Residence halls will be open at reduced capacity as we seek to reduce density. Wake Forest expects to have 65 percent of its residence hall rooms set as singles and 35 percent as doubles.
What’s new in the spring?
We are creating a new series of outdoor spaces for students, which include fire pits and groupings of Adirondack chairs (safely distanced). Some of these gathering spaces will be reservable for student organizations so they can hold more in-person events, and we are adding stages for outdoor performances. Work on these spaces is underway and should be finalized by the time you arrive. Be sure to pack your winter-weather gear so you can enjoy these outdoor spaces.
The second-floor cardio area of the Wellbeing Center has been converted to a temporary game room with recreation games that promote proper social distancing (e.g., air hockey, ping pong). One of the fourth-floor Reynolds gyms has returned to a recreation space (e.g., students will be able to reserve a basketball goal to shoot hoops – one student per hoop).
N.C. Governor Roy Cooper extended to January 29th the Modified Stay At Home Order that requires individuals to be home by 10 p.m. and remain there until 5 a.m.
What this means in practical terms in our academic setting: students can still use the ZSR and other on-campus libraries, academic buildings, Wake Study Spaces after 10 pm, and can get to-go food; in-person dining, meetings/gatherings for entertainment, and tents/fire pits must close by 10 pm.
For more information about recreation opportunities, including the gradual reopening of the gym facilities:
- Campus Recreation — Including coronavirus specific information
- Wellbeing Center hours — Offering more than 15,000 sq. ft. of additional study lounge space
- Pool hours — Register to reserve a pool lane
- Group Exercise Class Schedule — Register to participate in outdoor in-person and live streamed fitness classes
- Recreation G.O. (G.O. = Get Outdoors) — Enjoy a wide variety of lawn games on Hearn Plaza
- Outdoor Pursuit activities — Campus-based outdoor fun
- Intramural Sport Leagues & Tournaments — Come out and have some fun … and maybe be crowned campus champ!
- Thrive Remotely — Provides resources for online fitness and wellbeing resources
If you have questions regarding the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center and Campus Recreation programs, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and (336) 758-7178.
Frequently Asked QUestions
- Residence halls will be open at reduced capacity as we seek to reduce density in accordance with public health guidelines.
- Wake Forest has secured additional spaces in apartment complexes near campus and on existing shuttle routes, which will function as University-sponsored housing.
- The main dining halls will be open and operating under social distancing requirements, which will reduce the number of people able to dine at peak times. We will also offer a revised and flexible set of dining options, including enhanced takeaway service and delivery offerings. All food court and retail venues, and some new ones, will be operating on normal schedules with social distancing requirements in place.
- Public health guidelines constrain the size, duration and location of programming. More than 240 student organizations, club activities and programming will need to re-envision social gatherings and activities in which social distancing is not possible.
- We expect to offer intramural sports activities that are low health risk, and we will pursue creative new options for friendly competitions and increase the number and variety of outdoor activities.
- Offices that support student success — like the Office of Student Engagement, Office of Personal and Career Development and Office of Diversity and Inclusion — will continue to serve students through both in-person and remote capabilities.
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