Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect until 3 p.m.

Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.

Resources include:

TV Stations: WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad

National Weather Service

The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages.

Updates will be posted here.

In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert website and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.


WFU: Test of Emergency Alert Systems

This is a TEST of the Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required in response to this message. Emergency procedures can be viewed at Wake Ready.

All clear after armed robbery on Long Drive

Four students were victims of an armed robbery that occurred on Long Drive this morning. No injuries were reported. Winston-Salem police have responded and there is no longer an immediate threat.

Wake Forest students' safety and security are the university's top priority. Anyone with information that may be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police at (336) 758- 5911. Anonymous tips can be made to University Police through the LiveSafe app or the Silent Witness form on the University Police website. Safety and security resources for the WFU community are available here.


Dangerous Suspect

Wake Alert Emergency. Polo Rd and Long Drive. Dangerous suspect was reported. Seek shelter now. Close and lock doors and windows, if possible. 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 here.

Wake Forest closing at noon today (Sept. 30)

Because of weather conditions caused by Hurricane Ian, the Reynolda and Charlotte campuses of Wake Forest will be closed from noon today (Sept. 30) through Sat., Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. in order to minimize travel to and from campus. This includes Wake Downtown and Brookstown.

All Reynolda Campus undergraduate and graduate school classes have been canceled, regardless of modality, with the exception of the School of Law, which will move to online classes. Offices will be closed. Events and activities are canceled.

Travel will be hazardous and should be minimized. Students should stay alert when walking on and around campus and avoid non-essential off-campus travel. High wind gusts, heavy rain and flooding are expected.

All eligible university employees may enter Administrative Leave for this time. Only employees performing essential services related to the emergency event should report to campus. If you are unsure if you should report to campus, contact your supervisor.

The following information applies to weather-related adjustments for today Sept. 30.

  • Campus Dining: The Pit in Reynolda Hall will be open. Check the website for updates on other dining options.
  • Recreation facilities: The Wellbeing Center will be closed.
  • Benson Center / Farrell Hall: Will be closed.
  • Shuttles: Apartment shuttles will stop running at 6 p.m. today and will not run on Saturday, Oct. 1. Check the website for further updates.
  • Student Health: Will operate on an urgent-care basis only for Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. Appointments are canceled.
  • Z. Smith Reynolds library: Will close at 5 p.m. today. Will be open regular hours on Saturday, Oct. 1.
  • Athletics: Field hockey vs. Duke has been moved from Friday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. Field hockey vs. Davidson has been moved from Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. to Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Volleyball vs. Syracuse has been moved to 5 p.m. today.

Reporting power outages and weather-related issues

  • If you live in University Housing, notify Facilities and Campus Services at 336-758-4255.
  • If you live at Crowne Properties or other off-campus properties, notify Duke Energy (1-800-769-3766) of power outages and let your landlord or property management know about other issues.

If you have an emergency, please contact 911 (on campus) or call University Police at 336-758-5911 for assistance.

In the event of a weather emergency or impact to campus operations, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty and staff.


University Police arrest man

At about 2 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022, an individual with no Wake Forest affiliation came to Worrell Hall, and later to Reynolda Hall, in search of legal services. While never threatening or aggressive, his insistence caused enough concern that University Police were asked to speak with him.

The individual cooperated with police and agreed to leave campus. During this interaction, the individual shared with police that he had a concealed carry permit and weapons in his vehicle, which he turned over without incident. It is illegal to bring weapons onto the Wake Forest campus; therefore, police took him into custody. He has been legally prohibited from returning to campus for any reason.

Police are continuing to conduct a thorough assessment; however, at this time University Police have no reason to believe that this individual posed a threat to the safety of our community.


Indoor emergency alert testing to be held Tuesday, June 14

The University will be conducting indoor emergency alert testing on Tuesday, June 14, from about 9 to 10 a.m. at the Sports Performance Center, Shah Basketball Complex, Miller Center & McCreary Field House. 

During the testing, the emergency alarm system will test alerts for: Shelter in Place, Tornado Alert, General Weather Alert, Evacuate Building, Active Shooter, Armed Intruder and All Clear.

Testing will be carried out by Facilities and Campus Services. No action is required in response to alert messages during these tests. 


Update on Reynolda Campus power outage

WFU Facilities and Campus Services and Duke Energy are working to repair damaged equipment and restore power to the Reynolda campus. Power is expected to be restored by 5 p.m. this evening, June 5. 

  • WFU Information Systems is providing updates on how the power outage is affecting IT services. Subscribe to receive updates by email on the IS website here
  • Information can also be found on the Duke Energy website under the "Outages" tab.

Campus-wide power outage

Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus is experiencing a campus-wide power outage. Facilities and campus services and Duke power are aware and working to address the issue. 

Police dispatch phones are working and can be reached at 336-758-5591 for non-emergencies.In case of emergency call 911 on-campus or 336-758-5911.


Tornado Warning expires

The National Weather Service tornado warning has expired. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.

Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. The current NWS warning is in effect until 03:45 a.m. Updates will appear here.

Tornado Warning downgraded to Watch (May 6)

The National Weather Service tornado warning has expired. A tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area remains in effect until midnight. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.

Resources include:

TV Stations: WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad

National Weather Service

The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages.

Updates will be posted here.

In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. The current NWS warning is in effect until 3:45 p.m. Updates will appear here.

Tornado Watch (May 6)

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect until midnight. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

WFU Test of Emergency System

This is a TEST of the WFU Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required in response to this message. Emergency procedures can be viewed at Wake Ready https://wakeready.wfu.edu/

Winter weather advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for portions of the North Carolina Piedmont, including the Triad through 10 a.m. this morning. There is a possibility of light freezing rain. Icy conditions are possible with light ice and slick spots on bridges and elevated roadways. Motorists should allow extra travel time. Current forecast information can be found here. Normal campus operations are in effect on Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown. If you have not already signed up to receive text alerts, instructions on how to do so can be found here. -- Office of Communications and External Relations

Classes resume in person on Monday, Feb. 7; Planning for make-up days underway

The Reynolda campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown will return to in-person classes and normal operations on Monday, Feb. 7. Each school is working through plans for making up vital instructional time, in consultation with their accrediting bodies. The academic leadership has affirmed that no school will reduce planned spring break days to make up for the evacuation days. All schools are likely to add class days at the semester’s end on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29; some schools may follow an alternate plan if unique program schedules dictate. Next week, deans will provide school-specific information about make-up days and revisions to other dates within the academic calendar (ie: drop/add, midterms, and final exams). Please note these plans are being made barring no other events occur that impact the class schedule. As a reminder, you are invited to attend an informational webinar today at 3 p.m., where President Susan R. Wente, Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President for Campus Life Shea Kidd Brown and subject matter experts will share up-to-date information and insights into the University’s response to the Weaver Fertilizer Plant Fire. Wake Forest will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information and direction as appropriate. Updates and answers to frequently asked questions are available at the Weaver Fire webpage.

Voluntary Evacuation Area Reduced

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, the city of Winston-Salem will reduce the voluntary evacuation area to a radius of one-eighth of a mile from 4440 N. Cherry Street. Faculty, staff and students who were displaced are now permitted to return to their homes. Classes remain canceled for the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 4. The Reynolda Campus remains open, with all administrative and student support offices operating. Scheduled campus activities may continue at the discretion of event organizers. For questions, students and families should contact the University Call Center at 336-758-7500, which will be open until 9 p.m. EST tonight and will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST tomorrow.

Classes canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4

Following the University’s announcement today that classes and normal operations would resume tomorrow, we received additional information from students and families regarding the scope and degree of challenges faced by those displaced. This understanding has informed a decision by academic leadership to cancel classes on the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown for the remainder of the week – Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4. Classes at Wake Forest’s other locations will continue to operate normally. It is important to understand that this decision will have significant effects on the academic calendar. To ensure we provide the needed number of instructional days this semester, the Provost and academic deans will determine how the four days missed this week will be made up during the remainder of this semester. Make-up dates will be shared soon. The Reynolda Campus remains open, with all administrative and student support offices operating. Scheduled campus activities may continue at the discretion of event organizers. Conversations with local officials this afternoon, including the Winston-Salem Fire Department Chief, confirmed that areas outside the one-mile voluntary evacuation radius are safe to continue operations. All K-12 schools in Winston-Salem are open with the exception of one that lies within the voluntary evacuation area. In addition, EPA air-quality readings on and near campus continue to indicate that the air currently poses no threat to individual health and is safe to breathe. Intermittent smoke could cause irritation for those with respiratory concerns, and public health officials continue to advise people to avoid being outside for prolonged periods when smoke is present. We understand the past several days have been challenging, and the decisions have come quickly. Please know that we are here to support you. For questions, including urgent housing needs, students and families should contact the University Call Center at 336-758-7500, which will be open until 9 p.m. EST tonight and will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST tomorrow. Wake Forest will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information and direction as it becomes available.

Classes will resume in person on Thursday, Feb. 3

Based on updated safety information from emergency responders and city officials and after in-depth discussions among the University’s leadership, the Reynolda campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown will resume in-person classes on Thursday, Feb. 3. Normal operations also will resume for staff. Students displaced by the voluntary evacuation are receiving support as needed, and campus operations have stabilized. Students with urgent housing needs should contact the Student Support Center at 336-758-3473 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. We understand that accommodations and flexibility related to resuming classes for displaced students may be needed. As a result, we ask that faculty work with students based on these unique circumstances. Please note that ZSR Library has public computing stations and Chromebooks that can be checked out by students, as well as lockers to store personal belongings. The voluntary evacuation request remains in effect for the one-mile radius from 4440 N. Cherry Street and the evacuation is likely to extend longer than the 48-hour period originally anticipated. If you have evacuated from housing within the one-mile radius, you should not return to your residence until the evacuation request is lifted. Normal parking restrictions will not be enforced on campus until the evacuation has been lifted. The Environmental Protection Agency has established air-quality monitoring on the Reynolda campus and in the surrounding area. Monitoring stations are moved periodically to gather data from different locations in response to shifting weather and wind patterns. As of Wednesday morning, the EPA reports that air-quality readings on and near campus indicate that the air poses no threat to individual health and is safe to breathe. We are receiving real-time information and will provide updates and direction should conditions change. In addition, the Winston-Salem Fire Department, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, and the Wake Forest Environmental Health and Safety office are also conducting air sampling to confirm results. Although the air is safe to breathe, the smoke could cause irritation, especially for people with respiratory issues, therefore public health officials are advising people to avoid being outside for prolonged periods when smoke is present. As the fire continues to burn, wind and weather conditions will affect the amount of smoke visible on campus. Wake Forest will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information and direction as it becomes available.

Classes canceled on Wednesday, Feb. 2

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the continued disruption and displacement of students, faculty, and staff living in the voluntary evacuation zone, Wake Forest will cancel classes on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Staff who are not needed to support the evacuation effort and are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. If you are unsure if you should report to campus, contact your supervisor. The evacuations have had an impact on campus operations and preparedness to conduct classes. Some faculty and staff and more than 1,000 students reside in the one-mile evacuation radius. Voluntary evacuation remains in effect and is expected to continue until at least 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) night. Residents of the area should not return to their homes until notified it is safe to do so. It remains safe for students to be on Reynolda campus. Local officials have been and continue to monitor readings from air monitoring equipment on and around campus and have found no health concerns for the Reynolda Campus. Those with pre-existing respiratory conditions may choose to avoid being outside for prolonged periods. The Benson Center, Wellbeing Center and ZSR Library will operate under normal hours tonight and tomorrow. Please remember to wear face masks when in campus buildings. Students with questions regarding urgent housing concerns should contact 336-758-3473. The Student Support Center in the Wellbeing Center remains available in conference room A330, and students also can email housing@wfu.edu. We anticipate providing the next update to the campus community tomorrow morning. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to be careful and remain vigilant when navigating around the city.

Update on fire and evacuation

On Monday evening, a fire at the fertilizer plant at 4440 N. Cherry Street in Winston-Salem led to the Winston-Salem Fire Department asking for the evacuation of residents living within a one-mile radius. Faculty, staff and students who reside inside that radius are encouraged to leave the area. The Winston-Salem Fire Department said that the evacuation request will be in place until around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and then will be reassessed. The evacuation area does not include on-campus housing, with the exception of Deacon Place, which is within the one-mile evacuation radius. Campus staff and the Winston-Salem Fire Department continue to monitor air quality and at this time have not found any harmful issues in the campus area. The University will be helping to relocate students who need overnight housing. Any evacuated students who need assistance finding a place to stay on Tuesday night should check in at the Support Center in the Wellbeing Center in conference room A330. If you are not able to check in at the Wellbeing Center, you also can email housing@wfu.edu. Classes, as well as academic and other planned outdoor activities, are canceled today. Staff who are not needed to support the evacuation effort and are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. If you are unsure if you should report to campus, contact your supervisor. Worrell Professional Center is card-access only today, and the LAM Museum of Anthropology is closed. North Dining Hall will be closed today to focus staffing resources at other locations. All other dining options remain open. Shuttles are not running today. An on-call shuttle is available until midnight tonight. To request a ride, please call 336-283-1091. Deacon Place has a shuttle in the parking lot for students who would like to evacuate to campus. Human Resources will communicate additional employee resources and guidance for entering time in Workday later today. Faculty and staff can contact askhr@wfu.edu with questions. Students on campus or living outside of the one-mile radius are encouraged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed. Please remember to wear face masks when in campus buildings. Expect smoky conditions. Masks are recommended outdoors. Outdoor gatherings and events are discouraged. The Student Health Service will be open until 5 p.m. to provide confidential health care to students who may be affected by smoke and fumes. If you need assistance after hours, please call 336-758-5218. For counseling, students can reach the University Counseling Center at 336-758-5273. TimelyCare, a 24/7 resource at timelycare.com/wakeforest, is also available. Faculty and staff can use the Employee Assistance Program by calling 336-716-5493. Additional updates will be shared as the situation evolves.

Classes canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 1; overnight housing available for those evacuating

Because of the impact of the fire on North Cherry Street, Wake Forest will cancel classes on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Staff who are not needed to support the evacuation effort and are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. If you are unsure if you should report to campus, contact your supervisor. Wake Forest has opened the Wellbeing Center, Benson Center and ZSR Library for faculty, staff or students who are evacuating and are not able to stay with friends or family outside of the one-mile evacuation radius. Those buildings will remain open all night. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and/or blanket to be comfortable, as well as any other necessary personal belongings. Please remember to wear face masks when in campus buildings. Wake Forest has set up a Student Support Center in the Wellbeing Center in conference room A330. Faculty and staff can contact askhr@wfu.edu with questions. Travel in the evacuation area around 4400 North Cherry Street will become increasingly difficult as police begin to shut down roads and prohibit vehicle traffic. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible. Use personal vehicles and carpool when possible. Parking anywhere on campus is allowed. Wake Forest will operate the on-call shuttle as long as possible to aid with evacuations, but please use this as a last resort. Call 336-283-1091 to request a shuttle. The evacuation area does not include on-campus housing, with the exception of Deacon Place, which is within the one-mile evacuation radius. The Winston-Salem Fire Department says that the evacuation order will be in place for 48 hours (until around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2) and then will be reassessed. If you are evacuating, take personal belongings needed for at least that period of time. Students on campus or living outside of the one-mile radius are encouraged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed. Students who are off-campus and are in quarantine or isolation will receive direct communication from Residence Life and Housing. These students also can email getwell@wfu.edu for information. Additional updates will be shared as information evolves. The best source of information about the fire is the official Twitter page for the Winston-Salem Fire Department: @cityofwsfire.

Voluntary evacuations requested for some areas of off-campus housing

Because of a fire at 4440 N. Cherry Street, the Winston-Salem Fire Department is asking for voluntary evacuations by residents within a one-mile radius of that address. That includes off-campus housing north of Polo Road between Cherry Street and Long Drive. (See image of one-mile radius.) On-campus housing is not included in the evacuation. Any faculty, staff or students in the area who can evacuate should do so. If possible, stay with friends or family who are outside the one-mile radius. The University is currently working on long-term plans for those who do not have an alternative place to go, and those plans will be communicated as soon as possible. Campus buildings that are currently open include the Wellbeing Center, Benson University Center and ZSR Library. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and/or blanket to be comfortable if the evacuation lasts more than a short time. You may consider taking the necessary personal belongings needed for several hours should the evacuation remain in place. Motorists are also advised to avoid driving in this area. Students on campus or living outside of the one-mile radius are encouraged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed. The best source of information about the fire is the official Twitter page for the Winston-Salem Fire Department: @cityofwsfire.

University Police Advisory: No evidence found of gun after report

Tonight, the University Police received a report of someone who was believed to be carrying a gun on campus near Olin Hall. University Police and Winston-Salem Police canvassed the area and did not find any evidence of anyone with a gun. Police are continuing to circulate in the area; no threat to campus has been identified. As always, stay alert on campus and report anything unusual. If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police at 336-758-5911. If you wish to provide information anonymously, do so through “Silent Witness.” It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.
  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. If you feel you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Download the Live Safe Mobile App.
  • Emergency Blue Light Call Boxes are located throughout campus [PDF Map]. Push the button once to speak with a dispatcher.
  • Telephone Boxes are located near some building entrances. Pick up the receiver and dial 911 to reach a dispatcher.

Update on this morning’s emergency alerts

Early this morning, the University received anonymous phone calls with shooting-related threats. An emergency shelter-in-place message was sent while University Police and Winston-Salem Police investigated the threat. At 5 a.m., an all-clear message was shared as the call was determined to be a hoax. It is safe for students, faculty and staff to resume regular activities. Classes will be held on a normal, in-person schedule, and all student services will be open. Police will continue to investigate the threat, which appeared to be a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to dispatch a large number of armed police officers around campus. These “swatting” calls cause great distress among those who are affected by them. Recently, the Winston-Salem Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office have responded to similar incidents with no identified threats. Local law enforcement are working with federal and state officials to identify the callers who made the threats. Nationally, many colleges and universities have received threats since November 2021, prompting lockdowns and evacuations. Out of an abundance of caution, University Police will staff and close the gates to campus over the weekend. Winston-Salem Police have increased patrols on campus and in the surrounding area. The University’s first concern is for our community. This hoax disrupted the sense of safety for our students, faculty and staff and will have affected each one of us differently. Wake Forest offers a variety of support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The following University resources are available for confidential information and support:
  • For counseling, students can reach the University Counseling Center at 336-758-5273. TimelyCare, a 24/7 resource at timelycare.com/wakeforest, is also available.
  • Faculty and staff can use the Employee Assistance Program by calling 336-716-5493.
  • The Office of the Chaplain is available to all members of our community at 336-758-5017.
Students, faculty and staff are asked to stay alert and report anything suspicious. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact University Police at 336-758-5911 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.

Emergency Update message: All clear; shelter in place lifted

Early this morning an anonymous caller made numerous threats related to a shooting on Wake Forest’s campus. University Police and Winston-Salem Police conducted a thorough sweep of threatened buildings without finding any evidence to support the claims of the caller. Police believe the calls were a hoax. Police will continue to investigate the threat. Anyone with information is asked to contact University Police at 336-758-5911. Wake Forest offers a variety of support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. For counseling, students can reach TimelyCare, a 24/7 resource, at timelycare.com/wakeforest or the University Counseling Center at 336-758-5273 (after 8:30 a.m.). Faculty and staff can use the Employee Assistance Program by calling 336-716-5493. The Office of the Chaplain is available to all members of our community by calling 336-758-5017 (after 8:30 a.m.).

Emergency Update message

University Police and Winston-Salem Police continue to investigate the shooting threat to campus. Police are checking buildings. Continue to shelter in place until further notice. Call if you have any information to assist in this investigation. 336-758-5911.

Emergency Update message

University police and Winston-Salem Police continue to investigate the shooting threat to campus. Police are checking buildings. Continue to shelter in place until further notice. Call if you have any information to assist in this investigation. 336-758-5911.

Emergency Update message

University Police are working with the Winston-Salem Police Dept. to investigate a shooting threat. Anyone with information is asked to contact University Police at 336-758-5911. Due to the high volume of calls, DO NOT CALL UPD unless you have an emergency or information to report. Continue to shelter in place until further notice.

Shelter in place

Wake Alert Emergency: A THREAT HAS BEEN MADE AGAINST WAKE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AT THIS TIME, PLEASE SHELTER IN PLACE. FURTHER MESSAGES TO FOLLOW.

Normal operations for Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown on Thursday, Jan. 20

Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown will return to in-person classes and normal campus operations on Thursday, Jan. 20. Forsyth County and surrounding areas may experience additional inclement weather Thursday evening through Saturday morning. This may impact campus operations starting on Thursday night, and faculty, staff and students should check websites to confirm night-time operating hours. Colleagues whose work may be performed remotely are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of shifting work modalities on Friday. Employees who are unable to perform their work due to extenuating circumstances should use Paid Time Off. The University will continue to update the campus community on any major operational changes. Directions to sign up for text alerts are available here.

Weather-related updates for Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown

Due to icy travel conditions locally in some areas in the morning, Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown classes will continue in remote learning mode for Wednesday, Jan. 19. The ability to offer remote classes helps to maintain the continuity of the academic calendar and is less disruptive to the continuity of classes throughout the day. Campus support services and offices will open by 10 a.m. With approval from supervisors, staff with the ability to work remotely may choose to do so. Staff who are asked to report on-site and are concerned about traveling should contact their supervisor. Note that the Pit will be open by 8 a.m. Other dining venues will open as staffing permits. The ZSR Library will update its website if an earlier opening is possible. Shuttles will operate beginning at 10 a.m. A link to the shuttle schedule can be found here.

Weather-related changes for Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown

Because of icy roads and dangerous driving conditions, all classes and administrative offices will shift to remote operations tomorrow, Jan.18. Faculty and staff should avoid traveling to campus and work remotely if possible. Staff who have been asked to report on-site and are concerned about traveling should contact their supervisor. Classes will be held virtually. Faculty who face challenges with remote instruction may contact their chair or deans’ offices for guidance. Campus services hours for Tuesday:
  • The Pit will open at 8 a.m. Other dining venues will open as staffing permits. The Deacon Dining website will be updated throughout the day.
  • The Wellbeing Center will open at 10 a.m. Follow @wfucampusrec on Instagram for information on facility hours or visit the Campus Rec website.
  • ZSR Library will update its website with operating information.
  • The Student Health Service will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Shuttles will not be operating tomorrow. A link to the shuttle schedule can be found here. On-Call service may operate when road conditions improve.
Current COVID-19 campus health and safety measures remain in place. Asymptomatic testing will take place from noon to 5 p.m tomorrow and Wednesday. The Faculty and Staff Clinic will open at 10 a.m. A full list of campus services is available on this website and will be updated as information is available.

Winter Storm Warning

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from midnight tonight through midnight Sunday evening. Precipitation will initially begin as snow before changing to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of one-third of an inch are predicted. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected. Tree damage is likely due to the ice and wind. Widespread power outages are likely. Travel will be dangerous with snow and ice accumulations. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, there may be delays in snow removal after the storm because of staffing shortages. Plan accordingly. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts. Visit Wake Ready for instructions on how to add or update your cell phone number to receive messages and alerts. University employees scheduled to work on Saturday evening and Sunday morning should use their best judgment when deciding whether to come to campus. If you are scheduled to work from campus and are concerned about traveling, contact your supervisor. Wake Forest work-study students living off-campus who are scheduled to work on Sunday morning should contact their supervisors with any weather-related travel concerns. Some services will likely need to adjust hours of operations based on weather conditions. Students should check individual campus service websites for any change in hours of operation this evening and tomorrow. Keep devices charged in case of a power outage. In the event of snow, ice or freezing rain:
  • Remain inside as much as possible.
  • Stay clear of icy trees, rooftops and power lines as falling ice is dangerous.
  • Do not walk near ice and snow removal equipment.
  • Watch for slick spots as you walk.
Current COVID-19 campus health and safety measures remain in place. As a reminder, the Reynolda Campus will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are no classes. In the event of any emergency: On-Campus: Wake Forest University Police 336-758-5911 Off-Campus: Contact 911

Community Advisory Update

Earlier this morning, Winston-Salem Police Department officers found the body of a 74-year-old man on campus near Polo Road and Martin Residence Hall. There is no foul play suspected and no Wake Forest students, faculty or staff were involved in the incident. Because the incident occurred on campus, the University is providing an update to the campus community based on information provided by the Winston-Salem Police Department. The Wake Forest community grieves with all those impacted by this tragic loss of life, and we invite any who feel affected to reach out and seek support. Wake Forest offers a variety of support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. For counseling, students can reach the University Counseling Center at 336-758-5273 and faculty and staff can use the Employee Assistance Program by calling 336-716-5493. The Office of the Chaplain is available to all members of our community by calling 336-758-5017. Please do not hesitate to seek support.

Community Safety Advisory: Police investigating incident near Polo Road and Martin Residence Hall, no threat to campus

Winston-Salem Police and University Police have responded this morning to an incident reported near Polo Road, behind Martin Residence Hall. There is no known WFU community involvement or threat to the campus community. More details will be shared if they are made available by the Winston-Salem Police. If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police at 336-758-5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness.”

Test of Emergency Alert Systems

This is a TEST of the Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required in response to this message. Emergency procedures can be viewed at Wake Ready.

Community Safety Advisory: Shooting on University Parkway

Wake Forest is aware of the following incident in our surrounding community on Monday, Nov. 1. Winston-Salem Police responded to a report made at 9:23 p.m. of a shooting in the 3100 block of University Parkway. A white SUV fired shots into a vehicle stopped at a stoplight, injuring a woman. No arrests have been made. The incident occurred off campus, and there is no WFU community involvement. Additional information will be shared if the situation affects the safety of the Wake Forest community. The official Twitter page for the Winston-Salem Police Department is @CityofWSPolice. If you have any information that might be helpful related to this incident, contact University Police at (336) 758-5911. As a reminder, the LiveSafe Mobile App allows Wake Forest students, staff, and faculty to have a two-way conversation with University police. It provides direct access to police, 911 emergency services, emergency location sharing, information sharing with quick tips, and a peer-to-peer Safe Walk tool.

Community Safety Advisory: Reports of drugs added to alcohol

Wake Forest is issuing this public awareness announcement about an issue of concern for the campus community. Wake Forest University Police have received three reports this semester alleging that a student was given a drink that had been drugged. The most recent incident was reported this weekend. Wake Forest takes these allegations seriously, and the Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating the latest incident. Students are reminded that putting a drug in another person’s drink is illegal and dangerous. In addition to being a crime, inducing incapacitation violates the University’s Student Code of Conduct and our culture of valuing each other with respect and dignity. The following are personal safety recommendations for environments where alcohol is served:
  • Know what you’re drinking.
  • Don’t leave a drink unattended.
  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust.
  • Be aware of sudden changes in how your body feels. Signs a drink may have been drugged include feeling woozy, drowsy, having trouble making decisions, difficulty in moving or controlling your muscles, and/or experiencing mental confusion.
  • Seek medical attention immediately. Many of these drugs leave the body quickly, within 12 to 72 hours.
More information about alcohol safety and drugging is available on the RAINN website here and here, as well as on the website of the Office on Women’s Health. Look out for each other: If you see signs of someone in trouble, or someone who might be inducing incapacitation, step in. Report the incident to law enforcement and contact one of the resources listed below for support. Tips on how to assist someone who may have been drugged are here. The following University resources are available for confidential information and support: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym, B104-107 Student Health Service: [Confidential] 336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium University Counseling Center: [Confidential] 336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117 Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential] 336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8 University Police 336-758- 5911 Wake Forest University Title IX Office 336-758-7258, Reynolda Hall, Room 307

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Resources:

Winston-Salem Police Department 336-773-7700 911 in an emergency Family Services/Forsyth County 24/7 Sexual Assault help line: 336-722-4457 24/7 Domestic Violence help line: 336-723-8125 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential] Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential] 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Community Safety Advisory

Community Safety Advisory: Wake Forest is aware of the following incident in our surrounding community: Winston-Salem Police responded this afternoon to a report of a firearm discharged on Scholastic Court. The incident occurred off-campus, and there is no known Wake Forest student or faculty involvement. Additional information will be shared if the situation affects the safety of the Wake Forest community. The official Twitter page for the Winston-Salem Police Department is @CityofWSPolice. If you have any information that might be helpful related to this incident, contact University Police at (336) 758-5911. As a reminder, the LiveSafe Mobile App allows Wake Forest students, staff, and faculty to have a two-way conversation with University police. It provides direct access to police, 911 emergency services, emergency location sharing, information sharing with quick tips, and a peer-to-peer Safe Walk tool.

Community Safety Advisory: Police investigating gunshots on Delmonte Drive

Wake Forest is aware of the following incident in our surrounding community: The Winston-Salem Police Department responded to a report of a firearm discharged into a truck parked near apartments on Delmonte Drive, off Polo Road. Police are reporting that they do not believe the suspect is still in the area and that no members of the Wake Forest community were involved. Additional information will be shared if the situation affects the safety of the Wake Forest community. The official Twitter page for the Winston-Salem Police Department is @CityofWSPolice. If you have information related to this incident, contact University Police at (336) 758-5911. As a reminder, the LiveSafe Mobile App allows Wake Forest students, staff, and faculty to have a two-way conversation with University police. It provides direct access to police, 911 emergency services, emergency location sharing, information sharing with quick tips, and a peer-to-peer Safe Walk tool.

Community Safety Advisory

Wake Forest is aware of the following incident in our surrounding community: Winston-Salem police responded this evening to a report of a firearm discharged at the Whiskey Dog Bar on Brookstown Ave. The shooting occurred off-campus. No students were involved. Additional information will be shared if the situation affects the safety of the Wake Forest community.

Suspect arrested in Mount Tabor shooting

The suspect in today’s shooting at Mount Tabor High School is in custody. Today’s incident may prompt difficult emotions. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of support resources.

Update on Mount Tabor school shooting

Wake Forest Police remain in contact with local authorities who continue to search for the suspect in the shooting at Mount Tabor High School. There is no reason to believe there is any risk to campus. Campus will be updated should the risk in our area change. Faculty, staff and students should remain alert to new information while continuing normal activities. Winston-Salem public schools and police have confirmed a single incident resulting in injuries to one high school student. No other incidents have been confirmed. All precautionary lockdowns have been lifted at other local public schools, other than at Mount Tabor. Wake Forest offers its support to faculty, staff and students who may need personal support:

Mount Tabor follow up

Update: Harris Teeter is no longer the reunification point. Parents of Mount Tabor students will be notified. Wake Forest Police are in contact with local law enforcement. No reason to believe the suspect in reported Mount Tabor H.S. shooting is on or near campus. Remain alert as you continue normal movement around campus. Parents of Mount Tabor students should now report to the Harris Teeter and NOT to the Robinhood YMCA to be reunited with their children. Please follow WSPD, FCSO, and WSFCS social media for the latest updates. @cityofwspolice @gofcsonc

Shooting at Mount Tabor

A shooting has been reported at Mount Tabor High School, about three miles from campus. Please monitor WFU emails and local news sources as information develops.

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 Emergency Alert Systems

This is a TEST of the Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required. Emergency procedures can be viewed at Wake Ready.

Update: Police are continuing investigation; no updates expected tonight

Winston-Salem police are continuing to investigate the robbery at the BP station on University Parkway. The suspects remain at large. No further updates are expected tonight. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Wake Forest University Police at 336-758-5911.

Update: Armed robbery at BP station; no threat to Best Western

Update: Armed robbery at BP station. No threat to Best Western. Winston-Salem Police are investigating and tracking suspects. Stay alert if in the area. Updates: wakealert.wfu.edu.

Dangerous Suspect

Wake Alert Emergency. 3050 University Parkway, Best Western. A dangerous suspect was reported. Seek shelter now. Close and lock doors and windows, if possible. 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 here.

University Operating Level: Yellow -- New Normal Campus Operations

Positive cases of COVID-19 among our University community are steady. Impacted individuals are isolating and quarantining. Continue social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. Consult healthcare providers, state and local health authorities, and CDC guidelines for information. See details about the operating status system and a dashboard of positive cases »

Wake Forest classes canceled for Thursday, Feb. 18

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Winston-Salem and surrounding areas from midnight tonight until 7 a.m. Friday. Due to the potential for ice accumulation and significant power outages, all Reynolda Campus undergraduate and graduate school classes have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 18, regardless of modality. Hazardous conditions could make travel extremely difficult throughout the day and evening tomorrow. University employees scheduled to work on-site should use their best judgment when deciding whether to come to campus. If you are scheduled to work from campus and are concerned about traveling, contact your supervisor. If you experience a power outage and are unable to work remotely, you may use Administrative Leave time and should notify your supervisor if possible.
  • University shuttles will not operate Thursday.
  • The Pit will open at 9 a.m. Other dining options will open as staffing allows.
  • The lower gym at the Sutton Center will open at 11 a.m. as a study space.
  • Farrell Hall will be closed to students on Thursday.
The following information is for students: Medical issues
  • If you need medical attention, Student Health will be open with limited services from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please email apptsshs@wfu.edu to make an appointment or call (336) 758-5218 to speak to someone if you have urgent needs. Please call the clinic after hours if you have any medical problems.
Reporting power outages and weather-related issues
  • If you live in University Housing, notify Facilities and Campus Services at 336-758-4255.
  • If you live at Crowne Properties or other off-campus properties, notify Duke Energy (1-800-769-3766) of power outages and let your landlord or property management know about other issues.
Students in Quarantine or Isolation If you are currently in quarantine/isolation in an off-campus community that loses power, please contact rlhiqcor@wfu.edu to explore options for alternate arrangements. Should you have an emergency, please contact 911 (on campus) or call University Police at 336-758-5911 for assistance. Current Covid-19 campus health and safety measures remain in place. Some services may adjust hours of operations based on weather conditions. Students should check individual campus service websites for any change in hours of operation for Thursday and Friday morning. -- Communications and External Relations

University Operating Level: Orange -- Modified Campus Operations

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 and/or other public health indicators are unstable. Impacted individuals are isolating. Continue social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. Consult healthcare providers, state and local health authorities, and CDC guidelines for information. See details about the operating status system and a dashboard of positive cases »

Classes cancelled for rest of today (10/29)

Because of power and internet outages as well as dangerous travel conditions, Wake Forest University has cancelled all classes for the remainder of today, Thursday, Oct. 29. Students should communicate directly with faculty about any issues related to outages and classes that occurred before this notification. On campus and in surrounding Wake Forest properties, power and internet connections may continue to be intermittent while repair work is completed. Trees and limbs are down on campus, and crews are working to clear them. Faculty, staff and students on campus should limit movement as much as possible. Off-campus faculty, staff and students should only come to campus for essential reasons and should use caution in traveling because of road closures, downed trees, debris from wind damage and other potential hazards. For the most up-to-date information on campus dining options, including potentially revised hours of operation, please go to dining.wfu.edu/menu-hours. Shuttle service may be slow or delayed in some cases because of road conditions, and service will end early:
  • Gold/Black Lines - last departure from campus will be 2:50 p.m.
  • Gray Line - last departure will be 2:40 p.m.
  • Wake Downtown - last departure from campus will be 2:25 and last departure from Wake Downtown will be 2:40
  • Deacons Station - last departure from campus will be 2:35 p.m.
  • Faculty/Staff onCall - service stops at 3 p.m.
  • Student OnCall - no service tonight
Classes will resume on Friday, Oct. 30, as scheduled. Because of unstable weather conditions, any University-related events planned for today may be impacted. Please contact event organizers for updates. Outages may affect the availability of the Call Center today, which is scheduled to be open today until 3 p.m. Eastern at 336-758-7500. Messages can be shared on the Our Way Forward contact form.

University Operating Level: Orange -- Modified Campus Operations

Confirmed on-campus COVID-19 cases have increased. Impacted individuals are isolating. Continue social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. Consult healthcare providers, state and local health authorities, and CDC guidelines for information. See details about the operating status system and a dashboard of positive cases »

Test of Emergency Alert Systems

This is a TEST of the Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required.

University Operating Level: Yellow -- New Normal Campus Operations

COVID-19 cases are manageable and transmission is controlled. Check health and temperature daily, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. Comply with limitations for gathering sizes and social interactions. See details about the operating status system and a dashboard of positive cases »

Tornado watch over; operating status normal

The tornado watch for Winston Salem/Forsyth County for today, Feb. 6, has expired. 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 to Watch

The National Weather Service tornado warning has expired. A tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area remains in effect until 12:00 p.m A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.  Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY,  WGHP  or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff.  An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. The current NWS warning is in effect until 05:30 a.m. Updates will appear here.

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect 12:00. p.m. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

First On-Campus COVID-19 Case Confirmed at Wake Forest

Dear Wake Forest Community, Public Health officials have confirmed late this afternoon that a Wake Forest student who is currently in isolation in an on-campus residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19. In compliance with the requirements of the Clery Act, the University is sending this Emergency Notification to the campus community. After returning from a Wake Forest-sponsored trip to London, the student began exhibiting mild symptoms and was isolated from others in a residence hall after being seen by Student Health on Wednesday, March 18. The student is currently recovering well. Other members of our community may have come into contact with the student on campus. Though we are not able to share the student's name or identifying information for privacy reasons, please be assured that professionals from the Student Health Service and the Forsyth County Health Department are working to notify any community members with whom the affected student indicates they may have come in contact to advise them of steps or precautions they should take. The University also has contacted the other individuals who were on the same sponsored trip abroad. Wake Forest previously reported its first off-campus case on March 21 and is now aware of other students who are not on campus who have tested positive for the virus. The University is also monitoring another student on campus who is in isolation after exhibiting symptoms. With increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and around the country, the number of students with COVID-19 on campus may increase as well. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials. Students, faculty and staff presenting symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate. Students remaining on campus or in the local Winston-Salem area who develop symptoms can call the Student Health Service (336-758-5218) or their primary care provider for medical advice. Students who reside outside of the Winston-Salem area should contact their primary care provider or local public health department for guidance. Also, faculty and staff who exhibit symptoms should contact their primary care provider or local public health department for guidance. Continue to practice social distancing per the guidelines of the CDC. The University will follow recommendations of public health officials and infectious disease experts to further reduce community transmission of the virus. The University has reduced the density of our campus population to slow the spread of the virus and avoid overwhelming health care and community systems. Wake Forest has moved all course instruction to remote delivery, requested that employees work remotely if possible, and reduced the number of students who are permitted to remain in residence halls. The University does have employees who are deemed essential working on campus. We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The health and wellbeing of our campus community continues to be our highest priority. The best place to find information on Wake Forest’s response to coronavirus is at coronavirus.wfu.edu.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information available on WFU website

Wake Forest has an incident management team that is actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. To find out the latest information regarding coronavirus and Wake Forest, please visit ourwayforward.wfu.edu.

Wake Forest to open at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 21

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. This includes Wake Downtown. Classes will not meet until 10 a.m. Offices will open at 10 a.m. The University’s shuttles will begin operating at 8:20 a.m. For those planning to attend events on campus Friday, check with the host or sponsoring organization. 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,

Tornado watch over; operating status normal

The tornado watch for Winston Salem/Forsyth County for today, Feb. 6, has expired. 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 expired; watch remains

Wake Alert update: The tornado Warning for Winston Salem/Forsyth County today, Feb. 6, has expired. The tornado watch for the area remains in place until 5 p.m. today.

Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. The current NWS warning is in effect until 11:45 a.m. today. Updates will appear here.

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect until 5 p.m. today. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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 Watch Remains; Disregard Severe Weather Message

A severe weather announcement was sent in error. Please disregard.  The National Weather Service still has a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area until 11 p.m. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.   Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY,  WGHP  or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff.  An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect until 11 p.m. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY,  WGHP  or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff.  An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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.

Timely Warning: Rape reported

In order to promote safety on the Wake Forest University campus, the University is issuing this Timely Warning concerning a possible threat to the community. The Winston-Salem Police Department and the University Police Department are investigating an alleged incident of rape that was reported to have occurred on Sept. 14, 2019, in Angelou Residence Hall. It was reported to police on Sept. 17, 2019. A student reported being raped by another student. The alleged victim reported that the suspect is known to them. If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police at (336) 758- 5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness.” Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe. Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911. --Download Live Safe Mobile App --Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely. If you have experienced a sexual offense, we encourage you to seek support. If you or a friend has questions or concerns about sexual offenses, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym, B104-107 (next to Student Health Service) Student Health Service: [Confidential] 336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential] Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 University Counseling Center: [Confidential] 336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117 Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential] 336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8 If you would like to report a sexual offense, please contact any of the following offices: University Police 336-758- 5911 Wake Forest University Title IX Office 336-758-7258, Reynolda Hall, Room 307 To obtain information about sexual offense prevention, contact: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym B104-107 University Police 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) 336-758-5591 rad@wfu.edu Other resources: Winston-Salem Police Department 336-773-7700 911 in an emergency Family Services/Forsyth County 24/7 Sexual Assault helpline: 336-722-4457 24/7 Domestic Violence helpline: 336-723-8125 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential] 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 This Timely Warning is sent in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

Crime Alert: Shot fired at University-owned house

The Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University police departments are investigating an incident tonight (Sept. 16) in which a bullet was fired into a University-owned house on Polo Road. None of the house’s occupants, all graduate students, were injured. Police believe the shot was fired at approximately 7:15 p.m. It was nearly an hour later before the residents of the house realized what had happened and contacted police. While the police continue their investigation, University staff members are offering support and assistance to the students who live in the house. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Wake Forest University Police at 336-758-5911.

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.

Public Awareness Announcement: Sexual Offense

UPDATE (9/5/19): Arrest made Wake Forest is issuing this public awareness announcement concerning a reported incident that may be of concern to the campus community. Winston-Salem Police are investigating a report of burglary and sexual assault at a private residence near campus on Wake Place Court that occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Aug. 31. An unknown male entered a student’s residence. The student was woken by unwanted contact from the suspect. The suspect fled the residence. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as a white male with short hair, last seen wearing a gray, short- sleeved shirt and khaki pants. If you have any information that might be helpful in the investigation, contact the Winston-Salem Police at 911 or the University Police at (336) 758-5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness.” Wake Forest has offered resources to assist the individuals involved in this incident and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe. Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911. Download LiveSafe mobile app Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely. If you have experienced a sexual offense, we encourage you to seek support. If you or a friend has questions or concerns about sexual offenses, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym, B104-107 Student Health Service: [Confidential] 336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential] Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 University Counseling Center: [Confidential] 336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117 Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential] 336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8 If you would like to report a sexual offense, please contact any of the following offices: University Police 336-758-5911 Wake Forest University Title IX Office 336-758-7258, Reynolda Hall, Room 307 To obtain information about sexual-offense prevention, contact: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym, B104-107 University Police 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) 336-758-5591 rad@wfu.edu Other resources: Winston-Salem Police Department 336-773-7700 911 in an emergency Family Services/Forsyth County 24/7 Sexual Assault help line: 336-722-4457 24/7 Domestic Violence help line: 336-723-8125 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential] 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

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.

Crime Alert

Update (July 22, 2019): Arrest made Wake Alert crime alert announcement: At 7:06 p.m. this evening an unknown male exposed himself to a female student near Benson University Center.  He grabbed her arm and then fled on foot.  Wake Forest University Police are investigating. If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police at (336) 758-5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness.”

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 Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch has been extended until 8:00 p.m. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY,  WGHP  or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff.  An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The current NWS watch is in effect until 5:00 p.m. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV Stations: WXII, WFMY,  WGHP  or Spectrum News Triad National Weather Service The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted here. In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff.  An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail; and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Final Call Announcement

The Wake Forest emergency has ended. This is the final call. Resume normal activities

Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Wake Forest University until 1:15 a.m. on Monday, April 15. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear here.

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Wake Forest University until 5 a.m. Monday, April 15. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Please monitor weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV: WXII 12, WFMY 2, Fox 8 or Spectrum News Triad Radio: WFDD (88.5 FM) or National Weather Service Any updates will be posted on wakealert.wfu.edu

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Wake Forest University. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Please monitor weather reports for the latest information. Resources include: TV: WXII 12, WFMY 2, Fox 8 or Spectrum News Triad Radio: WFDD (88.5 FM) or National Weather Service Any updates will be posted on wakealert.wfu.edu

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 Phone Service Operating Normally

Phone service to Wake Forest University's Reynolda Campus has been restored and is operating normally at this time. Additional outages may be possible if the University's phone service provider continues to troubleshoot.  Information Systems encourages anyone who experiences further issues to report them by emailing help@wfu.edu or submitting a ticket online.  Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Phone outage on campus

Wake Forest University's Reynolda Campus is experiencing issues with landline phones on the campus network. Information Systems is looking into the issues with the service provider. Apparently, the issue affects a wider area in the city than just the campus. The University will provide an update when the issues are resolved. At this time, it is unknown when that will be. Anyone who needs to reach Wake Forest University Police Department should call 336-759-0443. Wake Forest Communications & External Relations

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.

Timely Warning: assault investigation

In order to promote safety on the Wake Forest University campus, the University is issuing this Timely Warning Notification concerning a possible threat to the community. The Winston-Salem Police Department and the Wake Forest University Police Department are investigating a student’s report of being assaulted on campus last night, possibly near the Subway on Hearn Plaza. The incident is reported as occurring between 11:23 p.m. Jan. 17 and 1:50 a.m. Jan. 18. The University Police Department is requesting information from anyone who might be able to provide more details about the alleged incident. The emergency number for University Police is 336-758-5911; non-emergency is 336-758-5591. A person may provide information anonymously by using the University Police Department’s Silent Witness form. It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.
  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Download the Live Safe Mobile app
  • Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely.
The following resources are available to students, faculty and staff for confidential information and support: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gymnasium, B104-107 Student Health Service: [Confidential] 336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential] Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 University Counseling Center: [Confidential] 336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117 Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential] 336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8 If you would like to report a sexual offense, please contact any of the following offices: University Police 336-758-5911 Wake Forest University Title IX Office 336-758-7258, Reynolda Hall, Room 307 To obtain information about sexual offense prevention, contact: Safe Office: [Confidential] Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gym B104-107 University Police 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) 336-758-5591 rad@wfu.edu Other resources: Winston-Salem Police Department 336-773-7700 911 in an emergency Family Services/Forsyth County 24/7 Sexual Assault helpline: 336-722-4457 24/7 Domestic Violence helpline: 336-723-8125 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential] 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC This Timely Notice is sent in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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 water main break being repaired Thursday morning

Update: Water has been restored at the residence halls. Water will be restored at Wait Chapel by 4 p.m. Work is underway this morning to repair a water main break near Zick's in the Hearn Plaza area.  At present, there is no water service to Poteat and Huffman residence halls and Wait Chapel.  The repair is expected to be completed by noon today and water service restored at that time to all affected buildings. Part of Parking Lot P, on the east side of Wait Chapel, is closed due to repairs crews working in that area. Updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.

Wake Forest to be open Wednesday

Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus will be open and will operate on its regular schedule Wednesday, Dec. 12.  This includes Wake Downtown. Travel conditions vary in the Triad, including Winston-Salem, so all at Wake Forest are encouraged to be cautious. We urge everyone to prioritize safety and make their own decisions regarding their personal safety. University shuttle service will be provided Wednesday.  There are some changes in scheduling on Wednesday. --Black and Gold Line:  The first departure time from campus will be at 8:20 a.m.  If you do not have an exam at 9 a.m. Wednesday, it is requested that you wait for the 9:20 a.m. departure shuttle for a ride to campus. --Wake Downtown: Service will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will operate on a 30-minute loop throughout the day.  Shuttles will depart in front of Benson University Center at the bottom of the hour (xx:30) and depart Wake Downtown at the top of the hour (xx:00). --The Gray Day Line, the Gray Night Line and the OnCall Service will not operate on Wednesday.  In addition, there will be no Brookwood service on Wednesday due to the neighborhood’s road conditions.  If you drive from that area, please park in the First Assembly of God Church parking lot, off Polo Road and Long Drive. To assist in snow removal operations on campus, the University is requesting that students with a vehicle parked in any faculty/staff parking lot or along campus roads relocate their vehicle to a general parking lot this afternoon (Tuesday) by 6 p.m. Freshman and sophomore students with a vehicle already parked on campus are approved to park in general lots for the rest of the week. Since there is no Gray Line service on Wednesday, students who have a satellite parking permit are authorized to park in the First Assembly of God Church parking lot off Polo Road and Long Drive on Wednesday. Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

Update: Power restored on campus

Power has been restored to all affected buildings on the Wake Forest campus after an outage earlier this afternoon.

Work underway to restore power to campus buildings

Work is underway Tuesday afternoon to restore power to several Reynolda Campus buildings.  A power outage occurred this afternoon in residence halls, part of ZSR Library and other buildings. Power has been restored, already, in some affected buildings.  Work continues on others. Buildings affected included South, Luter, Babcock, Collins, Johnson, Babcock and Angelou residence halls.  Others include Alumni Hall, the Wilson Wing of ZSR Library, the Miller Center and Winston Hall. Check this site for updates today. (An initial email regarding today's power outage incorrectly used the term Natural Gas Leak in the subject line.)

Reynolda Campus power outage

Facilities and Campus Services staff are responding to a power outage on campus. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. Updates will appear on this website.

Update: Reynolda Campus closed Tuesday

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 11. There will be no academic operations.  Offices will be closed.  This includes Wake Downtown. Travel on and off campus is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside. status iconDining services will be available.  To obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com. The late-night breakfast has been cancelled; it had been scheduled for Monday night. Campus shuttles will not operate Tuesday. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the Student Health Service and Benson University Center will be open Tuesday. The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center/Reynolds Gym will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  ZSR Library is open 24 hours.  The Student Health Service will operate on an urgent-care basis, only. Appointments are cancelled. Benson Center will operate with regular hours. The President’s Holiday Party has been cancelled.  It was scheduled to be held Tuesday for staff and faculty and their families. Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

University announcement on weather: Reynolda campus closed Monday

Updates: 
  • Student Health Service will be open Monday but operate on an urgent-care basis only. Appointments for Monday are cancelled.
  • The late-night breakfast event has been cancelled for Monday night.
  • The Pit will close at 7 p.m. on Sunday and reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday.
  • Benson Center will be open Monday.
  • No transportation services will be available on Monday.
Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed Monday, Dec. 10.  There will be no academic operations. Offices will be closed. This includes Wake Downtown. For Sunday, Dec. 9, academic operations are canceled. Travel on and off campus is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside. status iconTo obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com. Dining services will be available. Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open. The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center/Reynolds Gym plans to be open from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday. Benson Center plans to be open regular hours Sunday. The library plans to be open 24 hours. No campus transportation services are available Sunday. This includes the OnCall, Wake Downtown, Hanes Mall/Target, Freshman and Gray Line shuttles. Information regarding Monday has not been announced. Freshman and sophomore vehicles currently parked on campus may remain parked on campus Sunday and Monday. Vehicles will not be cited for remaining on campus during that time. Further information will be communicated regarding parking for Tuesday and the remainder of the week at a later time. Please continue to check this site for any other announcements that may be made.

Update on Investigation into Threat

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. The police investigation has ruled out several possible concerns, however, law enforcement officials have asked that details not be released due to the nature of the continuing investigation. Barring a new development, this email will be our final campus-wide communication on this situation. It is natural that rumors will circulate in the absence of information. We are aware of rumors that suggested individuals or groups affiliated with the campus community were possibly targets or suspects. Each lead has been thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and the University has been advised that there is no validity to any of the rumors brought to the attention of Wake Forest administrators. There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community. Wake Forest officials have consulted extensively on this situation with law enforcement and a national threat assessment expert. The University remains in regular contact with Winston-Salem Police. 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. Please update your cell phone information 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. Office of Communications and External Relations

Enhanced Security Measures Continue

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.

Update to Security Status

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.

Follow Up to Sunday's Security Message

Sunday evening we sent a message to make you aware about increased security on campus. The increased police presence is due to an unsubstantiated threat made against the campus. We remain in consultation with local law enforcement and believe that campus is safe to conduct classes and normal business operations. We realize the lack of details may be concerning. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any additional information at this time other than to affirm that the investigation is still active. We will communicate with campus as updates are available. Wake Forest is staffing a call center to address concerns from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 3. The number for the call center is 336-758-8731. Updates will be posted to wakealert.wfu.edu. Additionally, Wake Forest 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. Office of Communications and External Relations

Increased security presence on campus

On Sunday, law enforcement officials made Wake Forest authorities aware of an unsubstantiated threat against the campus. Law enforcement officials immediately began an investigation and continue to pursue leads to determine the validity of the threat. There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community. At this time, there is no evidence that this is a credible threat. However, the University and local law enforcement agree that an increased police presence is an appropriate measure and you can expect to see an elevated level of security on campus. The University will continue to receive updates about the law enforcement investigation and share information as it becomes available. We realize this message may be concerning. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any additional information at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. After extensive consultation with law enforcement, University officials do believe maintaining normal campus operations to be safe for students, faculty and staff. Wake Forest will staff a call center to address concerns from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 3. The number for the call center is 336-758-8731. Updates will be posted to this website. Additionally, Wake Forest 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.

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 weather alert system

This is a test of the weather alert system. No action is needed at this time.

Test of Wake Alert

Wake Alert Test: This is only a test. No action is needed at this time. Operating status is normal.

Test of Wake Alert weather alerts

This is a test of the Wake Alert weather alerts. No action is necessary. This is only a test.

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@wfu.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@wfu.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.

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.

(faculty, staff, students only)

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: