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ADA – As successful mitigation efforts against the coronavirus continue to progress, East Central University is cautiously taking steps to reopen the campus.

Following a three-phase plan, ECU will reopen campus to the public on June 15, with the ultimate goal of a return to in-person classes for students beginning August 17.

The “return to campus” plan is currently being developed by an ad hoc committee made up of University personnel monitoring the latest developments in local, state and national efforts to contain the virus.

“Employee and student health and safety will remain the top priority throughout all phases of the return,” wrote ECU President Katricia Pierson in an open letter to campus on May 12.

Pierson noted there are many variables still in play and the committee will continue to work on details and adjust them as needed. Employees should continue to monitor their health statuses and make work arrangements accordingly. ECU’s plan also includes strict social distancing and hygiene protocols on campus. More details are available at

“I am grateful to have such an amazing group of people to work with and I miss being on our beautiful campus,” Pierson wrote. “I’m hearing from many employees who are more than eager to get back, and we are ready to get them back on campus as safely as possible.” 


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