Parents and Families Update: April 2023
April 20, 2023
April 20, 2023
By Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer
Dear parents and family members,
April is always a busy time, as we are anticipating the close of the academic year, yet there are still so many traditional activities that occur on campus for your students to attend.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the Big Event, where more than 800 students volunteered at various locations around the greater Hamden community. My team, along with another 200+ students, worked at Camp Cedar Crest in Orange, Connecticut, to prepare for the oncoming summer youth camp program.
QTHON, the annual dance marathon for the support of pediatric cancer raised over $103,000, and in two weeks, the annual “Wake the Giant” concert will be at the arena with a performance by rapper Offset. All these activities have been organized by dedicated Bobcat students. These are just a few of the big events, while MANY smaller campus-wide events are planned as the semester comes to a close.
We hosted our admitted student days on April 1 and 2, and had 1,661 admitted students attend, an increase of 5.1% from last year. Student ambassadors and volunteers welcomed the students and their families, with engagement opportunities, providing warm chocolate chip cookies, and much more. A special shout-out to parents who volunteered for parent panels to share their experiences with future families.
Earlier this month, the Student Government Association presented a proposal for additional funding for clubs and organizations. The university's Management Committee met and decided to increase club funds by $200,000 for next year. We greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness of such a well-prepared proposal.
Campus is a buzz for the upcoming commencement ceremonies. Besides bringing out the Adirondack chairs and firepits, new flowers have been planted, and, of course, the Quad fills daily with students relaxing or studying under the sun. It is a great time of the year for friendships to grow deeper and have some time enjoying this beautiful campus.
Finally, I would be more than remiss in not sharing my complete excitement for the Men’s Hockey NATIONAL Champions! I was able to host the watch parties on campus with my colleagues and students as we cheered on the Bobcats. Very few universities can call themselves National Champs, it is more than exciting for us to do so at Quinnipiac.
What a time to be a Bobcat!
As always, should you have any feedback or issues to share, please feel free to call me, and congrats to those families with graduating students.
For those who aren’t graduating just yet, your student’s day will come quicker than you can expect. I hope that the upcoming summer includes time spent relaxing and enjoying some family time together.
As always, should you have any questions or need guidance on assisting your student with an issue, please feel free to contact us at QUParents@qu.edu
Register for Commencement tickets sent to graduates
Toast to the Class of 2023 set for April 24
Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey wins national championship
National championship flag raised over Quad
Res Hall Move-Out Information
Women's tennis earns 9th consecutive MAAC regular season title
Men's tennis earns share of MAAC regular season title
Quinnipiac students give back to their community through annual Big Event
Students raise over $100,000 at QTHON to support pediatric patients
Wake the Giant event with featured artist Offset planned for April 30
Excitement is in the air, Quinnipiac welcomes admitted students
Quinnipiac celebrates the class of 2023 at annual Commencement Fair
Quinnipiac named Bee Campus USA Affiliate
Each of the three South Quad buildings has been designed to be LEED certified
Annual Black Student Union fashion show set for April 28
Rabbi’s tale of survival on Holocaust Remembrance Day is proof love wins
New student organizations recognized
Nursing celebrates golden anniversary of its first graduating class
Students encouraged to nominate outstanding staff or faculty member
Department of Cultural and Global Engagement seeks peer mentors
Title IX Office is planning a Take Back the Night event April 27
Step, Stroll and Salute Showcase set for April 21
Zen Den offers space for students to relax and unwind — every Tuesday
Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing Set for April 26
Health and Wellness Fair on the Quad on April 27
Safety First: A Conversation on Quinnipiac Active Shooter Response on April 26
Video: An Active and Thriving Student Life
Farmers Market set for April 21
National Stop Food Waste Day is on April 26
Students can use extra meal points to Tap Out Hunger
Is your student on track with their meal plan? Check out some resources available
Summer and Fall 2023 billing due dates announced
Join our next live QU Summer Pre-College Program webinar set for April 28
Apply for summer programs now; spaces filling up fast
Benefits of joining the Quinnipiac Parents Council
Participate in Bobcats Unite, April 25-26, Quinnipiac Days of Giving
All are invited to attend and watch the "Essence of Elements" fashion show. Student models will wear outfits styled by local designers. The event will be in Burt Kahn Court, and doors will open at 7 p.m. Students are free, $5 for alumni and $10 for the general public.
The Student Programming Board will unveil its Wake the Giant performer later this month — for its biggest event of the year. Previous acts have included Ke$ha, Dane Cook, Khalid, Blackbear and the late Bob Saget. More information on ticket sales are coming soon. Encourage your student to follow @quspb on Instagram for the latest updates!
This past month, the Office of Student Engagement recognized two new student organizations:
The Office of Student Engagement worked with the Student Government Association to fund over 80 student organizations for next fall. Learn more about these organizations and how to join on Do You QU!
If your student is looking to get involved at the university, they can find information on all clubs and organizations through Do You QU
The Center for Staff and Faculty Excellence recognizes the exemplary work of our faculty and staff who bring to life the vision and strategic plan of Quinnipiac. Learn more and find a link to nominate outstanding members of the university community.
The Department of Cultural and Global Engagement is seeking student leaders for the Global Partners Program in the upcoming 2023-24 academic year. The Global Partners Program is a peer mentorship program for new international students at Quinnipiac. Global Partners welcomes new international students to the Bobcat family, eases their transition on campus, and establishes connections for support and friendship! Students interested in applying should complete the Global Partner Application by Saturday, April 1. Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
International students currently on an F-1 visa and graduating in May are now eligible to apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Students should consult with DCGE for instructions to apply with the office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
International parents and family members applying for a tourist visit to attend graduation can email email@example.com for a visa invitation letter template to be written by your student.
Students may purchase a Quinnipiac University-branded flag sash to represent their home country or culture at graduation. Learn more and purchase
We are currently accepting applications for our January 2024 Global Solidarity Program to Guatemala. Applications are due May 1. Students can submit them and learn more here!
The summer semester abroad pre-departure meeting will be held on May 3.
The Title IX Office is planning a Take Back the Night event. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in this event. Learn more about Take Back the Night
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life is so excited to host our first ever Step, Stroll, and Salute Showcase at Quinnipiac on April 21! All are welcome to celebrate the culturally based fraternities and sororities in the greater New Haven area as they show off these important traditions.
We are so excited to have had such a wonderful Greek Week during the week of April 10! We had over 1,500 students participate in our two largest events, Greeks Got Talent & Lip Sync. Additionally, the community raised almost $1,000 for Circle of Sisterhood Foundation through their Change Challenge where teams competed to raise money. To rewatch the action, check out @qu_greek_week on Instagram!
We recently announced that Tau Kappa Epsilon will be rejoining the Quinnipiac fraternity community this Fall which offers new opportunities for membership. Be sure to check out our Instagram announcement to learn more!
If your Bobcat wants to find their home away from home, establish a community of peers with similar values, participate in service/philanthropy events and have fun, feel free to direct them our way for information about joining Greek Life.
There’s so much coming up in the fraternity and sorority community; if your Bobcat is interested in joining us, please don’t hesitate to reach out! All questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or asked via Instagram @qufsl.
On April 19 and 26 there will be STI testing at Hartford HealthCare Student Health Center from 8 a.m. – noon.
Quinnipiac and Hartford HealthCare will host a health fair on the quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the quad to meet with campus and HHC partners for tips and education on living well. There will be free T-shirts, give-aways and raffle prizes for QU students, faculty and staff.
Hartford HealthCare provided a “How to Make a Quinoa Black Bean Bowl with Lime Dressing” workshop in the new test kitchen on March 23.
To follow up on the Active Shooter Training, the Student Government Association is partnering with the Department of Public Safety to answer students' questions about responding to an active shooter situation. Join us for this important topic on April 26, 5-6 p.m. in CCE 101.
For all other emergencies, or requests for help, contact:
Greetings from the Office of Housing! We hope your student has had a successful semester and we want to share information with you regarding the closing of Quinnipiac residential areas at the end of the academic year. Students received detailed information about the procedures on April 13 trom their Quinnipiac email address.
All residence halls close on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 10 a.m.
Residents are expected to move out by noon on the day after their last final exam.* Students whose last exam is May 12 must vacate by 10 a.m. the next day.
Final exam schedules can be found on MyQ under Quick Links, Final Exam Schedule.
Students who live on the Mount Carmel Campus and are leaving on Saturday, May 13 should be mindful that Commencement begins promptly at 10 a.m. on the Quad and will continue throughout the day. We encourage students and families to plan accordingly and depart campus as early as possible to avoid parking and traffic delays.
*Students who are graduating and participating in a Commencement ceremony are permitted to stay until noon on Monday, May 15.
Every student must complete our online checkout form on MyHousing immediately after they vacate the room. When your student has completely moved out of their room, they need to formally check out by filling out the form. Their cooperation helps our office ensure a smooth checkout process for everyone. Failure to properly check out will result in a $100 fee.
In preparation for their departure, students need to:
If your student rented a Microfridge, please empty, unplug, and leave the door to the unit open when they move out. The company will pick up rented units after closing.
As stated in the Quinnipiac University handbook, students and their roommates share a room equally. Damages that occur in their room are billed to all roommates unless only one is clearly responsible.
We encourage your student to have a discussion with their roommates about damage that may have occurred in the living unit throughout the year. If one or several individuals are responsible for these damages, please use this as an opportunity to accept responsibility. Your student can do this by contacting their Residence Hall Director.
As stated in the Quinnipiac University handbook, "In cases where damage or vandalism is done to common areas, and the student(s) who are responsible cannot be determined, students sharing that common area share in the cost of the restitution." Please ask your student to keep an eye on their student account for any damage billing that may occur. Questions can be directed to their Residence Hall Director.
24-hour quiet hours are in place beginning Friday, May 5, 2023, at 6 p.m. If students are found violating Exam Hours or any other university policy over finals week, they will be documented and may face Student Conduct sanctions, including removal from the residence hall.
The Office of Community Service collects unwanted or excess non-perishable food items and donates them to local community organizations in need. Students can place food donations in one of the blue bins in the hall. Last year we collected over 4 tons of food items.
Students must remove all garbage and unwanted personal items from the room. There will be extra dumpsters in place on the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses to accommodate the additional trash.
All furniture must be returned to its appropriate bedroom or common room. Missing furniture can result in a possible charge. Students should notify their residence hall director if they have damaged or missing furniture.
If your student would like to request permission to remain in their Residence Hall after 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, please ask them to fill out the Late Stay Application available on their MyHousing under the Housing Requests and Contracts heading. The late stay request will be available on May 1. Graduating students do not need to fill out the late stay request if they are moving out by Monday, May 15 at 12 noon.
While moving out of the Residence Hall students are more than welcome to park close to the building. There will be a 20-minute time limit for vehicles that are parked right outside the building to ensure a smooth move out process for all students.
If your student has any questions concerning the above matters, they should contact their Residence Hall Director.
QU Dining is hosting a farmers market on April 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the quad. Students will be able to get farm-fresh produce right on campus using their meal plan or QCash.
All dining locations will recognize National Stop Food Waste Day to continue as part of our goal to promote environmental sustainability throughout the university. For more information, QU Dining can be reached via Instagram @QUDining or email us at email@example.com.
Please encourage your student to regularly check their meal point balances on the QCard Balance page or app compare it to the dining meal plan budget tracker, which shows a suggested balance week-by-week throughout the semester.
For example, based on the dining plan budget guidelines, as of April 21, students should have the following meal points left for the rest of the semester:
Silver Plan — $360
Gold Plan — $388
Platinum Plan — $404
Platinum+ Plan — $451
Students with too many points have three options available to them:
Consider transferring points to another student.
Log into Quinnipiac's meal point transfer system
Participate in the Tap Out Hunger program and donate meal points to charity.
Log into MyQ to complete the form for Tap Out Hunger
Purchase food or beverages for many popular items, including turkey burgers, Kind bars and Gatorade, in bulk quantities directly from the dining hall to bring home.
Complete a bulk purchasing order form
For the third consecutive year, students have the opportunity to donate their unused meal points to benefit local charitable organizations in the area through the Tap Out Hunger program. Learn more and donate through the end of April
Academic Development and Outreach aims to help students become partners in the process of their education.
Over the past few weeks, The Learning Commons has made outreach via email as well as visited many classes to talk about the academic support available to help students thrive in their classes. Your student has likely just completed their first tests, or turned in their first big assignments of the semester. We encourage students to take some time to reflect on what went well, what can be improved and what steps can be taken to make those improvements.
The Learning Commons has a team of professional academic specialists and academic coaches (these serving first year students) who are available to meet with your student for an academic consultation, as well as subsequent meetings. Staff will work with your student one-on-one or with a group of their peers to help develop evidence-based learning strategies and study skills. This is an ideal time of the semester to engage in this type of support.
Peer education includes academic support for students by students.
Peer tutoring with about 50 tutors is open both on ground and online
Peer fellow sessions are up and running again with about 50 peer fellows
Study tables, 15 different meeting times each week for 18 course areas
Peer catalysts in 33 sections
Following several weeks of pre-semester outreach, OSA continues to work with interested students. We very much encourage students to connect with OSA if they have any questions about accommodations. OSA can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have added some new colleagues to our staff as well, providing more meeting opportunities and support to students. Learn more about OSA at Quinnipiac.
One Stop provides seamless and integrated student administrative services throughout the entire student life cycle. One Stop includes cross-functional student solutions for:
records and enrollment services
managing student finances
parking and transportation services
One Stop works closely with and can provide preliminary information about financial aid, Q-Cards, housing and dining. Advanced registrar functions such as degree conferrals, Dean’s List and diplomas will continue to be administered through the Registrar.
Billing for Summer and Fall 2023 has begun. View our online chart to see when you can expect your student’s invoice and when payments are due.
All registered students will be required to consent to our financial and withdrawal policies.
Learn about payment options including one-time payments, payment plans and international payments.
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.
The student may authorize a proxy to all or a subset of the following:
Student finance information
Financial aid information
Academics (final grades)
Notifications (receive email notifications on the above)
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.
Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid.
Tuition insurance through GradGuard is available to protect the investment our students and their families have made in higher education. This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.
As required by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), Form 1098-T is available to all students with qualified tuition and other related educational expenses paid during the previous calendar year. 1098-T forms are available through Self-Service when students login with their Quinnipiac credentials. Click on Tax Information and select 1098 Information to access your 1098-T statements.
Should you or your student have additional questions which are not addressed above, please contact One Stop at email@example.com. We look forward to assisting you.
Registration will close from April 15 - April 23. Open Registration will reopen at 7 a.m. on April 24.
Final Exam schedule has been posted to MyQ for students to view. Access the exam schedule on MyQ
Just before winter break, the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission approved our South Quad building project, which will result in a new home for our School of Business, a new academic building with a 700-seat auditorium and a new residence hall.
Alongside this very exciting news that will energize Quinnipiac’s momentum as the University of the Future, we will have to be patient and flexible around some construction-related changes. These changes impact the south side of the Mount Carmel Campus and where we walk or drive as we circumvent the building site in that area.
The parking rules and regulations will continue to be enforced this semester. This means that first-year students may not bring their vehicle to campus for the spring term.
Any new students enrolling in the summer terms must apply for a parking permit.
All student parking permits expire on August 31, 2023. Returning students should look for an email over the summer with links to updated rules and regulations and instructions for how to apply for permits for the 2023-24 academic year.
Please note the following reminders:
First-year students may not bring their vehicle to campus for the Spring term.
Sophomores must park their vehicles in the York Hill Garage.
Juniors, seniors and graduate students should consult the parking maps which show the parking permit types permitted to park in each lot.
Public Safety enforces all parking rules and regulations and will be ticketing and towing as needed.
Students with five or more unpaid parking violations will have a hold placed on their account and will be subject to towing until the violations are paid in full.
With the construction of the South Quad students who wish to park in Hilltop must enter through the service entrance (on New Road) by the Facilities building.
In April the Office of Community Engagement is coordinating the annual “Tap Out Hunger” initiative, which allows students to donate excess meal points to benefit charities. This fund is then used by community partners to purchase food items through our food service provider. This year our goal is 25,000 meal points. Students can donate to the drive by logging into MyQ or students can ask cashiers at the registers to donate their meal points.
On Saturday, April 23 the office is hosting a walking tour of New York City, profiling the history of the LGBTQ community’s struggle for equal treatment and respect. Transportation to and from the city is provided for students.
In May, the Office of Community Engagement will be coordinating an event called "Be Kind, Leave Your Food Behind" to encourage students to donate non-perishable food items as they move out of their residence halls. Last year this initiative collected four tons of food.
This past month on March 25, QTHON held its dance marathon and raised over $100,000 to support the Children's Miracle Network.
Nearly 900 faculty, staff and students signed up tot perform community service at over 50 site locations in the Greater New Haven Area. Follow @qubigevent on Instagram!
We look forward to celebrating our graduates in three short weeks!
Graduates have received the link to register for their Commencement ceremony tickets in their email. All Saturday and Sunday ceremony graduates are able to register for up to 6 tickets (graduating students do not need a ticket). Children 3 and over require a ticket.
There are no further tickets available, however the ceremony will be live-streamed and the link will be available on commencement.qu.edu.
The countdown to Commencement is on! Graduates have ordered their caps and gowns, participated in the 2023 Commencement Fair, and had the opportunity to participate in various #Adulting workshops including personal finance/budgeting, basic sewing skills, how to support organizations important to them, how to buy/lease a car, automotive maintenance and basic cooking skills.
Graduating students, please join us as President Olian raises a glass to toast the Class of 2023 in Alumni House Gardens! Explore your Alumni House and enjoy the garden while being welcomed into the alumni family. Must be 21+ to be served alcohol; a non-alcoholic option is available.
Learn why Summer at QU is the best way to accelerate any high school or middle school youth's academic and personal interests. Our Summer Pre-College Programs are taught by faculty and cover a range of exciting topics including STEM, health sciences, business and communications! Programs run for 1-2 weeks in July and August with commuter and residential options.
The webinar is open to prospective and enrolled summer participants and parents.
The May 1 application deadline for QU Summer Programs is fast approaching and enrollment for this summer 2023 is stronger than expected. If you know a high school or middle school student interested in joining us this summer, don’t wait as some summer programs may fill up before the May 1 application deadline. Please consider applying soon or contacting our office about program space availability at 203-582-7558 or online on the Summer Experiences and Courses page.
QU Summer Programs caught up with a couple of our former summer program participants Reina and Rory at admitted students weekend on April 1 and 2. As past summer program participants becoming full-time Bobcats this fall, they dropped by our table to share how much their QU Summer Program experience helped them know what QU really had to offer and that becoming a Bobcat was the right decision! Best of luck to both of you this fall!
As members of the Parents Council, we invite you to directly engage in and join a partnership focusing on the continued success of QU. As a member, you will be invited to two meetings per academic year with university leadership and fellow council members, receive exclusive parent email updates and have the opportunity to attend many invitation-only receptions, including parent and family networking and social events. Members receive multiple opportunities to meet, advise and network with university leadership and administration, deans, faculty, staff and fellow families.
While each family customizes their experience to meet their family needs, the only requirement to join is a desire to help make a difference with an annual leadership gift in support of the university’s priorities.
For more information on how to get involved, please contact:
Aimee Marcella, director of development for parents and families, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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