COVID-related Student Policies and Responsibilities for Fall 2020
COVID-related student policies and responsibilities for Fall 2020
Collectively, we have each done so much to earn the privilege to spend the fall semester together, in person. We need your help and adherence to new policies and responsibilities designed to protect your own health, your friend’s, and the health of your faculty, staff and neighbors.
Below is a summary of these policies for the fall semester. We communicated many of these over the last several weeks, but wanted to provide a helpful “one-stop resource” that gathers these into one place for you. Your leadership and positive peer influence are among the most important factors that will set QU apart from other universities nationwide. We can do this – together!
Informal on-campus gatherings:
- Outdoors – Informal gatherings, socializing with friends and non-organized events are restricted to a maximum of 16 people, while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a face covering.
- Indoors (residence halls and university-owned properties) – QU residents can have guests from the SAME residence hall, building or house visit their room, but the number of residents in any suite, apartment, or house may not exceed 10 people or twice the occupancy of a room – whichever is the smaller occupancy. For example, a room with 2 assigned roommates (like Commons or Dana) may have up to a total of 4 QU residents in the room at once. Mountainview, with 8 assigned suitemates, would be able to have up to 2 guests in their suite. Please review QU’s full visitor policy.
- Indoors (university facilities and meeting spaces) – Gatherings are restricted to the maximum allowed occupancy of a room or event space as already marked by university facilities staff. The maximum occupancy stickers are posted outside every room on campus.
Informal off-campus gatherings:
- Outdoors – Informal gatherings, both on campus and off campus, are restricted to a maximum of 16 people, while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a face covering.
- Indoors – Informal gatherings, both on campus and off campus, are restricted to a maximum of 10 people, while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a face covering.
- Please note that all students, both those living off campus and our residential students, are expected to observe these restrictions when attending any off-campus gathering and will face the same consequences for non-adherence (see below).
- Please review the full communication we issued detailing policies and expectations for off-campus gatherings.
Consequences for non-compliance:
- We all want to remain on campus for the full semester, and while we hope disciplinary action will not be needed, we must enforce penalties for any student violating these policies on gatherings:
- First offense – Disciplinary probation, and you will be prohibited from participating in all on-ground classes and co-curricular activities for up to 4 weeks, as determined by the Student Conduct Office.
- Second offense – Suspension from the university for the remainder of the fall semester, at a minimum, as determined by the Student Conduct Office.
Face coverings and physical distancing
- All students are required to wear face coverings any time they are outside their living unit. Students will not be allowed into the classroom if they are not wearing a face covering, and when in class, students must wear the face covering at all times.
- All students also must maintain 6 feet of physical distancing any time they are outside their living unit.
- If a student arrives to class without a face covering on or is not practicing appropriate physical distancing, the faculty member will ask the student to put on a face covering and/or create additional physical distance.
- If a student receives a second warning, or if the student is behaving in an inconsiderate manner regarding these face covering and physical distancing rules, faculty and staff have been instructed to report offenders, who will be subject to a conduct review. Possible repercussions may include disciplinary probation up to suspension.
- All students are required to have both a negative pre-arrival test (performed at home) and a return test (performed on campus) on file before they will be allowed to attend in-person classes or any in-person activities. Students in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine are using a separate testing protocol that has been detailed in a separate communication.
- Each week throughout the fall semester, a portion of our undergraduate students (both residential and non-residential) will be tested for COVID-19 as part of our ongoing monitoring efforts. If you are selected to participate in this testing, you must show up for your appointment. You will be notified of your testing appointment via email and through a notification on the QU Symptom Checker app.
- All students must participate in contact tracing efforts if contacted by a member of our contact tracing team and adhere to any recommendations provided. Contact tracing is an important step in staying ahead of the spread of COVID-19 in the event of positive cases.
- These ongoing testing and contact tracing efforts are among the most important factors that will enable us to remain open and on campus for the fall semester.
- University-sponsored and organized events, as well as events sponsored by student organizations (e.g., movie night, trivia night, etc.) will be reviewed in advance to ensure they conform to all necessary health guidelines and protocols and that a plan for proper university and/or student staffing is in place for the event. In the case of events put on by student organizations, the organizers first must complete training on the protocols for healthy and safe on-campus events this fall.
- Based on these strict reviews and staffing protocols, the allowable size of university-sponsored events and events sponsored by student organizations will vary based on the size, location (indoor vs. outdoor) and staffing of the event.
- All on-ground (not virtual) university-sponsored and/or supported events must be requested through EMS, and approval must be received before additional planning can begin. Remember that requesting a space does not mean you have a confirmed space. You will receive a confirmed reservation email from Facilities. Wait to advertise your event until you have confirmed space.
Chief Experience Officer
Off-Campus Policies and Expectations
Off-campus policies and expectations
Our community extends beyond our campuses — and as a Quinnipiac student, you serve as a representative of our Bobcat family at all times. To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are implementing specific off-campus policies and expectations.
Showing the care and compassion that has come to define the Quinnipiac community is even more important if you opt to live off campus — where you interact and engage with people from different ages, lifestyles and backgrounds. Your new neighbors might include families with children, individuals who work the second or third shift, senior citizens, renters like yourself, among others. Cooperation and respect are needed to ensure an enjoyable living experience for everyone.
Why it matters
This academic year is different — and we need your help and compliance with new rules designed to protect our community.
Living off campus is different this year as COVID-19 has heightened health awareness and sensitivities. This means that living off campus comes with the important responsibilities to preserve the health and safety of yourself and your neighbors.
To remain together for the semester — in person and on our campuses — we must keep COVID contagion to an absolute minimum. This will only happen with your collaboration and adherence to strictly safe behaviors. It’s up to each of us to behave safely and to make sure we don’t inflict on others the consequences of careless or inconsiderate behavior.
Guidelines on off-campus gatherings
Because of the high stakes involved, Quinnipiac is imposing strict limits this fall on off-campus group gatherings:
- Outdoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 16 people, while maintaining physical distancing and mask wearing.
- Indoor gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people, while maintaining physical distancing and mask wearing.
Consequences for non-compliance
Quinnipiac Public Safety is working in collaboration with the Hamden Police Department to monitor off-campus gatherings and will take action if these rules are violated. If you are found responsible, the repercussions for exceeding the restrictions on group gatherings are as follows:
- First offense results in a disciplinary probation, and you will be prohibited from participating in all on-ground classes and co-curricular activities for up to four weeks, as determined by the Student Conduct Office.
- Second offense results in suspension from the university for the remainder of the fall semester, at a minimum, as determined by the Student Conduct Office.
There will be no refunds of tuition, room or board in the event of suspension or expulsion if these gathering and safety rules are violated. The following additional behaviors will be addressed by the Office of Student Conduct and may result in immediate conduct action up to, and including, separation from the university:
- Hosting a gathering where alcohol is consumed by anyone under the age of 21, regardless of who provided the alcohol, as described in Connecticut law.
- Hosting a gathering that results in public intoxication, noise complaints or other disorderly conduct.
- Other violations of Quinnipiac University policies as provided in the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook or additional communications.
These policies may appear harsh and unprecedented, but we are living in unprecedented times. We ask that you join in the campus and community-wide efforts to keep us all safe. This semester’s success depends on your behavior and support — you can help keep us in session through Thanksgiving.
Below are some resources to aid you in carrying out this responsibility:
- Visit Connecticut’s COVID-19 Response and review the state’s latest guidance so you are aware of Connecticut’s health and safety-related expectations and resources.
- Review QU’s guidelines for a safe return to campus on Back to Bobcat Nation.
- Familiarize yourself with QU’s Good Neighbor Policy.
- Use QU’s Community Concerns Hotline to report off-campus gatherings or other concerning behaviors. Please contact 203-582-3770 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be connected to QU’s public safety office.
- Sign the Quinnipiac Pact to acknowledge the impact our actions have on each other and to show your support for the role we each have in keeping our Quinnipiac community and our neighbors safe from the spread of COVID-19. Complete the COVID-19 training course, if you have not already done so.
We enter the 2020-21 academic year with shared responsibilities that will pave the way for a successful, on-ground semester, and for safe neighborhoods around us.
It is imperative that we all do our part to give the gift of safety and health to others.
Respecting the Community
Respecting the community — #BobcatStrong
Reports on the spread of COVID-19 infections are a source of stress and concern for many, but it is critical that we pause and reflect on how our words and reactions can affect others during this global health crisis. Now more than ever, it’s important for all members of the Quinnipiac community to treat one another with care and dignity.
Please consider the following:
- Resist the tendency to make broad generalizations about people. Uncertainty about the coronavirus may lead to anxiety and fear. Harmful behaviors can occur when anxiety and fear are projected onto entire social groups. Such behavior is harmful to the well-being of targeted individuals and does not protect anyone from the coronavirus.
- Treat community members with care and empathy. Try to walk in the shoes of others rather than treating someone with suspicion or implicit bias.
- Be vigilant outside of work about social distancing and proper hygiene at locations you visit during non-work hours.
- Continue to follow recommended health and safety guidelines as Connecticut re-opens for business.