East Carolina University administration made the decision to cancel all classes after noon on Thursday and all classes on Friday, which is too little too late.
The university sent out a mass text and email to notify concerned students and parents of its decision at noon on Wednesday, exactly 24 hours before the last classes ECU will hold before ending all other classes until Monday. ECU employees are under condition 1, which is reduced operations starting at 3p.m. on Thursday and ending at 5 p.m. on Friday.
While the decision was one that needed to be made, doing so a day before where arguably the worst of Hurricane Dorian could hit seems to be not preemptive enough from proper preparation by students, especially those that reside out of state while on breaks from the university.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe while the action to cancel classes was appropriate, the decision was not timely enough for students to prepare to relocate to safer areas, especially those that live outside North Carolina.
The weather forecast is predicting 20 to 30 mile per hour winds and possibly 2 to 4 inches of rain in the Greenville area.
On Tuesday, ECU announced that it would cancel classes after 3 p.m. on Thursday but all classes before that time would resume at their normal schedule. Pitt County schools has made the decision to cancel school for the duration of Thursday and Friday, a decision that ECU should’ve considered while weighing their options.