Class cancellation after 3 p.m. this afternoon comes recommended by East Carolina University’s Chancellor’s Executive Council, however, it is not mandatory for professors to follow this method.

ECU’s Pirates will face off against Temple University’s Owls tonight at 8 p.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen stadium. Due to safety concerns, the Chancellor’s Executive Council hopes to reduce potential risks for “students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community” by “strongly” recommending class cancellation after 3 p.m, according to the ECU News Services webpage.

Traffic is expected to increase due to tonight’s football game, according to ECU News Services. There will be an operational impact to the university as well due to “thousands of Pirate fans” arriving and university employees exiting campus.

“While it is not mandatory that classes and operations end early, supervisors are encouraged to be flexible in allowing staff to use leave time or a flex schedule to make up for any lost time,” the ECU News Services website said.

Members of ECU’s faculty are encouraged to make up lost classroom time by finding alternative methods of instruction “such as out-of-class or online assignments,” the ECU News Services website said.

“Some operations and courses — classes or labs that meet only once a week, for example — may not be able to shut down. These exceptions should be reviewed by department heads and adjusted when feasible,” according to ECU News Services.

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