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Wake Forest Responds to Changes in Student Life Trends

Monday, August 23, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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Wake Forest Responds to Changes in Student Life Trends

In response to increased risk management incidents and a weakening of the campus community, Wake Forest University recently conducted a comprehensive study on Student Life, resulting in a number of resolutions that have the potential to greatly improve the health of the university’s Greek community.

Last spring, University President Nathan O. Hatch assembled two committees of faculty, staff and students to participate in the study and consider new ways to improve the vitality and safety of the campus community. This resulted in a desire to return much of the university activity to campus as well as an increased emphasis on student health and safety education.

A number of proposals have been developed to address these issues along with other areas of improvement discovered through the study. Among these are proposals to increase the residence requirement from two years to three as well as heighten the standards to qualify to live in off-campus houses. The University plans to continue the University Shuttle route to downtown and college town venues, and plans are in place to construct additional on campus housing to better appeal to the lifestyles of upper classmen.

The University is also working to see that more student organizations host events on campus rather than off through efforts such as increasing the frequency and reach of campus-wide activities and introducing incentives for hosting events on campus where student safety can be better ensured. They are also focused on improving on existing campus event facilities and build new facilities like the proposed "the Barn” to provide more flexible group event space. Online event registration is being improved, and the University plans to reopen "The Last Resort” nightclub under new management, making it available to student groups with shuttles provided by the University.

In addition to these efforts, the University has hired a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator to improve student safety as well as alcohol and hazing education. Recognizing the difficulties of adjusting to college life, Orientation activities will be required for all first year students, and upper class students will be strongly discouraged from planning events to compete with Orientation activities. Greek leaders have voluntarily adopted a higher GPA requirement for first-year students. The university also plans to host a student leadership conference on Change and Community this semester.

Historically, Wake Forest has maintained a close-knit residence community, and unlike some college campuses, Greek Life has traditionally been viewed quite positively by faculty and staff. University administration hope that these proposed plans of action will only help to further that positive relationship between Greek life and the Wake Forest community. For more details and the complete report, please visit

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