Policies - Online

Duke University Minor’s Policy

We adhere Duke University’s policies for students under the age of 18 years old, following the standards of best practices.

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Admission Process Policies

Students interested in the “College Admissions Seminar & Workshop Series” can submit an application without supporting documents. However, for those interested in our other online course options, you must submit the following:

  • A personal statement stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and interested in the courses for which you are applying.
  • A résumé highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences.
  • High school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, including payment of the application fee. Please follow the application directions to ensure you are submitting a complete application.

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis and you will receive an admission decision within three weeks of submitting a complete application.

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Participation Policies

The Program is an interactive, collaborative community of learners. Meaningful participation in the Duke Summer Session Online program is the responsibility of the Participant, the Parent/ Legal Guardian, and the instructor. Participants who participate as outlined below will receive a final evaluation and certificate.

It is the responsibility of the Participant to

  • log in and engage with instructor, peers, course activities, and course tools a minimum of five days a week;
  • respond within twenty-four hours to communications from instructors and Duke office staff;
  • notify the instructor at the start of the course about any planned absences, understanding that absences exceeding two synchronous sessions are against Program policy;
  • notify the instructor as soon as possible about any unplanned absences and take steps to prepare work for early or late submission, per the course make-up policy, and schedule submissions with the instructor;
  • check weekly announcements, course calendars, and activity checklists in order to stay up to date with assignments;
  • complete work on time in order to contribute to the community of learners;
  • actively engage in live and asynchronous discussions each week;
  • complete the majority of required assignments and assessments in order to receive a final evaluation and a certificate of course completion;
  • know and understand the success criteria for individual assignments and assessments before attempting them;
  • know and understand the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the Duke Summer Session Online Program; and
  • review and reflect on instructor feedback and look for and opportunities to apply feedback to new tasks.

It is the responsibility of the Parent/ Legal Guardian to

  • provide necessary resources (tools, time, and required technical equipment) for Participants to log in regularly;
  • review email and other notifications from program staff members regularly and, when needed, respond within twenty-four hours to communications from instructors and Duke office staff;
  • discuss your summer schedule with Participant during the application process, prior to the term, and at the start of the term, understanding that absences from online access exceeding two synchronous sessions is against Program policy;
  • communicate regularly with Participant about any unplanned absences so Participant can inform the instructor and arrange for early submission or make-up work;
  • check in with Participant weekly about coursework and progress in the course toward meeting success criteria and course completion;
  • know and understand the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the Duke Summer Session Online program; and
  • utilize the available resources to monitor your Participant’s participation and progress as needed.

It is the responsibility of the Duke Summer Session Online Program instructor to

  • post weekly announcements, activity checklists, and make-up policies, and maintain an updated course calendar;
  • clearly communicate to Participants expectations and criteria for success on all assignments and assessments; 
  • regularly provide timely feedback to Participants on core assignments and assessments;
  • maintain the course gradebook so that Participants can accurately assess their progress;
  • provide a final evaluation that is reflective of the Participant’s work and follows the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the Duke Summer Session Online Program;
  • respond to inquiries and communications from Participants and families within twenty-four hours; and
  • follow participation checkpoints and the program participation policy for instructors by messaging all Participants and families per the policy regarding class assignments and engagement expectations.
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Summer Session Community Standard

  • Participant will take full advantage of the academic and social opportunities provided by Duke. Participant will apply themselves to the best of their ability in their studies and participate fully in collaborative activities and the Duke community.
  • Participant will not lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize in their academic and collaborative endeavors, nor will they support the actions of those who do.
  • Participant understands that Duke policies have been developed to promote the safety and enjoyment of the program for all participants. Participant will adhere to these policies and follow the direction of Duke staff members.
  • Participant will be honest, responsible and fair in all their activities as a Participant. Participant will conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of other Participants, Duke staff, and Duke digital spaces. Participant understands that harassment, intimidation, and bullying will not be tolerated.
  • Participant will share in the responsibility of maintaining an environment where individual actions do not violate the integrity of the community. Participant will accept responsibility for their own actions and accept the consequences of those actions.
  • Participant will view the Program as a community and will recognize the commonalities and respect the differences that make each Participant unique. Participant will abide by Duke University's nondiscrimination policy regarding race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, and age.
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Program Evaluations

Participants, parents, and staff will complete questionnaires and other requests for information as part of program evaluations. This feedback is used to help Duke Summer Session for High School Students to continually improve its programs.

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Digital Citizenship Policies

The Duke Summer Session Online program utilizes a variety of online resources and other tools and programs that require Participants to post, share, and publish work online in both protected and open environments. This agreement serves as a resource to help Participants maintain safety and privacy while interacting in online environments such as these. It is important that both the Participant and the Parent/ Legal Guardian carefully read and understand this agreement.

I will protect my identity in all online environments. This includes not sharing your email address, home address, phone number, full name, birthdate, location, school name, or any other information that might pose a privacy or security risk.

I will protect the security of my fellow classmates, instructor, and Duke information by not sharing information in our Duke online community with others. It is important that Duke online communities are a safe and welcoming space to share ideas and work. Therefore, it is very important that you don’t share the course content, participant information, or participant work with anyone other than your parents.

I will manage my own passwords. It is crucial that you develop a secure password for all sites, and that you never share that password. You are responsible for managing all passwords you create. Should your instructor assign a tool that requires you to create an account, you will need to remember that password on your own. 

I will be responsible for maintaining or deleting my accounts. You are solely responsible for what happens with the accounts you create after the conclusion of your Duke Summer Session Online course. Duke and your instructor may share links to your products or capture screenshots of your work, but you own both the products and the accounts you create. It is recommended that you go into the settings of these accounts and change the email address to a personal email at the conclusion of your course. We request that you keep all accounts and products active for one week following the conclusion of your session to ensure your work can be properly assessed and evaluated by your instructor. Deleting these products before that time could result in an incomplete program evaluation from Duke. Duke will not be able to assist you with retrieving passwords or products from these accounts, either during or after the course. 

I will use my Sakai account to communicate with classmates and my instructor.  All course-related communications should be from your Sakai account to your instructor or classmates’ online accounts. You should never use a personal account for course communications. 

I will exhibit appropriate behavior online. Many internet tools allow for a wide range of interaction, including comments, posts, discussions, and peer feedback. Everything you write or share online is a reflection of you, and should be treated as both permanent and public. It is your responsibility to make wise decisions about how you want to be perceived by instructors and classmates, as well as potential schools and employers that might one day see the interactions you have had online. Commit to only sharing appropriate information, images, and multimedia resources. 

I will respect myself and others at all times. Never share a post, comment, or image that could be perceived as disrespectful. Do not engage with or respond to inappropriate or disrespectful posts or images. Report inappropriate activity to your instructor or Duke Summer Session Director, sally.starrfield@duke.edu

I will adhere to copyright laws and fair use guidelines. It is important that you never use copyrighted work without permission, and that you always credit the original producer of the work. This includes text from books or websites, images, videos, and any other resource you obtain. This is particularly important when you are creating and sharing things online that could potentially have a public audience that may interpret these items as your own work. If you are unsure of whether you might be using copyrighted materials, refer to the Duke Summer Session Online polices or seek the help of your instructor. “I didn’t know” is not an excuse for plagiarism or copyright infringement. 

I understand that it is my responsibility to read the terms of use or service and adhere to any age restrictions. Most web tools have specific age restrictions and terms of use that they expect users to follow. These are typically located at the bottom of all pages, particularly the home pages. It is your responsibility to read, understand, and follow these guidelines. Duke will never expect or require you to use any tool in a manner that violates the terms of use or age restrictions. If you aren’t sure whether you can complete an assignment due to age restrictions, seek the help of your instructor immediately.

I will contact my instructor or Duke staff if at any time I feel uncomfortable about online activity related to my course. You have the right to feel safe and protected when utilizing online tools and resources. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, or experience or witness instances of bullying, harassment, inappropriate language or content, please contact your instructor or Duke staff as soon as possible. If you are concerned about the manner in which you are being asked to share an assignment, your instructor can offer an alternative method or tool, or an alternate assignment.

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