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ECSU, COA to cancel classes, ECSU to shut residence halls for storm

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From staff reports

Monday, September 10, 2018

To ensure students aren’t stuck on campus during what could be a Category 4 hurricane, Elizabeth City State University plans to cancel classes starting Tuesday afternoon and begin a voluntary evacuation of student residence halls.  

Also, College of The Albemarle has announced that all COA campuses will be closed for students, staff and faculty Tuesday through Friday. 

ECSU officials said in a press release Monday that because of Hurricane Florence’s expected impacts on the region later this week, all classes for the rest of the week will be canceled starting Tuesday at noon.

All other on-campus university events scheduled from noon Tuesday through Sunday have also been canceled, according to the press release.

Following the end of classes on Tuesday, a voluntary evacuation of students from campus residence halls will get underway. All residence halls will close on Wednesday at 5 p.m., university officials said. All students unable to leave their residence hall will report to the R.L. Vaughan Center at that time. Students will not be able to stay in their residence hall once they’re closed, the university said. 

Campus officials are encouraging students who can leave to do so before the inclement weather from Hurricane Florence arrives. Forecasters have said Florence’s current track has the worst of the storm reaching North and South Carolina on Thursday.  

Students are being advised to notify family members of their travel plans.

ECSU employees are being advised the campus will operate as normal Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the university will suspend all non-mandatory operations. Only essential personnel will be required to report to work on those days.

ECSU’s press release also said any cancellations of events connected to the Down East Viking Football Classic will be released on Tuesday.

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