“You develop a team to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. All of us alone are weaker, by far, than if all of us are together.”

-Coach K

A healthy campus community is the responsibility of every person who calls Duke home. If you work, live, study, teach, or visit Duke, you have a role to play in safeguarding our campus as we work together to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • As campus continues to expand operations, all members of the Duke community—faculty, students, staff, and visitors—will adhere to new norms and standards as mandated by local law and university policy. Those include wearing masks or cloth face coverings in classroom and public settings, practicing physical distancing; washing and sanitizing hands frequently; and monitoring symptoms daily.
  • All students will be tested for COVID-19 before they are permitted to begin classes on campus.
  • All students, faculty, and staff who are regularly on campus will complete daily health checks; those whose symptoms are consistent with exposure to COVID-19 will have to follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols established by Duke, Durham County, and the State of North Carolina.
  • All in-person gatherings, both academic and extracurricular, must comply with university and public health policies. University policies related to the size of student social gatherings may be more restrictive than the state or city policies.
  • Access to campus facilities for faculty, staff, and students will be restricted and controlled by card access.
  • New guidelines on space configuration, capacity, traffic flow, cleaning, and sanitation protocols will be in place.
  • All students will be expected to remain in the Durham area during the semester.
  • On-campus dining centers will provide expanded take-out options and limited in-person service using reservation systems.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid nonessential travel.
  • To best monitor the health of the Duke community during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have approved a temporary expanded use of electronic information and other institutional data to support symptom monitoring, pandemic testing, and contact tracing, all as part of Duke’s pandemic response.