Update to Security Status

Dear parents and families,

This evening we sent an update to students about the status of the threat to campus that was received Sunday night. That message is copied below for you to see, and it will also be posted to our Family News site.

Here is what we can confirm: the Winston-Salem Police Department, in partnership with Wake Forest University Police, continue to investigate. We held classes today without incident and the University will operate as normal tomorrow. We will continue to have enhanced security measures in place while the investigation proceeds.

Wake Forest will continue to staff a call center to address concerns from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. The number for the call center is 336-758-8731. Updates will be posted to wakealert.wfu.edu.

I also want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this process. Though we do not have a lot of details to share, we believed it was important to communicate the reason for the increased security presence and the operating status of the campus.

Please be assured that if there had been a specific action your students needed to take during this time for safety reasons, we would have instructed them on what to do. Wake Forest uses multiple forms of communication, including text and phone messages, to alert in the case of an active emergency. Students and parents can read more about emergency preparedness at WakeReady.wfu.edu.

As we receive updates, we will share them with you promptly.

With best wishes,

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.

Classes continued today without incident and the University will operate as normal tomorrow for students, faculty and staff. Enhanced security measures will remain in place on the Reynolda Campus while the investigation proceeds.

Wake Forest will continue to staff a call center to address concerns from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. The number for the call center is 336-758-8731. Updates will be posted to wakealert.wfu.edu.

There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community. The University will continue to receive updates about the law enforcement investigation and share information as it becomes available. We appreciate the patience and trust of the campus community despite the limited details we can provide at this time.

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.

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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