As we continue to expand campus operations, we are also updating policies and procedures for the campus community.

Masks or cloth face coverings are required in all Duke-owned or leased properties indoors and outdoors, unless walking outdoors alone, exercising outdoors alone, or eating/drinking alone.

The practices for campus have always been, and will continue to be developed using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Duke’s Student Health, Employee Health, Occupational and Environmental Safety Office, and our own infectious diseases experts in Duke Health.

These measures include cleaning and maintenance of University buildings to promote safe environments on campus.

Masks are required on the Duke campus in all indoor locations. Because of the declining trend the last couple weeks, masking is no longer required outdoors in most circumstances on the Duke campus, though masks are still strongly recommended in outdoor settings with a gathering of people. Masks will continue to be required for large outdoor events on campus.

Masks are also required on all Duke buses and shuttles, as well as bus stops. These requirements apply to all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Masks will not be required when an individual is working alone in an office where they are the only occupant.

Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene:  If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol.

Social Distancing: As of July 1, 2021, social distancing is no longer required on campus.

Testing

Robust and wide-ranging testing systems are in place. All students will be tested for COVID-19 before they are permitted to move in or begin classes. Faculty and staff will be tested if they have any symptoms related to COVID-19. 

Currently, all students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated must complete daily symptom monitoring using the SymMon app. Beginning September 1, daily symptom monitoring is no longer 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.

  • You only need to complete the survey on the days in which you will be on campus.
  • If you have any symptoms, you should not go to class or work. Student Health or Employee Health will follow up to assess your symptoms and provide guidance.

You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have had evaluation and clearance by Student Health or Employee Health to be eligible to return to campus. 

Students who have any symptoms must call Student Health at 919-681-9355 and choose option 2 to speak to a triage nurse. For urgent matters after hours, contact UNC Healthlink at 919-966-3820.

Faculty and staff who have any symptoms must call the Duke COVID hotline* (919) 385-0429, option 1 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for assessment of symptoms and COVID-19 testing.

  • By contacting the hotline, you will register with Employee Health and must complete the Duke employee survey that will be sent to your email within one hour of receiving it.
  • Employee Health will contact you shortly after you complete the initial survey.
  • You should self-isolate until cleared by Employee Health to return to work.

Contact tracing

If a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Student Health or Employee Health will conduct contact tracing to quickly and sensitively identify individuals who could have come in contact with them during the time when they were infectious. This process, which involves testing and symptom monitoring of those contacts, is essential to helping reduce the potential spread of infection. 

We recognize the anxiety and emotional strain that these circumstances have placed on all of us.

Students

Students on campus and in the Duke vicinity can access Counseling and Psychological Services (919)660-1000, and students anywhere can connect with support through DukeReach (919)681-2455.

Students also now have access to 24/7 mental telehealth support at no cost through Blue Devils Care, which is available to all full- or part-time degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate or professional students.

Faculty & Staff

Personal Assistance Service (PAS) is available to offer emotional support during this stressful period. Telephonic or video counseling is available, and you can access this service using most smartphones, tablets and computers with a camera. You may contact PAS by calling 919-416-1727 or visiting the PAS website (https://pas.duke.edu).

 Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html)
The best way to prevent illness if to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyone should:

  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health

 According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:

  • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
  • People with HIV
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised

Duke students, faculty or staff members whose health condition falls within one of the CDC High Risk Categories or is pregnant may seek a Temporary COVID-19 Adjustment using the DMS Reasonable Accommodation process by visiting the Disability Management System website (access.duke.edu/employees) or calling 919-684-1424.

Please remember that some fully vaccinated individuals may still contract COVID and continue to practice preventative measures.

  • Indoor group seating at Duke Dining facilities will be temporarily suspended. All Duke Dining facilities will transition to grab and go, and more than 25 tents have been erected across the campus to provide outdoor seating for meals and other gatherings.
  • Food should not be served or provided at indoor meetings, events, conferences and other gatherings, unless an outside eating option is made available.
  • If eating indoors, remain masked at all times except when actively eating and drinking. Maintain at least 6′ distance and face away from others.
  • Be aware of surroundings in the environment, especially indoors, when deciding where to sit while you eat.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene before eating, including washing or sanitizing your hands thoroughly.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness, according the the CDC.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Students

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 of the following symptoms:

  • cough,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • repeated shaking with chills,
  • runny nose or new sinus congestion,
  • muscle pain,
  • headache,
  • sore throat,
  • fatigue,
  • new GI symptoms, or
  • new loss of taste or smell.
Faculty & Staff

If you have ANY of the following symptoms, you may not report to work:

  • cough,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • repeated shaking with chills,
  • runny nose or new sinus congestion,
  • muscle pain,
  • headache,
  • sore throat,
  • fatigue,
  • new GI symptoms, or
  • new loss of taste or smell.

You must call the Duke COVID hotline* (919-385-0429 option 1 for employees) for assessment and COVID-19 testing By contacting the hotline, you will register with Employee Health and must complete the Duke employee survey that will be sent to your email. Employee Health will contact you within 24 hours.

You must self-isolate until cleared by Employee Health to return to work.

*Note: The Duke COVID hotline operates 7 days/week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All Duke undergraduate, graduate and professional students must present proof of vaccination in order to attend classes and other campus activities during the 2021 Fall semester. Students should upload their proof of COVID-19 immunization for verification to shc.duhs.duke.edu. Do NOT submit documentation if you have already sent it to Student Health via email. 

All Duke University staff and faculty must be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption by September 1, 2021.

Any faculty, staff or student who has not already done so can schedule an appointment for a free vaccination on campus. Many sites also offer walk-in options.

Faculty or staff members who were vaccinated at a location other than the Duke Employee Vaccination Clinic should upload a picture of their completed vaccination card through the confidential Duke VAXTrax online form to ensure their records are updated. Students should submit their completed vaccination card to Student Health at covidlabresults@duke.edu

For more information about efforts, visit Duke’s COVID-19 Vaccination website


FAQ


Last spring, the university established a number of working groups to prepare for every aspect of Duke’s return to campus.  These working groups have included numerous individuals from across the university and Health System, and have focused on health and safety, academic policies, residential life, laboratories and research, athletics, financial issues and other areas.  Team 2021, co-chaired by vice president for administration Kyle Cavanaugh and executive vice provost Jennifer Francis, has coordinated the activities of these working groups and provided recommendations and options to President Price and the university leadership for consideration and action.

Duke’s highest priority has been the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We have relied on Duke experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, environmental health and testing, as well as the latest research and best practices and our experience with the continuous operation of our hospitals and clinics, to devise our policies and protocols for campus. We will continuously assess all our public health measures to ensure that the Duke campus is as safe as possible.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 contact Student Health (for students) or Employee Health (for faculty and staff) for further guidance.

The university is continuously monitoring campus, local, state and national trends and will adjust policies and operations as needed to protect the health and safety of the Duke community.

Beginning August 16, 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. Everyone called for surveillance testing should still participate as scheduled, regardless of vaccination status. 

Building HVAC systems are a low risk method of transmission. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the CDC have identified a number of strategies that could improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and reduce the chance of viral spread in a building’s HVAC system. These strategies fall into two broad categories: Filtration and Ventilation.

The university has several types of buildings, varying widely in size, age and complexity. Consequently, there are many different types of HVAC systems in the buildings. These systems include central air, fan- coil units, small split systems and unitary appliances. Our building HVAC systems are maintained on preventative maintenance schedules for optimum performance and reliability, but not all of the strategies listed above can be applied equally to our varied buildings and HVAC systems. Best practices for preventing the spread of COVID remain to vaccinate, monitor symptoms as well as to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, masking and surface cleaning.

Below is additional information as it relates to the two strategies and how FMD has integrated them into our HVAC systems.

Filtration

MERV13 filters are recommended. For many years MERV13 has been the Duke University standard for new construction and major renovation projects. Additionally, FMD continues to review existing equipment and install MERV13 filters in existing buildings wherever the equipment will accept them. That said, there a plenty of older buildings that have lower MERV filters that cannot accept more efficient filters without major modifications or replacing the equipment entirely. Where possible, MERV13 have been installed in the buildings’ HVAC systems.

Ventilation

The primary objective of this strategy is dilution. Increasing circulation or air changes does not necessarily increase dilution. Only increasing outside air (OA) and mixing it with air recirculating in the building increases dilution. Wherever building systems permit and outdoor air conditions allow, FMD has increased OA ventilation.