This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate, graduate and professional students living off-campus in Durham.

October 21, 2020
Dear students,
We are writing today with three timely reminders to help keep you and your fellow students and community members safer.  As the weather cools, we have seen an uptick in COVID transmission locally in North Carolina and around the US. We know you know the drill by now, but it’s as important as ever that you observe these and other COVID prevention steps:
  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that small indoor gatherings are driving the national uptick.
    As the weather gets cooler, we know you may want to move small gatherings indoors. Please limit any indoor gatherings!
  2. Keeping gatherings small is important (and required for all Duke students, both on and off campus, per Duke’s guidelines), but this step alone is not enough.
    Make sure you also maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others at all times, especially when eating or drinking. Be sure to wear a face covering at any time you are around others you do not live with, including in hallways and common spaces.
  3. In addition to all Duke, local and state guidelines, be sure to follow all expectations and policies outlined by your apartment complex or property manager as well.
    When in doubt, err on the side of being overly cautious!

We need every student — on or off campus, undergraduate or graduate/professional — to continue to follow guidance and take precautions to protect yourselves, your fellow students, and every member of our Duke and Durham communities. The decisions you make every day directly impact the health and safety of those around you.

Thanks, as always, for all that you’re each doing to keep our Duke and Durham communities safer. Hang in there!

Go Duke,

John Blackshear, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
John Vaughn, M.D.
Director of Student Health Services