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

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

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