Safety and security resources for the WFU community

Logo for the Wake Forest University Police DepartmentA message from Wake Forest University’s Chief of Police Regina Lawson

As Wake Forest begins the academic year, it is a good time to remind our community about University resources related to safety and security:

Wake Alert

  • Wake Alert is the University’s mass notification system for communicating about situations affecting safety and security. In addition, Wake Ready offers information about emergency preparedness, key University contacts and more.
  • Wake Forest uses mass notification software (RAVE) to deliver safety and security alerts rapidly through several communication methods. Alerts may be sent by text, email, voicemail (mobile phones), Twitter (@WakeAlert), Facebook (Wake Alert), and through the use of an emergency banner at the top of University website pages.  The University may also activate outdoor and indoor audio alert systems. WFU emergency communication systems are tested in the fall and spring each year.
  • Be sure to update your cell phone number to receive emergency text alerts and voice messages.


University Shuttles

  • Wake Forest Transportation and Parking Services offers a network of free shuttles to the University community, covering locations such as off-campus apartments, Wake Downtown and shopping areas. From 7 p.m. until midnight, the OnCall demand shuttle is available daily during the academic year. More information is available on the Ride the Wake website.
  • The Transloc Rider app can be used to catch a ride and track University shuttles through GPS technology, as well as keep you updated on service interruptions or route changes.

University Police

  • The University Police Department can be reached at 336-758-5911. If using a campus phone, call 911. In non-emergencies, University Police can be reached at 336-758-5591 or, when using a campus phone, at 311.
  • Anonymous tips can be made to University Police through the LiveSafe app or the Silent Witness form on the University Police website.
  • The University Police Department, located in Alumni Hall, is staffed 24/7. If the building’s exterior door leading to the department’s offices is locked, a phone at the entrance can be used to gain entry.
  • Get to know the Resource Officers assigned to your residence hall or building.
  • Take Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class, which is training taught by certified instructors.

Other Support Services

In addition to the University Police Department and the department’s Victim Support Program, support services include the:

Wake Forest is committed to a comprehensive approach to providing a safe and inclusive community where students, faculty, staff and visitors may experience a sense of security and belonging. The University police are here to help, and we welcome you to visit our office in Alumni Hall. You may also email questions or concerns to

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