Student Compact for COVID-19 Prevention

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we, the student body, have a momentous opportunity to answer the call to leadership by following public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Student Social Compact formalizes our responsibility to care for one another through a set of social and moral expectations.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, we will continue to cultivate a rich sense of community, civic engagement, and academic enrichment while we redefine the social guidelines we have for one another. The fall semester will feel different for us, as there will be changes when we return to campus. As students, we rise to this occasion with heart, determination, and perseverance, knowing that each one of us can do our part to build a safe, successful, and complete academic semester.

We have a shared humanity, which serves as the basis for our adherence to measures established to safeguard our community from the spread of COVID-19 and the threat of stigmatization of preventive practices. All of us have a collective responsibility to protect the health of one another, even though we may have different lived experiences, personal beliefs, or political affiliations.

We each play an integral role in creating a safe and healthy learning and living environment, recognizing that we are a diverse community with students of varying ages, races, ethnicities, countries of origin, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, documentation statuses, ability levels, and religions, and that we each have unique strengths that empower us to show Pro Humanitate. As such, the Student Social Compact has been created with three goals in mind:

  • Protect our Wake Forest family (students, faculty, staff, and contract employees), broader Winston-Salem community, and loved ones beyond North Carolina, especially those who are in high-risk groups, from the dangers of COVID-19.
  • Complete the semester in its entirety, without students being sent home due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, while providing students with a stimulating and valuable academic experience.
  • Responsibly foster community for current, first-year, and transfer students, including the creation of a more inclusive community for people of all walks of life and a commitment to meeting students’ needs for belonging, connection, and mental health.

We view these goals as complementary and achievable if we all work together as a community in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. To that end, we will commit to taking the following actions[1]:

  • Follow health and safety guidelines[2] issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of North Carolina, City of Winston-Salem, and Wake Forest University’s medical and public health professionals;
  • Model prevention efforts, including completion of the COVID-19 educational training, daily monitoring of symptoms, wearing cloth face coverings, staying at least six feet away from others, meeting the seasonal flu shot requirement, complying with testing requirements and contact tracing, washing hands frequently, and cleaning up after events and meetings;
  • Educate ourselves about the spread, symptoms, and risks associated with COVID-19, especially the impact on at-risk communities, most notably adults over 60, marginalized groups, and those with pre-existing conditions. More information about people with increased risk of having COVID-19 can be found here;
  • Adhere to the Health and Safety Measures for Student Activities policy, including the on- and off-campus social gathering guidelines (i.e., no more than 25 people outside, no more than 10 people inside), and complying with all university policies related to planning and hosting social events. It will be essential for students and student groups to review their plans and make changes to meetings and activities with the reduction of the spread of COVID-19 in mind. A link to these guidelines and more information on them is here;
  • Recognize that Wake Forest University is located in a broader community, and commit to following university and nonprofit guidelines when volunteering off-campus or interacting with residents who may be part of high-risk populations. For more information go here;
  • Encourage use and consultation of mental health resources and student health services available on campus to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of students;
  • Commit to antiracist action, condemn prejudice and bigotry, challenge ourselves to serve the marginalized communities on campus and throughout the Winston-Salem community, and encourage unity as a student body by engaging with different groups and perspectives.[3] We will need to act in unity by building a cohesive and inclusive campus culture and by reporting any acts of discrimination to the Biased Incident Reporting System;
  • Advocate for the equal application of all practices and policies, with special consideration of equitable use of spaces and resources, to create a sense of belonging for all students, including those who may lose access to spaces or feel isolated due to COVID-19.

We are all responsible for keeping one another safe and healthy. We understand that failure to abide by the COVID-19 Prevention behavioral guidelines outlined in the Public Health Emergency Addendum to the Undergraduate Student Code of Conduct will result in an individual’s referral to the conduct system. If we maintain these guidelines, we believe we can accomplish all three of the goals outlined above and have a safe and successful semester. Join us in protecting our Wake Forest community. 

Sincerely,

The Student Compact Committee


Andrew Logan (Co-Chair)

Rue Cooper (Co-Chair)

Kyle Blackburn

Cele Daly

Ally Deak

Leilani Fletcher

Kelli Frangoulis

Sara Hong

Aleeya Hutchins

Michael Jurgens

Isaiah Little

Cole McNamee

Victoria Oduwa

Kate Pearson

Nate Seegel

Caroline Walker

Rebecca Walker

Outlining the Student Compact

Members of the Student Compact Team explain why they built the compact, what it contains and why it’s so important.

The Power of Community

Miles Middleton (’21), Student Government President, discusses the importance of individual contribution to a healthy Wake Forest community and positive educational experience this fall.

[1] It is important to note that some policies were established by North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order NO. 147, and are subject to change based on the spread of COVID-19 and the changing regulatory landscape.

[2] If there are areas of discrepancy between these policies, the policies of Wake Forest University will supersede the others. More information about Wake Forest’s specific policies can be found here. It is important to note that this is a fluid situation; policies are subject to change.

[3] More information about the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found here and here. Additional resources can be found in our LGBTQ+, Women’s, and Intercultural Centers.