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Frequently Asked Questions

Will ECU offer in-person classes or just online instruction?

For the fall 2020 semester, beginning August 17, ECU will offer a mixture of face-to-face, blended (online/virtual and in-person mix of instruction) as well as online/virtual instruction.


I have an in-person class followed immediately by an online class. I don’t have enough time to get back to my dorm room between classes. How can I make sure I’m not late or don’t miss my online class?

Students should utilize their own devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. with headphones if necessary) using ECU Wi-Fi to access their online classes (e.g. Blackboard or Zoom) from grassy areas and benches near plazas, parking lots, dorm rooms or open (non-scheduled) classrooms. Students may also go the library or one of many computer labs on campus. If a student does not have a personal device or is not able to utilize one of the computer labs, they may contact their advisor and a liaison librarian to inquire about checking out a laptop from the library.


Is this going to be a normal semester in terms of the calendar?

Yes. ECU will maintain a fall academic calendar consistent with past years which includes scheduled holidays for Labor Day, Fall Break and Thanksgiving.

How did ECU arrive at this decision?

ECU is working to ensure its plans are consistent with prevailing health guidance and local, state, and national government requirements. As long as these entities feel it is safe to reopen while following safety guidelines, ECU will move forward with its plans. You will be informed as soon as we become aware of any changes.


So what is ECU doing to ensure we are safe?

ECU is taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections as well as the spread of any disease. Every member of our community - including you - must do their parts. This means adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements as well as specific measures ECU is taking. ECU is closely monitoring these guidelines.


What are the specific steps ECU is taking to ensure safety?

ECU is creating a safe, in-person learning environment for its students and employees. This includes the following:

  • Classrooms will be arranged to allow for six feet of social distancing between students. Please keep the seating as arranged when you enter a room.
  • Each room will have disinfectant wipes, sprays, and gloves should you wish to wipe down your area before using it.

If I forget my reusable mask at home, will I still be allowed on campus?

Yes. Each campus building will have disposable masks available for you to use. Find the room number where you can pick up a disposable mask here.

What can we do when we return to campus?

In addition to following the social distancing guidelines set forth above, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • There are hand-sanitizer stations in hallways. Use them frequently.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face covering at all times. This is required until further notice.
  • Anyone who feels sick should seek medical care and not come to campus until cleared to return.

Is ECU going to host freshmen orientation week like they do every fall?

East Central University has worked hard preparing for the return of students to campus this fall, with the goal of providing an exceptional experience. ECU is excited to host traditional Welcome Orientation Week (WOW) festivities for incoming freshmen, while taking every precaution to minimize risk. Face coverings and social distancing protocols are required, and most events are outdoors. Hand sanitizer and CDC-approved cleaning supplies will also be available.

So are face masks going to be mandatory at ECU?

Yes. ECU will continue to require masks on campus until further notice, both indoors and outdoors. Please note the City of Ada also has a mask mandate in place until at least September 8. Here is the most recent City of Ada ordinance.

Is ECU going to provide us with face masks?

Yes, ECU will provide each student and employee with a reusable cloth mask at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Disposable masks will also be available throughout the campus at the following locations:

  • Administration (Room 102)
  • Bill S. Cole University Center (Information Desk)
  • Chickasaw Business and Conference Center (Room 315)
  • Danley Hall (Room 101)
  • Faust Hall (Room 140)
  • Fentem Hall (Room 114)
  • Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center (Room 134)
  • Horace Mann (Faust, Room 140)
  • Kerr Activities Center (Room 304)
  • Lanoy Education Building (Room 204)
  • Linscheid Library (Main Circulation Desk)
  • Memorial Student Union (ECU Bookstore)
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences Center (Room 101)
  • Science Hall (Room 318)
  • Sterling Williams Foundation & Alumni Center (Entry Way)
  • Taff Cafeteria (Front Counter)

What if I’m not able to wear a mask?

Students who are unable to wear face coverings should contact the Student Development Office at 580-559-5208 or by email to Employees who are unable to wear face coverings should contact the Employment Services Office at 580-559-5217.

Is ECU going to offer COVID-19 testing?

The university’s Health Center will have COVID-19 tests on hand for those students who are symptomatic. We are working with the Pontotoc County Health Department on this. They are in charge of the tests and test results. Testing on campus occurs between 8-10 a.m., Monday-Friday. Employees are encouraged to visit their own health care providers, the Pontotoc County Health Department, or the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. Each agency has its own protocol for testing. You will need to contact them directly for more information.

Are we going to be able to eat in Taff Cafeteria?

Yes, Taff Cafeteria will be open for the fall 2020 semester, serving a full menu with limited seating. There will be some changes as outlined by the new guidelines below:

  • A face mask will be required to enter the dining hall. The mask can be removed once the diner sits down. The mask must be worn upon leaving the dining hall.
  • You can get a meal to go if you choose not to eat in the dining hall. The mask must be worn while you pick up food and remain on until you leave the dining hall.
  • All food will be served by employees, including traditionally self-serve foods such as salad bar and hamburgers.
  • Beverage machines will be shut down. All drinks will be in cans or bottles.
  • Social distancing inside the cafeteria will be enforced at all times.
  • All food items will be served in disposable ware.
  • Meals will be available for any person in quarantine.

I have questions that aren’t answered here. How can I get them answered?

We will be conducting town hall meetings to answer your questions about how the university is preparing for the fall semester. Please submit your questions to us in advance so that we are prepared to answer them. Please submit your questions by Wednesday, July 29, using this link. The town hall meetings will be held via Zoom. An email will be sent to you at least 48 hours before the event with the Zoom link. Because of the size of the event, only the Q & A function of the platform will be enabled. Should the audience exceed the maximum capabilities of Zoom (500 people), we will look at additional sessions. The event will be recorded and made available for those who are unable to attend. We plan to host several town hall meetings throughout the semester to help the campus stay informed. Those dates are posted on the University’s main calendar. The video for the initial Town Hall meeting is posted above.