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Duke cancels in-person summer activities, on-campus Summer Session I classes

If you were thinking of taking classes during Summer Session I, you might consider backup options. 

In an email sent to students March 30, Provost Sally Kornbluth announced that the University will be canceling on-campus and Marine Lab Summer Session I classes. She wrote that it is possible, though unconfirmed, that Duke may offer a reduced set of remote or online courses in Summer Session I.

Kornbluth added that all other Duke-sponsored academic curricular and co-curricular programs for the summer will be remote or online.

She wrote that unless circumstances change enough to safely operate a limited schedule of classes, the University will continue to plan remote or online class offerings for Summer Session II, but will make a final determination by the end of April. She noted however, that Duke will try to ensure courses used to meet academic requirements will remain available.

“Since many Duke undergraduates rely on Summer Session I and II to meet academic requirements, our highest priority will be to ensure that those courses remain available to the extent possible,” Kornbluth wrote.

All Duke-sponsored summer study away programs are also canceled, including DukeEngage and study abroad. 

“Student participation in summer study abroad programs offered by non-Duke providers must abide by Duke travel policies,” she added.

The American Dance Festival, sports camps and all on-campus programs not sponsored by Duke are canceled until June 28, and the University will decide whether to hold events after that date at the end of April. All other programs involving minors, such as Duke TIP, will not take place this summer.

She explained that those who have already paid for such programs will be issued a full refund.

Kornbluth promised that a website will be up shortly with summer “curricular, co-curricular, and career programs” for Duke students.


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