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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.


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

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.

Orientation Dining Schedules

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided a matrix of the dining venues on campus that will be available during Move-In week.  Students’ meal plans will activate on August 21st (prior to that, they must pay for their meals with cash, credit/debit card, etc.)  See the Dining Venues availability PDF for venues and hours.

Parking Lot E to be Closed Temporarily for Improvements

The following message is sent on behalf of the University’s Parking and Transportation Office:

Improvements to Parking Lot E are scheduled to begin soon, requiring the temporary closing of the lot, which is situated behind Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The lot will be closed on July 27 for renovation that will improve safety, access and traffic flow while also adding 26 spaces for staff and faculty.  The number of spaces will increase from 49 to 75. The lot will be re-opened before students arrive in August.

Circulation in the lot will be improved by eliminating multiple entries and creating a single entry and exit for the lot near the stop sign at the intersection of Gulley Drive and Jasper Memory Lane.  Any trees affected by the improvements to Lot E will be moved to another location or replaced.

Parking options for faculty and staff during this closure include Lot J, which will have ample parking during this time period.  Lot J is located behind residence halls South and Collins.

Meanwhile, construction begins on a new residence hall for first-year students at former Lot H, located at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.  Additional information will be communicated by the Parking and Transportation Office by the first of August, explaining what steps are being implemented to offset construction’s impact to parking on our campus and community members.

We appreciate your patience.

Any questions regarding parking may be directed to the Parking and Transportation Office by calling 758-PARK (7275) or sending a message to

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Student Health Insurance Deadline – Action Needed

Earlier this week, the Student Insurance Program office emailed all students for whom we have not received proof of health insurance waivers (or enrollments in the Student Blue program).  Please ask your Wake Forest student to check his/her email (both Inbox and spam folder) to see if he/she received a notification about health insurance.

The Student Insurance office sent the message below out today (Friday, July 24) to parents of students with no recorded health insurance.  Parents and families, please check your Inbox and spam folder to see if this affects your household.  The email sent to parents is replicated below.


From: WFU Office of Student Insurance

Action needed – Your WFU Student’s Health Insurance Waiver Has Not Been Received

Dear Wake Forest Parents:

We hope your student is getting excited about moving to campus shortly. As you may know, all full-time Wake Forest students are required to have health insurance. All new and returning students must either enroll in the insurance program or request to waive enrollment if they carry comparable personal health insurance meeting the criteria set by WFU.

At this time, we have not received your student’s insurance decision to either waive or enroll in the Wake Forest Student Insurance Program (SIP) and wanted to bring this to your attention so you can take appropriate action.  (If you had waived or enrolled in coverage earlier this week, please disregard this message.)

Your student(s) will be automatically enrolled in the Student Blue insurance plan offered by Wake Forest if s/he does not complete a waiver by Monday, August 3, 2015 at 5pm. The insurance charge will remain on the student account and insurance ID cards will be mailed after August 10, 2015. If a decision is not entered for your student and automatic enrollment occurs, your student will be unable to waive or receive credit for the health insurance premium for fall 2015. 

INTEND TO WAIVE? Then please do so at this time by visiting You will need your current insurance ID card along with the student ID number to complete the waiver. Once you complete the waiver, you will receive a confirmation email from Blue Cross and the health insurance premium will be removed from the student account within 3-5 business days. Please be sure to check your junk/spam folder for an email from, and retain this email for your records. You may check the student account online through DEAC to confirm the waiver has been applied, and credit issued, as it will appear as “Health Ins. Premium Waiver” on the student account. If uncertainty remains, please contact our office for confirmation.

INTEND TO ENROLL? Please enroll now at, and pay the appropriate premium on DEAC (Deacon Electronic Account Center), so you can ensure your student will not have a hold on his/her account. Merely paying the student bill with the insurance charge DOES NOT automatically activate SIP coverage; you must complete the online form. ID cards will be delivered via US postal service 7-10 days following enrollment. Failure to enroll online will delay coverage activation and receipt of ID cards until after the August 3 deadline.

The Student Insurance Plan (SIP) is administered by BCBS of North Carolina. A full plan detail, rates, a schedule of benefits, dependent enrollment information and more information is available at The University also provides a very informative site about the plan at
Should you have questions or comments, please contact the Student Insurance Program staff at or 336.758.4247.


WFU Student Insurance Program
PO Box 7312
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Phone: 336-758-4247
Fax: 336-758-4227

Taylor Residence Hall will be site for police training on July 24

The following message was sent to the campus community on July 23 from Communications and External Relations.


On July 24, Taylor Residence Hall will be the location for a joint training exercise by the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department.  A similar training event occurred recently in Poteat Residence Hall.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the exercise that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Taylor Residence Hall.  The officers will be inside Taylor for much of the exercise, but they will be outside, occasionally.

At certain times, a firearm will be used to fire blanks inside the building as part of the training activity.  No live ammunition will be used.

The training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere.

Anyone with questions about the exercise may call the University Police Department at 758-5591.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


Parking Lot to Close July 20

The following message was sent to the campus community on July 16 by Communications and External Relations.


A parking lot will be closed next week to make room for a new residence hall to be built on that location.  Part of an adjacent lot will be closed, too.

On July 20, Lot H will be closed.  It is located at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.  A portion of Lot J, next to Lot H, will be closed, also, to make room for the new residence hall.

Both lots are near Collins Residence Hall.  Due to the construction, access to Lot J, which is behind Collins and South Residence Halls, will be limited to a driveway just west of South Residence Hall.  Access to Lot J will no longer be available from a driveway on the east side of Collins Residence Hall.

University, City Police Plan Training Exercises for Campus in July

From Inside WFU:

On July 17 and 24, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the training exercise that will take place at Poteat Residence Hall on July 17 and Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

On each occasion, the training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere, although those residence halls will be reserved entirely for the exercise.

“We expect about 30 law enforcement officers to participate in the training on each date,” said University emergency manager August Vernon, “The exercise is intended to prepare them for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus.”

While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time, said Vernon, who is helping organize the exercise.

He expects the officers to be training inside the buildings, primarily, but they will be outside on occasion.

Police vehicles will be parked nearby.

On each date, the training exercise will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.