Emergencies, Personal


The university recognizes that students are sometimes confronted with emergency situations that are unexpected and stressful. There are a number of academic and personal support staff available on campus to help a student identify options and make appropriate decisions.


  • If you are unable to attend or complete work for classes, contact your academic dean by phone or email. Your dean can notify your instructors, excuse absences, allow postponement of work, and assist you in considering options. If you are unable to contact your dean yourself, you may ask a roommate, friend, RA, family member or other individual to contact your dean for you.
  • If you are uncertain what to do or where to begin and would like to speak with someone during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 to 5), or if your concerns are non-academic, contact the DukeReach office at 919-681-2455 or the Dean of Students Office at 919-684-2444.
  • For emergencies after business hours, contact the Dean-on-Call pager at 919-970-4169 or the Duke Police at 919-684-2444.
  • For a comprehensive list of resources for support and assistance, see the DukeReach website.

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