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A message from President Hatch regarding new University policy

A message from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff:

Wake Forest University is firmly committed to providing an academic and working community free from unlawful discrimination and harassment in all forms. Consistent with Wake Forest’s Notice of Non-discrimination and in compliance with federal statutes and recent Department of Education guidance, the University has implemented a revised Faculty and Staff Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy. The revised policy is effective September 1, 2015 and will apply to reports of sexual misconduct, including gender discrimination and sexual harassment, against a University faculty or staff member on the Reynolda campus. The Faculty and Staff Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy includes information about the various forms of sexual misconduct covered under the policy, how to report an incident of sexual misconduct, resolution and appeal procedures and resources available to members of the Wake Forest community.

In the fall, the Title IX Office and Human Resources will hold open forums so faculty, staff and students may receive additional clarification about the policy. For more information or to report a concern regarding sexual misconduct, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Tanya Jachimiak.

The University will take seriously every allegation or report of sexual misconduct received. This policy and the University’s response are intended to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate support and fair treatment, and that allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in a prompt, thorough, and equitable manner.  Thank you for your assistance as together we build a stronger community.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

July 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in July 2015:

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Move-in day – share the excitement on social with #WFU19

Welcome #WFU19The Wake Forest homepage, www.wfu.edu, will have a special look to celebrate the excitement of move-in! Use the class of 2019’s hashtag, #WFU19, to join in the fun and share your Wake Forest pride with new students, current students, parents, faculty and staff. All are welcome to participate.

First-Year student move-in begins morning of Aug. 21

Guest post by Residence Life and Housing:

Wake Forest will welcome a new first-year student class on Friday, Aug. 21, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m.  For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On Aug. 21, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that normally operates between University Corporate Center and campus on Aug. 21.

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Smart reasons to use the University Calendar

Departments and organizations are already lining up events for the fall and spring semesters. Here are smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

  1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.
  2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.
  3. Less confusion:Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.
  4. The Wow! factor:Add a movie trailer, video, photo or PDF to your calendar listing to preview the event and improve turnout. Here’s an event listingthat takes advantage of this feature.
  5. If it’s open to the public, the public is notified: If your event is on the University Calendar before the 15th of the month and it is listed as “open to the public,” it will be automatically shared with local news media and submitted to Piedmont Triad event calendars.
  6. Reminders for faculty and staff: Each Friday an automated email announcing upcoming events called “Next Week at Wake” is sent to faculty and staff. Events must be on the University Calendar to be included.

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Parking Office striving to reduce impact of parking lot loss

Guest post from Alex Crist, director of the Parking and Transportation Office:

This summer, a top priority of the Parking and Transportation staff has been finding ways to reduce the impact on faculty and staff of the loss of a parking lot to new construction. Several solutions have been found and will be in place by the time classes begin for the fall semester.

This effort, made in coordination with Facilities and Campus Services, came in response to the loss of Parking Lot H, a popular parking area with faculty and staff, and the temporary loss of some adjacent Lot J spaces due to the project.  A residence hall, which will be a new home for first-year undergraduates, is being built on the site of Lot H at the intersection of Wingate Road and Jasper Memory Lane.  Lot J—used mostly by students and a small number of faculty and staff—is located behind South and Collins residence halls on Jasper Memory Lane.

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Learn about what’s new in Sakai 10

On July 27, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.

Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, infrastructure improvements, approximately 50 security fixes, performance improvements and a number of new features including new functionality added to Assignments, Test & Quizzes and the Gradebook.

Find tips and how-to information on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your instructional technologist or technology support staff member for additional assistance.

Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes for faculty, staff

Walking-picA guest post from the University’s HELPS program:

Fall is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help individuals develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

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Winston-Salem Open has special offers for faculty, staff

A guest post from the Athletics Department:

The Winston-Salem Open would like to offer Wake Forest faculty and staff the following:

Free Tickets to the Aug. 22 Qualifying – enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods! Bring three canned goods items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Use the code WFUFS15 and receive 20% off on all tickets, this discount is for Wake Forest University Faculty and Staff only and is good until August 15, 2015.

For more information on the tournament please go to www.winstonsalemopen.com.

Parking Lot E to be closed temporarily for improvements

A guest post from the University’s Parking and Transportation Office:

Improvements to Parking Lot E are scheduled to begin soon, requiring the temporary closing of the lot, which is situated behind Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The lot closed on July 27 for renovation that will improve safety, access and traffic flow while also adding 26 spaces for staff and faculty.  The number of spaces will increase from 49 to 75. The lot will be re-opened before students arrive in August.

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