Off-Campus Engagement

Off-Campus Engagement
Downtown Durham

Services and programs that support the University's goal of achieving an environment that encourages community, a culture of care, and engagement.


OCE focuses much of its efforts on the welfare of students who do not reside in University-managed housing. Since off-campus students vary widely in age, interests, institutional identification, or affiliation and live in various local communities, efforts to provide service are multifaceted, purposeful, and specific to current needs.  

While OCE’s efforts are not limited to our off-campus population, OCE seeks ways to assist all students in learning how to live safely, successfully, and independently in the communities surrounding the University. 

OCE prides itself on its ability to respond to situations but, like other units of the University, seeks ways to prevent problems through education. OCSE's staff and students maintain a unique relationship, a partnership that encourages the formation of new ideas and new approaches to problems. 


  • Town of Durham Community Policing Officer Holly Malasky serves as the liaison to the Off-Campus Department.
  • Off-Campus Relations working with key off-campus partners such as the business association, landlords association, police, and fire
  • Serves as a resource and advisory team to commuter students to seek resources both on and off-campus
  • Programs and Co-Sponsored Events with both on-campus and off-campus key constituents that are tailored and marketed to commuter and non-traditional students

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of engaging in opportunities provided by OCSE , students will: 

Develop self-awareness of, and the ability to articulate, one’s values, goals, and identity through reflection; 

Identify University resources and support services relevant to off-campus students; 

Learn how to make informed choices by considering  consequences for self, others, and community they reside in; 

Enhance interpersonal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills related to living off-campus; 

Demonstrate an awareness of communal living through successful integration into and ownership of one’s community; and 

Cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for people, beliefs, and current issues locally as it pertains to the community one resides in.