Reinstate Alumni Eligibility for Athletic Facility Memberships at Duke

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In an unsigned, unattributed letter dated June 10, 2015, The Duke Alumni Association abruptly announced that Duke alumni will no longer be eligible for recreational facility membership at Duke, citing "adverse tax consequence(s)" that were uncovered by the "Duke legal counsel."

Regardless of the truthfulness of these claims or the supposed risk, this decision marks another misstep for Duke University. Barring Duke alumni from utilizing Duke recreational facilities is an incredibly shortsighted decision, and represents a divestiture in our growing Durham community. Both students and alumni benefit - students, looking to meet alums in their field of study and work, and alums, looking to stay connected with the school. These informal interactions can have significant impact on the direction of Duke students, Duke itself, and the school's treatment and outreach to the surrounding city. Further, for many young alums this serves as an attractive benefit to staying local, ultimately helping to retain Duke talent at home in Durham.

On June 4th The Duke Chronicle published an article citing a petition signed by 120 students that was successful in overturning a similar misstep to bar visiting students from utilizing Duke recreational facilities. Duke alumni and current students, together, can far surpass this number.

Further, if you are an alumni at these schools, feel free to continue using your recreational membership benefits:

The full text of the letter is:

June 10, 2015

As of July 1, 2015, Duke alumni will no longer be eligible for memberships with campus recreation facilities. Alumni memberships will remain valid until their expiration on June 30, 2015, but after that time alumni will not be able to renew or purchase new memberships. Alumni will continue to receive five free visits to campus recreation facilities each year with use of their Duke alumni card.

This policy change was made following a review by Duke legal counsel, which determined that providing recreation memberships to alumni could create an adverse tax consequence for the University. For additional questions, please contact the Alumni Association at 919-684-5114 or

We apologize for the inconvenience this change may cause, and we continue to value greatly alumni affiliation with Duke.

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