This message was sent on March 13 to Wake Forest alumni.

Dear Wake Forest Alumni,

Our Wake Forest family is a global one, and my hope is that wherever this message finds you, you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. As we continue to learn about and respond to COVID-19, the University is taking intentional steps to protect not only our campus community, but also alumni and friends who support Wake Forest through active, in-person engagement.

Wake Forest is one small part of ongoing and collective efforts to contain and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. While this idea of caring for humanity is familiar to us, the times are galvanizing us to a deeper pursuit of that ideal. That call has led us to take several steps that none of us ever thought we would see on our campus. And there will be more to come as the situation evolves.

I recently shared a message with Wake Forest students and parents about our ongoing efforts to keep members of our campus community safe, even as we sustain our vital educational mission. We arrived at these decisions by following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

All classes are cancelled March 16-22 and will resume remotely on March 23. We advised students not to return to campus from spring break if possible, but informed them that campus will remain open.

Efforts are also being made to protect members of our Wake Forest family beyond our campus. Effective immediately, we are postponing, cancelling or virtualizing any University-sponsored, in-person event taking place either on- or off-campus. The ACC has also suspended all athletics competition indefinitely and effective immediately.

More information about suspension of on-campus classes, travel restrictions, event developments and other frequently asked questions are available on the Wake Forest COVID-19 website.

As of March 12, there are two presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Forsyth County, where Wake Forest is located. We will continue to communicate decisions we make to sustain the health and safety of the Wake Forest community.

The wellbeing of Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni remains our first priority, and I am grateful for your support as we continue to monitor and respond to rapidly changing circumstances.


Nathan O. Hatch