• For current Covid-19 pandemic updates for the Duke community, including guidelines, requirements and testing, visit the Duke Coronavirus Response website.
  • Consult the Current Students Guide for Student Services staff contact lists by program.
  • If you have questions or suggestions for keeping our community connected and supported, reach out to the Nicholas School Care and Support Team at care+support@nicholas.duke.edu.


Physical & Mental Wellness

The Division of Student Affairs is critically engaged in supporting the holistic engagement and personal growth of all students who attend Duke.

Students have access to a range of wellness resources and support through Duke’s Student Wellness Center. This site is a great starting place for accessing your wellness resources.

NSOE’s DEI site also provides mental wellness reading lists and resources.

Student Health, Timely Care, CAPS, DukeReach and DuWell


Student Health is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services for all Duke students, including prescription management and dental health, many of which are covered by the student health fee. (Dental services are not covered by the Student Health Fee.) Confidential resource.

To make an appointment, call  919-681-9355 and choose option 1. After hours, call 919-681-9355 and follow the prompts to speak to a nurse. Medical emergencies should call 9-1-1


24/7 telemental-health support to all students at no cost, through immediate and scheduled appointments. Visit https://app.timelycare.com/auth/login. Confidential resource.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or visit in person Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 3:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Student Wellness Center. There is no appointment needed to get started with CAPS. Confidential resource.

Access Duke's Confidential Mental Health Crisis Line by calling 919-660-1000, option 2.

Timely Care provides CAPS after-hours care (see above).


DukeReach provides non-clinical case management services including advocacy, intervention, referrals, and follow-up services for students who are experiencing significant challenges related to mental health, physical health, social adjustment, and/or a variety of other stressors. Contact DukeReach at dukereach@duke.edu or 919-681-2455. Non-confidential resource.

  • If you or someone else is in any kind of immediate, physical danger call Duke Police at 919-684-2444 (on-campus) or 9-1-1.
  • If you are concerned about a student's health or behavior, and your concern is not considered an emergency, submit a DukeReach report. Anyone can submit a DukeReach Report. The option to remain anonymous is available. 
    • Access Duke's Confidential Mental Health Crisis Line by calling 919-660-1000, option 2.
    • For urgent concerns after business hours, call Duke Police 919-684-2444 or contact Student Affairs/Dean On-Call 984-287-0300.
    • If you are calling from an international number, contact Duke Police (919-684-2444) directly to ensure a prompt connection.


“Two-Click to Connect” Form: In just two clicks, you can select the category of person who will reach out to you within 24-48 hours, be it a trained Peer For You responder or a DukeReach staff member. These individuals are here to discuss whatever’s on your mind, help guide you through stressful times, and connect you to resources. Visit https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bD9MR6Gt50PP8ah (log-in required).


DuWell engages students through a variety of wellness experiences across campus to manage stress and reduce anxiety while emphasizing self-care. Resources include scheduled activities, Koru mindfulness, wellness self-assessments, massage chairs, meditation garden, and more.

Duke Recreation

Duke Recreation offers a variety of trips and clinics open to the Duke community. Students, faculty and staff may sign up for hiking/camping trips, backpacking clinics, rock climbing lessons, horseback trail riding and mountain biking trips at a reduced cost.
Enhance fitness knowledge and skills, relieve stress, learn of health benefits and work towards realistic fitness goals through Duke Rec’s Fitness & Wellness programs. A variety of free and fee-based opportunities for the Duke community are available to explore different areas of fitness and wellness including free group fitness classes, personal training and small group programs. Participants must be a current Duke student and/or have an active Rec & P.E. Membership to participate.

Food Resources

At the Nicholas School

  • NSOE stocks a food pantry with single-serve food items for those in the Nicholas School community who find themselves on campus without access to food. Grainger Hall, 3rd Floor Kitchen and LSRC, 2nd Floor Kitchen (A-Wing)


  • Duke Community Pantry: Aims to provide Graduate and Professional students and their families with reliable access to nutritious food, ensuring that they have secure sources of sustenance and can focus on their academic pursuits without worrying about their next meal.
  • Any student experiencing food insecurity can request temporary funds for food through the Feed Every Devil (FED) program. FED can be used by any student that is currently enrolled at Duke if they are experiencing food insecurity. FED can be used even if the student does not have a meal plan. Learn more here: https://fed.oit.duke.edu/

In Durham, Beaufort and Beyond

  • Durham Food Pantries: There are over 20 food pantries located through Durham that provide food and supplies to the Durham community. GPSG also maintains a list of local pantries in Durham at https://gpsg.duke.edu/resources-for-students/community-pantry/.
  • Carteret County Food Resources (Marine Lab): This resource provides a list of food resources in Carteret County as well as other online resources.
  • North Carolina EBT program: North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services are available for all households with limited income and resources. A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several unrelated individuals cohabiting who buy and prepare meals.

Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)

The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. Accessibility is an essential feature of the Duke campus, and we strive to create an inclusive community for our students. We strive to ensure that students with disabilities are provided the tools they need to fully access all aspects of student life inside and outside of the classroom. SDAO works with each student individually to establish academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services, more frequently referred to as academic accommodations for the purpose of eliminating the environmental barriers impacting the student’s equitable access to the campus facilities, programs and activities. sdao@duke.edu, (919) 668-1267

Student Affairs On-Call Team

In the event of an emergency 24/7 contact Duke Police at 919-684-2444 or call 911.

Student Affairs has a 24/7 on-call team to support urgent student matters. For urgent concerns after 5:00 PM, contact the Dean on-Call at 984-287-0300.

For urgent concerns in residential spaces after 5:00 PM, contact the RA or RC On-Call. Numbers are posted within the resident halls.

988 Lifeline for Mental Health Support

Call or text the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to connect with trained, compassionate, mental health counselors who can help with any kind of mental health challenge – including emotional distress, a substance use crisis, or thoughts of suicide. Help is available 24/7.

By calling or texting 988 (in the U.S.), people can reach a trained counselor at a crisis center near them. People can also visit 988lifeline.org to begin a live chat session.

Counselors provide immediate care and offer follow-up telephone support when needed. The service is free and private, and people will not be asked for insurance information. Call 911 in the event of any emergency.

Graduate and Professional Student Services

Almost all of the programs, services and resources offered by Student Affairs are available to graduate and professional students. From health and wellness support to post-degree career planning to exploring cultural diversity to exercising your personal interests through student groups, we've got you covered. Visit https://students.duke.edu/info-for/students/graduate-professional/ for resources and Duke contacts.


The Graduate and Professional Student Government of Duke University is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. Every graduate and professional student is automatically a member of the GPSG. GPSG serves as a liaison to the Duke administration and hosts a variety of social networking events open to all graduate and professional students. Resources include: community pantry, lawyer assistance program.

Emergency Financial Resources

  • DukeReach coordinates student emergency funds when assistance is needed due to unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, property damage, or need for temporary housing. Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources (payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is not intended to reimburse expenses that have already been paid or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid. Details here.
  • Professional master’s students: Information about financial aid can be found here, or contact nsoe-financialaid@duke.edu.
  • Ph.D. students:
    • For questions about financial aid, contact your DGS-A or Duke Graduate School, grad-finaid@duke.edu.
    • For information about financial assistance options for those incurring medical expenses that are not eligible for reimbursement and create a significant financial hardship or for non-medical-related financial hardship, visit here.


Social & Spiritual Wellness

Identity and Cultural Centers

The Student Affairs Identity, Cultural and Religion Centers within Student Affairs provide education, advocacy, and support for Duke students. Centers include:

Religious Life at Duke

Religious Life at Duke offers a wide range of student supports, whether or not you are connected to a religious tradition at all. Visit their website to connect with leaders from any of Duke’s diverse faith groups, all of whom are experienced in offering emotional and spiritual care, and a non-anxious presence with a humanistic listening ear, to college-age students. 

Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds is a voluntary, off-the-record resource for informal dispute resolution and problem-solving. The Office provides confidential, informal, impartial, and independent services to Duke students, staff, and faculty. As an independent resource, the Office operates independently from all other offices on campus and does not have the authority to make or overturn university decisions. The Ombuds serve as an impartial third-party available to help you to talk through your concerns and perspectives, ask questions regarding university policy and procedures, learn about available university and community resources, and strategize next steps for navigating your concern.

The Graduate School 

The Graduate School’s Student Health & Wellness Resources website provides additional resources available to PhD students.



Wellness Spaces on Campus

Wellness, Lactation and Prayer Rooms

At the Nicholas School

  • We offer the Grainger Hall Wellness & Lactation Room (GH 4111), which also serves as a meditation space. The Wellness & Lactation Room in GH 4111 is listed in Outlook as Nicholas School Wellness and Lactation Room. Type “Nicholas School Wellness” in the "To" field of Outlook. If you find the door is locked, the room is likely in use; if you are using this space, we encourage you to slide the “Available/ Occupied” sign on the door to indicate that the space is occupied. The hallway doors automatically unlock from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM on weekdays.
  • A reservable lactation pod is also available in Hug Commons, LSRC
  • Join Ellen Cooper for weekly meditations open to the whole Nicholas School community (LSRC A148). Zoom connection is also available, email ellenc@duke.edu for Zoom link).

In Beaufort

  • At the Marine Lab, there is Wellness Space in the Library that is dedicated to personal wellness such as meditation, prayer and quiet reflection.

Across Duke

This map provides locations of meditation and wellness rooms across the Durham campus. Dedicated lactation rooms can be found via maps.duke.edu by clicking on the Lactation Room map layer. 

  • Check out the Murphy-Nimocks Meditation Garden, located just outside the Student Wellness Center.
  • Looking for a place to meditate or relax? The three Oasis rooms provide quiet spaces to invite in calm.

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

  • In Durham: A gender-inclusive restroom is available in the LSRC, on the first floor, near classroom 158. Full list of Duke's Durham campus gender-inclusive restrooms.
  • At the Duke Marine Lab: The Marine Lab has several gender-inclusive restrooms: Lab 5, Dining Hall, Administration Building, and Facilities Maintenance Buildings.


Emergency Services & Reporting

Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency 24/7 contact Duke Police at 919-684-2444 or call 911.

LiveSafe app – Free safety tool that allows you to send real-time tips through the touch of a button to Duke University Police, which monitors messages 24/7. With the “SafeWalk” feature, you can invite friends to “virtually escort” you to a destination on a real-time map. Download the LiveSafe app to your smartphone and visit emergency.duke.edu for more safety tips.

To better prepare yourself in case of an emergency, review these quick Duke resources, “What to Do in an Emergency”

Durham campus


  • Call 911 in the event of any emergency.
  • Duke University Police Department and supplemental security staff are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. Duke Police can be reached at 919-684-2444 or by dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone.
  • If you are on Duke campus
  • Duke Campus Transportation
    • Visit https://parking.duke.edu/buses-vans/ to learn more information about the Duke bus system. 
    • From 6:30pm - 2:00a AM, Monday -Saturday, with last request at 1:45am, Duke Vans provides free, on-demand shared transportation for faculty, staff and students. Rides are available to and from most Duke facilities that are open during these hours to off-campus locations within a 2.5 mile radius. The last request for Lancaster Commons is at 12:30am.  Duke Vans is not intended to be your primary source of transportation, but rather to supplement other methods. You may not request a ride to the edge of the boundary and walk the rest of the way. Request a ride through the OnDemand tab of the Transloc app

Carteret County / Beaufort campus


  • Call 911 in the event of any emergency.
  • Carteret County Emergency Services: Emergency services in Carteret County encompass a range of emergencies including environmental, medical, and weather emergencies.
  • Carteret Health Care: Carteret Health Care Hospital is an independent, 135-bed not-for-profit hospital serving eastern North Carolina and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. 3500 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. 252-499-6000
  • The Marine Lab’s website:  The ML website provides island-specific information with respect to weather preparedness, hurricane planning and response, and crisis management.



Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct

Office for Institutional Equity: Duke is dedicated to creating a work and learning environment that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Need to File a Complaint or Report an Incident? Contact OIE to Report Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Sexual Misconduct:


Duke prohibits discrimination and harassment based on age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex (assigned at birth), sexual orientation, or veteran status in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

Sexual misconduct refers to all forms of sexual- or gender-based harassment, sexual or gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and sex- or gender-based stalking. All forms of sexual misconduct—whether committed by student, faculty, staff, or others—are prohibited at Duke.

See Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct.

You have the right to raise a concern or submit a complaint regarding harassment or discrimination or sexual misconduct. You also don’t have to follow any “chain of command” to do so — you can speak to Duke University Police Department, anyone in OIE, an OIE Liaison, any supervisor or manager in your department, program, or office about your concern. We are also happy to answer questions about Duke policies or talk to you about other concerns you may have. Of course, at any time during the process, you have the right to consult people or agencies outside of Duke.

If you believe you are being subjected to sexual misconduct by a Duke undergraduate, graduate or professional student, please contact the Duke Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.


Reporting Resources and Confidential & Non-Confidential Resources

For emergencies, contact Duke Police at 919-684-2444 or dial 9-1-1, which connects you to Duke Police on campus phones and Durham Police from all other phones in Durham. In Beaufort/DUML Campus, dial  9-1-1.

Not sure where to start?

The Reporting Harassment, Discrimination, and Other Concerns: An Interactive Guide for Graduate School Students helps Duke Graduate School students understand the options and processes for reporting harassment, discrimination, and other concerns. Choose a situation for guidance and resources. (Note: This guide is written specifically for students in Ph.D. and master's programs in The Graduate School.)


OIE’s reporting resources for students, staff, and faculty are available at https://oie.duke.edu/how-we-work/reporting-process/reporting-resources/.


Use the confidential online Incident Reporting tool to provide OIE with preliminary information concerning incidents of protected status harassment, discrimination and related misconduct involving students, faculty, or staff. OIE will respond to all submissions regardless of the nature of the report, and will forward it to the office responsible for addressing it, as appropriate. Though the form may be submitted anonymously, Duke University cannot provide supportive measures (such as academic accommodations, no-contact orders, safe housing options, changes of work schedules) with anonymous submissions. In addition, anonymous reports may also impact the University's ability to investigate and/or take disciplinary action.


Confidential Resources - Confidential resources will not share information about a report without the individual’s express written permission unless there is a continuing threat of serious harm to the Complainant or to others or there is a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). These individuals can also help an individual make a report to the University.

Non-confidential Reporting Options - Someone will reach out to you to provide information regarding resources, support, and how to file a complaint. You are not required to respond. You do not need to file a complaint to receive support.


All Duke faculty, other employees (including graduate students) with teaching or supervisory authority, Student Affairs professionals, HR representatives/managers, Athletics staff, and other Responsible Employees are required to share information about suspected harassment with OIE. Reports involving employees or students can be made to OIE. This does not automatically trigger a formal conduct process and/or law enforcement investigation. You will be presented with options on how you would like to proceed.

Anonymous Reporting

If you’d like to make a report anonymously: DukeReachGender Violence Prevention & Intervention, the Speak Up line, and the Duke Police’s Silent Witness Program[SN2] . In general, anonymous reporting does not guarantee person-specific follow-up.


Report a Bias Incident

Report a Bias Incident[SN3] : As one of many campus resources available, the Center for Multicultural Affairs would like to facilitate your reporting bias incidents. We value difference greatly but recognize that the vast diversity of our student population presents equal opportunities for understanding as well as misunderstanding.



If any member of the Nicholas School community has experienced unprofessional behavior by another Nicholas School community member, including faculty, staff, or students, use this form to submit a report. If the behavior you would like to report falls under University definitions of harassment or discrimination, refer to University-level reporting resources above. 

NSOE Coffee Conversation Corps

The NSOE Coffee Conversation Corps aims to improve inclusivity and workplace quality by promoting a positive and safe work culture among faculty, staff, and students. Specifically, the Coffee Conversation Corps trains Duke faculty and staff to become Peer Messengers to help their colleagues uphold Duke’s core values (Excellence, Safety, Integrity, Diversity and Teamwork) in their day-to-day behaviors. When unprofessional behavior is reported, instead of seeking immediate punitive actions, Peer Messengers foster improved professionalism through awareness, understanding and support. Programs like the NSOE Coffee Conversation Corps report enormous success!

Incidents that constitute a violation of Duke Policy must be reported to the appropriate offices, such as Human Resources the Office of Institutional Equity (see above for more information). The Coffee Conversation Corps cannot be considered a completely confidential resource for resolving unprofessional behavior.

How do we define unprofessional behavior? Unprofessional behavior is any behavior counter to Duke University or Nicholas School of the Environment policies, standards of conduct, or values, including behavior that is disruptive, intimidating, inappropriate, illegal, or creates a decreased sense of inclusivity and belonging in the school. 

How are incidents reported and tracked? Incidents of unprofessional behavior can be reported on this form or by contacting Dr. Nicki Cagle directly (nicolette.cagle@duke.edu). A record of reported incidents is kept by the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

For what kinds of incidents will a Peer Messenger be utilized? Peer Messengers provide support and guidance around behavior that is reported to be disruptive to colleagues or learners. More serious behaviors are referred to NSOE leadership or the Duke University Office of Institutional Equity – serious behaviors include harassment and discrimination, which are defined below. 



Marine Lab Resources

Additional Marine Lab-specific resources: