East Carolina University will start the fall semester on Aug. 10, which is two weeks earlier than normally scheduled. The university will also finish the fall semester before Thanksgiving to try and limit the amount of travel that students must do during the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement sent to ECU’s student body by Acting Provost Grant Hayes, it was announced that the fall semester will have an earlier start date and there will not be a fall break. This means that the fall semester will begin Aug. 10 and end on Nov. 25.
“These changes will minimize the coming and going en masse of students to and from campus and make it possible to have everything completed by Thanksgiving,” Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson said in the statement. “By adapting, respecting each other and working together we will weather this storm.”
These changes to the semester come after the university made the decision to switch to an eight week block schedule, which is intended to try and ensure the safety of students during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the statement.
The statement said the spring semester will begin and end early as well, with the semester beginning on Jan. 19 and ending on May 6. There will be no spring break so the semester may have this new schedule.
More updates on how ECU will handle the pandemic can be found on its coronavirus updates page.