Site Content

News

A Message from Vice President Penny Rue

Dear Parents,

As you may know, this weekend a Wake Forest student was shot in an attempted robbery off-campus. The good news is that the student, while still hospitalized, is in stable condition and improving. Our campus community of students, faculty and staff has been kept informed through a series of email updates, including one from President Hatch, which have also been posted to the parents’ page of the Wake Forest website.

Incidents like this are unsettling for everyone. I am writing you today to assure each of you that Wake Forest has no greater priority than the safety of our students. Our leadership team is working closely with law enforcement to prevent similar incidents in the future. Because the shooting took place off-campus, the Winston-Salem Police Department is taking the lead, with support from Wake Forest University Police, in investigating the incident and searching for the suspects. Patrols of the area, both by the WFUPD and the WSPD, have increased on campus and in the surrounding area. Updated descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle have been shared with the media and public at large, as well as our students, faculty and staff.

While this is an unusual incident for our community, the caring response from students, parents, alumni and others within our campus community is very much in the Pro Humanitate spirit. Many have provided much-needed support for our injured student, his family and his friends during a most difficult time.

Unfortunately, this weekend served as a reminder that even places we consider to be safe are not immune to violence. You may wish to talk openly and frankly with your students about ways they can increase their own awareness regarding their safety and the safety of others. Our Wake Ready website offers information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of crime. If you feel it would be helpful, please encourage your students to seek support and counseling services from the Counseling Center (336-758-5273) or the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210).

Sincerely,

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life

WSPD Update on Off-Campus Shooting

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued additional descriptions of the vehicle and suspects involved in the Saturday morning robbery and shooting of a Wake Forest University student:

The suspect vehicle has been described as a black colored, full size, sport utility vehicle equipped with chrome trim. The vehicle is believed to be a 2009 or newer model.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium complexion, 17 to 19 years of age, approximately five feet six inches in height. Suspect #1 has small braids or twists in his hair, which are approximately one-inch in length. At the time this incident occurred, Suspect #1 was wearing a flat bill cap and armed with a firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, with a thin build and very short hair. Suspect #2 was described as wearing a chin strap style beard.

Suspect #3 was described only as a black male and was reportedly the driver of the sport utility vehicle.

The area in which this crime occurred is a residential community. Authorities are optimistic that other residents may have observed the suspect vehicle in the area near the time this incident occurred or that someone will recognize the suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773- 7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727- 2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Update on Off-Campus Shooting

Early Saturday morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Community of Support

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students-

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus.  A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community.  I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family.  They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Sincerely,

President Nathan O. Hatch

Update to Off-Campus Shooting

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 11, a motorist called Winston-Salem Police with reports of a person lying in the road at the intersection of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive. Winston-Salem Police responded quickly and brought in Wake Forest University Police to assist.

Police found a Wake Forest student with a gunshot wound in the chest. The earlier crime alert email mistakenly identified the victim as a former Wake Forest student.

The student is in stable condition.

Police currently believe the student was shot during a robbery, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Both agencies are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Crime Alert

Early this morning, June 11, a former Wake Forest student was shot off-campus near the corner of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive, east of University Parkway. The Winston-Salem Police Department responded and is leading the investigation.

The student is currently being cared for at a local hospital.

No additional details are known at this time. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Services for Professor Richard Heard

Services for Professor of Music Richard Heard will take place Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church on Brownsboro Road.  The University announced earlier this week that Professor Heard died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Russell Funeral Home on Carl Russell Avenue.

An obituary appeared May 13 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Temporary Closing on Tuesday May 17 of University Parkway Entrance

The University Parkway entrance to Wake Forest will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 21, due to a City of Winston-Salem water main project at that location.

The Reynolda Road and Polo Road campus entrances will operate, as usual.  The Reynolda Road entrance will be open at all times, with the gatehouse staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. The Polo Road entrance will be open, except from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly when the gate there is closed.

The temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance will not affect nearby parking lots.  Parking spaces along Wake Forest Road, in front of Worrell Professional Center, will remain open.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Information Regarding Call Ahead Shuttle Service on the Gray Line this Summer

Sent on behalf of WFU Parking and Transportation 

We wish to share the following transportation information regarding Gray Line shuttle summer service.

Service will be on-demand with no fixed route during the summer. This new type of service will be offered beginning Monday, May 9 – August 26. Operating hours of the shuttle are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m..

The driver will be on standby waiting for rides.When you need a ride, call 336-283-1091 and provide the driver your name, location and pick-up time. You can call ahead to make a reservation days in advance if you wish.

This shuttle will be serving the Reynolda Campus and the following off-campus locations (Bridger Field House, Graylyn, Human Resources, Reynolda Gardens, Reynolda House, Reynolda Village and UCC).

An Update from the Campus Climate Implementation Team

The following message is sent on behalf of Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes and Vice Provost Lynn Sutton:

Dear Campus Community,

With the end of the semester officially coming to a close with the conclusion of final exams, it seems fitting to update students, faculty and staff about Wake Forest’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our community and commitment to inclusion.

Over the past two years, several groups comprised of students, faculty, and staff met to provide recommendations on how to do so. Through the work of our Campus Climate Implementation Team, a collaborative network of University leaders, faculty, staff and students commissioned by Provost Rogan Kersh, we have several notable updates to share:

  • Under the direction of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and the Police Accountability Task Force, the University Police hired new staff and modified policies to ensure better relationships with community members. Significant changes include ongoing unconscious bias training, a new student patrol program, and continued dialogue between students and officers.

These improvements and many more are available at community.wfu.edu, our redesigned “Community-in-Progress” website that features updates about campus climate and sources feedback from members of the community to share with faculty, staff, and students driving change around diversity and inclusion.

We welcome any questions or comments and plan to provide details about forthcoming changes with community engagement opportunities this fall.

Thank you for your role in our collective and sustained efforts. We move forward only when we all remain committed to the promising work of making Wake Forest a place that truly feels like home to all university members.

Sincerely,

Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer and Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost
Co-Chairs, Campus Climate Implementation Team