"University Announcement" Archive

Preparing for Commencement Weekend

Dear Wake Forest community and anticipated Commencement guests,

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2024 during Wake Forest’s Commencement Weekend. We want to be able to look back on this weekend fondly. To that end, we want to share our University protocols and policies for your planning purposes to ensure Commencement Weekend is safe and enjoyable for all.

The following applies to all graduates, students, faculty, staff and guests. Read more

Letter from the President regarding University response to recent demonstrations

President Susan R. Wente shared a message with faculty and staff to provide an account of some of the factors that influenced University leadership’s decision to disperse the student encampment on May 3 and why a police presence was necessary. Read the full message.

An update on demonstrations and interim policy information

Early this morning, the University provided notice to a small number of students remaining on Manchester Plaza that the demonstration was in violation of agreed-upon terms and violated University policy by failing to comply with the directions of University officials. These students were notified that they would be subject to interim suspension should they fail to follow instructions to immediately disperse. The students cooperated and Manchester Plaza is now clear.

The University’s early morning action was taken to minimize the risk to students, both those directly involved and bystanders, and to avoid further disruption to the academic mission, final exams and planned campus activities.

For these same reasons, the University is instituting an interim policy that designates the time, place and manner of acceptable demonstrations for the remainder of the academic year to only the following:

Place: Designated area of Poteat Field
Time: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Manner: No sound or amplification devices. No chalking anywhere on campus. No tents or other structures. All other university policies remain applicable.

This interim policy is effective immediately through May 21, 2024.

The University remains committed to upholding Wake Forest’s institutional values and acting to maintain safety and preserve the academic mission.

This remains a difficult moment for Wake Forest and university campuses across the country. The University will continue to create opportunities to heal divisions and bring our community together.

Responding to Acts of Vandalism and Hate Speech

President Susan R. Wente sent a message to the Wake Forest community regarding incidents that happened on campus on May 1 and May 2. Read the full message here.

A message from WFU administration

This message was emailed to the community on May 1. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions have been added following the original message.

Dear Wake Forest community,

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, a group of approximately 20 students began demonstrating peacefully on Hearn Plaza in solidarity with pro-Palestine activists on campuses across the country. The demonstration transitioned to assembling tents on Hearn Plaza around 6:30 p.m. Administrators informed students that erecting tents and remaining overnight was inconsistent with the intended and approved use of the space and violated health and safety policies.
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