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ECU Plans Return To In-Person Classes


April 29, 2021

Thanks to a strong adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols on campus and a sharp rise in vaccine availability, East Central University plans to return to full, in-person instruction for the upcoming fall 2021 semester.

"For a year now, we have fought through this pandemic and all its attending complications and restrictions," said Dr. Katricia Pierson, ECU president. "I'm thrilled to start the process of bringing everybody safely back on campus next fall so we can resume face-to-face instruction, which we know is the best and preferred method for our students and faculty."

The COVID-19 pandemic forced ECU to close its physical campus in March 2020, midway through the spring semester. Instruction was moved online for all courses at that time and all on-campus events were cancelled.

COVID-19 continued to pose health risks throughout the summer months, and consequently ECU reconvened its fall 2020 semester with flexible instruction options. That same approach was carried into the current spring semester.

In the name of safety, many students opted for virtual instruction over the past two semesters. While some made the transition easily, others struggled with it.

Pandemic safety protocols also led to cancellation of consecutive in-person graduation ceremonies, held virtually instead.

"We are ready to get back to a full, healthy campus," Pierson said. "That means full classrooms and a full calendar of exciting in-person events. We are looking forward to re-energizing campus for all of ECU's stakeholders, especially our students. They deserve a full university experience, and we'll work hard to safely return that to them next fall."


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