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
All undergraduate students must be tested for COVID-19 at home before they return to campus this fall. Undergraduates will be tested again within 6-12 days of returning to campus, and then QU will conduct weekly testing on a portion of residential and non-residential students. Faculty and staff are not required to be tested before returning to campus.

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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

Symptom monitoring

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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

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

  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Severe fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Chills

Symptom Checker

Daily symptom checking

Developed in partnership with MyOwnMed, the QU Symptom Checker app will deliver three key benefits to help students, faculty and staff prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. The app is a useful tool that makes it easy for the community to monitor their own health based on a daily logging of potential symptoms that are commonly associated with the virus.
  2. The app will help users make informed decisions for what to do if they’re experiencing symptoms. For example, if one has the chills or loss of taste, should they still go to campus or class?
  3. Contact information, key resources and the latest QU updates on COVID-19 are also conveniently available at users’ fingertips.

Students, as well as faculty and staff who are returning to campus, will be required to perform daily symptom checks to help keep our community safe. In addition, students are asked to bring a thermometer to school this fall and to monitor for fever daily as part of the symptom check. A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher is considered a fever. Individuals should update their symptoms if they change during the day and everyone is also asked to monitor for fever daily.

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About the app:

  • Users’ personal information is not shared and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps to take.
  • The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.
  • The symptom checker app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.
  • Reporting one or more symptoms does not necessarily mean an individual needs to be tested or has COVID-19. If possible symptoms are reported, specific instructions and next steps will be provided through the app. The information from the app will help the health center identify trends and potential outbreaks before they happen.

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