Expectations and Accountabilities
The Office of Residential Life looks forward to welcoming students to the rooms, suites, apartments and houses that is Quinnipiac housing. This fall, the experience of living on campus comes with new guidelines designed to help preserve everyone’s health and safety.
Quinnipiac has taken the step of reducing the occupancy of residence halls and other university housing to ensure all residential students will live only in singles or doubles. We have eliminated all triples and quads for the 2020–21 academic year.
In addition, Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines ask colleges and universities “to treat roommates and suitemates as a family unit.” Accordingly, QU is defining expectations of roommate groups in this way: Whether students live in a traditional residence hall room or a room within a suite, apartment or house, they will be expected to work together to co-exist in a way that reduces the risk of spreading the virus among members of their “family unit” and, ultimately, to the Quinnipiac community beyond their doors.
Healthy behavior within each individual living unit promotes greater health across campus. Similarly, early detection of possible symptoms or infection within a family unit will help us more quickly contain the spread to others on our campuses and reduce the likelihood of having to close our campuses early due to an outbreak.
Residential Life staff
Residence hall directors (RHDs) and resident assistants (RAs) will be checking in with their residents regularly this fall to ensure they are transitioning well to life on campus and to help connect them to campus resources, programs and activities. The preferred modes of communication will be phone, email or Zoom meetings. However, students should know that help is always nearby when needed. RAs help create and sustain a respectful, inclusive and healthy residential community through caring interventions, mentoring, referral, mediation, administrative tasks, on-duty coverage, and by upholding community standards and university policy.
Students can always reach Residential Life staff by contacting the Office of Public Safety at 203-582-6200. Residential Life offices are open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays, and Residential Life staff members are always on-duty after hours for emergencies. Students should remember to wear face coverings when visiting Residential Life offices or interacting with staff.
Early drop-off of belongings: August 10-20
We are working diligently to ensure a safe and responsible move-in period. Resident students who live within a feasible geographic distance will be allowed to drop off their belongings prior to moving into the residence halls, if they like. This will be a same-day, in-and-out drop-off, without an overnight stay. Students will receive an email from the Office of Residential Life providing them with instructions and asking them to select a day from at least two options provided and register for a 4-hour block of time for dropping off their belongings. Each room or suite will have one resident dropping off belongings at a time. On their designated drop-off day, families also will be permitted to spend time on campus to familiarize themselves with the facilities and resources, while observing all safety protocols. We anticipate having our bookstore and certain offices, such as the Registrar and Bursar, open with limited hours to allow students to conduct business while on campus. Confirmation of which services will be open will be communicated closer to your drop-off date.
To allow all students and staff to maintain a safe physical distance, students will be assigned a specific move-in date and time. The move-in process has been modified to extend over a longer time frame, August 21–September 5. First-year students will move in August 21–23. Students may not return to campus without a scheduled assignment for move-in and confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test. Students should monitor their QU email account for a communication from Residential Life with further updates and details later in the summer.
On their assigned move-in day, students must limit their help to one friend or family member. Assuming that most rooms will be set up during the early drop-off of belongings, this should be a much quicker move-in process and require less assistance. If students need a dolly, cart or hand truck to help with the move-in process, they must bring their own; the university will not be providing any of these items in keeping with necessary sanitation guidelines.
Every person involved in move-in must wear a face covering and follow posted guidelines concerning physical distancing and the use of designated paths in buildings and elsewhere on campus. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is required at all times. Please follow posted signage for guidance on capacity limits in all shared areas, such as elevators, lounges and bathrooms. Returning students who have had personal items placed in storage can expect those items to be available for pickup at the North Haven Campus. Over the summer, as room assignments and move-in dates are established, Facilities or Residential Life will provide details on how students can arrange for pickup.
Residence Hall Room Cleaning Protocols
Residence hall room-cleaning protocols
Students living in apartments and suites with in-unit bathrooms typically clean their own bathrooms and create their own usage schedules, and this fall will be no different. Students in these defined spaces must develop coordinated plans for maintaining cleanliness and shared usage. In suites and apartments, students will clean their own bathrooms and common areas within the unit. Cleaning supplies will be provided, and disinfectant spray bottles will be refilled throughout the semester.
Communal bathrooms (shared by an entire floor) will be cleaned each weekday by the university’s facilities staff, and students on floors with communal bathrooms will be expected to help self-regulate the occupancy of bathrooms and showers to limit the number of individuals in the bathroom at a time, minimize time spent there, and clean the surfaces they touch after each use.
The Office of Campus Life, the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement (DCGE), Student Government and many student organizations are working to develop programming and outlets through which students can meet and build community with other Bobcats. Student clubs and organizations will continue to operate on campus. Although meetings and events may take on a different look based on room and space availability — and the need to conduct more events virtually — the Student Center staff will work to maximize student engagement.
The CDC recommends that towels and sheets be washed frequently, and clothing kept as clean as possible. Guidelines advise using the warmest water possible, drying items completely, and washing only your own clothes. Students are advised to bring an ample supply of cloth face coverings to ensure they have clean face coverings to wear while others are being laundered. Students will need to practice physical distancing while doing laundry.
Quinnipiac will have a more restrictive outside visitor policy in place this fall. Outside visitors are defined as anyone who is not a student, faculty or staff member at Quinnipiac. The university is taking a wide range of measures to create — and sustain — a healthy Quinnipiac community so we can spend the full fall semester back on our campuses, and this is among the steps we can all take to limit the presence or spread of COVID-19.
Our outside visitor policy includes the following:
- Visits from parents and family: parents and family members are discouraged from visiting campus this fall, regardless of which state they may be traveling from. We recognize this is a significant hardship on parents and students, and also want to be mindful that there are certain occasions when parents may need to visit their student. In those instances, our North Lot entrance on Mount Carmel Avenue. must be used as the designated pick-up and drop-off location. Parents and families must check in at the guard station and should not be traveling through campus or into residence halls.
- Traveling home on weekends: we are also asking that our residential students limit unnecessary travel and not travel home (or elsewhere) on weekends unless they absolutely need to, as we try to minimize exposures outside our campus community that may increase the likelihood of infection.
- Residence halls: we will have a no visitor policy within our residence halls, which means that only students living in that specific building will be allowed to enter the building.
- Essential services: beyond QU employees, only those providing essential services needed to support university operations will be permitted on campus, such as contractors or deliveries of food and supplies.
- Ride-sharing services: per usual protocol, all ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft should meet students at the Hogan Road entrance; they cannot enter campus.
We realize campus life will be more restrictive this fall in some areas, but please know that we are investing equal effort in arranging activities and other physical spaces around our campuses —particularly outdoors — where students can safely socialize and engage with each other.