Duke University has updated its fall plans in response to rising COVID-19 cases across North Carolina and America. This coming fall, on-campus undergraduate housing will be restricted to first-year students along with sophomores and students with special circumstances who have been pre-approved by Student Affairs. Come spring, it will be juniors and seniors who are given on-campus housing priority — though for those living off-campus, they’ll be able to use certain Duke facilities, including libraries, for pre-approved academic purposes. Additionally, residential Summer Sessions will be extended next year.
As Matthew Griffin and Carter Forinash report for The Duke Chronicle in a piece entitled “Duke limits Fall housing to first-years and sophomores, scaling back reopening plans,” “Limiting on-campus housing under the new plan will reduce Duke’s undergraduate residential population by about 30%, according to Kornbluth’s message. ‘As you know, our goal has been to start the fall semester with as many students as we could safely accommodate on campus,’ [Provost Sally Kornbluth] wrote, ‘We have also been continuously monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across the country as well as the significant increase in prevalence in both North Carolina and Durham, and we are concerned about the negative trends.’ The decision to limit the on-campus population came ‘after consultation with our faculty experts in infectious disease, epidemiology and clinical care,’ Kornbluth wrote.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Duke’s fall re-opening plans as fall plans at all of our nation’s colleges are always subject to change in these strange times.
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