Nov 26, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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On July 2, 1908, former governor Thomas Jordan Jarvis, considered to be the father of ECU, made the following remark as he broke ground for a teachers training school where Jarvis Residence Hall now stands:

“We can never begin to calculate the value it will be to North Carolina.”

The teachers college, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 8, 1907, as a two-year normal school, opened its first regular session on October 5, 1909, with 174 men and women students enrolled. The first graduating class received diplomas on June 6, 1911. The years that followed revealed the accuracy of Jarvis’ statement.

Since its inception in 1907, ECU has evolved from a training school for teachers to a national research university. The student population has grown from 147 to nearly 29,000. The campus now includes more than 185 buildings in four locations: the central campus, health sciences, athletics, and west research campus. The university is home to twelve colleges and schools, including an Honors College and the Graduate School.

ECU has become the institution that was envisioned by its early leaders, fulfilling its motto, “to serve.” Today’s leadership continues to build upon the foundation laid by Robert H. Wright, the first president of the university:

We will give to the rising generation the purest inheritance of the nation and better preparation than has ever been given to a preceding generation. This school is an expression of that determination; it was built by the people, for the people, and may it ever remain with the people, as a servant of the people.

East Carolina University is one of The University of North Carolina’s seventeen campuses.The University of North Carolina includes sixteen universities and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the country’s first public residential high school for gifted students.

Our Mission and Values

ECU, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, is a public doctoral university committed to meeting the educational needs of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. It offers baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional fields. Dedicated to educational excellence, responsible stewardship of the public trust, and academic freedom. ECU values the contributions of a diverse community, supports shared governance, and guarantees equality of opportunity.

The mission of ECU is reflected in its motto, servire, meaning “to serve.”


To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, ECU:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.


  • Scholarship - We will be a diverse community where intellectual freedom, scholarly discipline, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge thrive.
  • Leadership - Our students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate leadership in their professions and communities.
  • Service - We will work toward solutions to the challenges of our region, state, and nation.
  • Discovery - We will harness the skills and knowledge of our faculty, staff, and students to create a brighter tomorrow for North Carolina.

Interim Chancellor Gerlach’s Vision

     Throughout my 25 years in North Carolina, I have come to love and respect East Carolina University. So when Dr. Bill Roper, the interim president of the University of North Carolina System, asked me in spring 2019 to take on the challenge of serving this institution as interim chancellor, I heartily agreed to do so.

     I respect this university because we pride ourselves on our historic mission of bringing people into higher education, not keeping them out. We graduate about the same percentage of our students in four years than similar universities do in five years, saving taxpayers and student families thousands of dollars by moving them to graduation faster. Our wide range of programs attracts diverse faculty, students and staff to meet the needs of eastern North Carolina and beyond. We all feel a sense of ownership in athletic and art performances and exhibits, our physical assets and our academic lectures that we share willingly and proudly with our region.

     During my first weeks on campus, I was impressed by the many instances of East Carolina excellence in the work of our students, faculty and staff. The whole ECU enterprise lives out its simple, yet timeless and crucial, mission: maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation. We are unique in the 17-campus public university system through our distinct contributions in cultural enrichment, improved social mobility, and transformative engagement.

     I’ve worked with universities and colleges across our state. No other university has the same level of impact on a student as ECU does. None. This place is special. East Carolina offers its students a high-quality education provided by dedicated and talented faculty and staff who prepare them to be more successful and productive than they otherwise would have been. I encourage students to embrace the opportunities and resources available during their years at ECU – whether it’s research, study abroad or joining a student organization – and treasure their Pirate experience which will chart the course for the rest of their lives.

Organization of the University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.” It elects the president, who administers The University.

Board of Governors

Harry L. Smith, Jr., Chair
Randy C. Ramsey, Vice Chair
Pearl Burris-Floyd, Secretary

    Term Expiring in 2021

    Kellie Hunt Blue, Lumberton, NC
    Robert P. Bryan III, Charlotte, NC
    Carolyn Lloyd Coward, Arden, NC
    N. Leo Daughtry, Smithfield, NC
    Thomas H. Fetzer, Raleigh, NC
    W. Marty Kotis III, Summerfield, NC
    Steven B. Long, Raleigh, NC
    Wendy F. Murphy, Wallace, NC
    R. Doyle Parrish, Raleigh, NC
    Randall “Randy” Ramsey, Beaufort,  NC
    Robert A. Rucho, Matthews, NC
    Harry L. Smith, Jr., Washington, NC

   Term Expiring in 2023

    Darrell T. Allison, Morrisville, NC
    Pearl Burris-Floyd, Dallas, NC
    C. Philip Byers, Forest City, NC
    Thomas “Thom”  C. Goolsby, Wilmington, NC
    James L. Holmes, Jr., Raleigh, NC
    Martin Holton, Winston Salem, NC
    Terry Hutchens, Fayetteville, NC
    J. Alex Mitchell, Durham, NC
    Anna S. Nelson, Charlotte, NC
    David M. Powers, Raleigh, NC
    O. Temple Sloan III, Raleigh, NC
    Michael Williford, Fayetteville, NC


    W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Asheville, NC


    Adam Schmidt, Raleigh, NC

Officers of Administration

William L. Roper, Interim President

    Senior Leadership Team

    Christopher McClure, Acting Chief of Staff
    Kimberly van Noort, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Andrew P. Kelly, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy
    Tom Shanahan, Senior Vice President Governance, Legal, and Risk and General Counsel

    Other Senior Officers

    Camille Barkley, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications
    Matthew Brody, Vice President for Human Resources
    Dan Cohen-Vogel, Vice President for Data and Analytics
    Joshua Ellis, Associate Vice President for Media Relations
    Brent Herron, Associate Vice President for Safety and Emergency Operations
    Timothy Minor, Vice President for University Advancement
    Drew Moretz, Vice President for State Government Relations
    Elizabeth Morra, Vice President for Federal Relations
    TBA, Senior Associate Vice President and Secretary of the University
    Jim Ptaszynski, Vice President for Digital Learning (Technology-Based Learning and Innovation)
    Shun Robertson, Assistant Vice President for Policy Development and Analysis
    Lynne Sanders, Vice President for Compliance and Audit
    Brian Sickora, Executive Director and General Manager, UNC-TV
    Keith Werner, Vice President and CIO

Organization of East Carolina University

Each institution has a board of trustees, which holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the UNC Board of Governors.

Board of Trustees

Vern Davenport, Chair
Fielding Miller, Vice Chair
Vince Smith, Secretary


    Vern Davenport, Wake Forest, NC
    Leigh Fanning, Greenville, NC
    Tom Furr, Durham, NC
    Max Joyner, Jr., Greenville, NC
    Phil Lewis, Greenville, NC
    Fielding Miller, Raleigh, NC
    Robert Moore, Winterville, NC
    Angela Moss, Chapel Hill, NC  
    Bob Plybon, Greensboro, NC
    Jason Poole, Fayetteville, NC
    Jim Segrave, Kinston, NC   
    Vince Smith, Vienna, VA

    Ex-Officio Member

    Collin Johnson, (SGA President), Greenville, NC

Officers of Administration

Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is elected by the UNC Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president.

Dan Gerlach, Interim Chancellor

     Megan Ayers, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
     James F. Hopf, Chief of Staff
     Paul Zigas, Interim University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
     Wayne Poole, Chief Audit Officer

Ronald L. Mitchelson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

    Steve Ballard, Director, BB&T Center for Leadership
    LaKesha A. Forbes, Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
    Joseph S. Gaddis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Administration
    Linda M. Ingalls, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel Administration
    Janice S. Lewis, Director, Academic Library Services
    Christopher Locklear, Vice Provost for Academic Success
    Jon Rezek, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
    Wendy Sergeant, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personnel and Resource Administration
    Ying Zhou, Associate Provost for Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research

    College Deans

    Christopher Buddo, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication
    Allison Danell, Interim Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    Paul Schwager, Dean of the College of Business
    Anisa Zvonkovic, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance
    B. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education
    Harry Ploehn, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology
    David White, Dean of the Honors College
    D. Reide Corbett, Dean of Integrated Coastal Programs and Executive Director of the Coastal Studies Institute
    Paul Gemperline, Dean of the Graduate School

Virginia D. Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

     Susan Chapman, Executive Director, Business Administration
     Mary Beth Corbin, Executive Director of Student Transitions
     Kathleen E. Hill, Executive Director of Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Planning
     Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Involvement and Leadership
     William McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Living
     Lynn Roeder, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
     Christopher Stansbury, Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Operating Officer for Student Affairs
     William Williams, Director of Student Affairs Development, Parent and Family Programs

Administration and Finance

Sara Thorndike, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

    William Bagnell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations
    Dee Bowling, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services   
    Kevin Carraway, Director for Materials Management and Real Estate
    Stephanie Coleman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Athletics Fiscal Affairs
    William R. Koch, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Auxiliary Services
    Donald D. Sweet, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer   
    Gary R. Vanderpool, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Chief Resource Management Officer
    Kitty Wetherington, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources   
    William T. Wiseman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management and Military Programs

Jon Gilbert, Director of Athletics

    Caroline Bevillard, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Administration & SWA
    Stephanie Coleman, Associate Vice Chancellor, Budget and Athletics Fiscal Affairs
    Mike Hanley, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Student Services
    Alex Keddie, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Compliance
    J.J. McLamb, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations            
    Ryan Robinson, Executive Associate Athletics Director, External Operations                 
    Phillip Wood, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Pirate Club

Mark Stacy, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

    Paul D. Barry, Director, Office of Prospective Health
    Lorraine Basnight, Director, Eastern Area Health Education Center
    Michelle Brooks, Chief of Staff for Health Sciences
    Sylvia T. Brown, Dean, College of Nursing
    D. Gregory Chadwick, Dean, School of Dental Medicine
    Stephen Charles, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Education
    Maria C. Clay, Director of the Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education
    Lisa W. Hudson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Human Resources
    Thomas G. Irons, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education
    Elizabeth (Beth) Ketterman, Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library
    Jenny M. McKellar, Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences
    Darrell Neufer, Director, East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute
    Mark Notestine, President, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of ECU
    Robert F. Orlikoff, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Peter Schmidt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Care Regulatory Affairs   
    Mark Stacy, Dean, Brody School of Medicine and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
    Gary R. Vanderpool, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Administration and Finance
    Amanda Williams, Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences
    Paul Zigas, Senior Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences

Donald D. Sweet, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

     Andy Anderson, Director, Network Services
     Wendy Creasey, Director, Academic Technologies
     Ray Drake, Director, Systems and Applications Support
     Skip Kirby, Director, Strategic Information Services
     Zach Loch, Director, Enterprise Information Systems
     Hector Molina, Director, Central Project Office
     Mark Webster, Chief Information Security Officer

Jay Golden, Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement, and Chief Research Officer

    Ariana Billingsley, Director, Small Business and Technology Development Center
    Julie B. Cole, Director, Office of Research Administration
    Deb Elek, Director, Office for Research Integrity and Compliance
    Mary Farwell, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Research, and Director of Undergraduate Research
    Merrill Flood, Director, Local Government Affairs
    Susan McRae, Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Ted Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor
    Sharon Paynter, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Community Engagement and Research
    Matt Smith, Communications Specialist
    Suzanne Sparrow, Director, Human Subjects Protections
    Michael R. Van Scott, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
    Kathryn Verbanac, Assistant Vice Chancellor; Director of Postdoctoral Affairs
    Becky Welch, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services  
    C. Keith Wheeler, Executive Director, National Security and Industry Initiatives
    Mark Wdowik, Executive Director, Innovation and New Ventures

Christopher M. Dyba, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President ECU Foundation, Inc.

    Greg Abeyounis, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, Planned Giving and Annual Giving
    Kendra K. Alexander, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Development
    Scott E. Francis, Associate Vice Chancellor and President of the ECU Alumni Association
    Sharon K. Hamilton, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    Kay B. Murphy, Senior Director of Advancement Services
    Mark A. Notestine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and President of the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation

Academic Divisions, Colleges, and Schools

    Academic Advising Center and Retention Services
    Academic Outreach, Continuing and Distance Education
    BB&T Center for Leadership Development
    Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    College of Business
         The Miller School of Entrepreneurship
    College of Education
         ECU Community School
    College of Engineering and Technology
         Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering
    College of Fine Arts and Communication
         School of Art and Design
         School of Communication
         School of Music
         School of Theatre and Dance
    College of Health and Human Performance
    Integrated Coastal Programs
         Coastal Studies Institute
         Office of Diving and Water Safety
    Honors College
    Graduate School
    J.Y. Joyner Library
    Office of Enrollment Services
         Financial Aid
         Student Development (Athletics)
         Undergraduate Admissions
         University Registrar
         University Scholarships
    Office for Equity and Diversity
         Diversity and Inclusion
         Equal Opportunity and Equity
    Office for Faculty Excellence
    Office of Global Affairs
        Office of Global Academic Initiatives
        ECU Language Academy (ECULA)
        ECU Tuscany
    Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research
    Office of Personnel Administration
    Walter and Marie Williams STEPP Program

    Brody School of Medicine
    College of Allied Health Sciences
    College of Nursing
    School of Dental Medicine
    Center for Health Disparities
    East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute
    East Carolina Health Institute at ECU
    Eastern Area Health Education Center
    Health Sciences Administration and Finance
    Health Sciences Human Resources
    Laupus Library
    Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Inc.
    NC Agromedicine Institute
    Office of Prospective Health

    Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Office of Grants and Contracts
    Office of Innovation and Economic Development
    Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    Office for Research Integrity and Compliance
    Office of Sponsored Programs
    Office of Undergraduate Research

    Assessment, Research and Planning
    Business Administration
    Campus Living - Housing Operations/Residence Life
    Campus Recreation and Wellness
    Career Services
    Center for Counseling and Student Development
    Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
    Central Reservations Office
    Dean of Students  
    Dining Services
    Disability Support Services
    Dr. Peel LGBTQ Center
    First Year Programs
    Greek Life
    Intercultural Affairs
    Intergenerational Community Center
    Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
    Off-Campus Student Services
    Office of Parent and Family Programs
    Student Activities and Organizations
    Student Affairs Administration
    Student Affairs Development
    Student Affairs Divisional Communications
    Student Affairs Technology Services
    Student Government Association
    Student Health Services
    Student Involvement and Leadership
    Student Media
    Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Student Transitions
    Student Veteran Services
    Transfer Student Services
    Victim Services
    Youth Programs/Camps and Hospitality Services

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cornerstone value of the intellectual community at ECU and is expected of every student. Academically violating the Honor Code consists of the following: cheating - the giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance or the giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work; plagiarism - copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting those as one’s original work; falsification - statement of untruth, either verbal or written, regarding any circumstances relating to academic work; and attempting any act which if completed would constitute an academic integrity violation as defined above. No student may drop the involved course or withdraw from school prior to resolving an academic integrity charge.

Procedures governing academic integrity violations are described in the East Carolina University Faculty Manual. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors or contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities if they have questions regarding this policy.


East Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of East Carolina University.

All ECU educator preparation programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and are accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from fall 2015 to spring 2022. ECU is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards in spring 2022. CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation.

Specialized accrediting agencies are as follows:

  • ABET*
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics*
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education*
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education*
  • Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Council for Construction Education
  • American Psychological Association*
  • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  • Commission on  Collegiate Nursing Education*
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education*
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation*
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation*
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Council for the Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology*
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs*
  • Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions
  • Council on Education for Public Health*
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education*
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design*
  • National Association of Schools of Music*
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre*
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education*
  • National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
  • Planning Accreditation Board

*  US Department of Education recognized accrediting agency

For more information about accreditation at ECU, please contact Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (252-328-9492 or

Campus Libraries

Joyner Library

Joyner Library is the main campus library at East Carolina University. Joyner offers an abundance of print and online resources, including:

• 1.9 million print volumes
• More than 700,000 electronic books including free online textbooks at
• More than 11,000 DVDs and videos
• More than 28,000 CDs and other sound recordings
• More than 75,000 online and print journals and other serials
• More than 400 databases
• Special Collections, manuscripts, and rare books

Joyner Library has more than 280 computers for use by students. Each is loaded with Microsoft Office Suite, Internet tools, and specialized course-related software. Free printing and scanning are available.

Wireless access is available throughout the library. Students may use their own laptops or borrow library-owned laptops for use in the building. In addition to laptops, the library loans video cameras, digital cameras, projectors, scientific calculators, ebook readers, GoPro camera, chargers, and other equipment. Equipment is checked out from the Circulation Desk, near the library entrance.

Joyner Library has more than 100 individual and group study rooms, many equipped with large monitors for laptop hookup. Open study space is provided on all floors of the library; numerous study carrels are available for individual quiet study. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the library’s Starbucks location or from vending machines.

All students registered at East Carolina University, regardless of location, have access to the library’s subscription-based electronic resources. Students can use these resources to find journal articles, read newspapers, and check out e-books without leaving their home or dorm room. Access is provided through the library’s website at Student status is verified by Pirate ID and password. In addition, the online Joyner Library catalog can be searched from any location.

The Research and Instructional Services Department offers personal assistance to members of the ECU community (both on-campus and distance learners) who need help with their research and course assignments. Assistance is provided at the research assistance desk, by telephone, text and instant messaging, and via the Ask a Librarian email service. “Book a Librarian” is a service that allows students to choose a time to meet one-on-one with a librarian about their topic for 30-60 minutes. Meetings can be scheduled as quickly as 24 hours in advance. Members of the Research and Instructional Services staff help users identify relevant print and online sources, learn to use these sources, formulate search strategies, find statistical data, and much more. The Research and Instructional Services Department is located on the first floor, at the back of the library. It houses the Reference collection, which includes high-quality print and online reference materials and databases.

Circulation Services include checking materials and equipment in and out, managing print and electronic reserves, and assisting patrons. Students must present an ECU OneCard or distance education student card to check out materials.

Through a worldwide network of thousands of libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides ECU students with research materials not available from Joyner Library at no charge – often within days for articles and one or two weeks for loaned items. Articles are delivered via e-mail. Whether the items are owned by Joyner Library or borrowed from another library, distance education students who live outside Pitt County can use Document Delivery to have articles delivered by e-mail and have books and other materials shipped to their home address.

One of the most inviting areas of the library is the Special Collections Department on the third floor. The department includes the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection which collects, preserves, provides access to, and actively promotes the use of printed and non-print materials pertaining to the state. Holdings include books, broadsides, clipping and vertical files, maps, microforms, periodicals and state documents. The collection emphasizes the history of eastern North Carolina.  Also in Special Collections is the East Carolina Manuscript Collection which contains historical manuscript materials related to North Carolina, the tobacco industry, worldwide missionary activities, and American military history, especially naval and maritime history. Letters, diaries, photographs, financial and legal records, genealogical notes, reports, speeches, oral histories and other unpublished materials covering the period from before 1800 to the present provide a wealth of primary source materials for a vast array of research topics Other collections in Special Collections include University Archives, the Rare Book Collection, Map Collection, Hoover Collection on International Communism, the James H. and Virginia Schlobin Literature of the Fantastic Collection, and the Stuart Wright Collection.

The Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is located on the second floor of Joyner Library. It serves as a resource for students enrolled in the teacher education program at East Carolina University and for educators in eastern North Carolina. The TRC service desk provides research assistance supported by educational reference librarians. With new booths, soft seating, and tables, the TRC makes a great study spot. Resources available in the TRC include NC adopted K-12 textbooks, supplementary K-12 textbooks, textbook correlations, bibliographies, guides, mixed media, professional materials, online resources, K-12 reference materials, easy books, big books, juvenile/young adult fiction, nonfiction and biographies. The Ann Rhem Schwarzmann Production Center, located in the TRC, is designed to assist student teachers and educators in creating and producing quality lesson units. It houses two laminators, two Ellison die cut centers with several hundred die cuts, a poster maker system, vinyl cutter, plaque marker, an artwaxer, a light box, a binding machine, several paper cutters, a Badge-A-Minit button maker and cutter, office supplies and computer workstations with educational software installations and resources. The TRC also offers 3D modeling software and printing. Additionally, the Ronnie Barnes African American Resource Center is housed in the TRC.

The Music Library is located in the Fletcher Music Center. It offers the same services as Joyner: circulation, reserves, reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan, a group study/listening/viewing room, quiet study area, scanner, photocopiers, and printers. The collection consists of more than 90,000 books, music scores, periodicals, software, and sound and video recordings representative of all types and periods of music. PCs, Macs, and playback equipment for CDs, DVDs, DAT, LPs, videocassettes, mini-discs, CD-ROMs, laser discs, and audiocassettes are available for use by library patrons.

Joyner Library is open extensive hours each week, with 24-hour access Sunday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. Hours are posted on the main entrance of the building. Special hours are posted for holidays and semester breaks. The library maintains a recording of current operating hours that may be obtained by telephoning 252-328-4285. Hours are also posted on the website at

Laupus Health Sciences Library

Laupus Library serves the Division of Health Sciences which includes the Brody School of Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, Vidant Medical Center and Vidant System affiliates. The library also has a mission to connect Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) preceptors, health practitioners in eastern North Carolina, and ECU’s health education, research and clinical programs to quality information at the point of need.

The 72,000 square foot library located in the Health Sciences Building on ECU’s Health Sciences Campus includes reservable classrooms, small group study rooms, computer workstations, and collaborative work spaces with access to print and electronic collections. The Library supports wired and wireless networks and printing, a computer lab, reference services, and circulating and historical book collections. Visual programs and a large collection of anatomical models are available to the university community.

Access Services, located on the 2nd floor of the library, manages circulation of materials, including audiovisuals, anatomical models and charts, and more. To check out materials and to access the variety of services offered, bring your ECU OneCard or your distance education student card. Access Services is staffed to provide assistance whenever the library is open.

The Information and Research Services Department librarians provide reference assistance and are available to guide clients to the most efficient and effective means of accessing the library’s resources. Liaison librarians are assigned to colleges and schools in the Division of Health Sciences to provide information services, education programs, collection development assistance and curriculum coordination. Services include tours and orientations for groups or individuals, instruction in expert and evidence based searching, research consultations, and instruction on the use of literature databases and other online resources. Information Services librarians create and maintain online research guides and tutorials to help users better understand and locate the information they need.

The Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department provides clients with access to needed materials from outside institutions and provides other libraries with access to materials from Laupus collections. Document Delivery is a free copy service for ECU faculty, staff, students and Vidant Health staff for materials (articles and books) owned by either Laupus or Joyner Library. ILL borrowing is a free service for ECU faculty, staff, students and Vidant Health staff who order articles or books from other institutions. If you are not an ECU faculty, staff, student or Vidant Health staff please see Policies and Fees for more information on the fees for this service.

Collection Services orders all library circulating, reference, and history materials and ensures the discovery, access, and security is maintained for those materials through metadata application, performing maintenance and analysis of statistical data, electronic resource management, and physical processing. The department is responsible for the quality and consistency of the library’s holdings in the online catalog which can be accessed at The department also processes all material gifts. Please see Donating Materials for more information on gifting materials to the library, such as books, journals, artifacts, manuscripts, or other items.

History Collections manages books, artifacts, and manuscript collections relevant to the history of the health sciences, primarily in eastern North Carolina. Management of these materials includes preserving, conserving, curating, exhibiting, and making the items available for research. Archival collections for both Laupus Library and the Country Doctor Museum are housed within the History Collections.

Laupus Library also operates the Country Doctor Museum located in Bailey, NC. The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care.

Located on the second floor, the Computer Lab contains state-of-the-art technology providing a full range of resources to ECU faculty, staff, and students including PC’s, iMac’s, high-speed document scanners, a flatbed scanner, a color book scanner, high-volume black and white laser printers, and a color laser printer. Over forty (40) software titles are available in the computer lab ranging from word processing, spreadsheet, statistical, and presentation software to discipline-specific programs that complement the Division of Health Sciences curriculum.

Two computer classrooms support the library’s instructional services program and are available for reservation by ECU faculty and staff. Room 2502G seats thirty-two (32) people at computers while room 3503 seats thirty (30). Both rooms include an instructor computer, a networked printer, and a projection system to assist with presentations, training and orientations.

Laupus Library hours are posted at the main entrance of the library and on our website. Special hours for holidays and semester breaks are on our website. For more information including hours, announcements and detailed descriptions of all library services and collections please visit

ECU Alumni Association

The ECU Alumni Association was created to develop a spirit of cooperation and loyalty among alumni and to promote the general welfare of the institution. The scope of the association, organized by the classes of 1911 and 1912 in June 1912, has grown tremendously as the alumni population has multiplied with a growing ECU.

Further information concerning upcoming events and opportunities, please visit the ECU Alumni Association website.

Information Technology and Computing Services

Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) provides ECU students, faculty, staff and alumni with up-to-date information technology services and support.

Visit the New Students Getting Started web page ( for a comprehensive list of resources, policies and guidelines available to new ECU students.

The IT Help Desk offers technical assistance to ECU students regarding software, hardware, and network-related questions through e-mail, telephone or live online chat.

Students can check their ECU Office 365 e-mail at Office 365 provides an official ECU e-mail account with calendar and contacts; up to five licenses for Microsoft Office 2016 (Mac or PC); Office apps for mobile devices (Android, iOS, Windows); and OneDrive for Business cloud storage that includes Office Online. More information is available at All enrolled ECU students are also eligible for upgrades for Microsoft Windows ( at no cost. Upon graduation, East Carolina students are provided a lifetime e-mail address that shows graduates’ affinity to their alma mater.

ECU’s Student Computing Initiative is a comprehensive campus-wide effort addressing the support of student computers in the academic environment. Several academic programs require or strongly recommend that their students own a laptop computer as a part of the degree curriculum. The degree programs vary on when the computer will be required within the life of the program. ECU strongly recommends that all incoming freshmen not enrolled in one of the participating academic programs have access to a computer that meets minimum specifications in order to complete coursework. For a list of computer requirements by department and minimum recommended configurations for various ECU majors visit the Pirate Techs website. (

Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center ( provides support for students who need help with software or hardware support, network connectivity, mobile email setup, Microsoft software installation, virus and spyware removal, data transfer and recovery, and operating system installs and upgrades. Hardware repairs are offered to students with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo computers covered under warranty. ECU-Dowdy Student Stores sell computer equipment and software at an educational discount.

Many general-purpose computer labs are available in key locations around campus, as well as many department-specific locations. To locate available labs, visit the Campus Labs web page ( where a click on any computer icon opens details such as real-time seat availability, phone contacts and building location. Students can also use the Virtual Computing Lab to access many software programs from their home computer (

All students receive a monetary credit for printing each year. Allocated from student technology fees, credits are attached to a student’s PirateID at the beginning of each semester. More information is at Printing is available in all computer labs.

Pirate Print allows students to print from personal computers on or off campus to printing kiosks located across campus (

Students have two options for file storage: OneDrive and Piratedrive. OneDrive is included in the Microsoft Office 365 suite and is approved for storing coursework, project files, shared documents, and collaboration. Piratedrive is an online storage folder created for each student, faculty, and staff. Each folder is password-protected, secure and backed up nightly. Students have 125GB of space to store course assignments, videos, photos, and more. On-campus users access their personal Piratedrive through “My Computer” if they are logged in to the Intra domain.  It is labeled as the “U” drive.  Personal Piratedrive folders are accessible off campus through Pirate Port or through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.

All residence halls have wireless networking. Before accessing the ECU network, students are encouraged to install university-approved antivirus software. Use of university software requires students agree to comply with applicable university IT (information technology) policies ( and copyright laws (;

ECU’s Pirate Port Web portal ( allows students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades online.

ECU Mobile keeps students, faculty, and staff connected to East Carolina University from on or off campus. Students can instantly contact other Pirates from the ECU directory, stay-in-the-loop with the latest campus news, keep tabs on ECU Pirate sports, watch videos from recent campus events, check grades, access course content and browse the university’s academic catalogs. Download ECU Mobile from the iTunes Store, and Android Market on Google Play. Students can also visit for mobile browsing.

ITCS provides a suite of educational technologies to support teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face courses. ITCS supports the Blackboard learning management system that enables students to access course content, check grades, post to discussion forums, view important class announcements, read and download assignments, upload content, and more. Updates, resources, and tutorials for Blackboard are accessible from the Blackboard login page: ECU is in the process of migrating to the Canvas learning management system. Students will be notified by their course instructor(s) if the course will be taught in Canvas. Mediasite, a lecture-capture system, is available to meet campus needs and is integrated with Blackboard to record on-screen activity, audio, and video. The Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) can be used in or outside of the classroom and recordings are easily accessed within Blackboard or through a shared course catalog. With more than 400 technology-enhanced classrooms on campus, many faculty record their lectures and share recordings through Blackboard to provide access to content anytime, anywhere. Many of the technology-enhanced classrooms are equipped with Mediasite lecture capture systems. WebEx Cloud serves as another feature-rich web conferencing tool for ECU students and faculty. WebEx Cloud allows for Outlook scheduling, desktop sharing, audio or video calling, personal meeting rooms, mobile meeting hosting, Microsoft Office integration, and browser integration for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Mediasite automatically optimizes content to suit the available screen size and provide the best experience on iOS, Android, and Windows Surface devices. Blackboard provides access to course content through mobile apps. 

It’s easy to learn new technologies through our many training opportunities. Sign up with Microsoft Imagine Academy and choose modules to learn Microsoft Office, Windows and more, while free SAS training prepares users for statistical research. ECU students also have access to Learning, an online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills, via the Web, Blackboard, or the mobile app. More information is available at .

By using university IT resources, students accept that they are accessing the university-owned network, and that unauthorized or illegal use of the university network is prohibited. Illegally downloading copyrighted music, movies and other protected material via file-sharing programs can cost students their network access. Visit for more information.

ITCS regularly shares security tips on topics such as avoiding identity theft, protecting portable devices and personal information, and staying safe online at

To learn more about all on-campus technologies visit the ITCS website at, which provides a comprehensive look at many of the technology resources and policies for ECU students. Additionally, the ECU Technology News e-mail newsletter, ECU Educational Technology Digest e-mail newsletter, Twitter posts (TechatECU), and Facebook posts ( provide valuable information on upcoming software updates, training opportunities and new technology projects affecting the university community.

Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) provides leadership in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion as essential to fulfilling the university’s mission. 

We achieve our mission by:

  • implementing institutional strategies,
  • developing collaborative partnerships,
  • providing consulting services,
  • offering educational and awareness programs, and
  • administering the university’s nondiscrimination policies.

Office of Academic Outreach - Continuing and Distance Education

The Office of Academic Outreach - Continuing and Distance Education serves as a bridge between the student at a distance and the academic and administrative units of the university. The office respects and understands the unique demands of the lifelong learner and is committed to assuring quality accessible programs and services. The office supports the university in advancing its leadership role in the areas of distance and online learning both in our region and beyond. The educational and economic development of the citizens of its service area is a focal point for the office. The office partners with the academic and administrative units of the university, the UNC System, and the North Carolina Community College System to meet the needs of the education, healthcare, technology, business, industry and military affiliated communities.

The Office of Academic Outreach - Continuing and Distance Education includes the following program areas:

  • Campus Summer School
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Distance and Online Education
  • ECU Proctoring Center
  • Lifelong Learning Program
  • Military Outreach
  • State Authorization Compliance
  • The Testing Center

In order to fulfill the needs of a widely diversified group of students, our undergraduate degree completion programs, and graduate degrees are offered online via the Internet. The office also provides noncredit courses, seminars, and workshops to meet continuing professional development/education requirements. For adults 50 and older who seek to continue learning in a relaxed atmosphere, a wide array of class topics are available through the Lifelong Learning Program.

Student Academic Freedom

The University shall provide opportunity for its students to derive educational benefits through developing their intellectual capabilities, encouraging their increased wisdom and understanding, and enhancing their knowledge and experience applicable to the effective discharge of civic, professional, and social responsibilities. The University shall not abridge either the freedom of students engaged in the responsible pursuit of knowledge or their right to fair and impartial evaluation of their academic performance. All members of the University community shall share in the responsibility for maintaining an environment in which academic freedom flourishes and in which the rights and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected.

Student Stores

Dowdy Student Stores, owned and operated by East Carolina University for the convenience and support of the university community, stocks books, course materials, art and school supplies, computer hardware and software, and other educational tools for students on campus, as well as those taking distance education classes. Dowdy Student Stores also carries an extensive line of imprinted ECU apparel, gifts, and various accessories. Dowdy Student Stores are located on the main level of the Main Campus Student Center and on the second floor of the Health Sciences Student Center.

Additional services include a textbook rental program for numerous in-store and online textbook titles. Using Dowdy’s rental book program saves approximately 50% off the new textbook price. Another service provided by the Dowdy Student Stores is the Bookstore Account. The Bookstore Account is tied to the ECU 1 Card allowing students to place funds in an account, including but not limited to deferred financial aid funds, for purchases in the bookstore, including in-store textbook rentals. Dowdy Student Stores also operates a Book Buyback Program for students to sell back textbooks. The Tech Deck at Dowdy’s Wright Building location is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, and also stocks a wide variety of other brands of tablets, laptops and accessories. They can assist with explaining the various technology requirements for certain majors, and the academic discounts offered to all students.

Online ordering and other information are available through the Dowdy Student Stores website ( or by phone (252-328-6731 or toll-free 1-877-499-TEXT). Because it is the university-owned bookstore, Dowdy Student Stores contributes profits to scholarship and of the university programs and is among the top donors to the General Scholarship Fund.