ECU goes online for rest of semester; UNC Charlotte delays in-person classes until October

August 23, 2020 GMT

East Carolina University announced it is going online until the end of the fall semester. All students who moved in to university residence halls will need to move out, a release from the university said.

ECU said it will also be offering students prorated refunds for on-campus housing and dining.

Since classes started at East Carolina University, several clusters of virus cases were identified by the school since classes began on Aug. 10.

A cluster of coronavirus cases was identified at Gateway Residence Hall on ECU’s campus last week. The cluster involved 17 to 18 cases.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte will delay in-person classes until Oct. 1, according to a release. Classes will begin as planned on Sept. 7, but will start remotely.

Professors should be communicating with their students about how instruction will take place for the month of September, university officials said.

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Students at UNC Charlotte have not yet moved into dorms on campus. Now, students won’t be coming back to campus for move in until Sept. 26 to 29.

On-campus dining and housing services will still be offered to Charlotte students, officials said. The university still plans to keep the library and other campus facilities open for students when they return.

Mecklenburg County “continues to have the highest number of outbreaks and clusters in the state,” said a letter from Sharon Gaber, chancellor of UNC Charlotte.

“While the community is making considerable progress to slow the rate of transmission, we do not want to lose this momentum,” Gaber’s letter said.