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DUKE TIPS apology for counselors’ inappropriate conduct with very young campers


Dear TIP Trinity Families,
Last Friday, we sent you an email message informing you of an incident that occurred at Trinity University during the last days of our Summer Studies session there. As our internal investigation continued, we realized that our understanding of the incident was incomplete. We would like to thank the parents, students, and staff who stepped forward to provide more information. We would also like to clarify what happened last week and let you know how we are responding to this unacceptable incident.
On Thursday, June 29, the residential staff had the students line up and walk from the dorm to the dining hall, holding each other’s lanyards, while some staff members berated the students, kept them from using their cell phones, and told them they would post a video of the march to social media. While we are unaware of any such posting, this type of action is completely inappropriate for any Duke TIP site and does not comply with our Community Standard, which is based on mutual respect between staff and students. Although the residential staff considered this a “prank,” we disagree and consider it a serious infraction of our staff standards and our disciplinary guidelines. Duke TIP is no place for such behavior. Therefore, we are taking the following actions:
  • Reporting the incident to all appropriate authorities;
  • Replacing the full residential staff at the TIP Trinity site;
  • Monitoring social media to verify no video of the incident is posted in the future;
  • Immediately informing all staff that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated;
  • Strengthening our staff training in appropriate staff and student interactions.
We again apologize for the impact this incident had on your student’s experience at Trinity. We hope that the many positive learning opportunities your student had at TIP outweighs this unfortunate occurrence. Please contact me if you have questions or other information regarding this situation.
Shayne Goodrum, PhD
Director of Educational Programs
Duke University Talent Identification Program
919-668-4505 (office)

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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