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Duke Student Affairs

January 26, 2021

Engage with us this week
This week offers two great opportunities to engage with university leadership. We hope you'll join us this afternoon for a leadership conversation with President Price, moderated by DSG president Tommy Hessel. Then, tune in to Tuesday's BCAP town hall for a discussion of policing and policy enforcement at Duke. 
Off screen, we want to ask you to PLEASE take precautions to protect each other from COVID! As you can see from the numbers, we are not on a great trajectory so far this spring. We need you to do all the things you know to do to keep each other safe, including limiting your number of social interactions, even in small groups. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safer. 
Go Duke, 
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education  
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 

TODAY: Leadership Conversations

Today at 3 p.m., join us, along with President Price, as we answer your questions (there is still time to submit a question in advance!). The conversation will be moderated by Tommy Hessel, DSG president.

See you live on YouTube later today.

BCAP town hall is TOMORROW!

Keeping the conversation going tomorrow, please join the Black Coalition Against Policing and a panel of guests for a town hall-style discussion via Zoom at 5 p.m.
We encourage you to submit questions in advance for our panelists—DUPD Chief of Police John Dailey, Interim Dean for HRL Deb LoBiondo, Senior Associate Dean/Director of Student Conduct Jeanna McCullers, and VP for Durham & Community Affairs Stelfanie Williams. Trey Walk, T'19 and Young Trustee, will be moderating the discussion.
Click the link below to join:
Passcode: 256605

COVID updates

As you can see on Duke's COVID dashboard, there were 62 positive student COVID cases last week alone, which is already nearly half our TOTAL fall semester student cases. You've likely seen what has happened at some other institutions (including some just down the road), and we need your help to keep Duke on the right track this spring. Please do everything you can to keep yourselves and your peers safe, including limiting your number of social interactions, EVEN IN SMALL GROUPS, always wearing a mask, and completing your daily symptom monitoring.

A reminder that North Carolina's Phase 3 restrictions are in place until at least January 29. In addition to wearing a face mask in public at all times, and keeping indoor gatherings under 10 people, it also includes 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.

Tip of the week: wear a mask while running

Taking a walk or going on a run around campus is an excellent way of getting outside and moving, and is even better with friends (while appropriately distanced)! Please remember that wearing your mask while doing so is still extremely important.

ICYMI: policy comment period now open

In a message to students yesterday, we, along with VP for Institutional Equity Kim Hewitt, wrote to reaffirm our shared commitment to supporting Duke’s sexual misconduct prevention efforts and to remind you of where you can learn more about Duke’s policies, reporting resources, and community expectations. 
We also shared that we are seeking student feedback on our policies and procedures. The Spring 2021 comment period will remain open through February 12. Please review the policies and submit your feedback here. 

RA applications are live!

Housing and Residence Life is now accepting applications for Resident Assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. RAs are live-in mentors, community builders and crisis responders. With the Next Gen Living & Learning 2.0 Committee's efforts underway to reinvigorate housing at Duke, we expect next year to be a particularly exciting time to join the RA team.
Applications are due Friday, February 5 and can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Brandin Howard at
photo of 4 duke students playing spikeball on the main quad

Spotted: socially distant spikeball

Catching some afternoon sunshine, four students play a masked game of spikeball. Thank you for finding a way to stay connected while keeping our community safe!