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

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 

Dear students,

On Monday, October 18, we were notified of homophobic and anti-Black racist graffiti on the East Campus Bridge. We expressly condemn this language and this type of behavior, which devalue and undermine the rich diversity of individuals within and outside of our community. These actions are cowardly and done to disparage our LGBTQIA and people of color communities. This will not be tolerated on Duke’s campus.

Although we do not know if the individual(s) who wrote and painted these slurs are members of the Duke community, we take these actions as a threat to the very core values of this institution. These actions also clearly violate our Duke Community Standard. In response, the Division of Student Affairs immediately worked with our colleagues in Duke Facilities to remove these hateful messages from the East Campus Bridge. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is now working with campus partners including Duke University Police Department to investigate this incident. If those who committed these acts are identified as members of the Duke community, our conduct process will be put into motion, including our hate and bias accelerator, which may increase the stringency of sanction(s).

We recognize that many members of our community have experienced direct attacks based on their identity, or been subjected to repeated reminders that such attacks are still so prevalent in our society and may threaten them, their friends and family. As a reminder, many support resources remain available to our students, including those listed below. We will keep the campus community updated with any relevant information related to this incident. 

In community with you always,
Jeanna McCullers
Senior Associate Dean & Director,
Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

Clay Adams
Vice Dean of Students

Resources for students 

Students have access to a range of wellness resources and support through Duke’s Student Wellness Center.

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).