I write today because I know the question on everyone’s mind: what will happen with the fall semester?

Here’s what we do know right now:

First, Duke University will be open in the fall, with the specific details of attendance and schedule to be determined soon.

Second, we expect to make decisions about the structure of the coming academic year by the end of June.  Why not decide now?  We are committed to getting this right, and responsible decision making must be based on a clearer understanding of public health and safety issues than is now available. Making choices now in the absence of this vital information would jeopardize safety of our students, faculty, staff and the wider community, even if seems to provide the certainty so many of us desire. 

And finally, we know enough to say that next academic year will not look anything like the past.  As we work toward coming back to school safely in the fall, we are innovating every part of the Duke experience—from the academic calendar to residential living—to provide students the best and safest possible configuration of on-campus and high-quality remote teaching.  We are dedicated to adapting the life-changing experiences that make the Duke experience so special.

Latest Updates

Duke Gardens Will Remain Closed

Sarah P. Duke Gardens will not reopen in June and will remain closed until further notice. Read the announcement on their website.  Please see their resources

Majority of University Staff to Work Remotely Through June

As North Carolina and Durham continue to revise restrictions for public and business activity and Duke gradually reopens clinical facilities and research laboratories, we expect the majority of university staff will continue to work remotely through the month of June.

Guide to Return to the Workplace

As we continue planning a phased expansion of on-site operations later next month, we have developed a Guide for the Return to the Workplace to assist school and department leaders in considering guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.

Update on Return to the Workplace Plans

We are writing to provide you with a brief update regarding the planning process for Duke University’s Return to the Workplace efforts. These efforts are being carefully controlled and coordinated to ensure personal safety and mitigate potential risks of spreading COVID-19.

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