At least 50 unmasked students were present at a Friday night gathering that violated Duke’s COVID-19 rules, as well as local and state coronavirus policies, Durham police have told the University.
A police report says the gathering was held at an off-campus location, administrators wrote in an email to undergraduates. Duke will begin contact tracing and surveillance testing attendees.
“As a reminder, hosting large scale social events—on or off-campus—is considered a flagrant violation of university COVID-19 expectations,” wrote Dean of Students John Blackshear; Vice President of Administration Kyle Cavanaugh; and Jeanna McCullers, director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. “Hosts, and in most instances, attendees, of events are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for further resolution.”
Students who have made similar violations of COVID-19 rules, including hosting large events, have lost campus access or been suspended for two semesters, the administrators wrote.
This is a developing story and will be updated if new information becomes available.