Student Health and Safety

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Medication policies and procedures

Duke TIP Field Studies staff members will not prescribe, dispense, administer, or store any medications except for epinephrine and glucagon devices in emergencies, nor will they oversee or ensure students’ adherence to medication schedules. Injections will either be self-administered or arranged for by the family. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for ensuring that their child receives or self-administers their medications as directed by their medical provider.

Students should bring medications and allergy serum to Duke TIP in the original bottle dispensed by their pharmacist labeled with the student’s name, the contents, and dosage information.

Students who take medications during the school year should continue to do so as prescribed while at Duke TIP, as the daily schedule and demands of our program require at least as much focus and energy as a typical school day.

For medication-related questions or to discuss your student’s medical needs, please contact Duke TIP’s Coordinator of Accommodations at or (919) 668-9100.

Disability-related information

If your child has a disability and would like to receive consideration for reasonable accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Accommodations at or (919) 668-9100. For your child to receive consideration, you must have documented verification from a licensed physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional. 

The Duke University Student Disability Access Office deals only with disabilities, and not with medical conditions that do not rise to the level of a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information on documentation guidelines, visit the Duke University website at

Health services and insurance

Your health insurance must be used to cover all care at campus health services, clinics, or urgent care facilities.  

Every participant is required to complete a health profile and to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. Please ensure that your medical coverage is valid and can be accepted in the state where your child is participating in TIP. If the coverage is not valid outside of your home state or you do not have health insurance from an approved provider, you must buy short-term insurance for the duration of the program. Verification of coverage must be sent to TIP at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.

Duke TIP does not endorse any particular plan; however, information about short-term health insurance can be found within the online health profile you must complete. Payment and the insurance application should be sent directly to the insurance company. Duke TIP does not process your insurance application or claims.

Parents should be aware of the status of family insurance deductibles for emergency and other medical services and have a plan for paying for needed services.

Illness or injury while attending Duke TIP

If a student becomes ill or is injured at Duke TIP, we will make every effort to contact parents prior to treatment occurring.  Duke TIP will provide transportation to a medical facility when needed. Detailed procedures are available to enrolled students in the online portal.

For any questions contact the Coordinator of Accommodations at or (919) 668-9100.

These two-week residential programs for students in ninth through twelfth grade take place at Duke University, New College of Florida, or one of several unique field study locations. Courses take place during the summer and cover a variety of different academic disciplines.