Student Health and Safety

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Medication policies and procedures

Duke TIP has strict policies for handling and storing medications. Policies may vary from site to site depending on local regulations.

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.

It is essential that you follow the instructions below if your student will require medications or injections while at Duke TIP. 

  • Complete all sections of the online student health profile available after placement. 
  • Bring medications in the original prescription bottle labeled with the student’s name, the contents, and dosage information, and be sure there is enough medication to last for the full term. TIP will not accept expired medications.
  • All medications, including over-the-counter products, are stored in a secure location in the health office (refrigerated if necessary). The only exception to this policy will be for acne creams and urgent-need medication such as insulin, diabetic supplies, rescue asthma inhalers, and epinephrine devices, which students may keep with them.
  • Students must self-administer medications that are stored in the Duke TIP office in the presence of Duke TIP staff.
  • Students are responsible for remembering to take their medications. Duke TIP staff members will not administer any medications, except for epinephrine devices and glucagon in emergency situations.
  • For injected medications: If the student cannot self-inject, the medication must be administered by a licensed health practitioner (not a Duke TIP employee). Parents are responsible for scheduling any needed appointments for injections for their student at a local medical facility within a ten-mile radius of the Duke TIP campus their students will be attending. Duke TIP staff will provide transportation to and from the scheduled appointment. 

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

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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.

Insurance plans must have a plan administrator based in the United States and have a US telephone number and address for submission of claims. Travel insurance policies alone do not provide appropriate health care coverage.

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. 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.

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving students in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.

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