Participation Policies

The following participation policies ensure that TIP students receive the greatest possible value from attending a TIP program.  All TIP students and families agree to participate fully in their program experience by signing the Community Standard.  TIP programs are fast-paced and cover advanced material in a short amount of time.  Much of the learning is project-based and completed through group work or collaborative activities.  In addition, our staff strongly believes in cultivating a co-curricular environment that develops the whole student, enriching their cultural, interpersonal, emotional and moral growth. When an individual student misses components of the program or fails to align with behavioral expectations or policies, this disrupts the learning and program experience for all students. 

We understand that students have many opportunities and commitments. However, before choosing to participate in TIP, please be sure students are willing and able to fully immerse in the program.  Please review the policies below and be sure that parents and students can fully commit to these prior to accepting a placement in a program.   Failure to adhere to these policies after accepting placement can jeopardize current and future program participation opportunities.  Program fees will not be refunded for students who are dismissed from the program for failure to meet the Participation Policies.

Absence policy

To enjoy the benefits of Duke TIP and avoid interference with other students who are participating in it, during Duke TIP the student is not allowed to make any other commitments of time, including travel, extracurricular training, performances, volunteering or online classes.  While missing any amount of time will detract from the student's program experience, below is the maximum amount of time a student may miss the program:

Academic Adventures

Students are not allowed to miss more than 2 hours, either consecutively or incrementally. This includes, but is not limited to any scheduled academic and/or student life program time, as well as arrival, departure, mid-day and/or evening check-outs, and illness.  For questions regarding this policy, or to discuss any possibilities of absence during the program, please contact:

Scholar Weekends

Students are not allowed to miss more than 3 hours, either consecutively or incrementally. This includes, but is not limited to any scheduled academic and/or student life program time, as well as arrival, departure, mid-day and/or evening check-outs, and illness.  For questions regarding this policy, or to discuss any possibilities of absence during the program, please contact:

Nondiscrimination policy

As stated in the Community Standard, students at all Duke TIP sites are expected to abide by Duke University’s nondiscrimination policy:

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work community that is free from  prohibited discrimination and harassment. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other university program or activity. It admits qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The university also does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Further information, as well as the complete text of Duke University’s nondiscrimination policy, may be found at

Prohibited items

Duke TIP reserves the right to confiscate prohibited items for the duration of the program. Duke TIP cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to confiscated items. Possession or use of certain prohibited items may result in dismissal from the program. Students are not to bring the following items to Duke TIP:

  • alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  • drug paraphernalia of any kind
  • weapons of any kind
  • tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, matches, lighters, candles, incense, or fireworks
  • cars, mopeds, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller blades, or similar items
  • pets of any kind

Prohibited activities

Students who engage in the following actions will be immediately dismissed from Duke TIP:

  • possession of weapons of any kind
  • possession, sale, or use of alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs, or paraphernalia of any kind
  • tampering with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses and any fire safety equipment of any kind
  • accessing restricted areas, including, but not limited to the roof, mechanical rooms, etc.
  • sharing prescribed medication

At our discretion, students who engage in the following activities may be dismissed from Duke TIP:

  • social dishonesty, including, but not limited to, theft
  • academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, plagiarism
  • violating host site regulations, policies, and procedures, or federal, state, or local laws, rules, regulations, or ordinances
  • failure to meet academic standards
  • using profane language in any context other than when appropriate to an academic exercise
  • reckless, disruptive, damaging, or otherwise uncontrolled behavior in the classroom or residence hall
  • excessive damage to host campus property
  • misuse of any electronic use privileges by such actions as visiting inappropriate Internet sites, sending inappropriate email messages, or disrupting computer operations
  • traveling outside of the designated Duke TIP campus area boundary or leaving campus without permission or supervision
  • risky behavior that endangers the student’s safety or the safety of others
  • verbal or physical harassment of students or staff, including, but not limited to, bullying and playing pranks or practical jokes, including via electronic means
  • fighting, including hitting or pushing another person, either as an aggressor or in response to the aggressive or irritating actions of another
  • interaction of a sexual nature or sexually suggestive manner
  • possession of matches, lighters, candles, fireworks, or any other incendiary device
  • failure to comply with participation policies

Damages and charges

Students are expected to treat property with respect. Any damages to Duke TIP or campus property caused by a student will be billed to that student’s family.

Dismissal from Duke TIP

Duke TIP may dismiss a student from participation in the program if it is determined that: (A) the Student has violated a Duke Behavioral Expectations and Policies, (B) continued Student participation in Duke TIP poses a risk to the health, safety or welfare of the Student or others, or (C) continued Student participation in Duke TIP will materially detract from the value others obtain from Duke TIP. 

If Duke TIP dismisses Student from the Program, Duke TIP will inform the Parent/Guardian of the decision and Student must depart from the Program.  Parent/Guardian must make immediate travel arrangements to retrieve Student at the expense of Parent/Guardian.  Duke TIP will not refund Program Fees.