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Information About Sorority Recruitment Move-In

Residence Life and Housing sent the following emails to Potential New Members (PNMs) and current sorority members (respectively) who are approved to move in early for sorority recruitment.

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[TO POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS]

Good afternoon,

You have been approved to arrive early for the Spring Semester beginning at 9:00AM on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 as a Potential New Member participating in Sorority Recruitment.

If you are moving on-campus for the Spring semester, you will need to come to Alumni Hall Suite 104, which is building 26(B) on the Campus Map between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Please plan to park in Lot W1 when you come to Alumni Hall, as parking along the street is prohibited.

Read the Important Information Below:

  • Arriving After Hours:If your planned travel arrangements (or delays en route) will have you arriving on-campus after 5:00PM, then you must notify Residence Life and Housing immediately at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185 and we will communicate instructions to you regarding checking in to your assignment.
  • Arriving Earlier Than Approved: If extenuating circumstances will have you arriving on-campus before 9:00AM on your approved arrival date above, then you may request to arrive one day early on January 6thby emailing housing@nullwfu.edu for a fee of $100. If your request is not approved or if you choose to do so, you can make your own arrangements to stay off-campus at a place of your choosing. A list of local hotels can be found on the Wake Forest website.
  • Overnight Guests:You are not permitted to have guests (students or otherwise) stay overnight until the buildings open for all students onJanuary 10th, this includes a roommate who is not approved to arrive early.
  • Deacon OneCard: As a reminder, if you are a returning student, please bring your Deacon OneCard with you to check-in.

Thank you and have a good evening!

Erin G. Angel
Coordinator of Assignments and Off Campus Housing
Residence Life & Housing

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[TO CURRENT SORORITY MEMBERS]

Good afternoon,

You have been approved to arrive early for the Spring Semester beginning at 9:00AM on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 as an Active Member of an organization to assist with Sorority Recruitment.

If you are moving on-campus for the Spring semester, you will need to come to Alumni Hall Suite 104, which is building 26(B) on the Campus Map between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Please plan to park in Lot W1 when you come to Alumni Hall, as parking along the street is prohibited.

Read the Important Information Below:

  • Arriving After Hours:If your planned travel arrangements (or delays en route) will have you arriving on-campus after 5:00PM, then you must notify Residence Life and Housing immediately at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185 and we will communicate instructions to you regarding checking in to your assignment.
  • Arriving Earlier Than Approved: If your planned travel arrangements will have you arriving on-campus before 9:00AM on your approved arrival date above, then you will need to make your own arrangements to stay off-campus at a place of your choosing. A list of local hotels can be found on the Wake Forest website. You will notbe allowed to check into your room until the approved date.
  • Overnight Guests:You are not permitted to have guests (students or otherwise) stay overnight until the buildings open for all students, this includes a roommate who is not approved to arrive early.
  • Deacon OneCard: As a reminder, if you are a returning student, please bring your Deacon OneCard with you to check-in.

Thank you and have a good evening!

Erin G. Angel
Coordinator of Assignments and Off Campus Housing
Residence Life & Housing

 

A Message from the Vice President for Campus Life

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue:

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Dear Wake Forest Students,

As the semester draws to a close, and final exams and papers conclude an important period of learning, I hope that you will each take time to reflect on what has been most meaningful to you and to our community this fall.  As I reflect on the many wonderful moments throughout our journey this semester, I am also aware of how national social and political issues played out on our own campus over the last several months. For many members of our community, these issues have been deeply personal. For all of us, I hope these issues underscore the importance of deliberate and inclusive dialogue.

At the start of the semester, our campus recognized the significance of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO through a campus-wide vigil and speak-out, and the semester ended as the nation and our community struggled with twin grand jury decisions not to indict police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  In between these moments of national conflict, plans for a “rap video” fraternity party were protested, as many in our community deemed this to be racially themed, and an external report that found a lack of bias in problematic police behavior spawned numerous complaints and criticisms.  Throughout this period we have seen some of the very best and very worst of Wake Forest.

Within the framework of the Deliberative Dialogue on campus community and the President’s Leadership conference, we saw Wake Foresters come together in the spirit of collaboration and inquiry to share perspectives and learn from one another.  Recent and forthcoming proposals generated by the Deliberative Dialogues, the President’s Leadership Conference, Deac Tank, Forward Together, and the ODI Campus Climate Collaborative hold great promise for progress in creating a more fair, equitable and inclusive campus community.

However, we have also seen a sad set of behaviors that feel less like Wake Forest to us all.  Our Muslim Chaplain, Imam Griggs, has been attacked online and the Office of the Chaplain was the target of a vile act.  Yik Yak has become a common vehicle to promulgate abhorrent sentiments and personal threats against students and the administration.  As a result, several students have chosen anonymous means to make their voices heard because they do not feel safe.  Those same students have been subjected to judgmental statements, including from me, for striving to improve our community and call forth the best from Wake Forest.  We should applaud their commitment and passion.

I want to reiterate my commitment to open dialogue and a welcoming community.  Please know that any reported act of bias shared through our bias reporting system, or directly with a Campus Life or Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff member, will be confidentially investigated and individuals who come forward will receive caring support from our Bias Response Team.  In the event that people are determined to be acting in ways threatening to individuals in our community, or to our community as a whole, they will be held accountable through both campus conduct and criminal justice systems, if necessary.  We urge members of our community to use this system so that we may properly track incidents and targets of bias and develop strategies to eliminate threats to our community.

President Hatch reminds us that Wake Forest is a place where the arts of conversation and mutual engagement are developed and enhanced.  We are, at our core, a face-to-face university. It is essential that we listen deeply and with empathy to truly understand the perspectives of those who differ from us.  The ability to learn with and from each other, despite the existence of preconceived biases, is an essential learning experience afforded in the Wake Forest community.  Let us not mirror the tendency in Washington, and other parts of our country, to talk only to those with whom we already agree.

As the semester ends, please join me in searching for opportunities to extend understanding and seek to create a more just and equitable Wake Forest.

Sincerely,

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

Message from Student Health Service to Wake Forest Community

As Wake Forest’s winter break approaches, University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to contact the Student Health Service if any are planning travel to a country where Ebola has prompted a public health crisis.

The reminder comes at a time when Wake Forest continues closely monitoring the international Ebola situation.

In accordance with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is still no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place.  While the University does not have a policy restricting personal travel to countries affected by this virus, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending against non-essential travel, including travel for educational purposes to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  The Student Health Service is prepared to meet with students, faculty and staff considering personal travel to those countries.

The CDC has issued a statement titled, “Advice for College, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa,” and updates it as needed. The university is following all recommendations issued by the CDC and will continue to do so. For more information about the university’s Ebola plan and general information about the disease, please visit the Wake Forest Student Health website. The University plan will be revised, as needed.  Any significant revisions will be available to all on the web site.

Wake Forest officials assure all on campus, as well as parents of students, that their close scrutiny of the Ebola situation will not diminish during this time.

Meanwhile, the University will take any appropriate action steps necessary for proper preparedness.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

LENS@Wake Forest – Our Signature Summer Program for High School Students

Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique experience for this summer?  LENS@Wake Forest provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education…without the pressure of grades/credit.  Rising high school juniors and seniors spend three weeks living on-campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead.

Explore our two exceptional academic opportunities:  Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads.  Apply now.

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December Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its December 2014 Dining Update.  Students should be aware of changes in hours at dining venues as finals approach.

Stand in solidarity against sexual assault

Today’s guest post – written by Beth Montplaisir, Coordinator of Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response – addresses an important yet uncomfortable topic: sexual assault on college campuses.

As much as I wish it weren’t true, sexual assault happens at Wake Forest. An anti-rape demonstration on campus yesterday underscored that the only way to change the conversation about rape on college campuses – including our own – is to openly talk about sexual violence, to foster a community of respect, to actively listen to survivors, and to compassionately support them as they navigate their options and personal healing processes.

The display was simple and direct in its message. A row of about 20 pillows with messages ranging from “stop the silence” to “alcohol ≠ consent” lined the sidewalk in front of the Pit. Senior Liz Stalfort, organized the event for her Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies honors thesis project to show Wake Foresters the impact of sexual violence on our community. She created spaces online and offline – in keeping with the national “End the Silence” campaign – where survivors could feel safe speaking out about their experiences of sexual violence. The project reminds us of the wide-reaching and long-lasting impact of these crimes, and also highlights the role that we all can play in being a part of the solution by fostering a safe and supportive campus environment for all members of our community.

I appreciate the courage of Liz and the other members of our community who submitted stories or who have joined the conversation on our campus. Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts so that we can continue to learn together. You are not alone and sexual violence is never a survivor’s fault. I hear you.

If your student has told you about an experience with sexual assault, first and foremost, believe him or her. Recognize that it takes immense courage to share such a personal and painful experience and appreciate that your loved one has chosen to share this with you. Empower them to make choices – from seemingly small (e.g. giving a hug) to seemingly more significant (e.g. pursuing or not pursuing reporting options). This process slowly returns control to your loved one for their body and their life, which is especially important after an experience during which control was taken from them in a most personally violating way. Encourage your loved one to seek support – from me in the Safe Office or elsewhere – and seek support for yourself as well. We cannot care for others if we are not first caring for ourselves.

There’s an event tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 3) that I hope all members of the Wake Forest community will consider attending. At 4 p.m. on the steps of Wait Chapel, Gender Equality Allies, a student-led organization, will host a collaborative photo campaign to send messages of support to survivors of sexual violence as well as express our intolerance to rape culture on college campuses and in society. Please encourage your students to join our office (as well as other students, members of the administration, faculty and staff) in standing in solidarity with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

If you or your students have any questions about the resources and confidential reporting options the Safe Office offers to survivors, please feel free to contact me.

 

Beth Montplaisir, MA, LPCA, NCC

Coordinator of Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response

Safe Office

Office: 336.758.4963

Help 24/7: 336.758.5285

montplbf@nullwfu.edu

 

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Additionally, the Office of Campus Life wants parents to be aware of related efforts and resources to support Wake Forest students who have had an experience with sexual assault, including:

·         Promotion of healthy relationships and sexual behaviors: It is the intention of Wake Forest University not only to prevent sexual assault but also to create an environment of healthy relationships and caring sexual practices. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students play key roles in the maintenance of a campus culture that reflects civility, respect, and nonviolence. The campus norms must reflect that sexual activity requires affirmative consent without incapacitation from alcohol or other drugs, force, or threats.

·         Campus-wide prevention efforts: Our approach to prevention is that we follow evidence-based and trauma-informed best practices. We aim to target our prevention efforts at all levels – from individual skills and relationships (e.g. bystander intervention skills) to larger community levels (e.g. policy and protocols for our campus) – and in all settings. We provide respectful care for survivors, where their individual safety and support needs are addressed as the primary focus.  PREPARE (Policy Group on Rape Education, Prevention and Response) is a student-led organization that partners with campus resources to develop and implement programs to educate the Wake Forest community about rape and sexual assault. PREPARE also provides confidential peer support or information for students who have questions or concerns related to rape or sexual assault.

·         Available on-campus resources: Here is a link to the full list of campus resources available at Wake Forest regarding sexual assault including confidential resources such as: the Safe Office (available 24/7) the University Counseling Center and Student Health Service. Additionally, Tanya Jachimiak, our new full-time Title IX Coordinator, oversees the University’s response efforts to reports of sexual misconduct (including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment) and partners with the Safe Office and other campus resources in developing and implementing our comprehensive approach to prevention.

“We care deeply about our students, their safety, and their well-being,” said Jachimiak. “Even one victim of sexual violence is too many and Wake Forest is committed to preventing these crimes, to ensuring that survivors receive the respect and assistance they need, and that perpetrators are held accountable.”

Parents who have any questions about Wake Forest’s response to reports of sexual misconduct or Title IX compliance issues may contact Jachimiak at 336-758-7258 or jachimtl@nullwfu.edu. Her office is located in Reynolda Hall, Suite 2.

Power Restored to Reynolda Campus

Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now.  Operations on campus have returned to normal.

With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Reynolda Campus Power Outage

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. We will provide an update when more information is available.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Thanksgiving Dining and Contacts During Break

Thanksgiving break is November 26-30 for students.  While campus remains open, administrative offices are closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28.

For students staying on campus, ARAMARK has listed its Thanksgiving hours of operation.  Student Health also has information about off campus healthcare options for when Student Health is closed.

If your student is staying on campus and you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, University Police is our 24/7 contact.  They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern.  The 24-hour contact number for  University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24 hours/day.

We wish your Deacs safe travels and a very happy Thanksgiving to all!

A Message from President Hatch

Dear students, faculty and staff,

My wife, Julie, and I stood on Hearn Plaza at 12:45 this morning with heavy hearts. Following the announcement from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, a small group of people entered the Quad and threw toilet paper into our trees. While we do not know the identity of these individuals or their intentions, we are saddened that this unacceptable behavior caused harm to our community.

Wake Forest has always been a place where we set our passions to work toward a common good. This community – like so many – is imperfect, but we have demonstrated a studied resolve to find common ground, to look at ourselves honestly, and to work to make the Wake Forest of today better than it was yesterday. We are undeterred in our efforts to make this a place that embraces all who call it home.

At this moment, it is important that we continue our thoughtful campus-wide conversations and forums, that we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that we continue to strive for respectful discourse in an era of polarized, fragmented polemics.

As we part ways for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we – as a community – pause to recommit to build a stronger campus based on face-to-face dialogue and a charitable spirit worthy of our motto, Pro Humanitate. Let me offer my deepest appreciation to so many who work diligently to uphold the best of Wake Forest. May you all cherish the time with family and friends this holiday.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch
President