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Criminal justice reform expert promoted to Vice Provost

Provost Rogan Kersh announced this week that Kami Chavis has been appointed vice provost. Chavis, who currently serves as associate provost of academic affairs, has been appointed to a second three-year term in the provost’s office. Kami Chavis headshotChavis is also a professor of law, having joined the School of Law faculty in 2006, where she continues to direct the criminal justice program. Before joining the provost’s office in 2017, she served as associate dean of research and public engagement.

During Chavis’ time as associate provost, she led a group that reviewed and reorganized online education at Wake Forest University and chaired the Slavery, Race and Memory Project, through which she was instrumental in the University’s co-hosting of this year’s national Universities Studying Slavery conference. Chavis also helped sustain the Title IX Office during a leadership transition and led the successful search for a new director of the renamed and expanded Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which she supervises.

“Professor Chavis has been a dynamic and incisive partner on a wide range of academic initiatives,” said Kersh. “Her ability to encourage collaboration across several of our most complex University matters and achieve widely beneficial outcomes, to sustain essential learning and discovery programs even during a pandemic, and to do all this while serving as a leading national expert on a central policy issue of our time—race and policing—is a testament to her exemplary vision and commitment.”

Chavis remains a much-beloved law faculty member, teaching courses in criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as a signature seminar in policing and prosecution. She is also a frequent contributor to national and international media outlets and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CTV and NPR. She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Nation, and the Huffington Post, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, U.S. News, CBS News, International Business Times, Deutsche Welle, and other outlets regarding police accountability and the structural reform of law enforcement agencies.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Chavis was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., and prior to that practiced law at two of Washington’s largest law firms. She received her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Harvard University. She is active in civic organizations in Winston-Salem, as well as serving on the Board of Visitors at UNC School of the Arts and Summit School. Chavis is a board member of the prestigious Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

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2020 Winter Setback

This message was sent to faculty and staff by Facilities and Campus Services.

Facilities and Campus Services continues to develop plans for the upcoming extended winter break period. Given our commitment to minimizing COVID related risks, we will continue to use the guidance from CDC and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) to operate our facilities while adjusting to the phases of reduced occupancies as we work through student departures, virtual exams, the more traditional winter break, and then reversing the process as students return and classes resume in the spring.

As these transitions occur beginning November 24th through December 23rd, consistent with the approach we took last spring, we will work to un-occupy spaces and buildings, especially during non-standard hours, as we are able to determine through EMS (Event Management & Reservable Spaces System) and DOC (Deacon One Card). We are also working with our Residence Life Housing partners to identify un-occupied areas in our Residence Halls as they become vacant. Read more

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Campus to Remain in Orange Operating Status

Dear Wake Forest community,

Due to the current number of positive cases of COVID-19 among students and concerning trends nationally and locally, Wake Forest will remain in Orange Operating Status through Thanksgiving.

While it is natural to let our guard down when leaving campus and socializing with small groups of family and friends, these are the same circumstances which we believe are principally responsible for the current spike in positive cases.

Two important steps we can take over the next two weeks to limit the risk of exposure are to avoid crowded spaces and to wear a mask when in the presence of other people. Read more

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Preparing for holiday departure

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

This afternoon, we shared the following information with students to help them plan to depart from Wake Forest for Thanksgiving. This message contains information and resources that may be helpful as you make your own plans during the holiday season. It would be helpful if you could emphasize the importance of this information with students.

Thank you for your continued partnership,

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life


Dear Wake Forest students,

As we turn our collective sights toward Thanksgiving, exams and the holiday break, I write to encourage you to make a plan to protect your personal health, that of your family and the community into which you will return. We know that some of you live locally year-round and are already “home.” However, we wanted to be sure to share this information with all Wake Forest students, given the increased likelihood of travel during the holiday season, and our desire for your well-being. Read more

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Update on Orange Status

Dear Wake Forest community,

On October 22, we moved our campus operations to Orange Status and implemented several mitigation strategies to help further contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Daily symptom monitoring and contact tracing have assisted in quickly identifying positive cases and those at risk of exposure. Being able to notify and quarantine those at risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others resulted in a steady decline in positive cases among our student population.

The effort to contain the recent surge was significant, as about 10 percent of undergraduate students were in either quarantine or isolation at one point. However, thanks to the efforts of many, we have good reason to believe that we are returning to stable ground. I am grateful for the contributions of our faculty and staff who helped prepare for and respond to this spike in positive cases, and I am grateful for the cooperation of our students who, by following public health guidelines, helped prevent the virus from spreading further.

We must remain diligent in following the guidance of public health experts to help us move back to Yellow Status. We learned that small gatherings of friends can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 if we fail to wear masks and maintain appropriate distance from others. In particular, I urge you to avoid crowded restaurants and bars, avoid sitting with more than one person during meals, wear a mask when not actively eating and drinking, and refrain from leaving the local area if it is not essential to do so.

In an effort to sustain the downward trend in cases of COVID-19, we are going to continue with the announced Orange Status measures still in effect for at least 10 more days with the hopes of returning to Yellow Status on November 12. Our public health experts have advised that a cautious approach will give us the best chance of staying on campus until Thanksgiving and the best chance for students to return home for the holiday in good health.

Thank you for your continued partnership in helping to keep our community healthy and safe.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

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