Joyner Library

Joyner Library on ECU campus.

East Carolina University launched a website today which details the plan for the return to campus in the fall. The plan is titled “Return of Pirate Nation” and covers a variety of topics that includes guiding principles, campus expectations and personal protective equipment.

With plans to reopen ECU in the fall semester of 2020, Pirate (employees, students and visitors) health and well-being are a priority and a few guiding principles secure that fundamental orientation, according to the plan.

“Our decision-making is based on the best known data and science available to the University’s administration. Expect this plan to change in accordance with our rapidly developing knowledge of COVID-19,” the plan said.

Campus requirements include face coverings to be worn in public spaces and in face-to-face meetings while on campus, according to the plan. The plan said ECU will require social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible while on campus.

ECU established eight planning teams to consider the public health requirements needed to reopen on campus in fall 2020. This return of employees and students involves bringing approximately 33,000 people onto a campus with 7.2 million square feet of building space, according to the plan.

The plan includes a detailed list of the people who helped develop “Return of Pirate Nation.” Acting Provost Grant Hayes, Athletic Director Jon Gilbert and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Virginia Hardy led teams composed of staff from a variety of departments to create “Return of Pirate Nation,” according to the plan.

“While portrayed as mutually exclusive, the categories of planning overlap and intersect in many ways,” the plan said. “In addition, any 'return' requirements will be informed by federal, state, and UNC guidance/restrictions. Each team included at least one member from University Communications, Office of University Counsel, and Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research.”

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