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.
June 16: Blue Devil Buddy Initiative
March 27: Conduct updates, March 2022
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 18: Reminder to complete Co-Mapping Space Survey
January 11: Extending deadline for required booster shots
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
November 30: Get your COVID booster before Winter Break!
November 29: Conduct Updates, November 2021
November 11: QuadEx details, blocking, info sessions
October 11: Mental Health Resources for Duke Students
October 6: Post-Fall Break COVID updates
September 15: Important COVID updates for undergrads, Sept 15
May 20, Student conduct updates
April 15, Conduct Updates
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 25, Vaccination for Undergraduate Students
March 20, Update on Stay-In-Place
March 17: Conduct Update
February 25, Campus Housing for 2021-2022, additional information
February 17, Campus Housing for 2021-2022
February 4: Conduct Update
January 28, Important news about Duke’s Summer 2021 plans
January 13, You're invited! BCAP Town Hall
December 8, Next Gen 2.0 Student Town Hall
December 6: Conduct Update
October 29, Don't give each other COVID. Yep, that's it.
October 29: Conduct Update
October 2: Conduct Update
October 1, Spring 2021 housing information
September 6: Conduct Update
August 13, Pool testing for undergrad students
June 23, Student input in fall plans
June 2, A Request for You