Message from the Chancellor: Fall 2020 Semester

Posted August 18, 2020, 9:22AM

August 17, 2020

Dear NCCU Community:

Today, University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans issued a statement related to the modification of course delivery for undergraduate students at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As President Hans notes: “The decision to adapt operations applies to UNC-Chapel Hill only because no other UNC System institution has reported information, at this time, that would lead to similar modifications. All students must continue to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing as part of their personal responsibility, particularly in off-campus settings. Taking personal responsibility and enforcing community standards are essential for the success of this semester and for protecting public health.” You can read his full statement here: https://www.northcarolina.edu/news/unc-system-president-issues-statement-on-fall-semester/.

North Carolina Central University will continue to operate as we have planned for the fall 2020 semester, which includes face-to-face, hybrid and online classes. We continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 related developments for NCCU and will be guided in all our decisions by recommendations and protocols from local, state and federal health officials.

Students: Please ensure you review the correspondence that was circulated today from Dean of Students Joy Hartfield related to community responsibilities and resources. It is attached and includes a number of important reminders that will assist us in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 at NCCU. As Dean Hartfield stated and I want to emphasize: Always remember that the behavior of one individual can impact the entire community. I urge every student to take their behavior and decision-making seriously — whether on or off-campus — and consider the impact of your decisions not only on your health, but also on your friends, family, professors, staff, and other community members.”

Continue to “Protect the Nest” and adhere to the three “W’s”: wear a face covering; wait six-feet apart from others to avoid close contact; and wash your hands.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., Chancellor

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