Duke is lifting most aspects of its campus stay-in-place order tomorrow, but on-campus students will still be confined to campus in most circumstances until March 28. Off-campus students can only come to campus for essential purposes.
Duke’s summer and fall plans include expanded on-campus living and the possibility of international travel for students, said Executive Vice President Jennifer Francis; Gary Bennett, vice provost for undergraduate education; and Mary Pat McMahon, vice provost and vice president for student affairs, at Thursday’s Academic Council meeting.
Testing conducted in the first three days of the stay-in-place showed 54 positive cases, down from 107 cases in the same period last week.
Amid the many changes on Duke’s campus necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, one old sight reliably persists: a smiling canine face and her familiar owner. The beloved dog-owner duo—Keith Upchurch, Trinity ‘72, and Nugget, his 10-year-old golden retriever—have promenaded through Duke’s campus since 2012. Since Upchurch retired from the Durham Herald-Sun in 2016, they have visited the University almost every day.
Duke is examining daily COVID-19 test results to decide whether to lift the stay-in-place order for undergraduates on Sunday, with enough space in on-campus quarantine and isolation housing to weather the current surge in cases.
Since its last conduct update Feb. 4, Duke has issued 111 additional sanctions on students that could be included on their disciplinary record, and this semester, there have been nine student hearings for alleged flagrant violations of COVID policies.
The organization said in a statement that it “is disappointed that some individuals within fraternities violated the expectations we established for virtual recruitment."
Students playing spikeball, eating crepes on picnic blankets and watching the sunset—the air at Duke just felt different during the recent days off class.
As leaked news spread across campus Saturday evening of plans for new temporary restrictions on campus life, students rushed to purchase food and shared what could be their final meals together for some time.
Classes will all be online during the order with very limited exceptions, Dean of Students John Blackshear; Mary Pat McMahon, vice provost and vice president for student affairs; and Gary Bennett, vice provost for undergraduate education, wrote in a Saturday evening message to undergraduates.
Of 102 undergraduates who tested positive for COVID-19 between March 5 and 9, the majority “either have a known Greek affiliation and/or are first-year male students in the Class of 2024,” administrators wrote.
Administrators urged students to follow virus safety rules as weekly COVID-19 cases more than doubled among undergraduates.
As we near the one-year anniversary of Duke’s March 10, 2020, announcement that classes would move online, we’re stepping back and considering how much our campus and community have changed.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended Duke students' college experience. As part of our one-year retrospective, we spoke to students about how the last year has affected them.
Students interested in seeing artwork at the Nasher Museum of Art now have more ways to do so.
Between March and May, at least four COVID-19-related complaints were filed with OSHA against DUHS facilities, all of which were closed without additional inspections.
Two variants of the coronavirus have made their way to Duke, the University announced Thursday.
“No one showed up to my zoom meeting last week,” said Sue Wasiolek, the faculty-in-residence in Gilbert-Addoms Residence Hall.
While the pandemic has emotionally affected many in the Duke community, it has taken a particularly grave toll on those who are struggling with eating disorders.