Dear Colleagues,

There has been a lot of activity over the past several days with regard to Duke programs, policies and activities and we want to provide the following information about recent changes in schedules, building access and events.  In addition, updates are always available at https://coronavirus.duke.edu.

We continue to make these decisions with guidance from our numerous health experts and with the goals of ensuring our hospitals and clinics can continue meeting patient needs, protecting our Duke community, and supporting our academic and research initiatives.

Of note:

  • FAQ for students is available at https://keeplearning.duke.edu
  • Resources for faculty are available at https://keepteaching.duke.edu
  • Restrictions on University-sponsored events has been extended to May 7, 2020
  • Duke Chapel, Nasher Art Museum and Café, Rubenstein Arts Center, Karsh Alumni & Visitors Center, Athletics Hall of Fame, Duke Lemur Center, and Duke Gardens are now closed to visitors

STUDENTS

All residential activities have been suspended for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  Classes will not take place on the Duke campuses and, with rare exception, students will be required to vacate campus housing and return home to complete their academic requirements through the remote teaching and learning that will begin on March 23 for undergraduates.  Graduate and professional students will receive guidance on schedules and classes from their schools and programs.  Please visit https://keeplearning.duke.edu for more information about student issues, including academic continuity, health and wellness, on-campus housing exceptions and financial aid.

FACULTY

The transition from in-person classes to remote course delivery is a daunting one but the university has mobilized an interdisciplinary team of specialists to provide guidelines, recommendations and technical advice to all faculty.  All this information can be found at https://keepteaching.duke.edu, which includes specific guidance for getting started, alternative options for both every day and technology-enhanced strategies, communicating with students, distributing course materials, assignments and assessments, class meetings online, and building an engaged online learning community.  Additional information will be provided by school and unit leadership.

STAFFING AND WORKPLACE

Duke has implemented a comprehensive plan that addresses workplace and staffing issues, including work-from-home arrangements and travel restrictions.   Please see https://coronavirus.duke.edu/staffing/ for specific information.

BUILDING ACCESS

All buildings on Duke’s main campus in Durham will go into a controlled-access status that will require a DukeCard ID for entry beginning Friday, March 13, and will continue through the weekend.  This includes all community building (such as the Brodhead Center and the Duke Libraries) and visitor spaces (see below).  Faculty, staff and students will continue to have access to most of the same buildings they did beforehand, but they will be required to swipe their DukeCard ID or use the Mobile DukeCard to gain access.  Please visit https://coronavirus.duke.edu or the building’s website for the latest updates on hours and access restrictions.

COMMUNITY AND VISITOR SPACES

While we had hoped to continue a reduced schedule of access to Duke’s treasured community spaces, that will unfortunately not be possible given that rapidly changing circumstances and the need to protect public health. As a result:

  • Duke University Chapel is now closed to all visitors.  The Chapel’s ministers and musicians will continue to offer a weekly staff-led worship service that will be streamed online and broadcast on radio and television.
  • The Rubenstein Arts Center is now closed to all visitors.
  • The Nasher Museum of Art and Café is now closed to all visitors.
  • The Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in Cameron Indoor Stadium is now closed to all visitors.
  • The Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center is now closed to all visitors.
  • The Duke Lemur Center is now closed to all visitors.
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens will be closed to the public effective at dusk on Friday, March 13.

EVENTS

The restrictions on university-sponsored events have been extended from April 20 to May 7.   Please see the guidance at https://coronavirus.duke.edu/2020/03/community-update-changes-to-spring-break-and-classes-new-travel-restrictions/ for further details on exceptions.  Of note, Duke has suspended all athletic competition, events, practices and recruiting.  See https://coronavirus.duke.edu/2020/03/duke-suspends-athletic-competitions/ for more information.

We are grateful to all members of the Duke community for your cooperation, collaboration and flexibility as we seek to protect our public health, support our patient care and clinical staff at Duke Health, and continue our vital missions of education and research.

Kyle J. Cavanaugh
Vice President for Administration and Emergency Coordinator