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Live auto-transcription globally enabled in Zoom

The following is a guest post from Wake Forest Information Systems (IS).

Back in February 2021, we communicated that live transcription was available in Zoom, providing on-screen machine-generated subtitles/captions and an associated transcript during Zoom meetings. The setting we instructed users to enable within Zoom to begin using this feature has been globally enabled. All meeting hosts will now see a Live Transcript button in their host toolbar during meetings.

Hosts must select the Live Transcript button and Enable Live Transcription during a meeting to make the transcription available to attendees. We highly recommend hosts do this at the beginning of each meeting for the best attendee experience. As we develop the habit of enabling this useful accessibility feature, we encourage attendees to request for meeting hosts to enable live transcription, if not yet enabled, to preemptively accommodate attendees’ needs. Attendees can do this by selecting the Live Transcript button in their toolbar menu.

Make sure to update the Zoom application on your computer regularly to ensure access to the most current features. Manually check for updates and run updates through the menu on the Zoom client. For further instructions on updating, check out this Zoom help article.

An AskDeac article has been added with information and screenshots to help users understand how to enable live-transcription during Zoom meetings.  Read more

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Consolidated University Policy Library launch

A new consolidated University Policy Library website (policy.wfu.edu) has been launched to make Wake Forest administrative policies more accessible to the campus community. All administrative policies and supporting documents from departments within Finance & Administration – which includes Budget & Financial Planning, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities & Campus Services, Financial Services, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Human Resources and Information Systems – can be viewed on this website, as well as on each corresponding departmental webpage.

These administrative policies provide guidance for the everyday activities of the campus community, clarify the University’s expectations of its individual members, reduce institutional risk, increase efficiency and support the University’s compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Filters are available to refine your search and if you are unsure of the document name, use the A – Z Index feature to view based on keywords.

Additional policy content will be added over time.

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IS Fellow Isabella Ryan helps improve juvenile detention practices in Tennessee

The following is a guest post from Wake Forest Information Systems (IS) Communications.

Isabella Ryan, 2020-21 Wake Forest Fellow for IS, wrote and submitted a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement for children in juvenile detention centers in Tennessee. Ryan’s bill has passed the State Senate and House, and it is headed to the Governor to be signed into law.


Headshot of Isabella Ryan, 2020-21 Wake Forest Fellow for Information SystemsTwenty-three and a half hours a day, alone, in an 8’ by 8’ room. The impact of solitary confinement on children is immense. Many emerge with significantly impacted mental health and report signs of PTSD. Further, 50% of juvenile suicides in detention facilities occur while a child is in solitary. This is the reality of solitary confinement for minors in Tennessee.

However, thanks in large part to the persistent efforts of Nashville native Isabella Ryan (’20), it will soon no longer be the case. In 2015, as a junior at Hume-Fogg High School, Isabella, co-wrote a bill with her classmate to limit the use of solitary confinement for children in Tennessee. In 2016, Isabella contacted State Senator Jeff Yarbro with a copy of the bill. Senator Yarbro quickly introduced the bill and has continued to do so ever since. Finally, after five years of Isabella’s advocacy, the bill passed the State Senate unanimously and nearly unanimously in the State House, with only one dissenting vote. This means limits on how long and why children can be in such restrictive environments will soon be in place. The bill is now headed to the Governor to be signed into law. 

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Reminder: Zoom Cloud recording retention limits effective Tuesday, June 15

The following message is shared on behalf of Wake Forest University Information Systems. A cloud with the Wake Forest University shield logo and the word "Zoom" beside a stop sign that says "180 days"

As a reminder, beginning Tuesday, June 15, a retention limit for Zoom Cloud recordings will be enabled to ensure we stay within our campus storage capacity. Any Zoom Cloud recordings that are 180 days or older will be moved to your Zoom trash. Items in your trash will remain accessible for 30 days. Zoom will send automated notifications to users seven days prior to permanent deletion.

You are encouraged to evaluate your Zoom recordings and preemptively delete or move videos as appropriate. There are a variety of options available for long-term storage, including Google Drive and Kaltura. Please reach out to your local IT support for assistance moving recordings you wish to keep and reference the help articles below to help you navigate this process.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

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Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2021-22

The Wake Forest Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year pose for a group portrait on the stairs in front of the Tribble Courtyard

Wake Forest Fellows, 2021-22, (left to right, front row to back row): Zoe Stuckey, Nana Ogburn, Yorjannys Gomez, Mary Costanza; Bruce Haywood, Jennifer Ryan, Camille Monceaux; Aidan Wiley, Rafael Alves de Lima, Marie Guy

Ten 2021 grads have returned to their alma mater as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work throughout the campus community, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest College graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow is serving as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting July 1. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2021-22 are:

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