Duke University welcomes and encourages elected and appointed government officials (federal, state, local and international), and candidates for office, to speak to members of the university community and participate in events.

All invitations and appearances need to comply with Duke University policies, as well as applicable laws, regulations and government ethics policies. Events that include these individuals should further the educational or academic mission of Duke. This guidance is applicable to all Duke-sponsored campus based events, whether in-person or virtual, held off-campus (i.e., symposiums, receptions, meetings), or in a government facility.

Before an invitation is extended or accepted, members of the Duke community should contact Duke State Relations regarding participation of state officials from North Carolina and the Duke University Office of Government Relations is consulted about federal officials and all others from outside the state, for further guidance and assistance.