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Letter: Faculty urge Duke to ban vaping

(10/07/19 4:00am)

As practicing clinicians and scientists, we write to express our concern regarding the use of electronic cigarettes on campus, and to urge Duke University to join almost 2,000 US colleges and universities in taking a proactive stance by banning these products on the campus. Our university and its host city Durham have navigated a long and fraught relationship with tobacco, and we now face a new opportunity to impact the tobacco industry’s threats to local and world public health. 

Letter: 62 Duke faculty respond to Department of Education directive

(10/03/19 4:00am)

We appreciate the recent statement on academic freedom from President Price and Provost Kornbluth following the US Department of Education’s investigation of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East studies. We also welcome the letter to the DOE from 18 American academic associations—including the Middle East Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Anthropological Association—who characterized the investigation as “an unprecedented and counterproductive intervention into academic curricula and programming that threatens the integrity and autonomy of our country’s institutions of higher education.”

Faculty concerned about Semester Online

(04/24/13 8:33am)

In his recent address to the Academic Council, President Richard Brodhead explained, “Since the faculty presides over the curriculum, the faculty must take responsibility for assessing our offerings in the light of high liberal arts ideals.” As Duke faculty who are deeply committed to maintaining, improving and delivering a high-quality undergraduate education, we take that responsibility extremely seriously. Indeed, the reason the faculty “own” the curriculum at liberal arts schools such as Duke is to protect it from the political and commercial pressures that might otherwise hold sway—to assure that the implementation of substantive curricular changes are carefully and deliberately considered.