Important Message from the Office of Student Conduct

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Stephen Bryan, Associate Dean of Students & Director

Dear Student:

The Office of Student Conduct staff welcomes you (back) to Duke!  We know your time is valuable, so with that in mind, here are 10 things to remember to help you avoid decisions that could lead to future anxiety as you’re applying for internships, jobs, DukeEngage, study abroad, law school, medical school, or other opportunities where your character and conduct may be reviewed.

1.  You will not be able to study abroad or participate in DukeEngage if you are on disciplinary probation (DP), which is a mid-level response to concerning behavior.  DP is issued, for example, as a sanction for distributing alcohol, smoking marijuana, having a fake ID, engaging in disorderly conduct, and repeated misconduct.

2.  If you are suspended from Duke a permanent notation is made on your transcript.  You must apply for readmission, which is not guaranteed.

3.  Sexual misconduct is not tolerated in our community, potentially subjecting student offenders to permanent expulsion from the Duke community.  Ensure that you are engaging in consensual behavior with your partner.  Remember your partner’s ability to consent must not be compromised by the incapacitating effects of alcohol, drugs, or other situation.

4.  Know that the use of a fake ID carries risks.  Local and state police agencies typically cite/arrest students caught with one, and the University responds as well through the disciplinary process.

5.  Pretend your grandparents are living next door to the off-campus residence where you live or visit.  Be respectful of the neighborhood, avoid littering, keep your noise down, and let your good judgment guide you rather than be compromised by a "groupthink" mentality and/or the excessive consumption of alcohol.

6.  It's better to get a reduced grade/zero on an assignment for turning it in late rather than completing it in an academically dishonest way, which subjects you to suspension.

7.  Fire extinguishers and fire alarm pulls are tempting to touch.  Caution!  A false alarm annoys your peers (especially at 3 AM), and the powder from a discharged fire extinguisher creates a mess.  Students identified tampering with fire safety equipment will likely lose their on-campus housing.

8.  Use legitimate sources (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Netflix, etc.) for acquiring music or movies.  We've heard of unfortunate situations where students have been sued for copyright infringement for downloading files illegally, or, asked to pay thousands of dollars as a settlement to a copyright claim.

9.  It is easy to overestimate the degree to which collaboration is permitted in a course.  Clarify with your instructors the extent to which working with another on an assignment is permitted.

10.  If you're unsure if _____ (fill in the blank) is OK or not, there are lots of resources available to help you figure this out.  Your academic dean, your RA, your academic advisor, your instructors, Student Affairs staff… we're all here to help you proactively make good decisions and give you support.  Ask rather than assume!

For a comprehensive listing of university policies and procedures regarding undergraduate student conduct, see or the Office of Student Conduct website (  If you did not receive a printed copy of The Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Undergraduates and would like one, let us know at or stop by 200 Crowell Hall (East Campus). For list of policy and procedure changes in this year’s edition of The DCS Guide,  see  Best wishes for a successful year, and go Duke!

On behalf of the Office of Student Conduct staff,
Stephen Bryan
Associate Dean of Students & Director