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January 18, 2024

Welcome back, Duke students!

We hope you are well rested from the break, and are ready to kick off an educational, engaging, and exciting spring semester with us! In our commitment to building a community of respect and belonging, we want to inform you of updates to our team and the Duke Community Standard Guide. Your understanding and cooperation are integral to maintaining the values that make the Duke community thrive. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to upholding the standards that make our campus a safe and inclusive space for everyone.
If you ever need to visit our office, we're located on the 2nd floor of the Crowell Building, on East Campus behind Wilson and Epworth dorms. You can also reach us by email (conduct@duke.edu) or by phone (919-684-6938).
Thank you for making our community stronger!
Latosha Williams
Associate Dean of Students
Director, Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards
Meet the new Staff Members
We’d like to announce two new members of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS). We are excited to have them on our team. 

Please welcome our new Assistant Dean of Students, Shelvis Ponds, Jr. and Senior Program Coordinator, Melissa Paneto.
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Shelvis Ponds, Jr.

Shelvis has nearly a decade of experience in higher education, with particular expertise in crisis management, residence life, racial equity, assessment, and restorative practices. Shelvis holds a B.A. in English from Clemson University; an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School; and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University. He also holds certificates in project management and non-profit management, both from Duke University. He lives in Durham and loves to explore the sights and sounds of the city on Saturdays with loved ones.
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Melissa Paneto

Melissa Paneto joined Duke University in November 2023 after serving as a Community Outreach Specialist with The Bulls of Durham. In Melissa’s role with The Bulls of Durham, she developed and executed social media marketing campaigns by creating engaging content to promote hundreds of Small Business Owners in the Triangle Area, NC. Prior to The Bulls of Durham, Melissa was a Residential Coordinator for a transitional housing program called Stepping Stones, which provided housing and supportive services to youth who were experiencing homelessness in Bloomington, Indiana. Melissa obtained her Master of Social Worker degree at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN and her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Melissa loves to stay active by walking, hiking and taking barre fitness classes. She also enjoys television shows such as The Office.  
Resource Reminders
At Duke, we take all reports of bias, discrimination and harassment very seriously. If you or someone you know has been subjected to an act of hate, bias, discrimination, or harassment based on your/their protected class status, you can report the incident to our office at 919-684-6938 or email conduct@duke.edu.

Protected classes include age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Learn more about the Bias process at Duke here. Additionally, you can read the Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct Policy (PPDHRM) here.

DCS Guide Updates
We regularly review and update our policies to keep our students safe and to meet their needs. We are excited to share these updates with you. Below you will find a brief description of the updates and where to locate them in the full DCS Guide. Please refer to the Guide to read the updates in their entirety.

Promotion and Publicity Guidance (Page 12)

As  campus activities, gatherings and events pick up for Spring 2024, you and your registered student organizations should stay in the know about the best ways to promote and publicize your events for this semester.  

Disruption, Interference, or Disorderly Conduct (Page 21)

We want to ensure Duke University remains a campus where educational activities and instruction remain central to our academic mission, and that we foster an environment for where teaching and learning can be maintained. 

Duke Community Standard Harassment Policy (Page 26)

We take student safety seriously - whether it be online or in person.  If you or someone you know is the target of unwanted communication by a Duke Student or student group, you can report the incident to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.  

You can access the Duke Community Standard Guide here.
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