This message is sent to all Duke graduate and professional students.

March 13, 2021

Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

Over the past several days, we have continued to see a steady rise in the number of undergraduate students testing positive for COVID-19, principally as a result of recent off-campus, selective living group-related events. In an effort to mitigate further spread of the virus effective immediately we are now directing all undergraduate students to stay-in-place until Sunday, March 21. Please read the message below to understand what that stay-in-place entails.

The stay-in-place directive does not at the moment include graduate and professional students. All graduate and professional classes will continue as planned. We will evaluate over the coming week whether there is a need to extend the stay-in-place longer or expand it more broadly

We ask for your help in preventing the further spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. Please do not host or attend gatherings in apartments and homes; please refrain from interactions you might have with undergraduate students (and each other) over the next week; please do not come to campus unless it is for classes or other academic purposes; please do not attend large gatherings of any sort, especially unmasked

We want to thank all of you who have taken seriously the practices that have made it possible for us to be together on campus. And importantly, we thank you for helping us at this crucial time in containing further spread of Covid in the Duke and Durham communities.

Sally Kornbluth

Kyle Cavanaugh
Vice President for Administration

This message was followed by the email sent to Undergraduate Students. That message is available here: