Office of the Vice President

Student Affairs Departments

Campus Life
Campus Life provides education, advocacy and support for Duke students through advising, leadership development and experiential education. Campus Life is comprised of nine departments that: work with a multicultural campus community to promote intellectual understanding, acknowledgement, and appreciation of their differences and similarities; advocate for equal access for students and student groups to participate in campus activities, including an equitable distribution of support resources for those activities; and promote a seamless integration of the academic and co-curricular sides of the University to promote a holistic, educational experience for students. Outreach programs and services are designed to foster an equitable and engaged university community as well as a culture of broad social and civic understanding.

  • Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)
    Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) provides education, advocacy, support, and space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and straight-allied students, staff, and faculty at Duke, as well as alumni/ae and members of neighboring communities; and presents educational, cultural, and social opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae to challenge intolerance and to create a more hospitable campus climate.
  • Center for Multicultural Affairs
    The Center for Multicultural Affairs offers educationally based cross-cultural programs to Duke students, and provides technical support on multicultural issues for the university community. CMA is dedicated to helping multicultural students, and all Duke students, receive the benefits of a first-rate multicultural educational experience by providing programs, services and connections with faculty, staff and alumni to deliver a sound diversity agenda.
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    Fraternity & Sorority Life advises, serves and supports 38 nationally affiliated chapters and the general Greek community. In partnership with faculty, staff, alumni, families, and (inter)national organizations, we challenge and educate students in the areas of leadership, cultural awareness, personal and group development, scholarship, and civic responsibility.
  • International House
    International House assists international undergraduate, graduate and professional students and their families with orientation and acclimation; enhances cross-cultural interaction among students, faculty and staff through events, programming and community outreach; and provides advocacy and support for the Duke international community on a broad range of issues.
  • Jewish Life at Duke
    Jewish Life at Duke is comprised of the Freeman Center and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel. The Freeman Center provides a home for Jewish life on campus while the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel provides exciting and innovative programming throughout the Duke community. The combination works to foster and enrich Jewish life for students, faculty and staff through social, educational, religious and cultural activities.
  • Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
    The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture promotes racial understanding, builds community, and fosters an appreciation for and increased knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora. MLWC provides programs and services that contribute to the successful academic and personal development of Black students at Duke, and positively impact the lives of all those whom they encounter.
  • Muslim Life at Duke
    Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Duke's Muslim students through programs and services that cater to their spiritual, social and intellectual needs. Through the combined efforts of the Muslim Chaplain and the Muslim Student Association, Muslim Life at Duke provides interfaith, community service and social activism opportunities that allow students to discuss and practice topics related to faith, peace, compassion and understanding in a warm and enriching setting. These events and activities are open to all members of the Duke community as well as the Triangle community.
  • University Center Activities and Events
    The University Center Activities and Events supports student programming, leadership exploration, and facility operations for student life, and more than 400 registered student groups on campus. UCAE provides services, support, and opportunities for students to engage in co-curricular experiences that lead to personal development, life-long skills, and meaningful connections with other students, faculty, staff, alumni and others connected to the Duke community.
  • Women's Center
    The Women's Center works to improve the status of women in higher education at Duke. By educating the university community about gender-related issues, addressing matters of particular concern to women, and promoting a campus climate that is safe, healthy, and respectful of all people, the Women’s Center enhances all students' academic experiences. In collaboration with student groups and faculty and staff colleagues, the Women's Center offers information, advocacy, technical assistance, referrals, and programming on a variety of gender-related issues, including safety, health, personal and professional development, sexuality, discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault support services.

Career Center
The Career Center provides career services of the highest standard to Duke undergraduates, graduate students and alumni of Trinity College, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Graduate School. Working in partnership with faculty and colleagues, and recognizing that each individual has unique needs, our staff members help students and alumni make the most of their Duke education, resources, and connections; develop career interests and values; and find satisfying work. Further, we build and maintain relationships with alumni and employers who can provide internships and learning opportunities, entry-level positions and opportunities for experienced professionals.

The staff of the Duke Career Center connects members of the university community so that students and alumni can receive career advice and mentoring when they need it and, in turn, help others when they are able.

Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office offers mediation services, responds to emergency situations involving students through 24/7 emergency coverage, offers programs in substance abuse prevention and health promotion, and manages the DukeReach program designed to help faculty find help for students in need and coordinates parent programs. The Dean of Students office advises and refers individual students regarding personal concerns and follows up with student victims of crime, illness, or harassment.

  • DukeReach
    DukeReach (the Office of Case Management) provides direct case management services including interventions, advocacy, referrals and follow-up services for students who are experiencing significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, and/or psycho-social adjustment. The Assistant and Associate Deans in DukeReach coordinate student services and provides connections with campus departments as well as outside agencies and providers.
  • Duke Student Wellness Center (DUWELL)
    The Duke Student Wellness Center works to enhance the educational experience for Duke students by addressing substance use and abuse issues and promoting healthy physical, emotional and social development, including issues related to sexual health. The Duke Student Wellness Center is dedicated to fostering a living/learning environment on campus and within the surrounding community that encourages the full development of the individual as an engaged member of the community.
  • Student Conduct
    The Office of Student Conduct promotes personal responsibility and encourages honesty, integrity and respect among Duke students. Student Conduct is responsible for holding undergraduate students accountable for academic and non-academic violations of university policy, which flow from Duke's honor code (the Duke Community Standard). The disciplinary process is designed to be an educational one by which individuals or groups recognize their mistakes and learn from them. Student Conduct also serves as an advocate for and resource to student victims of crime, illness, harassment, or other crises.
  • Student Health
    Duke Student Health is the primary source for healthcare services for Duke students, including general medical care, basic nutrition counseling, laboratory services, travel/immunization clinics, allergy/immunotherapy clinic, physical therapy, and more. Medical services are provided by board-certified faculty physicians and by physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and resident physicians under faculty supervision. The Student Health Center is a division of the Department of Community and Family Medicine and a department in the Division of Student Affairs. Student Health provides comprehensive, high quality health care and patient education in an environment that is compassionate, non-judgmental, and respectful of diversity. Student Health maintains a main clinic on West Campus on Flowers Drive, and a satellite clinic on East Campus in Wilson House. Most services at the Student Health Center (SHC) are covered by the Health Fee. Emergency services are provided by the Emergency Department in Duke Medical Center. The Duke University Police Department (911 or 919-684-2444) is available to provide on-campus transportation to the Emergency Department. In addition, Duke EMS, a student team of Emergency Medical Technicians, is on-duty 24 hours a day to assist with medical emergencies. www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth or 919-681-9355.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to deal with the experiences of living, growing, and learning. CAPS offers many services to Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, and assistance with referrals. CAPS staff also provide outreach education programs to student groups, particularly programs supportive of at-risk populations. Staff members are available for consultation with faculty concerning students or other matters relating to mental health in the university community. The CAPS staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists experienced in working with college-age adults. CAPS staff carefully adhere to professional standards of ethics, privacy and confidentiality.

Housing, Dining and Residence Life (HDRL)
Housing, Dining and Residence Life (HDRL) manages all aspects of the university’s three-year undergraduate residency requirement. HDRL is responsible for a variety of programs, services and resources, including new-student orientation, housing assignments, community housing services, residential life programming, all aspects of campus dining services, care and maintenance of residential facilities, and much more.

Residential programs are designed to build positive communities that value learning, create new opportunities for faculty engagement, and generate positive social connections. HDRL, student residents and others in the Duke community develop and maintain environments that support classroom learning and stir students to seek learning opportunities in the world around them. We promote opportunities for students to connect with others and develop a strong and enduring sense of belonging; and intentionally provide opportunities for students to grow and develop, especially as they wrestle with issues of identity, autonomy and responsibility. HDRL programs are rooted in the concepts of mutual respect and civility, and recognize and celebrate the dignity and self-worth of all members.

HDRL also manages the facilities operations of all university student residences, which comprise approximately 25 percent of all university space. These responsibilities include all long-range planning, renovations and major projects, managing housekeeping and maintenance efforts, and ensuring that all residence options are safe, secure, comfortable, and well-maintained.

Dining Services manages more than 30 restaurants, cafes and food carts across campus. These food options are open to students, faculty, staff and visitors, and are an integral, innovative and award-winning part of the overall Duke experience. The goal is to provide healthy and enjoyable food and eating venues to meet student needs.

Resource Administration

Resource Administration is a collection of central service units including payroll, finance, human resources, information technology, professional development, assessment and event management. These central services support the work of Student Affairs departments through strategic resource management, collaboration and partnerships with staff and other key stakeholders. Resource Administration staff, services, and activities are focused on strategic planning, budgeting, financial operations, payroll, information technology services, communications, staff recruitment, professional development programs, employee relations, organizational development, and management of administrative facilities.