ECU and UNC Charlotte move classes online

Published 11:14 pm Monday, August 24, 2020

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East Carolina University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte are moving courses online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the universities announced Sunday.

Separately, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Sunday it has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Avery residence hall. A cluster is defined by the state health department as five or more cases in a single residential hall or dwelling.

ECU will move undergraduate courses online for the remainder of the fall semester, beginning Aug. 26. Undergraduate classes are suspended Monday and Tuesday at ECU to adjust to the change in the schedule.

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Professional and graduate courses will continue as they are currently operating at ECU. Fall classes began at ECU on Aug. 10.

University residence halls will begin moving students out this week through Aug. 30. The university will work with international students, student athletes and hardship cases who apply to continue to live on campus, the university said.

ECU announced Monday that it has identified clusters of COVID-19 cases within two residence halls on campus, stating there are currently six positive cases related to Jones Hall and six positives related to White Hall.

UNC Charlotte will begin classes as scheduled on Sept. 7, but it’s delaying the start of undergraduate and graduate in-person instruction for three weeks until Thursday, Oct. 1. All instruction will begin as planned on the first day of classes Sept. 7, but will now be delivered online.

UNC Charlotte will continue to offer on-campus housing and dining services for students who have already arrived, international students and others with approved extenuating circumstances. The move-in period for other students is Sept. 26-29.