Their demands, posted online, include "more funding for organizations whose primary constituencies are of under-represented groups," including students who are LGBT.
In a statement issued Monday, Richard Brodhead argued the bill “runs counter to the ideals of Duke University.”
Gov. Pat McCrory has signed an executive order making limited changes to House Bill 2.
Opponents contend this could be the death knell for the bill, which would restrict transgender students' restroom use.
The university announced it will abide by the state's anti-LGBT law, requiring trans students to use bathrooms that don't match their gender identity. But how will that policy be enforced?
The legislation would bar students in public schools and colleges from using the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity.