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ISSS to present three sessions to faculty, staff in February

The following is a guest post from the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS):

The International Student and Scholar Services office will present three information sessions in February to faculty and staff.

The first session is a lunch and learn titled “Hiring International Faculty and Staff” and will provide information about hiring international faculty and staff, concentrating mostly on the H-1B visa. This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the Reynolds Gym A330 Seminar Room. This session is for faculty and staff to learn more about the visa processing involved in hiring an international employee, the responsibilities of the hiring department when employing an international employee, and the services ISSS provides. We will be providing lunch for this session. Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12721/

The second session is titled “ISSS Programming 101” and will provide a general overview on all services provided by ISSS, concentrating mostly on the variety of support and cultural programs the ISSS offers.   This session will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, from 2  to 3 p.m.  Services discussed will range from various pre-arrival communications to our incoming international students and scholars to help them get settled on campus and in the U.S. to programming that ensures they have the tools and resources necessary throughout the duration of their academic and professional programs to be successful.  We will be providing light refreshments for this session.  Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12804/

The third session is titled “International Students and Work Authorizations” and will provide information about the different types of employment authorizations that are available to our international students. We will specifically cover information for departments that hire international students to work on campus, information regarding opportunities for off campus employment such as internships, and the services that ISSS provides to international students.  This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Benson 410 from 9 to 10:30 am. We will be providing a light breakfast for this session. Registration is required. More information is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12722/

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Revamped Undergraduate Bulletin available online now

This is a guest post of the Office of the Dean of the College:

Wake Forest University has revamped the Undergraduate Bulletin for the 2018-19 academic year. The new bulletin allows students, faculty, and staff to easily search for courses, programs, degree requirements, and academic policies.

The new bulletin is located at https://bulletin.wfu.edu/.

Representatives from Information Systems and the offices of Communications and External Relations, the Dean of the College, and the University Registrar have spent the past year collaborating on the design and implementation of the easy-to-navigate bulletin.

Wake Forest University’s Undergraduate Bulletin for 2018-19 utilizes CourseLeaf software, which allows universities to oversee the editing and publication of online catalogs and bulletins. Some of the features of the new academic bulletin include:

  • Course information is integrated with the Student Information System to allow for course information to be better checked for accuracy.
  • The bulletin has the same look and feel as other WFU sites.
  • The program filter function allows students to browse and discover new programs based on academic areas of interest.
  • Searchable listings are available for faculty, administrators, and committees.
  • The entire bulletin can be downloaded and printed if a paper copy is desired for in-office advising.
  • Academic bulletins from previous years will be archived and readily available.

Please share the link for the new academic bulletin (https://bulletin.wfu.edu/) with the students, faculty, and staff in your department and programs.

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HELPS TLC taking applications for February group

The HELPS TLC program is accepting applications for its next group of participants.  That group will begin the program on Feb. 22.

HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” program designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs.

The cost for faculty and staff to participate is covered by Wake Forest.

According to HELPS TLC, participants receive the following:

  • Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up. Entry physical activity levels are evaluated with exercise testing and computerized accelerometers. This information is used to determine and define the amount of physical activity you need to foster a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Entry dietary intake is assessed through computer analyzed food records. Specific calorie, nutrient and food group changes are identified.
  •  Supervised exercise sessions next to BB&T Field in the Health & Exercise Science Clinical Research Center.
  • Weekly small group sessions, held on campus in Worrell Professional Center. These group sessions meet weekly in Worrell, Room 1162 (Thursdays at 12 p.m.) and teach behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.
  • Cognitive (what and how much?) teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “will power.” Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring and evaluation.

For more information, contact program coordinator Andrea Cox at 336-758-1996 and shuttar@nullwfu.edu

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Reynolds Gym to be open during Thanksgiving Break

Reynolds Gym

Reynolds Gym will be open throughout the Thanksgiving Break.

The hours of operation, posted on the Campus Recreation web site, will be as follows:

  • Nov. 22, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 23-25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to midnight

Joe Cassidy, executive director of campus fitness and recreation, said faculty and staff may acquire guest passes for family and friends who want to join them at the gym during the Thanksgiving Break.

“Not only would we like to remind faculty and staff that they can bring guests with them to Reynolds Gym & Sutton Center with the purchase of a $5 a day guest pass, but one hundred percent of the proceeds of the sale of guest passes Nov. 22 to 26 will be donated to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund,” Cassidy said.

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Student Code of Conduct Changes - Community Feedback

Matt Clifford, Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct, sent the following message to undergraduate students. Faculty and staff are also invited to participate and share feedback as outlined below. 

Dear Undergraduate Students,

Welcome back to the start of another academic year. As our continuing students know and new students will come to understand, the undergraduate Student Code of Conduct is a critical document within the student experience. More than just a list of rules, the Code of Conduct describes the values of the institution and the kind of students Wake Foresters aspire to be. At its core, the Code of Conduct outlines minimum expectations for students inside and outside the classroom, the procedures we follow when a student may be in violation, and the range of outcomes that can happen if a student is responsible for a violation.

This year, the Wake Forest community will have an important opportunity to contribute to and shape the Code of Conduct. In the spring of 2017, a broad-based committee of faculty, staff, and students suggested revisions to the Code. The committee was represented by the following individuals, with their affiliations at the time noted in parentheses:

  • Johnny Petersen (Student, Board of Investigators and Advisors)
  • Alex Fowler (Student, Board of Investigators and Advisors)
  • Suyash Keshari (Student, Student Government)
  • Doug Bland (Staff, Judicial Council)
  • Bill Wells (Staff, Judicial Council)
  • Paige Meltzer (Staff, Office of Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Jose Villalba (Faculty, Office of the Dean of the College)
  • Erica Still (Faculty, Honors and Ethics Council)
  • Tanya Jachimiak (Staff, Title IX Office)
  • Dina Marty (Staff, Legal Department)
  • Allie Clayton (Staff, Office of the Dean of Students)
  • Adam Goldstein (Staff, Office of the Dean of Students)

The committee, for whose work I am grateful, has reviewed and suggested revisions to the Student Code of Conduct with the goals of increasing clarity, instituting best practices, and supporting student safety. During the summer, the draft version was reviewed by legal experts with significant experience writing student codes of conduct at other institutions.

This fall, we will provide for a period of public review and comment on these suggested revisions. In short, we will be giving the Code to you for your thoughtful comments and suggestions. Providing feedback on the expectations that significantly shape the student experience is a critical aspect of community engagement, and I invite you to participate through the following ways:

Offer your feedback on the draft revisions

You can review the suggested revisions to the Code of Conduct and make comments on our website. Feedback will only be collected electronically through December 1, 2017.

When leaving a comment, please copy/paste the text you wish to comment upon and keep in mind the following questions:

  1. What objective is this policy/procedure trying to meet? How does it fail to do so?
  2. Can you suggest an alternative to the language proposed?
  3. How would the alternative language meet the same objective or be more effective? Please note: comments will be moderated for posting to the website.

Attend one of our Code of Conduct listening sessions

We will be hosting several sessions during the fall to discuss various sections of the Code of Conduct, the revisions recommended at this stage, and the rationale behind those suggestions. The schedule is as follows, with all sessions held in Pugh Auditorium unless otherwise noted:

  • September 12, 8 p.m. – Introduction to Code of Conduct
  • September 19, 5 p.m. – Alcohol Policy (Wingate Lower Auditorium)
  • September 26, 8 p.m. – Prohibited Behavior
  • October 3, 8 p.m. – Violations and Sanction Framework
  • October 10, 8 p.m. – Procedures
  • October 17, 8 p.m. – Other Policies and Organizational Misconduct

In the spring, the committee will review comments that have been submitted. In some cases, feedback or suggestions may not receive full consideration because they might shift our expectations away from core values and commitments. Feedback and suggestions that contribute positively to the clarity, consistency, and emphasis on safety will be considered for inclusion. After a final document has been created for approval, we plan to hold additional opportunities for students to learn about how we used your feedback.

Again, I hope you participate in this important process by offering your valuable feedback. You can start reading the suggested changes and leaving comments now on our website. If you have any questions about this process, please contact me at cliffomw@nullwfu.edu.

Matt Clifford, EdD
Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct

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