Sexual assault reported on campus

This alert was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 31 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Wake Forest is issuing this alert concerning a reported incident that may be of concern to the campus community.

A student reported to University officials on the afternoon of Jan. 31 that they were sexually assaulted on Jan. 16 at a Wake Forest residence hall. The student reported that the assault was committed by a student known to them.

University officials are investigating the incident.

Wake Forest’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is available online here.  Details on effective consent are included on page 8 of the online policy.

The University’s definition of Sexual Assault mandates that each participant obtains and gives effective consent in each instance and before each sexual act. For the purposes of this policy, the University defines effective consent as follows:

  • Consent is informed, freely and actively given through mutually understandablewords or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in the sexual activity.
  • Consent cannot be gained by ignoring or acting in spite of the objections of another.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time and for any reason.
  • If there is any ambiguity or confusion, the initiator of the sexual activity should stop and clarify the other’s willingness to continue and capacity to consent.

Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individual involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.

It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely.

If you have experienced a sexual offense, we encourage you to seek support. If you or a friend have questions or concerns about sexual offenses, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support:

Safe Office: [Confidential]
Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Benson Center, Room 414

Student Health Service: [Confidential]
336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gym

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential]
Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157

University Counseling Center: [Confidential]
336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117, (after hours contact Student Health Service)

Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential]
336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8

If you would like to report a sexual offense, please contact any of the following offices:

University Police
336-758- 5911

Wake Forest University Title IX Office
336-758-7258, Reynolda Hall, Room 307

To obtain information about sexual offense prevention, contact:

Safe Office: [Confidential]
Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Benson Center, Room 414

University Police
336-758-5591 (non-emergency)

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Other resources:

Winston-Salem Police Department
911 in an emergency

Family Services/Forsyth County
24/7 Sexual Assault help line: 336-722-4457
24/7 Domestic Violence help line: 336-723-8125

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center [Confidential]
3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

This Timely Notice is sent in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations