Given our advancement in vaccine distribution along with other key indicators, Duke University and Duke University Health System, will begin a transition back to use of accrued time off for any future COVID-related absences (i.e. illness, isolation, quarantine, reactions). During a transition period from July 1 – Aug. 31, 2021, Duke will continue to provide up to 40 hours of COVID paid time for staff who must be out for COVID-related reasons. See the specific procedures for submitting and tracking of COVID-related time during this period.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2021, University staff should use accrued vacation or sick time as appropriate for all instances where work is not being performed. Rare exceptions may occur where individuals require hospitalization for severe infections. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Access to all campus buildings is still limited to those with active DukeCards. Currently, daily symptom monitoring is still required by members of the Duke community to activate their DukeCard for building access.

Beginning September 1, daily symptom monitoring will no longer be required for activation of the DukeCard for faculty and staff who have been vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated must continue submitting daily symptom monitoring and complete required surveillance testing each week for activation of their DukeCards.

In accordance with CDC & OESO guidelines, housekeeping will return to the pre-pandemic service model which includes daily routine cleaning with detail cleaning occurring once per week with the exception of occupied office spaces, which will continue to be serviced two times per month.

Beginning July 1, fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students will not be required to wear a mask in most indoor areas. Because masks are still required in certain settings –  including health care, buses and shuttles on campus, and childcare centers – everyone should have a mask ready and available if needed. Also, please respect anyone who chooses to continue wearing masks as a means to prevent exposure to themselves or loved ones.

Unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a mask indoors until further notice.

Social distancing is no longer required on campus, though distancing is still recommended for those who are not vaccinated. Masks are still required indoors for anyone not vaccinated.

All students will be required to participate in entry testing and then weekly surveillance testing regardless of vaccination status. Duke officials will continue to assess COVID protocols and test results as the semester progresses to determine whether it is safe to further ease restrictions. Faculty and staff who have been vaccinated are not required to participate in weekly surveillance testing. All unvaccinated faculty and staff will be required to undergo surveillance testing once per week.

Effective June 1, 2021, Duke schools, departments and units may host events, activities and performances on and off campus, including meetings of faculty, staff, students and invited guests, without prior approval as long as they observe current Centers for Disease Control and State of North Carolina guidelines for capacity. Food and drink will be permitted subject to state and local regulations.

This guidance only applies to Duke-hosted activities. Outside organizations cannot hold events on the Duke campus without prior approval from the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations. Sponsors of events or gatherings on campus should strongly encourage all attendees to be vaccinated. Individuals who have not been vaccinated are required to wear masks while attending Duke-sponsored events and gatherings.  

Beginning September 1, daily symptom monitoring will no longer be required for activation of the DukeCard for faculty and staff who have been vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated must continue submitting daily symptom monitoring and complete required surveillance testing each week for activation of their DukeCards.

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption by September 1. Faculty and staff who are not vaccinated by September 1 will be required to continue daily symptom monitoring, wear masks inside campus buildings and participate in weekly surveillance testing.

All members of the Duke community will be expected to participate in the annual flu vaccine program that begins later in the fall of 2021.

Effective August 9, 2021, the Duke Travel Suspension due to COVID-19 will no longer apply to domestic travel. Faculty, staff, and students who are fully-vaccinated will once again be allowed to travel with Duke support to U.S. states, territories, and territorial waters. Also, domestic travelers will no longer need to enter their travel into the Duke Travel Registry.

While international travel will be more complex given the pandemic and resulting entry requirements/restrictions, travel to destinations that do not appear on Duke’s Restricted Regions List can once again proceed for individuals who are fully vaccinated with the usual budgetary and departmental/school approvals.

While Duke is supportive of continuing long-term remote or hybrid work arrangements where appropriate, the primary responsibility for decisions regarding future work arrangements will remain with the deans and vice presidents for their respective schools and departments. Those interested in a long-term remote or hybrid work arrangement should discuss the option with their supervisor to determine if such an arrangement is suitable and appropriate.

Please submit your completed vaccination card so your records can be updated accordingly.