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Duke Student Affairs

January 11, 2022

Dear students,
Whether you're here in Durham or still on your way back to campus, we hope that the first full week of classes are going well so far. Thanks for all you're doing to adapt yet again as we start another semester with COVID considerations; so far we're encouraged by the terrific effort students have made to help the Duke community come back together. 

Be assured that we fully anticipate a resumption of in-person activities next Tuesday and that our teams continue to stand ready to assist you as we all navigate this semester. We hope you will join us in expressing appreciation to your advisors, faculty, dining staff, student health, housekeeping, res life, communications teams and all of the other student-facing and operations teams. Each day during the past several weeks—including through the holiday season—these colleagues have gone above and beyond (yet again) to support the spring semester opening. We are in this together and we appreciate their efforts. 

Go Duke,    
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education    
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 

Booster shots & spring protocols

Please make sure you're staying up-to-date on the latest COVID testing and vaccine protocols (all updates for students can be found here). A couple of highlights to keep in mind (but please read the messages in full!): 
  • All students are now required to receive a COVID booster shot when eligible. The CDC has recently changed the criteria to 5 months post-second dose (from 6 months previously). See more in today's email to students.
  • Visit for sites to get your booster around the country if you're not yet back on campus, and visit to report that you've received your booster outside of Duke.
  • Beginning January 10, if you're just returning to campus and getting your entry test, you must tell the staff at the testing site.
  • Beginning January 19, entry tests will only be available at the Washington Duke. Again, please inform staff you're there for an entry test.
We know this information has been provided to you in many forms—emails, web pages, social media... we've done our best to round everything up for you here, including some FAQs:
Thank you for doing your part to help us start the spring semester as safely as possible. 

Looking back at a (Quad)Ex-traordinary Semester

Lucy Colangelo, Class of 2025, was our GRAND PRIZE winner for answering all 5 QuadEx Questions of the Week! Lucy will get priority registration for Fall 2022, and has helped shape the future of QuadEx. Thank you, Lucy, and congratulations! 
Stay tuned for more ways to get involved with QuadEx during the spring semester! 

Sophomore Spark Summit

What do DJs, superpowers, employers and intellectual curiousity have in common? They'll all be part of the first official Sophomore Spark event: the Sophomore Spark Summit, an immersive conference experience with engaging panels, hands-on activities, and one-on-one connections with peers and alumni. Come for the shared experience and resources but stay for the door prizes, food and swag! Register now for this one-of-a-kind experience to unveil your superhuman abilities.
Sophomore Spark: Ignite your personal, professional and intellectual growth.
January 29, 2022, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Rubenstein Arts Center.
Register on Handshake!

Spring Office Hours with VP McMahon

VP McMahon will have in-person office hours again this semester. Want to share your ideas about campus life or policies? She'd love to meet you. Sign up for a time at

Young Trustee Applications

Applications to become Duke's next Young Trustee are due on Monday, January 18. For more information about the undergratuate selection process and to view the recording of the December information session, visit

Climb the Duke Chapel at night

The Duke Chapel is highlighting opportunities this semester for students to connect faith and learning, including programs for service, preaching, choral singing and interfaith learning—plug a chance to climb the Chapel tower at night! Check out the opportunities on the Duke Chapel website.

Fall Semester Recap

We made a lot of memories in Fall 2021! Here's to more in 2022!
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