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Students respond to ECU’s updated plan for spring semester

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 10:28 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - East Carolina University has announced its plan for the spring semester.

The university will offer a mix of in-person, hybrid and online classes for undergraduate and graduate students. ECU said it will also work to ensure students who want to take courses remotely will have the opportunity to do so.

Classes will also return to a normal 15-week semester, rather than the 7.5-week block schedule used this fall. Classes begin Jan. 19 and end April 27, with final exams slated for April 29 - May 6. Commencement will be held May 7.

“We learned a lot during our fall semester experience and we’re taking some of those lessons learned and making sure we will have a successful spring semester.”

A limited number of students will be allowed the option of on-campus living, but all rooms will be single occupancy. For the spring only, the residency requirement for freshmen has been waived.

The university said it will establish a “very large capacity for on-campus isolation and quarantine, update plans for COVID-19 testing, and develop a vaccination plan for students in anticipation of the availability of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.”

“I think it’s a very good thing to do, when I went to college the first thing I was excited about was going to class and seeing everybody and actually learning the material from a teacher not just on the computer.”

ECU will also not have a spring break during the semester.

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