Introduction

Your health and safety are our top priority. Here, you will find information and resources to help keep you healthy, as well as provide guidance for what to do if you begin to feel sick.

Key Guidelines for QU’s Return to Campus

Key personal health guidelines

It is critical that we all practice the following safety measures — even if you are feeling well — as many individuals who have COVID-19 can remain asymptomatic. In following these measures, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, our students and the entire Bobcat community.

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Monitor your health daily
All of us need to monitor our health daily, remain home if we are not feeling well, and report symptoms to our health care providers. If you test positive for COVID-19, students should contact Student Health Services at 203-582-8742, and employees should notify their supervisor and HR. 

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Wear a face covering
Everyone must wear a face covering in public spaces where they interact with others. QU will provide a limited number of cloth face masks to every student and employee.

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Practice good personal hygiene and hand washing
Refrain from touching your face and wash your hands frequently, especially after coming in contact with any public areas, such as restrooms. You should wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to kill germs.

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Testing
The State of Connecticut will require all students to have been tested for COVID-19 prior to their return to campus. Quinnipiac is currently finalizing the testing program it will use throughout the fall semester for ongoing testing of students and other members of faculty and staff based on the latest guidance from the State of Connecticut.

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Practice social distancing
Everyone must maintain at least a 6-foot distance when around others.

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Approximately 50% or less on-campus room capacity
We are suggesting a 50% or less capacity in every meeting room on a daily basis, especially in areas where physical space does not allow for necessary social-distancing protocols.

Monitoring Your Health

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Fever

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Cough

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Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

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Sore throat

Symptom monitoring

COVID-19 symptoms currently include one or more of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms that you haven’t experienced before
  • Loss of taste or smell that you haven’t experienced before

Detailed Guidelines and Policies

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Social distancing guidelines

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between your co-workers, students, visitors and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings in your workplace (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.

Signage is being installed throughout our campuses with reminders about social distancing, especially in public spaces. Please respect these guidelines.

Face Covering Guidelines

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Face covering guidelines

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Keep in mind a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Each Quinnipiac student and employee will receive a washable face mask(s).

  • Quinnipiac is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings when in public. This means anytime you are outside your suite, living quarters, or personal office or workspace, you must wear a face covering.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Hygiene Basics

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Hygiene basics

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
  • If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Use touchless foot pedals and water fountains where available.
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Cleaning and disinfection

Our Facilities team will be engaging in more frequent and robust cleaning protocols. In addition, we ask you to augment those efforts by routinely cleaning and disinfecting your personal and work spaces, and wiping keyboards, phones and doorknobs, if applicable, at least once a day. We also have processes in place to perform enhanced, deep cleanings when necessary.

All managers in our Facilities Department completed rigorous training and received certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, the nation’s leading trade association specializing in cleaning, disinfection and restoration of facilities.

Elevators and stairways

The number of individuals allowed in elevators will be dictated by the social distancing rule. If six feet apart is not practical, then one person should ride at a time. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly. Please use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. When using stairwells, please maintain proper distancing. Where possible, Facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs.

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Meetings and travel

Face-to-face meetings and get togethers should be limited as much as possible. While we all are accustomed to in-person meetings, it is vital that other means of communication, such as the phone and Zoom, are used during this time.

We recommend that students and employees who travel out of state or internationally for personal reasons, via any mode of transportation, log their activity using a written or app-based personal journal. This information is helpful in the event contact tracing is needed to alert you or others about possible exposure.

Contact Us

Questions? Need help?

Students


Please call Student Health Services at 203-582-8742
Please note: Walk-ins are not accepted to reduce risk of transmission

Faculty and staff


Contact your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources at EmployeeCOVIDHR@qu.edu