Show Humanitate takes Pro Humanitate to heart. It’s a way of life that shows you care about your community, and it sets the bar high for the words and actions you choose. Show Humanitate is more than wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance or complying with campus policies. It’s the underlying reason you do those things, and it speaks to the way you will continue to lead your life when you leave the Forest.
It’s time to double down.
Our operating status is moving to orange
As state and national numbers are rising, we’re initiating proactive measures to protect our campus community. We feel that taking these steps now gives us our best chance of staying ahead of the spread and remaining on campus through Thanksgiving.
We understand that at this point the last thing anyone wants to hear is another message about masks, social distancing or rising numbers – let alone more rules. But we’ve worked too hard and sacrificed too much this semester to let our guard down now. Be smart, be safe and be the ones who made it this fall. Together we can do this.
What does this mean? The following precautionary measures will be put in place for the next 10 days to help reduce the spread of the virus within our community:
- We know that we naturally let our guard down when we are eating with friends. Therefore, we will provide take away dining options only. Indoor sit-down eating is discouraged, and there is a maximum of two people per table at all seating arrangements while eating.
- Casual interactions among friends can also cause an increase in positive cases. Therefore, we need to continue to be attentive to our gathering limits. Keep indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people. Social distancing requirements, especially in residence halls, will limit that number further due to space constraints.
- For the near future, club and organization events should be held virtually. Small group meetings may take place with proper social distancing and masks, however, there should be no eating at such meetings.
- There are several upcoming events that we regretfully will need to modify. We will suspend in-person plans for Fall Fest; we will suspend student attendance at the football game and other events this weekend; and all Homecoming activities will be virtual.
- We will increase our weekly standard asymptomatic testing and continue to use contact tracing and data analysis to identify other groups of students who will be required to take a COVID-19 test through the University testing center.
- To help protect our community, we need to minimize the flow of on- and off-campus movement by graduate, professional and undergraduate students. Off-campus students should only come to campus to attend in-person classes or for other essential activities.
- We know that limiting interaction with those outside our community will also help curb the spread of the virus. Therefore, travel off-campus only for essentials, like grocery shopping and individual voting. We also ask that you avoid frequenting bars and restaurants.
Happy Halfway Day!
Well done, Deacs.
You’ve made it all the way to the halfway point in this semester — and that’s no small achievement. We’re proud of you and we recognize the sacrifices you’ve made to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep us all on campus.
Our local community is proud of you too. All week, some of your favorite businesses will be offering Halfway Day specials. See below for details.
Halfway Day is a major milestone, but it’s too soon to take that victory lap. We got here by using common sense, and we need to stay disciplined to make it through the rest of the semester. But for making it this far, when many other institutions have not, let’s take a moment to appreciate your hard work.
Food Trucks & Movie Night
Keep up the good work, Deacs! We hope you were able to enjoy a meal on us & the screening of Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 16. Special thanks to University Advancement, Residence Life & Housing, & Student Union for pulling this off & a big shout out to the yummy food trucks who participated! Come back again soon Bandito Burrito, The Big Cheese, Burger Supreme & Camel City BBQ!
Offer for the Month of October:
Canteen Still Life (downtown coffee & wine bar with counter food service); 411 W. Fourth Street
Enjoy this sweet Halfway Day deal from Downtown Winston’s coolest new concept! With your WFU student ID, get half off all baked goods at Canteen Still Life until October 31.
Show you’re a leader by following the rules. The rules are in place to keep you here.
The masks and social distancing are working, so keep the faith. We can do this. There are some inconveniences for us to stay on campus, but the payoff is worth the hassle. So do what it takes and use common sense.
Showing Humanitate. This is how it’s done.
One large party could create a COVID-19 outbreak that sends us all home, and that’s why the penalties for not complying with campus health policies are severe. You worked hard to get here, please don’t risk suspension or even expulsion for violating the rules. It’s not a threat, but rather a reality that the University is committed to helping maintain a healthy environment.
If you’re going to gather, simply follow the guidelines. Indoor gatherings in acceptable spaces are limited to 10 people, outdoor gatherings are limited to 25. Always wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Students on the lease where an off-campus party is held will be held accountable if gatherings exceed the size limits – even if they are not present or did not plan the gathering. Read about student conduct policies here.
Town Hall with Student Leaders
Common sense plays a vital role in our new reality. Following guidelines, washing your hands, wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance are all things we can easily do, and will absolutely need to do in order to keep our community on campus this fall.
A mask is required at all times unless you’re home alone/with a roommate, eating, taking a shower or alone in a car. If you’re with others in a car or under a tent, wear a mask. Being inside a car does not protect you from COVID and a tent is not a force field. Please wear a mask consistently and use common sense. (Neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with a valve are not acceptable face coverings.)
In 15-20 seconds, soap and water can kill COVID-19 and other germs. Please make an intentional effort to wash your hands frequently. It not only protects you, but it keeps our community healthier because it reduces the transfer of germs to objects and surfaces.
PRACTICE SAFE SIX
It’s smart to take precautions when it comes to physical contact. By maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, you can reduce the spread of germs normally transmitted by touching, close-talking, coughing or sneezing.
No one knows you better than you, so pay attention to how you’re feeling. All students, faculty and staff are required to take a daily wellness survey. It takes less than 30 seconds to answer a few health questions, and it’s a great reminder to be cognizant of any symptoms of illness.
Wake Forest’s online dashboard shows the number of confirmed COVID-positive cases among students, faculty and staff. To maintain confidentiality, there is no identifying information about affected individuals. The data is updated each weekday.
Ongoing COVID testing allows Wake Forest to identity any outbreaks of the virus and initiate contact tracing. Each week, several hundred students living on and off campus (who access campus regularly) will be randomly selected for testing. Students are required to comply (see the Student Compact) and will receive 72 hours’ notice and flexibility in scheduling an appointment. There is no charge for testing, which takes place on Reynolda Campus. Data collected from random testing will help us focus our mitigation efforts and directly affects our campus operating status.
COLOR-CODED FLAG SYSTEM
Similar to the “safe to swim” flags you see at the beach, this color-coded system reflects our COVID-19 operating status based on current campus conditions. You’ll find a banner on the top of each page on the Our Way Forward site, and physical flags will be posted at key locations around campus. Any change in operating status will be announced through Wake Alert. There are five color-coded levels:
GREEN: RESTRICTIONS EASED
Cases are rare, and classes continue in person, blended or online. Indoor and outdoor gatherings (include club and campus org events) may be permitted if state/local orders are followed. Continue to wear masks, wash hands, practice safe six and use Sneez Safe.
YELLOW: NEW NORMAL CAMPUS OPERATIONS
On-campus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. Impacted individuals are isolating. Check health and temperature daily, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. Comply with limitations for gathering sizes and social interactions.
ORANGE: MODIFIED CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Moderate number of cases with most from a known source. Some in-person and blended classes may shift to the “online pathway,” with many moving to remote learning. Indoor and outdoor gathering sizes may be reduced. Campus activities may be limited. Random testing and contact tracing may be expanded.
RED: REDUCED CONTACT CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Many cases, including community spread. The majority of classes will be offered remotely, with few exceptions. University-wide suspension of campus activities for two weeks or more is possible. Students may have to shelter in place, and dining may be limited to grab-and-go or remote delivery. Facility access will be limited, and campus may be closed to visitors.
PURPLE: SUSPENDED CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Widespread uncontrolled outbreak. University-wide full suspension of campus activities may be required. Measures may be taken to reduce campus population density, and only essential staff will be permitted on campus.
The Forest will still be the Forest. We anticipate plenty of opportunities to come together for campus-wide events while we adhere to safe practices for engagement. Creating community is what Wake Forest does best, and we look forward making some unique memories this semester.
But how will you manage to manage it all? Starting this fall, students can use the Corq app to keep up with what’s happening on campus. Download Corq to access your virtual pass to events and enjoy “touchless” check-in.