Department of Education's proposed new Title IX regulations

This message was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 16 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations on behalf of Vice President Penny Rue and Title IX Coordinator Tanya Jachimiak:

With the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront, Wake Forest University is carefully reviewing the proposed new Title IX regulations concerning campus sexual harassment and sexual assault released by the Department of Education today.

Wake Forest’s commitment to preventing, responding to and providing a fair process regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault is unwavering, and the proposed regulations present an opportunity for civic engagement. Once the Office of Federal Register officially publishes the proposed regulations, the Department of Education will solicit public input through a 60-day “notice and comment” period.

Wake Forest’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Faculty and Staff Sexual Harassment Policy remain in place at this time.

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University website offers information regarding Business 40 closure

The Wake Forest University website has new and revised content to inform the University community, visitors and others about the Nov. 17 closure of a stretch of Business 40 alongside Downtown Winston-Salem.

  • Inside WFU features a Business 40 Traffic Advisory box that also appears elsewhere on the University’s website, including the Visiting Wake Forest page and the Directions page.
  • The traffic advisory box offers links to frequently-updated information resources from the N.C. Department of Transportation. These include the department’s website and its Facebook page devoted to the long-term Business 40 project.  A link to an announcement from the department about the closure is also available.
  • The University’s Maps page has been updated to assure that maps provide accurate representations of the area.
  • Revised directions to the University, accounting for the closure, are offered on the University’s Directions page.

The Business 40 project includes replacing the 1.2 miles of roadway between Highway 52 and Peters Creek Parkway, as well as constructing nine traffic bridges and two pedestrian bridges.

Some key components of the project include:

  • Beginning Nov. 17, all Business 40 traffic will be diverted to I-40, Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52.  Vehicles will be able to take these exits but not drive past them.
  • Motorists are encouraged to use the cellphone app Waze, which offers route options.
  • Not all of Business 40 will close.  Only the 1.2-mile section in downtown Winston-Salem will close.
  • Even though the construction of Business 40 and 11 new bridges is slated to last up to two years, efforts are underway to open the road in early 2020.
  • A portion of the highway from Main Street to U.S. 52 could reopen as early as spring or summer 2019.

During the closure, Wake Forest Transportation and Parking Services has joined with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation to offer faculty and staff the opportunity to try vanpool.  Information is available on Inside WFU.

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Hanes Art Gallery exhibit, publication receive SECAC Award

The Hanes Art Gallery exhibition “Vesna Pavlovic Lost Art” from 2016-17 and the publication “Vesna Pavlovic’s Lost Art: Photography, Display, and the Archive” received the 2018 SECAC Award for Outstanding Presentation and Publication of Contemporary Materials.

The exhibition was organized by Paul Bright, director of the Hanes Art Gallery, with support from Katie Wolf, assistant director of the gallery. Associate Professor of Art Morna O’Neill edited the publication.

SECAC is a major national organization that promotes the visual arts in higher education. Both the exhibition and publication were praised as “accessible, provocative, and sophisticated.”

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Staff Advisory Council meeting to feature presentation on Business 40 Closure

A timely update on the Business 40 closure will be presented Nov. 13 at a meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The meeting will feature a presentation on the closure and commuting options by Pat Ivey with the N.C. Department of Transportation.  Business 40 along downtown Winston-Salem is expected to close Nov. 17 for a major improvement project.

The meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (Room 404).  It is open to all staff and others.

Also speaking will be Chaplain Tim Auman, who will share information about The Chaplain’s Emergency Fund.

In addition, Kelsey Reedy of the United Way of Forsyth County will speak on the impact of the United Way on the local community.

The meeting and event schedule for the SAC is available on its website.

The SAC may be contacted at

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Veterans Day event to be held Monday at 11 a.m.

Wake Forest will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Perritt Plaza, beside Reynolda Hall, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.

Cadets, faculty and staff from the University’s “No Fear!” ROTC program will pay tribute to our nation’s heroes and veterans. Colonel Bradley O. Wood, U.S. Army Reserve, will speak at the ceremony. He is a 1992 graduate of Wake Forest.

The event is free and open to the public.

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