Policies and Expectations for Story+ Students

Duke students participating in Story+ are expected to follow all university policies and adhere to the Duke Community Standard. The following policies and expectations underscore policies and practices that commonly relate to Story+ participants.
Commitment to your team and to the Story+ model: A Story+ research project is not like a traditional classroom assignment or a student-led extracurricular, it is instead a team-based collaboration in which you will gain experience working with an interdisciplinary team to address social and cultural challenges. You should be prepared to collaborate with your team to address the challenges of conducting applied research in complex settings. This includes making the following commitments:
  • Commit to participating for the entire six-week term.
  • Participate in all team events and meetings; contribute to group discussions.
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner and keep open channels of communication with the team on your progress, or areas where you need help.
  • Assist other team members as needed.
  • Recognize that working on a team is not always easy. As a member of the team, you have an obligation to help create a strong team culture and to work collaboratively to address issues – see the Bass Connections team resources for ideas on facilitating effective team-based research.
  • Regularly reflect on your personal and professional development and how you can gain the most from this experience. This could be through a personal or team journal, or you could share your thought process publicly via the Bass Connections or Story+ websites. See these ideas and examples of student reflections and see research videos from previous students on our Youtube page.
We expect all Story+ participants to adhere to Duke's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, to Story+'s Code of Conduct and to these Story+ Values:
  • Story+ is built upon the foundational values of care, inclusion, and community. Our primary objectives are to enable undergraduate and graduate students to participate in rigorous, hands-on humanities research, to facilitate collaborative and creative research transmission, to support faculty and community-based interdisciplinary humanities research, and to promote teamwork and interdisciplinarity as humanities modes of work.  
  • Our values also animate how we reach out for partnerships across Duke and beyond Duke, in the projects we solicit and select, in the ways we recruit and support students, and in our common programming throughout the summer.  We understand that our work is done with and within a privileged institution of higher education that has a historically complicated relationship with research subjects, objectification, and positivism. To generate humanistic research means paying attention to how structures and systems influence the collection of evidence, methods of analysis, and communication of results and to our particular identities and contexts as researchers.
  • This embrace of situated knowledge does not require that Story+ projects adhere to certain topics, modes of work, or presentation practices; it does however, require a self-awareness about the choices any particular project makes from subject matter, to methodology, to communication with the public, to divisions of labor, and supervisory authority. As such, we ask all Story+ participants to consider how you might (no matter your topics or goals) acknowledge, address, or understand intertwining systems of oppression (ableism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) as you undertake your research.
Code of Conduct Statement: Together we’ll aim to create a research environment that respects all cultures, backgrounds, identities, and views and a research community where belonging, respect, and reciprocity are at the heart of our communication and practice. Together we’ll honor our collaborators’ perspectives, identities, and diverse ways of thinking and we’ll hold each other accountable for doing so. Story+ is an inclusive space where all students have an equal right to research, learn, and express themselves. We will not tolerate harassment or harms of any form.
Required Story+ program-wide activities: In addition to the expectations set by your team leader, we expect all Story+ participants to take part in the following: 
  • Story+ Bootcamp
  • Weekly Wednesday Sessions
  • Story+ Research Symposium 
  • Evaluation survey: All students are expected to complete the end-of-program evaluation survey.
Sharing Research in Other Venues: We encourage you and your team to also pursue other opportunities, at Duke and elsewhere, to share your research, individually and/or as a team. Opportunities at Duke include the Bass Connections Poster Fair, the Visible Thinking Symposium, the Duke Research Blog, the Franklin Humanities Institute website and Youtube page, and other departmental and inter-departmental gatherings. Please let us know if we can assist or support your efforts!
Story+ Stipends: Story+ stipends are distributed in two equal sums at the end of May and end of June. Instructions for receiving payments will be sent to students ahead of the program. All students will complete the Story+ Non-Comp Stipend Form prior to the start of the program.
Transcript notation: Starting Summer 2020, Story+ will appear as a POE 110 credit on your transcript. No charge is associated with this credit.
Acknowledgement: If you have the opportunity to author any publications, present at a conference or otherwise develop materials related to your team’s work, please acknowledge the support of “Story+ at Duke University.” Please also send any products, events or announcements to us at fhi@duke.edu so we can help share (and brag about!) your work
Branding: You are welcome to use the Story+ logo and/or Duke logo on materials developed. However, you should take care not to represent your opinions, or those of your team, as the views of the Story+ program or Duke University. 
IRB: Your team leader should determine if your project needs to undergo a review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, if in the course of your project, you propose an independent project, or decide to pursue a new avenue, you should be aware of IRB requirements and first consult with your team leader. The IRB must review any research plans, prior to initiation, that involve human subjects. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights and privacy of human subjects. For more information about the IRB, and what types of activities require IRB review, please see the “Before You Begin” section of the Campus IRB website. To discuss whether your study needs IRB review, or to begin the IRB process, email campusirb@duke.edu to schedule a meeting.
Summer 2023 Program Statement: Story+ 2023 will select up to 6 teams. While we have found benefits to remote research work and might return to offering programs with this option in the future, we do not anticipate teams working remotely this year. Therefore all project proposals should anticipate a full return to on-site engagement for summer 2023.
Policy on minors: If your team plans to engage with minors (non-Duke students under the age of 18) as part of its research or outreach plan, your team will be required to comply with Duke’s Policy for Minors. Your team leader will guide this process, but students who are joining a team that involves interaction with minors should understand in advance that they may be asked to take a 15-minute training and possibly complete a background check (provisions will be made to support students needing a background check who do not have a U.S. social security number).
Housing: Updates to come (as of November 2022).
If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact us at fhi@duke.edu
This document was adapted for Story+ from the Policies and Expectations document created by our partners at Bass Connections.