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The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Dear Duke students,
Please be advised that we have been notified by the Durham Police Department about a large gathering in violation of Duke University, local, and state COVID-19 policies and expectations held last night, February 19th, at an off-campus location. The police report indicated that at least 50 unmasked students were in attendance and, consequently, we will immediately begin contact tracing and surveillance testing attendees. 

As a reminder, hosting large scale social events—on or off-campus—is considered a flagrant violation of university COVID-19 expectations. Hosts, and in most instances, attendees, of events are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for further resolution. Other students found responsible this academic year for flagrant violations such as hosting large scale social events and parties have lost campus privileges and/or been issued a two-semester suspension from the university.  

Please avoid parties and other large-scale social events and remain committed to Duke University’s COVID-19 policies and expectations.  

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Kyle Cavanaugh
Vice President, Administration, and Emergency Coordinator 
Jeanna McCullers
Senior Associate Dean & Director, Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards