Last updated June 29, 2020 

These frequently asked questions address the Fall 2020 semester. We will update this page as new questions come in so please check back regularly. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at

Am I required to teach this Fall?

All faculty have the option of teaching on campus, in a hybrid in-person/online course or exclusively online. It will be the choice of the individual, who will not have to disclose personal health information.

How will I know if I am teaching or not?

Consult your department chair or dean.

Can I go back to my office if I am not teaching right now?

Regular access to campus facilities, including faculty offices, is being managed through the Return to the Workplace (RTW) process. Consult your school’s RTW coordinator for specific information about your area.

What happens if a student in one of my classes tests positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate (at one of Duke’s isolation facilities if living on campus, at their home or other location if they live off-campus) for 14 days and will be monitored by Duke Student Health. In addition, the contact tracing process will be activated and individuals who may have been exposed will be notified and tested.

What support is available as we plan classes for the Fall and Spring?

Every school as well as central units like Duke Learning Innovation, the Office of Faculty Advancement and OIT can provide resources and guidance for faculty.