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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.

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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.

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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

Ebola Information and Pre-departure Orientations for Students Studying Abroad in Spring 2015

The Center for Global Programs and Studies is currently hosting Pre-departure Orientations (PDOs) for students studying abroad in Spring 2015.

At the PDOs, students are given a copy of the World Health Organization FAQ document about Ebola.  This document was sent out to Fall 2014 study abroad students as well.  The WHO FAQ has good detail about Ebola and what to do when traveling.  

Students studying abroad in Spring 2015 have also received the letter below from the Center for Global Programs and Studies.

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Message for Wake Forest students studying abroad in Spring 2015

At a time when Ebola is a subject of considerable international concern, Wake Forest officials have learned that the risk of the disease’s transmission to the campus community is low. Still, the University is taking all appropriate actions to support the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty.

University officials monitor the Ebola situation regularly and with great care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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. The University issued a letter to all students, faculty and staff on October 27, 2014, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which are available online.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, there will be no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place. The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel warning recommending against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Any individual associated with Wake Forest who is planning travel to an affected country should contact the Student Health Service to discuss the potential risks of travel.

For Wake Forest students studying abroad during Spring Semester 2015, university officials believe the chance of transmission among study abroad students is extremely low. The university recommends that study abroad students:

  • Continue to take basic precautions to protect their health, including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals. Ebola virus is only transmitted through blood and bodily fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Remember that it impossible to get infected if you have not had direct contact with the body fluids of an Ebola infected person

 

For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the CDC website:

www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa

 

WHO information about Ebola and response can be found here:

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

 

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control can be found here:

http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/press/news/_layouts/forms/News_DispForm.aspx?List=8db7286c-fe2d-476c-9133-18ff4cb1b568&ID=1030

Our Ongoing Commitment to Building Community

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes.

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Are you interested in working toward a positive, inclusive campus climate? Here are several ways your efforts can make a difference:

  • Deac Tank: We are pleased to introduce Deac Tank, a campus-wide competition to find and fund new student-centered ideas to help Wake Forest live up to our ideal of a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with the best submissions will receive funding in the spring semester to implement their ideas to improve our community. Students must express initial interest by Dec. 5 and submit proposals by Jan. 23.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Action Teams: Last week, hundreds of Wake Foresters participated in a campus-wide Deliberative Dialogue to address the fundamental question of “what does it mean to live in community?” By the end of next week, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce the opportunity to participate in action teams to transform the aspirational into the practical as we work toward ensuring our campus is a place where all feel welcome and a sense of belonging.
  • Celebrate Civility: This past summer, first-year students read P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake. In a continuation of related campus events and experiences, the Student Advising Leadership Council and the Pro Humanitate Institute have organized a campus-wide banner-decorating event celebrating civility on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.
  • Town Hall about Campus Climate: A group of dedicated student leaders has organized a second Town Hall for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium to address race relations, curriculum requirements, policing practices and more.

A comprehensive calendar of related events is available on the Provost’s website.

Thank you to the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff who have taken numerous actions and engaged in countless conversations relating to campus climate issues such as bias, event planning and management, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. While there is room for progress, Wake Forest is becoming a better place each day because of your efforts to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus community.

Sincerely,

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life
Barbee Oakes, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Wake Alternative Break Application

The Pro Humanitate Institute shared this information with the Parent Programs office.

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I am pleased to share that the Wake Alternative Break (WAB) application for Spring 2015 service trips is LIVE!  We have an exciting lineup of 12 sites this year and a great group of student leaders joining our faculty/staff leaders to develop these exciting opportunities for our community.  Additionally, these WAB trips represent efforts in collaboration as the Pro Humanitate Institute and Volunteer Service Corps have partnered with the Office of the Chaplain, LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and ZSR library to support these trips.

The application can be found here  and will be open until January 20th.  On November 11th, VSC is hosting an interest meeting to provide information and answer questions about the WAB program for interested students at 5pm in Pugh Auditorium.

I hope that you will share this opportunity with students in your networks.  In preparation for that, I wanted to share a few pieces of information about the WAB program to ease your conversations with students about these opportunities. All of this information is also shared on the application.

– WAB has existed at Wake Forest for 15 years.  In the last 5 years, we have more than doubled the number of trips available to students and shifted their focus away from direct service to critical engagement with social issues.  WAB leaders undergo a rigorous training process in the Spring to prepare them to lead in this more complex environment.

– The mission of WAB is to facilitate service in the community, connect participants to each other, encourage experiential learning around a social issue, and inspire participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities.

–  A primary goal of WAB is to create an experience that is not mitigated by a student’s financial resources.  As a result,financial assistance is available for WAB trips through VSC.  Both monetary and extended payment plans are available to students.  However, students must contact me directly by the January 20th deadline to discuss their need.  This is done as a separate step in the application process in order to preserve the selection process as need-blind.

Thank you again for your partnership and support in sharing this with our students,

Shelley


Shelley Graves Sizemore ’06, ’09
Assistant Director
Pro Humanitate Institute

Round 2 of Registration This Week

Round 2 of Registration is this week.  Students will select the remainder of their schedules on the day and time specified to them in WIN.

Here are a couple of reminders:

All holds must be cleared before your students can register for classes.  Your students can check for holds by going into WIN-Virtual Campus-Check Your Holds and Registration Status to check for any holds.  Having a hold means you cannot register until the hold is cleared; it could be a hold for an unpaid fee of some sort, etc.  Students are advised to make sure that they don’t have any holds before the second round of Registration.  It is wise to check it a couple of times this week – once now, then once the morning they register.  From the Registrar’s web site: “Offices such as Finance & Accounting, ZSR, etc. will NOT be available to remove holds after 4 p.m.  In addition, the Office of the University Registrar staff cannot remove a hold placed by another office.”

Registration information is available online at the Registrar’s site.  A helpful tool is the Google Mail Chat function that is available after hours.  If your student runs into a technical issue or some question, they can use this Chat option to get after hours assistance.

H.S. “Pete” Moore

We are saddened to inform you that H.S. “Pete” Moore, retired director of the physical plant, died November 5 at his Winston-Salem home on Royall Drive, adjacent to the University.

We grieve Mr. Moore’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Mr. Moore’s family is planning a memorial service that will be held at a later date on campus.  The family expects to place an obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal soon.

Mr. Moore joined Wake Forest in 1953 as superintendent of buildings and grounds and remained at the University until his retirement in 1991 as director of the physical plant.  He was extensively involved in the construction of the Reynolda Campus before the University made its move from the town of Wake Forest. The H.S. Moore Building on campus is named in his honor.  The building provides offices for Facilities and Campus Services, in addition to University Police.

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

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