Elizabeth City State University is operating under normal conditions.


January 5, 2017

Winter Storm Warning 

New Schedule for Official Registration, First Day of Classes, and More

To ECSU Faculty, Staff & Students:

The greater Elizabeth City area is under a Winter Storm Warning. The latest forecast model projects rain beginning during the day on Friday changing over to a light snowfall Friday evening. The heaviest snowfall is anticipated late Friday night continuing into the day on Saturday. Projected accumulations will range between 2 to 8 inches. Snowfall is expected to end late Saturday afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to be well below freezing Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

Please avoid all unnecessary travel during this period. Road conditions are expected to be hazardous. Returning students are strongly encouraged not to travel to campus on Sunday, January 8th to move into the residence halls. However, live-in residence hall staff will be available to receive students on January 8th, 9th and 10th and modified campus food services will be available for students staying on campus. 

A new schedule is provided below for the Official First Day of Classes, Registration, and Drop-Add Period:

  • New & Transfer Student Orientation – Friday, January 6th (no change)
    Official Registration – Tuesday, January 10th 
    First Day of Classes – Wednesday, January 11th 
    Late Registration Drop/Add Period – Wednesday, January 11th 


Dining Services Hours

Friday January 6, 2017 

Breakfast - 8a -9:30a

Lunch - 12p -1:30p

Dinner - 4p -5p

Saturday, January 7, 2017 

Brunch - 11a -1p    

Dinner - 4p -5:00p   

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brunch - 11a -1p    

Dinner - 4p -5:00p   

Monday, January 9, 2017

Brunch 11a -1:30p

Dinner 4p-5:30p

ECSU employees should continue to monitor local media, www.ecsu.edu, ECSU Alert, WRVS FM 89.9 and university issued email accounts for updates on suspension of operations or delays on Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th. 


Audible Warning System

Elizabeth City State University uses the ECSU Alert Warning System. When ECSU Alert is activated because of an emergency, the university advises you to follow the motto: Stop. Listen. Communicate.


When the campus-wide emergency tone is heard, STOP whatever you are doing and seek shelter in the nearest building. Look for information via text message, cellular phone, email, ECSU website or other established sources. In some cases, a voice announcement providing brief instructions may accompany the audible tone.

  1. Remain indoors until further notice.
  2. Close windows and doors.
  3. Follow directions.
  4. Assist others around you.
  5. Do not call Campus Police or 911.
  6. The audible tone will signal "all clear" when the emergency is over.


The emergency tone is transmitted via a series of pole- or roof-mounted speakers positioned at the Thomas-Jenkins Building, Wamack Hall and Mitchell-Lewis Hall.  These speakers can produce both tone and voice output. Therefore, it is vital to LISTEN for any broadcasts that provide additional information about the nature of the emergency.  Emergencies that warrant system activation:

  1. Fire
  2. Tornado/Hurricane/Violent Storm
  3. Bomb Threat
  4. Suspicious Person
  5. Violent Incident

In an emergency, promptly follow directions provided, assist persons around you, and refrain from calling Elizabeth City State University Campus Police or 911 unless directly in danger. Too many calls can overload these emergency communications systems, hampering their ability to manage the emergency.

Listen for further information and the "all clear" signal from campus officials. Any campus emergency initiated by the ECSU Alert system will be closed with an "all clear" signal from the system.

*Keep in mind that all systems require testing to ensure that they are working properly. Tests will be performed periodically. The campus and surrounding communities will be informed of the tests in advance. Please see the list of scheduled test dates .

Sound Icon Click icon to listen to the audible tones and pre-recorded voice announcements.



Effective communication can save lives when emergencies happen. In the event of an emergency, ECSU strives to provide quick and accurate communication to students, faculty, staff, and guests through the use of ECSU Alert and emergency procedures.

Sign up to receive text messages about emergencies on your cellphone, by visiting https://www.piersystem.com/go/mailinglist/1397/ 

For additional guidance about emergency communication and recommended actions, such as sheltering in place, View our Emergency Procedures.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth City State University's Campus Police at (252) 335-3555.