Enhanced Security Measures Continue

Dear parents and families,

This afternoon’s security update just went out to students; you can see it below, and it will also be posted to our Family News site.

There is not a lot of new information to provide, but we wanted to give families an update. We can confirm that Wake Forest is continuing to work with law enforcement to investigate the unsubstantiated threat received on Sunday.

University officials have consulted with law enforcement and national threat assessment experts before deciding to continue classes and normal University operations. Students have likely seen an increased police presence on campus; this will continue while the investigation proceeds.

We are concerned about new rumors that began circulating today regarding individuals suspected of making the unsubstantiated threat. We want to stress that there is no validity to these rumors.

If there was a threat that required students to take a particular action, Wake Forest would use immediate forms of communication, to include text and phone messages, to provide instructions. Absent any specific instructions, students should go about their normal business.

We will continue to keep families apprised of what students are being told, and thank you again for your patience during the investigative process.

Betsy Chapman ‘92, MA ‘94
Executive Director of Family Communication and Volunteer Management

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The Winston-Salem Police Department, in partnership with Wake Forest University Police, continues to investigate an unsubstantiated threat to campus first reported on Sunday, December 2.

There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community. We appreciate your patience and trust despite the limited details we are able to provide during the ongoing investigation.

Wake Forest has consulted with law enforcement and national threat assessment experts before deciding to continue classes and normal University operations. The increased police presence on campus and enhanced security measures will continue while the investigation proceeds.

We are concerned about new rumors that began circulating today regarding individuals suspected of making the unsubstantiated threat. We want to stress that there is no validity to these rumors.

If a threat were to require you to take action, or prompt a change in campus operations, Wake Forest would use more immediate forms of communication, to include text and phone messages. Information about Wake Forest’s crisis communication practices is available at WakeReady.wfu.edu.

Due to the low volume of calls we have been receiving, we will deactivate the call center at 5 p.m. today. Messages left at 336-758-8731 will be returned as soon as possible.

Wake Forest always offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

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