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A Message from the Office of the Dean of Students

The following message is from the Office of the Dean of Students.


Dear Greek Community Parents and Families,

Wake Forest University strives to work with students and parents to ensure a safe and healthy campus community. One aspect of the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students that Wake Forest’s Office of the Dean of Students is concentrating on is hazing prevention. One of the primary challenges regarding hazing prevention on college campuses is understanding and utilizing the resources on campus to combat hazing, and knowing how to connect with these resources.

This message is being shared with you to outline the resources available to you or your students should you have a concern about hazing or other aspects of the Greek experience.  We hope this provides further clarity to help parents and families work with the Wake Forest community. 

The Wake Forest University Counseling Center (UCC) (Confidential)
The University Counseling Center (UCC) is a place students can go for confidential counseling and consultation regarding any personal concern, including experiencing or witnessing hazing.  However, due to confidentiality laws, anything shared by a client of the University Counseling Center cannot be shared with anyone else (unless there is concern about serious and imminent harm) without the client’s written permission.

The UCC is located in 118 Reynolda Hall and is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday for scheduled and emergency walk-in appointments, and can be reached at (336) 758-5273. After hours and weekend crisis response is available when school is in session by calling the Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218. UCC services are free to all full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on the Reynolda Campus.

Wake Forest University Hazing Hotline
The Wake Forest University hazing hotline at 336-758-HAZE (4293) is for members of the Wake Forest community, including parents and families, who wish to report student behavior which may be of a hazing nature. If the report being submitted is an emergency, it is recommended that you first call the following emergency numbers:

Wake Forest University Police, (336) 758-5591

Emergency (on campus), (336) 758-5911

Emergency (off campus), 911

The Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students works with students and student organizations in a number of ways to combat hazing. The Office of Student Engagement, which is a sub-department within the Office of the Dean of Students, works directly with the fraternity and sorority community to enhance positive traditions and educational initiatives that focus on the positive effects of brotherhood and sisterhood. Additionally, Student Engagement has a number of programs and educational opportunities to assist chapters in making positive choices regarding anti-hazing, high risk alcohol use, and bystander initiatives. For information, call Student Engagement at (336) 758-5226.

Who investigates and adjudicates student conduct reports?
The Student Conduct Office upholds standards of conduct to promote a positive and safe campus community. The Student Conduct Office investigates and adjudicates individual and organizational cases involving hazing, as well as punitive and educational follow-up. For more information, please call (336) 758-5226.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing
The Office of Residence Life and Housing (RL&H) is comprised of professional staff, graduate hall directors and student Resident Advisors trained to work with individual students on recognizing and reporting hazing. Additionally, RL&H staff work collaboratively with other departments to make sure that allegations of hazing are reported and investigated. For more information, please call (336) 758-5185.

We all share the goal of academic and personal success for our students and we strive to provide the highest quality campus environment that is conducive to that success. We are committed to maintaining a strong Greek life program with high standards for leadership, community and academic development, while ensuring the health and safety of students and chapters.  Please continue to call us at (336) 758-5226 if you have questions about Greek life or other student inquires.


Dr. Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life

Tim Wilkinson, Associate Dean of Students, Student Engagement


Notice Regarding Area Water

This week, the City of Winston-Salem announced that maintenance of a city water tank at Wake Forest on March 17 and 18 may cause temporary discoloration of water on campus and in other areas, including Northwest Winston-Salem.  The water may appear red, brown or yellow.

Although discolored, the water will remain safe, the city’s Utilities Division announced. Anyone experiencing discoloration should refrain from washing clothes as any discolored water could stain light-colored clothing.

The water tank will be taken out of service at 8 a.m. March 17 to prepare for a wash out and inspection.  The tank is scheduled to return to service around8 a.m. March 18.

When the tank is taken out of service and then placed back into service, changes in flow patterns in the city’s water distribution system could temporarily result in discolored water.  The affected area will be limited to west of U.S. 52 and north of Business 40 and could include portions of the North, Northwest, West and Southwest wards of the city.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Richard Wolk

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Richard (Rich) Wolk, a student in the Charlotte Evening Working Professional MBA Program, died March 15 after being fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident that morning in Stanly County.

We extend our condolences to his family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him.  His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Rich’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The University will share information on services for Rich when that information is available.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve.  I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.


Nathan O. Hatch

Interim Housing Application for Students Staying On Campus

If your student is participating in or attending WFU’s 2016 Commencement, or is staying for any other reason besides graduation before or beyond May 16, 2016, he/she must request Interim Housing.

To request Interim Housing, your student must apply through WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing before May 2nd at 8 AM.

Interim Housing (unless you are a graduating senior, a sibling of a graduating senior, or a student marshal) is $36 per night.

For questions, please contact Erin Angel at

Poteat and Huffman Halls closing on May 6th at 7 PM

The following message was sent to residents of Poteat and Huffman Halls by Residence Life and Housing.


Dear Poteat and Huffman Hall Residents –

Welcome back and we hope you enjoyed the break!

You received the me​ssage below on January 11th, but we wanted to send it again and ask for you to review it as we approach the end of the semester.

This message has some very important information regarding the spring 2016 closing process. Please read it carefully. Work on Poteat and Huffman Hall improvements are set to begin on May 7, 2016, which means the building will close on May 6, 2016.

If you do not need housing beyond May 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Please be sure to follow all instructions regarding our closing process provided by your Hall Staff, check out of your room in Poteat or Huffman Halls, and turn in your keys prior to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 6, 2016.​

In order for us to plan accordingly, we would ask that you please email Zach Blackmon, Residence Life Coordinator, at by April 29 if you do not need housing beyond May 6 at 7:00 PM.

If you need housing after May 6, 2016
If you will need to be on campus beyond May 6, you will need to move to interim housing located in Babcock Hall. Please be sure that you complete the 2016 Interim Housing Request, which will be available starting March 4, 2016, through WIN by visiting WIN> Virtual Campus> Residence Life and Housing by May 2 at 8:00 AM.

Additional information will be sent ​soon to seniors and others officially involved in commencement regarding your transition.

As these dates get closer, we will send you further communication regarding check-in and check-out for your interim housing room.Prior to May 6, you should follow all instructions provided by your Hall Staff regarding our closing process. You will need to check out of your current assignment in Poteat or Huffman Halls and turn in your keys prior to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 6.​

Please let us know if you have any questions. You may contact us at or 336-758-5185.

Thank you,

Wake Forest University        

Residence Life and Housing

Wake Forest EMS Team to Hold Training Event on March 19

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services team will participate March 19 in a mass casualty drill at the nearby Reynolda Business Center.

The drill will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the Univesity’s Reynolda Business Center, which is located at 2815 Reynolda Road across from the Reynolda Road entrance to the University. 

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with about 25 student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.

The drill is intended to provide hands-on training to prepare them for a potential serious accident or other emergency on campus.  The students will be dispatched, in the drill, to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will be unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs March 19 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


March Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its March 2016 Dining Update.  The Spring Break Hours of Service are also online.

Grocery Store Shuttle and Spring Break Dining Hours

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For anyone staying on campus during spring break:


Grocery Store Shuttle Bus

This Friday March 4th

running continually between

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Pick Up / Drop Off in Benson Circle


There will be limited dining options on campus next week.  See the Spring Break Dining Hours of Service.

Wake Forest community encouraged today to stay informed about the weather

Due to forecasts for unsettled weather today in North Carolina, it is recommended that Wake Forest students, faculty and staff stay informed about the the weather through local news media–TV, radio, print and online.

In addition to substantial rain, the forecast Wednesday for the Winston-Salem area is for potentially strong, damaging winds. Detailed forecasts are available from numerous local news outlets.

Safe Spring Break Info Session – March 3

University Police and its campus partners are hosting a Safe Spring Break Info Session on March 3rd from 11:30am-1 pm in the Benson University Center, 3rd floor.

Information is available here: 2016 Safe Spring Break Info Session