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.

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. 

Campus Activities

Campus activities

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.

Laundry

Laundry

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.