Students walk by the mall during a past summer session. 

Following the University of North Carolina System’s decision to transition to online course delivery, Acting Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Grant Hayes announced today that East Carolina University will continue online/alternative course delivery through both summer sessions of 2020.

The announcement stated that the reason behind the decision was to continue to protect the ECU community longer against the pandemic. Hayes said in the announcement that he is proud of Pirate Nation and its health and safety was kept in mind when deciding to elongate online instruction.

“I’m proud of how Pirate Nation has responded to this challenge, quickly finding new and innovative ways to teach, learn and research. And while we look forward to all of our Pirates returning to campus, we need to wait a little longer to do so for the health and safety of our community,” Hayes said in the announcement.

The announcement also included information about the statewide stay-at-home order that will be issued today at 5 pm by Gov. Roy Cooper. The announcement said ECU students, faculty and staff should remain at home as much as possible and minimize direct personal contact when you need to go out.

The ECU coronavirus website is updated regularly to include the evolving guidance for the university community, the announcement said.

“Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to help in the effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to support each other during this difficult time,” Hayes concluded in his announcement.

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