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Message from President Price about Fall Sports at Duke

Dear Duke Students and Colleagues,

Early September is typically a time of great energy and excitement at Duke, as students and faculty challenge each other in the classroom, the campus is active with events and programs, and visitors come from all over the world to take part in our academic and cultural life.  Fall is also, of course, a very active time for our student-athletes, as well as for their fans and supporters on campus, in the community and around the world.

Over the past several months, the Atlantic Coast Conference, of which Duke is a founding member, has carefully assessed the prospects to continue intercollegiate sports in this most complicated of years.  An ACC Medical Advisory Group – which included physicians from Duke and other universities in the conference – worked over the summer to advise the member institutions on the risks and options for fall activity, and to develop comprehensive standards for testing, hygiene, medical monitoring and other practices that are essential for students to compete safely in team and individual sports.  After careful review, the ACC adopted those guidelines and committed to begin the season in all six fall sports (football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country).

After consultation with our own medical faculty experts, Duke has decided to take further steps to mitigate the risk to the health and safety of our student-athletes, our communities, and the continuity of our educational and research missions.  In advance of the start of competition this week, and knowing that many have questions about intercollegiate athletics in these challenging times, I want to take a moment to inform you about the safety protocols that we have now put in put in place:

  • All student-athletes, related staff and coaches participating in football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey, which have been identified as higher risk by the ACC Medical Advisory Group, will have daily COVID-19 testing for the duration of their seasons.
  • To protect against potential spread of COVID-19 in our residence halls and the broader population, student-athletes competing in those five sports will be required to temporarily sequester to designated residential areas following each home or away game until testing and medical monitoring confirms that they are cleared to return to the community.  Student-athletes will receive all academic, wellness and mental health support services, as well as access to Student Affairs staff.
  • All teams will travel by charter bus or plane and, to the extent possible, will depart and return to campus on the same day.  Only student athletes and essential coaches and staff will be permitted to travel to the games and, once on-site, Duke student-athletes, coaches and staff must strictly comply with distancing requirements, stay in areas separated from others, and not interact socially with members of the opposing team, spectators, or fans except for immediate family members.
  • As announced earlier, spectators will not be permitted at any Duke games.  Attendance from the visiting team will be limited to essential personnel as determined by the ACC.

We are immensely proud of our student-athletes and celebrate their dedication to academic and athletic success.  But we never lose sight of the fact that they are, first and foremost, Duke students.  Thus, student-athletes who choose for any reason not to participate in competition this year will continue to receive their scholarships, financial aid and other services, and they will maintain their academic and residential standing as well as their eligibility to participate in future athletic seasons.

I want to stress that these are our initial plans.  As with every other aspect of this global pandemic, we will remain vigilant and flexible, monitor outcomes, and prepare to make changes as we learn from our experiences and others around the country.  Our experience with fall sports will help inform planning for winter and spring sports as well.  If conditions warrant further restrictions, a pause or even suspension of activities, then we will not hesitate to take that action.  Every decision we make will be based, first and foremost, on safeguarding the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the Duke community.

This has been and will continue to be a difficult semester in many respects; but in just as many ways it has been wonderfully inspiring.  I’ve been inspired by our dedicated faculty and staff, including those many who have been supporting Duke Athletics through these complicated times, in meeting successfully the numerous challenges posed by the pandemic.  And I have been inspired by way our Duke students, including our student-athletes, have stepped up to support and protect each other and our community so responsibly by adapting to the public-health demands of the moment. We are, on and off the field, a Duke united. For that, and for all you do, I am deeply grateful.


Vincent E. Price

Governor Announces Move to Phase 2.5

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced this week that North Carolina would move to “Safer at Home: Phase 2.5” of easing COVID-19 restrictions beginning on Friday, September 4 at 5 p.m.

Phase 2.5 will last through at least October 2. Governor Cooper and N.C. DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen explained that the state has used a modest approach to easing restrictions and that many of the state’s COVID-19 metrics are stabilizing or declining. Additional details on Phase 2.5 can be found here.

Attendance Restrictions Announced for Fall Sports

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Duke University will begin its fall sport program seasons without spectators at home events.

“To be sure, our venues will not be the same without our passionate, energetic fan base,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “Given the unique and challenging circumstances, this determination was reached with the health and safety of our fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront. As this evolving process continues, it is imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”

Contests played on Duke’s campus will include essential game management personnel and broadcast media. Traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed.

Fans who have purchased season and single-game tickets for the upcoming football season or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower will receive email correspondence regarding options.

Despite the attendance constraints for football games, Duke fans have an opportunity to support the team at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium with a “fan cutout” of an individual(s) or pet(s). Several different packages are available and include stadium location options, weekly prize drawings and the ability to have the cutout autographed by head coach David Cutcliffe. Images placed in the seats will help replicate the gameday atmosphere in the stadium as well as provide an enhanced visual presence for the television audience. Proceeds from sales will go directly to Duke Athletics to support our student-athletes during these unprecedented times. For more information, visit

Information regarding the virtual fan experience for football games at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will be available at a later date.

The Blue Devil football team opens the home portion of the 2020 schedule against Boston College on Saturday, September 19. Amended schedules for Duke’s men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball teams have yet to be released.

COVID Updates, Compact Compliance, & Enlisting Student Help

The message was sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Dear undergraduate students,

Regardless of where you are this fall, we hope that your first days of fall classes are going well. Whether you’re in Durham or engaging remotely, please know that our teams, your faculty, and your advisors are here for you and eager to connect in the days and weeks ahead.

We’re writing to provide you with updates on confirmed and possible COVID cases in our student community, report the preliminary degree of Duke Compact compliance, and describe steps we can all take to help mitigate health risks in our community. Going forward, we anticipate sending you a bi-weekly message refreshing this information and sharing important updates, such as the number of COVID cases and trends in compliance and conduct outcomes. Regular updates will be important, as we know that the steps being taken today—both the decisions you make on a daily basis to comply with health guidance and educational and conduct-related efforts—will be reflected in lower COVID rates in the future weeks.

We need your help—every single one of you—to help keep our community safer.


As of Friday, Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing program has administered 5,765 tests to the undergraduate and graduate students who have returned to campus since August 2. Many more graduate and professional students will undergo their arrival tests over the next two weeks. Additional ongoing testing of asymptomatic students begins today.

We can report that the testing process identified 11 students as positive for COVID-19 as of last Friday (including the four who were announced last week). Those students are now in isolation and receiving support from Student Health and the isolation logistics team until cleared by medical staff.

As of Friday, another seven students were placed in quarantine on-campus and 66 were asked to quarantine off-campus. We ask students to quarantine when they have had contact with individuals who have tested positive either here at Duke or elsewhere. These students will need to stay away from others until Student Health determines if they have contracted COVID-19.


Overall, undergraduate compliance with wearing face coverings and several of the other Duke Compact expectations has been very high. Thank you to everyone who has adjusted to wearing face coverings continuously, washing hands often, reporting symptoms daily, and participating in testing protocols. The collective effort you’re making for yourselves, your peers, and our broader Duke and Durham community is precisely what we’d expect from every member of the Blue Devil team.

It has been more challenging for students to maintain a social distance of 6 feet and to gather in groups of less than ten people. Spreading out and reducing the total size of groups is absolutely critical to our community safety efforts. We recommend eating and hanging out outside on the lawns and plazas, where you will have better opportunities to engage with friends while staying apart. Thanks for working with us and for helping each other remember, too.

Many students, DSG, neighbors, community members, and faculty, have all raised concerns about the enforcement of COVID policy expectations. We assure all members of the Duke community that enforcement is indeed a part of Duke’s response and that our enforcement efforts are nuanced and hold students progressively accountable.

  • Since undergraduates have returned to campus, several hundred students have received verbal reminders, warnings, and other interventions from Residential Life, Student Affairs, and the Compliance Team (C-Team). The vast majority of these interventions have been reminders to stay distant and in smaller groups. We appreciate all the ways students have responded after talking with our teams.
  • Since August 2, the Office of Student Conduct has received approximately 100 reports of COVID-related conduct violations involving students on and off-campus; some number of these are multiple reports for a single event or violation. We are following up with all cases on and off-campus, working closely with Durham Police, community leaders, and local property managers to respond to the off-campus reports.
  • Since Friday, two dozen students have been referred for formal educational interventions and training for less severe infractions of the Duke Compact.
  • Finally, the Office of Student Conduct is currently addressing seven instances involving more flagrant misconduct and persistent non-compliance by individuals or groups of students. Consistent with individual student privacy regulations governed by federal law (FERPA), the Office of Student Conduct will not release identifying information for individual students who are formally sanctioned. If found responsible, these students and student organizations face a range of possible sanctions, including: disciplinary probation, suspension to be served in an upcoming term, immediate suspension or removal from campus, or permanent dismissal from Duke.

Again, we want to thank the thousands of students who take the needed steps to keep themselves and others safer. Your safety and that of the Durham and Duke community remain our top priorities, and we are in this together.

Thank you and go Duke,

Gary G. Bennett
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Testing Update: August 17, 2020

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing program has administered 5,765 tests to the students who have returned to campus since Aug. 2, school officials announced Monday, the first day of undergraduate classes for the fall semester.

A total of 11 positive results have been reported and those students are in mandatory isolation. Any student who tests positive is required to isolate until getting medical clearance to access campus facilities. These 11 include the four positive results reported by Duke last week.

Read the full announcement on Duke Today.

Student Testing Update: Aug 12

Duke University has launched its comprehensive COVID-19 testing program by administering 3,116 tests to the first  undergraduate and graduate students who have returned to campus since Aug. 1.

A total of four positive results have been reported. Any student who tests positive is required to isolate until getting medical clearance to access campus facilities.

Testing is continuing as students return to campus this week and through the end of the month.

Read the full announcement on Duke Today.

Message to Neighborhood Leaders

This email was sent to the leaders of Durham neighborhood organizations from the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.

Dear neighborhood presidents,

As neighbors of Duke, many of you have received some communications from Duke Student Affairs about student move-in beginning today, Friday, August 7. I am writing to share some additional details about steps Duke is taking to safeguard community health and make sure our neighbors know how to reach Duke with any concerns.

Duke is taking community safety very seriously, and this school year will look different than any other in the past, not only because fewer people are on campus but also because there are new expectations related to behavior. To start, all students, faculty and staff must sign The Duke Compact, which is a pledge to safeguard community health through key behaviors and adhere to local and state ordinances. Expectations specifically for studentsare housed in the Duke Community Standard, and this year there are also COVID-specific which have some additional restrictions. You can read the message outlining additional student expectations from Dean of Students John Blackshear and Jeanna McCullers, Director of the Office of Student Conduct.

Some specific changes include:

  • Spreading student move-in over two weeks to ensure students, staff, and families can maintain safe distancing.
  • Limiting the student population on campus and in Duke residences to primarily first-year and sophomore students.
  • Requiring and providing COVID-19 testing of all residential students before moving in.
  • Establishing processes to immediately and safely quarantine and provide medical, educational, and wellness support to any student in a Duke residence that tests positive.
  • Requiring daily symptom monitoring and health checks for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus.
  • Requiring masks in all public spaces, social distancing of 6-feet, and frequent handwashing.
  • With regard to Duke trails such as Al Buehler and the Duke East Wall, Duke is following Durham’s Safer at Home order, which does not require masks while exercising or walking outdoors as long as you maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • If you are planning to visit the Duke campus, get more information at
  • Supplying face coverings, hand sanitizer, and other protective materials for students, faculty, and staff on campus.
  • Limiting gatherings to 10 people indoors and outdoors, on- and off-campus, at all times for increased safety.
  • This is more restrictive than the city’s stay-at-home ordinance which limits gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • It should also be noted that Duke has banned all in-person Duke-sponsored events on- and off-campus.

You can read details about how Duke is preparing for the new semester at

If you have any concerns or observe students whose behavior does not adhere to these policies, please call the Duke “Speak Up” reporting line at 800-826-8109, option 3, or email conduct@duke.eduwhich goes to the Office of Student Conduct in the department of Student Affairs. Submissions by phone and email will be sent to the appropriate department for follow up. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of Duke or state/local standards will go through the Duke student conduct process.

Duke is working closely with Durham City and County to ensure our safety protocols remain aligned with local and state ordinances and respond swiftly to changing conditions. Duke is also involved in several important public health initiatives regarding COVID-19 including the Pandemic Response NetworkLatinx outreach, and partnerships with local school districts. You can read more about Duke’s research and other efforts related to the coronavirus on our news site.

Finally, we invite you to stay connected with all that is going on at Duke by signing up for our daily email, The Duke Daily.


Mayme & team

Neighbors Update: New Student Orientation, Move-In, and COVID-19 Updates

This email was sent to neighbors on August 6 from Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students

Dear Neighbors,

We hope that this email finds you healthy and well. Today I am writing to our surrounding neighborhood association leaders to acknowledge the beginning of our upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Normally, I write to acknowledge the energy of move-in day, traffic impacts, and share upcoming large-scale orientation programs. I still write to express our excitement for the coming academic year, but the process for move-in, orientation, and campus expectations will look significantly different this year.

In order to promote a safe and healthy environment for students and campus staff, incoming and returning undergraduate students will experience a phased return to Durham and campus, with our official move-in process for undergraduate students running from Thursday, August 6, through Saturday, August 15. Please note you may see additional traffic around campus during this time period. The normal orientation events that produce amplified sound will not be occurring this year, as almost all programming will be done virtually. For more information about new student orientation please visit the following:

We have heard some concerns about how the return of students could impact the community and want you to know that Duke takes these concerns very seriously. The institution worked closely with city and local health officials in developing the plans for resuming educational operations this fall, and developed a number of new policies and programs to support community health measures. To that end, I want to make you aware of the Duke Compact, which outlines the commitment all members of the Duke community make to one another and to our neighbors and community. The Duke Compact is rooted in our shared values and emphasizes our collective responsibility to wear face coverings in all public spaces, maintain distance of at least six feet from others, wash hands frequently and monitor symptoms daily, in addition to adhering to local and state ordinances to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding large gatherings.

There are also additional expectations for students, whether they live on- or off-campus, and these include special provisions limiting the size of gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, to ten people. Students must acknowledge, attest, and adhere to their individual school’s COVID-19 Policy Plans.

If you have any questions or concerns or observe students whose behavior does not adhere to these policies, please call 800-826-8109, option 3, the Duke “Speak Up” reporting line, or email, which goes to the Office of Student Conduct in the Division of Student Affairs. Submissions by phone and email will be sent to the appropriate department for follow up.



Update for Undergraduate Students 8/1/2020

Dear students,

We’re writing at the end of a busy week to remind you of ways you can access the most up-to-date information about deadlines, testing protocols, and resources for Fall 2020.

We recognize that many aspects of the undergraduate experience are changing quickly, and that regardless of whether you will be returning to Durham or engaging fully remotely this fall, you need additional details, context, and timely information. Please know our teams in Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Education are working round-the-clock with colleagues throughout campus on plans to support your experience this fall, and we will continue to share more information as we have it.

In our conversations with students and families this week, we recognized that changes to Duke’s Fall plans symbolize an additional delay of post-pandemic life. Many students and families were essentially—or literally—mapping the trip to Durham and packing their things. We share in your disappointment that this fall may not look exactly as we thought it might. However, we understand, and we hope you can as well, that these decisions are centered on our core priority: protecting the health and safety of Duke students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.  

Where to get direct one-on-one support:

As you navigate the transition and emotions associated with this time, please know that Duke resources are available to you wherever you are. Duke Student Government has worked with DukeReach and student advocates to create the Fall 2020 “Two-Click to Connect” Support Form. In just two clicks you will be able to select the category of person who will reach out to you within 24-48 hours— be it a trained Peer For You responder or a DukeReach staff member. Take this opportunity to connect with someone and discuss whatever’s on your mind. If you’d like to reach out, are feeling concerned or anxious about upcoming transitions, or simply want someone to chat with, please click the link above. It takes less than 30 seconds to submit the form and someone will follow up ASAP. As always, we also encourage you to utilize other Duke-provided mental health resources, listed at the bottom of this message.

Where to get updated information on academic deadlines, COVID testing, arrival information, and more:

To supplement the frequently asked questions published alongside President Price’s message on Sunday, we have partnered with student leaders to create new FAQs for undergraduates on the Keep Learning site. This includes information on topics like housing assignments, academics, and financial aid. Our teams add to and update these FAQs daily, so please continue to check this site for additional details in the days ahead. For specific questions not yet answered there, please write to Doing so will help us get you the information you need, and give us insights about what to add to the site to help others. 

Testing information and health guidance: 
If you are planning to return to campus or the Durham area this fall, please read in full the important updates on arrival testing, quarantining before returning to campus, and other health guidance included at the bottom of this message and on Keep Learning. 

All students with a housing assignment will receive additional information walking you through the pre-arrival, arrival testing, move-in and sequester process early next week.

Thank you for your continued engagement, support for one another, and flexibility as the Duke family continues to navigate and pivot in this unprecedented time. Take care, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our 2021 Student Advisory BoardFall Plans team, or Keep Learning team with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Go Duke,

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Gary G. Bennett
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education  

The message has been sent to all Duke undergraduate students.


Latest Information:

Duke United – University information on campus reopening 

Keep Learning – Hub for student-focused information and FAQs

Mental Health Support

Blue Devils Care: 24/7 mental telehealth support to all students at no cost. To get started, visit Register once using your email address and Service Key DUKE2020, then you’ll be ready to use the service whenever you need it.

Counseling & Psychological Services: CAPS remains open and counselors are continuing to provide care remotely through telemental-health appointments.

DukeReach: Submit a report to DukeReach if you’re concerned about the physical or mental well-being of yourself or another student.


In response to recent public health guidance, the President’s July 26th message asked that all students travelling to the Durham area this month observe 14 days of quarantine prior to their travels. During quarantine, you should limit your contact to immediate household members, take care to observe social distancing, wear face coverings if you must be outside the home, and wash your hands frequently.

Quarantining is a proven strategy to minimize the likelihood of a widespread outbreak when students arrive to start the fall semester. We know that you are invested in doing everything possible to make our fall semester as safe as possible, and we appreciate your cooperation with this effort.

For more information about travelling during the pandemic, please see CDC guidance on United States and international travel. 

Pre-Arrival Testing 
Students who are returning to Durham from other locations are encouraged to obtain COVID-19 tests if possible in their areas, prior to arrival. 

If you are living on-campus or in Durham, we ask that you report any positive results to Student Health through Duke MyChart and observe isolation protocols before you return to Durham. If you do not have a Duke MyChartaccount, you will receive an activation code from Duke Health on August 3 including instructions on this process. If you are in quarantine due to exposure to others with COVID-19, please inform Student Health. You should NOT return to campus or Durham until your quarantine or isolation period has ended and you are symptom-free. If you are in isolation and cannot return to campus at the designated time, please complete the form listed above, contact Student Health and your academic dean.

Symptom Monitoring
Tracking COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways Duke is working to keep the community safe as operations expand for the fall. All University students, faculty and staff who wish to participate in activities on Duke grounds or in Duke facilities are required to download the SymMon app to complete the daily symptom survey before arriving or participating in activities on campus. Students must complete the survey starting on or before the day of their arrival/move-in. 

The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play under the name “SymMon.” Learn more about how to download and how to use the app. 

The symptom monitoring system should be used to report ANY symptoms, even if you think they may be related to allergies or some other issue. For a full list of symptoms, visit the Duke Coronavirus Response website. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution and report potential coronavirus symptoms.

Proof of Previous Diagnosis
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months (June, July, August 2020) you should bring a hard copy of your test report with you to Penn Pavilion or submit your report through Duke MyChart. You may receive additional instructions from Student Health about your arrival procedure and screening testing if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19.  


Required Testing at Duke: Arrival & Move-In

As you know from President Price’s community message on June 30th, all students who will be living on campus or who plan to be on campus for approved academic purposes are required to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus. 

Students moving into Duke campus housing (“residential students”) must be tested immediately upon arrival to campus. Undergraduates living off-campus must be tested before they can begin fall classes, by August 15.

Undergraduate residential AND local off-campus students: 

Testing and check-in for undergraduate residential and off-campus students will take place at Penn Pavilion from Friday, August 7, to Saturday, August 15, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT each day. 

To sign up for your 20-minute testing appointment, you will use the Transact Mobile Ordering app (available on Google Play and at the Apple App Store); this is the same app you use for mobile food ordering on campus. In the app, choose the first option, “Blue Devil Check-in.” If you are having trouble finding “Blue Devil Check-in” in Transact, please make sure you have selected “Duke Dine-In.” Do NOT select “Duke Health” as this is affiliated with Duke Hospital and not arrival testing. After a few setup questions, you should then see “Blue Devil Check-in” as the first option. If you have selected “Duke Health” instead of “Duke Dine-In” while setting up your account in Transact, please try to logout of Duke Health, and login through Duke Dine-In. If this does not work, you can contact for technical assistance.

When you pick your day and time, you’ll need to confirm in the app whether you are living on campus (meaning in Duke-provided housing) or off campus; this will help dictate what time slots are available to you.

When you arrive at Penn, staff from Housing & Residence Life, Student Health, DuWell and DukeCard will:

-Check you in, making sure that you are scheduled for that day and time;
-Complete your preliminary health checkAdminister your COVID-19 test;
-Activate your DukeCard (first-year students who have not submitted your DukeCard photo, please do so as soon as possible via the DukeCard website);
-If you are living on campus, you will receive your room key(s) and pertinent paperwork.

In order for this process to function smoothly, it is critical that you pay special attention to the date and time of your appointment. If you will be living on campus, you MUST sign up for a time on the day you let us know you were coming.

We understand that the timeframe of testing may prove to be a challenge for some of you. If you are arriving in Durham after 4 p.m., you will need to find off-campus accommodations for the night and check-in the following day. If you will be living off campus, you have more flexibility for your date and time, so we expect that you’ll be able to find an appointment that works for your schedule. In either case, you must check in and receive a test before going anywhere else on campus.

Please park in the Card Lot during your appointment if you are driving to campus. Students may be accompanied by up to two individuals to assist with move-in. These individuals will NOT be permitted to go to Penn Pavilion with you so will need to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the appointment. These individuals will also be expected to wear face coverings, wash hands often, and maintain social distance. Individuals experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay away from campus during move-in.

Graduate and Professional students: 

Testing for graduate and professional students will take place at Penn Pavilion from Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, September 1. Graduate and professional students who are coming to campus for classes, research or other activity must be tested. The process listed above for undergraduates will apply to graduate and professional student testing; Duke Cards will only be activated following the administration of a COVID-19 test at Penn Pavilion. 

Post-Arrival Sequester Period

After students go through the check-in and testing process at Penn Pavilion and move into their housing, students will be required to sequester in their residence hall or off-campus home until results of their arrival tests are available (this will likely take 24-48 hours). Results will be communicated through Duke MyChart. While waiting for test results, students are expected to limit any unnecessary movement and activity outside of their room. 

During this sequester period, students living on campus are permitted to retrieve food from Duke Dining locations, run essential errands, and spend time outdoors in a manner that does not increase the potential spread of COVID-19, but should avoid other students/staff during this time.

Non-symptomatic students living off-campus should make appropriate arrangements for food and necessary supplies during the sequestering period.

Isolation for COVID-Positive Students

Students who test positive will be placed in isolation on campus.

-Isolation is for students who have already been diagnosed positive with COVID-19.
-Isolated students will be under the care of Duke clinicians during an isolation window.
-A Duke clinician will determine when a student’s isolation period is complete. The average time spent in isolation is 14 days.
-For students in Duke-provided housing, isolated students will be moved to East House, Jarvis, or The Lodge near Duke Hospital.
-If isolated, students should not leave their assigned rooms other than to take strolls outside to get air. Meals will be delivered. 

Contact tracing will be used to identify other potential positive cases.


Testing, quarantine, and care operations are being coordinated by healthcare professionals from Student Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, and Duke Hospital. 


Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, to see if they become sick or test positive. Students who are identified by our contact tracing team or who have a test ordered by a clinician for some other reason, such as COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to quarantine.

Quarantined students may receive a new temporary housing assignment. If  a test comes back positive, quarantined students will be moved to isolation.

Students in quarantine should limit in-person contact and have all meals delivered. Once a negative test result is received, the student may resume normal activity following social distancing and masking guidelines. If they had been provided a new quarantine space, students will be allowed to return to their original housing assignment once a negative result is received.

Surveillance testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff during the semester

Residential students, students who will be attending classes or working on campus, faculty, and staff who frequently interact with students will be subject to regular surveillance testing during the semester. More detailed information will follow.

Testing for symptomatic or exposed individuals during the semesterAny student, faculty, or staff member who becomes symptomatic or is referred by either Employee Health or Student Health will be tested at one of five local testing sites, two of which are located on Duke’s campus. 

How to get care

Symptomatic or exposed individuals should call the Duke COVID-19 Hotline at 919-385-0429 in order to receive instructions on how to receive your care. After assessing your symptoms, a provider may schedule a telephone or video telehealth visit to determine if you should:visit a COVID-19 drive-up/walk-up testing sitebe seen in-person at a Duke Health Respiratory Triage and Care clinic. These clinics are available throughout the Triangle to treat people with respiratory symptoms.

Students may invite a third-party (e.g. parent or guardian) to join them for a telehealth visit, as long as it is requested by the patient (student).

There are five drive-up/walk-up testing sites located throughout the Triangle for the convenience of all students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required and will be set up for you during your telephone or telehealth visit:
-Parking lot at the corner of Flowers Dr. and Erwin Rd. (across from Duke Family Medicine Pickens Building); HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm; Sunday 10am – 2pm
-Duke Raleigh Hospital
-Pickett Road (transitioning to University Ford)
-Morrisville (transitioning to Arrindgon Rd) (Additional site coming soon)

Services for families of graduate and professional studentsThe families of graduate and professional students are valued members of our Duke community. Families of graduate and professional students may utilize the Duke COVID-19 Hotline at 919-385-0429 to schedule walk-up/drive-up appointments for testing at Duke’s testing sites and receive appropriate follow-up care. 

Billing for students

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will not be charged co-pays for COVID-19 testing.

Cleaning and Safety

For the safety of our housekeepers, healthcare professionals, students, faculty, and other staff, high-touch surfaces at testing and care sites will be cleaned by the clinical team, not housekeeping staff. Student Health clinic cleaning procedures are in line with Duke Health and infection prevention practices.

In the days ahead, we will continue to provide all students with further details around the Fall semester and our shared community expectations. Thank you for your attention to this message and for all that you are doing to support a safer return to campus and fall semester at Duke.  

Update on COVID-19 Testing for Student-Athletes

Duke University’s COVID-19 testing program has administered 700 tests to 309 student-athletes, coaches, and staff in the first three weeks since student-athletes began returning to campus for voluntary practice.

Read the full story on GoDuke.

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