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Parents & Families Update for March 2022

Stay connected to all things QU with our new Parents & Families Update. This update will be published monthly with useful information from campus offices, including announcements, updates and deadlines to help support your Bobcat.

A note from Tom Ellett, Chief Experience Officer

Dear Parents/Family Members:

Happy end of winter! The days at Mount Carmel campus are staying brighter each day, as are the types and numbers of student engagement opportunities this spring. Last week was “Beat Yale week” with a successful Women’s Hockey game, and for the Men, a sell-out crowd and a 4-0 win! It was a pleasure to enjoy my very first Yale game (as last year covid restrictions did not allow spectators). As students prepare for their midterms in two weeks, we also look forward to the spring break.

The two exciting announcements- the partnership with Hartford Healthcare (HHC) and the three new facilities on the Mount Carmel campus (the first new construction since the 1990s, outside of the Recreation and Wellness Center) have created a huge buzz on the campus. If you haven’t read the in-depth broad partnership with HHC, I strongly encourage you to do so. This will impact EVERY QU student (academically and from a health and wellness perspective). They will manage our student health, counseling, and athletic training units. The ability to respond to a variety of specialty medical issues, use of the EPIC electronic records system, and the opportunity for student internships, part-time jobs, shadow and volunteer opportunities make this a huge win for the QU family.

The three new facilities (General academic building with labs, 600-800 seat auditorium, and general classroom space is being scoped by a committee, as is the School of Business new home). The residence hall will house 417 new first-time students and will focus on the living-learning communities. For further information, please check the website. The Recreation and Wellness Center, we are on target for a fall opening, hopefully for August, but still, need the supply chain to respond for a few larger products.

The student government association and I are co-sponsoring a new event called, Talks on the Rocks. It is a dinner conversation with faculty/administration and students to discuss key issues facing the student population: February – Student Community Engagement, March – Health and Wellness, April – Senior Reflections on the four years at QU. ALL students were sent an invitation to attend. I hope your student considers the March and April catered dinners at the York Hill “On the Rocks” Pub.

I also want to send a “shout-out” to the Parent’s Advisory Board. Their level of engagement with ideas, suggestions, and feedback has been invaluable to me.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please email us at QUParents@qu.edu.

Sincerely,
Tom

Key Dates

Mar 7-12

Midterm examination period for 100-level courses

Mar 12

Online classes end for first 7-week online courses (Jan 24 – March 12)

Mar 14-19

Undergraduate and graduate spring recess

Mar 21

Online classes begin for second 7-week online courses (March 21 – May 7)

Mar 23

Midterm grades due for 100-level courses

 

Updates for March 2022

Question of the month

"What can we expect as a parent for our students to experience for the housing selection process?"

Great question! You can expect that your student will have the opportunity to participate actively in the process by selecting their own roommate(s) and space to live on campus for the 2022-23 year. Participating students can form groups of 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8, or they can choose to participate solo. Your student can log in to MyHousing as early as 9am on Wednesday, March 23 to see all of the available spaces that match their group size. Then, at their scheduled time, they can make their selection from among the spaces that are available at that time. If your student would like to meet other students who are seeking roommates, we encourage them to participate in 1 of our 4 roommate socials. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions!

Upcoming dates

  • March 15 – Payment plan installment 4 for undergraduates, graduates, medical and law students

  • March 21 – Summer and Fall 2022 registration begins for Graduate and Law students.

  • March 28-April 1 – Summer and Fall 2022 registration appointments for Undergraduate students. Appointment date by credits completed.

  • April 1 - Last day to withdraw from undergraduate and graduate 15-week courses (Jan 24 – May 14) with a grade of W

  • Registration Dates for completed credits:
    87 plus- March 28
    57-86.9- March 29
    27-56.9- March 31
    0-26.9- April 1

Student Accounts

Students registered for the Spring 2022 term must have paid their balance or set up a payment plan by 12/15/21. Students with unpaid balances and no payment plan will have holds placed on their accounts after the add/drop registration period. Late fees will be placed during the term for any unpaid balances.

Please reference the following for assistance as needed:

  • Self-Service Student Finance Guide provides complete instructions on using Self-Service to set up a proxy, view and pay invoices and set up a payment plan.
  • Costs and Budgets provides detailed information on tuition and fees.
  • Financial Aid and the links in the navigation on the right will answer most of your financial aid questions.
  • Students may authorize a proxy (parent, guardian, spouse or other individual) to have access to Self-Service to make payments on behalf of the student or to view grades. Learn more about proxies on the Proxy Access page. If your student has designated you as a proxy and you forget your username or password, please call our Information Services Proxy Support Line at 203-582-8632.

1098T

As required by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), Form 1098-T will be mailed by January 31 to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses paid during the previous calendar year. Students may also get a copy on Self-Service. Please learn more on the 1098T page of our website.

Parking

  • First-year students may not have a car on campus. Please do not send your first-year students back to campus after spring break or the spring holidays with a car. Vehicles found in on-campus lots without a valid parking decal will be ticketed or towed.
  • Students who have multiple citations for parking or other vehicle related violations will be subject to towing, loss of parking privileges and student account holds. Please remind your student to follow all of the rules and policies and to pay any citations upon receipt

 

FAFSA On-Time Deadline April 1

The on-time deadline to be considered for the maximum amount of need-based financial aid for returning students attending in 2022/23 is April 1. The FAFSA must be filed every year and is available for renewal at https://fafsa.gov

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III)

There are still some funds available for eligible students who wish to apply for HEERF III. Criteria for consideration and an application. Students must have a FAFSA for 2021/22 on file to be considered.

Sophomore Housing Selection

The Office of Residential Life is excited to announce the Sophomore Housing Selection Process for the 2022-2023 academic year. Current first-year students can sign up to reserve their space in university housing (for Fall 2022/Spring 2023) today!

To participate, students simply need to log in to MyHousing, sign the Housing Contract, and pay the Housing Reservation Fee ($500). To participate in the online housing selection process, students must complete the contract and pay the reservation fee before March 11.

Housing Selection Numbers: A selection number will be randomly assigned to each student who has paid the $500 Housing Reservation Fee and agreed to the Housing Contract by the deadline (March 11, 2022).

Selection numbers will be posted on MyHousing on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 after 2pm. Sophomore Housing Selection will be March 23 and 24. Sophomore housing options include: The Hill, The Village, The Complex: Sahlin, Bakke and Founders Halls, Crescent.

Medical Accommodations: Students seeking a medical accommodation must submit a completed Medical Accommodation Form and return it to the Office of Student Accessibility by 5pm on Friday, March 1, 2022. The form is available on MyHousing, click LINKS to download.

Additional information to assist students in familiarizing themselves with the various housing options can be found here.

If students or their parents/guardians have any questions about the Housing Selection Process, Res Life staff are available in the Res Life office in the Student Affairs Center weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Our phone number is 203-582-8666.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

March updates and events

Since spring break this year is on St. Patty's Day, we are celebrating a week early on March 10th with Irish inspired dishes.

On the last day of March, we are celebrating MLB opening day! At Café Q and York Hill, we will be featuring favorite options from different ball parks across the country and desserts.

March is National Nutrition Month and we will be doing different menus featuring gut health and dishes that promote a good mood through out the dining halls.

On March 9th in Café Q for dinner at our Create Global Station, we will be serving dishes created by women chefs in Chartwells for Women's History Month

Did you know March 7th is National Cereal Day? We will be offering popular cereals for students to create a snacking mix in Café Q and York Hill.

What's New

Soft Serve Ice Cream: We are thrilled to now have a soft serve ice cream machine at The Daily Press in The Bobcat Den. We have vanilla, chocolate and swirl flavors with a variety of toppings. Our opening day was 2/22/22.

Gluten Free Snacks: At York Hill, our dining director has created a new snack section with all gluten free products.

Celebrity Chef: On March 23rd, Food Network Chef Jet Tila, will be coming to campus! In Café Q, we are going to do a station take over with a dish from his new cookbook.

Food Trucks

Find the food truck schedule on our Instagram in the saved highlight and on dineoncampus.com/Quinnipiac under events.

We Are Hiring!

We want YOU to join the QU Dining Team! We are currently looking for cashiers, servers for On the Rocks and more. If you are interested please reach out to our Resident District Manager Norbert at Norbert.ponte@compass-usa.com.

Recipe Contest

Seeking a taste that will bring you back to home? Enter our Parents' Recipe Contest where
you can have a chance of your favorite homemade meal being made in Caf  Q! Students
can enter as many recipes from March 4th-March 31st. Three of the recipes will be served
for dinner at Create Global in Caf  Q on April 7th. We would love for the parents to come in
and work with our kitchen team to make the dish perfect then serve it to students. We can't
wait to see all the different recipes entered! More information.

The Big Event

Quinnipiac’s Big Event will occur on the 9th of April. Students are encourage to form teams with their friends and participate in this annual day of service. Last year 1200 students, faculty and staff participated in the Big Event completing service projects throughout the Greater New Haven area. Students can learn how to register and additional information about the Big Event by following their Instagram page: @qubigevent

Greek Life

Spring recruitment is wrapping up but if students still want to join a fraternity or sorority this semester they can contact fslife@qu.edu to learn about ongoing opportunities.

Greek Week is April 4th-8th. For more information you can follow @qu_greek_week on Instagram.

FSL Awards nominations are open and the ceremony will be help April 18th at 7pm and there will be a live stream option available.

 

Follow us on Instagram

Students should follow these Instagram accounts for up to date hours, programs and incentives:

@quwellness
@qu_fitness

NAMI

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is an active club on campus and an amazing resource for parents! If you suspect that your child may be struggling mentally or emotionally, remember the five Ts: Tell, Test, Teach, Talk, Take Action.

  1. Tell Your Child They Can Come To You With Any Problem.
  2. Test Their Academic Health By Checking Their End Of Semester Grades
  3. Teach Them How To Recognize Depression And Anxiety.
  4. Talk With Them More Often Or Visit If They Are In Distress.
  5. Take Action If Your Student Is Experiencing High-Risk Mental Health Concerns.

To learn more and for additional resources, visit NAMI

Upcoming Wellness Programs

Free Fitness Classes on all threes campuses begin: Sunday, January 30th Sign up 24 hours prior to each class at www.imleagues.com

  • Fitness Class Incentive Program: Let us help you stay motivated to move! January 30th – March 5th. This 5-week program is designed to help you commit and stick with some movement. Group exercise classes are safe, fun and effective to get a great workout, try new things, begin a new habit, create a community …… we want YOU to join our classes!
    • Our team will provide a link for you to use at each class so we can track your attendance. Any group exercise class will count in this program (those are the ones you sign up for in IMLeagues)
    • There will be a few overall prizes at the end of the 5 weeks for: Attended the most classes in 5 weeks, Attended the most different types of classes in 5 weeks (Spinning®, yoga, barre, Ugifit®, etc) and if you meet your goal for the full 5 weeks you get a prize!
  • Sleep Workshop: Who needs to work on getting better sleep?? This is a 4-week series with a workbook to help you on this path: Thursday’s 2:00pm on Zoom: Feb. 24. March 3, 10, 24 sign up: www.imleagues.com (under the Feb. 24th date)
  • Healthy Habits and Self-Care Workshop: Let’s check in on our self care routines and habits … need help holding yourself accountable, creating goals and sticking with them … and where to start? This is a 4-week workbook series to get you on track. Thursday’s 2:00pm, Feb. 24 March 3, 10, 24 sign up in: www.imleagues.com (under the Feb. 24th date)
  • Self Reflection Journal Prompts: Are you a journaler? Do you wish you were? Either way, each Sunday this semester (beginning Jan. 30th) you find 3 journal prompts to start your week off by checking in. Prompts will be posted on Instagram @quwellness. Just a little something to keep your grounded and striving to live your best life.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Each Wednesday we cover a different Wellness topic, focusing on how to have not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind! We will provide educational materials (Outside Starbucks from 10am-12am at our table), let you know where to go to learn more, and open a dialogue for communication with an expert in the topic! To stay up to date with Wellness Wednesday events this year follow @quwellness on Instagram.

Help us help your students!

The following are Health and Wellness Resources your Quinnipiac student has access to but may not be fully utilizing. In the case that your child comes to you with questions about how to sign up for a fitness class or a health services appointment, you now have answers!

Fitness hours on Main and York Hill are M-F: 7-10 / Weekends:10-4. Hours for North Haven are M-F: 9-10 / Weekends: Closed

Student Health Services:
  • Schedule an appointment by calling SHS or through your Patient Portal
  • Contact- Email: studenthealthservice@qu.edu/ Phone: 203-582-8742
  • Hours of Operation for Mount Carmel Campus: M - F: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m/ S - S: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. York Hill Campus hours are M - F: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Most routine services and supplies are provided without charge.
  • For medications, prescriptions ordered by a health center provider may be sent to local pharmacies to be filled at the usual and customary fee. In some cases there may be an option to purchase prescribed medications through Student Health Services.
Counseling Services:
  • Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mount Carmel, York Hill Health Center and North Haven Campus).
  • Services available to all undergraduate and graduate students at no cost include individual counseling, diagnostic evaluation, medication management, group therapy, urgent visits, mental health referrals, consultation to faculty, staff and medical staff and telehealth services
  • To make an appointment complete a confidential counseling request form through MyQ or the Quinnipiac App OR call Counseling Services at 203-582-8680, choose option #1, and schedule an appointment by talking to the counseling center secretary.
  • In the case of a mental health crisis, speak with a licensed mental health provider by calling 203-582-8680 and choose option #3. For emergency Services: 911/ Department of Public Safety: 203-582-6200.

CARE

The Community, Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community through proactive, coordinated, and deliberate approaches by identifying, assessing, managing and reducing any student interpersonal or behavioral concerns.

The CARE team meets weekly to review and discuss new referrals, ongoing cases and the best course of action to support students of concern.

CARE referrals are submitted by faculty, staff, students, and community members using the CARE and Conduct Incident Reporting Form. More information on CARE including a list of referral examples.

Bobcat Connect: A network of alumni waiting for your student!

Bobcat Connect is a dedicated network of more than 3,000 alumni who have volunteered to support students in their career journey. Students can easily connect with alumni professionals willing to answer career questions, share their experiences and offer valuable knowledge and resources. Visit bobcatconnect.qu.edu for more information.

Get Involved: Take an Active Role in Your Student’s Education

A valuable way to share in your student’s QU experience is to join the Quinnipiac Parents Council, whose members provide philanthropic leadership for the university. Members of the Parents Council make leadership gifts in support of programs that enhance the educational experience for their children, their classmates and future generations of Bobcats.

Quinnipiac has long regarded parents as partners in the education and success of our students. We value your contribution to our joint mission of providing our students with a meaningful education in an innovative learning environment. When we make an impact on campus, we set our students up to make an impact on the world.

Get Involved

 

Parents Advisory Board

Highlights of actions items from February 2022 meeting

What is the parent’s “Cook for a Night” program?

Students will nominate a favorite recipe of their parent.  (The student needs to provide contact information on the nomination form).  The top three meal selections will be chosen by the Dining Services Advisory Board and will be contacted to come to campus to be in a “cook-off” with two other parents at Quinnipiac to cook the meal. The 3 finalists will compete against each other, and the meal will be served in April in the dining hall. The winning recipe will also be added to the dining rotation for the main meals moving forward. A gift certificate for a local restaurant will be provided to the winning parent!

 

How can parents get involved in the parents cooking program?

Please have your student nominate your recipe in the dining halls in the coming weeks when it is announced.

 

What should my student do if they feel they are not receiving grades from their professors in a timely manner?

Students should check the syllabus for any grading policies the professor has in place. If the grades are not being given to students in a timely manner, a student can reach out to their professor to ask when they can expect to get a grade back. If the student does not want to address the professor, they can speak to the department chair, the dean of their school, or the Provost, Debra Liebowitz, for any concerns about grade practices.  S

 

Are professors required to post grades on Blackboard?

There is no policy at Quinnipiac that requires professors to post grades on Blackboard but faculty are required to give grades back in a timely manner. Since classes and programs are structured differently, there are many other software packages/tools that professors may use to track students’ grades. Because of this, posting on Blackboard specifically is not required.

 

Do professors have to give back grades?

Yes. There is a policy about giving back grades in a timely manner. If this policy is not being met by a certain faculty member, students can reach out to their faculty member to inquire about their performance. If they have done so and it has not achieved desired results or if they are not comfortable so doing, students can contact the department chair, the dean of their school, or the Provost, Debra Liebowitz with their concerns.

 

Will there be changes made to the grading policy?

Currently, there is no plan for changing the grading policy. However, there is discussion around the compliance and education with regard to the policy to ensure that professors know what is expected when it comes to turning back grades.

 

What if my student has an issue with their professor, but does not want their name revealed to that professor?

The student can approach a variety of other people regarding issues with their professors. A student can choose to remain anonymous, and their name would never be given to the faculty member if they did not want it to.