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September Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released a September 2015 Dining Update.  Please encourage your students to refer to this reference as needed.

Assault Notification

The following message was sent to the campus community from Communications and External Relations.

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The Wake Forest University Police Department received information from the Winston-Salem Police Department on Aug. 29 that a student was sexually assaulted off campus by a student who is known to the assaulted student.

Any investigation of this matter will be handled by the Winston-Salem Police Department since it occurred in the Winston-Salem Police Department’s jurisdiction.

The incident was reported to have occurred shortly after midnight Aug. 29.

Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

–Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure that any sexual act is OK with your partner, and remember that consent is an active process, not the absence of a “no.”

–If you feel uneasy, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours  at (336) 758-5911.

–Download Live Safe Mobile App   http://police.wfu.edu/new/lifesafe-web-app/

–Remember that the majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the survivor knows. Someone can feel that they are in a safe place with safe people and be sexually assaulted.

As community members witnessing a dangerous situation, we can:

–Call University Police or someone else in authority.

–Tell another person.

–Ask a friend in a potentially dangerous situation if he/she wants to leave and then make sure that he/she gets home safely.

If you have experienced sexual assault, we encourage you to seek support and report it. If you or a friend have questions or concerns about sexual violence, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support:

Safe Office: [Confidential]
Helpline 24/7: (336) 758-5285, Benson Center 317

Student Health Service: [Confidential]
(336) 758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium

University Counseling Center: [Confidential]
(336) 758-5273 After hours contact Student Health, Reynolda 118

PREPARE Student Advocates: [Confidential]
Helpline 24/7: (336) 671-7075

Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential]
(336) 758-5017, Reynolda Hall 22

If you would like to report a sexual assault or learn about sexual violence prevention, please contact any of the following offices for more information:

Wake Forest University Title IX Office:
(336) 758-7258, Reynolda Hall 2

University Police:
(336) 758- 5911

Dean of Students:
(336) 758-5226, Benson Center 139

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

An Important Message on Student Academic Integrity and Parental Assistance

The following message is being shared with Wake Forest families at the request of David Levy, Associate Dean of the College and Chair, Honor and Ethics Council.

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As a parent and grandparent, I am aware of the strong desire to be helpful to your student when s/he encounters difficulty in her or his studies in school. Now that your student is at Wake Forest, it is important to bear in mind that there should be limits to the extent and nature of support that you as a parent or family member may offer.

All Wake Forest students are obliged to abide by the Honor Code, as is explained most fully in the document, Student Code of Conduct. Wake Forest offers a wide variety of options for students to receive help coping with difficulties they may encounter. It is not uncommon, however, for students to seek help and guidance from family as well. In such cases, parents are encouraged to refer their student to one or more of these excellent on-site resources. It is always best for the student to begin with the faculty member who is teaching the course. Academic advisers and the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) are the next best resource.

Emotional support and encouragement from families is wonderful, but under no circumstances should a family member actually do the work on behalf of the student. Allowing the student to struggle, and even to fail, often proves to be a better learning experience than seeking an easy way out of difficulty. While it may be painful to see your student struggle, it is always best for the student to take responsibility for her or his own education. As an example, I wish to present one way in which familial over-involvement in academic work has had negative consequences.

Wake Forest’s policy concerning ethical usage of technology states:

Use of campus facilities is restricted to authorized users. For the purposes of this document, an “authorized user” shall be defined as an individual who has been assigned a login ID and password by Information Systems staff (on any relevant system), or by an authorized agent. Individual users are responsible for the proper use of their accounts, including the protection of their login IDs and passwords. Users are also responsible for reporting any activities which they believe to be in violation of this policy, just as students are responsible for reporting Honor Code violations.

Individuals should use only those computing facilities they have been authorized to use. They should use these facilities:

  • in a manner consistent with the terms under which they were granted access to them;
  • in a way that respects the rights and privacy of other users;
  • so as not to interfere with or violate the normal, appropriate use of these facilities; and
  • in a responsible manner.

I regret to say that in my experience as Associate Dean of the College, I have seen this policy violated, with unfortunate outcomes for the student, and a devastating effect on the student’s family. In violation of this policy, the student shared both password and login ID. While the student was culpable, the parent had shared responsibility.

I know from experience that parenting is the kind of love that grows toward separation. Just as the bird urges the chick to leave the nest as soon as possible, I know that you want to see your student fly on her or his own. Experience has also taught me that when you do so, the bonds of love are strengthened, and not weakened. I wish your student well as s/he thrives in every way imaginable during their time at Wake Forest! Trust them to grow as we here on campus challenge and support them on their journey!

Sincerely,

David B. Levy
Associate Dean of the College and Chair, Honor and Ethics Council

A Message from President Hatch Regarding New Policy

The following message was sent to the campus community on August 26 from President Hatch.

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Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Wake Forest University is firmly committed to providing an academic and working community free from unlawful discrimination and harassment in all forms. Consistent with Wake Forest’s Notice of Non-discrimination and in compliance with federal statutes and recent Department of Education guidance, the University has implemented a revised Faculty and Staff Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy. The revised policy is effective September 1, 2015 and will apply to reports of sexual misconduct, including gender discrimination and sexual harassment, against a University faculty or staff member on the Reynolda campus. The Faculty and Staff Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy includes information about the various forms of sexual misconduct covered under the policy, how to report an incident of sexual misconduct, resolution and appeal procedures and resources available to members of the Wake Forest community.

In the fall, the Title IX Office and Human Resources will hold open forums so faculty, staff and students may receive additional clarification about the policy. For more information or to report a concern regarding sexual misconduct, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Tanya Jachimiak.

The University will take seriously every allegation or report of sexual misconduct received. This policy and the University’s response are intended to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough, and equitable manner.  Thank you for your assistance as together we build a stronger community.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

A Message from President Hatch

The following message was sent to the campus community from President Nathan O. Hatch.

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Dear students, faculty and staff,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year. I can still remember coming to Wake Forest for the first time ten years ago. The same excitement and optimism that filled me then returns at the start of each new fall semester. From year to year, there are plans and surprises, but what I’ve come to know about this community is that it approaches challenges with great passion and careful consideration. With that in mind, let me offer three thoughts to contemplate as we begin a new year together.

LEARN TOGETHER

I encourage you to follow your curiosity this year. Ask “What if…?” Take a course that you might not have considered at first glance. Consider and challenge the ideas of your peers. Seek out the expertise of our talented faculty. Enjoy the discussions in your classes and take advantage of the moments outside the classroom.

SERVE TOGETHER

Even as we learn together, we serve together, investing our skills and knowledge in each other and in our community. Giving back is an important part of the Wake Forest experience. Perhaps that means you will feed others through Campus Kitchen, or maybe you will fight for a more just world through community engagement opportunities. Your service might take you across campus, across town or across the globe.

LIVE LIFE TOGETHER

Another part of the Wake Forest experience is simply living life together. Spend a Saturday with your roommates at BB&T Field cheering on the Demon Deacons. Celebrate our victories by rolling the Quad. Meet a friend for a conversation over coffee. Exchange your favorite book recommendations. Attend the Lighting of the Quad and Lovefeast. One of the first opportunities to live life together comes today at “Arrive and Thrive” on Manchester Plaza, where we will encourage each other to seek holistic wellbeing.

Part of living life together is also contending with complex questions, engaging in tough conversations and finding our collective identity as a community. To that end, I encourage each of you to take advantage of multiple opportunities to think critically and connect meaningfully this semester on a variety of current topics.

  • Sept. 2: There will be a student-inspired conversation, hosted by the Pro Humanitate Institute, discussing southern iconography and the movement to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse this summer.
  • Sept. 9: We will examine the progress we have made as a community since our Deliberative Dialogue discussions on campus climate last year.
  • Oct. 20: The Leadership Project, designed to explore various approaches to leadership development, welcomes Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity.
  • Oct. 23: The LGBTQ Center will sponsor Rising Voices, a conference featuring alumni speakers engaged in scholarship, arts and public policy.

Every university offers opportunities to learn, serve and live in community. What makes our campus special is our intentional approach to improving how we do this together. We are a community made up of all kinds of people, ideas, ambitions, backgrounds and futures. We learn from one another in order to make ourselves better. We serve side-by-side because we can accomplish more with our collective efforts than we could alone. We live life together because it enriches us, and we enrich others.

This year, expect to be challenged. Enjoy your success and embrace the lessons from failure. Keep your eyes open and your kindness at the ready. And at all times, remember that you are a Wake Forester.

Sincerely,

 

Nathan O. Hatch
President

University Police Department Apprehends Inmate

The following message was sent to the campus community on Monday, August 24.

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The following message is sent on behalf of University Police Chief Regina Lawson:

Early this morning, thanks largely to an alert student, University Police Department officers apprehended an escaped inmate on campus.  That inmate has been returned to the Winston-Salem prison where he escaped.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety notified local news media of the inmate’s capture.  Briefly, here’s what happened.

A student called the University Police Department at 1:52 a.m. today to report a suspicious man next to student vehicles at a University parking area along Polo Road.  At the same time, a University security officer also spotted the man and called for University police officers to investigate.

In minutes, University police officers found the man hiding outside the Polo Road campus entrance, took him into custody and determined he was an escapee.  Our officers immediately turned him over to the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Today’s incident was a good example of our community working together to address a security matter.  The University Police Department appreciates the community’s support and assistance.

Regina Lawson, Chief
University Police Department

 

 

Welcome to Campus, New Parents and Families!

On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, we want to welcome you to campus for Move-In and Orientation.  We hope it is a wonderful couple of days for your family and the start of an amazing four years for your students.

Welcome to the Wake Forest family!

Thrive Event August 25

The following message was sent to the campus community on August 18 from Communications and External Relations.

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arrive and thriveThrive with a little help from your friends.

Consider yourself cordially invited to a one-of-a-kind celebration of the eight dimensions of wellbeing on the Manchester Quad Tuesday, August 25, 4-6 p.m.

This is your chance to dive headfirst into all things wellbeing at Wake Forest and sample just a few of the resources available to you. There will be games, food, much to learn and many people to meet. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to join us as we learn to thrive individually and as a community.

You don’t want to miss this!

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Please Print a Move-In Parking Pass

Parents of new freshmen students must print out the 2015 New Student – Move-In Parking Pass  and display it on their car for Move-In (August 21st for new students).  There is also a pass for transfer students; please print this out if your student is a transfer student 2015 Transfer Student Parking Pass.

Returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) should print the 2015 Returning Student – Move-In Parking Pass and display it on their car for Move-In (August 22-23 for returning students).

Proxy Access to Students’ Grades and More

For Class of 2019 parents and families from the Office of the University Registrar:

If you will want access to your student’s grades, or if you anticipate ever wanting to talk to a University staff member about your student’s educational progress, your student must authorize you to have that access through Proxy Access.

This is a system in which your student can grant you access to view specific views of his/her academic record including schedule of classes, mid-term and final grade, transcript, and degree progress.

The Proxy Access serves as the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.) release for Wake Forest. For more information about FERPA, or Proxy Access and how your student can authorize you to access his/her educational information, see http://registrar.wfu.edu/proxyaccess/.

We suggest that you talk with your student about the level of access that works best for your family.

Representatives from the Office of the University Registrar will be available in the Benson Center at Campus Services and Information Day, on Friday August 21st (401 Benson University Center from 8am-4pm) to answer any questions you may have about Proxy Access.