Housing, Dining & Residence Life (HDRL)

Community Standards & Expectations

Housing, Dining and Residence Life (HDRL) works to make each student's residential experience positive; we want to help you make this home. The Duke Community Standard applies to the residence halls and apartments. Its primary purpose is to help residents learn from choices they make and become positive contributors to their residential community.

While HDRL will strive to provide outstanding living and learning experiences, it is the student's responsibility to be familiar with and understand the community expectations. All communities need to have rules in order to maintain safety and order.

Amenities and Services

Information concerning many of the logistics of residential living, including many amenities and services such as cleaning information, storage information, phone and computer information, and much more may be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 1, Conference and Event Services will be handling space reservation requests
for East Campus spaces.

Pre-Event Planning for Upperclass Houses-Fall 2013

Fire Safety

All individuals, living groups, and cohesive units must adhere to university fire safety policies. Report all fires and smoke to Duke University Police Department by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 919-684-2444 from a cell phone. Fires that have been extinguished should also be reported to Duke Police so that an investigation may be conducted. All fires should subsequently also be reported to your Hall Staff.

Housing, Dining and Residence Life Student Conduct System

Generally, misconduct in the residence halls will be resolved through staff members in Housing, Dining and Residence Life. Informal resolutions may include residential warnings or probation, relocation, community service, restitution or educational initiatives. Students who are alleged to have committed serious infractions (e.g., drug or safety violations) or who repeatedly violate any residential and/or university policy will be subject to formal disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct in the Dean of Students Office.

The official statement of University policies and regulations is available in the Duke Community Standard guide that is provided to each first-year student and is available for review on the Student Conduct website.

Living Together Safely

Policies and information aimed at fostering a safe environment for all who live within our residential communities. This section contains policies and information aimed at fostering a safe environment for all who live within our residential communities.


Students may use only Residence Life and Housing Services (HDRL) provided loft furniture on East and West Campuses. Unapproved lofts (personally constructed and/or purchased) and wooden structures are not be allowed in the residence halls.

East Campus Residents may submit a request for a loft AFTER they arrive on campus on August 19, 2014.  Loft requests can be made in-person at the East HDRL Office on East Campus.

West Campus residents may submit a request for an HDRL loft prior to their arrival on campus.


As members of the Duke community, students share the obligation to establish and sustain a living environment that supports individual needs and university values. The policies below have particular relevance to our residential communities. All residents are expected to review these policies. In addition to HDRL policies, all students should review the policies as published in the The Duke Community Standard in Practice.

Selective Living Group Expectations and Information

All living groups are responsible for maintaining standards established by Duke University. Selective living groups have a special obligation to take proactive measures to ensure that individual members conduct themselves in a mature, respectful manner. Being afforded the opportunity to select those persons who will live within a particular living group is a privilege, not a right.
This section shares expectations and information for groups who have been given the privilege of space in our residential communities.