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University Offices Closed April 18

University offices are closed and classes are not being held today, April 18.

However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as 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 number, 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.


Second Round of Housing / Yet to Be Assigned

Residence Life and Housing provided the following information about the Yet to Be Assigned (YTBA) process for student housing.


Second Round of Housing & Dining Selection

There is a second round of the housing and dining selection process which occurs during the middle of the summer every year.  All rising sophomores and juniors that do not select housing during the first round of housing and dining selection process, are automatically placed on the Yet To Be Assigned list (YTBA) to select during the second round. This is a normal part of the assignments process and occurs each year.

During the summer, rooms open up across campus for a number of reasons, including when students decide to go abroad or transfer. We can’t guarantee a single or a particular residence hall, but there will be housing options available for everyone.

Students on the YTBA list will receive an e-mail with a selection day and time in July to go online and select housing from what is available at that time. Students will select in the same priority order (Juniors and then Sophomores). You will not have to have a roommate to select a bed space in a double during this round.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Eanes, Coordinator of Assignments at

Residence Life and Housing
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7749, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
336.758.5185 (p) 336.758.4686 (f)!/WFURLH

Second Round of Housing (Yet To Be Assigned)

Updated Campus Dining Information for April

Campus Dining has provided the following update to their April schedule.


Updated Good Friday hours of operation are available on our homepage.

The Earth Day Old Gold Mag Dinner has been moved to April 17th.

Message from Vice President Rue

The following email was sent to the campus community on April 9th on behalf of Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life.


Dear Wake Forest Community,

I’d like to invite you to be a part of a somber conversation on the Wake Forest Campus.  April is a time for reflecting on a serious issue—sexual assault.  At Wake Forest, and on campuses nationwide, events are underway in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Unfortunately, we began April with a campus-wide crime alert that undercut our commitment to recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month as an educational opportunity for the entire University community.

On the second day of this month, the University alerted students, faculty and staff to a student’s report that she had been sexually assaulted on campus.  The message announced some key details about the student’s report, then clumsily included well-intended, but inappropriate recommendations for avoiding sexual assault.  These comments contributed to a culture of victim-blaming that is all too prevalent in our society.  Sexual assault is never a survivor’s fault. Several members of the campus community responded with insightful suggestions to improve our messaging and, as a result, we will bring together a group of students and staff to help us get it right.

Sadly, it is likely such a message will be needed again, as sexual assault is a reality on and off college campuses, and Wake Forest is not immune.

My message today is an opportunity to make some important points.  First, “no” always means “no.”  From the time our students arrive on campus, it is a powerful message that merits repeating.   We also must recognize that the absence of “no” does not mean “yes.”  Many survivors tell us they struggle to find words at all to express their discomfort or fear when experiencing sexual violence.

Second, Wake Forest focuses on preventing sexual assault at the campus level and intervening once violence has occurred at the individual level.  We are striving to create a campus free from harassment, discrimination and gender bias.  This aspiration takes time to achieve, but we are making strides.  It is a community-wide effort, and we invite all to join us in working towards that goal.  At the same time, we are prepared to offer dedicated support and assistance to the survivors of such violence and we pledge to address the perpetrators through campus judicial and criminal proceedings.

April offers an opportunity to learn more about the University’s expectations and resources regarding sexual assault. Start by visiting the Safe Office’s web site.  You can learn much about the resources available both for the survivor and those who want to help create a healthy culture intolerant of sexual assault.  The Safe Office, providing confidential support 24/7, is a major resource for our community.  It can be reached at 336-758-5285.

Safe’s web site also includes a link to the University’s sexual assault policy.  All on our campus can benefit from knowing it.

Meanwhile, learn more about this month’s events that the Safe Office and PREPARE have organized in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  You will find that they have partnered with “FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture” to bring a national advocacy project to campus.  The project is known as “The Monument Quilt.”  There is also “Jeans for Justice Day” on April 24.

Finally, Wake Forest’s message to all is that this University stands behind survivors of sexual assault.  Our community’s commitment is to serve them and their needs, while working to transform our campus into a place where sexual assault is unthinkable.


Penny Rue
Vice President, Campus Life


President Hatch’s Op-ed

As NCAA Division I Board Chair, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch is at the forefront of navigating the increasingly more complex playing field for today’s student-athlete. Today he co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining why he believes unionization is a bad idea. The full text follows for your convenience.

Why Unionizing College Sports Is a Bad Call

Change at the NCAA can be achieved without turning
student-athletes into employees

By Lou Anna Simon and Nathan Hatch

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I men’s and women’s basketball championship games on Monday and Tuesday mark the culmination of a month that saw more than 10,000 student-athletes participate in 23 different championships at all levels of the NCAA.

We are proud to be a part of an organization that inspires the fervor and intensity of March Madness. For us, though, the championship games are about more than spectacle and excitement. Big events like these help the NCAA to provide opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes to get an education, to grow under the guidance of the world’s finest coaches and professors, and to become leaders on the field and off.

Those opportunities are being jeopardized by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics. For now, the unionization push is focused on Northwestern University football student-athletes, but we must see if the National Labor Relations board upholds its recent ruling in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize.

We oppose the effort to bring labor unions into college sports. One group of athletes is not more hardworking, more dedicated or more driven than another. Unionization will create unequal treatment not only among student-athletes competing in different sports, but, quite possibly, even among student-athletes on the same team.

Our concerns about this movement extend beyond the economic and practical difficulties created by transforming the college-sports relationship into one of employer-employee. To call student-athletes employees is an affront to those players who are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get an education.

Do we really want to signal to society and high-school students that making money is the reason to come play a sport in college, as opposed to getting an education that will provide lifetime benefits? The NCAA’s philosophy, proven by where the organization spends its money, is education first. More than 90% of NCAA revenue is redistributed to member schools, which provide $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships in addition to other direct support to student-athletes. Most member schools depend on this revenue, as only 23 out of 1,100 generated more money than they spent on athletics in the past fiscal year.

The model we have today enables more than 150,000 young men and women playing more than 20 different Division I sports to attend college and earn a degree while competing – and after their eligibility is complete. Many of these student-athletes would not be able to attend college were it not for the athletics scholarships they received: 15% of Division I student-athletes are the first in their families to attend college. This model provides similar educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Division II and III student-athletes every year.

Are those seeking representation by a union raising legitimate concerns? Certainly. We already have begun addressing those concerns by:

  • Allowing schools to provide scholarships to student-athletes to return and complete their degrees even many years after their eligibility has expired.
  • Designing a new governance model that includes student-athletes – with votes – at the highest levels.
  • Allowing schools latitude to provide student-athletes with resources that enhance their educational experience.

Division I is completely reworking its governance structure, with the student-athlete voice central to its design. After our structure is reconfigured in the coming months, we will pursue a number of other student-athlete benefits within a year. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pacific-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference are committed to using the autonomy they hope to gain to better meet the needs of student-athletes at their 65 schools. Among the top issues to be addressed:

  • Redefining a scholarship to include extra money for things such as trips home and professional clothing.
  • Providing set times for student-athletes to get a break from the rigor of Division I sports.
  • Keeping the health and safety of student-athletes a priority.

Research shows that less than 2% of men’s basketball and football student-athletes go on to compete professionally in their sport. Most student-athletes play college sports as part of their educational experience and simply because they love their sport. We believe that the current model for college athletics, while in need of changes, is worth preserving. We look forward to making student-athletes more complete partners with the NCAA as we shape the future of college sports.

Ms. Simon is the president of Michigan State University and chairwoman of the NCAA executive committee. Mr. Hatch is the president of Wake Forest University and chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors.

Packing and Shipping Options for Summer 2014

Some parents and families have started inquiring about summer storage and shipping options for their students’ belongings.  If your student needs to purchase boxes and tape and simply needs to ship items home, our own on-campus Mail Services can provide those options.  They ship belongings home, but do not store boxes for the summer.   Your student can check out the Mail Services office in the basement of Benson University Center to discuss his/her box and shipping needs.

For students who want to ship their belongings home at the end of the semester (or have them stored in Winston-Salem over the summer), Wake Forest has a relationship with Eli’s Pack and Ship.  For more details, see the phone and website information below: 

Eli’s Pack & Ship
Eli Bradley

Families are welcome to select their own vendors or service providers.  However, this company is one with whom Wake Forest has an existing vendor relationship.

“Mann the Quad” – Tuesday at 6:30

Wake Forest Athletics just sent the following email to Deacon Club members.


Wake Forest University will introduce its new head men’s basketball coach to the public at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 on the Hearn Plaza on WFU’s Reynolda campus.

Head coach Danny Manning will hold a question and answer session with fans from 6:30 until approximately 7 o’clock on Tuesday.  Coach Manning will then be available to meet with the fans and also to have his photo taken.

Free refreshments will be available to the first 500 fans in attendance.  The family-friendly event will include inflatable games and activities for fans of all ages.   Included among the activities are Hamster Ball races, Cornhole, face-painting and more.  In addition, the Deacon Shop on the Quad will be open until 9 p.m.

Coach Manning will be joined at the introduction by his wife Julie, son Evan and daughter Taylor.

We hope to see you there as we “Mann the Quad!”

Go Deacs!

April 2014 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published a April 2014 Dining Update.  Please encourage your students to read it for more information about April dining options.

Campus crime alert

A Wake Forest student informed University police that an unknown man sexually assaulted her on campus in February. The University Police Department is investigating the incident.

On March 28, she told University police that she was walking alone on campus when a man grabbed her, pulled her into a patch of trees and assaulted her.  She said the incident occurred on the night of February 14 around midnight.  Based on her description, police suspect the incident occurred in a small, tree-covered area between Spry Stadium and Farrell Hall, near Wingate Road.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked by University police to call the department at 336-758-5911 or use the department’s Silent Witness process.

The University Police Department offers the following suggestions for reducing the chances of being sexually assaulted:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be wary of isolated locations.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night.  Vary your route.  Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • Don’t let alcohol or drugs cloud your judgment.
  • Be assertive, don’t let anyone violate your personal space.
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
  • Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
  • Lock your door and windows in your residence, even if leaving for only a few minutes.
  • Keep an eye on your residence’s keys.  Don’t lend them to others.  Don’t lose them. Don’t put your name and address on your key ring.
  • Be careful about unwanted visitors.  Know who’s on the other side of the door when you open it.
  • Have your keys ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, work.
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock the car.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets and keep your doors and windows locked.

Severe Weather Guidelines for Wake Forest

The following information was sent to all students:

Wake Forest University is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In the event of inclement weather events, such as a severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or warning, it is important that all occupants of campus adhere to the warnings and information provided in the severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

The following guidelines are to provide quick action for safety during a severe weather event such as a tornado:

  • Turn off electrical equipment and stop machinery.
  • If in a laboratory setting, turn off lab equipment, close chemical containers, and proceed with Laboratory Safe Shutdown and Start-up Procedures. 
  • If standing on elevated surfaces, such as ladders and scaffolding, come down to the floor or ground.
  • If outdoors, seek safe shelter indoors.  A sturdy building is the safest shelter.
  • Avoid seeking shelter in buildings with high open spaces such as a gymnasium, an atrium, or a large glassed area.
  • Move to the lowest level of the building or an interior corridor or stairwells. Avoid upper floors and stay away from windows and doors.
  • If seeking shelter in a corridor, face the interior wall. Kneel and place hands over head.
  • If there is not enough time to move to an interior location of the building, take shelter under a desk or sturdy table.
  • If there is not enough time to take shelter indoors, lie flat and face down on the ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may blow onto you in a tornado.
  • Supervisors must contact the employees and advise them to cease outdoor activities until the immediate threat is over; however, employees do not need to wait for a supervisor’s instruction to take shelter. If an employee feels at any time that weather conditions are unsafe, they should stop working and seek shelter.
  • Remaining in a vehicle is extremely risky in a tornado. If possible, drivers are to stop their vehicles and seek shelter inside closest building. However, if there is no building nearby, and you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your vehicle and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, because they offer little protection against flying debris. If you are caught in extreme winds or flying debris, and are unable to seek shelter indoors, or exit to a low-lying area, park the car as quickly and safely as possible, out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible.
  • Please do not go outside again until the immediate threat is gone.
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow directions provided in emergency messages communicated by University Police, Communications and External Relations, or other official University sources.  The University’s emergency notification system is called Wake Alert (  It provides numerous ways for University Police and Communications and External Relations to announce emergencies. 
  • Call Customer Service at 758- 4255 if repair is needed to any building damage.
  • Call University Police at 758-5911 for emergency needs such as fire and/or injuries needing any 911 related services.

The following guidelines should be considered when there is an immediate threat of a severe thunderstorm and lightning:

  • Seek safe shelter indoors.
  • Turn off electrical equipment such as televisions or computers using AC/DC connection.
  • Close all open windows.
  • Stay away from windows and doors during a severe lightning storm.
  • Remain indoors until the severe weather event has passed.

Keeping those outside (including employees and students) safe:

Lighting poses a particular threat. It is important for departments to monitor weather conditions in the surrounding area. In case of neighboring lightning storms, safe shelter is recommended within substantial buildings, enclosed metal vehicles, or low ground. Outside stairwells do not offer protection during severe weather. Please wait inside at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike before returning to outside.