Safe Office Update Q&A

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Recent staff transitions affecting the Safe Office have created questions amongst some members of our community and we seek to offer some clarifications about current service availability and future plans for the office. Wake Forest University and the Division of Campus Life remain committed to addressing sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment as concerns in our community.

  • What is the current status of the Safe Office?

    Due to recent staff transitions, the two full-time Safe Office positions are currently vacant, with active concurrent searches underway for the two permanent Safe Office counselor/advocate professionals. We are excited to bring five candidates for on-campus interviews during the first two weeks of December.

    While the search for Safe Office professionals are being completed, all current initiatives, support programs, and resources of the office remain available through licensed mental health professionals on campus. They can be accessed through the Safe Office 24/7 confidential help line at 336.758.5285 or in person at the University Counseling Center (117 Reynolda Hall). 

  • Who do I contact with issues related to interpersonal violence, including sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and/or stalking?

    Confidential services for survivors and allies remain available. Students seeking support for themselves or loved ones related to sexual and relationship violence can call the Safe Office 24/7 confidential Help Line at 336.758.5285, or visit the University Counseling Center (117 Reynolda Hall). 

    To make a private report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX Office (336-758-7258). For safety concerns or to report a sexual offense please contact University Police (336-758- 5911). You can also refer to this page for important information regarding specific resources available to you. 

  • Are the Safe Office’s services going away?

    Not at all. The Safe Office will remain a resource for survivors and allies, and all of the prevention and response services will remain available. In the interim while the vacancies are being filled, licensed mental health professionals in the University Counseling Center are available to support members of our community seeking support. UCC professionals have all been trained to provide trauma-informed care to their clients, and have clinical experience working with survivors. 

    Once staffing is in place, the Safe Office will continue the very important work of providing confidential crisis response and on-going support services to survivors and allies.  The two Safe office counselor/advocates will be able to provide even more clinical support for survivors than has been previously available, and will also continue to be supervised by an Assistant Director.

  • When will the Safe Office positions be filled?

    We are pleased to have five candidates coming for on-campus interviews the first two weeks of December, and members of our community are invited to attend their presentations. 

    Candidate Presentations:

    • Candidate 1: Tues., Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m.)
      ZSR Library, Room 204
    • Candidate 2: Wed., Dec. 4 (2-3 p.m.)
      B103, Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, Student Health Conference Room
    • Candidate 3: Thurs. Dec.5 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
      A330 Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, Wellbeing Seminar Room
    • Candidate 4: Mon., Dec. 9 (2-3 p.m.)
      A330 Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, Wellbeing Seminar Room
    • Candidate 5: Tues., Dec. 10, (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
      A330 Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, Wellbeing Seminar Room 
  • With these changes, how is prevention being approached?

    All resources provided by the Safe Office will continue to be offered to our community.  In order to ensure sufficient support for survivors, more clinical availability has been created for our Safe Office counselor/advocates. We are working diligently with our campus partners to evaluate our plan for the crucial upstream work of sexual and relationship violence prevention.

    We recognize the importance of peer-to-peer education in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. The University will be providing training opportunities for students interested in assisting with first-year orientation on the topic of sexual and relationship violence. Specific information regarding these opportunities will be provided in January.

  • To whom can I reach out for clarification?

    Dr. Daniel Paredes, Acting Director, University Counseling Center (parededm@wfu.edu)
    Dr. Emily Palmieri, Staff Counselor, University Counseling Center (palmieet@wfu.edu)
    Dr. James Raper, Assistant Vice President, Health & Wellbeing (raperjd@wfu.edu)