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Student Affairs
     The mission of Duke Student Affairs is to develop a student body engaged in individual
and collective activities that enhance the life of the mind, body, and spirit. Student Affairs
educates students in community living, social skills, ethical behavior, citizenship and social
justice, appreciation of the arts, leadership skills, coping with adversity, health and wellness,
diversity, and adaptive skills for living.
     The Division of Student Affairs complements the educational mission of the university
by helping to connect many of the nonacademic components of the university to the
academic experiences of the students. The residence halls, the athletic fields, and many
student organizations play an important humanistic and holistic role in the students'
university experience by developing leadership qualities, skills in interpersonal
relationships, and appreciation for the care of the physical self. Thus, the university
experience encompasses collectively the life of the mind, body, emotions, and, indeed, the
Residential Life
      Duke enjoys a long tradition as a residential university and supplements the formal
academic education of students by providing a comprehensive residence life program. A
primary goal is to facilitate the creation of residential communities in which there are
common interests, free-flowing exchange of ideas, relaxed social activities, and active
recreational opportunities. Students, faculty, and staff work cooperatively to provide
programs and activities in keeping with these guiding principles. Leadership opportunities,
faculty dinners/discussions, community service opportunities, and intramural sports are but
a few of the offerings in which students may choose to become involved.
      First-year students, with the exception of those who petition to live at home, are required
to live in East Campus university residence halls. After the first year, students will reside
in West Campus residence halls. After the second year, students may also elect to live in
Central Campus apartments. About 85 percent of the undergraduate student body lives on
campus each year, a clear indication of student appreciation for and satisfaction with the
residential experience. Students enrolled beyond their fourth year and those who attend
part-time are not eligible for university housing.
      First-Year-Student Residence Halls. First-year students reside on East Campus in
first-year student houses, all of which are coed. A faculty member lives in-residence in all
but two of the first-year houses. In addition, four professional staff members (Residence
Coordinators) live on East Campus. All housing assignments are made by random lottery.
Within the residence halls, single, double, or triple rooms are available.
      Upperclass Residences. Upperclass students live in coed residence halls on West
Campus, and in the Central Campus Apartments. West Campus residence halls are

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organized into six quadrangles, each administered by a professional staff member
(Residence Coordinator) who resides within the quad. Quads serve as the organizational
framework for residence hall student governance, social and recreational activities, and
various academic services and events. Each quad also features an array of selective living
groups including residential fraternities and academically sponsored theme groups such as
Arts, the Round Table, and Ann Firor Scott Women’s Studies. Other selective living groups
include PRISM (multicultural theme), Wayne Manor (men’s social selective), and
Languages (foreign languages). Within all upperclass houses, except those located in Edens
and the Keohane Quads, there are triple as well as single and double rooms.
     Central Campus provides another housing option for juniors and seniors—a community
of university-owned and operated apartments which accommodate more than 800
undergraduate students. The remainder of the complex houses a cross-section of 200
students from various graduate programs.
     University housing is considered to include all residence halls as well as Central
Campus Apartments. All students are required to live on campus for their first three years,
with freshmen living in residence halls on East Campus and sophomores living in residence
halls on West Campus. Juniors must choose to live either in West Campus residence hall
rooms or in Central Campus apartments, space permitting. Seniors are free to reside on
campus, space permitting, or off campus in one of the numerous private housing options
available near campus. Semesters taken in "study away" programs are applied to the three-
year residency requirement. Eligible students who choose to live off-campus may retain
their resident status and eligibility for university housing if they follow the proper
procedures as published by Residence Life and Housing Services. The university provides
free on-campus bus service, connecting East, West, and Central campuses.
     All residence halls have resident assistants who live in-house and are supervised by
staff in Residence Life and Housing Services. These graduate and undergraduate students
have broad responsibilities in the residence halls which include advising the house
leadership, serving as valuable resource persons for students with a variety of questions or
personal concerns, and enforcing university policies when individual or group behavior fails
to conform to the standards set forth by members of the university community.
     Within a residential quadrangle, a quad council is elected from its constituent members
to perform the dual roles of programming and governance. The primary purpose of the quad
system is to establish and sustain a vibrant residential community, facilitated by a rich blend
of intellectual and co-curricular pursuits. All residential students pay fees as a means of
supporting the programming initiatives designed for the enrichment of the community in
which they live. Representatives from each quad council comprise the Campus Council
which serves as the governing body to support and provide direction for residential life.
     Residence Hall Programming. Educational and cultural programming is planned and
presented throughout the year in the residence halls through the cooperative work of
Residence Life and Housing Services, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the Pratt School
of Engineering, and resident students. In all but two of the first-year residence halls, faculty
members live in the halls and participate in house activities during the academic year. The
Faculty Associates Program pairs faculty members with living groups in an effort to
facilitate engaging and intellectually stimulating endeavors within the residence halls. There
are a number of seminar rooms located in several of the first-year houses. The goals of these
various residentially based programs are to enhance the quality of intellectual and social life
for the residents on campus, to facilitate student-faculty interaction outside the formal
classroom setting, and to develop greater sense of community within the individual
residence halls as well as within the greater university.
Dining Facilities
    All students living in campus residence halls are required to participate in a dining plan.
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dining locations by accessing a prepaid account carried on the student identification card,
or DukeCard (see the section on food and other expenses in the chapter ''Financial
Information''). First-year plans include both board and debit accounts; plans for
upperclassmen are debit accounts.
     In the West Union Building on West Campus, The Great Hall offers a wide variety of
foods, all in one location. The Loop Pizza Grill offers gourmet salads, California- and
Chicago-style pizza, and burgers. Subway serves sub sandwiches, ice cream, snacks and
beverages. Chick-fil-A offers fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, soft drinks,
desserts, and lemonade in addition to burritos made by Cosmic Cantina. Alpine Bagels &
Brews has bagels, sandwiches, assorted coffees, fresh-squeezed orange juice, yogurt, salads,
and desserts. Just off the Bryan Center walkway, Pauly Dogs (located on the patio outside
The Loop) offers hot dogs, soft drinks, and assorted snacks. In the Bryan Center, also on
West Campus, the Alpine Atrium serves bagels, assorted coffees, sandwiches, fresh-
squeezed orange juice, smoothies, and salads, and desserts. The Armadillo Grill offers a
variety of Tex-Mex options. McDonald’s features a full McDonald’s menu for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. With its spacious seating and comfortable sofas, it is a one-of-a-kind
facility, unlike the typical McDonald’s at the mall. Other West Campus operations include
JD’s (soups/sandwiches), located at the Law School, and the Sanford Deli in the Sanford
Institute for Public Policy. Quenchers Juice Bar in the Wilson Center offers refreshing drinks
that complement a healthy lifestyle. The Perk (Perkins Library) is a traditional coffee bar,
offering coffees, sandwiches, and pastries. Rick’s Diner in West Edens Link has breakfast
all day, southern comfort food, soups, sandwiches, and salads. The Blue Devil Beanery,
also in West Edens Link, serves coffee, assorted hot and cold beverages, pastries, and ice
cream. The Terrace Café in the Duke Gardens features delicious baked goods as well as
salads, wraps, and assorted beverages.
     On East Campus, The Marketplace carries an array of choices including pasta, pizza,
deli, rotisserie, grill, and salad bar stations. Trinity Café has a diverse selection of quality
coffees, pastries, bakery items, and snacks. In Trent Hall, Grace’s Café offers a wide variety
of American and authentic Chinese cuisine. Blue Express (LSRC Pratt Dining Commons)
provides hot and cold sandwiches and entrees, snacks, desserts, and drinks.
     Students may also use their dining plan points to purchase food items in three campus
convenience stores: Uncle Harry’s General Store on Central Campus, the East Campus Store
on East Campus, and the Lobby Shop on West Campus as well as concessions at athletic
events; sodas and snacks from vending machines; and late night pizza and sub delivery from
approved local vendors.
Religious Life
     Two symbols indicate the importance of religion to this university since its founding:
Eruditio et Religio, the motto on the seal of the university, and the location of the Duke
Chapel at the center of the campus.
     The Dean of the Chapel and the Director of Religious Life work with the campus
ministers and staff from 25 individual groups, including Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu,
Muslim, and Protestant communities, to provide a ministry which is responsible to the
plurality of religious and spiritual interests on the campus.
     Through the religious life of the university, students are encouraged to search for
meaning, to ask the ultimate questions, to worship, to meditate in the beautiful chapel, to
learn from outstanding theologians from a wide array of traditions, and to work to bring
about a more just and humane society.
Services Available
    Residence Life and Housing Services. This department works with Duke students in
a variety of ways and is dedicated to creating a residential community supportive of a rich
educational experience. It advises individual students regarding personal problems, houses

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undergraduates in the residence halls, and assists students in planning and presenting
educational and cultural programs within the residence halls.
     Members of the Residence Life and Housing Services staff advise and support a number
of residentially-based governing bodies, notably the East Campus Council, the six quad
councils, Central Campus Council, and the Campus Council.
     Residence Life and Housing Services also works with transfer students. Staff in
Residence Life and Housing Services and the Dean of Students Office oversee the
university’s response to student emergencies. For more information see the Web site at http:/
     Office of the Dean of Students. This office coordinates student leadership
development programs, responds to student concerns, provides advising and support to
Duke’s student Greek organizations, administers the mediation program, and assists
students with issues related to off-campus housing. The office plans and implements Parents
and Family Weekend and New Student Orientation and coordinates the first-year student
advisory counselors (FACs). FACs are upperclass men and women who are assigned to
small groups of entering students. During orientation, FACs welcome their groups and help
to acquaint new students with the university. The Office of the Dean of Students oversees
undergraduate judicial affairs. Judicial affairs are handled by coordinating and applying the
general rules and regulations of the university as well as working with all participants
involved in the disciplinary process. For more information, see the Web site at http://
     The Student Health Center. The Student Health Center provides medical care, advice,
and education for all currently enrolled full-time students and part-time degree candidates.
     The primary location for medical care is the Student Health Center in Duke Clinic
(primary entrance on Flowers Drive) where students are seen, by appointment, for
assessment and/or treatment. Students residing on East Campus may also use the East
Campus Wellness Clinic in Wilson Hall for assistance in accessing appropriate clinical
services. When a student's health needs warrant additional specialized treatment, referrals
are made to other health resources within the Duke Medical Center and the Durham/Chapel
Hill community. If necessary, Duke University Police provides on-campus transportation
to the health care facilities. A Student Physical Therapy Clinic in Card Gym is also available
for consultation and treatment of minor sports-related injuries.
     In addition to medical care, the Student Health Center offers a variety of wellness and
health promotion programs. A full-time health education staff is available to assist students
in making informed decisions that lead to healthy lifestyles at Duke and beyond. Topics of
concern and interest include alcohol and other drug usage, eating and nutrition, sexual
health, and stress management. Programs, meetings, and consultations are provided for
groups and individuals.
     Information regarding the physical or mental health of Duke students is confidential,
released only with the student's permission. This policy applies regardless of whether the
information is requested by university officials, friends, family members, or health
professionals not involved in the student's immediate care.
     All currently enrolled full-time students and part-time degree candidates are assessed
a student health fee for each enrolled semester. This covers most of the services rendered
within the Student Health Center. An optional summer health fee for students who are not
enrolled in summer sessions is also available and can be purchased at the Student Health
Center. Waivers are based on access to campus facilities. Therefore, waivers can be granted
if the student resides more than 50 miles away and does not come to campus for class,
research, or other academic activity for the entire semester. Students studying at the Duke
Marine Lab are not eligible for the waiver.
     In addition to the Student Health Center, the university makes available a plan of
accident and sickness insurance to protect against the high cost of unexpected illnesses or
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surgery, or the services of specialists. This insurance covers students both on and off campus,
at home, or while between home and school during interim vacation periods throughout the
one-year term of the policy. All full-time students and part-time degree candidates are
required to enroll in this insurance policy unless they show evidence (the name of the
insurance company and policy number) that they are covered by other generally comparable
insurance. Students must verify and update insurance information each semester as part of
Duke’s on-line registration process. International students, as well, are required to show
proof of health insurance coverage (either the policy offered by Duke or comparable
coverage) and may not assume responsibility for personal payment of health care cost.
     Upon arrival on campus, all students should familiarize themselves with the Healthy
Devil Online, at, the web page for Student
Health, where information about hours of operation, available services, and other helpful
information is posted. During the academic year they may call 681-WELL (681-9355)
twenty-four hours a day for information or advice.
     Counseling and Psychological Services. Counseling and Psychological Services
(CAPS) provides a range of excellent counseling and psychiatric services to address the
acute emotional and psychological difficulties of students. The professional staff is
composed of psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists experienced in
working with college students. They provide evaluation and brief counseling/psychotherapy
for a wide range of concerns, including college adjustment, self-esteem and identity, family
relationships, academic performance, and intimacy and sexuality. While students' visits with
counselors are usually by appointment, emergencies are addressed when they arise.
     Each semester, CAPS offers counseling groups and seminars focusing on enhanced
self-understanding and coping strategies. Support groups have been offered for second
generation Americans; African-American students; students completing dissertations,
students with eating disorders; and gay, lesbian, and bisexual students. Other groups have
addressed such topics as eating and body image concerns, emotional regulation, meditation
and perfectionism.
     The staff is available to the university community for consultation regarding student
development and mental health. CAPS' staff work with campus personnel, including
administrators, faculty, student health staff, religious life staff, resident advisors, and student
groups, in meeting mental health needs identified through such liaisons. Staff members are
also available to lead workshops and discussion groups on topics of interest to students.
     CAPS, consistent with professional ethics and the North Carolina law, maintains a
policy of strict confidentiality concerning information about each student's contact with
CAPS. If a student desires information to be released, written authorization must be
provided. CAPS' services are covered by the student health fee. For additional information,
see the Bulletin of Duke University: Information and Regulations, call (919) 660-1000, or
see the Web site at
     Career Center. The Career Center provides high quality services and programs that
facilitate the career development process for Duke University students and alumni. This
process teaches skills in self-assessment, career exploration, decision-making, and job
selection. The center serves the students and alumni of Trinity College, the Pratt School of
Engineering, and the Graduate School.
     DukeConnect is the center's group of nearly 4,000 alumni career advisors drawn from
a broad spectrum of career fields. These volunteers provide career information, job-hunting
strategies, and shadowing opportunities. A full-time internship coordinator plus a variety
of internship options help students gain practical experience relevant to their career interests.
     Career counselors help students begin the process of discovering career interests and
options. In addition to individual appointments, daily drop-in hours are available for quick
questions. Workshops on resume and cover letter writing, interview techniques, and
researching employers are offered regularly to aid students with the job search process.
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opportunities using a collection of books, periodicals, and other materials housed in the
Career Center library. For more information on services and programs, go to http://
     Sexual Assault Support Services. The Office of Sexual Assault Support Services
(SASS) provides a central on-campus resource for information and assistance regarding
sexual violence. SASS offers prevention education to the Duke community and direct
service to student survivors as well as their families and friends. In addition to coordinating
the Survivor's Network, a support group for sexual assault survivors, SASS staff work
closely with other University departments to provide comprehensive information and
advocacy relevant to counseling, medical services, law enforcement, academic issues,
judicial and legal concerns, and residential living. For more information, call the SASS staff
at 919-684-3897 or visit the Women's Center located on West Campus. For crisis
information and referral outside normal business hours, call the crisis information line at
682-6882, the Dean-on-Call, or Durham Crisis Response Center at 919-403-6562.
     Services for Students With Disabilities. Duke University is prepared to make
reasonable academic adjustments and accommodations to allow students with disabilities
full participation in the same programs and activities available to students without
disabilities. The Disability Management System—Student Disability Access Office assists
students with disabilities who are enrolled in Trinity College and the Pratt School of
Engineering. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations under the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a student must have a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as, but not limited
to, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for
oneself, and learning. Substantially limiting refers to an impairment that prevents an
individual from performing a major life activity or significantly restricts the condition,
manner, or duration under which an average person can perform a major life activity.
     Students requesting accommodations under the provisions of ADA (e.g., academic,
housing) must consult the Director, Student Disability Access Office, (919) 668-1267, to
explore possible coverage. Students with medical conditions not covered under the
provisions of ADA must consult Duke Student Health Service at (919) 684-3367 for further
     In the interest of providing reasonable accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act, Trinity College and the Pratt School of Engineering will accommodate
students who have a documented long-term or chronic disability that prevents them from
carrying a full course load. For these students, provided they are able to function
academically with success, a reduced course load will be authorized by the respective
student’s academic dean upon the recommendation of the director of the Student Disability
Access Office. Students so authorized (and for as long as they continue to enroll in a reduced
course load) are exempted from meeting normal continuation requirements, but must pass
at least three of four consecutive courses taken while enrolled on a part-time basis, or at
least five of six consecutive courses while on an underload. Failure to meet this standard of
academic performance will result in a withdrawal for academic reasons. Students receiving
the part-time accommodation are eligible for limited financial aid in accordance with
federal, state, and university guidelines and may occupy university housing. Moreover, all
students accommodated under this policy must have their request reviewed prior to the
beginning of each semester and are expected to return to full enrollment when/if their health
or physical condition improves sufficiently. For further information regarding this policy,
please consult the Director, Student Disability Access Office.
     Receiving accommodations or special assistance at the high school level or at another
college or university does not necessarily qualify an individual for the same
accommodations and/or assistance at Duke University. For academic assistance available
to all Duke University undergraduate students, refer to the "Special Study Centers,
Programs, and Opportunities" section on the Academic Resource Center.

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     The Vice-President for Institutional Equity is the designated compliance officer for the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The compliance
officer can be reached at (919) 684-8222. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states: "No
qualified [disabled] person shall, on the basis of [disability], be excluded from participation
in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program
or activity that receives benefits from federal financial assistance." (Appendix II, section
     Student Service Center. The Student Service Center (SSC) provides assistance with
routine transactions and questions associated with student administrative services offices
(Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Loan, External Loan and DukeCard). The office
accepts and posts payments to student accounts, handles co-payable loan and scholarship
checks, distributes reimbursement and travel advance checks, provides authorized cash
advances, updates and maintains student biographical and demographic data, issues
International student ID cards, generates duplicate Work-Study authorization forms, issues
GRE fee waivers, and processes classroom reservations for one-time events. The SSC also
has walk-up computers for students to use as well as a DukeCard Self-Service Station where
students can add dining points via a charge to their Bursar account.
     SSC staff members are trained to answer general questions about other services that
impact students including student health insurance, parking, payroll deductions, and
student health services. The SSC also serves as the functional coordination unit for the
undergraduate student portal - DukePass. For more information, see the Web site at
Offices for Program Planning
     The Office of Student Activities and Facilities. The Office of Student Activities and
Facilities helps enhance the climate of the campus through the programming efforts of
organizations such as the University Union, and through advising student clubs and
     The Office of Student Activities serves as a resource for student organizations, student
leaders, the Duke University community and the community-at-large. The office promotes
the development of leadership skills through a variety of programs which both educate and
support individual students and student organizations; and is the central resource for
information concerning student organizations, acting both as liaison and advocate, and
facilitates the financial management of organizational funds, providing both counsel and
direct services. The office coordinates the event registration process for student organization
events and oversees all student-related nonresidential, nonacademic facilities. For more
information, go to the following Web site:
     The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. The Mary Lou Williams Center
for Black Culture provides a space, newly renovated in 2003, in which black students can
create a community to celebrate African and African American cultures. The center is a
gathering place for the entire community of Duke University to increase its awareness and
understanding of black people and black culture. It was named in honor of the pianist and
composer who graced Duke University as an Artist-in-Residence from 1977 until her death
in 1981.
     Located on the second floor of the West Union Building on West campus, the Mary
Lou Williams Center sponsors a poetry and spoken word series featuring the creative work
of African American poets and spoken word artists from across the state and the country.
The center also offers lectures, films and concerts. All of these efforts are designed to deal
critically, supportively, and creatively in order to foster consciousness about the significance
of African American culture in history and in the present. See the Web site for more

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     The Women's Center. Located in 126 Few Quad, across the traffic circle from the
Allen Building, the Women's Center works to promote the full and active participation of
women in higher education at Duke by providing advocacy, support services, referrals, and
educational programming on gender-related issues. Women's Center programs and services
address a wide variety of issues, including leadership, safety, harassment, health, campus
climate concerns, personal and professional development, and the intersection of gender
with race, class, and sexual orientation. The center seeks to assess and respond to the
changing needs of the university community, to raise awareness of how gender issues affect
both women and men on campus, and to serve as an advocate for individuals and groups
experiencing gender-related problems, such as sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
Duke's Sexual Assault Support Services (providing twenty-four hour a day crisis
counseling) is also housed in the Women's Center.
     The center offers internships, paid student jobs, and volunteer opportunities to assist
with programming and operations; houses a 3,800-volume feminist lending library; and
publishes VOICES, a yearly literary magazine addressing issues of gender, ethnicity, and
sexual orientation on campus and in the wider community. Additionally, the center advises
and serves as a meeting place for student groups addressing gender issues on campus
including SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) peer educators, GPWN
(Graduate and Professional Women's Network), and WiSE (Women in Science and
Engineering). Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., the center invites students
to study in its lounge or browse through its library during business hours. The center makes
its space available for other student group meetings and programs in the evenings and on
weekends. For more information, see the Web site at
     International House. International House serves as the center of co-curricular
programs for internationals and U.S. Americans interested in other cultures and peoples. The
mission of International House is: (1) to assist internationals and their families with
orientation and acclimation; (2) to enhance cross-cultural interaction through programming
and community outreach, and (3) to provide advocacy and support for the Duke international
community. There are more than 1,500 international students from nearly 100 countries
enrolled at Duke. Programs include an intensive orientation program at the beginning of the
academic year; the International Friends Program which pairs internationals with local
families to promote friendship and cross-cultural learning; Duke Partners which pairs
internationals with U.S. Americans for weekly conversation and language exchange;
Speakers' Panorama and Culture Clubs that arrange for internationals at Duke to present their
countries to local organizations and schools; Friday Coffee Hours, a time for people of all
nations to come together for refreshments and conversation; International Competency
Training for groups interested in developing awareness and skills needed to manage cultural
diversity at both interpersonal and organizational levels; Global Nomads, an organization
for people who have lived outside their passport country because of a parent’s career choice;
Spouses Program, a variety of weekly events to meet the special needs of spouses, and the
International Association, a student-run group which sponsors culture nights, trips, sports,
teams, and an annual campus-wide International Festival. See the Web site at http://
     The Center for Multicultural Affairs. The Center for Multicultural Affairs has as its
mission two primary interrelated goals: 1) providing support services for students of color,
and 2) offering educational opportunities and resources in the areas of diversity and
multicultural education to the campus at-large. It has responsibility for identifying and
assisting with changes in the Duke University community that promote optimum growth and
development for African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, and Native
American undergraduates and graduate/professional students. It also assumes a primary role
on campus for the diversity education of all students as well as in helping to build a shared
sense of community among all groups. The center conducts and supports such activities as
a student run Center for Race Relations, a Council of Cultural Group Presidents, a faculty

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lecture series, programming grants for student groups, a student leadership training program,
public forums on student life, mentorship projects with university alumni, seminars on
current issues affecting students of color, institutional research on students of color, and
serves as a resource for the university community on students of color related issues and
diversity in general. For more information see the Web site at http://
     The Community Service Center. The Community Service Center is a clearinghouse
for volunteer and community service activities available to students, faculty, and employees.
Through the center, members of the Duke community can become involved with student
service groups and Durham area agencies doing everything from tutoring and mentoring,
helping to care for people with AIDS, serving meals at local homeless shelters, to
befriending senior citizens and earning work-study money in community service
internships. The Community Service Center also sponsors speakers, special events, training
sessions, and many other programs. In these ways, the center strives to raise awareness about
contemporary social issues, to provide opportunities for students to link their service work
and coursework, and to be a catalyst for creative partnerships between Duke University and
the wider community. See the Web site for more information: http://
     The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life. The mission of the
Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life (Center for LGBT Life) is to
provide education, advocacy, support, and space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
questioning, and straight-allied students, staff, and faculty at Duke, as well as alumni/ae and
members of neighboring communities. The center provides (1) a safe haven to discuss issues
of sexuality as they relate to self, family, friends, and others; (2) a friendly and comfortable
location for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and allies to socialize and discuss
issues affecting the community; (3) a place for groups to meet and organize activities; (4)
a resource center and library containing magazines, books, and information by, for, and
about lesbians, gays, and bisexuals and transgender persons; (5) advocacy on lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender matters at Duke; and (6) a broad array of co-curricular, educational
programming aimed at diverse audiences in and around the university. Through these
services, the Center for LGBT Life presents opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and
alumni/ae to create a more hospitable campus climate. The center is located on the garden
level of West Union Building. For more information, see the Web site at http://
Student Organizations
     Duke Student Government. The Duke Student Government (DSG) is the voice of the
undergraduate student body of Duke University. DSG is responsible for articulating
undergraduate student thought on issues relevant to the university and for working to
improve the educational process and university environment. The working philosophy of
DSG is that students have the right to participate in the university's decision-making process
on matters that affect the student body. Coordinating the efforts of individuals and
organizations, DSG lobbies university administrators on practices and policies which
govern all facets of life at Duke.
     DSG offers the opportunity for students to have input in university planning and policy
development through the legislature, through university-wide committees, and through
many unique student services. DSG's services seek to aid every undergraduate during his/
her Duke career. These services include free legal advice, line-monitoring of basketball
games, and a ride-rider service.
     Cultural and Social Organizations. The scope of the more than three hundred student
organizations is suggested by a partial listing of their names: Alpha Phi Omega service
fraternity, Black Student Alliance, Baptist Student Union, Cheerleaders, International

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Association, Duke Ice Hockey, Outing Club, Sailing Club, Model United Nations Club,
Photography Group, and the N.C. Rural Health Coalition. Seventeen National Interfraternity
Council fraternities and ten National Panhellenic Council sororities are represented on
campus, as are five fraternities and five sororities governed by the National Pan-Hellenic
     Many opportunities are provided on campus in the areas of music and drama. The
Chorale, United in Praise, Chapel Choir, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Symphony
Orchestra, and Collegium Musicum are examples of musical organizations. Duke Drama
provides opportunities for non-drama majors to perform established and experimental
drama; Hoof 'n' Horn presents musical comedy; Karamu performs drama related to the black
     Several academic departments sponsor organizations and programs for students with
special academic or professional interests. There are over twenty academic department
majors unions on campus. There are also academic and leadership honorary societies.
     Media. The Chronicle, the campus newspaper, publishes five issues weekly and is a
separate not-for-profit organization. A humor magazine (Carpe Noctem), a literary
magazine (the Archive), a feature magazine (Tobacco Road), a science magazine (Vertices),
a photography magazine (Latent Image), Duke's black literary publication (Prometheus
Black), a journal of campus news and opinion (Duke Blue), and Eruditio, a social science
journal, are published on a regular basis by students. In addition, the Duke Women's
Handbook, and a comprehensive yearbook, the Chanticleer, are produced each year. These
publications are under the direction of the Undergraduate Publications Board, which
chooses the editors and business managers and reviews the financial budgets of all such
franchised publications and produces the Blackburn Literary Festival, featuring some of
today’s most prominent authors. The DukEngineer, the official student magazine of the Pratt
School of Engineering, appears twice each year and contains articles on technical and semi-
technical topics as well as other matters of interest to the school. VOICES magazine,
published by the Women's Center, addresses issues of gender, ethnicity, and sexual
orientation. Additionally, there are a number of independent publications on a variety of
topics published by students and distributed on campus. WXDU 88.7 FM is the
student-managed and programmed radio station, broadcasting to the Duke and Durham
communities. Duke Union Community Television (Cable 13) is operated by students and
produces color television programs that are broadcast throughout the campus on the
university cable system.
     Project WILD. Project WILD (Wilderness Initiatives for Learning at Duke) is a unique
student organization which, through the practice of experiential education (learning through
doing), attempts to ease the transition period into college for Duke students. Run entirely by
students, the program strives to teach self-worth, group awareness, and an appreciation of
nature. The program has three primary components. The August Course is a twelve-day
backpacking expedition in western North Carolina held prior to orientation. The House
Course is taught each spring semester and includes a seven-day expedition. The Ropes
Course Program is a two- to four-hour experience for groups or individuals and is available
to the university community year round.
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
     Besides offering a variety of classes (see the chapter ''Courses of Instruction''), the
Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation also sponsors numerous
programs for all students in intramurals, sports clubs, and recreation.
     The Intramural Sports Program provides an opportunity for every student to participate
in organized recreation competition in over 40 activities. The program is comprised of four
major areas: men's intramurals, women's intramurals, co-ed intramurals, and recreation
programs. It is open to all graduate and undergraduate students of Duke University.
Participation, not skill, is a major factor that is emphasized in the program.

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     More than thirty sports clubs have been chartered by Duke students for those with
similar interests to participate in competition and recreational activities. Clubs vary from
those which compete with clubs of other universities, such as soccer, rugby, and ice hockey,
to those of a more recreational nature such as cycling, and sailing, and others which yearly
present several performances.
     The university's many recreational facilities, available to all students, include the
championship Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, tennis courts (some lighted) on both
campuses, indoor swimming pools on East and West campuses and an outdoor pool on
Central campus, three gymnasiums including the Brenda and Keith Brodie Recreation
Center on East Campus and the Wilson Recreation Center on West Campus, several weight
training rooms, squash and racquetball courts, outdoor handball and basketball courts, an
all-weather track, numerous playing fields, jogging trails, and informal recreational areas.
Tournaments in recreational sports are often organized and conducted by students. Students
may reserve facilities and equipment at designated times.
Intercollegiate Athletics
     The Athletic Department fosters intercollegiate athletics by striving for excellence and
by providing the best possible framework within which highly accomplished student
athletes can compete. The department has a dual responsibility to provide a high-quality
athletic program and environment so that all students have the opportunity to compete to the
fullest extent of their abilities. Duke is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association(NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The ACC consists of
Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
North Carolina State, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
     The intercollegiate program for men includes football, soccer, basketball, cross country,
swimming, fencing, wrestling, indoor and outdoor track, baseball, golf, tennis, and lacrosse.
The women's athletic program provides intercollegiate competition in basketball, fencing,
field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, rowing, indoor and
outdoor track, and cross country. Freshmen may participate on all varsity teams.
     The director of athletics and associate director of athletics provide departmental
leadership and coordinate all athletic policies with the University Athletic Council. The
council consists of representatives from the undergraduate student body, the faculty, the
administrative staff, the trustees, and the alumni. The council meets with the director of
athletics periodically during the school year. The chairman of the council is the official
university representative at national and conference athletic meetings.
Judicial System and Regulations
     Duke University expects and requires of all its students full cooperation in developing
and maintaining high standards of scholarship and conduct. Each student is subject to the
rules and regulations of the university currently in effect, or which are put into effect from
time to time by the appropriate authorities of the university. At the same time, the individual
is responsible for decisions and choices within the framework of the regulations of the
community, as Duke does not assume in loco parentis relationships.
     Students, in accepting admission, indicate their willingness to subscribe to and be
governed by these rules and regulations. They acknowledge the right of the university to
take disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, for failure to abide by the
regulations or for other conduct adjudged unsatisfactory or detrimental to the university
     Responsibility for prescribing and enforcing rules and regulations governing student
conduct rests ultimately with the Board of Trustees of Duke University and, by delegation,
with administrative officers of the university. In the undergraduate schools, and in the
university as a whole, many of these rules have been established over the years by
cooperative action between students, faculty, and administrative officers. Representative

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student organizations, such as student governments and judicial boards, and more recently,
community-wide bodies of students, faculty, and administrators, have initiated proposals
for policies and rules necessary to assure satisfactory standards in academic and
nonacademic conduct. These proposals have been accepted by university officers and have
become a substantial, if not all-inclusive, body of rules governing student life at Duke. For
current regulations, refer to the Bulletin of Duke University: Information and Regulations.
    Students in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and in the Pratt School of Engineering
constitute an undergraduate community whose members are subject to the rules and
regulations of the Undergraduate Community. Violations of any published policy by
individuals and residential or nonresidential cohesive units may be adjudicated under the
procedures set forth in the Bulletin of Duke University: Information and Regulations.
Student Obligations and Requirements
    Students are expected to meet academic requirements and financial obligations, as
specified elsewhere in this bulletin, in order to remain in good standing. Certain
nonacademic rules and regulations must be observed also, including accepting
responsibility for behavior that is disruptive or threatening to the safety of self or others.
Failure to meet these requirements may result in dismissal by the appropriate officer of the

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