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Graduate Catalog 2008-09

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On July 2, 1908, former governor Thomas Jordan Jarvis, considered to be the father of East Carolina University, made the following remark as he broke ground for a teachers training school where Jarvis Residence Hall now stands:

“We can never begin to calculate the value it will be to North Carolina.”
The teachers college, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 8, 1907, as a two-year normal school, opened its first regular session on October 5, 1909, with 174 men and women students enrolled. The first graduating class received diplomas on June 6, 1911. The years that followed revealed the accuracy of Jarvis’ statement.

Since its inception in 1907, East Carolina has evolved from a teachers training school to a national research university. The student population has grown from 147 to over 25,000. The campus now includes more than 160 buildings in four locations: the central campus, health sciences, athletics, and west research campus. The university’s academic programs are housed in ten colleges and professional schools, including the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

East Carolina University has become the institution that was envisioned by its early leaders, fulfilling its motto, “to serve.” Today’s leadership continues to build upon the foundation laid by Robert H. Wright, the first president of the university:

We will give to the rising generation the purest inheritance of the nation and better preparation than has ever been given to a preceding generation. This school is an expression of that determination; it was built by the people, for the people, and may it ever remain with the people, as a servant of the people.
In North Carolina, all public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multicampus state university, East Carolina University is the third largest. The University of North Carolina includes Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, is an affiliated school of The University of North Carolina.

Our Mission

East Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, is a public doctoral university committed to meeting the educational needs of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. It offers baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional fields, including medicine. The university is dedicated to educational excellence, responsible stewardship of the public trust, and academic freedom. ECU values the contributions of a diverse community, supports shared governance, and guarantees equality of opportunity.

The university’s motto is “servire,” meaning “to serve.” The university seeks to meet that obligation through the interrelated components of its mission: service through education, research and creative activity, and leadership and partnership.

The educational mission is to provide students with a rich, distinctive undergraduate and graduate educational experience. The university is committed to developing each learner’s ability to discover, evaluate, and communicate knowledge; to make informed decisions; and to recognize a decision’s ethical dimensions. The university also is committed to imparting a sense of citizenship and personal responsibility, fostering lifelong learning, and nurturing an understanding of the interdependencies of people and their environments.

ECU’s research mission serves to advance knowledge, to encourage creative activity, to solve significant human problems, and to provide the foundation for professional practice through the support of basic and applied research. The university is committed to integrating research and creative activities in the educational experiences of students. It also is committed to enriching culture and being a leader in innovative research applications.

The service mission of East Carolina University, as an institution with a tradition of strong regional ties and public outreach, is to provide leadership and to engage in partnerships supporting public education, health care and human services, cultural activities, and regional development.

Organization of the University of North Carolina


The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.” It elects the president, who administers The University.

Board of Governors

Jim W. Phillips, Jr, Chairman
Peter D. Hans, Vice Chairman
Estelle "Bunny" Sanders, Secretary
Terms Expiring in 2009
Bradley T. Adcock, Durham
Peaches Gunter Blank, Nashville
Laura W. Buffaloe, Roanoke Rapids
Phillip R. Dixon, Greenville
Ray S. Farris, Charlotte
Dudley E. Flood, Raleigh
Hannah D. Gage, Wilmington
H. Frank Grainger, Cary
Charles H. Mercer, Jr., Raleigh
Fred G. Mills, Raleigh
Jim W. Phillips, Jr., Greensboro
Irvin A. Roseman, Wilmington
William G. Smith, Durham
J. Craig Souza, Raleigh
J. Bradley Wilson, Durham
David W. Young, Asheville
Terms Expiring in 2011
Brent D. Barringer, Cary
R. Steve Bowden, Greensboro
Clarice Cato-Goodyear, Charlotte
Frank A. Daniels, Jr., Raleigh
John W. Davis III, Winston-Salem
Ann B. Goodnight, Cary
Peter D. Hans, Raleigh
Charles A. Hayes, Raleigh
Adelaide Daniels Key, Asheville
G. Leroy Lail, Hickory
Ronald Leatherwood, Waynesville
Cheryl R. Locklear, Red Springs
Marshall B. Pitts, Jr., Fayetteville
Gladys Ashe Robinson, Greensboro
Estelle W. “Bunny” Sanders, Roper
Priscilla P. Taylor, Chapel Hill
Emeriti Members
James E. Holshouser, Jr., Southern Pines
Ex-Officio Member
T. Greg Doucette, President, UNC Association of Student Governments

Officers of Administration

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elects a president, who administers The University of North Carolina.

Erskine B. Bowles, BA, MBA, President
Alan Mabe, BA, MA, PhD, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joni Worthington, BS, MA, Associate Vice President for Communications and Special Assistant to the President
Bart Corgnati, BS, MS, Secretary of the University
Steven Leath, BS, MA, PhD, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
Laura Luger, AB, JD, Vice President and General Counsel

Organization of East Carolina University


Each institution has a board of trustees, which holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Board of Trustees

Terms Expiring in 2011
William H. Bodenhamer, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Robert G. Brinkley, Charlotte, NC
David S. Brody, Kinston, NC
Robert J. Greczyn, Jr., Durham, NC
Carol M. Mabe, Greensboro, NC
E. David Redwine, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Terms Expiring in 2013
Joel K. Butler, Grimesland, NC
W. Kendall Chalk, Winston-Salem, NC
Steven W. Jones, Raleigh, NC
Robert V. Lucas, Selma, NC
Danny R. Scott, Swansea, IL
Mark E. Tipton, Raleigh, NC
Ex-Officio Member
Brad Congleton, President, Student Government Association, Ex-officio

Officers of Administration

Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is elected by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president.

Office of the Chancellor

Steve Ballard, BA, PhD, Chancellor
Philip Rogers, BA, MPA, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
John Durham, BA, MA, Executive Director of University Communications and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Stacie Tronto, BSA, MBA, CIA, CISA, CFE, Director, Internal Audit
Donna Gooden Payne, BA, JD, University Attorney

Graduate School Officers of Administration

Deirdre M. Mageean, BSSc, MA, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Paul Gemperline, BS, PhD, Acting Dean of the Graduate School
Belinda P. Patterson, BS, MAEd, EdD, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School

Memberships and Accreditations

East Carolina University is a member of or accredited* by the following as well as other organizations in the individual disciplines.
Academic Common Market
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.*
Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association*
Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Physician Assistant, Inc.
Administration of Accounting Programs Group, American Accounting Association
American Academy of Religion
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance*
American Anthropological Association
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy*
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
American Association of School Librarians*
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Chemical Society*
American College Health Association
American College of Nurse-Midwives*
American College of Sports Medicine
American College Personnel Association
American Council for Construction Education*
American Council on Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages*
American Council of Learned Societies
American Dietetic Association*
American Historical Association
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Library Association
American Mathematical Society
American Music Therapy Association
American Philosophical Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Political Science Association
American Society of Allied Health Professions
American Society of Cytopathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association*
Arts Advocates of North Carolina
Association for Childhood Education International*
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Association for the Care of Children’s Health
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Association of the Advancement of Health Education/ Society of Public Health Educators*
Association of American Colleges
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of College and Research Libraries
Association of College and University Printers
Association of College Unions-International
Association of College and University Housing Officers- International
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Association of Continuing Higher Education
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Association of Experiential Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Association of Physician Assistant Program
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Association of University Research Parks
Association on Higher Education and Disability
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International*
Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association
Coalition for Academic and Scientific Computation
College and University Mail Services Association
College and University Personnel Association
College and University System Exchange
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education*
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education*
Conference USA
Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
Cooperative Education Association, Inc.
Corporation for Research and Educational Networking
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Exceptional Students*
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Council for Interior Design Accreditation * (formerly FIDER)
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing
Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
Council on Rehabilitation Education*
Council on Social Work Education*
Council on Undergraduate Research
Educational Leadership Constituent Council*
Fulbright Association
Health Education Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Joint Review
Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training*
Homeland Security Defense Education Consortium
International Association of Buddhist Studies
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
International Association of Counseling Services
International Association of Management Education
International Association of Performing Arts Administrators
International Association of Tibetan Studies
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
International Dance Education Association
International Parking Institute Congress
International Publishing Management Association
International Technology Education Association
International Ticketing Association
Joint Commission for Ambulatory and Health Organization*
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Liaison Committee on Medical Education*
Medical Library Association
Music Library Association
National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences*
National Association for Business Teacher Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children*
National Association of Campus Activities
National Association of Campus Card Users
National Association of College Stores
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of College and University Food Services
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of College Law Enforcement Officers
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Collegiate Concessionaires
National Association of Educational Buyers
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
National Association of Industrial Technology*
National Association of School Psychologist*
National Association of Schools of Art and Design*
National Association of Schools of Music*
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration*
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
National Collegiate Honors Council
National Commission for Cooperative Education
National Council for Accreditation of Environmental Health Curricula
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education*
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of University Research Administrators
National Council on Family Relations
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council*
National Humanities Alliance
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
National Kitchen and Bath Association*
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission*
National Middle School Association*
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation/Council on Accreditation*
National Safety Council
National University Continuing Education Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Alliance of Allied Health Professions
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
North Carolina Association of International Educators
North Carolina Board of Nursing*
North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Educational Training Standards Commission*
North Carolina State Board of Education*
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Society for College and University Planning
Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools*
Southern Association of College and University Business Officers
Southern Building Code Congress International
Southern Conference of Graduate Schools
Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
The College Board
The Renaissance Group
University Consortium for International Programs
University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development
University of North Carolina Exchange Program
University Risk Management Insurance Association
Other organizations in the individual disciplines. East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Approved for Professional Education Licensure by the North Carolina State Board of Education.


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is expected of every East Carolina University graduate student. A student’s instructor or individual graduate advisory committee or an appropriate departmental graduate committee or advisor may initiate actions, in accordance with Faculty Manual procedures, against a graduate student that is believed to have been engaged in academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes: cheating, the giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance, or the giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work; plagiarism, copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting those as one’s original work; falsification, statement of untruth, either verbal or written, regarding any circumstances relating to academic work; and attempting any act which if completed would constitute an academic integrity violation as defined above.

While academic dishonesty actions are taking place against a graduate student, the graduate student may not withdraw from the University, drop a course in which academic dishonesty is suspected, take a comprehensive or final examination for a degree, or submit a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.

Campus and Buildings

The main campus encompasses over 400 acres in an urban setting within the city of Greenville and is convenient to both the downtown area and shopping centers. The campus is a pleasing mixture of architectural styles. The five million square feet of academic, research, and residence facilities have modern appointments and are well equipped. The Health Sciences Campus, located on 70 acres, houses the Brody School of Medicine and is the hub of the university’s health sciences program. The west research campus has over 450 acres and is the home for several research and graduate programs.

In the past ten years, the university has spent $356 million for capital improvements. Joyner Library houses over one million volumes; student services have been enhanced by the addition of Todd Dining Facility, West End Dining, and the Student Recreation Center. The health services complex has been expanded by the addition of the Warren Life Sciences Building and the Nursing, Allied Health, and Health Sciences Library Building; the athletic complex has grown with the expansion of Dowdy Ficklen Stadium to a capacity of 45,000 seats and the addition of a state of the art strength and conditioning center, the Murphy Center. Major renovations have been completed on Jarvis Residence Hall, Jones Residence Hall, Student Health Services, and the Wright Place. The new 288 bed College Hill residence hall project brought suite style residence accommodations. The university continues to focus resources on a comprehensive program to incorporate new technology into classroom and lab facilities. The university is completing a six-year capital expansion that will exceed $200 million. In 2003, the university completed construction of the Science and Technology Building that comprises 270,000 gross square feet of classrooms and labs. In 2006 the Nursing, Allied Health, Health Science Library Building at 305,000 square feet became the second largest building ever constructed on campus. Campus beautification continues to be a priority with goal of preserving and enhancing the charming character of the campus.

A map of the university campuses with corresponding building key may be found inside the back cover of this publication. The building key for class schedules may be found following the index of this catalog.

Campus Libraries


J. Y. Joyner Library

The main campus library at East Carolina University is Joyner Library, a facility where students can study alone or in groups, check out books and DVDs, read journals and magazines, use computers, and get help using library materials and databases. The library contains 1.4 million books, more than 2.5 million pieces of microform, and thousands of periodicals. In addition, all students registered at East Carolina University, regardless of location, have access to the library’s subscription-based electronic resources. Students can use these resources to find journal articles, read newspapers, and check out e-books without leaving their home or dorm room. Access is provided through the library’s Web site at Student status is verified by Pirate ID and password. In addition, the online Joyner Library catalog can be searched from any location.

The Circulation Desk is one of the first things patrons see when entering Joyner Library from the plaza. Services here include, but are not limited to, the checking in or out of library materials, receiving help from library staff with locating items, and the answering of questions about the academic research library system and its services. To check out materials and to access the variety of services offered, bring your ECU OneCard or your distance education student card. The Reserve Collection - consisting of materials placed on reserve by professors for their students to check out - is part of the Circulation area. Another very popular service we provide for ECU students, faculty, and staff is the Pull & Hold service. Accessed through the Interlibrary Loan Department’s Illiad system, this service provides patrons with the ability to request materials that are available on the shelf, have them pulled by our staff, and then held at the Circulation Desk for pick-up. Laptops may be checked out at the Circulation desk for use in the Library. The laptops are equipped with the same programs as the lab computers and include a wireless card for Wi-Fi Internet access. If you would like to use the large LCD and plasma screens located in several of the library’s group study rooms to display images from your laptop, Circulation offers remotes, adapters, and instructional guides for check out to ECU students. Video cameras and tripods are also available for checkout to ECU faculty, staff, students and area educators. There is a staff member on duty the entire time the library is open so feel free to stop by for assistance.

Joyner Library is a selective depository for U.S. government publications. It provides access to government documents in many formats, including print, CD-ROM, microform and web. The Government Documents collection also includes web guides, international documents and more than 100,000 maps.

Through a worldwide network of thousands of libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides ECU students, faculty, and staff with research materials not available from Joyner Library – often within days for articles and one or two weeks for loaned items. Whether the items are owned by Joyner Library or borrowed from another library, undergraduate distance education students who live outside of Pitt County can use Document Delivery (DD) to have articles delivered by email and to have books and other library materials shipped to their home address. Visit the ILL/DD webpage to learn more and to place requests using the ILLiad system: ILL staff members are happy to demonstrate ILLiad and to explain the ILL process.

Reference Services offers personal assistance to members of the ECU community (both on-campus and distance learners) who need help with their research and course assignments. Assistance is provided at the reference desk, by telephone and instant messaging, and via the Ask a Librarian e-mail service. Members of the Reference staff help users identify relevant print and online sources, learn to use these sources, formulate search strategies, find statistical data, and much more. The Reference Services collection includes high-quality print and online reference materials and databases.Reference Services is located at the back of the library and also offers 120 computer stations, including 6 stations equipped with scanners.

One of the most inviting areas of the library is the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection. The department collects, preserves, provides access to and actively promotes the use of printed and non-print materials pertaining to the state. Holdings include books, broadsides, clipping and vertical files, maps, microforms, periodicals and state documents, for which the library is a full depository. The collection emphasizes the history of eastern North Carolina. The department’s Snow L. and B.W.C. Roberts Collection includes more than 1,200 works of fiction set in North Carolina and dating from 1720. A number of these books and scores of historical works from the North Carolina Collection have been digitized for the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library.

The Special Collections Department is a major historical research facility. It contains a wide variety of rare and valuable manuscript, archival and published collections with strengths in the areas of maritime and North Carolina history. A closed stacks non-circulating facility, it ranks among the five largest such collections in North Carolina. Among its major subdivisions are the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, University Archives, the Rare Book Collection, Map Collection, Hoover Collection on International Communism, and the James H. and Virginia Schlobin Literature of the Fantastic Collection. The collections are open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. However, all researchers must register, provide current and valid photographic identification, and agree to abide by collection rules to obtain access to collections. The Special Collections Department Search Room is located on the 4th floor of Joyner library. For more information and for access to online finding aids researchers should visit the Special Collections Department website.

The Teaching Resources Center (TRC) serves as a resource for students enrolled in the teacher education program at East Carolina University and for educators in eastern North Carolina. The mission of the Teaching Resources Center is to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives by providing resources and services to educators at all levels. The TRC service desk provides reference and directional assistance supported by educational reference librarians. The following resources are available in the center: NC adopted K-12 textbooks, supplementary K-12 textbooks, textbook correlations, Kraus Curriculum Development Library, bibliographies, guides, mixed media, professional materials, online resources, K-12 reference materials, easy books, big books, juvenile/young adult fiction, nonfiction and biographies. A unique and special service located in the TRC is the Enhancing Teachers’ Classrooms (ETC) room. Designed to assist in creating and producing quality lesson units, the room houses two laminators, two Ellison die cut centers with several hundred die cuts, an artwaxer, a light box, a binding machine, several paper cutters, a Badge-A-Minit button maker and cutter, office supplies and computer workstations with educational software installations and resources. Additionally, the Ronnie Barnes African American Resource Center is housed in the TRC.

The Music Library is located in the A.J. Fletcher Music Center and is Joyner Library’s only branch. As such, it offers the same services as Joyner: reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan, and card-operated photocopiers and printers. Microform reading/printing services are provided free of charge. The collection consists of more than 80,000 books, music scores, periodicals, software, and sound and video recordings representative of all types and periods of music. A thirteen station technology lab with PCs and playback equipment for CDs, DVDs, DAT, LPs, videocassettes, mini-discs, CD-ROMs, laser discs, and audiocassettes is available for use by library patrons.

Joyner Library is open extensive hours each week, with 24-hour access during exam periods. Hours are posted on the main entrance of the building. Special hours are posted for holidays and semester breaks. The library maintains a recording of current operating hours that may be obtained by telephoning 252-328-4285. Hours are also posted on the Web site at

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library

The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library is located on ECU’s West Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Laupus Library supports the education, research, and patient care responsibilities of the Health Sciences Division.

The four floors of the 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art library have been designed as space for study, research, communication, collaboration, and educational support. The library’s wireless environment enables users to search the library’s wide array of electronic resources and access full text information. A book collection of over 47,000 volumes and 642 print journal titles, and 90,000 bound journal volumes, along with visual programs and anatomical models is available to the university community. An Information Commons service concept encompasses reference floor computers for searching the literature and producing research papers, a computer lab with curriculum-based software, a computer classroom, two Collaborative Resource Centers for producing high end presentations and group projects, a Multimedia Development Center for editing lectures and access grid teleconferencing for students and faculty.

The Information Services Department offers reference services including one-on-one consultations to compliment library skills classes and library orientations. Laupus Library has a History of Medicine collection where historical and unique books and artifacts focus on the history of health care in eastern North Carolina. Detailed descriptions of the library’s services and collections can be found at

Both Joyner Library and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library resources are available through the VirtualLibrary@ECU.

Information Technology and Computing Services

Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) works diligently to provide ECU students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the best possible information technology services and support. Please visit the ITCS Web site at for the most up-to-date information regarding new technology services and resources available to the ECU community. There you will also find guidelines and policies that will impact your computing activity at ECU.

The IT Help Desk ( offers technical assistance to ECU students, including software support, answers to general technology-related questions, getting connected to the university network and more.

IT Help Desk:
Regular Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm
After-Hours Student Support: Sun-Thurs, 24x7; Fri-Sat, 8:00am-8:00pm
Phone Support: 252-328-9866; Toll Free: 1-800-340-7081

Students can access their e-mail by logging into ECU’s Web-based Piratemail, found at, with their PirateID and passphrase. Piratemail uses an anti-spam tool, called MailMarshal, to help keep your inbox free of unwanted junk mail. You will receive a daily MailMarshal Message Digest that provides a summary of all e-mail tagged as spam. The digest contains links that you can click to release messages. Through MailMarshal (, you also have the option of adding e-mail addresses to “safe” and “blocked” lists.

One of your first stops on the ECU Web site should be, where you can register your PirateID so that you can securely change your own passphrase when necessary. You will be asked to enter an alternative e-mail address (like a Hotmail or Yahoo! account) where you can receive notifications in case you are unable to access your Piratemail account, and select three security questions to which you provide answers you can remember. If you forget your ECU ID, your unique identification number at ECU, you can also look it up at

ECU’s OneStop web portal ( enables students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades. You can also look up your ECU ID on the “Tools” page within OneStop.

A number of ECU’s academic programs require or recommend that their students have access to a computer in order to complete coursework. Students are NOT REQUIRED to purchase a specific computer brand, although they may benefit greatly from purchasing one of the recommended models from the preferred vendors through the ECU Dowdy Student Stores. For more information, visit

The ACE program works with hardware and software companies to provide you discount pricing on computers, software and peripherals that can be purchased through the ECU Dowdy Student Stores. The ACE Student Computer Support Center – Austin 101, Main Campus and Laupus Library, Room 3536, Health Sciences Campus – provides technical assistance to students with ACE and non-ACE laptops. For ECU students not enrolled in a requiring program, purchase of a computer is OPTIONAL; however, any student can take advantage of the special pricing and support. For more information, visit

Students can visit one of the more than eighty computer labs located across campus to complete coursework, conduct research, or check e-mail. These computer labs are all networked and offer both Macintosh and PC computers. Internet access is also provided through wireless connectivity on campus.

Every student with an active e-mail account has a personal ECU Web site directory with 50 megabytes of space. Your directory name is the same as your PirateID, so the Web address for your personal Web site will be If you’re interested in learning a program like Adobe Dreamweaver to create your personal Web site, you can complete training modules, free of charge, through ECU’s online anytime learning program. Visit the ITCS Web site at for more information on enrolling in the program, and to access tutorials on transferring files to your Web site directory.

ITCS also provides networked storage space – referred to as Piratedrive – for every student with an active e-mail account. Students can store up to 50 megabytes of digital files on their Piratedrive. You can access your Piratedrive by logging into the INTRA domain with your PirateID and passphrase and clicking on “My Computer”. You will notice another drive letter designated as “U:”. This U drive is your Piratedrive and will be available to you from any Windows computer logged into the INTRA domain (including in campus computer labs), and through OneStop.

The Pirate IT Essentials computing newspaper, printed annually and distributed campus wide, is a comprehensive publication that provides details on ITCS resources available to the university community. Additionally, a monthly ECU Technology Digest with valuable information on software updates, training opportunities, and current and future technology projects impacting the university is e-mailed to all students. To minimize service disruptions, ITCS Notifications is e-mailed weekly to inform the campus community of Piratemail, Blackboard, and OneStop downtimes. To access archived ITCS publications, visit the ITCS Web site at and click “News” in the horizontal menu bar.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of ninety-eight doctoral-granting academic institutions and a contractor for the US Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. ECU has been a member since 1992.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. A comprehensive listing of ORAU programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at or by calling the contact below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:

John C. Sutherland, Chairman, Department of Physics
ORAU Councilor for East Carolina University
252-328-2023 or visit the ORAU Home Page at

Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity administers the Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Affirmative Action policies. Advertising for employee vacancies and search processes are conducted through this office to ensure compliance with EPA and SPA policies and procedures. Other personnel actions are monitored by the office to prevent issues of inequity. Diversity training is available.

Taffye Benson Clayton is the assistant to the provost EEO/ADA compliance officer.

The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center are under the purview of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity. More information is available in the appendix.

Patent and Copyright Policies

East Carolina University seeks to provide instruction, research, and service for the state and nation. University policy promotes these activities in a free and open environment with the intent to publish new information and results in the appropriate scholarly literature. However, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina has determined that patenting, licensing, and copyrighting of products resulting from the work of university employees and students utilizing university facilities must be consistent with the university’s mission and purposes. University ownership of patents, licenses, and in some cases copyrights is described in detail in East Carolina University’s policies relating to patents ( and copyrights ( in the Faculty Manual.

Research and Creative Activity

Research and creative activity is an essential component of East Carolina University’s mission. Categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral/research institution, ECU offers more than 380 externally sponsored research and service projects directed by our faculty, and thirteen specialized research centers and institutes supported though an extensive network of resources. Graduate programs nurture a broad range of interests, from the physical and biomedical sciences to arts and humanities research and projects focused on human services in the community. Annually, the university secures more than $40 million in research awards, with funding from private sources and public agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and from ECU’s Faculty Senate and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Graduate students in the fields of art and design, communication, music, theater, and dance can forge relationships among a distinguished faculty of more than 150 specialists in the arts and communication.

To learn more about research opportunities for graduate students at ECU, please contact graduate program directors, or visit the Division of Research and Graduate Studies web site:

Sponsored Journals and Publications

The Children’s Folklore Review, sponsored by the East Carolina University Department of English, is the official publication of the Children’s Folklore Section (CFS) of the American Folklore Society. The Review, published twice a year for CFS members throughout the United States and in over a dozen foreign countries, contains information and articles of interest to scholars working with children and their lore.

The North Carolina Literary Review is published annually by the Department of English and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. NCLR publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose by and interviews with North Carolina writers and articles and essays about North Carolina literature, history, and culture.

Tar River Poetry, an international journal of poetry and reviews, is published twice a year (fall and spring) under the auspices of the Department of English.