, we encourage you to remember to take steps to enhance your safety at all times of day.  Be mindful of your surroundings. When possible, walk in groups or use available transportation options. If you have not done so already, download LiveSafe Mobile, a free app which connects users quickly to Duke Police in case of emergencies. 

More resources are listed below.  Thank you for your attention to this information and for continuing to look out for one another.

Sincerely yours,

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

John Dailey
Chief of Police, Duke University Police Department

Resources for students

Emergency services: Duke maintains its own police department and supplemental security staff. They are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. Officers are well-trained and resourced and have the same authority as law enforcement officers across the United States. Duke Police can be reached at 919-684- 2444 or by dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone. 

Crime Prevention: Duke provides several Crime Prevention Education services available to all Duke community members including safety tips and presentations.

Transportation: Duke also provides a robust set of transportation offerings. Many of these are available both on campus and in surrounding areas. See parking.duke.edu/bus to learn more information about Duke Transit. Duke Vans, which provides free on-demand transportation for students, operates 6:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday, when buses are not running. 

Wellness resources

BLUE DEVILS CARE: 24/7 telemental-health support to all students at no cost, through immediate and scheduled appointments. Visit BlueDevilsCare.duke.edu.

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or for assistance with referrals in your local community. 

DUKEREACH: DukeReach will help you identify support services from among the variety of resources across campus or in your local community. You can contact DukeReach at 919-681-2455 or by emailing dukereach@duke.edu

DUWELL: DuWell engages students through a variety of wellness experiences across campus in an effort to manage stress and reduce anxiety while emphasizing self-care.  

“TWO-CLICK TO CONNECT” FORM: In just two clicks, you can select the category of person who will reach out to you within 24-48 hours, be it a trained Peer For You responder or a DukeReach staff member. These individuals are here to discuss whatever’s on your mind, help guide you through stressful times, and connect you to resources. Visit https://bit.ly/TwoClickSupport.

Additional Resources 

IDENTITY AND CULTURAL CENTERS: The Student Affairs Identity and Cultural Centers also serve as important resources and places of connection and support for many of our students. The centers are offering programming and support throughout the year, including summer. Our ICCs include: Center for Multicultural Affairs, Center for Muslim Life, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, International House, Jewish Life at Duke, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and the Women’s Center.  

Religious Life at Duke offers a wide range of student supports, whether or not you are connected to a religious tradition at all. Visit their website to connect with leaders from any of Duke's diverse faith groups, all of whom are experienced in offering emotional and spiritual care, and a non-anxious presence with a humanistic listening ear, to college-age students. 

SA ON-CALL TEAM: Student Affairs has a 24/7 on-call team to support urgent student matters. For urgent concerns after business hours, you may contact the Dean on-Call (cell: 984-287-0300), or if you are living in residential spaces, you may connect with the Residence Coordinator On-Call by contacting your Residential Assistant On-Call or directly through Duke Police (919-684-2444).