Gateway East Dorm on College Hill is one of the dorms that will reopening for students to live in once the second 8-week block begins at ECU.

East Carolina University announced on Sept. 16 that it will increase its on campus housing capacity by 400 students starting on the second 8-week block of the fall 2020 semester, with move-in on Sept. 26 and 27.

When classes went online on Aug. 23, all but 700 students left campus, the news release said. Those 700 students who stayed on campus have been in single rooms, according to the news release.

“The move to single rooms has greatly enhanced the ability for students to remain safe. In the past seven days, only two on-campus students have tested positive for COVID-19,” the news release said.

Up to 400 students who moved out of ECU’s residence halls have the opportunity to move back into halls on College Hill. Similar to the first 8-week block, students in residence hall rooms will not be charged extra for being in a single room. They will be charged the standard rate, but will pay a single room rate if they stay on campus for the spring semester, according to the news release.

The students who come back to campus for the second 8-week block are required to be tested for COVID-19 between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24 before they move in on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.

“ECU does not plan to close the residence halls this academic year or expect students living on campus this fall to have to leave the residence halls for the remainder of this academic year,” the news release said. “Residents who choose to remain in the same room for the spring semester will be able to leave their room intact during the winter break and keep their key/fob.”

The most recent reopening phase for the State of North Carolina allows ECU to increase on campus activities which include the student recreation center and pool with limited hours, according to the news release. Joyner Library, Dowdy Student Stores and retail dining in the Main Campus Student Center will remain open. As originally scheduled, the residence halls will close on Nov. 29 for winter break.

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