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Academic Affairs
Undergraduate Catalog 2007-08


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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

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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 1.3 million books, more than two 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 website at www.lib.ecu.edu. Student status is verified by Pirate ID and password. In addition, the online Joyner Library catalog can be searched from any location.

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.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) brings the world’s libraries to ECU students, faculty, and staff. Through numerous agreements, Joyner Library and thousands of libraries world-wide have agreed to loan certain materials to each other, when those materials are not locally available. Document Delivery services ensure that Joyner Library’s materials are also available to distance education students and faculty who do not live close to ECU. Visit the ILL webpage to view policies, schedule a training/consultation session, or place ILL requests via the online ILLiad system.

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. Members of the Reference Services Department teach several hundred library instruction sessions each year. These course-integrated sessions are customized to address the students’ class assignments.

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 North Carolina History and Fiction 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 focusing on the history of eastern North Carolina. 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 Schlobin Collection on Science Fiction and Fantasy. It provides access to these collections through its elegant and spacious Search Room. Reference staff members are on duty during hours of operation to assist researchers. 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 webpage.

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 TRC service desk provides directional assistance and is 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, audiovisual 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 a laminator, two Ellison die cut centers with several hundred die cuts, an artwaxer, a light box, 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 and the Joyner Library’s video/DVD collection are housed in the TRC. 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 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, printers, and microform reader/printers. The collection consists of approximately 78,000 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 website at www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/hours.cfm.

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library

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The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library is located on ECU’s West Campus. 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 44,000 volumes and 735 print journal subscriptions 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 Faculty 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 http://www.hsl.ecu.edu/.

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

Information Technology and Computing Services

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Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) provides computing, network, and outreach support for academic education, research, and administrative programs on campus. East Carolina University is one of five universities holding membership in Internet2 in North Carolina and is recognized throughout the region as a leader in incorporating technological advances in all phases of operation. ITCS partners with campus departments, other universities, and industry to make strategic investments in the information technology infrastructure.

The core server facility provides a platform for faculty to develop online and Internet-enhanced course material so that the content is available to students anywhere in the world. The facility houses Windows Media Server, Digital Resources Collection, and personal web space for faculty instructional material. Blackboard is housed on remote corporate servers, enhancing course management system technical support. Students should be aware that ITCS services provided for distance education may be impacted by the quality of service rendered by the individual’s Internet provider. Students must have a reliable e-mail account and a compatible browser must be used.

More than sixty student computer laboratories that support both discipline-specific applications as well as general computing are located throughout campus. These computer laboratories are all networked and both the Apple and PC platforms are supported throughout the university. Internet access is provided in a Cyber Cafe and through wireless connectivity on campus.ITCS supports an immersive visualization facility for teaching and learning; a SGI Origin 2000 parallel processing computer for ECU faculty, staff, and graduate students pursuing research objectives; an IP/TV video streaming system that enables the ECU-networked community to access instructive and professional development opportunities as well as real-time cable broadcasts and satellite programs over the Internet; an advanced videoconferencing Access Grid system that facilitates large-scale distributed meetings, collaborative work sessions, seminars, lectures, tutorials, and training; and a high-speed connection to the Internet. ECU’s web portal (OneStop) enables students to access grades, register for classes, and transact many everyday administrative functions online.

Information technology assistance is provided through the university-wide Help Desk and computer training courses are offered on a regular basis. Additional information about ITCS and the information technology environment on campus may be obtained by writing the Chief Information Officer, East Carolina University, 209 Cotanche Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353 or calling 252-328-9000. Students who have technical problems accessing the ECU web page should telephone the ITCS Help Desk at 252-328-6866 or the Student Help Desk at 252-328-4968.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

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Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of 107 colleges and universities 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 http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm 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
252-328-2023or
visit the ORAU Home Page at http://www.orau.org.

Community Outreach Services

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Child Development Laboratory

The Child Development Laboratory (CDL), located in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the Rivers Building, serves as a model teacher training and research facility for students and faculty. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the State of North Carolina as a five-star child care center, the CDL maintains high standards in developmentally appropriate programming for preschool children. The CDL provides high-quality educational services (mornings only) to infants, toddlers, and young children and their families while serving as a training site for students in birth through kindergarten teacher education. Equipped wit observation rooms and audio-visual recording equipment, the CDL also functions as a site for student and faculty research. Requests for information should be made to the director, ECU Child Development Laboratory, Department of Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6926.

Children's Developmental Services Agency

Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) is located in the Malene Irons Building and was established in 1964 to provide interdisciplinary evaluations of developmentally disabled children. Referral to the clinic may be made by any interested person. The evaluation includes thorough and complete information in the following areas: medical, psychological, social, educational, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, hearing, and other areas when deemed appropriate. It involves interpretation of the findings to the parent and assistance in finding and using resources that will be beneficial for the growth and development of the child. Speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition treatment services are available.

CDSA is involved in training individuals in nursing, social work, psychology, child development, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language pathology. Emphasis is placed on service to preschool aged children. The program is funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Requests for further information should be directed to Children’s Developmental Services Agency, East Carolina University, Irons Building, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-737-1177.

Family Therapy Clinic

The Family Therapy Clinic provides a full range of therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families while serving as a training site for students in the master’s degree program in marriage and family therapy. The Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy regarding confidentiality and the professional practice of marriage and family therapy is rigorously adhered to by all clinic therapists.

Located at 612 East Tenth Street, adjacent to campus, the Family Therapy Clinic is equipped to facilitate observation and supervision and is open twelve months a year. Charges for services at the Family Therapy Clinic are adjusted according to family income. No family is denied services because of an inability to pay. Referrals and requests for information should be made to the director, Family Therapy Clinic, Department of Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-4236.

Office of Military Programs

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The East Carolina University Office of Military Programs provides outreach services to the military installations of North Carolina by delivering courses and degree programs to the Armed Forces community. Memoranda of agreement with the various bases outline the topics, course offerings, and delivery methods of campus-wide programs to the military family. The Office of Military Programs comprises the Department of Aerospace Studies (US Air Force ROTC) and the Department of Military Sciences (US Army ROTC). Aerospace studies offers a cognate minor for professional officer course for the United States Air Force, and military science offers the professional military education (PME) requirements for the United States Army.

Regional Development Institute

The Regional Development Institute is a research and public service agency of the university through which services are delivered to the citizens of eastern North Carolina. Services and research projects designed to foster economic and community development are conducted by a full-time staff, students, and university faculty. Requests for additional information should be directed to the East Carolina University Regional Development Institute, Willis Building, First and Reade Streets, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-737-1347.

Revolving Education Around Partnerships (REAP)

REAP is a training component of the special education area, College of Education. The program currently serves Pitt County children aged three and four. REAP, established in 1969, provides field placement and internship services for various disciplines on the university campus and community colleges in the area. REAP is located in the Malene Irons Building on the south campus. All referrals and information inquiries should be made to the director, REAP, Malene Irons Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6186.

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

The purpose of the East Carolina University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is twofold. First, it is a clinical training facility for graduate students who are preparing to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists. To accomplish this, graduate students participate in outpatient diagnostic, treatment, and consultative services throughout the academic school year and during the summer session. During these activities, students are under the direct supervision of fully licensed and certified faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Second, the clinic is a service facility for the university students and the surrounding communities in eastern North Carolina. Outpatient diagnostic, treatment, and consultant services are offered for all types of speech, language, and hearing disorders, including dialect and foreign accent reduction services. Speech, language, and hearing screening is also provided to all teacher education students prior to their matriculation to the upper-division level of study.

In addition to the above, the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Program is also a part of the ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. This program is funded by the NC Scottish Rite Foundation. Services provided include complete diagnostic services for children with language disorders, language learning disabilities, and reading disorders. The East Carolina University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic maintains a close liaison with the university’s Disability Support Services, providing in-depth diagnostic services for university students in the areas of language proficiency, ability to learn a foreign language, language learning disability, reading/writing learning disabilities, memory deficiency, and other learning deficiencies. The clinic is located in the Belk Building Annex (School of Allied Health Sciences) on Charles Boulevard. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic at 252-328-4405.

Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

TEACCH was established by the 1972 General Assembly as a statewide program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School. The Greenville TEACCH Center is in close proximity to the East Carolina University campus. The program works closely with the Developmental Evaluation Clinic and other allied departments at East Carolina University. The center provides a specialized service in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The program also provides consultation and training throughout a twenty-seven-county area of northeastern North Carolina. One of the program’s goals is for parents to work closely with educators, therapists, and other professionals to improve the autistic person’s skills and behavior so that the individual may live at home with the family, attend school, and use services in the local community. The program serves children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Students in medicine, psychology, special education, child development and family relations, social work, occupational therapy, and similar departments regularly participate in observation and training. Faculty and staff from the center provide lectures, internships, and practicum experiences as well as volunteer possibilities for students. In collaboration with the Department of Special Education, TEACCH provides joint training for the recipient of the Scott Denton Fellowship. Inquiries should be sent to John M. Dougherty, Director, Greenville TEACCH Center, South Hall Professional Center, 108-D West Firetower Road, Winterville, NC 28590; telephone 252-830-3300; FAX 252-830-3322.

Academic Integrity Policy

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Academic integrity is expected of every East Carolina University student. Academically violating the Honor Code consists of the following: 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. Procedures governing academic integrity violations are described in the East Carolina University Student Handbook and in the Faculty Manual.

No student may drop the involved course or withdraw from school prior to resolving an academic integrity charge.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity

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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 purvue of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity. More information is available in section 4.

Office for University Marketing


The university marketing office is responsible for promotion and positioning of the university in a way that builds the public awareness of East Carolina and promotes the university’s image.

Office of News and Communications Services

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The ECU Office of News and Communications Services, also known as the News Bureau, tells the ECU story through the mass media and its own publications and broadcasts. The office, located in the historic Howard House on East Fifth Street, strives to increase the public’s knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and support of the university and its work by providing reports on ECU events, activities, research, teaching, service, policies, and people-students, faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition to assisting media representatives in the preparation of stories about ECU, the office publishes a semimonthly faculty-staff newsletter, Pieces of Eight, and produces an annual magazine that reports research and creative activity at the university. The office operates a hometown news service that reports students’ achievements, including academic honors, recitals, internships, art shows, and graduations, to their hometown newspapers.