Last updated August 25, 2022

This page provides information for Duke Graduate School students and will be updated as Duke's operations evolve with the coronavirus pandemic situation. Graduate School students who have questions about Duke’s COVID-related plans should first check this page and If the answer is not on either site, please send your question to We will try to answer questions as quickly and fully as we can, but please understand that plans could change on short notice depending on how the pandemic develops. 

COVID protocols
  • [7/12/2022] Students in residence and coming to campus for fall 2022 who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health to receive instructions for next steps either via email ( or by calling 919-681-9355 during business hours and choosing option No. 2 to speak to a triage nurse.
  • [7/12/2022] Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but wish to participate in voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing should visit the Duke United website ( for up-to-date test site hours and locations.

[Updated 3/25/22]

  • The Duke Global Travel Policy has been revised. The most notable changes is the removal of travel suspensions to nations in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. The new rules means that faculty, staff and students can travel internationally on university scholarship and business without their unit’s leadership declaring the travel as “essential.” Duke-supported travel by graduate students to these countries no longer requires pre-approval from The Graduate School. (See the announcement)

[Updated 7/12/2022]

Milestone examinations (prelims, dissertations/thesis defenses)

Remote examination procedures for all milestone examinations will continue through fall 2022. If you have any questions about defenses and exams, please contact The Graduate School's Office of Academic Affairs (

When holding a remote defense, please follow these security and privacy tips for Zoom.

See a compilation of guidelines and tips on holding a remote defense.

Mode of Instruction

Fall 2022 courses are expected to be in-person, and full remote participation is not available for the fall semester. The last day to arrive on campus for teh fall semester is September 9, 2022 (the drop/add deadline for the fall semester).

See the university's FAQs about teaching for guidance on topics such as safety and health guideline compliance in the classroom, questions about online teaching, and accommodations for instructors with children who might be quarantined.