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.


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