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Blog Author:
Stephen Bryan, Associate Dean of Students & Director, Student Conduct

Dear Undergraduate 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 keep in mind this year.  For the overwhelming majority of you, this list will never apply directly to you, so we especially THANK YOU for reading through these items— and perhaps you can be a persuasive voice to your peers in steering them away from some of the negative behaviors described below, should you see them heading down a potentially perilous path.

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.

Blog Author:
Valerie Glassman

The Office of Student Conduct is happy to announce the newest members of the Undergraduate Conduct Board for the 2013-14 year. These students were selected from an applicant pool of over 105 candidates, and will join the eight students from the Class of 2014 who will remain on the board from the 2012-13 academic year.

Please join me in congratulating these men and women.

Dear Student:

Each semester brings exciting opportunities for involvement and leadership in campus and community organizations, such as fraternities, sororities, selective living groups, and non-residential groups. For some organizations, a new member period—sometimes referred to as pledging—occurs as new members join the group.

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.