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Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Duke Families,

As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.

Thumbnail Todd Adams, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students office, will be leaving Duke this January to become assistant vice president and dean of students for Student Affairs at Northwestern University.

Dear students,

I'm writing to notify you that effective immediately, the Statute of Limitations (SOL) for reporting of allegations of sexual misconduct (under the following policy: http://web.duke.edu/policies/students/universitywide/sexualmisconduct.php) is no longer applicable. This pertains only to students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The amended policy text is provided below.

Ethical conduct is one of the most meaningful ways you will build and sustain a credible professional reputation. When questionable choices are made, Duke students are often surprised just how well-networked professionals in industries and companies are, and that news of bad choices often travels fast.

Use these guidelines to understand expectations others have of you while searching for a job or internship. Should you have questions about the right thing to do in a given situation, please contact the Career Center. We are here to help clarify and explain, or to help you think through the best course of action in your specific circumstance. If you are in a pinch, always err on the side of caution.

Following the discovery that Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson was less-than-honest on his resume, the former New York Times columnist Randy Cohen ("The Ethicist") appeared on CNBC explaining that one's résumé "has to be an honest account of your professional life and your education." Cohen poses an interesting dilemma to those doing the hiring and review of employees. What should be the appropriate response? Lying on one's résumé is neither a felony nor a misdemeanor, and yet it cheats a number of consituencies from the time of the hiring process to many years later. Thompson was alleged to have embellished his official company biography by stating that he has a degree in computer science in addition to the one he earned in accounting at Stonehill College.

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