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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

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?”

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!”