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Dude University Policies

Payment, Cancellations & Substitutions
  • Dude Deal Registrations must be paid in full at the time of booking to secure your hotel room.
  • Dude Deal prices are for single occupancy rooms. Each additional occupant is $20, per night, per person.
  • Written cancellations received by before March 31, 2019 receive a full refund. No refunds are issued after this date.
  • Conference attendee substitutions will be accepted through April 12, 2019.

  • The $100 spouse/guest fee is valid for only the Sunday evening dinner.
  • The fee does not entitle the spouse to attend the full conference, meals or other events outside of Sunday evening event mentioned above.
  • If you have multiple employees of an organization, they must register for the full conference fee to attend the sessions, the learning lab and all networking events.
  • Only 1 guest/spouse per person is permitted.
  • Minors under the age of 21 are not permitted to attend Sunday night for liability reasons.

Event Logistics
Where is Dude University 2019?
Raleigh Convention Center

Will there be another Dude University in 2019?

No, Dude University in Raleigh is the only University in 2019.

What are the conference dates?
May 5 – 8, 2019.

Cost, Travel and Payment
What is the cost of Dude University?
Visit our Travel & Tuition page for more information.

What is the difference between the Dude Deal and the Conference Only Package?
The Dude Deal is the all-inclusive package that combines your guaranteed 4-night hotel accommodations in the conference hotel and your conference registration fee. The Dude team secures your hotel room and removes all the hassle – the only thing you need to do, is book your flight or rental car. The conference only package requires you to secure your own hotel room.

Why is the Dude Deal package open before the conference only?
We give priority to Clients who want to book the all-inclusive hotel package, so this registration option is open first from March 1 to December 31, 2018. On January 1, 2019, the Conference Only registration option will open.

Through what date can I book a room with a guaranteed discounted rate?
Discounted room rates are offered only while availability lasts. The best possible rates are available through the Dude Deal – your all-inclusive ticket to Dude University. You can receive a discounted rate either through the date the hotel specifies or until the Dude Deal is sold out, whichever comes first.

What payment types are accepted?
Credit card is the only form of payment accepted for Dude Deal reservations, as Dude Solutions purchases the room for you. Purchase orders and checks are all accepted methods of payment for Conference Only.

Is parking included in the Dude Deal or Conference Only registration?
Parking is NOT included in either the Dude Deal or Conference Only registration.

What kind of sessions can I expect?
The curriculum is designed to provide professional development for people in all areas of operations, including maintenance, energy, technology, safety and business. Scheduled courses will address industry topics and provide valuable training applicable to operations professionals of all levels, including directors and managers, administrators, supervisors, technicians and office staff.

Is pre-registration for the classes and sessions mandatory?
There is no pre-registration for sessions, but attendees may find it helpful to review the schedule prior to the event to maximize their time.

Can I get Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending Dude University?
Yes, you can! A certificate can be provided to you on request after the conference. Just email

Whom should I contact if I have special dietary needs or allergies?
Please email for special requests or accommodations.

What is the recommended attire for the conference?
Business casual attire is recommended for all conference functions.



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