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President Hatch sends message about robberies to students, faculty and staff


November 6, 2008

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch e-mailed a letter to students, faculty and staff Nov. 6 regarding recent armed robberies that have occurred on and near campus, and the enhanced security measures that will go into effect immediately.

Two students were robbed at 6:40 a.m. today as they were jogging on the path between the university and Reynolda Village.  It was the most recent in a series of robberies that have occurred within the past week.

In addition to President Hatch’s letter, the Wake Forest University News Service distributed an e-mail about the most recent robbery to faculty, staff and students before 8 a.m. today.

The following letter from President Hatch was distributed to the Wake Forest community:

As you may know, four students in three separate incidents in the last week have been victims of armed robberies on or near campus.  The University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department are actively investigating these incidents.  Campus crimes of this nature have been infrequent at Wake Forest.  These recent events have shaken our common sense of safety and security.  I want to inform you of several new or enhanced security measures that go into effect immediately.

In addition to increased University Police patrols put into place last week, beginning tonight (6 p.m.-6 a.m.) we are adding enhanced police patrols to the perimeter of North campus and additional patrols to cover Reynolda Village and the footpath connecting Reynolda Village to campus.  Reynolda Village has also added a security guard to patrol the buildings and parking lots there.  In addition, the Winston-Salem Police Department has increased patrols in neighborhoods adjacent to campus.  I have also approved new hours for the operation of the campus gatehouses. The Reynolda Road and University Parkway gatehouses will be staffed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., rather than from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  In addition, the Polo Road entrance will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Previously, it was closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.   I regret any inconvenience caused by these measures, but they are necessary.

Of course, no security measures can take the place of your remaining alert to potentially dangerous situations, taking reasonable precautions and immediately reporting any suspicious situations or suspicious persons to University Police at 758-5911 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911.  The University Police Department provides and encourages the use of prevention services, such as the Campus Shuttle.  The University Police Web site contains tips in this regard, and I urge you to visit it at:  http://www.wfu.edu/police/prevention.html

We will continue to keep you informed of any additional information regarding this situation.  Thank you for your patience and your vigilance.


Note: On Nov. 11, Wake Forest distributed a news release announcing that Wake Forest police had determined that a robbery reported Nov. 6 by two male Wake Forest students did not occur. The incident never happened, according to Wake Forest police.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


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