Important Updates (as of 5/15/20)

  • On May 15, President Hatch’s update included a reminder about the Virtual Conferring of Degrees on May 18 and four other important topics:
    • Additional refunds for fees (more information will be sent on May 28 and June 1)
    • the ongoing move-out process
    • summer programs (both sessions will be held virtually)
    • fall scenario planning

    Read the full update here.

  • Wake Forest will begin a highly managed move-out process running from May 9 through June 10.
  • On May 5, Wake Forest announced that it would explore voluntary furloughs and “COVID-19 Leave with Pay” to address the fiscal health of the University. Read more here »
  • On April 30, President Hatch updated the community by email on a variety of topics, including:
    • A structured move-out process that is planned to begin on May 11.
    • A virtual conferring of degrees on May 18 at 7 p.m.
    • An in-person commencement celebration on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
    • Details about Summer Sessions, including the potential to deliver some Summer Session II classes in person.
    • Fall scenario planning
    • A continued pause in undergraduate housing selection for 2020-’21.

    Full details can be read here.

  • On April 27, the University announced the following change in eligibility for the Spring 2020 Dean’s List: Students no longer need to take 12 letter-graded hours and may include pass/fail hours. Because of this change, the deadline has been extended for students to elect a COVID-19 Pass/Fail or to return to letter-grade mode in a class that they had previously elected as a COVID-19 Pass/Fail.

    The deadline for these changes for the College and the School of Business is now 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 30. Students should check their emails for additional information.

  • On April 17, the University sent emails to students (following an April 15 email to families) about how to claim and allocate their housing and meal plan refunds. A summary of those emails can be read here, and refund information can be found in the emails and at
  • On April 8, the University announced steps to manage the financial impact of COVID-19. Read the message here.
  • On March 30, President Hatch announced the following:
    • Courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester, and final exams will be delivered virtually.
    • Undergraduate students will receive a prorated refund for meal plans and on-campus housing and will receive information about their refunds on or before April 17.
    • On or before April 30, plans will be shared regarding retrieval of personal belongings, as well as options for storage of such belongings.
    • Commencement will become both a virtual conferring of degrees on May 18 and an in-person ceremony when it is safe to gather in large numbers.

    The full message can be read here.

  • The University has made the difficult decision to cancel all WFU-sponsored study abroad programs for Summer 2020. Please read WFU Summer 2020 Study Abroad Program Cancellations for more information.
  • Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines announced a “stay at home” order that went into place starting March 27. Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered North Carolina residents statewide to stay at home starting at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30. The order will last 30 days and end on April 29. (NOTE: The N.C. order was later extended to May 8, and the Winston-Salem order was rescinded to fall in line with the N.C. order.) Impact on campus operations » 
  • As of March 27, all employees who are not designated to provide essential services should remain at home, even if their work cannot be performed remotely. All employees who are not designated to perform essential services, and whose work can be performed remotely, should work from home. Read more in this message on the “stay at home” order and its Impact on campus operations » 
  • A student who has a presumed positive case of COVID-19 should report it to the Student Health Service. A faculty or staff member who has a presumed positive case of COVID-19 should report it to Melissa Clodfelter, Assistant Vice President of Campus Engagement & Professional Development.
  • Public Health officials confirmed on March 24 that a Wake Forest student who is currently in isolation in an on-campus residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19. Details »
  • Public Health officials have confirmed that a Wake Forest student, who is currently in isolation at home and not residing on campus, has tested positive for COVID-19. Details »


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