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Students and Families COVID-19 Resources

Health and Safety

Being part of the Quinnipiac community means each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and protect each other, both on campus and in the Hamden and North Haven communities. We ask all students, faculty and staff to sign a pledge to take responsibility for their own health by practicing the actions set forth and to work diligently to keep the Quinnipiac community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. These actions include practicing good hygiene, symptom monitoring, participating in university-sponsored testing, avoiding parties and other gatherings where social distancing is not possible, and self-quarantining if feeling ill or if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Keeping Bobcat Nation Healthy

Shared accountabilities

Shared Accountabilities

Sign the Quinnipiac Pact

By signing this pledge, you are committing to protect your own health, to help protect the health of others, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sign the Pact

Learn more about responsibilities and policies

Daily Symptom Checking

 

QU Symptom Checker App

The app has been updated so that after signing in the first time, you’re in for the rest of the semester. Use the app daily to log your health status, note any COVID-related symptoms and “check in” to note whether or not you’re on campus. Using the app daily is one of the best preventive measures we have to detect the presence of COVID early. Developed in partnership with MyOwnMed, the QU Symptom Checker app delivers three key benefits to help students, faculty and staff prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. The app is a useful tool that makes it easy for the community to monitor their own health based on a daily logging of potential symptoms that are commonly associated with the virus.
  2. The app will help users make informed decisions for what to do if they’re experiencing symptoms. For example, if one has the chills or loss of taste, should they still go to campus or class?
  3. Contact information, key resources and the latest QU updates on COVID-19 are also conveniently available at users’ fingertips.

Students, as well as faculty and staff who are coming to campus, will be required to perform daily symptom checks to help keep our community safe. In addition, students are asked to bring a thermometer to school this spring and to monitor for fever daily as part of the symptom check. A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher is considered a fever. Individuals should update their symptoms if they change during the day and everyone is also asked to monitor for fever daily.

Download the Android app

Download for Android

Download the Apple app

Download for Apple

About the App:
  • Users’ personal information is not shared and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps to take.
  • The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.
  • The symptom checker app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.
  • Reporting one or more symptoms does not necessarily mean an individual needs to be tested or has COVID-19. If possible symptoms are reported, specific instructions and next steps will be provided through the app. The information from the app will help the health center identify trends and potential outbreaks before they happen.
Desktop Version

You may also use a web-based version to track your symptoms, available at the MyOwnMed website.

Visit the QU Symptom Checker site

 

Monitor your health app

Monitor Your Health

Symptoms to Look For 

COVID-19 symptoms currently include one or more of the following:

Fever Fever

Cough Cough

Shortness of breath Shortness of breath

Sore throat Sore throat

  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Severe fatigue
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Chills

Read the CDC guide on coronavirus symptoms

 

Student Testing and Contact Tracing

Testing
All students — undergraduate and graduate — are required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning for the spring semester, with a few exceptions.

Learn more about testing

View our FAQs about testing

Contact Tracing
In addition to partnering with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, Quinnipiac has assembled and trained its own team of on-campus contact tracers to ensure a rapid response to contact tracing needs.

Learn more about contact tracing

Quarantine and Isolation Housing

Quinnipiac has designated specific apartments and suites in residence halls as isolation and quarantine locations for its residential students living in university-owned housing. Students also will be given the option to isolate or quarantine at home, depending on their own and their family’s preference and circumstances and availability of on-campus locations. Quarantine housing is used when a person has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and needs to separate from other people to see if they develop symptoms and become sick. Isolation housing is used when someone has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.

If a student needs to quarantine, Student Health Services will work with Residential Life to arrange for the student to move to a private room or semi-private room until the period of quarantine is over. If a student needs to isolate, Student Health Services will work with Residential Life to arrange for the student to move to a private room or semi-private room with another student who is also in isolation.

While in quarantine or isolation, students will have full access to wireless internet so they can attend classes remotely and participate in virtual student activities.

Student Health Services personnel will remotely monitor the progress of the student in isolation and registered nurses through our health care partner, UST Global, will make daily check-in calls to students in isolation and quarantine. Student Health Services will determine when the quarantine or isolation period has concluded, and the student may return to their academic year room assignment. Additional guidance on who must quarantine, including temporary residence assignments and protocols, will be provided to students who are going into quarantine or isolation housing.

Download the isolation and quarantine info sheet (PDF)

Counseling and Student Well-Being

Supporting the health and well-being of our students is paramount, especially as we navigate the many “new normals” this semester. For any undergraduate and graduate students who experience emotional distress, Quinnipiac provides a range of clinical services, including mental health support, at no cost. Students can schedule an appointment with a counselor on MyQ.

In addition, students have the option to speak to a clinician 24/7. To access this service, individuals should call 203-582-8680 (ext. 3) to speak with a licensed mental health provider. If it’s a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

Schedule an Appointment

Key Personal Health Guidelines

It is critical that we all practice the following safety measures — even if you are feeling well — as many individuals who have COVID-19 can remain asymptomatic. In following these measures, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, our students and the entire Bobcat community.

Wear a Face Covering in Public Spaces

Everyone must wear a face covering in public spaces where they interact with others. QU provided a limited number of cloth face masks to every student and employee.

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Keep in mind a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Each Quinnipiac student and employee received a washable face mask(s).

  • Quinnipiac is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings when in public. This means anytime you are outside your suite, living quarters, or personal office or workspace, you must wear a face covering.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Masks and face coverings reduce community transmission of the virus by providing a physical barrier that can help to contain the spread of respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Recent research shows that the risk of acquiring COVID-19 is substantially reduced to less than 5% when everyone in the room is wearing a face covering.

If a student arrives to class without a face covering on or is not practicing appropriate physical distancing, the faculty member will ask the student to put on a face covering and/or create additional physical distance. If a student receives a second warning, or if the student is behaving in an inconsiderate manner regarding these face covering and physical distancing rules, faculty and staff have been instructed to report offenders, who will be subject to a conduct review. Possible repercussions may include disciplinary probation up to suspension.

Purchase an additional face mask from the Quinnipiac Bookstore

Wear a face covering

Face Coverings Required

Practice Social Distancing in Public Spaces

Everyone must maintain at least a 6-foot distance when around others.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between your co-workers, students, visitors and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings in your workplace (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.
  • Signage is present throughout our campuses with reminders about social distancing, especially in public spaces. Please respect these guidelines.
  • Elevators and stairways - The number of individuals allowed in elevators will be dictated by the social distancing rule. If six feet apart is not practical, then one person should ride at a time. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly. Please use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. When using stairwells, please maintain proper distancing. Where possible, Facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs.
Navigating Quinnipiac

Navigating Quinnipiac

Practice Good Personal Hygiene, Hand Washing and Follow Cleanliness Protocols

Refrain from touching your face and wash your hands frequently, especially after coming in contact with any public areas, such as restrooms. You should wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to kill germs.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
  • If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Use touchless foot pedals and water fountains where available.
What you need to know about handwashing

CDC Hand Washing Guidelines

Cleaning and Disinfection

Our Facilities team will be engaging in more frequent and robust cleaning protocols. In addition, we ask you to augment those efforts by routinely cleaning and disinfecting your personal and work spaces, and wiping keyboards, phones and doorknobs, if applicable, at least once a day. We also have processes in place to perform enhanced, deep cleanings when necessary.

All managers in our Facilities Department completed rigorous training and received certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, the nation’s leading trade association specializing in cleaning, disinfection and restoration of facilities.

Cleaning and disinfection

Keeping Quinnipiac Clean

Public Safety

Students can contact Public Safety 24/7 at 203-582-6200 or 911 for emergency safety concerns.