Duke has an image problem.
It is not a fatal affliction. Universities and other institutions with high profiles go through this stuff from time to time when a series of problematic events collide.
But the past semester has been a particular head-scratcher at Duke thanks to a series of tawdry and distasteful misadventures on the part of students.
These incidents have all the trappings for Internet buzz - sex and drunkenness chief among them. The result: an avalanche of the sort of negative press that isn't likely to be mentioned to parents on those orientation campus tours.