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The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Monday, November 29, 2021
Dear students,
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. We can't believe how quickly the semester is wrapping up. As we head into the final stretch of the academic semester, we are writing to share a number of updates and reminders from the  Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS), including: 
  • Academic integrity reminders 
  • Coming soon: OSCCS interns
  • TikTok and vandalism 
  • Adaptable resolution
Thanks for a semester of building community with you! 

Keep up the good work!


Our community is headed into the final stretch of the fall 2021 semester. Big shoutout and thanks to the students, staff, and faculty that are committed to upholding the principles of the Duke Community Standard. As of October 31, OSCCS has received just 18 reports of academic dishonesty. Most students are engaged positively with their academics. Keep up the good work!  
As you prepare for your final assessments, examinations, papers, etc., please remember the following:
  • Complete your work independently and follow faculty guidance in each of your courses carefully. Avoid unauthorized collaboration on assignments.
  • Seek out campus resources, such as the Academic Resource Center and the Thompson Writing Center, that can help through tutoring, time management, developing skills, and strategies for writing essays and papers.
  • Ask questions and seek guidance early and often!

COMING SOON!

For the 2022-2023 academic year, the OSCCS is proud to welcome an inaugural cohort of OSCCS interns! OSCCS interns will be tasked with building a community of citizenship-minded Duke undergraduates, facilitating adaptable resolution processes, chairing the Student Conduct Board panels, assisting with community education, serving as peer advisors, and more. This is a great opportunity to help shape policies and processes at the university. OSCCS interns serve on multiple committees throughout the campus community. Keep an eye out in early spring for further announcements regarding the recruitment process for our inaugural cohort. Please reach out to conduct@duke.edu with any questions.

TikTok and vandalism.


We are aware that there are various challenges trending on TikTok inciting individuals to steal and commit acts of vandalism. OSCCS has seen an increase in reports of items such as street signs, furniture, speed limit signs, and other items being removed from the campus and Durham communities. We would like to remind students that this sort of conduct is a violation of the Duke Community Standard and may result in disciplinary action.

Here to stay!

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that OSCCS was moving towards centering adaptable resolution practices in our office. We are glad to say that this is occurring! So far this semester, OSCCS has facilitated adaptable resolution processes for sexual misconduct, student re-entry to the university, housing-related matters, and more. We welcome opportunities to serve the campus community in this area. If you would like to know more and whether a particular situation is appropriate for adaptable resolution, please contact conduct@duke.edu
Thanks for a great semester in community with you! 
Jeanna McCullers
Senior Associate Dean & Director,
Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards