Expectations and Accountabilities
Quinnipiac is taking an innovative approach to teaching and learning this fall. We call it Q-Flex. Courses will be delivered using simultaneous in-person and online instruction, with students alternating between the two modes of course participation. While students will not be in the classroom as often as they’d traditionally be for classes, Q-Flex will create an experience that is still rich and engaging, allows students and faculty to stay closely connected, while prioritizing the health and safety of our community.
How it works
For as many classes as possible, subject to public health and safety guidelines, a professor will be physically present in the classroom, teaching as many students as possible during the regularly scheduled class time. Because physical distancing rules require us to put 6 feet between each person in the room and to limit room capacity, we won’t be able to fit the entire class in person for most sessions. As a result, students will take turns occasionally attending in person and other days joining the class online from their residence hall, suite, apartment or other study space as it is happening.
Zoom will connect students and faculty who are on campus to students and, in some cases, faculty who must join the class remotely. We have invested a great deal in “Zoom carts,” which we have designed with multiple monitors and a camera to give out-of-classroom students real-time connectivity to their class. Students attending remotely will be able to see and hear what is happening, and they will be seen and heard by their teacher and fellow students so that they may ask questions and take part in class discussions. In some cases, for personal health reasons, professors will be teaching remotely while students are on campus, possibly even gathered together in a classroom. Our Zoom carts enable off-campus professors to meet with students as if they were there in person. Zoom carts also will support small group discussions, extra-help sessions or office hours.
Highly interactive ‘virtual classrooms’
More than 800 of our faculty participated this summer in training designed to make their asynchronous teaching (use of Blackboard, discussion boards, videos, online quizzes and problem sets, and other online materials) even stronger this fall. Faculty now have even more tools at their disposal to interact with students, regardless of whether COVID-19 permits students and faculty to be physically present together on campus.
Q-Flex scheduling codes
You will find codes indicating how your class will be delivered in the right column of your course schedule under Web Advisor.
- Lecture (LEC): Those sections identified as Lecture in the Self-Service catalog in Student Planning will meet in the classroom for the entirety of the course and have an assigned room. These sections will not employ rotational schemes.
- Hybrid (HYB): Those sections identified as Hybrid in the Self-Service catalog in Student Planning will meet in the classroom in a model in which the class is divided into groups; some meet in person while others join remotely – with the groups moving between in-person and remote participation. Your instructor will provide specific information about how the course will function and when you are required to meet in person versus online. Faculty will provide information on any zoom, online, and/or in-person rotation.
- Web-Based (WEB): Classes that appear as WEB (web-based) on students’ schedules will employ 100% remote methods, using a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous classes will meet over Zoom at scheduled times as listed. Asynchronous activities, centered in Blackboard, will occur at non-scheduled times throughout the course.
- Laboratory (LAB): Classes that appear as LAB (laboratory) on students’ schedules generally require specific lab space and equipment for course delivery. Since many LAB courses include a degree of hands-on learning, the university is expecting that most LAB courses will have some time inside physical lab spaces. Some laboratory classes may be delivered via the Web-Based model or have some students in the lab while others are joining remotely for an individual course session. This decision is based on course content and the ability to use technology to deliver the lab experience remotely. Remote LAB classes will be delivered in a synchronous fashion, occurring at a scheduled time
Return to our traditional system of grading
We expect that the switch to Pass/Fail, enacted this past spring, will not be necessary in Fall 2020.
Student responsibilities: Technology and privacy in the Q-Flex model
Q-Flex enables students to access classes in person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online, equitably and comparably. Following are some of the key responsibilities of students in the Q-Flex model, and what they can expect of the learning experience.
- The university’s general expectation is that students will turn on their cameras throughout each class and during exams/assessment, and will use audio to participate in class. Students should use the Mute option in Zoom as directed by the instructor during class, and should use headphones and an appropriate Zoom virtual background when connecting from a shared space to help protect student privacy.
- However, if students encounter personal/health issues, online safety issues, or technology problems, then they may participate via Zoom Chat, and may use the Stop Video option. Students should discuss concerns with instructors in advance, or as soon as possible afterwards if an issue arises during a class or exam/assessment. Longer-term personal/health, online safety, or technology problems should be discussed with the instructor, who will make every effort to work out a comparable and equitable alternative with the student, so that the student can meet the course learning objectives. No student needing such alternatives will be discriminated against by any instructor.
- If there is a required visual/oral/discussion component to the class that cannot be satisfied via Zoom Chat and a student is not able to participate in-person or communicate via Zoom video/audio (for personal/health, online safety, or technology reasons), then the student and the instructor should first discuss the matter and either agree on a reasonable compromise that enables the student to achieve the course learning goals, or refer the matter to the relevant course coordinator, program director, or department chair.
- Accommodations may be made for students with documented disabilities as appropriate; all accommodations should be authorized in advance. Students seeking accommodations for a documented disability must contact the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)-582-7600. Please inform your instructor of your accommodations as soon as you have received your approved accommodation letter from the OSA. Students already registered with the Office of Student Accessibility must review their requested accommodations with OSA staff each semester.
- Individual student recording of classes or meetings is prohibited. This includes photographing, screen capture, or other copying or sharing methods of all video (pre-recorded or live) or Zoom Chat exchanges during classes or meetings. Circulating such recordings, including via the internet, email, and social media, is also prohibited. All students’ privacy, and instructor copyright, must be properly protected in the online learning environment. Instructors and staff may not grant individual student requests to record class sessions or meetings. Students seeking accommodations must contact the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) at email@example.com, or 203-582-7600. Students already registered with the OSA are required to meet with OSA staff to discuss accommodations each semester. They are also required to submit an accommodation letter to the professor leading the course in which the accommodation applies. It is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy to make unauthorized recordings without approved accommodations, and doing so may result in sanctions against the student.
- Cyber-bullying or cyber-harassment involves the posting of hate speech, personal information, rumors, sexual remarks, or threats online. Cyber-bullying or cyber-harassment is not tolerated at Quinnipiac University. Students over age 18 who are concerned that they have been cyber-harassed or cyber-bullied with regard to their role at Quinnipiac University should contact the Dean of Students Office:
- Dean of Students Office (undergraduates and graduate students, with the exception of law and medicine) 203-582-8753
- School of Law, 203-582-3220
- Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, 203-582-7968
Students under 18 who feel that they have been cyber-bullied or cyber-harassed should bring their concern to the attention of the Dean of Students Office.
- Students should maintain practical safety during Zoom classes or meetings, e.g. not connecting to classes or meetings while driving, cycling, or walking around outside, etc., and not inadvertently taking a device that is connected to a Zoom class/meeting into the restroom.