Acceptable Use

The purpose of this document is to establish and promote the ethical, legal, and secure use of computing and electronic communications for all members of Duke University and its affiliated entities.

Duke Acceptable Use Policy

Filming Guidelines

All commercial, non-news photography or videotaping must be approved in advance by University Communications or the Health System News Office (for health system activities).

Filming on Campus

Gift Announcements

Sharing news about the financial support Duke University receives both acknowledges the generosity of Duke’s donors and promotes the people, programs, facilities and activities that donors support. Learn more about the procedures for writing, editing, distributing and promoting news releases about gifts and grants.

Gift Announcement Policies

Media Policies

These policies are in place to support Duke’s primary mission of research, education, and healthcare. Our goal is for students, faculty and other members of the Duke community to carry out their activities with a reasonable expectation of privacy and normality while remaining free to speak openly with the media if they choose to do so.

Duke’s Media Policies

Security Requirements

Duke University and Duke University Health System (Duke) are dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care. Data is a vital component of Duke’s operations and it is important to ensure that authorized individuals can access data appropriately.

Data Security Policy

Service-level Guidelines

Any work being done through a contract organization – internal or external – is required to maintain a minimum service-level agreement of 10 hours per year. Due to the ever changing nature of the web and the need for version and security upgrades on our preferred platforms, site owners need to identify some portion of their budget and calendar for updates and patching. Without this, sites are subject to vulnerability and attacks. Should a security breach occur, the security office maintains the right to the remove the affected site until it can be confirmed as no longer a risk. IT organizations such as OIT and DHTS cannot be held responsible for things they didn’t participate in building and should not be expected to serve as quick fix in the event of a site being take offline.

Social Media Guidelines for Communicators

The purpose of these guidelines is to help Duke communicators understand how Duke policies apply to using social media in their work.

Social Media Guidelines

Vendor Policies

Vendors must work through Procurement and Supply Chain Management in order to establish a business relationship with Duke University and Duke University Health System. Communication vendors are vetted through the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications.

Working with Vendors


Copyright laws were developed in the United States as a means of encouraging “progress of science and the useful arts.” Copyright laws grant the creator (or the owner of the copyright) the rights, within the limits of fair use, to do with their work what they please. The intention is that by creating a financial incentive for a limited time, creators will have a motive for producing more works which will enrich the public.

Copyright FAQ