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Test of Wake Alert weather alerts

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University assessing conditions caused by storm; operations normal

The University’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) and other University officials have stayed alert throughout the day to the storm that passed through the area and continue to monitor the effects on campus and at University facilities, including Wake Downtown and the Charlotte Center.

At present, the University is operating normally. The CMT and others will continue throughout tonight and Friday to survey University facilities and respond to storm-related issues as needed.

Off-campus there are a number of problems caused by the storm, including power outages in Winston-Salem and other nearby areas, flooded roads, and downed trees. Affected areas include neighborhoods adjacent to the campus. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to stay alert to any hazards they may encounter.

Officials are working now to assess which University-owned houses around the perimeter of campus may be without power.

On campus, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and nearby Starling Hall are currently without electricity, and it is not known when power will be restored.

On campus, a tree came down and blocked Allen Easley Street for a short time this afternoon before it was removed. Trees also have been reported down at other University locations, such as Graylyn Conference Center, Reynolda House and the adjacent Reynolda Village. The University has contractors on hand to respond to downed trees.

Minor water leaks have been reported in some campus buildings, including residence halls.  Facilities and Campus Services staff are responding to all reports of leaks or any kind of water intrusion.

Flash flooding occurred at various locations on campus today, particularly in some parking lots.  University officials are attempting to determine if any vehicles experienced damage from flash flooding. Such flooding has been receding late today. All on campus are cautioned to stay alert to any flooded streets, parking lots, sidewalks and other areas they may encounter on or off campus. They are also encouraged to stay alert during drives off campus in the days ahead.

University officials urge that no one walk or drive through standing water. In addition, all are encouraged to stay alert to any potentially downed power lines they may see.

If anyone sees a hazardous condition on campus, please report it to University Police at 336-758-5911.

Tornado watch issued for Forsyth County

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area until 9 p.m. today. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Please monitor weather reports for the latest information. Resources include:

Tropical Depression Florence update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Depression Florence and its impact to the campus community. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression last night as wind speeds continue to decrease. Still, we urge everyone to consider their safety and monitor local and regional weather forecasts and road condition reports as Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow.

The National Weather Service continues to forecast a total of 6-10 inches of rain in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30-35 mph are possible this afternoon and are expected to diminish to less than 15 mph this evening. Local emergency managers are prepared for rain, potential flooding and possible power outages as the storm moves slowly through the Carolinas.

With the majority of students staying in town through the weekend, Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow as scheduled. Students who left the area may experience delays returning to campus because of travel conditions. Please monitor highway conditions and travel advisories. While all local airports are open and fully operational, it is best to check with the airlines for up-to-date flight information.

The safety of our students is our primary focus and each individual must make good decisions to ensure they can rejoin the campus at the earliest, safest time possible. Faculty are aware that some students may experience delays in returning to campus. It is important that students unable to make it back to campus communicate with their faculty today.

Unless weather conditions change significantly, we do not anticipate an additional update to the campus community. If weather conditions necessitate, all Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

We know some within our campus community have been or have loved ones directly impacted by this storm. The University is prepared to provide support in a number of ways. Resident advisers and graduate hall directors are available to assist students who need to speak with someone here. The University Counseling Center’s 24/7 telephone crisis support is always available to students who need urgent mental health resources at 336-758-5273. Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program offers support resources for faculty and staff.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Tropical Storm Florence update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and its impact to the campus community. We encourage students, faculty and staff to prioritize safety, remain aware of weather conditions and take the duration of this storm seriously.

At this time, we are still planning to resume classes and normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Florence is weakening. Forecasts predict 6-10 inches of rain; however, winds in excess of 30 miles per hour are increasingly less likely. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County conditions will vary significantly depending on the speed and track of the storm, both of which continue to be difficult to predict.

Students returning to campus from outside this area should continue to monitor roadways, airports and regional weather conditions. Students should contact faculty if they anticipate being delayed in returning to campus.

Wake Forest will provide a mid-day update tomorrow, or as weather conditions necessitate.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Tropical Storm Florence Update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and its impact to the campus community. Florence continues to move very slowly and was downgraded to a tropical storm last night. Significant rainfall and increased winds are expected to begin here this afternoon, and we urge everyone to prioritize safety, remain alert and take the duration of this storm seriously.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 15-30 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days. Local emergency managers continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages. The Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown are not in flood prone areas, but flash flooding is expected in parts of the region throughout the weekend and into early next week.

The slow path of the storm has made the timing of its impact on our area especially difficult to predict. We appreciate the cooperation, support and flexibility of our students, faculty and staff. At this time, we are still planning to resume classes and normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17. We will continue to monitor conditions and provide the next update by 8 p.m. tonight, or as weather conditions necessitate.

Power on campus has been reliable to this point and campus services remain available to students, as previously communicated. Facilities and Campus Services staff are working diligently to monitor and address any storm-related impacts on campus.

In the event that off-campus students’ housing becomes uninhabitable (i.e. prolonged power outages, wind damage, flooding, etc.), please contact University Police at 336-758-5591 to reach Residence Life and Housing staff on-call over the weekend. Though we are hoping we won’t need to use it, the University is making preparations to accommodate off-campus students if their housing becomes uninhabitable.

Students returning to campus from outside this area should continue to monitor roadways, airports and regional weather conditions. Students should work with faculty if they anticipate being delayed in returning to campus.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community, which we will begin to experience today.

Hurricane Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. near Wilmington, N.C., approximately 225 miles from Winston-Salem. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 15-30 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days.

Local emergency managers continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages. Windy conditions have begun and some rain is expected later today. Because the storm is moving slowly, the most significant impacts on our area are now projected to begin on Saturday, with rain and higher winds picking up significantly in the afternoon.

As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff are the University’s highest priorities. While we hope that the impact on our area is less than anticipated, we encourage you to remember these tips, wherever you are:

  • Turn around! Don’t drown! Do not drive through standing water. Turn around and find another path.
  • Avoid touching or approaching any fallen power line. The line and/or surrounding water could be electrically charged.
  • Use caution if you are outside. Avoid standing or walking under large trees. High winds can cause limbs and debris to become loose and/or airborne.

Students returning from outside the region will want to take precautions with highways, airports and keep aware of changing conditions, as well as stay in communication with faculty. The North Carolina Department of Transportation provides real-time traffic conditions on its website. North Carolina airports are advising passengers to check regularly with airlines as flight cancellations are expected to increase throughout the weekend.

Wake Forest will continue to provide mid-day updates Saturday and Sunday about Hurricane Florence, or as weather conditions necessitate.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Some are asking how you can help. As you know, Wake Forest’s LJVM Coliseum is officially open as a shelter to house evacuees from coastal areas, with accommodations for pets. The American Red Cross is managing and operating the shelter in coordination with Forsyth County. Those interested in volunteering may register at www.redcross.org/volunteer.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence Update & Campus Services Information

With the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community as our highest priority, Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days. At this point, tropical storm force winds have been removed from the local forecast. While the reduction in projected winds is good news, emergency managers in the area continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages.

The following information relates to campus services available to students when classes are canceled Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Dining Services
All dining services will operate on the weekend schedule Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please refer to www.deacondining.com for specific hours and updates.

Student Health Service
Student Health Service will operate on an urgent care model starting Friday, just as it does after business hours and on weekends. All appointments for Friday will be rescheduled but limited staff will be on site to take care of urgent needs. Saturday and Sunday operations will not change. In the event of any emergency, people are always instructed to call 911.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library
At this time, ZSR Library plans to maintain normal weekend hours.

Wake Forest Wellbeing Center
The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center (Reynolds Gym) will maintain normal operating hours. Some specific programs, such as Outdoor Pursuits and outdoor intramurals, have been canceled.

Benson University Center
Benson will maintain normal operating hours. A movie marathon will run in Pugh Auditorium during normal business hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Transportation
The Office of Transportation and Parking Services has adjusted the shuttle service schedule to prioritize the safety of drivers and passengers in the coming days.

  • Gold/Black Lines – Regular service today. No service on Friday.
  • Wake Downtown – Regular service today. No service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Gray Line Night – Regular service until 11:00 p.m. today. No Friday or weekend service.
  • Target/Hanes Mall – No weekend service.
  • Gray Line Day – Regular service today. No service on Friday.
  • BB&T University Center shuttle to first-year student vehicles (temporary parking location) – Regular service today. No service on Friday.

OnCall Service

  • OnCall service will be available from Thursday at 6:00 p.m. through tonight and into Friday and Saturday, unless weather forecasts or conditions warrant service to end. To get a ride, download the Transloc Rider App at http://translocrider.com or call 336-283-1091.

Student Parking

  • First-year student vehicles should remain parked at the BB&T University Center off Reynolda Road through the weekend. More information will be forthcoming next week regarding the relocation of vehicles from this lot back to the UCC/Freshman Parking lot.
  • Sophomore vehicles should remain parked at the sophomore parking lot through the weekend.

Additional Campus Resources
Many within the campus community have friends and loved ones who will suffer the worst of Hurricane Florence and its aftermath. The University is prepared to provide support in a number of ways:

  • Resident advisers and graduate hall directors are available to assist students who need to speak with someone here.
  • The University Counseling Center’s 24/7 telephone crisis support is always available to students at 336-758-5273.
  • Undergraduate students experiencing extraordinary academic circumstances should contact the Office of Academic Advising at undergraduateadvising@nullwfu.edu. Graduate and professional students should contact their respective Dean’s office.
  • Students who need assistance but do not know who to call should contact University Police (336-758-5591 for non-emergencies, 336-758-5911 for emergencies).
  • Faculty and staff may seek emotional support through the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the Office of Family Engagement at parents@nullwfu.edu should the University need to be aware of any extraordinary circumstances affecting their students. If the need is urgent, please indicate that in the subject line.

Wake Forest will continue to provide mid-day updates Friday, Saturday and Sunday about the Hurricane Florence, or as weather conditions necessitate.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s potential impact and prioritize the safety of the campus community.

The latest forecasts regarding Hurricane Florence, shared in an 11:30 a.m. briefing from the National Weather Service, show the storm slowing and tracking farther south than predicted earlier this week.

Wake Forest University will remain open for regular hours and operations for Thursday, Sept. 13.

Classes will be canceled and offices will be closed from Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.

University emergency managers continue to prepare for the storm in consultation with facilities, food services, health services and residence life and housing staff. Residence halls will remain open, food service will be available and Student Health Service will remain available. Additional information about campus services over the weekend, such as the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, ZSR Library and shuttle transportation, will be issued by Thursday at noon.

Residence Life and Housing plans to send information to off-campus students today regarding how the University can best support them if they experience hurricane-related issues.

Those with questions about the status of scheduled non-class events and activities should contact coordinating programs and offices.

Wake Forest students in online courses or degree programs, as well as students enrolled in programs that meet in Wake Forest facilities outside of Winston-Salem, should contact their program administrators for any updates regarding class meeting schedules and statuses.

Wake Forest recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for the Triad and surrounding areas.

Conditions statewide will vary, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence update

Wake Forest University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on campus and take steps to keep the campus community safe. University emergency managers continue to prepare for the storm in consultation with facilities, food services, health services and residence life and housing staff.

The National Weather Service has advised that the storm has somewhat slowed its approach, and we are receiving updated forecast models for when Winston-Salem will be impacted. At this time, Wake Forest is preparing for regular class hours and campus operations on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14.

University leaders are working closely with the National Weather Service, and Wake Forest’s emergency managers are meeting regularly with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County emergency management office regarding the latest developments.

We will provide an update on campus plans at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12 following a midday briefing from the National Weather Service.

Students who have questions about the status of scheduled evening events and activities should contact the coordinating programs and offices.

FEMA will operate Wake Forest’s LJVM Coliseum as an evacuation center beginning Wednesday evening for those evacuating coastal areas. This is an indication that our area of the state is considered to be safer than many others.

The University’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors. At this point, we believe it is safer to stay on campus than to risk traveling during the storm or risk not being able to return to campus once the storm has passed.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence update

Due to Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area, Wake Forest University continues to monitor the situation and take steps to keep the campus community safe. The University’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Wake Forest will remain open for regular hours and operations today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The University plans to communicate a decision regarding classes for Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, no later than 9 p.m. tonight. In the event that classes are canceled, residence halls and dining services will remain open.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts. Be advised that there will be a test of the Wake Alert system this evening.

While the path of the storm remains uncertain, there is a possibility of 4-10 inches of rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds (over 39 mph). Wake Forest recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for the Triad and surrounding areas. Ready.gov and FEMA offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.

As the University continues to monitor the storm, the following FAQ provides some answers for students, faculty and staff.

Q: Is Wake Forest planning to evacuate campus?
A: At this time, even if classes are canceled, residence halls and dining services will remain open. Other essential services, such as Student Health Service, will operate on a limited basis (see additional information below). Fortunately, the Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown are not in flood-prone areas. However, Wake Forest’s emergency management team is working to make sure students on campus are as comfortable as possible, given the conditions. For example:

  • Deacon Dining has ordered additional food and water to provide for students on campus.
  • Parking and Transportation has arranged shuttle service for students who wish to pick up their own supplies (see below).
  • The Facilities and Campus Services team is working diligently with pre-storm efforts to minimize water intrusion, maintain power and prepare for strong winds. Clearing residence hall gutters, checking stormwater drains and securing outdoor furniture will continue through Wednesday.
  • Residence Life and Housing is prepared to assist students in their residence halls should issues arise.
  • Off-campus students who experience prolonged power outages are encouraged to contact the Office Residence Life and Housing for assistance. The University is making preparations to accommodate students whose off-campus housing becomes uninhabitable.

Q: Will Wake Forest offer transportation for students wanting additional supplies and provisions?
A: Parking and Transportation will operate a free shuttle for students who would like additional food and supplies from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12. The bus will make a continuous loop to Target (University Parkway), Harris Teeter (Reynolda Road), and Lowes Foods (Reynolda Road). The on-campus pick-up/drop-off location will be in front of the Benson University Center.

Q: Do residence halls have generators?
A: No. Most residence halls have battery backup for emergency lights, fire alarm panels, and other systems relating to safety and navigation. Unauthorized generators are not permitted for safety reasons and will be removed.

The majority of the Reynolda Campus is on an underground power grid and has a far more reliable history of power delivery during most storms than other areas. Students living in North Campus Apartments and houses along Polo Road are on the City of Winston-Salem power grid and have a higher risk of an outage. These students, in particular, may want to take additional measures to stock up on food, water and other emergency preparedness supplies.

In the event of a power outage, all exterior doors on residence halls will remain locked. Staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be available to assist students with gaining access to their communities.

Q: Will Student Health Service have limited hours?
A: Student Health Service will continue normal operations unless classes are canceled. If classes are canceled, SHS will operate on an urgent care model, just as it does after business hours and on weekends. All appointments will be rescheduled but limited staff will be on site to take care of urgent needs. In the event of any emergency, people are always instructed to call 911.

Q: What if a student needs a prescription refill?
A: Now is the time to avoid last-minute refill requests as resources may be limited. If classes are canceled, the on-campus SHS pharmacy will most likely be closed. Students should contact their off-campus prescribers and have them call in the prescription to an off-campus pharmacy.  If refills are needed by an on-campus physician, SHS will work with area pharmacies to have medications delivered to campus, if possible. Regardless, SHS will have staff available to assist any student if they need help receiving any refill.

Q: How do I know if I’m signed up for Wake Alert text messages?
A: Undergraduate students are required to provide their cell phone number. Faculty, staff, graduate and professional students are encouraged to register. Follow these instructions to make sure your cell phone number is listed.

Q: Will athletic events scheduled for this week still be held?
A: Wake Forest University and the Atlantic Coast Conference office continue to monitor the progress of all weather-related issues as they pertain to athletic events this week. Please monitor all Wake Forest Athletics social media accounts for updates and future notifications.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Hurricane Florence

Wake Forest University is taking steps to keep the campus community safe with Hurricane Florence projected to bring heavy rains and sustained winds to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area later this week.

University leaders are working closely with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, as well as state and local officials, to monitor potential impacts to campus. Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday, Sept. 13 or early Friday, Sept. 14, so we are still several days from understanding its likely impact to the areas on and around campus.

The National Weather Service is currently projecting 4-6 inches of rain, or possibly more. Flooding, tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph) and power outages in the Winston-Salem area are possible.

The University recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for the Triad and surrounding areas. Local news organizations, including WXII, WGHP, WFMY, Spectrum News Triad, Winston-Salem Journal and WFDD will be good resources for the latest information.

Please familiarize yourself with and bookmark Wake Alert now, while conditions are normal. In an emergency, alerts and updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu) and distributed through other methods.

All future Hurricane Florence-related emails and other news will be posted to the Wake Alert website. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to:

  • Register for text alerts available to students, faculty and staff.
  • Follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert)
  • Add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

The University will keep students, faculty and staff informed and will send an update Tuesday morning.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Wake Alert test

This is a test of the Wake Alert Emergency Notification System. This is only a test. No action is required at this time.

Operating status normal

The University Police Department issued an All Clear announcement at 5:45 p.m. today, April 15, after issuing an earlier severe weather announcement. It was issued through the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system.

The announcement read, in part: “The situation is all clear. Resume normal activities.”

The University recommends that students, faculty and staff continue to monitor weather information tonight as weather forecasts call for the possibility of continued unstable weather.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for the Winston-Salem area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Information about today’s weather, including current forecasts, is widely available on local TV stations, such as WXIIWGHPWFMY and Spectrum’s News 14. Information is also easily accessed from other news organizations, such as The Weather Channel.

At Wake Forest, detailed weather information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

In the event of a weather emergency tonight, the University would make announcements using the Wake Alert emergency notification system.

Severe weather warning issued

Severe weather warning issued. Monitor local weather reports on radio and TV for further information. Possible 70 mph winds and hail one inch in diameter. Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. Remain alert. Severe thunderstorm warning.

Accidental activation of the indoor alert system in Miller Center

This afternoon, there was an accidental activation of an “active shooter” alert in the Miller Center. There is no incident taking place in the building. The message was distributed unintentionally one time, according to University officials.

The alert was distributed in the building over the building’s indoor alert system. Occupants heard a message declaring there was an active shooter in the building.

We apologize for the false alarm and are investigating what occurred to cause the indoor alert to be accidentally issued in the building.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus will open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

Classes will not meet on campus until 9:30 a.m. Offices will open at 9:30 a.m. This includes Wake Downtown.

The University’s shuttle schedule for Tuesday:

  • Gold/Black Lines, service will begin at 8:20 a.m.
  • Wake Downtown, service will begin at 8:25 a.m.
  • Gray Line route, service will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see this website for any other announcements.

Reynolda Campus to close at noon on Monday, March 12

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus will close at noon today, March 12. Offices will be closed. Any in-progress, on-campus classes will end at noon. This includes Wake Downtown.

Travel on and off campus today is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside. For those planning to attend events on campus today, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Food service will be available. To obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com

Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open today.

Here is the revised University shuttle schedule for today:

  • The last departure for the Wake Downtown shuttle from Innovation Quarter will be 1:10 p.m.
  • The last departure for the Gold/Black Lines from campus will be 12:50 p.m.
  • The last departure for the Gray Line from campus will be 1 p.m.
  • There will be no Gray Line or On Call shuttle service tonight.

Please continue to check the this website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements.

Test of the Wake Alert system

This is a test of the Wake Forest University Alert System. This is only a test. No action is required.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

Updates on the on-campus shooting from Jan. 20 can be viewed here.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Investigation into campus shooting remains active

From the Winston-Salem Police Department: The investigation into the murder of Najee Ali Baker has remained active and ongoing by detectives with the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Authorities continue to gather evidence and interview witnesses as part of that investigation.

At this time, authorities are not releasing any additional details regarding this active investigation. Subsequent media updates will be published by investigators with the Winston-Salem Police Department as information becomes available.  

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336.773.7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

Emergency situation over

The emergency situation at Wake Forest is now over. The investigation continues. Updates will be posted to Inside WFU as appropriate.

Letter to campus from President Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Community,

At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, Najee Ali Baker, a student at Winston-Salem State University, was shot during an altercation at a party on campus in The Barn. I am deeply saddened to report that the student later succumbed to his injuries. My thoughts and prayers this morning are with the student’s family, friends and classmates, as well as our Wake Forest community.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is leading the investigation with support from Wake Forest Police. Police have no reason to believe that the shooter remained on campus. The investigation is still in the early stages. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Winston-Salem Police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Several students from Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University attended the event, and officials from both universities are working together to support students impacted by the incident.

There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community, and this incident is troubling and unsettling for all of us. Police are increasing security and patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The 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.

I am grateful for the partnership of Winston-Salem State University and the Winston-Salem Police Department, and all of the staff from several campus departments that responded in the early morning hours.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Police continue to investigate shooting

Winston-Salem Police and Wake Forest University Police are investigating a shooting at The Barn on campus that occurred around 1 a.m. Jan. 20 in which a person was injured and taken to a hospital. Police do not believe the suspect in the shooting remained on campus.

Police have increased patrols of the campus and nearby areas.

The Wake Forest campus is open.

No one is permitted to come to The Barn area. Residents of Palmer and Piccolo should go to the University Police Department in Alumni Hall if they are trying to return to their residence hall.

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear on this website as soon as possible.

Police do not believe suspect on campus at this time

Winston-Salem Police and University Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting at The Barn tonight. Police do not believe the suspect is on campus.

The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

Police have increased patrols of the campus and nearby areas.

A shooting victim has been taken to the hospital. Students off campus may return to campus now. No one is permitted to come to The Barn area. Residents of Palmer and Piccolo should go to the University Police Department in Alumni Hall if they are trying to return to their residence hall.

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear on this website as soon as possible.

Police seeking suspect in shooting at The Barn

Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting at The Barn tonight on campus. Police are on the scene. Stay in place until further notice. If you are off campus, stay away. Police are responding. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear on this site as soon as possible.

Police continue search for suspect in shooting

Police continue to search for a suspect in a shooting at The Barn tonight. Police are on the scene. A shooting victim has been taken to the hospital. Students off campus may return to campus now. No one is permitted to come to The Barn area. Residents of Palmer and Piccolo should go to the University Police Department in Alumni Hall if they are trying to return to their residence hall.

Winston-Salem Police and University Police are increasing patrols of the campus and campus area. 

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear on this website as soon as possible.

Armed and dangerous person reported at The Barn

Armed and dangerous person reported at The Barn. Police are responding. Follow updates on this site.

Seek shelter now. Stay in place until further notice. If you are off campus, stay away.

Reynolda Campus to open at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. 

Classes will not meet until 10 a.m. Offices will open at 10 a.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin at 8:50 a.m. The Wake Downtown shuttle line will begin at 8:55 a.m. The Gray line will begin at 9 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see this website for any other announcements that may be made.

Wake Forest Reynolda Campus to open at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

Classes will not meet until 11 a.m. Offices will open at 11 a.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin at 9:50 a.m. The Wake Downtown shuttle line will begin at 9:55 a.m. The Gray line will begin at 10 a.m.

NOTE: Changes are being made for tonight’s (Jan. 18) University shuttle schedule. The following shuttles will make their last pick-ups by 7 p.m.:  the Wake Downtown, the Gold and Black lines, and the Gray lines. The OnCall shuttle and the Gray Line night route shuttle will not operate tonight.

Reynolds Gym and the Sutton Center will open at 9 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see this website for any other announcements.

Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest closed Jan. 17

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed on Wednesday, January 17. Classes will not meet on campus. Offices will be closed.

This includes Wake Downtown.

Travel on and off campus Wednesday is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus Wednesday, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

To obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com

Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open Wednesday.

University shuttles will not operate Wednesday.Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Phone service to University has been disrupted

Wake Forest is experiencing a major disruption tonight with the University’s telephone system.

In general, calls made to University telephones from off-campus phones and cell phones are not getting through to the University.

To reach University Police from a cell phone or from off campus, call 336-759-0443. On campus, using a University phone (landline), call 5911 or 5591. University Police can be reached also by emailing dispatch@nullwfu.edu or using the LiveSafe app.

A campus phone (landline) can be used to call another campus phone.

The University’s Information Systems Department is aware of the phone service disruption and is working to correct the situation tonight. IS has been told that the phone disruption is related to a larger phone system disruption in North Carolina.

A message will be emailed to students, faculty and staff tonight when regular phone service is restored.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Update to campus crime alert

Tonight, the Winston-Salem Police Department has taken into custody a man who was sought after he fled Wake Forest University police officers on campus and wrecked his car at the intersection of Polo Road and Reynolda Road.  After the wreck, the man ran away to his nearby residence, west of the intersection.  Winston-Salem Police Department officers arrested him at his residence.

The University Police Department has charged the man with felonious assault with a deadly weapon.  According to University Police, the man attempted to strike University Police officers with his car. Other charges may be filed later.

The incident began late this afternoon when University Police Department officers engaged the man outside Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  The man got away from the officers and fled in his car.

Campus crime alert

University Police Department officers engaged a suspicious man outside Z. Smith Reynolds Library late this afternoon. The man fled the scene and soon afterward crashed his car at the intersection of Reynolda Road and Polo Road. After the crash, he fled on foot.

Winston-Salem Police officers know the individual’s identity and are attempting to apprehend him at his residence off Polo Road, west of the intersection.

A large number of police officers are at and near the Polo Road/Reynolda Road intersection.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Hurricane preparation update

Wake Forest is continuing preparations for potential effects from Hurricane Irma. At this time, officials are cautiously optimistic about a relatively low impact to the Winston-Salem area.

Current weather forecasts indicate a storm track that would take it west of the region around Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University.  Conditions in our area may include moderate levels of rain and wind beginning Monday and continuing through Tuesday.

The University’s Crisis Management Team is meeting regularly and will continue to do so in the days ahead.  Team members are consulting closely with senior University leadership as well as local and state officials to prepare for potential effects of the storm.

Numerous Wake Forest administrative departments are directly involved in storm preparations, including Facilities and Campus Services, the University Police Department and Residence Life and Housing.  Facilities staff are working to keep drains and gutters clear and secure objects that might otherwise be tossed about by wind gusts.  Special attention is being given to securing objects and equipment in construction areas on campus.

The University is not in an area prone to flooding during heavy rain, but Residence Life and Housing is preparing to address any potential problems with water buildup in residence hall areas.

Potential storm effects are not expected to prompt the necessity for an evacuation of the University.

At present, there are is no expectation for significant disruption to any University operations and services.

The University will continue to communicate with students, faculty, staff and others if the need were to arise during the weekend and beyond.  Significant developments likely would prompt messages to be emailed to the campus community and others.  Minor announcements most likely would only be posted on the Inside WFU web site.  Additional announcements may not be necessary.

If emergency conditions were to occur at Wake Forest, the University’s Wake Alert Emergency Notification System will be activated.  In an emergency, alerts and updates would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and distributed through other methods.

Frequently updated information on weather conditions at Wake Forest is available through WeatherSTEM.  The information is available through Facebook and Twitter (@WakeForestWxSTEM).  WeatherSTEM also offers apps for iOS and Android.

You may visit Irma.weatherstem.com to see Hurricane Irma’s proximity to Wake Forest.  Enter 27109 as the zip code.  You may also text Wake Forest’s zip code, 27109, to 336-750-6434 to get texted back in real time with Hurricane Irma information from WeatherSTEM.

Students whose families have been, or could be affected, by the storm may find the following resources helpful:

— Office of Chaplain

— University Counseling Center

— Office of the Dean of Students

— Residence Life and Housing

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Test of the alert system

This is a test of the Wake Forest University Alert System. This is only a test.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Tornado warning changed to watch

The tornado warning for Forsyth County has been changed to a watch until midnight. Watch local news for future updates.

Tornado warning issued

A tornado has touched down in East Bend, N.C., northwest of Winston-Salem. The tornado is moving northeast at 25 mph. Monitor local weather reports on radio or TV for further information and Wake Alert for potential updates.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus will operate on normal schedule

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will operate on its regular schedule Tuesday, Jan. 10. This includes Wake Downtown.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Vehicles with off-campus parking permits must be relocated to their appropriate parking location by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

University shuttles will be operating Monday night, including the onCall shuttle service and the Gray shuttle line. Shuttles will operate on their regular schedule Tuesday.

Please see this website for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda campus to open at noon on Monday, Jan. 9

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at noon on Monday, Jan. 9.

Classes will not meet on campus until noon. Offices will open at noon.

University business operations and classes will end by 4 p.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line and Innovation Quarter shuttle line will begin at 11 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please continue to monitor this website for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Test of the notification system

This is a test of the Wake Alert emergency notification system. No action is required by anyone reading this test message.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus closed on Monday, Feb. 15

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed on Monday, February 15.  Classes will not meet on campus. Offices will be closed.

Travel on and off campus Monday is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus Monday, check with the host or sponsoring organization. To obtain information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open Monday.

Student Health will see patients on a limited, urgent care basis. All appointments will be rescheduled. Please call 336.758.5218 or visit shs.wfu.edu for more information.

University shuttles will not operate Monday.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. Monday, January 25. Classes will not meet on campus until 10 a.m. Offices will open at 10 a.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin at 8:50 a.m.  The University’s Gray shuttle line will begin at 8:58 a.m.

Local conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus closed on Friday, Jan. 22

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed on Friday, Jan. 22.  Classes will not meet on campus. Offices will be closed.

Travel on and off campus Friday is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus Friday, check with the host or sponsoring organization. To obtain information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open Friday.

University shuttles will cease operation after 10 p.m. tonight, and they will not operate throughout the weekend.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Police investigate sexual assault

The University Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that took place between 6 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 6.  The incident occurred at Kitchin Residence Hall near lot N.

Wake Forest University is providing resources to assist the individual involved in this incident and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus.

The student described the assailant as a male with dark skin between 30 and 40 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, of average build, wearing dark jeans, dark blue or black zip-up hoodie, blue and gray running type shoes with dirty white laces, a dark blue or black knit hat.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 336-758-5911 or 758-5591.  Or, they may use University Police’s online Silent Witness system to report information anonymously.

University Police have increased security patrols in that area.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes

Reynolda Campus will open at 9 a.m. on Friday

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Classes scheduled to start before 9 a.m. will not meet Friday.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin running at 7:50 a.m. Friday.  The University’s Gray shuttle line will begin running at 7:28 a.m. Friday.

Local conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

UPDATE: Reynolda Campus closed on Thursday, Feb. 26

UPDATE: Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed for classes and offices on Thursday, February 26.

Travel on and off campus is hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus Thursday, check with the host or sponsoring organization. To obtain information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open Thursday. The Student Health Service will be open for urgent care only.  Please see the Student Health website at shs.wfu.edu for further information.

University shuttles will not operate Thursday.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus will not open earlier than 9:30 a.m. on Thursday

Due to weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will not open earlier than 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

The University will assess the weather situation early in the morning and will make an announcement by 7 a.m. regarding the University’s schedule.

Local conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

UPDATE: Reynolda Campus will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday

This is an update regarding the schedule Tuesday, February 24, for the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University.

Due to unexpected snow, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 24. Classes scheduled to start before 11 a.m. will not meet Tuesday.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin running at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.  The University’s Gray shuttle line will begin running at 9:58 a.m. Tuesday.

Local conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus will open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday

Due to unexpected snow, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 24. Classes scheduled to start before 9:30 a.m. will not meet Tuesday.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin running at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.  The University’s Gray shuttle line will begin running at 8:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Local conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus will open at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 18

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Classes scheduled to start before 9:30 a.m. will not meet Wednesday.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line will begin running at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The University’s Gray shuttle line will begin running at 8:28 a.m. Wednesday.

Please see the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus closed Tuesday, Feb. 17

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed for classes and offices on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Travel on and off campus is hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus Tuesday, check with the host or sponsoring organization. To obtain information on campus dining, visit the CampusDish website. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open Tuesday.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus to close at 3 p.m.

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will close today at 3 p.m. Snow is forecast to begin falling this afternoon and continue through much of the night.

For classes and labs that will be operating at that time, it is up to the discretion of the faculty member whether to continue.

For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization. For information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com. Recreation facilities will remain open. Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson Center will remain open.

The last departure for the Black and Gold shuttle line will be at 3:50 p.m. The last departure for the Gray Line will be at 3:58 p.m.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made. A decision regarding the University’s Tuesday schedule will be announced at approximately 9:30 p.m. tonight.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Gun pointed at student on campus

At about 6:25-6:30 p.m. this evening, a man in an orange SUV pointed a handgun at a Wake Forest student on campus in Parking Lot “J”. University Police believe the suspects have left campus.

A Wake Forest student was returning to his vehicle on campus in Parking Lot “J” behind Collins Hall and South Residence Hall at about 6:25-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The student noticed four or five males in an orange SUV. The orange SUV hit the student’s parked car as the driver pulled out of the parking space.

When the student approached the orange SUV, one man in the SUV pulled out a handgun.  The student ran and called University Police. University Police conducted an immediate search and believe the suspects are no longer on campus.

The suspects in the orange SUV are described by the student as “college-aged” males. Two or three of them may have been white males and two or three of them may have been black males.

If you have any information about this incident, please call University Police at 336-758-5591.

Power restored; operating status normal

Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now.  Operations on campus have returned to normal.

Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information. This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Power is out on more than half of campus

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. We will provide an update when more information is available.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Phone outage update

The University’s telephone service has been restored. Thank you for your patience as Information Systems worked with our vendor to restore this service.

Phone outage

Information Systems has received reports that some telephone lines are working intermittently and other telephone lines are not working at all. Information Systems is working with our vendor partner, Avaya, to restore the University’s telephone service. There is no estimated time of resolution to share. Check help.wfu.edu (News & Alerts section) and Wake Alert for updates.

As a reminder, the University Police’s emergency-only, auxiliary telephone number is 336.759.0443.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus opening delayed Tuesday, March 18

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18.  Classes scheduled to start before 10 a.m. will not meet Tuesday. The University’s Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements.

WFU to test messages in buildings

Wake Forest will conduct testing March 10-12 of an upgraded fire alarm system that will bring seven new voice messages to emergency speakers in halls and lobbies in 28 academic, administrative and residential buildings.

Anyone in those buildings likely will hear test messages announcing an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado or other threatening weather. Testing will also include shelter in place, building evacuation and all clear messages.

No action is required by anyone who hears the messages. If an actual emergency were to occur on those days, the test messages would not be used.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus closed Friday, March 7

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed for classes and offices on Friday, March 7.

Travel on and off campus is hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside. For information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com.  For those planning to attend events on campus, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Shuttle service between the first-year parking lot and campus will resume at noon today. Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be open until 5 p.m.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements.

Operating status update

As of Thursday night, March 6, the plan for Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus is to operate as normal on Friday. If weather conditions change overnight, there will be an announcement by 6 a.m. Friday to students, faculty and staff.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Update on campus travel conditions

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, travel conditions are improving rapidly across campus, but caution is advised for all who are driving and walking. Parking lots and sidewalks were treated yesterday and are being treated this morning. But, they will remain partially covered with ice and slippery throughout the morning where ice melt could not be applied or still needs time to take full effect.

Please use extreme caution when outside. Conditions are expected to improve through the morning and early afternoon as weather conditions improve and ice melt takes effect. If you encounter sidewalk or pedestrian areas that appear untreated, please contact Facilities and Campus Services at 336-758-4255 or hall@nullwfu.edu or via that office’s webpage at: http://facilities.wfu.edu/request/

Reynolda Campus opening delayed on Tuesday, March 4

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4. Classes scheduled to start before 10 a.m. will not meet Tuesday. The University Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements.

Reynolda Campus closing early, Monday, March 3

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will close today, Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m.  Uncertain weather conditions, and unpredictable driving conditions during the evening commute, prompted the University to close early.

Classes that begin at 3 p.m. or later are cancelled. Classes that are in session before 3 p.m. may continue at the instructor’s discretion.

For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization.  Recreation facilities will remain open.

For information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be open until 10 p.m.

The last departure for the Gold and Black shuttle line will be at 4:20 p.m. The Gray Line’s last loop from campus to the UCC and Freshman/Satellite lot will be at 4:07 p.m.  After 4:30 p.m., no shuttles will be operating. At present, the shuttle between the Reynolda Campus and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is set to remain on a normal schedule.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus closed Friday, Feb. 14

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed for classes and offices on Friday, Feb. 14.

Travel on campus remains hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside. For information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com.  Campus recreation facilities remain open. For those planning to attend events on campus, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements that may be made.

Campus travel remains hazardous today, Feb. 13

As of Thursday morning (Feb. 13), travel of any nature, pedestrian or vehicular, remains extremely hazardous across much of the Reynolda Campus. Please use extreme caution when outside. Crews have worked through the night and will continue to work today to improve conditions on campus, but conditions are expected to remain hazardous into Friday.

Reynolda Campus closed on Thursday, Feb. 13

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed for classes and offices on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus closing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will close today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m.

Classes that begin at 1 p.m. or later are cancelled. Classes that are in session before 1 p.m. may continue at the instructor’s discretion.

For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization.  Recreation facilities will remain open.

The last departure for the Gold and Black shuttle line will be at 3:20 p.m. The Gray Line’s last loop from campus to the UCC and Freshman/Satellite lot will be at 3:07 p.m. today.

The shuttle that operates between WFU and the hospital will have its last departure from the hospital to campus at 5:15 p.m. and from WFU to the hospital at 5:45 p.m. The hospital will not provide any service on Thursday.

Please continue to check Wake Alert for any other announcements that may be made.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Reynolda Campus opening at 10 a.m. Thursday

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Classes scheduled to start before 10 a.m. will not meet Thursday. The University Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Reynolda Campus opening at 11 a.m. Wednesday

Because of weather conditions, classes and offices on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Classes scheduled to start before 11 a.m. will not meet. The Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 9:20 a.m. today.

Reynolda Campus closing early

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University is closing today at 3 p.m. Classes and labs currently in session may continue at the instructor’s discretion. For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Weather update: Admissions activities remain on schedule

After Thursday’s severe thunderstorm, a portion of the Reynolda Campus remains without electricity. University officials are waiting on Duke Energy to restore electricity to North Campus Apartments and nearby Byrum and Starling halls. Duke Energy has not yet indicated when power will return to those buildings. Phone lines are down in the Admissions office, but tours, interviews and information sessions will continue as scheduled.

Much of the campus lost power during the storm, but electricity was restored in the early evening to all but the previously mentioned buildings. Efforts continue on campus today to clean up debris and remove fallen trees and limbs.  Tree damage is responsible, in part, for the continuing power outage on the western edge of campus.

Thursday night, the University moved those occupying North Campus Apartments into Polo Residence Hall. Occupants include guests and University staff associated with summer campus and conferences on campus.

Storm-related damage may be reported to Facilities and Campus Services by calling 758-4255. Facilities staff members are aware of damage outdoors, but welcome calls about damage, particularly inside buildings, that they may not have been reported.

No one on campus was injured during the Thursday afternoon storm. Two vehicles were damaged by fallen trees or limbs.

Weather update

The University is cleaning up debris and taking other steps to respond tonight to a strong thunderstorm that passed through Reynolda Campus late in the afternoon. No one was injured on campus during the storm.

After the storm, much of the campus was without electricity. Duke Energy has restored much of the power on campus and is continuing to work to restore power to the remainder of campus.

Facilities crews have worked since the storm to clean up debris and clear areas where trees or limbs fell. Two cars were damaged by trees or limbs.

Camps and conference groups on campus have continued operation with assistance from the University’s Conferences and Residence Life and Housing staffs. Aramark provided food service in Reynolda Hall’s Fresh Food Company (the Pit).

In a few instances, people were temporarily stranded in stopped elevators, but all exited the elevators without injury.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Weather Alert: Reynolda Campus closing at noon

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will close at noon today, Friday, Jan. 25. Classes that begin at 11 a.m. that are scheduled to meet for 75 minutes may continue past noon at the instructor’s discretion.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Weather alert for Friday, Jan. 18

Because of weather conditions, Reynolda Campus will open at 11 a.m. for faculty, staff and students.

Shuttle service for the Black, Gold and Gray lines will resume normal service at 10 a.m.

Operating status normal

Wake Forest University is operating normally. Please visit Wake Ready for emergency preparedness information.

This message will remain in place until the University’s operating status changes.

Campus Emergencies


The Wake Alert website is the primary information source during an emergency at Wake Forest. Updates and information will appear on this site.

University Police

  • Call 911 from campus phone
  • Call 336.758.5911 from cell phone or off-campus phone

For non-emergency contact information, visit the University Police website.

Counseling


Media

Call 336.758.5237 to reach Communications and External Relations. Calls will be returned as the situation permits.


Wake Ready

Be prepared for emergencies by reviewing our Wake Ready website. Find information on many topics, including: