Mask your face (not your voice), selective org planning pause, and #FindSanctuary with Duke Chapel
Autumn has arrived here in Durham and we've been seeing lots of folks on campus enjoying the season. With midterms upon us, we know you're deeply engaged in your academic work and putting your all into this compressed semester. We hope you're also finding ways to take care of yourselves and support one another. Regardless of where you are located right now, we encourage you to reach out to connect to your faculty, your advisors and other support staff on campus if you need anything.
Thanks for all you're doing to help the whole Duke team move safely through the fall semester.
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
10 OR FEWER (YES, STILL)
While North Carolina regulations have recently changed, all Duke students are still required to adhere to university requirements limiting informal gatherings indoors or outdoors to 10 persons or fewer. These precautions should be practiced both on campus and off! The discipline you've shown so far is the reason we've been able to continue our classes and student life on campus. Keep up the good work!
Duke Gardens REMINDER
While many of us here in Durham would love an afternoon spent wandering Duke Gardens, sharing a gentle reminder that the gardens remain closed. Only very limited student access is permitted, and only for approved academic purposes through reservation by faculty or staff.
Goods news though—Duke has lots of other open green space to study or hang out in on campus while getting your nature fix!
Selective organization planning pause
Are you part of a fraternity, sorority, or selective living group?
We are asking all selective organizations (fraternities, sororities, and SLGs) to pause planning for any kind of recruitment process, in-person or otherwise, until further notice.
This pause is in response to the continued university-wide planning regarding residential living for the 2021-2022 academic year, as well as revisiting the risks involved in any type of recruitment and new member efforts for the spring semester. We also have been closely observing how these processes have occurred at peer institutions this fall and want to carefully consider how to keep our community safe through these continued challenges. A decision regarding Spring 2021 recruitment will be shared in mid-November.
Please note that failure to adhere to this pause will represent a violation of COVID-19 policy expectations and may result in disciplinary action for individual leaders and/or the organization.
NC voter registration deadline is Friday!
Time is running out to register to vote if you haven't already. You have until TOMORROW, Friday, October 9, in NC to register by mail or online, and it takes very little time! Need help or have questions? Visit vote.duke.edu.
Studying remotely, but registered to vote in NC? If you are registered to vote in Durham, you can request your absentee ballot on the State Board of Elections website. You can request an absentee ballot by October 27, but we recommend you do so ASAP since mailing can be a bit slow.
Tip of the week:
Get a flu shot!
As part of the Duke Compact, all students, faculty, and staff on campus are required to get a seasonal flu vaccine this year. Make sure to reserve your appointment time online at whichever flu clinic locations is most convenient for you!
The process is quick and easy:
- Access the online registration tool using your NetID and password.
- -Select a location to see what dates and times are available.
- -Complete all requested information before submitting your registration.
- -If you registered successfully, you will receive an email confirming the location and time slot after booking.
Remember to bring and wear your mask, practice physical distancing in line, and complete your daily symptom monitoring, as you will need to show your green daily pass at check-in.
ICYMI: Updates on tangible action and partnership
Last week, we shared an update on our commitment to tangible action and partnership and the ways we are working to enhance efforts to foster enhanced racial justice, equity, and meaningful inclusion for all undergraduate students here at Duke.
The message includes updates on the work of the Hate & Bias Working Group, point-by-point updates to the commitments made earlier this summer, and an invitation to partner with us to identify other opportunities to connect, engage, and act to bring needed change to our campus.
#findsanctuary with Duke Chapel
Been missing the quiet and beauty of Duke Chapel? As of Oct. 6, students of any faith and no faith at all can sign up for times to meditate, reflect, pray, contemplate, or just be in the Chapel. Reserve a ticketed time, and sit in a pew (while maintaining social distancing and masked) to #findsanctuary.
DUU Freewater movie screenings
Grab your popcorn and Raisinettes—Freewater has not stopped their free movie screenings! And the even-better news is, you can join from anywhere!
Check DukeGroups for dates and times and watch from the comfort of your laptop, wherever you may be. See you at the movies, err, on Zoom! (And no, we cannot be convinced that there is another movie candy better than Raisinettes.)
Spotted: Keeping the community safe
Shout out to these students for practicing a dance routine while staying at a safe distance and wearing their masks.
Thanks for keeping our community safe!