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Testing Update: March 15-21, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 20,018 tests to 9,729 students and 2,437 tests to 1,246 faculty/staff for the period March 15-21 2021, with a total of 78 positive results. The total positivity rate was 0.35 percent.

This represents a significant decline from last week. The downward trend allowed the university to lift most of the restrictions that were part of the “Stay in Place” order for undergraduate students which began March 13 at midnight and ended at 9 a.m. March 21.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Update on Stay-In-Place sent to Faculty, Staff, and Graduate & Professional Students

This message is being sent to all Duke faculty, staff and graduate and professional students.

March 20, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the message below that was just sent to all undergraduate students.  Based on the decline in positive COVID tests and the continued low rates among graduate and professional students, we have decided to lift the stay-in-place guidance as planned effective 9:00 AM Sunday. Therefore, beginning Monday morning, all classes will return to their Spring 2021 delivery mode, so please plan accordingly.

We will continue to closely monitor testing results and trends and will be prepared to insitute another pause in activities should there be another surge.   In addition, off-campus undergraduate students will only be permitted access to campus for classes, other academic purposes and essential services.

Thank you for the rapid and successful modifications that you all made to continue our teaching mission and student support during this past week. We greatly appreciate it and look forward to working with you and our students to protect the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely,

Sally Kornbluth
Provost

Kyle Cavanaugh
Vice President for Administration

This message was followed by the full text of the message sent to undergraduate students earlier in the day. That message can be found here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/2021/03/update-on-stay-in-place/

Update on Stay-In-Place

This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Dear students,

Last week, we asked all Duke undergraduates to stay-in-place for one week in order to stop the spread of COVID as quickly as possible. THANK YOU for cooperating with our public health measures this week.

The good news is that we’ve seen a decline in the number of undergraduate students testing positive for COVID. This means that we can lift most elements of the stay-in-place order effective at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 21.

However, this doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over. We continue to see students testing positive at a higher rate than last semester and earlier this year,  and our data indicate that the virus is becoming more contagious. Please remain vigilant and carefully follow the Duke Compact and additional public health guidance. We’ve heard you clearly that you want to successfully complete the semester and to support our seniors on their way to graduation. Given the collective effort we’ve seen from you this week, we know these goals are within reach.

DETAILS
When the stay-in-place is lifted Sunday at 9:00 AM:

  • All in-person courses—including lab classes—will resume their standard spring 2021 delivery (whether in-person or hybrid).
  • Students living in Duke-provided housing (including Avana, Blue Light, and the Washington Duke) may freely move about campus, but  we ask that on campus students  remain on campus grounds, and should only leave campus for essential travel and wellness-related activities through March 28th.
  • Students living off-campus in the Durham area are only permitted to be on campus for in-person classes and essential academic activities, to participate in surveillance testing, seek medical care at Student Health, or pick up grab-and-go food orders at the Brodhead Center. 
  • Students must follow Duke guidance limiting any indoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer, indoor or outdoors, on or off-campus, unless otherwise permitted through the student events approval process.
  • Common spaces such as the Bryan Center, Brodhead Center, and other campus buildings will re-open to residential students.  However, indoor dining will not be permitted at this time.
  • Libraries will reopen for undergraduates.


REMINDERS 
These items are not new, but it is extremely important that you continue to follow this guidance: 

  • Travel: We expect that you will remain in Durham for the rest of the semester. If you must travel, it is crucial that you register prior to your departure, and follow university guidance—as outlined on the Keep Learning page—for sequester upon your return.  Adherence to these return guidelines is crucial to our collective success.
  • Public health guidance: Continue to follow all public health guidance in place this spring: wear your mask when you are around others, avoid gatherings, complete your surveillance testing, report your symptoms and respond quickly and honestly to contract tracers.


THANK YOU
We have been so impressed with all the ways we’ve seen you rally to take care of yourselves and each other this week as we navigated the stay-in-place order. Seriously: great work. Let’s ensure we can finish out the semester strong.

Go Duke,

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Gary Bennett
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Update on Stay-In-Place for Undergraduate Students

Duke University President Vincent Price addresses undergraduate students about the ongoing spring semester.

This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dear students, 

It’s been quite a week. As we have travelled across campus in the past few days, we continue to be impressed by how you’ve rallied to take care—of yourselves and others—as we navigate the stay-in-place order. 

We’re now 4 days in and we are seeing the improvement we had hoped from the undergraduate community. For testing conducted through Wednesday, we had 54 cases of COVID, down from 107 cases in the same period last week.

However, we’re not there yet so the stay-in-place order will remain unchanged through 9 a.m. Sunday, March 21.

During the next few days, continue to follow all guidance: wear your mask when you are around others, avoid gatherings of more than three people, complete your surveillance testing, report your symptoms and respond quickly and honestly to contract tracers.  

As a reminder: students are expected to stay in Durham throughout the semester. Any students who must travel right now must also carefully adhere to return guidance as outlined on the Keep Learning page. Adherence to these return guidelines is crucial to our collective success. Thanks to those of you who registered their travel.

We remain cautiously optimistic that this pause will help us get through this uptick in COVID cases but we need you to stay vigilant. Let’s maintain the health of our fellow students and neighbors, and support our seniors on the way to graduation. Thanks again for all you’re doing and we’ll update you again on Saturday afternoon with more detail.  

Go Duke,

Gary Bennett 
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Student Conduct Updates March 17

The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dear students,

We are writing to share the March COVID conduct and compliance update. In the first three days since we asked undergraduates to stay in place we have seen the terrific effort being put forth by students to get through this period. We will provide you with an update on Thursday, but in the meantime, keep up the great work. We know many of you are focused on midterms and thinking about making sure our seniors get to have commencement. Thanks to your faculty, too, for all the ways everyone has adapted to additional remote classes this week, too.  

COMPLIANCE AND CONDUCT UPDATES

As we have throughout the year, we are providing a monthly update to share aggregate data around conduct outcomes for individual students and student organizations found responsible for any violations of COVID and Duke Compact-related expectations. As you know, we follow up on all reports of on- or off-campus conduct and investigate to determine any student responsibility.

For the period from the start of the term through Friday, March 12, we can provide an aggregate overview of following categories of conduct sanctions:

  • 72 students referred for educational interventions for less severe infractions of the Duke Compact — these outcomes are not part of a student’s disciplinary record.

  • Sanctions for COVID-related violations are implemented by either the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or Housing and Residence Life. 128 sanctions have been issued this spring to students (total number of sanctions does not equal total number of students; in other words, one student could receive multiple sanctions). These actions, which include suspensions for an upcoming semester, formal warnings, disciplinary probation, withdrawal of campus privileges, and educational initiatives, may become a part of the student’s conduct record and in some cases reportable to graduate schools, study away programs, employers, and other university programs in which a student’s disciplinary record may be a factor in participation.  

  • 2 campus organizations currently on suspension for COVID-related infractions; this status carries over from the Fall 2020 semester in both cases. (Note: this does not include organizations disaffiliated with the University)

Administrative Action Review Panels are held to determine if allegations of flagrant violations of COVID policy expectations and the Duke Compact could result in interim measures to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the Duke and Durham community, pending the conduct process. 

  • students have had cases this semester addressed through Administrative Action Review Panels. Examples of flagrant violations include: hosting gatherings, failing to follow quarantine and isolation protocols to protect fellow students, and repeated violations of COVID expectations. (Note: individuals affiliated with unrecognized student organizations and who host organizational events are accountable as individuals, not as part of an unrecognized group.) As in Fall 2020, interim measures have included loss of campus privileges, interim suspensions, and other interim restrictions.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic dishonesty incident reports have more than doubled compared to a typical academic year. From a typical volume of approximately 89 reports during the fall 2019 semester, 243 reports were submitted during the fall 2020 semester. A majority of cases involved unauthorized collaboration such as:

  • Accessing online sites, such as Chegg, prior and/or during an examination window

  • Posting exams or examination questions to online websites

  • Collaborating with other students by copying and/or sharing answers to quizzes, post labs, and/or examinations.

Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Duke Community Standard. All reports are carefully reviewed and adjudicated; students found responsible for serious violations of academic integrity will also face sanctions of disciplinary probation or suspension from Duke. Do your own work and follow faculty guidance carefully in each of your courses. If you are experiencing challenges in your coursework, please reach out to your faculty member as soon as possible to seek assistance. There are also additional campus resources, such as the Academic Resource Center and the Thompson Writing Center, that can help through tutoring, time management, developing skills and strategies for writing essays and papers.

THANK YOU

Thank you, as always, for all you are doing to keep yourselves, your fellow students, and the Duke and Durham communities safe.

Thank you and go Duke,

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Jeanna McCullers
Senior Associate Dean & Director,
Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

Testing Update: March 8-14, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 19,131 tests to 9,675 students and 2,590 tests to 1,363 faculty/staff for the period March 8-14 2021, with a total of 231 positive results, 211 of which were undergraduate students. The total positivity rate was 1.1 percent.

This was the highest number of positive cases reported in a single week and nearly equals the total number of positive cases reported for the entire first semester (241). In order to curtail further spread of the virus, a “Stay in Place” order was issued for all undergraduate students effective Saturday, March 13, at midnight and extending through Sunday, March 21.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Media Updates Related to Stay-In-Place Order

Information and statements provided to media related to the Stay-in-Place order for undergraduate students will be listed here.

Update on Duke’s Stay-In-Place Order (March 14)

Stay In Place for Duke Undergraduates (March 13)

Flexible Teaching Update for Faculty “What to do Right Now”

The Learning Innovation team has published directions for faculty so they can immediately transition their courses for online-only instruction during the Stay-at-Home period.

The full post can be found here: https://flexteaching.li.duke.edu/what-you-need-to-do-right-now/

Stay-In-Place for Duke Undergraduate Students – Effective at Midnight, Saturday March 13

This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Dear students, 

Effective at midnight, Saturday, March 13, all Duke undergraduate students are required to stay-in-place until 9 a.m., Sunday, March 21. This message supersedes all previous messages.

This action is necessary to contain the rapidly escalating number of COVID cases among Duke undergraduates, which is principally driven by students attending recruitment parties for selective living groups. Over the past week more than 180 students are in isolation for a positive COVID 19 test, and an additional 200 students are in quarantine as a result of contact tracing.  This is by far the largest one-week number of positive tests and quarantines since the start of the pandemic.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will share an update on Thursday, March 18.

WHAT THIS MEANS 

The goal of the stay-in-place period is to stop the spread of COVID among the undergraduate population as quickly as possible.

Details are included below the signature. In summary, during the stay-in-place period:

  • All in-person courses including lab classes will shift to remote-only delivery. There will be VERY few exceptions to this; if you are enrolled in a course with an exemption, you will receive direct communication from your instructor or dean. 
  • Undergraduates working in laboratories may not participate in laboratory activities this week.
  • Students living in Duke-provided housing (including Avana, Blue Light, and the Washington Duke) must remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities related to food, health, or safety. 
  • Students living off-campus in the Durham area are not permitted on campus, except to participate in surveillance testing, seek medical care at Student Health, or pick up grab-and-go food orders at the Crown Commons express pick up (5 minute limit). 
  • Common spaces such as the Bryan Center, Brodhead Center, and other campus buildings will only be open to residential students for essential activities (for example, food or package pick up), and only during limited hours. Details and open hours will be posted on the Keep Learning site
  • Additional details for on-campus and off-campus students are included below the signature. 

WHY THIS IS NECESSARY NOW

If this feels serious, it’s because it is. This stay-in-place period is strongly recommended by our medical experts. The restriction of student movement—coupled with a renewed dedication to following social distancing, masking, symptom monitoring and other public health guidelines—gives us the best path toward curtailing further spread. Violations of these requirements will be considered a violation of the Duke Compact and will be treated as such; flagrant and repeated violations will be grounds for suspension or withdrawal from Duke.

Our ability to complete the semester, commencement for our seniors, and the health and safety of our community, including your fellow undergraduate students, is hanging in the balance. Now more than ever we NEED you to come together as a Duke community to meet this challenge together. We know you can do it.

Thank you and go Duke,

John Blackshear
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Gary Bennett
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs

STAY-IN-PLACE DETAILS 

During the stay-in-place period:

  • All in-person courses including lab classes will shift to remote-only delivery. There will be VERY few exceptions to this; if you are enrolled in a course with an exemption, you will receive direct communication from your instructor or dean.
  • Undergraduates working in laboratories may not participate  in laboratory activities this week.
  • Students living in Duke-provided housing (including Avana, Blue Light, and the Washington Duke) must remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities related to food, health, or safety.
  • Students living off-campus in the Durham area are not permitted on campus, except to participate in surveillance testing, seek medical care at Student Health, or pick up grab-and-go food orders at the Crown Commons express pick up (5 minute limit).
  • Common spaces such as the Bryan Center, Brodhead Center and other campus buildings will only be open to residential students for essential activities (for example, food or package pick up), and only during limited hours. Details and open hours will be posted on the Keep Learning site
  • Libraries will be closed to undergraduate students.
  • For those returning from travel, two negative surveillance tests will be required, even if this extends your quarantine past next weekend. All features of the stay-in-place pertain to you regardless of when you return. 
  • See additional details for on-campus and off-campus students below. 

ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS 

For students living in Duke-provided housing (including Avana, Blue Light, and the Washington Duke), during the duration of the stay-in-place period:

  • On-campus students must remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities.
  • On-campus students may only leave their residence hall room or apartment for essential activities, such as:
    • picking up food from Duke Dining locations
    • participating in surveillance testing when called
    • seeking medical care
    • picking up essential supplies such as toiletries or mail (please note that pick-up times will be limited)
    • spending time outdoors for exercise and recreation in a manner that does not increase the potential spread of COVID-19, in a maximum group of 3. This means no spikeball or other group outdoor games, even if masked and socially distanced. 
  • On-campus students will only have DukeCard access to their assigned residential space, to certain surveillance testing sites (check Duke Unitedfor location information as this may change), and Duke Dining locations. 
  • On-campus students are expected to remain on campus grounds for the duration of the stay-in-place period and limit any unnecessary movement or activity outside of their room/apartment.  
  • All dining will be pick-up only. NO eating together, either indoor or outdoor. 
  • Maximum group size for undergraduates OUTSIDE on campus is 3 people (you and two other people, preferably in your bubble), with masking and social distancing required at all times. This EXCLUDES dining—no eating together, whether indoor or outdoor. 
  • No group gatherings indoors. Common rooms and other gathering spaces in residence halls will be closed until further notice. 
  • A curfew of 9:00 p.m. will be in place for all undergraduate students on campus. This means you must be back in your residence hall by this time. 

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS 

For students living off-campus in the Durham area, during the duration of the stay-in-place period:

  • Students living off-campus may not come to campus for any purpose except to:
    • participate in surveillance testing when called,
    • seek medical care at Student Health, 
    • pick up grab-and-go food orders at the Crown Commons express pick up (5 minute limit).
  • Students living off-campus may only visit certain surveillance testing locations, but will be expected to show up for testing when called to do so. Visit the Duke United site for details.
  • Students living off-campus will not have access to campus facilities for any other purpose, including visiting Duke Dining locations (aside from Crown Commons express pick up) or utilizing other public spaces like the Bryan Center, Brodhead Center, etc.
  • We strongly encourage students living off-campus to limit any unnecessary movement or activity outside of their apartment/house to limit potential contact or spread with members of the community.
  • We strongly encourage students living off-campus to make appropriate arrangements for food and necessary supplies to minimize contact with any members of the community.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

IF YOU FEEL SICK: If you feel sick, you should call Student Health during business hours at 919-681-9355 and choose option 2 to speak to a triage nurse if you are experiencing any symptoms or have any concerns.

DINING: Find information on dining locations and hours, mobile ordering, and menus and nutrition facts from Duke Dining.

WELLNESS RESOURCES:

BLUE DEVILS CARE: 24/7 telemental-health support to all students at no cost, through immediate and scheduled appointments. Visit BlueDevilsCare.duke.edu and use code: DUKE2020.

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or for assistance with referrals in your local community.

DUKEREACH: DukeReach will help you identify support services from among the variety of resources across campus or in your local community. You can contact DukeReach at 919-681-2455 or by emailing dukereach@duke.edu.

DUWELL: DuWell engages students through a variety of wellness experiences across campus in an effort to manage stress and reduce anxiety while emphasizing self-care.

“TWO-CLICK TO CONNECT” FORM: In just two clicks, you can 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. These individuals are here to discuss whatever’s on your mind, help guide you through stressful times, and connect you to resources. Visit https://bit.ly/TwoClickSupport.

Stay-In-Place Message for UG Students sent to Grad/Prof Students

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
Provost

Kyle Cavanaugh
Vice President for Administration
 

This message was followed by the email sent to Undergraduate Students. That message is available here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/2021/03/stay-in-place-for-duke-undergraduate-students-effective-at-midnight-saturday-march-13/

 

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