Faculty Handbook

This edition of the Duke University Faculty Handbook contains policies and procedures pertinent to faculty at Duke University as of December 2019. Because of the range of subject matters and authority for them, these policies and procedures are subject to change at any time. Revisions to the Faculty Handbook will be incorporated periodically. Duke faculty are responsible for checking this webpage to keep abreast of alterations and additions.

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Student Code

Duke University is a community dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and service and to the principles of honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability. Citizens of this community commit to reflect upon and uphold these principles in all academic and nonacademic endeavors, and to protect and promote a culture of integrity. 

To uphold the Duke Community Standard:

  • I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors;
  • I will conduct myself honorably in all my endeavors; and
  • I will act if the Standard is compromised.

Students’ Obligation to Act with Respect to the Duke Community Standard

The Duke Community Standard (DCS) stresses the commitment that students share with all members of the community to enhance the climate for honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability at Duke University. Students affirm their commitment to foster this climate by signing a pledge that includes taking constructive action if they witness or know about behavior they perceive to be inconsistent with the DCS, which may include violation of university policies. Although there are no disciplinary sanctions associated with the failure to act, students are nonetheless expected to take action to do something as a responsibility of membership in the Duke community.

The honor code at Duke is named the community standard because it expresses our institution’s core values and a concomitant set of expectations for behavior.  Read more about the Duke Community Standard and past guides here.

Harassment and Discrimination

Harassment of any individual for any reason is not acceptable at Duke University. In all cases, it undermines the university’s commitments to excellence and to respect for the dignity and worth of all people.

Duke has several policies that prohibit harassment, including:

All Duke managers and supervisors are required to report to OIE any discrimination or harassment that they learn of involving employees (including both faculty and staff).  All Duke employees (except those designated as confidential resources below) are required to report sexual misconduct involving students to the Office of Student Conduct.

Discrimination refers to the unfair or unequal treatment of a person or group based on factors like age or race.

Duke University is committed to ensuring an environment free of prohibited discrimination, and our policies encourage an inclusive community that respects and values all of its members. In accordance with federal laws, Duke University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or sex, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status. We expand these protections further by also prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression.

Read the Duke Nondiscrimination Statement.

For more information on Harassment and Discrimination, please visit the Office for Institutional Equity.

For complaints and concerns regarding:

Duke Policies

The policies of Duke University apply to all components of Duke, including Duke University Health System, and govern the pursuit of Duke’s missions – education, research and patient care.

Duke Policies apply to the entire Duke enterprise, although individual Duke Policies may be directly-relevant to only certain segments of the organization. Duke Policies are officially designated as such by their inclusion on the Duke Policy website, and are distinct from other statements and regulations promulgated as policy within schools, departments or other specific areas of the Duke enterprise that may not apply to the entire organization.

Policy statements specific to Duke University Health System may be accessed via the employee intranet.  Access to this site is restricted to employees that have been granted log-on privileges.

For more about Duke Policies, please visit the policies website, where you can search by policy category.

Values in Action

This document serves as a code of conduct and a statement of responsibilities for all members of the Duke community to adhere to institutional values and polices, and to abide by all applicable legal and compliance requirements. In that community are Duke University, Duke University Health System (DUHS), and all subsidiary and affiliate entities, and its members are trustees, governing and advisory board members, senior officials, faculty, staff, students, student employees, student leaders and authorized volunteers acting on behalf of Duke.  Duke’s Statement on Values and Culture and links to additional policy information may be found at All members of the Duke community are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations and university policies and to seek advice when regulations or policies are unclear. 

Please read the full text for Values in Action

Integrity in Action

This Code of Conduct, “Integrity in Action,” presents the principles that guide our work at Duke University Health System (DUHS), Duke Connected Care (DCC), the Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC (PDC), Duke University School of Medicine (SOM), and the School of Nursing (SON) (hereinafter “Duke Health”).

We strive to achieve excellence and maintain the highest ethical standards in the way that we serve our patients and conduct business, research, and education.

Our Code of Conduct and our Compliance Program provide the framework to ensure that these high standards of conduct are demonstrated consistently across our organization and that we live out our common mission, vision, and values on a daily basis. Success in our mission to provide the very best of health care, medical education, and research depends upon the commitment of each one of us toward these shared ideals. By demonstrating integrity in every action we take, we will continue to earn the trust of our patients, the loyalty of our colleagues, and the respect of the communities we serve.

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