Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs


Student Affairs fosters an environment where all students achieve their academic and personal goals. (https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/vision-mission-and-values/)


Student Affairs provides programs and services that optimize student learning and leadership, builds a safe, supportive and welcoming campus community, fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students, and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience. (https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/vision-mission-and-values/)


Student Affairs educators adhere to these core values:

  • Student Centered
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Inclusion

East Carolina Creed

In the pursuit of educational excellence, responsible stewardship, and intellectual freedom, the community of scholars at East Carolina University is committed to learning at the highest level. Founded in the tradition of service and leadership, members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times.  Therefore, we aspire to the following:

As an East Carolinian,

I will carry out personal and academic integrity.
I will respect and appreciate the diversity of our people, ideas, and opinions.
I will be thoughtful and responsible in my words and actions.
I will engage in purposeful citizenship by serving as a positive role model.
By striving to meet these aspirations on and off campus, our individual freedom to learn and a pledge to serve will be preserved.

Student Affairs

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students serves to advance the university’s mission by facilitating students’ knowledge, understanding, and utilization of university systems and resource, working collaboratively to enhance the enrichment of the overall student experience throughout the learning continuum. Work is accomplished through strategic alignment, both internally and in concert with other university departments. Our efforts affirm the value and contributions of each individual and we harbor democracy, civility, trust, and diversity as paramount to our work to effect positive change.

The Dean of Students staff serve as a liaison between students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators to help solve problems, assist with individual or group crisis management, and corresponds to student’s needs by identifying the appropriate resources available.

The Dean of Students provides various services, such as assistance with referrals to appropriate resources on campus; crisis intervention; discussion of options and solutions to problems; ECU Cares phone line (252-737-5555) and website ( https://ECUCares.ecu.edu) for explanation of university policies, procedures and regulations; resources for addressing student complaints and inquiries; programming related to the ECU Creed, resiliency and civility; and university excused absences. (https://deanofstudents.ecu.edu/)

SA Assessment, Research and Planning

SA Assessment, Research and Planning (SAARP) champions a culture of evidence and improvement within the Division of Student Affairs, in support of student learning, development, and success. SAARP provides leadership to increase the institution’s knowledge about students, the educational environment and institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs and services, and does so through service in support of outcomes-based assessment, student-focused research, data driven decision-making, strategic planning, program review, and professional education.

Off-Campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) assists students and parents/guardians in their search to find safe and affordable off-campus housing. This is accomplished by encouraging open communication and delivering university programs and services to empower students to become good citizens while keeping them connected to the university. (https://offcampus.ecu.edu/)

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is a primary health care facility with locations on central campus and in the Health Sciences Campus Student Center. SHS is comprised of dedicated professionals providing easily accessible and affordable health care to enrolled students. Our facility specializes in the overall health and well-being of each patient in our campus community by offering a comprehensive list of services. We are a fully accredited medical facility by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

The Student Health Services staff provides expert consultation in matters of health and infection control for the university community. Additionally, SHS offers a broad spectrum of services including preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, treatment for injuries, and care of urgent and non-urgent medical issues. Other services include sports medicine, travel medicine, pharmacy, x-ray services, ultrasound, health and nutrition education, laboratory, and allergy and immunization services. (https://studenthealth.ecu.edu/)

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) provides individuals with disabilities support services that will enable them to access programs, services, facilities and activities of the university; to enhance awareness among students, staff and faculty; and to provide assistance with academic courses. The primary purpose is to ensure that individuals with academic, physical, medical, or psychological disabilities have equal access to university programs and services.  DSS provides or coordinates a range of services and accommodations that meet the individual needs based on the impact of the specific disability. (https://accessibility.ecu.edu/students/)

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) fosters student growth by promoting students’ awareness and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as community members, addressing student conduct and creating developmental learning opportunities, and engaging students in ethical decision-making. 

OSRR administers the East Carolina University Student Code of Conduct, which governs students’ on- and off-campus conduct. Office staff is also engaged in campus education on various issues, such as academic integrity, citizenship development, and conflict resolution.

OSRR staff is available to advise all campus community members on their rights under the Student Code of Conduct and the ECU conduct process as well as to clarify University policies pertaining to student conduct. (https://osrr.ecu.edu/)

Student Transitions

The Office of Student Transitions (OST) provides a coordinated, comprehensive approach to enhancing success for all students; provides services and supports required for improving student satisfaction, academic success and student retention; and provides services that enhance in and out of classroom student engagement and career readiness. The work Student Transitions is grounded in student development theory and encompasses the following areas: New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Freshman Seminar (COAD 1000), The Pirated Experience (TPE), New Student Welcome and Convocation, Pirate Read, Camp P.I.R.A.T.E.S., Sophomore to Senior Programming, Student Veteran Services, and Transfer Student Services. OST is located in the Mendenhall Building, Suite 210. For more information call (252) 328-4173 or visit our website (https://studenttransitions.ecu.edu/).

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities at ECU are committed to the fulfillment of the following core values: friendship, leadership, philanthropy and service, and scholarship. The Greek Community at ECU is composed of 37 national and international Greek letter fraternities and sororities with over 2,800 students. Each fraternity or sorority is a member of one of four student-led governing councils. The Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (PA) were established to promote community service, leadership, academic excellence, campus involvement, diversity, and sisterhood and brotherhood. Each council assists and supports their member organizations in recruitment, risk management, and educational programming. (https://greeklife.ecu.edu)

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services (ECU-SLS) was established by the Student Government Association at East Carolina University as a service to provide students. ECU-SLS is registered with the North Carolina State Bar as a pre-paid legal services plan. It is funded through student fees. Services are available for fee paying students.  (NOTE: Registration with the NC State Bar does not equate to approval by the State Bar.)

ECU-SLS is an advisory service. We do not represent students in court on legal matters. We will work with you to determine whether you need representation by a lawyer.  The need for legal representation, however, always remains the decision of the student-client.

ECU-SLS is not affiliated with the University Attorney’s Office and does not provide advice concerning university related matters, against the university, or against another student. The legal services provided through ECU-SLS are not offered by or on behalf of East Carolina University or the Student Government Association. Services are provided through the ECU Student Legal Services plan by the attorney directly to the individual receiving the services, and so the attorney client privilege and confidentiality are assured. (https://student-legal.ecu.edu/)

Center for Counseling and Student Development

The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) provides free, confidential counseling services to currently enrolled ECU students (all services are covered by tuition and fees). The CCSD provides individual and group therapy, workshops, substance use counseling, consultation, psychoeducational outreach programs, and crisis services. CCSD services are designed to enhance personal growth, facilitate skill development, and improve understanding of self and others. Additionally, CCSD houses the Collegiate Recovery Community. (www.ecu.edu/counselingcenter/)

Career Services

ECU Career Services supports and empowers students in their career development to succeed as professionals in a global community. Each academic college at ECU has a dedicated career counselor that provides services to the students and faculty within these colleges. Drop-in hours are available while classes are in session Monday - Friday at the main office located at 701 East 5th Street. 

More information about Career Services is available at https://career.ecu.edu/ or by calling 252-328-6050. 

The following is a list of services and programs Career Services utilizes to assist students:

  • Career Counseling
    • Career guidance
    • Graduate school preparation
    • Interview preparation and practice
    • Job and internship search
    • Job offer evaluation and negotiation
    • Career assessment debriefing
    • Personal statements and graduate school essays
  • CO-OP Education
  • Employer Relations and Recruitment
  • Internship and Employment Posting in Handshake
  • Career Fairs
  • Etiquette Dinners
  • Pirate Employer Series - Employer Information Sessions
  • On Campus Interviews
  • Online Services and Technology
    • Handshake - Thousands of job and internship listings
    • Focus 2 - Interactive career planning and exploration tool
    • Virtual Job Shadow - Interactive  career exploration resource
    • Interview Stream - Practice interviewing technology
    • Career Shift - National job, co-op, and internship postings and contacts
    • Goin Global - International job postings and job search strategies abroad
    • Resume Samples - Hundreds of samples for each academic discipline
    • Virtual Resume Review - Receive online feedback on resumes

Student Activities and Organizations

Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) is committed to providing a broad range of co-curricular, educational, developmental, and social experiences through high quality programs and support. The department seeks to engage students by offering meaningful opportunities that foster an appreciation of lifelong learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Home to more than 500 registered student organizations, as well as the Student Activities Board (SAB), Homecoming Board, and the Student Government Association (SGA), the department provides access to a world of opportunities and engagement for Pirate Nation. Visit Student Activities and Organizations to help find your fit in Pirate Nation. (https://sao.ecu.edu)

  • Student Activities Board (SAB) is committed to fostering student development and leadership through the coordination of educating, engaging, and entertaining programs for the entire Pirate Nation. Students play an integral role in the selection of bands, comedians, films, lectures, artwork, novelty attractions, and more. They also play an essential role in the day-to-day operations of the Student Activities and Organizations Office and the major events held on campus. (https://sab.ecu.edu/)
  • Student Government Association (SGA) exists to serve the students of East Carolina University, and advocates for students so that they may be heard collectively. This organization encourages cooperation to create positive change within the university and its constituents, while upholding the values and mission of East Carolina University. A focus of the Student Government Association is to create student-university engagement and opportunities in an environment in which students have the right to self-expression regardless of identity or affiliation. (https://sga.ecu.edu/)

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) engages the Pirate community in diverse recreational and wellness experiences by providing exceptional facilities, programs, and services to thousands of participants every day. The department employs over 400 students annually serving the Pirate Nation at four state-of-the-art facilities. The Intramural Sports program offers over 30 different team and individual/dual activities in several skill levels. For those seeking a more intensive experience, 35 Club Sports are available with plenty of activities for everyone. Take the fun outdoors with the Adventure Program. This program choose offers a selection of trips, educational workshops, a 27-foot climbing wall, and equipment rental. Build and strengthen community with Leadership and Team Training builds and strengthens community by serving numerous groups annually through customized group initiative games, challenge course experiences, and other team building activities. The well-being areas provide a menu of options to meet people where they are and to help them thrive! Group Fitness is perfect for Pirates who want the freedom of a drop-in movement opportunity, such as joining a BODYPUMP™, Barre, Zumba®, Yoga class, and more! Small Group Training is perfect for those wanting to up their fitness game in a more team-like atmosphere. Personal Training is available for those who want one-on-one customized fitness programs delivered in-person or online. Well-Being is far more than movement, however. Resources and programs such as well-being coaching, relaxation stations featuring massage chairs, and health and well-being assessments are offered to support life-long habits within the five elements of well-being (career, social, financial, physical, and community). Discover, explore, and live programs are even offered on-demand! Well-being wherever you are, whenever. (https://crw.ecu.edu)

  • Student Recreation Center is convenient, accessible, and filled with activities to keep the mind, body, and spirit in shipshape condition. Special features include a climbing wall; an indoor pool and outdoor pool with a lounging area; a 10,300 square-foot fitness area with free weights, selectorized equipment and cardiovascular machines; an indoor running track; five exercise studios, the Wellness Center, the Adventure Center, basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts. Outdoor adventure trips, group fitness classes, yoga, martial arts, and a variety of intramural and club sports are among the many opportunities students can find at Campus Recreation and Wellness.
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness at the Health Sciences Campus is located in the Health Sciences Campus Student Center and is a 28,000 square foot facility with two multipurpose courts, an exercise studio, which includes virtual and live cycling classes, cross-training room, and cardiovascular and free weight areas. A wellness center, also located in the student center, offers massage chairs, a coffee and relaxation area, and other stress reduction activities. 
  • Blount Recreational Sports Complex includes 10 flag football and soccer fields and four softball fields, in addition to restrooms and parking. The Blount complex is a host site to part of the City of Greenville’s beautiful Greenway trail, 3.1 miles of natural trail for biking, running and walking. Outdoor group fitness opportunities can also be found here. The Blount Complex is on the ECU transit route and has free parking after 5:00 pm. 
  • North Recreational Complex has eight multi-sport fields, a six-acre lake, a field house, jogging trails, a beach area with sand volleyball courts, a boathouse, horseshoe pits, outdoor fitness equipment, an Odyssey Challenge Course, a low-ropes team challenge course, and a 19-hole disc golf course. The North Recreational Complex is also on the ECU transit route and has free parking. 

Student Involvement and Leadership

The mission of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) centers on building innovative and inclusive communities. Our departments develop programs and services that engage the ECU community and develop passionate leaders, while supporting the university’s commitments of student success, public service, and regional transformation. The unit is composed of five departments: Student Activities and Organizations, Greek Life, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Student Centers, and Intercultural Affairs. Intercultural Affairs is made up of the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, Women and Gender Office, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Lucille W Gorham Inter-Generational Community Center, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. (https://sil.ecu.edu)

Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs cultivates a transformative and culturally competent community centered on intercultural learning. Through collaboration with stakeholders, Intercultural Affairs develops programs and services that facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, promotes cultural competency development, and engages the community in reflective experiences which encourage self-exploration and challenges bias of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, social class, or other distinctions. 

Intercultural Affairs includes five centers and offices: the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Lucille Gorham Inter-Generational Community Center, Women and Gender Office, and the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center. (https://interculturalaffairs.ecu.edu/)

Student Centers

Student Centers is the home to two new facilities that serve Pirate Nation on both the Main Campus as well as the Health Sciences Campus. The Central Reservations Office (CRO) plays an important role in scheduling not only both student centers, but also many of the indoor and outdoor spaces across the two campuses for students, departments, and guests. Existing as ECU’s “living room,” both facilities empower the campus community around our motto Servire and serve as the hub for cultural, educational, social, and community activities. The centers exemplify the university’s mission as the leadership university, committed to student success, public service, and regional transformation. (http://studentcenters.ecu.edu)

  • Main Campus Student Center opened in January 2019 and is a 220,000 square foot facility serving as the front door to ECU’s campus. The building includes a 700-space parking deck for easy access for the ECU and Greenville community and guests. Many student focused departments and organizations are housed in the Main Campus Student Center including, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Activities & Organizations, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Dr. Jesse R Peel LGBTQ Center, Women and Gender Office, Greek Life, Central Reservations Office, University Ticket Office, and Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Additional features include Dowdy Student Stores, 220 seat Black Box Theater, a 14,000 square foot ballroom, six dining options, 11 different meeting rooms, and Pirate Vision - a 24’ x 42’ outdoor digital screen. 
  • Health Sciences Campus Student Center opened in May 2017 and is a 85,000 square foot facility that is the first standalone student center on a medical campus in North Carolina. This multi-purpose facility houses a number of student services such as Traffic and Parking, One Card, Student Health Services, Center for Counseling and Student Development, Student Activities and Organizations, and Career Services. Pirate Nation has access to a state-of-the-art 2,000 square foot event room, multiple lounges, eight study rooms, and a state-of –the-art 25,000 square foot recreation and wellness center. There is also three dining options including a Starbucks as well as the Health Sciences Campus Bookstore. The student center serves as a place for student’s faculty, staff, community, and alumni to meet, relax, study, and socialize. 

Campus Living

Campus Living actively contributes to the mission of the university by providing housing services and programmatic offerings to serve the needs of the undergraduate students at East Carolina University. Campus Living seeks to enrich the lives of our students by providing them a clean, safe and secure educational living environment where all residential students can reach their full academic and personal potential. (https://campusliving.ecu.edu/)

Dining Services

Dining Services provides a comprehensive dining program with high quality and affordable food service; encourages and promotes campus residential life and educational experience; projects a positive campus image and the University’s sense of community to all visitors, faculty, staff and students. Dining Services also provides nutritional education and provides a safe and comfortable dining experience, which operates efficiently and with fiscal integrity while also contributing to the economic impact of our region. (http://www.ecu.edu/dining)

Pirate Media 1

Pirate Media 1 engages students in real-life, hands-on practical training in a learning laboratory while providing news, information, entertainment and literary expression to the campus community. Mirroring ECU’s mission of Education in the 21st Century, Pirate Media 1 prepares students to compete and succeed in the global economy. (https://studentmedia.ecu.edu/)

Pirate Media 1 provides students with hands on experience in:

  • Reporting and editing
  • Creative writing
  • Event planning
  • Graphic design and production
  • Management
  • Photography and videography
  • Sales and marketing
  • Web production

Pirate Media 1 also prepares students for advanced placement in any career choice through the development of skills in areas such as:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution

ECU Transit

ECU Transit offers a wide variety of travel options on a comprehensive system which provides more than 3 million rides each year with service both on and off campus. Throughout the academic year and both summer sessions, buses operate on several fixed routes which circulate around main campus and connect to outlying areas, such as the Health Sciences Campus and commuter park-and-ride lots. Service is also provided to off-campus housing and several shopping centers. Additionally, a point-to-point on-demand van service, SafeRide, works in conjunction with the bus system to help ensure safe connections to evening routes, as well as safe travel around campus and adjacent areas at night after most regular daytime service has ended. Riders with permanent or temporary mobility impairments may choose Pirate Access for pre-arranged trips to and from university properties. Schedules, maps and other information on these services can be found at the ECU Transit website. (www.ecu.edu/transit)

Office of Parent and Family Programs

ECU’s Office of Parent and Family Programs is the office that supports you, as parents and family members, of an East Carolina University student. Parents and families play an important role at ECU and we believe that the more you know about the university, the more you can contribute to your student’s success here, and we want to be your partner in your child’s education.  We provide personalized help to find solutions to problems, and help you navigate through your family’s college experience. Our office staff are here to assist you with finding answers to your questions.

For more information, you can visit our website http://parents.ecu.edu, call the Parents Help Line at 252-328-6847, or email us at parents@ecu.edu. We will answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can. Join the Parent and Family Portal at https://ecu.campusesp.com for your opportunity to receive newsletters and important information. Engage with our social media accounts @ECUParents (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to keep connected no matter your location.

Student Veteran Services

Student Veteran Services provides a seamless transition for student veterans both academically and socially by assisting them in becoming fully integrated into the East Carolina University community by educating, preparing, and engaging. Student Veteran Services provides supportive services necessary to ensure that student veterans are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment, and eventually transition to civilian employment. 

Programming and services include a two-day mandatory summer orientation for incoming student veterans, COAD 1000, Pirate Veteran Organization, SALUTE National Honor Society, the PAVE mentoring program, BB&T Veterans Leadership Academy, Female Veteran Programming, Graduate Recognition Ceremony, and a VA VetSuccess Counselor. 

The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Mendenhall Building (Main Campus) and is open from 8am-5pm on Monday-Friday and Health Sciences Campus Student Center Room 221 on Tuesday and Friday from 8am-5pm. For more information about Student Veteran Services, telephone 252-737-6542, or visit the website at https://studentveterans.ecu.edu