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Student Life at ECSU

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students

It is our pleasure to assist you in your academic, personal, and professional development. Our staff are committed to the support, growth, and advocacy of all ECSU students. Students often land in the Dean of Students Office when they are not clear about where to turn for help because we can help you work through many questions and concerns regarding navigating the university policies and procedures and personal life choices. In alignment with the mission of the University, the Office of the Dean of Students ultimately serves to provide care for students from a holistic perspective.

The Office of the Dean of Students is directly responsible for:
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) Team
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)/Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and Prevention Team
  • Leading student advocacy efforts

Please feel free to contact us if we can be of service.  Our number one priority is to make the student experience at ECSU a powerful and enriching one. 


Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team (C.A.R.E. Team)

Elizabeth City State University's C.A.R.E. Team works in partnership with university students, faculty, and staff to identify, assess, evaluate, and respond to the needs of our campus community. The safety and security of our campus community is of great importance to us. The C.A.R.E. Team exists to promote and maintain safety and health by identifying and assisting struggling students become more connected to services, some of which may include mental health care and/or safety intervention.

  • Act in a proactive manner to assist students,
  • Maintain confidentiality and handle all matters discreetly,
  • Connect students with needed resources, and
  • Recommend interventions or action as appropriate.

For general questions, please email CARE@ecsu.edu

The C.A.R.E. Team is composed of representatives from different areas of the campus community.  
Additional members from the campus and community will be included in meetings of the C.A.R.E. Team as necessary.
Members of the CARE Team include: Dean of Students, Academic Affairs, Athletics, CCRT/SART, Counseling and Testing Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct & Community Standards, Accessibility Services, Health Services, University Counsel, and University Police.

C.A.R.E. Team Referral

By making a referral through this link, the C.A.R.E. Team is immediately notified of a concern.  The team is able to make an assessment about the situation and begin to assist the student.

In general, any behavior that disrupts the learning environment of the University or causes concern for a student's well-being should be reported. Students who qualify for a C.A.R.E. Team referral are usually displaying one or more of the following behaviors:
  • Personal Safety Concerns: including but not limited to self-injurious behaviors/suicidal ideation/talk or attempt, depression, excessive crying, fatigue, change in appetite, disturbed or excessive sleeping, change in hygiene, negative thinking along themes of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Personal Distress Behaviors: including but  not limited to grade problems, excessive absences, marked change in previous level of performance, significant relational/social isolation/withdrawal, not leaving residence for sustained periods, anxiety, pacing, muscle tension, sweating, impaired thinking: worrying, ruminating, easily distracted.
  • Erratic, Disruptive, or Disturbing Behavior: (including online activities) that is a disruption to other students, faculty, staff or the community. Behaviors may include: threats of a weapon on campus, campus safety being compromised, acting out, emotional outburst, loss of rationality, venting, screaming, swearing, high energy output, intimidation (verbal or nonverbal threatening).
  • Alcohol and drug violations that necessitate a hospital transport or dramatic increase in alcohol or drug use.


Case Management

Case Management is a department within the Office of the Dean of Students that provides 360-degree immediate and intermediate, individualized support to students navigating a myriad of concerns. Some of these concerns may include but are not limited to academics, behavioral conduct, general welfare, interpersonal violence, health and wellness, and safety.

Case Managers are here to help identify on and off campus resources and information, and most importantly support your ECSU experience.

University Studies
The Academic Support Center is the component of the Department General Studies which provides academic support services to the academic programs of Elizabeth City State University. Students who would benefit from the support services are recommended to the Center as a result of pre-college performance records and entrance examinations. On a voluntary basis, or through referrals.
General Information on GE Support:  Contact Reequita Walston
General Advising Information: Contact Dana Poole
Writing Lab
The Writing Lab can provide support in the following areas: If you want someone to bounce ideas, read your work to provide feedback, or help you revise, we have someone to help you out on a variety of projects and writing assignments.
Online and in person (with social distancing in place) appointments available.
Email to set up an appointment, share work.
24 hour notice required.
The Office of the Registrar provides academic support services including student services and academic records management, degree and diploma processing, and student information systems management. They provide information about registration, academic records, residency status, and degrees.  
The Office of Financial Aid can provide information on the steps to applying for financial aid assistance at Elizabeth City State University.


Food Insecurity Resources On-Campus
Viking Food Pantry
Hours of Operation: M, W, Friday, and Tuesday by appointment.
Location: Suite 300 – Griffin Hall
Contact Person: Assistant Dean of Communal Engagement CARE@ecsu.edu
Phone: 252-335-3414
Food Insecurity Resources Off-Campus
Office of Dean of Students

500 Griffin Hall
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM