After Duke walked back reopening plans, some upperclassmen were left with mere weeks to compete with other students for an apartment, sign a lease, pack up their belongings and move—all during a pandemic.
In a July 26 message to the Duke community, President Vincent Price announced that most juniors and seniors will not be able to live on campus for the Fall semester, except for those with “personal or academic circumstances” that require them to have campus housing. Juniors and seniors will have priority for housing in the spring.
The policy change will reduce the number of students living on campus by 30%, to combat the spread of the coronavirus on campus as cases increase in North Carolina and many other parts of the country.
Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public…