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COVID-19 Resources

Communications

Below is an archive of university-issued communications about QU’s ongoing COVID mitigation efforts, key actions members of our community must take, and links to important resources.

Email Communications About COVID-19

Dear students,

As recently communicated, Quinnipiac is adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations to attend in-person classes or participate in on-ground activities in the Fall 2021 semester. This decision is based upon the scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus. However, we understand there may be some students who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons.

Process for requesting an exemption


Following is the process for requesting such an exemption. All exemption requests are due by July 6:

Important notices for students receiving an exemption

If you are approved for an exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19 please note:

  • You agree to engage in reasonable risk mitigation practices as required by the university,  such as the use of PPE, mask wearing and physical distancing.

  • You agree to provide results of a COVID-19 test prior to moving back to campus and to participate in regular COVID-19 screening if required by the university.

  • You agree to immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19.

  • You agree to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the university.

Deadlines to remember
  • July 6 – Deadline to upload the exemption form and the waiver and agreement form.

  • August 1 – Deadline for students to upload their vaccination records confirming they are fully vaccinated.

If a student has not uploaded a vaccination record and has not received an exemption, they will not be allowed to move in for the fall semester and their access to QU campuses and university facilities will be restricted.

Please review our frequently asked questions if you have additional questions about QU’s vaccination requirement. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, our university community and our neighbors safe and healthy.

3 Key Things
  1. Students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 1, 2021, to participate in the fall 2021 semester.

  2. Medical and religious exemptions will be granted upon review.

  3. Students must upload their vaccination record to the Student Health Services patient portal while employees should upload to our HR portal.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

We eagerly look forward to your return to on-campus life, learning and work in the fall. Because scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus, Quinnipiac is adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations to attend in-person classes or participate in on-ground activities. We also will require that all university employees be vaccinated.

Students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year by Aug. 1, 2021, and exemptions will be granted only for medical and religious reasons.

By having universal vaccination with limited exemptions across the Quinnipiac community, we will be able to return to virtually all facets of life on campus. Teaching, learning, research and student life will be able to occur in person, on campus, and with few restrictions.

How to upload your vaccination record

Vaccination records must be uploaded by Aug. 1, 2021. Simply take a picture or scan a copy of your vaccination card.

  • Students – Upload your vaccination record to the Student Health Services patient portal. In the portal, click “Immunization Record” on the menu to upload your vaccination.

  • Employees – Upload your vaccination record to our HR portal and your information will be retained by the Office of Human Resources.

Visit our vaccine resources page for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and locally available resources for vaccinations if you have not already been vaccinated.

Medical and religious exemptions

Quinnipiac will work with students or employees who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons.

  • Students – A form will be shared within the next week detailing the guidelines to request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. The form will then be reviewed by Student Health Services. All student requests for exception will be handled confidentially by Student Health Services.

  • Employees – Exemption requests should be sent to employeeCOVIDHR@qu.edu. An HR representative will respond to your request, discuss the exemption guidelines and provide the necessary form to complete. Employees can also contact Anna Spragg, Associate VP of Human Resources, with questions about the vaccination requirement. All faculty/staff requests for exception will be handled confidentially by HR.

Vaccinations for international students

We understand that it may be difficult for some of our international students to obtain vaccination overseas. Students who are unable to secure vaccinations in their home countries can request a temporary exemption to get vaccinated upon their return to the U.S. In accordance with CDC guidance, all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are acceptable to fulfill the vaccination requirement for our international students.

Benefits of vaccinations

Vaccinations protect your health and, as importantly, protect those around you in the university community and among our neighbors, especially individuals who are medically compromised and cannot receive the vaccine. With our students, faculty and staff vaccinated, our campus can largely return to pre-COVID academic and social interactions, and we will be able to remove most of the substantial burdens of managing a community under the threat of a pandemic.

Here are several indicators of a more “normal” fall semester that we anticipate will be possible with universal vaccination:

  • Student programming will be greatly expanded, from athletics and recreational activities to guest speakers, performances and more opportunities for clubs and organizations.

  • Our classrooms will return to normal capacity.

  • We will eliminate weekly COVID-19 testing for all vaccinated students. The level of testing for any vaccine-exempted student will be determined by our medical experts.

  • COVID-19 testing will be available for symptomatic individuals through Student Health Services.

As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, the possibility of a one-time test for all students at the start of the semester is currently being assessed. Masking requirements will be determined in alignment with state rules and medical advice. Regardless of a campus-wide decision, any individual can elect to continue to wear a face mask.

Showing consideration for others

Easing back into our “normal” routines and behaviors will take time, and we recognize that individuals will have different comfort levels as we make these transitions. We ask that everyone be respectful and supportive of others’ choices within the bounds of campus requirements.

We have also posted frequently asked questions to address questions you may have about this vaccination requirement. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, our university community and neighbors safe and healthy. Please enjoy your summer and know that we cannot wait to welcome you back in August — to the extraordinary academic and campus experience for which Quinnipiac is known, and that we all love!

Judy Olian
President

Dr. Debra J. Liebowitz
Provost

3 Key Things
  1. Masks will no longer be required outdoors, but must be worn indoors.

  2. We will relax our visitor policy to allow non-QU employees and students on our campuses.

  3. Vaccinated students will no longer need to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing, and will not need to quarantine following exposure to a positive case if they’re not symptomatic.

Dear faculty, staff and students,

Thank you for helping us complete a successful academic year where we preserved an on-ground, in-classroom experience. Key to our success and creating a safe environment for living, learning and working has been our ability to stay abreast of the latest public health and scientific guidelines, and continually adapting our university operations as appropriate.

As we head into summer, our COVID-19 Task Force and university leadership have reviewed the most recent guidelines and recommendations from the state of Connecticut and the CDC and have updated several of Quinnipiac’s COVID-related policies.

The following updates are effective May 17 and will continue throughout the summer term. We will reassess these policies before the start of the fall semester.

Wearing a Mask

  • Outdoors – Masks are not required to be worn outdoors when walking around campus alone or in small groups. This includes employees who work outdoors, such as facilities staff and public safety officers. However, we may require that masks be worn outdoors for certain large group events.

  • Indoors – Masks are still required to be worn by all individuals when indoors, except when eating in the dining hall or when a student is in their residence hall room. A group of fully vaccinated people are allowed to meet together unmasked in a private room, but must remain masked in common areas.

  • Individuals should feel welcome to wear a mask any time they choose, both indoors and outdoors.

Visitor Policy

Non-QU employees or students are permitted on our campuses as follows:

  • Visitors are permitted on campus grounds and in all university buildings and facilities, including residence halls, but must comply with our mask policy.

  • Visitors include students’ family members and friends, guest speakers, job candidates, vendors, contractors, media, and guests of QU employees.

  • As we ease back into a more relaxed visitor policy, size restrictions for residence hall indoor gatherings remain in place. These gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people or twice the occupancy of the residence hall room. Overnight stays are permitted among QU students in QU housing, but non-QU visitors are not allowed overnight stays.

On-Campus Workforce Capacity

  • Higher workforce capacities beyond 50% are permitted and should be managed at the discretion of individual departments and schools.

  • We anticipate returning to a 100% on-campus workforce capacity in August.

  • Note our new university remote work policy (PDF) takes effect in August.

COVID-19 Testing, Isolation and Quarantine

  • Vaccinated students do not need to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

  • Vaccinated students who are a confirmed contact of a positive case do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.

  • Vaccinated students who test positive still need to isolate.

  • Non-vaccinated students are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing if selected.

University Travel Policy

  • University-sponsored travel is allowed. However, faculty, staff and students traveling on behalf of the university and using university funds for their travel must be vaccinated.

Please Upload Your Vaccination Record

The rate of vaccinations among our university community is key to our fall reopening plans and is the only way we can lift many of our COVID restrictions.

Continuing to follow the latest public health guidelines and trusting the science is our surest path to a fall semester where we can return to many of our pre-COVID experiences and engagements. Thank you for doing your part to keep our university community healthy!

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

Final Edition

With the spring semester ending tomorrow, this will be the final edition of the Weekly COVID Update. We hope this has been a helpful resource to keep the entire university community updated, safe and informed with the latest data. Congratulations to our graduates, and we look forward to seeing the rest of our Bobcats back on campus in the fall!

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 72
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 79,904 tests performed, 501 positive cases (0.6% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Summer students: COVID vaccination and testing information – It is our hope most students will return to campus this summer fully vaccinated, and will not need to be tested. For those who do need testing, we have put together a testing protocol based on the latest medical guidance and the expertise of our COVID-19 Task Force to deliver a safe and successful in-person academic experience. Please read the full communication released this week on testing and vaccination guidelines for summer classes. Here are the highlights:

    • If you are not vaccinated, not fully vaccinated (2 weeks past your second shot) or have not uploaded your vaccination record to QU Student Health Services, you must get your own COVID-19 PCR test on or after Wednesday, May 12, and upload that test result by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14. Otherwise, you cannot attend in-person classes until a negative test result is on file.

    • Fully vaccinated students whose information is on file with Student Health Services do not need to submit a pre-arrival COVID-19 test before the start of summer courses or participate in weekly surveillance testing.

  • How to upload your vaccination record – Once a student has been fully vaccinated, they are asked to upload a copy of their vaccination record with QU Student Health Services. Our ability to track vaccination rates is key to our fall planning and relaxing many COVID-related restrictions. The faster we achieve near universal vaccinations, the faster we can return to pre-COVID, on-campus experiences.

Resources and Recent Communications
Get Your Shot, Share Your Story

Anyone age 16 or older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID, on-campus experiences. We’re profiling individuals who want to share their stories about why they got vaccinated:

“Three months after I joined Quinnipiac, the pandemic hit. So, in many ways, I share the eagerness of our first-year students to experience all the traditions, activities, programming and athletics that make QU such a special place. That’s why it’s important to trust the science, protect our community and get vaccinated — it’s the ONLY way we get to a fall semester where we can celebrate and soak up all the wonderful things Bobcat Nation has to offer.”
Daryl Richard, VP, Marketing and Communications

 

3 Key Things
  1. Fully vaccinated students whose information is on file with Student Health Services will not need to submit a pre-arrival COVID-19 test before the start of summer courses or participate in weekly surveillance testing.

  2. Students not vaccinated, and those fully vaccinated but whose information has not been uploaded to Student Health Services, must get their own COVID-19 PCR test on or after Wednesday, May 12, and upload that test result by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

  3. Weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing will be held on all three campuses each Monday from May 17 to August 15, and will test a random sample of non-vaccinated students.

Dear Students,

After completing a successful academic year where together we preserved an on-ground, in-classroom experience, we now look forward to welcoming you back to campus for our summer sessions, which begin on Monday, May 17.

We continue to strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. It’s critical to protecting the health of our entire community, and it’s the quickest way we can start to lift many of our COVID-19 restrictions. Getting vaccinated will exempt you from many of our testing, isolation and quarantine protocols. Please review our vaccination information page for details on how to find and schedule a vaccination. There also are now many options statewide in Connecticut that accept walk-ins and do not require appointments.

COVID-19 testing requirements for summer classes

It is our hope most of you will return to campus this summer fully vaccinated and will not need to be tested. For those who do need testing, we have created a testing protocol based on the latest medical guidance and the expertise of our COVID-19 Task Force to enable us to deliver a safe and successful in-person academic experience. Please review this information so you are fully prepared for your return to campus and can start your classes on time.

  • Fully vaccinated students whose vaccination information is on file in Student Health Services will not be required to submit a pre-arrival test or participate in any on-campus testing.

  • Students who have not been vaccinated, or are not fully vaccinated (having received both shots and two weeks have passed since your second shot), are required to provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test before they are allowed to start their summer classes. It must be a COVID-19 PCR test taken on or after Wednesday, May 12, and the test result must be uploaded by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14, to Student Health Services. If a test result is not on file by May 14, the student will be required to begin classes remotely until a negative test result has been received and verified.

  • Students who have been fully vaccinated but have not filed a copy of their vaccination record with Student Health Services are required to follow the same testing protocols as unvaccinated students outlined above. We encourage you to upload your vaccination record as soon as possible so we can waive these testing requirements for you.

How to upload your vaccination record

Once a student has been fully vaccinated, they must upload a copy of their vaccination record with QU Student Health Services. This is the only way we can confirm your vaccination status and exempt you from pre-arrival and weekly surveillance testing.

Weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing

Weekly surveillance testing will take place each Monday from May 17 to August 15, on all three campuses and will test a random sample of non-vaccinated students and students who have not uploaded their vaccination records. You will be notified via email if you have been selected for testing. The university will be closed on May 31 and July 5, so testing will take place the following day in each case.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our health and safety protocols as we work together to safeguard our Bobcat family and combat COVID-19.

Debra Liebowitz
Provost

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 113
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 75,921 tests performed, 477 positive cases (0.6% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Yellow alert level YELLOW

All data as of 4 p.m. on April 29

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • On-campus vaccination appointments still available tomorrow – On-campus vaccination appointments for students are still available on Friday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. Complete the vaccination registration form to make an appointment. This will be the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, and a follow-up clinic will be held May 21 and 24 for any student who wishes to return to campus to receive their second shot, or they can get their second shot in their home state. Review our vaccination information page for more information.

  • COVID testing requirement waived for fully-vaccinated summer students – The CDC released updated guidance this week for individuals who are fully vaccinated, including the following: “Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure should be exempted from routine screening testing programs.” As a result, Quinnipiac will not require fully vaccinated students participating in Summer I or Summer II courses to submit a negative COVID test prior to classes beginning and will be exempt from participating in weekly surveillance testing. Note: students MUST have a copy of their vaccination record uploaded to Student Health Services to be exempted.

  • Important reminder to graduates – We are excited to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this year. Please remember, if a student tests positive or must quarantine as a confirmed contact of a positive case, they can only participate remotely in Commencement ceremonies per COVID-19 health protocols. Also, any graduate not participating in testing the week before Commencement cannot attend the in-person ceremony. Check out our Commencement FAQs and health protocols.

  • Shift to yellow campus risk level – On Tuesday, April 27, we shifted to a yellow campus risk level in response to a rise in new COVID-19 cases over the previous seven days. We expect that with students’ support of our health protocols, we can again reverse the case trend as we did at the beginning of the month. Today we reported a total of 35 new cases out of 2,739 total tests performed since Tuesday – a 1.3% positivity rate. Our collective support of preventive health measures is key to preserving our final week on ground together and our in-person Commencement celebrations.

Students: Upload Your Vaccination Record

Once a student has been fully vaccinated, they are asked to upload a copy of their vaccination record with QU Student Health Services. Our ability to track vaccination rates will be key to our fall planning and determining which COVID-related restrictions we can lift. QU is strongly urging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated, because the faster we achieve near universal vaccinations, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn Court. See the testing calendar online.

  • Monday, May 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

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  • A Night of "Soul" - Thursday, April 29, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. — SPB will be showing Pixar's "Soul" on the Quad! Come out with your friends to watch and enjoy, as well as get a free limited-edition outdoor blanket or towel. There will also be drinks and snacks available for grab-and-go. The event will be first-come-first-serve, so make sure to arrive early to claim your spot!

  • Food Truck Rodeo - Friday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. — QU FSL will be purchasing meals for members of the community as a celebration to the end the semester. The food trucks will be on the quad for members to do a grab and go meal.

Resources and Recent Communications
Get Your Shot, Share Your Story

Anyone age 16 or older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences. We’re profiling individuals who want to share their story about why they got vaccinated:

“I got vaccinated for my friends with preexisting conditions, for my parents, for my grandparents, for our Quinnipiac community. Being in the world of health care and having served as SGA president this past year, I have seen firsthand how important it is to keep the community safe with the hope of moving toward some sense of normalcy in the future. I am so proud and excited to say that I am fully vaccinated and that in doing so, we’re one step closer to keeping our community as a whole safe!”
Sophia Marshall ’21

 

3 Key Things
  1. There continues to be a notable increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, with 37 new cases since last Thursday, April 22.

  2. We are moving to a yellow campus risk level in response to this increase. Our goal is to stop the rise in cases and minimize the number of graduates who are unable to attend in-person Commencement ceremonies after testing positive.

  3. We are pausing the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls through Friday, May 7.

Dear students,

As we enter the final week of classes, we have seen a notable increase in COVID-19 cases. We have recorded 37 new cases since last Thursday, April 22, with a 1.7% positivity rate, and are taking proactive measures to reduce the rise in cases. This is important for the health of our community. It’s also a shared responsibility as we seek to minimize the number of graduates unable to attend in-person Commencement ceremonies after testing positive.

Moving to yellow campus risk level

We are moving to a yellow campus risk level in response to the increase in cases, but we expect that with students’ support of our health protocols, we can again reverse the case trend as we did at the beginning of the month. As a reminder, a yellow risk level means:

We remain at a normal campus status and continue with in-person classes.
We are pausing the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls through Friday, May 7.
You should maximize your time outdoors, including when socializing with friends. Prolonged, indoor social gatherings with people outside your living unit is one of the greatest risk factors contributing to an increase in cases.
We each need to step up our mitigation efforts with physical distancing and mask wearing, including when outdoors.

Impact on Commencement if you test positive

If at the time of a student’s scheduled Commencement date they have tested positive and are still isolating, they cannot attend in-person Commencement ceremonies. Students in isolation must participate remotely per COVID-19 health protocols.

We do not want this to happen. We want all of our graduates to experience the joys of an in-person Commencement so we are asking EVERYONE in our QU community to do their part and observe our health protocols and practice responsible behaviors these final two weeks before Commencement.

Get vaccinated – appointments still available on campus

Appointments are still available for the on-campus Pfizer vaccine clinic we are holding for students Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30. Quinnipiac is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated because if we achieve near universal vaccinations among our university community, we will be able to lift most restrictions for the fall semester.

Thank you for doing your part to protect the health of the Bobcat family.

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

4 Key Things:
  1. On-campus vaccination appointments will be held April 29 and 30 using the Pfizer vaccine.

  2. Register now to select your appointment date and time.

  3. Students must bring their driver’s license, QU ID and copy of their health insurance ID card to their appointment.

  4. QU will host a second Pfizer vaccination clinic on May 21 and 24, and all students are welcome to attend this clinic to receive their second shot.

Dear students,

We are grateful to be able to offer on-campus vaccination appointments to make it easy for you to get your first shot of the Pfizer vaccine before the end of the semester.

Quinnipiac is strongly urging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. If we achieve near universal vaccinations among our university community, we will be able to lift most restrictions in the fall semester.

Register now to select your date and time
  • Complete the vaccination registration form to select the date and time for your appointment.

  • Vaccination appointments are available Thursday, April 29, from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon, and the vaccines will be given in Burt Kahn Court.

  • Griffin Hospital is managing the registration process, and you will receive a confirmation and follow-up emails from Griffin after registering.

  • You must bring your driver’s license, QU ID and a copy of your health insurance ID card to the appointment.

Two important notes:
  • If you have already begun the vaccination process on your own, DO NOT cancel your existing vaccination appointment(s). Continue with your existing vaccination plans.

  • If you already received your first Pfizer vaccine out of state and are scheduled to receive your second during the week of April 25, you may sign up to get this second dose on campus. You will need to bring proof (i.e., your vaccine card or VAMS certificate) to demonstrate that you received your first Pfizer vaccine and the date you received it.

Receiving your second Pfizer shot

QU will host a second Pfizer vaccination clinic on Friday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m., and Monday, May 24 from noon to 5 p.m. A separate registration for that clinic will be distributed.

We welcome all students back to campus to receive this second Pfizer dose if they haven’t secured it in their home communities in Connecticut or in other states.

About the Pfizer vaccine

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot vaccination. Please review the CDC’s information about the Pfizer vaccine, which includes fact sheets and commonly asked questions.

If you’re unable to participate in this clinic

We are strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated, even if they cannot participate in this on-campus clinic. Please review our vaccination information page for details on how to schedule a vaccination on your own through the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System or directly through a local care provider.

Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. Thank you in advance for doing your part to protect our Bobcat family and to help us beat COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Bethany C. Zemba
Vice President and Chief of Staff
COVID-19 State Coordinator for Quinnipiac University

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 70
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 71,013 tests performed, 406 positive cases (0.6% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN

All data as of 2 p.m. on April 22

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Get vaccinated on campus >> registration now open – On-campus vaccination appointments are available for students Thursday, April 29, from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. Complete the vaccination registration form to make an appointment. This will be the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, and the clinic will be held in Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus. A follow-up clinic will be held May 21 and 24 for any student who wishes to return to campus to receive their second shot, or they can get their second shot in their home state. QU is strongly urging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated, because achieving near universal vaccinations will enable us to lift many restrictions in the fall semester. Please read the full communication for complete details.

  • Rise in new cases this week; we’re almost to the finish line! – We have seen an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases this week, particularly in our most recent testing session. There have been 39 new cases since we last updated our dashboard on Tuesday, April 20, with 22 cases off campus and 17 among residential students. One-third of the new cases have been traced to two clusters, and we have completed our isolation and quarantine measures. We are so close to the finish line – but we must practice all preventive health measures and behaviors to preserve the final week of the semester and our in-person Commencement celebrations. 

Recommended Read

According to Dr. Zoe McLaren, PhD, at UMBC, “Young people have a lot more power to end the pandemic than they might realize.” Read why in this blog post: College students and COVID-19 vaccines: What you should know.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn Court. See the testing calendar online.

  • Monday, April 26 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 28 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • Comedians in Your Kitchen - Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. — Want to watch a comedian show while making a yummy meal? This is the perfect event for you!

  • Tap Out Hunger Meal Point Drive - Sunday, April 25, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. — The Office of Community Service, Chartwells, SGA and Graduate Student Council are hosting a meal point drive to raise 75,000 meal points to donate to local non-profit organizations.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

Anyone age 16 or older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences. We’re profiling individuals who want to share their story about why they got vaccinated:

“I got my vaccine to not only protect myself and my friends, but also to help our Bobcat community get closer to any sense of normalcy. I haven’t been able to truly have a college experience yet due to COVID, but I know getting my vaccine can help me get one step closer to that!”
Ephemia Nicolakis ’24

 

4 Key Things:
  1. Quinnipiac plans to offer an on-campus Pfizer vaccination clinic the week of April 26 to make it easy for students to get vaccinated before the end of the semester. We expect to have confirmation within the next few days.
  2. Complete the “I Want to be Vaccinated” form to confirm your intent to participate in this clinic. This is needed to help determine how many vaccinations to allocate.
  3. If you have already begun the vaccination process on your own, please do not cancel that appointment. Continue with your existing vaccination plans.
  4. If a student is unable to secure their second dose in their home state, Quinnipiac will host a second clinic approximately three weeks after the first clinic and will welcome students back to campus to receive their second dose.

Dear students,

Getting vaccinated is the surest way we can end the pandemic and return to the “normal” college experiences we all hope for in the fall. As part of our efforts to support vaccinations, Quinnipiac is working with Griffin Hospital to arrange an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic the week of April 26 for any student who wants to be vaccinated. We strongly encourage students to get vaccinated in light of scientific evidence about the safety of vaccines, and the personal and community safety that comes from vaccines. If we achieve near universal vaccinations among our university community, we will be able to lift most restrictions for the fall semester.

The clinic is not yet confirmed as Griffin Hospital awaits verification that it will have the quantity of Pfizer vaccines needed for our clinic. However, we need students to confirm their intent to participate so we can quickly determine the quantity of vaccines to obtain.

Complete the “I Want to be Vaccinated” form

  • Please complete the “I Want to be Vaccinated” form so we can determine how many doses of the vaccine to secure for this clinic.

  • This is not your official registration and appointment selection. Students will receive a follow-up communication next week allowing them to secure a specific time slot, assuming we are able to hold the clinic.

  • If you have already begun the vaccination process on your own, DO NOT cancel your existing vaccination appointment(s). Continue with your existing vaccination plans.

Save the date

  • Vaccination clinics will be held the week of April 26. The most likely dates will be April 27, 29 and 30. We will confirm once Griffin Hospital has verified the clinic will be held.

  • Appointments will be available from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

  • The clinics will be held on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Receiving your second Pfizer dose

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is working to partner with neighboring states to encourage cross-state cooperation on vaccinating college students, particularly for offering second doses to students when they return home if they live outside Connecticut.

We expect that second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available in students’ home communities and states, especially by mid-May. However, QU will host a second Pfizer vaccination clinic approximately three weeks after the first clinic and will welcome students back to campus to receive this second Pfizer dose if they haven’t secured it in their home communities in Connecticut or in other states. We recognize that this may not be an option for students who do not live within driving distance.

About the Pfizer vaccine

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot vaccination, given three weeks apart. Please review the CDC’s information about the Pfizer vaccine, which includes fact sheets and commonly asked questions.

Benefits of vaccination

Quinnipiac is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. A direct result of QU students getting vaccinated is that we will be able to relax many COVID-related policies and limitations once nearly all QU students are vaccinated.

Starting with the fall semester, the requirement to attend weekly testing and observe a 10-day quarantine upon COVID-19 exposure will be waived for those students who are vaccinated.

If you’re unable to participate in this clinic

We are strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated, even if they cannot participate in this on-campus clinic. Please review our vaccination information page for details on how to schedule a vaccination on your own through the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System or directly through a local care provider.

Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. Thank you in advance for doing your part to protect our Bobcat family and to help us combat COVID-19.

Bethany Zemba
Vice President and Chief of Staff
COVID-19 State Coordinator for Quinnipiac University

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 47
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 65,947 tests performed, 349 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN

All data as of 1 p.m. on April 15

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Outdoor recreational basketball, volleyball returns – Students are again permitted to play pick-up basketball games and volleyball using the outdoor courts. However, face coverings must be worn during play and students should practice physical distancing when on the sidelines. This is part of our ongoing efforts to relax certain spring activities as long as students are observing our health protocols and our rate of new COVID-19 cases remains low.

  • Return to green campus risk level – On Tuesday evening, we returned to a green campus risk level as we continue to sustain a lower rate of new cases compared to when we moved to yellow on April 1. We have also reinstated the policy allowing residential students to visit other residence halls. We will continue to closely monitor weekly testing data and will again pause the residence hall policy or implement other mitigation strategies if we see a concerning rise in cases. Review the full communication

  • Important reminder to graduates – We are three weeks away from Commencement, and we are excited to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this year. Please remember, if a student tests positive or must quarantine as a confirmed contact within 10 days of Commencement, they can only participate remotely in Commencement ceremonies per COVID-19 health protocols. Also, any graduate not participating in testing the week before Commencement cannot attend the in-person ceremony. Your support of our health protocols and responsible behaviors are key to us all being able to enjoy this year’s Commencement. Check out our Commencement FAQs and health protocols

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn Court. See the testing calendar online.

  • Monday, April 19 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 21 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • BSU Fashion Show - Friday, April 16, 7 p.m. — The BSU 2021 fashion show will be unlike anything we have done before. Instead of the event being held indoors, it will be a socially distant, outdoor (Quad) production using a mixture of couture pieces by black designers, and protest art. With this show, we aim to artistically illustrate the plight black bodies have endured not only this past year 2020, but for centuries.

  • QTHON - Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. — Students are invited to participate in the university's annual philanthropic dance party that has raised more than $1.2 million for children receiving treatment at Connecticut Children's Medical Center over the past nine years. Students who pre-registed will have assigned times to attend our event throughout the day. There will be food trucks from Moonrocks, Silver Sands Pizza and Uncle G’s in South Lot, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

Anyone age 16 or older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences. We’re profiling individuals who want to share their story about why they got vaccinated:

“I got vaccinated so that I can treat my patients every day and hug my grandparents again without worry of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. I have been educated about this vaccine and feel confident that I can have productive discussions with patients, friends, and family to mitigate any skepticism or fear. The known benefits far outweigh the potential risks. I’m so thankful for all those who have worked to develop this vaccine and for the Quinnipiac faculty and staff who have been advocating for their health care professions students to get the vaccine.”
Jordan Weiss '18, DPT '21

 

Dear students,

We have received all results from Monday’s COVID-19 testing and are pleased to report that we continue to sustain a lower rate of new cases. In total, since last Friday, April 9, we have performed 2,131 tests and confirmed 15 new cases for a 0.7% positivity rate. Please check our COVID dashboard for details.

As a result, we are going to reinstate the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls effective immediately. In addition, we are returning to a green campus risk level.

As a reminder, residential students are permitted to host one QU residential student from the same or different QU residence hall in their room/suite with the consent of their roommate(s). Non-QU visitors are not permitted on campus, including all QU residence halls, at any time. All students must continue adhering to indoor gathering limits per our COVID-19 policies.

Thank you for your collective efforts to support our health protocols and to help preserve our remaining in-person activities and celebrations. Please remember, if a student tests positive or must quarantine as a confirmed contact within 10 days of Commencement, they can only participate remotely in Commencement ceremonies per COVID-19 health protocols.

Continue wearing a face covering anytime you’re outside your living unit, including outdoors, on the quad and around campus, and be well.

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 47
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 58,932 tests performed, 314 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Yellow alert level YELLOW

All data as of noon on April 8

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Residence hall visitor policy will be reevaluated Sunday night – Last Thursday, we paused the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls because of a rise in COVID cases: 73% of new cases were concentrated among residential students. We will review the one-week trend in new cases and will announce Sunday night whether we need to extend the pause, or if we can again allow students to visit other residence halls.
  • Get your vaccine and spread the word! – If you’ve already received your COVID-19 vaccine, spread the word! Download the “I got the vaccine” badge for your email signature to show your support for protecting the health of our community and to encourage your friends and colleauges to do the same. Quinnipiac is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated wherever available. If we achieve near universal vaccinations, we can lift most restrictions in the fall. We are exploring the possibility of creating a vaccination site for students on campus later this month if the vaccine supply is available to us. We’re also assessing whether we will mandate vaccinations for the fall semester. For now, we are encouraging everyone to schedule a vaccine appointment wherever available. Learn how to schedule your vaccination.
  • Please keep masks on outdoors – Students are required to wear a face covering any time they’re outside their living unit, including outdoors in public spaces around campus, sitting on the quad with friends and attending outdoor events and athletics. Wearing a face covering remains the No. 1 way to prevent spread of the virus.
Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn Court. See the testing calendar online.

  • Monday, April 12 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 14 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • 12th Annual Big Event - Saturday, April 10, 8 a.m. — Nearly 600 members of the Quinnipiac University community will take part in the 12th annual Big Event, a day of community service that connects Quinnipiac students, faculty, staff and alumni with community partners in the Greater New Haven area and beyond.

  • Katie's Walkin' on Sunshine Virtual 5K Kickoff - Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. — As part of Phi Sig's Walkin’ on Sunshine Week, Phi Sig will be hosting a live ceremony streamed through Zoom for the Quinnipiac community, local community, as well as friends and family. There will be a few short speeches in honor of our late sister Katie Vashon and a discussion of what Camp Sunshine means to the sorority. Fifteen sisters will be holding balloons to represent the years since Katie has passed. The event is the kickoff to the virtual 5K and the rest of the Walkin’ on Sunshine week. All donations will be donated to Camp Sunshine.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

Anyone age 16 or older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. The more students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences. We’re profiling individuals who want to share their story about why they got vaccinated:

“Throughout the last year, this pandemic has been hard on all of us. I got vaccinated in order to do my part in the effort to crush COVID and protect my friends, family and community.”
Charles Dunn '22

 

3 Key Things
  1. There has been a notable increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases over the last week with 49 new cases since last Thursday, March 25, rising to a 1.0% positivity rate.
  2. In response to this increase, we are moving to a yellow campus risk level with the expectation that with students’ vigilance, we can slow the rise in new cases.
  3. We are pausing the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls through Sunday, April 11, because 73% of cases are on campus. We will reevaluate the policy at that time.

Dear students,

We have one month left until the end of spring semester classes, and there is so much to look forward to in these final four weeks of the semester: our first-ever Bobcat Day celebration, QTHON, The Big Event and an in-person Commencement for our graduates!

However, we have seen a notable increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases over the last week with 49 new cases since last Thursday, March 25. While the positivity rate remains fairly low at 1.0%, it represents a concerning rise from the 31 confirmed cases the previous week, and public health officials are seeing a worrisome increase in statewide case rates.

You Can Help Reverse This Trend

We must now be extra vigilant in our efforts to reverse this trend so we don’t put our spring experiences and activities at risk. For example, if a student tests positive or must quarantine as a confirmed contact within 10 days of Commencement, they can only participate remotely in Commencement ceremonies per COVID-19 health protocols. We do not want any of our students to miss out on an in-person commencement so we must ALL remain vigilant.

We are moving to a yellow campus risk level

in response to the increase in cases, but we expect that with students’ support of our health protocols, we can reverse the case trend. As a reminder, a yellow risk level means:

  • We remain at a normal campus status and continue with in-person classes.
  • We each need to step up our mitigation efforts with mask wearing and physical distancing.
  • We are pausing the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls through Sunday, April 11, because 73% of new COVID cases this past week are among our residential students. We will reevaluate the policy on April 11.
  • We are assessing certain events or gatherings planned for next week that may need to be paused or canceled.

Whether you live on campus or off, these are some of the actions we all can practice to keep infection rates low:

  • Wear your mask at all times when outside your living unit. This includes when socializing outdoors and on the quad.
  • Spend time outdoors as much as possible when socializing with others – prolonged, indoor social gatherings with people outside your living unit is one of the largest risk factors contributing to spread.
  • Spend time on our three campuses rather than in the local community. This will greatly reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19 and bringing it back to our university community.
  • If you’re traveling home for the long weekend, wear a mask at all times when around others and wash your hands frequently.
  • Schedule your vaccination appointment. Connecticut has expanded vaccine access to everyone age 16 and older starting April 1, and QU is encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

The behaviors we all exhibit now can help avert the need to increase our mitigation strategies or even pause additional spring activities. Thank you for doing your part to protect the health of the Bobcat family.

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 73
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 55,934 tests performed, 293 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Yellow alert level YELLOW

All data as of 2 p.m. on April 1

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Notable increase in COVID-19 cases, a move to yellow status – We have seen a notable increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases over the last week, with 49 new cases since last Thursday, March 25. We are moving to a yellow campus risk level in response to the increase in cases and are pausing the policy allowing students to visit other residence halls until April 11, since 73% of new cases are among residential students. We MUST be extra vigilant in our efforts to adhere to our health protocols so we can preserve our spring experiences. Read the full communication
  • Schedule your COVID-19 vaccination – Connecticut has accelerated its vaccination timeline, and anyone age 16 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning today, April 1. We strongly encourage all members of the QU community to get vaccinated. Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. For us to return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences, we need to reach high levels of vaccine coverage. The more students, faculty and staff receive vaccinations, the faster we will achieve this. Learn how to schedule your vaccination
  • Check your red light / green light status – Students are accustomed to tapping their QCard when arriving on our campuses or when entering on-campus testing in Burt Kahn to verify they are cleared for campus access. Now, students can check their own red light / green light status anytime they’d like. A green check mark means you’re clear to access campus. A red circle means your campus access has been restricted and the system will note the reason why, such as missing weekly testing or active conduct issues. This system soon may be expanded for use at university events and athletics competitions to verify attendees are cleared for campus access.
    • Visit QCardTap.qu.edu and login with your MyQ credentials to check your status.
  • Take note: Weekly testing is Wednesday and Thursday next week – Due to the long weekend, we have moved weekly COVID-19 testing next week to Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. It will return to the usual Monday and Wednesday schedule starting the week of April 12. Check out the full testing schedule for April
Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Wednesday, April 7 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 8 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • Dance Workshop For Bollywood Fest – Friday, April 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – This is a series of days in which dance workshops will be held for any interested students in preparing for a showcase at our annual Bollywood Fest Event.
  • Basic Māori Poi Ball Workshop - April 2, 2021 on 8 p.m. - Come learn the basics of traditional Māori poi balls! Poi balls were used by the Māori, the Indigenous people of New Zealand, as both weapons and tools to improve dexterity. Today, different types of poi balls are used in beautiful and complex cultural dances. Come try your hand at long poi in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Participants will each receive their own pair of poi balls for the lesson and are encouraged to tie back long hair and avoid baggy clothing. Pre registration required.
  • Egg-nite the Night – Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Glow in the dark egg hunt with candy!
Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“I am working hard to protect my time at Quinnipiac because I want to finish off the school year on campus.”
Kim Can '23

 

3 Key Things
  1. Students are eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccination on April 1.
  2. Sign up for our March 30 vaccination panel event to get your questions answered.
  3. Review the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control’s FAQs to better understand your vaccination questions.

Dear students,

In an acceleration of the state of Connecticut’s vaccination timeline, Gov. Lamont has announced that all residents age 16 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 1. This continues the state’s use of age-based vaccine eligibility and makes it possible for Quinnipiac students to start receiving vaccinations this week.

We strongly encourage all members of the QU community to get vaccinated when it is their turn. Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. For us to return to pre-COVID on-campus experiences, we need to reach high levels of vaccine coverage, so the more students, faculty and staff receive vaccinations, the faster we will achieve this. Students are urged to sign up for the first appointment available to them by using one of the registration methods below.

Vaccination Registration Process Options
  1. Registering through the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
  2. Calling Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.
  3. Scheduling directly with a provider — some providers are offering direct scheduling.
  4. We recommend students bring a QU student ID to the testing center on the day of their appointment.

We realize that some students and their parents may have questions about the vaccination. To help address them, the university will provide a special information Zoom session, as follows:

Panel Event: COVID-19 Vaccines: Empowering Our Community and Informing Your Decisions
  • Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Panel will include faculty experts from the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Law.

  • Event will feature special guest Dr. Reginald Eadie, co-chair, Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group and president and CEO, Trinity Health Of New England.

  • Submit your questions in advance of the event and register.

Review the list of frequently asked vaccination questions prepared by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a list of QU-specific questions.

Regardless of a person’s vaccination status, all our on-campus COVID-19 safety measures, including mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing, and personal handwashing will still apply to everyone for the remainder of the spring semester.

QU is in close contact with our local departments of public health and the state to partner on the vaccination plan. We are grateful for our many students in nursing, health sciences and medicine who have volunteered to be part of the state’s vaccination rollout.

We are closely monitoring state announcements and will continue to provide updates. Any questions may be directed to covid19supportcenter@qu.edu

Sincerely,

Bethany Zemba
Vice President and Chief of Staff
COVID-19 State Coordinator for QU

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

3 Key Things
  1. Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccination on April 1.

  2. Sign up for our vaccination panel event to get your questions answered.

  3. Review the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control’s FAQs to better understand your vaccination questions.

In an acceleration of the state of Connecticut’s vaccination timeline, Gov. Lamont announced that all residents age 16 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on April 1. This continues the state’s use of age-based vaccine eligibility and now makes it possible for additional faculty and staff, as well as our students, to receive vaccinations beginning next week.

We strongly encourage all members of the QU community to get vaccinated when it is their turn. Medical advice from national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe, highly protective, and should be received by all except those with very particular medical conditions or allergies. For us to return to pre-COVID, on-campus experiences, we need to reach high levels of vaccine coverage; the more students, faculty and staff receive vaccinations, the faster we will achieve this. Faculty and staff are urged to sign up for the first appointment available to them by using one of the registration methods below.

Vaccination Registration Process Options
  1. Registering through the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). The state has asked Quinnipiac to no longer upload our faculty and staff names to VAMS, so you will have to do this individually.

  2. Calling Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.

  3. Scheduling directly with a provider — some providers are offering direct scheduling.

We realize that some faculty, students and staff have questions about the vaccination. To help address them, the university will provide a special information Zoom session designed specifically for our Bobcat family.

Panel Event: COVID-19 Vaccines: Empowering Our Community and Informing Your Decisions
  • Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Panel will include faculty experts from the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Law.

  • Event will feature special guest Dr. Reginald Eadie, co-chair, Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group and president and CEO, Trinity Health Of New England.

  • Submit your questions in advance of the event and register.

Review the list of frequently asked vaccination questions prepared by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a list of QU-specific questions.

Regardless of a person’s vaccination status, all our on-campus COVID-19 safety measures, including mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing, and personal handwashing still will apply to everyone for the remainder of the spring semester.

QU is in touch with our local department of public health and the state to offer our assistance with their vaccination plan. We are proud of our many students in nursing, health sciences and medicine who have volunteered to be part of the state’s vaccination rollout.

We are closely monitoring state announcements and will continue to provide additional updates. Any questions may be directed to EmployeeCOVIDHR@qu.edu

Sincerely,

Bethany C. Zemba
Vice President and Chief of Staff
COVID-19 State Coordinator for QU
203-582-7430
bethany.zemba@qu.edu

Anna Spragg
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
VAMS coordinator for QU
203-582-7722
anna.spragg@qu.edu

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 53
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 50,891 tests performed, 244 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN
  • All data as of noon on March 25

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Weekly COVID testing continues through end of semester – The university will require all undergraduate students to participate in weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing for the remainder of the spring semester, through May 7. We appreciate the feedback we have received from many students who have advocated for weekly testing to continue, given the important role it has played in helping sustain a low level of new COVID cases. Testing will continue on Monday and Wednesday of each week, EXCEPT for the week of April 5, when we will hold testing Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8, after Easter weekend. Review the full testing calendar

  • Planning for summer courses, camps – We will have some on-ground and some web-based summer courses, and also will offer several on-ground academic day camps. On-ground participants for both summer courses and camps will be required to obtain their own PCR test within three days of their course/camp beginning, and additional testing protocols may be in place depending upon the program. Review the full communication on summer planning for more details

  • Reminders on residence hall visitor policy & wearing masks outdoors

    • Visitor policy: Residential students are permitted to host one QU residential student from the same or different QU residence hall in their room/suite, with the consent of their roommate(s). Non-QU visitors are NOT permitted on campus, including all QU residence halls, at any time. All students must continue adhering to indoor gathering limits per our COVID-19 policies.

    • Wearing masks outdoors: Students are required to wear a face covering any time they’re outside their living unit, including outdoors in public spaces around campus and attending outdoor events and athletics. Wearing a face covering remains the No. 1 way to prevent spread of the virus.

Spring Dining Update

We have less than seven weeks left in the semester and want to remind students that dining points will not roll over after the end of this semester. All meal points must be used by Friday, May 7, 2021. We continue to add new ways to use your meal points, from bulk purchasing and grocery boxes in North Haven, to weekly food trucks on all three campus. Check out all the ways to use your meal points in our latest dining update.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, March 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • Dance Fusion's "Fusion Fest" – Friday, March 26 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Held outside at the Mt. Carmel Carl Hansen Patio South, this event will be a basket fundraiser where 50% of our proceeds will go to American Dance Movement in order to help create safe communities for dancers across the globe and to get all kids equal access to dance classes. Some of our basket raffles include: Movie Basket, Spa Day Basket, Gift Card Basket, and more!

  • Tropicale Paradiso – Saturday, March 27 at 9 p.m. – Come out to CCE101 and create your own lava beads with a humidifying fragrance. Make your own Lava Beaded Bracelet during this event. You can also participate in winning a couple of raffle prizes like a Tropical Themed Basket, a Ukulele, a Spikeball set, and a Roku TV.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“The most important thing for me is making sure we can keep meeting new people. If people wear their masks and follow the guidelines, more and more new opportunities will open up. Let’s keep doing our part so that we can finish this school year strong!”
Jonas Vorbau '24

 

Dear colleagues,

I continue to be exceedingly proud of the flexibility, versatility and spirit of collaboration our students, faculty and staff have demonstrated throughout this academic year. The strong community that exists at QU has enabled us to overcome many COVID-related challenges and keep moving forward. And that momentum now has our community looking ahead to summer.

How we’re planning for summer classes

This summer, schools have the leeway to determine the mode of instruction that is best for the courses being taught. As a result, we will offer some on-campus and some web-based courses. Summer bridge programs are taking place on campus.

The start date for the first summer session classes is Monday, May 17. Students enrolled in an on-ground course must email a negative test PCR test result by Sunday, May 16, to their dean’s office. This pre-test should have been completed in the previous 72 hours.

All classes will be remote on Monday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 18. All students scheduled to attend in person classes will come to the North Haven Campus that Monday and Tuesday for a second COVID test.

On Wednesday, May 19, classes will begin to meet in person. Weekly sample testing will then continue for students in on-ground courses and will be more frequent for students who are also living on-campus.

Students who move directly from Summer Session I to Summer Session II will not need another pretest at the beginning of Session II. Students beginning summer courses on any other date beside May 17 must check in with their dean for specific information about the timing of their required COVID pretest, as well as other testing protocol, as dates vary based upon the course start date.

How we’re planning for summer camps

The university will offer several summer academic day camps, where participants will be expected to comply with all state guidelines, including remaining socially distant. Campers will be required to get their own PCR tests within three days before camp begins.

Students who are attending camps that last more than one week will be required to get a PCR test at the end of each week to be eligible to return the following week. While the first negative test must be produced in order for the camper to start in the program, the subsequent weekly test must be given to camp leadership by the start of the day on each Tuesday. All testing will be done externally, with camp participants being responsible for getting tested on their own. The QU department running the camp will be responsible for ensuring that campers have completed their tests requirements.

Learn more about the summer camps and programs we will be offering

Ongoing planning

Additional discussion and planning is underway regarding QU’s summer camps offered by Athletics, and more will be communicated as these decisions are made. As always, our plans and timelines are subject to change based on the changing environment and latest guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials. We feel confident we are well positioned for our summer sessions as well as our day camps, based on all we have learned from students, faculty and staff and COVID-19 mitigation efforts this academic year.

Thank you again for showing the characteristic kindness and support that makes QU such a special place.

Debra Liebowitz
Provost

3 Key Things
  1. The default for the fall semester will be on-ground, in-classroom instruction, with some remote synchronous and asynchronous learning remaining where pedagogy or health and safety protocol necessitate.
  2. The more students, faculty and staff that get vaccinated, the more likely our fall experience will be able to return to pre-COVID operations.
  3. It is likely students will be able to move freely among residence halls, dining halls will increase capacity, and social gatherings and student activities will have far fewer restrictions.

Dear students and families,

We are grateful for the hard work and ongoing commitment of our entire QU community to preserve an on-ground, in-classroom experience this academic year. We have been able to slowly and safely begin relaxing some of our COVID-19 policies and protocols this spring given the success we’ve had containing the virus on campus, continued access to vaccinations, and declining community case rates.

We have learned a lot in the last year, guided by science and the on-ground expertise of our COVID-19 Task Force, faculty and staff. We now set our sights on planning for the Fall 2021 semester with that experience and knowledge in mind. As such, we are very pleased to announce our plans for a full on-campus learning and living environment for the Fall 2021 semester. And with the expectation that public health guidelines will shift with the increasing rate of vaccination, we anticipate there will be a return to a much more “normal” semester this coming fall.

Following is our current thinking on what the learning and living experience will be like this fall. This comes with understandable caveats that it is only March, and flexibility to respond to changing conditions will continue to be necessary.

Vaccinations

  • We are strongly encouraging all members of the QU community to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. Medical advice from all national health authorities and the CDC indicates that vaccines are safe and should be received by all except those with very particular medical allergies. The more students, faculty and staff that are vaccinated, the more our fall experience will be able to return to pre-COVID operations.
  • Connecticut will open vaccine access to those age 16 and older starting April 5. At that point, our students are encouraged to sign up for their vaccination.

In-classroom instruction

  • The default for the fall semester will be on-campus, in-classroom instruction. For on-campus class meetings, this means students will be attending in-person rather than Zooming into their classes.
  • Course registration for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms will continue as planned, but we have paused the release of the Fall 2021 course schedule until March 24 as we modify classroom capacities based on the newly released guidance permitting 3-foot rather than 6-foot, in-class physical distancing.
  • We will continue to offer some hybrid and fully remote courses as part of our overall curricular offerings. This flexibility may be needed with the updated state guidelines supporting 3 feet of physical distancing in classrooms this fall, and these options will also allow us to take advantage of innovative uses of technology to enhance student learning and to provide students with options for multi-model learning experiences and flexibility.
  • For clinical and graduate programs, specific information about Fall 2021 courses will be communicated to students by the program.

Remote learning declarations

  • Incoming first-year students will be on-campus and will not be able to declare that they are remote learners without receiving an exception through the appeal process. Remote learning is strongly discouraged for first-year students.
  • Current undergraduates and graduate students in on-campus programs are also expected to participate in in-person learning and may submit an appeal for remote learning only if their course schedule allows. Note that not all courses will be offered with a remote option.
  • The university reserves the right to determine alternate pedagogical delivery modes if health guidelines and conditions change.

Campus life and COVID-19 health protocols

  • We anticipate face coverings will still be required in classrooms, common areas and other public settings, based on early planning with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • However, we expect there to be many more opportunities for cohorts of students who have been vaccinated to gather, socialize and participate in activities with each other without restrictions as medical evidence continues to evolve – underscoring the importance of getting vaccinated.
  • It is likely students will be able to move freely among residence halls, dining halls will increase capacity, and social gatherings and student activities will have far fewer restrictions.
  • Some level of on-campus COVID-19 testing will likely continue, along with designated isolation and/or quarantine spaces, but at much lower capacity than needed for the spring semester.

Our priority is to provide a learning and living environment that prioritizes the health and joyous living of all members of our community. As such, further details will be released in late spring and summer as we get closer to the fall semester, know more about the evolution of COVID-19, and have access to updated health protocols and guidelines. We are excited for this big step forward in restoring so many of the wonderful living and learning experiences that students enjoy at Quinnipiac!

Sincerely,

Debra Liebowitz
Provost

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 39
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 43,042 tests performed, 204 positive cases (0.4% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN
  • All data as of 5 p.m. on March 17

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • What Fall 2021 may look like – Quinnipiac has released its initial thinking on what the living and learning experience will be like for the Fall 2021 semester. The default for the fall semester will be on-ground, in-classroom instruction, with some remote synchronous and asynchronous learning remaining where pedagogy or health and safety protocols necessitate. It’s likely students will be able to move freely among residence halls, dining halls will increase capacity and social gatherings, and student activities will have far fewer restrictions. But the most critical factor in returning to “normal” activities will be students, faculty and staff getting vaccinated when it’s their turn. Read the full communication for more details.

  • Reminder to students in isolation or quarantine – Please do not attend the weekly COVID-19 testing while you are in isolation or quarantine. You will not be counted as having “missed” a testing appointment, and we will be able to confirm through our isolation/quarantine records that you were unable to attend. Review our isolation and quarantine fact sheet for details.

  • Masking protocols for vaccinated students – The CDC continues to recommend that vaccinated individuals wear a face covering when in public and around others who have not been vaccinated, because clinical guidelines have not yet concluded whether a person who has been vaccinated can spread the virus. However, if a group of students who have ALL been vaccinated gathers in a private space (e.g., your residence) and are not around any other individuals who are not vaccinated, or at high risk for severe COVID-19 complications, then those students may remove their face coverings while in that private space. Masks cannot be removed when in any spaces on campus (other than your residence hall room), such as study rooms in the library or classrooms, as those are public spaces. Until a higher percentage of our population has been vaccinated, it is too difficult to regulate face covering protocol for different cohorts of students.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, March 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 17 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • Virtual Theater Performance: An Iliad - March 18-20, 25-27 - An Iliad spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through an original and immediate voice. Seven performers share the narrative in this sweeping account of humanity's unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos. Has anything really changed since the Trojan War?

  • Don't Dream It, Be It - Saturday, March 20, 9:30 p.m. - In the spirit of Women's History Month, students will be able to come and pick up supplies to create their very own Goal Catcher to make back at their dorms or in person at CCE 101.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“I want to be able to hold fundraisers on the quad for the student chapter of the American Marketing Association because we have worked so hard the past few months to give our members an experience that is as normal as possible. Let's continue to keep the QU community safe and healthy!”
Rachel Sin '22

 

On-campus religious services will be available to all interested students

3 Key Things
  1. We will slowly be reopening certain activities for our university community, with an emphasis on outdoor activities.
  2. Some policies also have been updated, such as permitting students to visit other residence halls.
  3. Reopening decisions (and pauses if necessary) are dependent upon weekly COVID-19 levels, campus risk-level status, adherence to capacity limits and health protocols.

Dear students,

As spring brings warmer weather and more opportunities for safe outdoors activities, we are pleased to announce that Quinnipiac will slowly relax certain COVID-related restrictions. This is a result of your hard work to help us sustain a low level of new COVID-19 cases, combined with recent state of Connecticut guidance that has eased some restrictions effective March 19.

While Quinnipiac will maintain stricter guidelines than the state in some areas (e.g., indoor dining will remain at reduced capacity), we will relax some of our guidelines for university and student-sponsored events, and recreational and athletic activities. We will place an emphasis on opening outdoor activities, which are safer.

Criteria for reopening activities

We will reintroduce activities slowly for the safety and health of our community and to ensure proper staffing and monitoring. Reopening decisions are based upon the following criteria and can be paused or reversed if conditions deteriorate:

  • Trend in the rate of new COVID-19 cases within our campus community – do your part to keep our COVID cases low!
  • COVID-19 case rates within local communities and the state.
  • Campus risk-level of green; limited activities may still be permitted at yellow.
  • Ability to regulate appropriate attendance levels and safety protocols at venues.

What’s reopening and policies that are changing

Following are some of the services, events and activities that we plan to reopen in the coming weeks, and some policies we are easing.

1. Visiting other residence halls

  • Beginning March 20, residential students are permitted to host another QU residential student from other residence halls in their rooms, with the consent of their roommate.
  • Visitors will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., must wear a face covering at all times and continue observing our physical distancing guidelines.
  • Students must continue adhering to indoor gathering limits per our COVID-19 policies.

2. North Haven shuttle service

  • Beginning March 20, we are restoring shuttle service at 50% capacity.
  • The shuttle will operate Saturday and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m., and will stop at Barnes & Noble, Subway, Best Buy, Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera, Target and Stop & Shop / Walgreens.

3. Student spectators at QU outdoor spring athletics

  • Beginning March 19, you can cheer on your Bobcats in person!
  • Only outdoor sports will be allowed spectators; masks must be worn and physical distancing must be practiced.
  • We will observe capacity limits at each venue and athletics staff will monitor and enforce capacity levels; entry is first come, first served.
  • Visit GoBobcats.com for detailed protocols and a schedule of athletics events.

4. Parent spectators at QU outdoor spring athletics

  • Beginning April 1, two parents of each QU student athlete will be allowed to support their student athlete, consistent with MAAC Conference policy.
  • Parents will be allowed into the athletic stadium or field 30 minutes prior to game time and must depart 10 minutes after the game has concluded.
  • Only outdoor sports will be allowed spectators; masks must be worn and physical distancing must be practiced.
  • Tailgating is prohibited, parents cannot visit any part of campus outside the athletic field/stadium, and we request parents not visit with their student athletes outside the athletic field/stadium to help protect the campus bubble.
  • Visit GoBobcats.com for attendance policy details and protocols.

5. Open skate at People’s United Center

  • Available March 21 and March 28.
  • Two sessions a day: 8-8:50 p.m. and 9:10-10:00 p.m.
  • Reservations required – maximum of 16 skaters per session.

6. “Pod” basketball

  • Beginning March 16, residential students living in QU housing will be allowed to play 2v2 or 3v3 basketball games with their roommates only; masks must be worn.
  • Game times will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Reservations required – registration will open 72 hours prior to available dates/times and will close 6 hours in advance; registrations will be verified in advance to confirm all players live together.

7. Upcoming QU-sponsored events

Review the events calendar and Do You QU for a complete listing of approved events and check back often for new events that will be added.

  • March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day celebration at On The Rocks (SOLD OUT)
  • March 27 – QU Mountain Clash
  • April 3-4 – Egg hunt on the quad
  • April 10 – Big Event
  • April 17 – QTHON
  • April 21 – Bobcat Day

Let’s keep up the good work

Reopening activities is an important step forward, but we cannot let our guard down. We must continue following public health protocols and the university’s COVID-19 policies to maintain these aspects of campus life we all crave to experience for the FULL semester.

Thank you for being role models on how to safely continue our on-ground college experience.

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 36
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 38,086 tests performed, 172 positive cases (0.4% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN
  • All data as of 5 p.m. on March 10

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day responsibly – We’ve made it to the midway point of our spring semester together, and we have much to look forward to as we finalize plans to carefully relax guidelines on certain activities. If you’re recognizing St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday, please do so responsibly. Keep your gatherings small, your masks on if you’re with anyone outside your family unit, and spend time outdoors if possible. The behavior of a few, if not careful and mindful of the guidelines, runs the risk of spiking COVID rates and curtailing our progress toward reopening certain spring activities.

  • March 15 Day of Hope & Remembrance – Monday, March 15 marks one year since our lives were dramatically altered because of COVID-19. At 11:45 a.m. Monday on the Mount Carmel quad, please join campus leadership, faculty, staff, students and our religious leaders for a short observance. You will be encouraged to share your stories of hope and resilience on message boards that will be placed on the quad and in the cafeteria on the North Haven Campus. Read the full communication

  • Vaccinated students still need COVID testing – Students who have been vaccinated still need to participate in on-campus COVID-19 surveillance testing. The CDC at this time has not waived the need for testing as part of a screening program in congregant settings. It continues to recommend testing through routine screening programs, when made available. However, fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following an exposure to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case. See the CDC’s interim public health recommendations for those who have been fully vaccinated.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, March 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • ELMPA De-Stress Day – Friday, Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. - Come to CCE where there will be de-stress stations set up including: Color by Number, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Movie Watch Parties, Fun Jeopardy / Kahoot, designated food areas and more.

  • Junk Draw Hunt – Saturday, Mar. 13 at 9 p.m. - Students go on a mini scavenger hunt in their own residences during this virtual event. They will be given several riddles that they will use to find an item in their rooms. The first person or team to show the correct item to their screen will get a point and the three teams with the most points at the end of the game will win prizes!

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“Our entire team is working hard to protect a successful season of Division I collegiate tennis, while also incorporating a positive environment on and off the court. We are working hard to protect the health and safety of one another, our coaches and the entire Quinnipiac community by adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.”
Stephanie Yanosov '21
QU women's tennis team

 

On-campus religious services will be available to all interested students

3 Key Things
  1. Students are encouraged to refrain from traveling home to observe Easter and Passover, but the university does recognize that this is a deeply religious time for families.
  2. On-campus religious services will be available to all interested students.
  3. Weekly COVID-19 testing will continue for all undergraduates throughout March.

Dear students and parents,

It is hard to believe we have nearly reached the midway point of our spring semester together. Our students have done a remarkable job helping us sustain low COVID-19 levels by supporting our intensive weekly testing and mitigation strategies. Since Jan. 21, Quinnipiac has completed nearly 36,000 COVID tests as part of its weekly surveillance testing and has maintained a low 0.4% positivity rate. Thank you!

Easter and Passover Observances

With Passover beginning the evening of Saturday, March 27, and Easter on Sunday, April 4, we prefer that students refrain from traveling during these weekends. But we do recognize that this is a deeply religious time for many of our students and families, and some may wish to travel home. We share the following information as important reminders:

  • COVID testing – regularly scheduled weekly COVID testing of all undergraduate students will continue throughout March. Testing takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, providing an important health check for students who decide to travel home either weekend for these religious observances.
  • Traveling home – any student traveling home must observe all health precautions during their travels, including wearing a mask.

The university will have religious services available to all interested students who do not travel home. Services will be held to observe the first Seder on Saturday, March 27 (in addition to our usual Friday night Sabbath experience) and an Easter Sunday Catholic Mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Easter in the Mount Carmel Auditorium. The university will also sponsor an egg hunt on the quad the weekend of April 3-4.

Dining services will be open and operating on a weekend schedule Friday–Sunday, including the main dining hall and Bobcat Den on the Mount Carmel campus as well as the York Hill and North Haven cafes. Please visit the QU Dining Services page for detailed hours of operation for all services.

Thank you for continuing to play a proactive role in assuring a healthy, on-ground spring semester together.

Sincerely,

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 31
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 33,000 tests performed, 146 positive cases (0.4% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN
  • All data as of 5 p.m. on March 3

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Spring activities – With warmer weather on the horizon, the COVID-19 Task Force is reviewing its guidelines for university and student-sponsored events, and recreational and athletic activities, to determine whether and how to relax guidelines on certain activities or approve new events with appropriate capacity limits and safety protocols in place. There will be an emphasis on outdoor activities, which are safer. We will keep a close eye on COVID-19 case rates within our campus community and in local communities to determine the feasibility and pace of introducing added spring activities. An update will be provided within the next 1-2 weeks.

  • Faculty/staff vaccine update – Quinnipiac sent an update to all faculty and staff on Monday with additional information about the state’s age-based vaccine eligbility criteria and appointment scheduling processes. Review the full communication (MyQ login required).

  • Reminder of conduct policies – We all want to remain on campus for the full semester, and honoring our COVID policies on acceptable gatherings is a key way to mitigate spread of the virus. The university will continue strict enforcement of its COVID-related student policies. As a reminder, gatherings held on campus, off campus and at local venues are subject to our university protocols and subsequent consequences for non-compliance through student conduct, including — but not limited — to suspension from the university. 

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, March 8 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check Out These Weekend Events

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • First Friday Films: Tenet – Friday, Mar. 5 @ 9 p.m.; Join SPB in CCE 101 to watch Tenet, a film by Christopher Nolan starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. We will also be raffling off a few DVDs of Christopher Nolan films!

  • Stuffed Dino Night – Saturday, Mar. 6 @ 9 p.m.; At this grab-and-go event, students will be able to pick up their own stuffed dinosaur kit from Rocky Top Student Center 303 and make it back in their dorm.

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“I want to be able to see the release of the ‘For the QUlture’ magazine that my friends and I have worked so hard for.”
Ja’sean Johnson-Henry ’21

 

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 17
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 27,811 tests performed, 119 positive cases (0.4% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Required weekly COVID testing will extend to March – The university will continue to require all undergraduate students to participate in weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing for the month of March, given how successful our weekly testing program has been in helping monitor and sustain a low level of new COVID-19 cases. Students can choose whether to attend Monday or Wednesday – see testing calendar. Any student missing their weekly test will be denied access to all university facilities and in-person classes, and residential students will have 48 hours to get their own off-campus test or will be removed from QU housing. Graduate students will be part of weekly sample testing and will receive an email if they’ve been selected.

  • Mask on! – Students are reminded that they must wear a face mask any time they are outside their residence hall room or off-campus house. Whether you’re walking in the hallway in between classes, or alone in an independent study room in the library, you must keep your face mask on, even when using these common areas with students from your family unit. This is one of the surest ways to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Check out the CDC’s top tips on mask etiquette

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, March 1 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekend Events To Check Out

Check out Do You QU and the events calendar complete event listings.

  • Virtual Comedy Night Featuring Kelsey Cook – Saturday, Feb. 27 @ 8pm; Kelsey made her debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and is a regular at comedy clubs in L.A. and NYC. Sign up in advance to receive a link to attend and enter a raffle to win a Bluetooth speaker.

  • ASA and TSA Virtual Trivia Night – Saturday, Feb. 27 @ 8pm; test your knowledge of Asian and Turkish/Middle Eastern culture and win prizes while learning some new facts! RSVP to attend

Recommended Read

QU’s connection to the Pfizer vaccine – QU alumna Kristin (Kourie) Tompkins ’00 is a senior research scientist at Pfizer who was part of the team that helped develop its COVID-19 vaccine. Get an inside peek at the around-the-clock operation to create the vaccine, and how “the end goal of saving lives is a major motivator.”

Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“I have worked so hard for three and a half years to graduate and I could not be more proud or excited for that moment to come!”
Dustin Moffre ’21, MBA ’22

 

Dear Students,

You have done a remarkable job bringing COVID-19 rates down to extremely low levels. At the beginning of the semester, we brought students back together from all over the country and world, with high levels of COVID-19 surrounding us. With intensive testing and clear mitigation strategies, we have decreased our case rate within the last week to 0.2%. That’s fantastic, thank you.

It is very clear that the vast majority of students are doing the right thing, making the right choices and respecting our collective commitment to each other — as demonstrated by our low infection levels and ability to return to a green campus risk level.

Off-campus gatherings

We are compelled to remind students that their behaviors and choices directly impact the campus community’s level of COVID-19. A small but notable number of our students made choices recently that could put the entire community — and our on-ground campus experience — at risk.

We learned of two off-campus gatherings this past weekend that exceeded the university’s guidelines on indoor gatherings. We have issued interim suspensions pending conduct meetings to the hosts. Because of the outsized potential impact large group gatherings can have on the entire QU community, any student found responsible for hosting gatherings in violation of our policies will be fully suspended from the university for the remainder of the semester, including from remote instruction, without refunds of tuition/fees. Our investigation is ongoing, and we will also pursue interim suspensions of students who attended the gatherings.

What’s at stake

We share this information to remind all students that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Despite improving data, unfortunately we cannot let our guard down. We must continue following public health protocols and the university’s COVID-19 policies.

As we learned from the fall, social gatherings that violate our policies have the potential to become virus super-spreader events that jeopardize our in-person learning and aspects of campus life we all crave to experience for the FULL semester.

As a reminder, students can use the “Healthy Bobcats Tip Line” to report COVID policy infractions: (203) 582-4333, or COVID19SupportCenter@qu.edu

As we approach this weekend—and every weekend this semester—we ask that everyone join in this campus and community-wide effort to keep us all safe. This semester’s success depends on YOUR behavior and support.

David Hill
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 25
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 25,642 tests performed, 114 positive cases (0.4% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Green alert level GREEN

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Hard work pays off, but recent off-campus gatherings pose risk – Students have done a remarkable job helping decrease our COVID-19 case rate within the last week to 0.2%. Thank you. However, a small but notable number of students made choices recently with off-campus gatherings that could pose a risk to our on-ground campus experience. They will face discliplinary action accordingly. Please read the full communication

  • Dining hall health protocols – Multiple students have filed complaints that individuals are not practicing physical distancing in lines, are exceeding table seating limits and are pulling together chairs from multiple tables to sit together. This violates health protocols and ignores signage that clearly designates where to stand, where to sit and acceptable table capacity. Continued disregard for our indoor dining guidelines will result in further reducing indoor capacity and conduct consequences for those violating these policies.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, Feb. 22 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekend Events To Check Out

Here are some opportunities to safely spend time with your fellow Bobcats on campus this weekend. Check out Do You QU for complete event listings.

  • Black History Month Bobcat Feud – Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. in CCE 101; a Family Feud-style event about Black history, culture, BSU and student life.
  • Blanket Making for homeless shelter – Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. in CCE 205 & 212; make tie blankets to donate to New Reach Shelter in New Haven.
  • Bollywood movie night – Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. in CCE 101; come watch a recent Bollywood movie and receive free snacks to bring home.
Resources and Recent Communications
Healthy Bobcats Tip Line

We all have a proactive role to play in supporting — and enforcing — our COVID-19 policies. Students can use the “Healthy Bobcats Tip Line” to report COVID-19 policy infractions. All submissions will be kept confidential, but anonymous tips will not be accepted.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 38
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 18,212 tests performed, 93 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Yellow alert level YELLOW

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Quarantine lifted for Commons, Hill 10s – The quarantine-in-place order for The Commons and Hill 10s has ended, as the latest testing has confirmed the initial cluster of cases we were monitoring has not grown and there has not been further community spread in either residence hall. This shows that respecting the mitigation strategies and health policies we have put in place work, and can help preserve our on-ground experience together!

  • Reminder of required testing – All undergraduate students (residential and nonresidential) must participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing every week in February. Students can choose which day to attend each week – see testing calendar. Graduate students will be part of weekly sample testing and will receive an email if they’ve been selected. Any student missing their weekly test will be denied access to all university facilities and in-person classes, and residential students will have 48 hours to get their own test or will be removed from QU housing.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Monday, Feb. 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cabin Fever? Check Out These Weekend Events

Here are some opportunities to safely spend time with your fellow Bobcats on campus this weekend. Check out Do You QU for complete event listings.

  • Mardi Gras Mask Making – Friday, Feb. 12 @ 9 p.m. in TH116 and TH117; design your own Mardi Gras mask and enter a raffle to win some Big Easy-inspired gifts.
  • Galentine’s Day – Saturday, Feb. 13 @ noon in the Piazza; painting, crafts, cookie making and more.
  • Carnevale – Saturday, Feb. 13 @ 1 p.m. in CCE 114; learn about the Italian culture behind Carnevale and make your own Venetian mask.
  • Galentine’s Bingo – Saturday, Feb. 13 @ 2:30 p.m. in Burt Khan; sponsored by Panhellenic women to fundraise for COS; $2/board to participate.
  • Alpha Delta Pi Random Acts of Kindness – Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 6 p.m. in Mount Carmel Auditorium; decorate wooden hearts and sisters will hand them out as random acts of kindness on Feb. 17.
Resources and Recent Communications
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

“I am most looking forward to making progress in my academic journey with in-person labs and simulation experiences, and being involved in helping keep the QU community safe with my fellow Peer Health Ambassadors!”
Nicole Mawhirter ’19, ’22
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student and Peer Health Ambassador

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Current active cases in isolation – 44
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 10,437 tests performed, 54 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert status – Yellow alert level YELLOW
  • Pre-arrival tests – 5,545 recorded to date, 182 positive cases (3.3% positivity)

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • Understanding quarantine – One of the pre-emptive mitigation strategies we are using to slow the possible spread of COVID-19 this semester is quarantining a specific residence hall (or floors) if we identify a cluster of cases. Many other universities used this same measure in the fall and found it was an effective way to get ahead of larger outbreaks. Read the FAQs to understand how this quarantine strategy works.

  • Remove the wristband – Students can remove the wristbands they received during check-in since the university’s campus arrival containment period ended on February 1.

  • Who goes to on-campus testing? – All undergraduate students must participate in testing every week in February. Graduate students will receive an email if they’re selected for weekly sample testing.

    • Residents of the Commons and Hill 10s currently observing the building quarantine CAN still go to on-campus testing.

    • Students who have tested positive and are isolating, and those who have been contacted by our contact tracing team and are currently quarantining as a confirmed contact of a positive case, should NOT attend on-campus testing.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. This schedule is also posted in the QU Symptom Checker app under “Resources” and on MyQ.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One FUN Thing

Chiefs or Buccaneers? The QU Recreation Department is sponsoring a Super Bowl virtual watch party Sunday. Register now for:

  • A free Super Bowl box pool and chance to win an Intramural Champion Shirt (one winner chosen at the end of each quarter), and one lucky person will win a jersey of their favorite NFL player.
  • Based on popular demand, we’re making 125 additional FREE snack packs available for pick up with wings and a sandwich – available to the first 125 registrations received.
Resources and Recent Communications
Recommended Read

As vaccine news continues to dominate the headlines, check out this quick read from CNN medical producer Sandee LaMotte, “I’ve had my COVID-19 vaccine – now what can I safely do?”
Read the article

3 Key Things:

  1. QU has completed 10,437 total COVID tests since students returned and has confirmed 54 positive cases – a 0.5% positivity rate.
  2. Small clusters of cases have been identified in The Commons Residence Hall and the Hill 10s Building, and all students in those residences will observe a 10-day quarantine period.
  3. Residents of The Commons and Hill 10s Building will take classes remotely; completion of the 10-day quarantine and a negative test result after the Feb. 9 on-campus testing will end the quarantine period.

Dear QU community,

A key part of our spring reopening plan included regular and comprehensive testing of all students because of the increased prevalence of COVID-19 in local communities and nationwide. Accordingly, we expected more positive results from our on-campus testing compared to the fall, and we are prepared to manage those cases.

Since students began returning to campus 10 days ago, Quinnipiac has performed 10,437 COVID-19 tests and has confirmed 54 positive cases – a 0.5% positivity rate. For comparison, the positivity rate in Connecticut has been around 3.6% in recent days. Of the 54 cases, 37 are among residential students and 17 among students living off campus. Although many of the students who have tested positive may have acquired their infection before returning to QU, it is evident that some on-campus transmission also has occurred.

Using Focused Quarantine Measures

One of the ways we are responding proactively to mitigate the possible spread of COVID is to use focused quarantine measures, by quarantining specific residence hall floors and/or buildings. Based on what we learned from the fall, and from other institutions, this can be a very effective way to limit transmission and to restrict any spread of the virus.

After analyzing the 54 positive cases, we’ve identified small clusters of positive cases in two residence halls – The Commons Residence Hall (5 cases) and the Hill 10s Building (4 cases). Following our standard protocol, students who tested positive are already isolating in a separate residence hall. All remaining residents of The Commons and the Hill 10s will observe a 10-day quarantine.

In order to protect the entire Quinnipiac community, ALL students living in these two residences must observe the following protocols for the quarantine period:

  • Students will take all classes remotely during this 10-day period.
    • Students can inform their professors about the quarantine period by sending them a private chat during their first Zoom class meeting this week or an email. This way their professors will know that they will be attending remotely during the 10-day period.
  • Students in the quarantined residence halls can only leave their residence hall to pick up meals and must immediately return to their residence; they cannot visit any other parts of campus.
  • Students should go to the weekly on-campus testing on both Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, as scheduled (unless you have tested positive within the last 90 days).
  • A negative result from the Feb. 9 testing will clear students from the quarantine, and they can return to in-person classes and activities after that time.
  • Students must log their symptoms daily using the QU Symptom Checker mobile app. If they develop symptoms, they should contact Student Health Services.
  • Students cannot go home to observe this quarantine period; they must remain on campus as part of our effort to contain transmission locally and to participate in ongoing testing.

We regret having to impose these measures. However, we know from prior experiences and those at other campuses that this is the best approach to manage outbreaks. As we take these proactive measures, we will move to a yellow campus risk level.

Continued Diligence in Practicing Our Health Protocols

As we learned from the fall, it is definitely possible to maintain a low number of positive cases when everyone supports our health protocols. That is why we are instituting these measures early on, so that we can continue with our on-campus, hybrid model of instruction.

Please remember – both our own experience, and guidance from health officials, has clearly established that classrooms are not a source of transmission. We ask students to:

  • Wear a face covering anytime you’re outside your residence hall room.
  • Practice physical distancing – especially in classrooms, dining halls and common spaces.
  • Always log your symptoms daily using the mobile symptom checking app.

You can continue to follow the latest updates about our on-campus test results and university-issued communications on our COVID-19 dashboard. Thank you for continuing to play a proactive role in assuring a healthy, on-ground spring semester, together.

Sincerely,

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

 

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Pre-arrival tests – 5,416 recorded to date, 178 positive cases (3.3% positivity). Students testing positive will remain home until they are cleared by QU Student Health Services to come for the spring semester.
  • Current active cases in isolation – 24
  • Cumulative on-campus testing – 5,117 tests performed, 24 positive cases (0.5% positivity)
  • Current campus alert statusGreen alert level GREEN

Go to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for more details

Quick Takes – What You Need to Know This Week
  • The do’s and don’ts of the containment period – Honoring the campus arrival containment period through Feb. 1 is one of the biggest ways we can start the semester with the fewest COVID cases. Check out our list of what you should and should not do during this period.
  • 10-day quarantine period – Based on CDC and State of Connecticut guidance, and new data from the clinical literature, we will use a 10-day quarantine period (instead of 14 days) for individuals who are confirmed contacts of a positive case and are required to quarantine. Students will be tested between day 8-10 in quarantine before being released. After release, students must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and hand hygiene, and monitor symptoms daily using QU’s mobile symptom checker app. Review our quarantine information
  • Employee testing – All QU employees are required to get tested before returning for the beginning of the semester. Griffin Hospital is a preferred testing location for QU employees – review the January 15 communication for details.
Resources and Recent Communications
ONE Key Thing

Did you know that even if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, or have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing? The CDC is still analyzing whether getting a vaccine prevents you from spreading the virus to others.

Schedule of On-Campus Testing

All testing is performed in Burt Kahn. Please check your email for a message from COVIDOnCampusTest with your assigned testing date.

  • Friday, Jan. 29 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 30 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Protecting Our Time Together

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! What are you working hard to protect?

What are you protecting? video

What Are You Protecting?

3 Key Things:

  1. We must all be willing to stay in our bubble, limit travel into local communities and refrain from weekend trips home.
  2. We start the spring semester with a much higher presence of COVID in our local communities than we did in the fall.
  3. We are investing in fun, creative ways to safely interact with each other on our campuses.

Dear students,

It is great to have everyone returning for another semester, together. As we learned from the fall, it is indeed possible to have a fulfilling on-ground experience while diligently protecting the health of our community – but it takes work!

As our spring semester gets underway, there is one key difference we must be aware of compared to the fall: there are higher rates of COVID-19 nationwide and in our local communities than when our fall semester began. For example, since January 5, our pre-arrival testing has confirmed 118 positive cases among students, and those individuals are remaining home until cleared to return. 

Whether you live on campus or off, there are three simple actions we ALL can practice this semester that will significantly help us protect our on-ground experience: 

  1. Spend your time on our three campuses – The idea of a bubble is only as good as people’s willingness to stay within that bubble. I’m asking both residential and off-campus students to spend their time on our three campuses rather than in the local community. Whether it’s for classes, studying, exercising or grabbing a meal, this will greatly reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19 and bringing it back to our university community. For those living off campus, try to use delivery services for takeout and groceries to limit trips to local stores.
  2. Do not travel home on weekends – I know this is a big ask, but any exposure you may have at home will be brought back to our university community, and you bring similar risks home to your family with each trip.
  3. Show up for your on-campus COVID testing – All undergraduates (residential and non-residential) will be tested every week through the end of February. This semester, if you miss your assigned on-campus testing appointment, you will be denied access to all university facilities and in-person classes; residential students will have 48 hours to get their own test or will be removed from QU housing.

We are investing more resources in fun, creative ways we can all safely interact with each other on campus. Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are being planned; we’re launching the first-ever university-wide Bobcat Day in April; we’re bringing back the popular Warrior Dash from the fall; and more.

I’ll end by asking each one of you: “What do you want to protect this semester?” Whatever your answer, let that be your motivation and your inspiration for practicing these three simple steps. It might be looking forward to Commencement, or attending your clinical or teaching placement, or sitting on the quad with friends on warm spring days. Everyone has something dear about their Quinnipiac experience that they want to preserve.

Please do your part, be a positive force and role model for each other, and let’s have another healthy, safe and fantastic on-ground experience, together!

Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

3 Key Things:

  1. Following state guidelines, our return-to-campus process will include a “containment” period that will last until the start of in-person classes on February 1 to promote a COVID-safe start to the semester.
  2. Check out our list of 8 COVID protocols that are new or changed, based on our fall experience.
  3. Students not following their assigned move-in dates and/or testing schedules will be delayed in participating in on-ground classes and activities.

Dear students,

The entire Quinnipiac community looks forward to welcoming you back to campus. While many of our policies and protocols remain in place from the fall semester, there are also some changes we’re making and new services we will be using to deliver a safe and successful in-person experience for the spring semester.

Please review this information so you are fully prepared for your return to campus and know what to expect the first couple weeks.

8 COVID protocols that are new or changed

  • Check out the image gallery we have assembled for a rundown of what’s new, or enhancements we have made, for the spring semester.

COVID-19 testing program

  • Pre-arrival testing – All students returning for the spring semester must complete a pre-arrival test at home before they will be cleared to move into their assigned housing, access our campuses, or engage in any in-person instruction. You have already received this testing information.
  • On-campus return test – We will test each student upon their return to campus; all residential students will be tested as part of the check-in process on their assigned move-in date, and commuters will be assigned a testing date.
  • Weekly testing of all undergraduates in February – Based upon a new state requirement, we will be testing ALL undergraduate students weekly through Feb. 28.
  • Ongoing surveillance testing – We will again conduct weekly surveillance testing of approximately 20% of our student population after February, through the remainder of the semester.

Campus arrival “containment” period

  • Consistent with state requirements, we will begin the spring semester with a campus arrival “containment” period. Coupled with our on-campus testing, this is the best way to minimize community spread given higher infection rates nationwide compared to the fall.
  • The “containment” period will extend from the time a student moves into their on- or off-campus housing until the start of in-person classes on Feb. 1.
  • During the “containment” period, students must limit their interactions to those who are part of their family unit (who they live with). Residential students will not be able to make trips off campus, and students living off campus should not come to campus, except for testing.
  • Students can take time outdoors to get meals and take “fresh air breaks,” doing so with their family unit.
  • Students still can place in-person orders at all dining locations, but meals will be to-go, and seating in dining locations will be closed during this period. We will then follow the capacity restrictions for indoor dining at the end of the “containment” period.

NOTE: Students who do not follow their assigned move-in and/or on-campus testing schedules will be delayed in participating in on-ground classes and will be responsible for getting their own COVID-19 test to be cleared for in-person activities.

Classes

  • As originally communicated in our Spring 2021 calendar, the first week of classes January 25–29 will be online (except for certain law, medicine and clinical programs), and in-person instruction begins February 1 for all students.
  • Students electing to complete the spring semester with fully remote learning must complete the Remote Learning Declaration Form and receive approval from their respective school.

Library, study spaces, campus bookstore

  • Libraries and study spaces on all campuses will be open to students during the “containment” period, but only for independent study or to provide a quiet place to attend your online class (no group gatherings or meetings). Classrooms can be used as study spaces during the “containment” week before February 1.
  • The bookstores will be open, but patrons must observe the posted capacity limits and physical distancing. There will be no impact on the arrival of students’ textbooks.
  • Mailroom operations will follow standard hours.

Athletics, exercise and fitness facilities

  • Student athletes will continue to follow specific guidelines related to both testing and the “containment” period as prescribed by coaches, the Athletic Department and NCAA policies.
    Exercise and fitness facilities will be closed during the “containment” period, and we anticipate we can safely open and operate the facilities at the end of the period.

What HASN’T changed?

Most policies and protocols remain in place from the fall, including limits on gatherings, discipline policies related to the QU Pact, and commitments to keep our neighbors and community healthy. Please review the student return to campus guide

Stay well and healthy as you prepare to return to Bobcat Nation!

David R. Hill, MD
Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Task Force
Professor of Medical Sciences

3 Key Things:

  1. All residential students should take their Quest pre-test January 12–13, and commuters and law students on January 17; see the table below for your assigned date.
  2. If you have not yet ordered your test kit from Quest, do so immediately.
  3. Students choosing to get their own PCR test rather than using Quest must complete an opt-out form by January 11.

Dear students and families,

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were healthy and relaxing. This email provides details on when students must take their COVID-19 pre-arrival test before returning for the spring semester. Residential students received a copy of this information, along with their assigned move-in date, in an email sent yesterday by Residential Life.

You should have already ordered and received your at-home test kit from Quest Diagnostics, based on the instructions we provided in our December 19 communication to you. If you have not ordered your test, please do so immediately, as it takes 3–4 days on average to receive the kit.

When to take your pre-arrival test

Student Cohort Return to Campus Date Date to Take Your Quest Test You Must Ship Your Test to Quest... Date of First On-Campus Test
Residential Students,
Group 1
Thursday, January 21 Tuesday, January 12 No more than 18 hours after taking test Thursday, January 21
Residential Students,
Group 2
Friday, January 22 Wednesday, January 13 No more than 18 hours after taking test Friday, January 22
Residential Students,
Group 3
Saturday, January 23 Wednesday, January 13 No more than 18 hours after taking test Saturday, January 23
Residential Students,
Group 4
Sunday, January 24 Wednesday, January 13 No more than 18 hours after taking test Sunday, January 24
Undergraduate and Graduate Commuters n/a Sunday, January 17 No more than 18 hours after taking test Saturday, January 23,
Sunday, January 24, or
Monday, January 25
Law Commuters Monday, January 25 (on-ground classes) Sunday, January 17 No more than 18 hours after taking test Saturday, January 23
  • Review the table above to determine when you should take your at-home COVID-19 test based upon your return-to-campus date. Note: first and second-year medical students (M1 and M2) will receive a separate communication from their school with information on testing times and requirements.
  • It is critical you follow these timelines to ensure sufficient time for your test to be received and analyzed, and for Quinnipiac to then approve your return to campus. Students who do not follow their assigned move-in and/or on-campus testing schedules likely will experience a delay in participating in on-ground classes and will be responsible for getting their own COVID-19 test to be cleared for in-person activities. Given the importance of testing to protecting our community, exceptions to the move-in and testing schedules will not be made.
  • Students choosing to get their own PCR test must complete an opt-out form by Jan. 11, but still must have their test taken on the date that aligns with their return-to-campus date.

On-campus testing upon students’ return

  • Upon returning to Quinnipiac, all students will be tested by the university through its on-campus testing program before attending in-person classes. Students will receive a separate email from QU with confirmation of their assigned on-campus testing dates.

Have questions about getting your COVID-19 pre-arrival test?

  • Review our Frequently Asked Questions for important information and deadlines about both the Quest pre-arrival test and submitting your own COVID-19 test if you choose not to use Quest.
  • Questions about the student testing plan should be emailed to COVIDPretest@qu.edu

Thank you in advance for your commitment to health and safety for yourself and all of our community members. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in a few weeks! 

3 Key Things:

  1. Order your test immediately from Quest Laboratories and hold onto it.
  2. Do not take your test until you receive an email from Quinnipiac instructing you to do so.
  3. Students can choose to get their own PCR test, but must complete an opt-out form in advance.

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the spring semester after a well-earned break. Our pre-arrival testing program helped us start the fall semester COVID-free on our campuses. Based on that success, we will again require students to be tested before returning to Quinnipiac for the spring.

This letter provides important details about the pre-arrival testing process, which will be very similar to the fall. However, we have changed lab partners and reduced the cost so we ask you to please review the instructions thoroughly.

Who needs a pre-arrival test?

  • All students — undergraduate and graduate — are required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning for the spring semester, with a few exceptions noted below.
  • Pre-arrival testing is NOT required for students who are enrolled in degree programs that are fully online or who have applied for and been approved for 100% remote study in the spring.
  • Pre-arrival testing is NOT required for students who have had a positive COVID-19 test after Oct. 15, 2020, and have reported that test result to Student Health Services.
  • International students and the basketball and ice hockey programs will use a separate testing protocol, which will be detailed in a separate communication.
  • Pre-arrival testing is required before a student can be cleared to move into their assigned housing, access our campuses, or engage in any in-person instruction.

Quest Diagnostics is handling the pre-arrival tests

  • The test is a non-invasive nasal swab, and you do not need to have someone observe you taking it.
  • Once you order a test kit, it will be mailed directly to you at the address you specify.
  • The pre-arrival test costs $95 and will be a pass-through charge assessed to your Bursar account.

Order your test kit NOW from Quest – but WAIT to take the test**

  • Order your test kit immediately.
  • DO NOT take the test until instructed to do so by Quinnipiac. You will receive an email from the university in January noting a specific timeframe to take the test before your return-to-campus date.
  • Residential Life will notify students in early January of their return-to-campus date.
  • **Students in the Schools of Engineering, Nursing, Health Sciences, Medicine and Law who have been approved to return to campus January 4—24 will receive an additional communication from their school regarding testing dates for their return.
  • Test results will be available online through Quest’s MyQuest portal, and QU Student Health Services will automatically receive a copy. Anyone testing positive will receive a call from a Quest physician.

If you choose to get your own test, here’s what you need to know

  • You must complete an Opt-out Form by Jan. 11, 2021, if you wish to get your own COVID-19 PCR test instead of using Quest.
  • Remember: It must be a PCR test (not a rapid test or antigen test) taken according to the testing timetable that the university will provide to you.
  • Test results must be uploaded at least 48 hours prior to your return to campus via the Patient Portal for review and approval. The test you upload must include: full name, date of test, type of test and test result. Tests missing this information will not be accepted.
  • Students cannot move back to campus — or if living off campus, cannot access campus or attend on-ground classes — without a negative test result meeting these requirements.

We will again perform on-campus testing in the spring

  • The university will test all returning students twice through our on-campus testing program by the end of the first week of on-ground classes.
  • Weekly sample testing will then be performed again throughout the semester.

For all students living in university housing, your card access to your residence will not be activated unless you have completed the Quest pre-arrival test or have uploaded your own PCR test. Questions about the student testing plan should be emailed to COVIDPretest@qu.edu.

Your commitment to following our COVID testing guidelines, and encouraging your peers to do so, will be critical to our success in keeping our campuses and classrooms open this spring. Thank you in advance for your commitment to health and safety for yourself and all of our community members.

What Are You Protecting?

We all want to spend the full semester together – in person! So we’ve been asking students, “What are you working hard to protect?”

Daryl Richard

Daryl Richard

VP, Marketing and Communications

“Three months after I joined Quinnipiac, the pandemic hit. So, in many ways, I share the eagerness of our first-year students to experience all the traditions, activities, programming and athletics that make QU such a special place. That’s why it’s important to trust the science, protect our community and get vaccinated — it’s the ONLY way we get to a fall semester where we can celebrate and soak up all the wonderful things Bobcat Nation has to offer.”

Sophia Marshall

Sophia Marshall ’21

“I got vaccinated for my friends with preexisting conditions, for my parents, for my grandparents, for our Quinnipiac community. Being in the world of health care and having served as SGA president this past year, I have seen firsthand how important it is to keep the community safe with the hope of moving toward some sense of normalcy in the future. I am so proud and excited to say that I am fully vaccinated and that, in doing so, we’re one step closer to keeping our community as a whole safe!”

Ephemia Nicolakis

Ephemia Nicolakis ’24

“I got my vaccine to not only protect myself and my friends, but also to help our Bobcat community get closer to any sense of normalcy. I haven’t been able to truly have a college experience yet due to COVID, but I know getting my vaccine can help me get one step closer to that!”

Jordan Weiss with her vaccination card

Jordan Weiss ’18, DPT ’22

“I got vaccinated so that I can treat my patients every day and hug my grandparents again without worry of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. I have been educated about this vaccine and feel confident that I can have productive discussions with patients, friends, and family to mitigate any skepticism or fear. The known benefits far outweigh the potential risks. I’m so thankful for all those who have worked to develop this vaccine, and for the Quinnipiac faculty and staff who have been advocating for their health care professions students to get the vaccine.”

Charles Dunn

Charles Dunn ’22

“Throughout the last year, this pandemic has been hard on all of us. I got vaccinated in order to do my part in the effort to crush COVID and protect my friends, family and community.”

Kim Can

Kim Can ’23

“I am working hard to protect my time at Quinnipiac because I want to finish off the school year on campus.”

Jonas Vorbau

Jonas Vorbau ’24

“The most important thing for me is making sure we can keep meeting new people. If people wear their masks and follow the guidelines, more and more new opportunities will open up. Let’s keep doing our part so that we can finish this school year strong!”

Rachel Sin

Rachel Sin ’22

“I want to be able to hold fundraisers on the quad for the student chapter of the American Marketing Association because we have worked so hard the past few months to give our members an experience that is as normal as possible. Let's continue to keep the QU community safe and healthy!”

Stephanie Yanosov wearing a protective mask

Stephanie Yanosov ’21

QU Women's Tennis Team

“Our entire team is working hard to protect a successful season of Division I collegiate tennis, while also incorporating a positive environment on and off the court. We are working hard to protect the health and safety of one another, our coaches and the entire Quinnipiac community by adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.”

Ja’sean Johnson-Henry

Ja’sean Johnson-Henry ’21

“I want to be able to see the release of the ‘For the QUlture’ magazine that my friends and I have worked so hard for.”

Dustin Moffre

Dustin Moffre ’21, MBA ’22

Marketing major, Dual-Degree BA or BS/MBA (4+1) program

“I have worked so hard for three and a half years to graduate and I could not be more proud or excited for that moment to come!”

Nicole Mawhirter

Nicole Mawhirter ’19, ’22

Doctor of Physical Therapy Student and Peer Health Ambassador

“I am most looking forward to making progress in my academic journey with in-person labs and simulation experiences, and being involved in helping keep the QU community safe with my fellow Peer Health Ambassadors!”