DukeEngage Policies

The DukeEngage Mission: DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad.  Participants will work with non-profit organizations throughout New York.  In addition to work in the community, students will have the opportunity to engage in  enrichment activities, weekly seminars and discussions. DukeEngage is a full-time commitment during which you may not accept any type of employment, significant additional volunteer commitments, or enroll in classes/coursework. Students are expected to adhere to the Duke Community Standard:

  • I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.
  • I will conduct myself responsibly and honorably in all my activities as a Duke Student; and
  • I will act if the Standard is compromised.

Housing:  All accommodations secured by and paid for by DukeEngage are for the exclusive use of DukeEngage students and program staff.  No one other than DukeEngage may share the accommodations.

Students are required to stay at the accommodations that have been booked for the group.  Moving to another location is grounds for dismissal from the program.

You are liable for any damages to NYU property, whether deliberate or unintentional.  Rooms will be assessed for missing, altered, or damaged furniture or equipment, and Duke University will bill you for an charges incurred.

Health, Safety and Personal Conduct:  Please be aware that we are in a big city.  Please do not go out at night alone, and be cautious when walking alone.  Please follow traffic signals and and travel in groups. Limit your alcohol consumption.  Remember that being intoxicated can add levels of risk to any situation.  Additionally, be aware of what is going on around you so you can respond quickly to situations that may arise. Act on “red flags” or any feelings of unusual personal discomfort.  If something feels suspicious, act/get help or remove yourself from the situation.  If any situation arises where you believe you need help, do not hesitate to contact police or program staff at any time. Please remember that when you are working in the community, you are also a representative of Duke University.


Personal Excursions: Students are welcome to undertake personal excursions when they are not engaged in their volunteer service placement or group activities. Solo travel is highly discouraged and it is preferred that you travel with at least one other person. Students must request approval for travel by completing an Off-Site Travel Request and submitting it to program staff at least 48 hours before the planned departure time. Remember, that you cannot miss any scheduled DukeEngage activities including enrichment activities. Students must check-in with program staff before they leave and when they return for any approved off-site travel.

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