Office of the Vice Provost

Office of the Vice Provost


The Division of Student Affairs is critically engaged in all aspects of students’ lives and collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and many others in the delivery of key services and support to students and all whom the Division serves.

Student Affairs provides programs and services that support the optimal growth of Duke students, enhance their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development, and complement Duke’s academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to experience education and explore interests beyond the classroom.

Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs


 As the chief student affairs officer at Duke, Mary Pat McMahon is directly involved in decisions that shape the undergraduate and graduate student experience, including responsibility for residential and dining services, student wellness services, specialized services for parents/families and student veterans, as well as other student-directed services such as student extracurricular support and the university’s identity and cultural centers. McMahon is a proven leader in student affairs, and is committed to student development, team leadership and building strong community, academic and student partnerships.

Before coming to Duke in July 2019, McMahon was dean of student affairs at Tufts University’s Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. There, she was broadly responsible for fostering meaningful growth and connection in students’ co-curricular experience, coordinating developmental, leadership and health and safety resources for students.

Prior to Tufts, McMahon served as associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, where she helped develop a highly regarded residential learning program, oversaw the first-year experience, provided academic and personal advising to students and offered guidance for the judicial and sexual misconduct board hearing processes. 

Previously, McMahon was associate director of doctoral programs at New York University and assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale University. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Yale University and a master of science degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Recent Messages Sent to Students

Please note: For all messages to students sent from the University containing with COVID-related and return to campus information, visit the Updates for Students page on Duke's Coronavirus response website.


Summer 2022

June 16: Blue Devil Buddy Initiative

Spring 2022

April 28: Hey Seniors! Last chance to share your thoughts, win prizes!

April 19: Reaffirming our commitment to sexual misconduct prevention and accountability at Duke

April 7: Action Requested - Update your personal data-sharing preferences

April 6: Halfway There event, affinity group grad celebrations, Bryan Center Space workshop and more

April 2: A message from Coach K and Final Four game day reminders!

April 1: NCAA Men's Final Four game day information

March 27: Conduct updates, March 2022

March 27: NCAA Men's Final Four student ticket lottery

March 22: Vigil at 5 pm, Quad welcome parties, academic guide templates, DSG Common Hour, and more!

March 20: Nominate your faculty members to be QuadEx Faculty Fellows!

March 9: Resources for students, Young Trustee finalists, Orientation Leader applications, and more

March 5: New safety and security actions for off campus housing

March 3: Important game day reminders for K-Ville and the potential bonfire

March 1: Working together toward a more welcoming and inclusive community for all
Note: We want to make sure we also honor the advocacy of our students from Blue Devils United who, in partnership with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, worked with Housing and Residence Life in the design and implementation of gender-inclusive housing for students.

February 22: Campus Climate town hall, Quad Council elections, Spring Break testing, and more

February 18: Reminder to complete Co-Mapping Space Survey

February 11: Quad Council elections, decompress at Duke Campus Farm, celebrating Black History Month, and two ways to make your voice heard

February 6: Message regarding bonfire in violation of local laws and Duke policies

January 25: Leadership Week, Sophomore Spark Summit, Mental Health Resource Guide, COVID reminders and more

January 20: KN95s available to all students, testing sites closed Friday

January 11: Booster shots and other spring reminders, QuadEx QoW grand prize winner, spring office hours with VP McMahon, Sophomore Spark

January 11: Extending deadline for required booster shots

January 3: Important message regarding a member of the Duke student community


December 31: Dec. 31 Update to Plans for Start of Spring Semester
*sent from University as an update to 12/22 message. For all messages to students sent from the University containing with COVID-related and return to campus information, visit the Updates for Students page on Duke's Coronavirus response website.

December 22: Spring Semester Updates for Undergraduate Students

December 10: Booster Shots, Return to Campus, and Spring Protocols for Students

November 30: Undergrad Newsletter: Stay in the running for the QoW grand prize, booster shots, res hall playlists, last day for Chapel Fellowship apps, and course evals

November 30: Get your COVID booster before Winter Break!

November 29: Conduct Updates, November 2021

November 11: QuadEx details, blocking, info sessions

November 2: QuadEx QoW, flu shot deadline extended, become an RA, CAPS support, and more

October 28: Announcing the QuadEx Question of the Week! Win premier parking or priority class registration for Fall 2022

October 26: Two off-campus robberies of Duke students reported today

October 22: Coming soon: QuadEx Question of the Week, Halloween safety, Young Trustee nominations, and more

October 19: Homophobic and anti-Black racist graffiti on the East Campus Bridge

October 11: Mental Health Resources for Duke Students

October 7: Undergrad Newsletter: QuadEx, Career Hub, discussion with Nina King, and COVID updates

October 6: Post-Fall Break COVID updates

September 30: Introducing QuadEx, the future of residential living and learning at Duke

September 21: Undergrad Newsletter: Keep up the good work, avoid the line for football games, fall programs from Duke Rec & P.E.

September 15: Important COVID updates for undergrads, Sept 15

August 30: Important COVID updates for undergrads, Aug. 30

August 26: Masks now required at outdoor events, and other COVID-related updates

August 24: Undergrad Newsletter: Kicking off fall '21, COVID quick tips, join us for WoW and the Devil's Gala

August 17: Things to keep in mind as Duke reopens this fall

May 2021

May 26, Duke Supported Student Travel Policy Update

May 20, Student conduct updates

May 5, That's a wrap for spring, reminders for summer on campus, and while we're away...

April 2021

April 21, Join us to reflect on the news in Minnesota

April 15, Conduct Updates

April 8, Last call to sign up for your vaccine at Duke, or let us know you have been vaccinated!

April 8: Wellness Day, join Next Gen 2.0 focus groups, share your voice in the campus climate survey, and submit event ideas!

April 5, Time to reflect and recharge on April 12

April 4, Update: East Campus Union to reopen next Monday, Apr. 12

April 2, Required end-of-semester departure survey 

April 1, Sign up by Mon. April 5 for COVID vaccine at Duke (sent to students who had not yet signed up for the vaccine at Duke) 

March 2021

March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility and resources for students

March 27, East Campus Union closed until further notice

March 25, Vaccination for Undergraduate Students 

March 25, Vaccination for Graduate/Professional Students

March 24: Welcoming AVP Shruti Desai, Anti-Asian violence event and resources, meet the Young Trustee finalists, and the Business of Sports Conference

March 23, Update on East Campus incident on March 20

March 20, Update on Stay-In-Place

March 18, Update on stay-in-place for Duke undergraduate students

March 17: Conduct Update

March 13, Stay-in-place for Duke undergraduate students, effective at midnight, Sat. March 13

March 10, Additional update on undergraduate COVID cases, what to expect this week and next week

March 8, COVID increase in undergraduate population, including the Class of 2024

March 5, Important reminders about days off next week

February 2021

February 25, Campus Housing for 2021-2022, additional information

February 23: Stop partying, what's new at the Mary Lou, essential travel only, #findsanctuary, and more

February 20, Off-campus gathering in violation of COVID-19 expectations

February 17, Campus Housing for 2021-2022

February 10: Dr. Fauci talk happening now, Headspace pilot, and two ways to share your feedback

February 4: Conduct Update

February 2, Action required: important undergrad COVID-19 update

January 2021

January 28, Important news about Duke’s Summer 2021 plans

January 26: Town halls, COVID cases rising, policy comment period open, RA applications

January 25, Reminder on Student Sexual Misconduct Resources and Reporting Options; Policy Comment Period Opens Today

January 14: Vivek Murthy tonight, travel safety tips, MLK events, BCAP town hall, gender pronouns

January 13, You're invited! BCAP Town Hall

January 6, On the events in Washington, and a reminder of resources

December 2020

December 18, Pre-arrival testing and entry information for undergraduates

December 14, ICYMI: Next Gen 2.0 Town Hall recording and how to get involved

December 8, Next Gen 2.0 Student Town Hall

December 6: Conduct Update

December 3: Winter Break resources, Next Gen Living & Learning, and Title IX FAQs


November 2020

November 24: Gratitude, wellness, and how to stay engaged over break

November 19, Announcing Duke’s Next Gen Living & Learning 2.0 Efforts

November 6, Exit testing from campus/Durham, departure registration, and other end-of-semester updates

November 3: Election week wellness, free rides to the polls, and post-election spaces


October 2020

October 29, Don't give each other COVID. Yep, that's it.

October 29: Conduct Update

October 22: Stay safer this Halloween, Winter Breakaway, early voting continues, and POC Koru

October 8: Mask your face (not your voice), selective org planning pause, and #FindSanctuary with Duke Chapel

October 2: Conduct Update

October 1, Spring 2021 housing information


September 2020

September 29, Updates on our commitment to tangible action and partnership

September 23: Pop-up activities, flu shots, and wellness tips from a dog (yes, you read that right)

September 10: Stay two Nuggets apart, a chance to get involved, and show us your study space!

September 9, Update on Duke Policies around Student Sexual Misconduct, Including Title IX

September 6: Conduct Update


August 2020

August 30, The time is now: 2020 national election season

August 18, COVID updates, Compact compliance, and enlisting your help

August 13, Pool testing for undergrad students