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Duke announces summer surveillance, entry testing protocols

Bryan Center Plaza on Thursday, March 12 around 1:30 p.m.
Bryan Center Plaza on Thursday, March 12 around 1:30 p.m.

Most students living or working on campus this summer will be required to undergo entry testing and all will be required to participate in surveillance testing, according to a Tuesday morning email from Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Francis and Vice President of Administration Kyle Cavanaugh. The email was sent to all Duke undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will be on campus in some capacity this summer. 

Most students will be required to obtain an entry test in order to have their DukeCards activated for the summer, according to the email. After entry testing, students will have to sequester until they receive a negative result, which will likely take 24 to 48 hours. 

Students in some graduate and professional programs will be excused from entry testing, according to the email. 

Entry testing will be conducted in Penn Pavilion at least once per week, beginning Monday, May 10. Unlike the process at the beginning of this academic year’s spring and fall semesters, summer entry testing will be self-administered and will not require an appointment. 

In addition to entry testing, all students who will be on campus in some form this summer will be required to participate in surveillance testing. Students living on campus will have two mandatory surveillance tests each week, and students living off campus will have one. 

Summer surveillance testing will also begin on Monday, May 10. The tests will be self-administered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penn Pavilion, Brodie Memorial Gym, Levine Science Research Center and the Inter-professional Education and Care Building and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn. 

Students will receive an email on the day they are assigned to be tested. Noncompliance with the surveillance testing protocol will result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct or to a student’s graduate or professional program. 

While unnecessary travel will still be discouraged, students who leave Durham will be required to undergo surveillance testing immediately upon return. Students will not have to fill out a travel form or sequester upon returning to campus. 

The email also noted that the last day of spring surveillance testing is Friday, April 30, but students must continue completing symptom monitoring each day. 

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