A message from Vice President Rue regarding troubling video on social media

This message was sent to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 20 on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue:

Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Earlier this morning, you received a message from President Hatch about the tragic loss of life following a party at the Barn overnight. I also want to share my condolences for the family and friends of Winston-Salem State University student Najee Baker and offer support to faculty, staff and students as we all wrestle with our emotions.

Unfortunately, an unrelated incident of a different nature came to our attention last night that has created concern, and considerable anger, among members of our community.

Campus Life staff were alerted through the bias reporting system to a deeply troubling video posted on social media of a Wake Forest student admitting to using a racial slur when referring to a resident adviser on their hall. We are currently engaged in discussions with multiple individuals as we continue to gather details preceding, leading up to, and after the incident.

Racist and discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated at Wake Forest. We are taking this matter seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation.

Wake Forest offers a variety of support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210 and the Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864. Faculty and staff may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.


Penny Rue

Vice President for Campus Life