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September 13, 2023
Dear students,

Fall semester 2023 is underway! To our returning students, welcome back – it’s been so good to see you again. And to our new students, welcome to Durham! We hope you’re already feeling at home in our community.

If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, I’m Mary Pat McMahon, your Vice Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs. Here in Student Affairs, it is our mission to create a campus-wide culture of belonging that empowers all Blue Devils to achieve success in their academic work and beyond. That means we help operate every area of campus life outside the classroom — including housing, dining, our identity and cultural centers, student health, student conduct, student involvement and leadership, and more.

If you see me around campus, please don’t hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself! If we don’t bump into each other, I hold office hours every other Tuesday and would love to sit down with you. If you are interested, you can use this link to sign up.  To learn a little bit about me, I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Duke Student Broadcasting to answer some fiery questions that had me sweating out the truth. Every one of you plays a vital part in this community, and I look forward to getting to know you.

We send this newsletter every other week, and we encourage you to take five minutes to read through it. This is where we will share the key goings on across campus, resources built to support your well-being, and exciting opportunities to enrich  your academic and co-curricular experience. And don't forget to scroll to the bottom to find our Spotted on Campus section. You may see yourself or a friend in future newsletters!

Below you will find information on voting, flu season, conduct policy and exciting opportunities to engage with your classmates in the community. Starting this month we will be honoring the diverse voices, traditions, and achievements of the LatinX & Hispanic communities. The Center for Multicultural Affairs has developed a series of exciting events, discussions, and activities that will help us learn, connect, and appreciate the beauty of Latinx and Hispanic cultures. Stop by their office, check out Duke Groups or grab a friend and get out on campus to get involved. Our team is here to support you in cultivating the community that you want to be a part of.

Whether you're stepping onto campus for the first time or returning to familiar grounds, let's embrace this year with enthusiasm, determination, and a commitment to each other's success. Together, we'll make Duke’s centennial year its best year yet.

Go Duke,

Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Engagement Opportunities

We hope you have heard that the Career Center is moving to the second floor of the Bryan Center this fall. That is still happening and due to a delayed start, the minimal renovation to suite 036 is not yet complete and our team must remain remote for a little longer.  We are excited to welcome students, faculty, and staff into our updated space very soon.  

In the meantime, 1:1 advising appointments will be held virtually. You will see this noted in Handshake

We are available for in-person Drop-in Career Advising in the Bryan Center Griffith Board Room on Thursdays from 4-6pm.
Fall All-Industry Career Fair 

Thursday, September 21st
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wilson Gym 

Join us on September 21st from 10:00am - 2:00pm in Wilson Gym to connect with employers across all industries! This in-person fair provides a great opportunity for employers and students to meet and discuss the organization, interests, and any available or upcoming full-time jobs/internships.

Welcome Weeks 

The beauty of Duke is that there are endless resources and opportunities available to students, and it will take far more than a week (or semester) to discover them. The office of New Student and Family Programs partners with a host of campus partners to make sure that you are introduced to the campus resources you need the most when the time is right. 

For more information, check out all the events on Duke Groups using the WW tag!


Tuesday, September 19th
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Brodhead 216 & 241

We're maximizing Drop-in Career Advising this fall for all undergraduates, doctoral students and masters students in the Divinity School and The Graduate School! We'll be available all day on September 19th to be sure you have an opportunity to get application documents ready for fall internship and post-graduation recruiting, and this is a great way to get prepared for our upcoming career fairs as well! 

No registration required!

In 2024, Duke University will launch a celebration of its centennial—a historic opportunity to recognize Duke’s extraordinary past, communicate the impact of the present, and look toward the potential of Duke’s future. 
Duke students are invited to the Centennial Kick-Off Celebration on January 9, 2024, at 4 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The celebration will feature musical and dance performances, special guests, multimedia elements, and more! After Glow Reception and Winter Chill events will follow on K-ville, with food, beverages, swag and activities!

Check out the Centennial website and stay tuned for more details including how to secure your free ticket!

This fall, the University is updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in support of Duke’s Climate Commitment goals. This plan will assess existing conditions for walking and biking on Duke’s East, West, Central, and Medical Center campus. It will address gaps in the sidewalk and bikeway network, evaluate progress on key projects since 2017, and guide future infrastructure projects that will help make walking, biking, and rolling on campus safer, equitable and more convenient for staff, faculty, students, and visitors.

The plan will also be used to guide the phasing of proposed projects, and will include considerations for micro-mobility, reflecting the changing transportation needs and choices of the campus community. Please share your thoughts and specific project improvement ideas by Sept. 30.


Check out the revised Duke Community Standard, formerly known as the 'Honor Code.' It sets the standards for our community, fostering a safe, thriving environment. As a Duke member, #HoldHightheStandardatDuke by embodying integrity, respecting all, and upholding our shared values. Let's make Duke a place where all members flourish!

Resource Highlights

Join the Duke Votes Coordinating Committee (DVCC) to register, educate, and mobilize the Duke community to vote! DVCC is a great way for students to develop skills in community organizing and outreach in collaboration with other students passionate about voting rights. Please apply here  by September 15th, 2023 at 11:59! 

If you want to get involved in voter mobilization efforts on campus, but can't commit to joining a club, please join our commitment-free volunteer network!
Fight the Flu! No appointment needed.

Flu season is back. Take advantage of Student Health's easy to access vaccinations. As we all return to campus and fall weather starts to kick in, we need to protect ourselves.

If you’ve already received your flu vaccine, you can submit documentation to Student Health via

Check out the schedule and find a time to stop by!

Durham's noise ordinance applies 24/7 and restricts noise to 50 decibels,  equivalent to "a quiet conversation at home."

As of this fall, Durham Police will no longer issue warnings for violations of the noise ordinance. If your gathering is found in violation of the ordinance, all party hosts and/or people on the lease will be referred to the Durham County Misdemeanor Diversion Program and will also be accountable to the Duke Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.

See flyer for tips on hosting.

Spotted on Campus

Duke football is off to a hot 2-0 start! After beating Clemson and Lafayette, we have our eye on Northwestern this weekend. Come out to Wallace Wade and cheer on your classmates. Get your student tickets here.
Duke students celebrating the last day of classes
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