At the end of June, we reported that Duke was on track to reopen safely for the Fall 2020 semester with a significant number of residential students. We also said that we would continue to closely monitor local and national trends and modify our plans as necessary, based on public health considerations and our ability to protect the health and safety of Duke students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

Thus, we have made the very difficult decision to decrease the on-campus residential population by about 30 percent to ensure that we can provide care, support, and a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, and staff. 

Phased Return

Teams across Duke are working hard to meet the milestones necessary to safely reopen campus this fall. Find out where we stand in transitioning back to campus.

March – May

Critical Operations Only: essential healthcare personnel, police/security, utilities crews, student affairs, housekeeping, payroll and other services to support critical operations.

May – June

Expanded Clinics & Research Labs: additional healthcare personnel, principal investigators, research staff and others to support expanded research efforts.

July – August

Business Continuity Operations: business support operations, faculty offices, and more student/academic support services will be open.

August – December

Fall Semester Operations: necessary personnel to support student services & academic programming for the Fall semester.

Community Responsibility

In order to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, we must all share in the responsibility to practice prevention: wear a mask or face covering, maintain physical distance, wash your hands regularly and practice proper cough/sneeze etiquette.

Wear a Mask

Required on-campus

Symptom Monitoring

Perform regular health checks

Wash your Hands

Often and for 20 seconds

Physical Distancing

Stay 6 feet apart

University Resources

Resources for students

Keep Learning


Resources for faculty

Flexible Teaching


Resources for staff

Keep Working


News & Updates

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