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Title IX Office: Wake Forest's commitment to addressing sexual harassment, misconduct

This is a guest post from Tanya Jachimiak, Director of the University’s Title IX Office and Title IX Coordinator.  In the post, Tanya Jachimiak offers information on the comprehensive effort at Wake Forest to create and implement a strategic plan for preventing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct at Wake Forest. For more information about the Title IX Office, visit here.

Culture of Respect Prevention Framework

As part of Wake Forest’s ongoing commitment to addressing sexual harassment and misconduct on campus (including workplace harassment) — through the Division of Campus Life — Wake Forest is a member of the NASPA Culture of Respect Collective (CORE). The CORE initiative is a strategic planning process grounded in a comprehensive, evidenced based, ongoing self-assessment. The initiative is co-led by the Title IX Office and the Safe Office.

A key component to the CORE’s success is its emphasis on cross-campus collaboration. Building off of the work initiated by the Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Policy, and Resource Team, the CORE Campus Leadership Team (CLT) — comprised of Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students — spearheads Wake Forest’s participation in this initiative. Currently, there are over 50 members on the CLT who actively contribute to creating and implementing a strategic plan for preventing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct on the Wake Forest campus.

Title IX Office’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Programs

 The following is an overview of the Title IX Office’s ongoing prevention programming concerning issues of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.

New Hire Employee Training

Intersections: Preventing Harassment & Sexual Violence: All new employees, including temporary, part-time employees, are required to complete the online program Intersections: Preventing Harassment & Sexual Violence within 60 days of their respective hire dates. The course takes about one hour to complete, and is divided into the following main sections: avoiding unlawful sexual harassment, avoiding abusive behavior, protecting students, crimes and conduct violations, and employee roles and responsibilities. There is an advanced section of this course for supervisors.

Ongoing Employee Training

Bridges, Taking Action: This online course builds upon the knowledge gained through Intersections and includes a more in-depth review of inappropriate workplace behavior through the use of examples as applied under University policies. As with Intersections, there is a supervisor version of this course.

 How We Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How We Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace is an in-person, interactive workshop conducted by the Title IX Office. Employees learn what behaviors constitute sexual misconduct and create a hostile environment; gain an understanding of how to become an effective bystander; and become familiar with the avenues available to report sexual harassment as well as to receive support. As with the Title IX Office online trainings, quizzes as well as pre-and post-assessments are utilized to monitor effectiveness. This workshop is available by request and is also offered annually through the PDC.

 Stop, Drop and Roll: A Framework for Responding to Disclosures: Stop, Drop and Roll is an in-person, interactive workshop conducted by the Title IX Office in collaboration with the Safe Office. The workshop provides faculty, staff and student employees with information and skills to effectively respond to disclosures of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct with care and confidence while also fulfilling mandated reporting requirements. Attendees engage in role play and active listening activities. This workshop is available by request and is also offered annually through the PDC.

 Sexual Assault Prevention for Athletic Staff: Under the NCAA rules, all Athletic Department staff are required to complete sexual misconduct prevention training. To meet this requirement (and in addition to the in-person training), the Title IX Office administers an online program entitled Sexual Assault Prevention for Athletic Staff. This online course covers issues related to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, hazing, and bullying. The course reinforces staff members’ commitment to combatting sexual misconduct and utilizes sports-related case studies.

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Muuss, Neese, Pauca, Isler to speak at Campus Connections

Bobby Muuss, coach of the men’s soccer team, will be among the speakers at Campus Connections on Dec. 15.  The event will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a light breakfast in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Other speakers will include Emily Neese and Paúl Pauca, who will present on Makerspace at the University.  Neese is associate vice president for strategy and operations and Pauca is Lelia and David Farr Faculty Chair of Innovation, Creativity & Entrepeneurship, as well as professor of computer science.

Malika Roman Isler, director of the Office of Wellbeing, will present on the office’s Wellspace’s initiative.

For those unable to attend, the event will be available through WebEx.

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Check WeatherSTEM 24/7 for current weather at Wake Forest

As fall advances closer to winter, Winston-Salem area residents know that the weeks and months ahead can bring weather forecasts of everything from sunny days in the 70s to snowy days below freezing.  That’s winter in the South.

For those wondering what kind of weather to expect every day at Wake Forest, detailed information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.  Forecasts for several days ahead is available, too.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Reynolds Gym, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

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Residence Life and Housing celebrating RA Kishan Patel's award

Kishan Patel

The Office of Residence Life and Housing is celebrating an honor received, recently, by resident advisor (RA) Kishan Patel.

The North Carolina Association of Residence Halls (NCARH) named Patel as North Carolina’s Resident Advisor of the Month for October. The Wake Forest Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) nominated Patel, who is an RA in Student Apartments.  A junior majoring in health and exercise science, Patel is from Stockbridge, Ga.

The nomination describes Kishan as “a pivotal leader.”

The nomination continues:  “I have heard overwhelming praise from fellow RAs, staff, and his instructors about his caring nature, inquisitive approach to problem-solving, and commitment to going above and beyond what duty calls. Kishan’s enthusiasm and community focus channels the University’s motto ‘Pro Humanitate’ and I am certain his impact has rippled through the campus environment far beyond Residence Life & Housing.”

The NCARH chooses winners each month based on submissions from universities across the state.

Patel will be formally recognized at the NCARH Annual Conference next February at Meredith College in Raleigh.

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A Message from Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell

This message was emailed on behalf of Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell on Dec. 11 to faculty and staff by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

On Dec. 10, The Chronicle of Higher Education published its annual database of executive compensation packages of private college presidents.

The Chronicle’s analysis showed that in 2015, President Nathan Hatch received just over $4 million and ranked first in total compensation. This analysis was conducted using the compensation of private college presidents who served during 2015. I thought some additional context would be useful for everyone in our campus community.

The Board of Trustees’ original offer to Dr. Hatch in 2005 included a supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) – a form of deferred compensation commonly used in recruiting and retaining senior executives – that would be paid out upon completion of his 10th year as president in 2015. Each year an average of $255,000 was accrued in the SERP, and the proper amount for each year was reported on that year’s 990 return. More than $2.3 million of the vested $2.89 million SERP had been reported on the previous nine returns, but not paid. The vesting of Dr. Hatch’s deferred compensation prompted a one-year bump among peers because IRS reporting rules require that the entire vested benefit, which includes accruals reported in the tax filings from 2006-2014, plus the final accrual and any investment net earnings be reported in the year of vesting.

Excluding the SERP-related amounts, Dr. Hatch’s compensation is comparable to the previous year. According to comparable tax data published in the analysis by The Chronicle – as well as regular benchmarks by a third-party consultant reporting to an independent committee of the Board – Dr. Hatch’s base salary of $839,944 is in line with peers at similar institutions.

The 2014 salary data published last year by The Chronicle ranked Dr. Hatch’s total compensation package 32nd among private college presidents (26th in 2013, 36th in 2012, 33rd in 2011).

President Hatch’s compensation over the course of his tenure reflects his exceptional leadership and has paid dividends for the University. He has seen Wake Forest through a transformational period that includes achieving the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history – Wake Will Lead has raised more than $795 million to date – adding $275 million for student scholarships and $225 million for faculty and academic programs. He has orchestrated major realignments in the areas of business and medicine, implemented a test-optional admissions policy, increased the diversity of our student body, set the standard for personal and career development, overseen the Reynolda Campus’ most significant renovation and building effort since the 1950s, and ensured an academic and residential environment that educates the whole person. Not a day goes by that I do not appreciate the Board of Trustees’ vision for Wake Forest and their confidence in Dr. Hatch’s ability to lead us through such a successful period in the life of our beloved University.


Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74)
Chair, Board of Trustees