Message from the Chancellor: Campus Updates and Fall 2020 Preparations

Posted April 29, 2020, 11:29PM
Dr. James E. Shepard Administration Circle

April 29, 2020

Dear Eagle Community:

This week marks final exams for our students. Eagles: Strive to remain focused as you approach the end of the semester.

To all of our Spring 2020 graduates: I know you each have a unique story to tell about becoming an Eagle and a host of memories from your journey here. We look forward to hearing those stories and celebrating you in the coming months, following the COVID-19 disruption of our originally scheduled Commencement exercises.

On April 23, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 135 that extends through May 8, 2020, which includes a series of measures intended to reduce the spread of the virus, such as continued social distancing. This will be followed by a three-phased approach to lifting restrictions for the state. A link to the order can be found here.

Additionally, Durham City and County Governments have updated their combined Stay-at-Home orders to extend through May 15, 2020. On the NCCU campus, all COVID-19 related protocols and guidelines will remain in place in accordance with recommendations of state and local officials.

As we prepare for Summer Sessions One and Two, which begin May 26 with all online course delivery, we are also actively planning for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students: Register for the fall 2020 semester, if you have not done so already.

NCCU is working with the University of North Carolina System and President Bill Roper on policy updates and reviewing guidelines from national, state and local health authorities. We are optimistic and hopeful about the fall 2020 semester. I have convened an NCCU Operations Continuity Task Force, with representatives from numerous campus constituencies, whose members are engaged in a robust planning process for reopening our campus for the fall semester. Our first priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. We will communicate more details on plans as decisions are finalized. Please read the full message from President Roper here.  

While much remains uncertain at this time in our world, there is certainty in the fact that more than 1,000 Eagles are joining the distinguished rank of alumni and we will welcome a new group of first-year and transfer students to our Nest this fall.

Please continue to stay safe and visit the university’s coronavirus website for updates.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., Chancellor

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