Public Access to Wake Forest ends early morning on debate day

Due to newly announced Secret Service requirements, Wake Forest University will temporarily end public access to its Reynolda Campus on the day it will host a presidential debate.

Public access will end at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 and resume at noon on Oct. 12.

The presidential debate will be held in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel at 9 p.m. on Oct. 11.

The university’s campus will be open to its students, faculty and staff, as well as the news media and registered guests of the university. Such guests, for instance, include individuals registered to attend debate-related events or conduct business on campus. Access continues for those who live on campus or in areas reached through campus. Access for school buses and emergency vehicles will also continue. Arrangements have been made with the university’s vendors to allow for deliveries.

The decision to temporarily end public access is part of a security plan adopted by the university for the presidential debate, in cooperation with the Secret Service.

All Wake Forest students, faculty and staff will need their Wake Forest identification cards to enter campus from 10 p.m. on Oct. 8 until noon on Oct. 12. Others coming onto campus during that period are required to carry photo identification. The news media will also need to carry verification of their media affiliation, such as an employee identification card.

Between 10 p.m. on Oct. 8 and noon on Oct. 12, the university will staff the gatehouses at its Reynolda Road and University Parkway entrances. Its Polo Road entrance will be closed.

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