Parents and Families Update: October 2023
Fall is in the Air
October 27, 2023
October 27, 2023
By Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer
Dear parents and families,
Fall in in the air and we were delighted to see so many parents and family members attend Bobcat Weekend earlier this month. The early feedback has been very positive.
As always, feel free to reach out if you have suggestions or ideas for future Bobcat Weekends.
It is hard to believe we have passed the half-way mark of the semester.
Student activity events are averaging close to 80 offerings a week. Please encourage your student to actively engage with their peers as research shows those who are connected are more likely to do better academically, be happier, and most importantly, graduate. If your student has not found their community yet and needs assistance, we are here to help.
We completed this semester’s series of the Parent Academy Webinars, thank you for those who attended the very informative sessions. We believe offering parents and families further informational sessions can help in your engagement with your student and their time here at Quinnipiac.
You might want to know what’s on deck for your student on campus, here are some of the things we are looking forward to offer this semester:
Fall Fest has been rescheduled due to rain for November 4, let’s hope for great weather.
Men’s and women’s basketball starting later this month, and don’t forget about ice hockey, volleyball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, track, tennis and all of the rec teams including eSports.
On the Rocks Pub and Grill is open for dinner and interactive programs twice a week, plus for certain home men’s ice hockey games.
The next Talks on the Rocks is scheduled for November 4.
Election Day is around the corner, remind your student to vote please: Quinnipiac University – Get Registered to Vote (civicnation.org)
We also have a variety of activities designed to help you unwind throughout the semester, including sunrise yoga and harp meditation.
As you can see, there are so many opportunities and ways for our students to engage and create important next steps in their journey.
Finally, thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join the parent advisory board. I am grateful to have their feedback and guidance on issues facing students.
As always, should you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the XO staff at Quinnipiac.
A campus update from Chief Experience Officer Tom Ellett
University receives $102,000 grant to support increased mental health service capacity for students
Bobcats reflect on Quinnipiac’s historic hockey win
Support student scholarships and win tickets to the greatest rivalry game in college hockey
Residence areas close for the Thanksgiving break on Friday, November 17
Closing checklist students should use as they prepare for the break
Dates and information released for J-Term and Spring 2024 class registration
Students remaining in the area during Thanksgiving invited to have a meal with faculty and staff
Hereld House staff available to talk with students about stresses in the world
Fraternity and Sorority Life has raised almost $24,000 for philanthropic organizations so far this semester
Men's health, healthy living, healthy eating and smoking cessation will be explored as part of upcoming Wellness Wednesdays events
Mental health awareness and suicide prevention training set for tomorrow, next month
Submit a grant proposal for the Community Impact Initiative
Parents and Family Leadership Council updates
Public Safety updates
A new date, and the same fun! Our annual Fall Fest hosted by the Student Programming Board and WQAQ student radio will take place on Saturday, November 4, on the Mount Carmel Campus Quad. At the event, there will be free swag, games, food and music by Peach Tree Rascals. For more information follow @quspb on Instagram.
The Office of Student Engagement hosted a “Smash Away your Stress” event on the Mount Carmel Campus Quad, on October 26.
If your student has any questions, suggestions, ideas or concerns about their experience at Quinnipiac, please encourage them to contact the Student Government Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are more than 30 student leaders within the organization ready and eager to assist them. To learn more about SGA, follow us on Instagram @qusga.
If your student is still looking to get involved at Quinnipiac, there is still time. Students can join organizations at any point in their journey here. If they need assistance, please direct them to email@example.com and a professional staff member will contact them. Students can also utilize our Do You QU platform now to search our different clubs and organizations.
There was an event called “Multicultural Student Organization Retreat” hosted by the Office of Student Engagement on October where leaders from all of Quinnipiac’s culture and identity groups were invited to learn more about the complex world of operating a student organization on campus including the complicated contracting and payment processes.
There was also an event, “QUEST Wellness Workshop,” on October 2, where QUEST mentees and mentors spent time with Jamila Ayeh, a campus counselor, discussing the importance of and strategies for maintaining their mental wellness during the hectic demands of the semester.
Multicultural Week, a series of events organized by the Multicultural Student Leadership Council (MSLC) where various culture and identity groups collaborated on various campuswide activities, took place from October 3-5. These included nights of bingo, cooking, karaoke, painting and self-care as well as the Culture Fair on the Mount Carmel Campus Quad.
On October 6, Quinnipiac Cultural Connections took place where members of the campus community participated in presentations of the family histories and cultural origin stories of both President Judy Olian and Assistant Vice President Kafui Kouakou.
On October 7, faculty, staff and students welcomed back Quinnipiac alumni as well as current Bobcat families during the Multicultural Reception and Jam Session. The event consisted of light refreshments, live music and enjoyable conversation during a well-attended Bobcat Weekend.
On October 11, campus community members gathered for a LGBTQ+ Teach-In in the Mount Carmel Campus Piazza to explore the history, progressive issues and current trends within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community through the presentations of six campus-based speakers.
International Student Services is excited to offer a new program called the International Student Services Winter Closet to help international students prepare for cold temperatures. Students can shop for free winter clothing and accessories donated by Quinnipiac faculty, staff and students at the International Student Services Office throughout the month of November.
Quinnipiac will celebrate International Education Week from November 12 to 17 this year. International Education Week is a worldwide celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange. The Quinnipiac community benefits from the perspectives and experiences of international students from nearly 60 countries who live and study at the university in addition to the many educational abroad programs Quinnipiac students are involved with around the globe. The community is invited to participate in a variety of events which can be viewed by checking out our Instagram page @qudcge.
International Student Services is coordinating a variety of programs and events for students remaining on campus and in the local area over Thanksgiving break including shopping trips to grocery stores, a game night at On the Rocks and an excursion to an escape room in New Haven.
International Student Services is also facilitating the Thanksgiving Host Program in which students remaining in the area can have a Thanksgiving meal and celebration with a Quinnipiac faculty or staff member in their home. Students can sign up for the Thanksgiving Host Program by November 9: Sign up to participate in the Thanksgiving Host Program
The world has been an especially challenging place these past few weeks and many students have stopped by the Hereld House to express themselves, to question and to wonder aloud about what is going on. The Office of Religious Life is always here to listen to and support students in this way, and if there is anything a student needs, they can always reach out for help.
We have been very busy in the Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) community this past month.
On October 13, we hosted our third annual Dip into Leadership event for those interested in learning about leadership roles. During the event, participants listened to current leaders speak about their experiences, while also enjoying chips and dip. We also hosted our signature Greek Allies program, which saw an 81% increase in participation, to train FSL-affiliated members on LGBTQ+ allyship. We are additionally preparing to initiate members into our three honor societies: Rho Lambda, Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha. More than 200 FSL members have been invited to join these prestigious groups which celebrate their commitment to scholarship, leadership and overall excellence as members.
So far this semester, the FSL community has raised almost $24,000 for philanthropic organizations and performed over 2,200 hours of hands-on community service.
Upcoming philanthropy events include Kicks for CASA, a kickball tournament to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates of CT, Dough for Delta, a pizza fundraiser to support the Jimmy V Foundation, the Circle of Sisterhood Spelling Bee, a spelling competition to support education across the globe, Karaoke Night, an opportunity to sing with friends to support Domestic Violence Awareness and the Global Service Initiative, and DU Have Talent, a talent show to support the Global Service Initiative. Giving back is so important to our community, so feel free to encourage your Bobcat to attend any of the above events as they are open to everyone.
January 23 will be our Spring Meet the Greeks event in Burt Kahn at 9 p.m. While there are still some opportunities to join this semester, this is our signature kickoff event for spring recruitment processes, and all are welcome to join.
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. 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.
Quinnipiac’s Student Health Services partnered with Hartford HealthCare to help you feel your best. We are located on campus and ready to help with your medical needs.
The Office of Counseling Services provides a range of clinical services and mental health support at no cost to undergraduate and graduate students — including evaluations, individual counseling and group therapy.
Students should follow these Instagram accounts for up-to-date hours, programs and incentives:
Classes are offered year-round on all three campuses, including Spinning, body sculpting, Zumba, Bootcamp, Core Conditioning, yoga and Pilates.
Women's Wellness Night took place on October 25, focusing on breast cancer awareness and women empowerment.
Chartwells chefs hosted an “All About Squash” cooking class on October 26.
Quinnipiac received a $102,000 state grant that will support increased mental health service capacity for students and provide comprehensive training for faculty, staff and students in a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment.
Wellness Wednesdays will continue from 3-5 p.m. in the Recreation and Wellness Center Lobby.
Upcoming topics include:
11/1: Men’s Health Awareness Month
11/8: Healthy Eating
11/15: National Smoking Cessation Day - JUUL take back
11/29: Financial Wellbeing
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training on mental health awareness and suicide prevention will take place on October 27 and December 1 from 2-4 p.m. This is a great skill to have for your future profession, as a friend or simply to check in on yourself.
Trick or Treat Week takes place from October 29 to November 4. Register to win prizes by attending fitness classes during the week. The more you attend, the more chances you have to win. Register here.
Climb and Treat will be taking place from October 30 – November. Free candy will be at the top of the climbing wall until the end of the night on Friday and all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to climb for a sweet treat.
The Costume Climb will be taking place on October 31 in the Recreation and Wellness Center as well. Students can spend a spook-tacular evening at the climbing wall and come dressed in their best Halloween costume. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.
Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There is a club men's ice hockey game of emphasis against Fairfield on November 12 at 4 p.m. in the M&T Bank Arena on Quinnipiac's York Hill Campus.
The women’s club soccer team will participate in the NIRSA Region 1 Club Soccer Tournament at Stony Brook University.
The men’s club soccer team was selected to compete in the NIRSA National Club Soccer Tournament in Round Rock, Texas in November.
The eSports team qualified for the CECC East Regional at Helix in Foxborough, Massachusetts as one of the top eight teams in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
All university residence areas close for the Thanksgiving break on Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, November 26 at 10 a.m. We hope that everyone has a safe and restful break!
Students seeking break housing, late departure or early return to campus must complete the break housing registration form on MyHousing. There is a $75/day charge for break housing. Details are available on the registration form. Please note there will be no university dining or shuttle service available over the break.
At the time of closing, Office of Residential Life staff will be conducting Health and Safety inspections of each living area. As a reminder, all decorative lights must be UL listed, LED lights with an attached on/off switch or a remote that is adjacent to the lights. Any decorative lights that do not meet these criteria will be removed and not returned during inspection.
Remove any prohibited items from the hall and take them home. Any prohibited items found after closing will be confiscated and will not be returned. These items will be discarded at the time they are confiscated. Please note that prohibited items like candles or other sentimental items are not an exception and will be discarded.
Students should refer to the checklist below as they prepare to leave campus for the break:
Turn off all lights, light switches will be turned off so plan outlet usage accordingly.
Close and lock the windows and close the curtains or blinds. Students with air conditioners should make sure that they have closed and locked the window.
Make sure the room is clean. Wash any dishes that are in the sink, wipe down counters and stove tops.
Empty all trash cans. Do not leave trash bags in the room. Remove them to the nearest trash closet or dumpster.
Take valuables home. The university is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
Take personal items such as medications, glasses and chargers home. Students will not have access to their room over the break.
Make sure furniture is not blocking room doors.
Hill residents should remove all items from balconies.
Lock the door. Students should take their QCard/key with them.
University staff will be entering rooms after closing to ensure these expectations are met. If action is required due to failure to comply with these expectations, you may go through the university conduct process.
Students leaving vehicles on campus over break are required to park in the York Hill Parking Garage.
We know that many students enjoy decorating their living spaces for the holiday season. Please be mindful that all holiday decorations must comply with university policy. Live trees are not permitted in residence halls or houses. Artificial trees are permitted. The lights on trees must be UL listed with an attached tag, LED bulbs and an on/off switch or a remote that is left with the tree.
All University residence areas close for the Winter break on Saturday, December 16 at 10 a.m. and reopen on Saturday, January 20 at 10 a.m.
January move-in will be on Saturday, January 20, 2024, and Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
This semester, we opened two new stations in Café Q: Delicious Without and Pom & Honey. Both stations have been a great success with awesome feedback from students. Our Delicious Without station has been particularly impactful as the offerings are prepared without the top 9 major allergens.
Meal plans are refreshed at the beginning of each semester, and students are able to purchase individually priced items in locations across our three campuses. All items in the dining facilities are sold a la carte (not buffet). Instead of a meal-based system, students pay for each item using the meal points on their Q-Card just as they would in a traditional restaurant.
To assist students with managing their points to ensure they are not over or under using their points, monthly emails are sent to each student on a meal plan. These emails remind the student what plan they are on and their current meal point balance. Explore the resources on the Meal Plan Budgets and Staying on Track page of our website to help stay on track throughout the semester — including mobile and online budget trackers, and mobile ordering apps.
Learn more about dining on campus and view instructions on how to change a meal plan on the FAQ section of our meal plans webpage.
The dineoncampus website contains the most up-to-date information about hours. Visit the DineonCampus website
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.
Students with outstanding balances who did not participate in payment plans or secure financial aid have holds on their accounts. Monthly late fees of 1% were added to accounts in October and will be applied again in November. Students with holds on their accounts will not be able to register for the Spring 2024 term until the balance is resolved. Juniors with financial holds are not permitted to participate in the senior housing selection process in November. Resolve your student’s balance now by visiting the One Stop Student Administrative Services page.
Please reference the “When is tuition due?” FAQ on the FAQ page of our website to learn when invoices for January and Spring terms are available and when tuition is due.
Students in degree seeking programs will receive a 1098-T form by January 31 if they have provided their Social Security Number (SSN) to the university. Students in degree seeking programs who have not provided their SSN to date, will receive letters requesting their SSN so that we are in compliance with IRS regulations. Please visit the 1098-T page of our website for more information.
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Review Quinnipiac’s refunds and withdrawal policy.
Students are offered the opportunity to purchase tuition insurance.
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.
Should you have additional questions that may not be addressed above, please contact One Stop at email@example.com. If your questions are about financial aid, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to assisting you and welcoming you for the fall semester!
Registration dates have been announced and all students have received an email with their registration date. Graduate students will begin registration on October 30, while undergraduate student dates are based on credits completed. Currently enrolled students can view their academic progress using Stellic and register for their classes using Self-Service.
Students are assigned their day to register for courses based on how many credits they have completed. This is the following schedule:
|Credits Completed||Registration Date|
|More than 87 credits||October 30|
|57 - 86.9 credits||October 31|
|27 - 56.9 credits||November 2|
|0 - 26.9 credits||November 3|
After all students have had the opportunity to register, the system will open for all students.
|Registration Dates||Registration Activity|
|November 6-19, 2023||Open registration|
|November 27, 2023 - January 3, 2024||Open registration for J-Term|
|November 27, 2023 - January 26, 2024||Open registration for Spring|
Please review our parking rules and regulations on our parking page. At this point in the term, all students who applied for parking permits should have their decal. Students who accumulate three or more unpaid tickets will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to participate in registration for the Spring 2024 term.
Our new shuttle contractor has been hard at work since the beginning of the semester transporting our students between our three campuses, shopping centers and the historic district of New Haven. On academic days between the hours 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the shuttles transport approximately 4,500 students every hour.
The New Road Shuttle Stop covering is expected to be installed during Thanksgiving break and should be ready to use when students return.
For more information about shuttles (schedule, hours and stops), visit the shuttles page at QU.edu/shuttles
Holiday Shuttle to Union Station during Thanksgiving break
The Office of Community Engagement invites students to submit grant proposals for the Community Impact Initiative to respond to community needs. Students can earn up to $300 in funding per project. Projects may be proposed by individual students, a group of students or by a recognized student organization.
The Office of Community Engagement will be hosting two on-campus events in collaboration with student organizations including Soup in the Suite on November 28 and Furry Friends for Refugee Children on November 11.
The Office of Community Engagement assisted with organizing the LGBTQ+ Leadership Retreat engaging nearly a dozen students in a day of leadership capacity building. The office also visited with two First-Year Seminar (FYS) courses to discuss the merits of service and engagement with the community and opportunities to get involved. Lastly, the office hosted two walking tours about the history of the African American Community in New Haven and a walking tour of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City.
Follow CAP on Instagram @qu_cap for additional information.
Some key things we’d like for parents and families to be aware of:
The Quinnipiac CARE Team is here to support students navigating health and wellness, behavioral or situational concerns. One in three first year students received support from this team last academic year and there are staff all across the university community that are prepared to help students! If you are concerned about a Quinnipiac student, more information about how to submit a CARE referral can be found on the CARE webpage
Public Safety is recruiting armed public safety officers. If you are a retired law enforcement officer looking for a new career, we invite you to join our dedicated team of professionals to protect and serve our university community. We offer a comprehensive package which includes tuition remission for employees and dependents. Learn more and apply
For all other emergencies, or requests for help, contact:
Now through November 3, the 1929 Fund is running a prize drawing for tickets to the hottest game of the year — the highly anticipated Heroes' Hat Game between Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey game against the Yale Bulldogs on November 11. This annual game is one of the highlights of the year at the M&T Bank Arena. For $5 per entry, your student can enter for a chance to have tickets for the student section, and help future Bobcats fulfill their dreams of attending Quinnipiac. If you are making a donation on behalf of your student, please enter their name in the comment section of the form.
The 1929 Fund is a student-driven scholarship fund. Founded in 2021, our mission is to bring the Quinnipiac community together to help support our fellow students in need. This year, the first class of 1929 scholarship awardees received a total of $28,500 because of students like yours. We are completely student-run, and have a dedicated team of student volunteers who make these events happen. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, follow us on Instagram @qustudentgiving.
Mark your calendars, the Commencement 2024 schedule has been announced.
1 p.m. — Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Commencement
5 p.m. — School of Law Commencement
10 a.m. — School of Business and School of Computing and Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement
3 p.m. — School of Health Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement
10 a.m. — College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communications Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement
3 p.m. — School of Education and School of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement
All ceremonies will also be livestreamed and recorded.
More information on ceremony details, including tickets, will be sent to all eligible graduates via their Quinnipiac email throughout the academic year. Please remind your graduate to check their email regularly for information. Information will also be available on our Commencement website
We enjoyed meeting and seeing our Bobcat families during our 2023 Bobcat Weekend! Our Parents and Families Leadership Council met for their fall meeting on Friday evening and enjoyed a brunch with President Olian on Sunday morning, where council families were able to connect and discuss the latest campus initiatives and updates.
This summer, we welcomed our newest Bobcat families during orientation, and all over the northeast for regional family receptions and virtually as well. A big thanks to our Parents and Family Leadership Council members, who hosted these events off campus – and kudos to our student ambassadors and alumni for your support as well. We can’t wait to see you at Move - In, and of course welcome you back for Bobcat Weekend.
Quinnipiac has long valued parents and families as partners in our students' education and success. As members of the Parents and Family Leadership Council, we invite you to directly engage in and join a partnership focusing on the continued success of Quinnipiac. 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.
Benefits of joining the Quinnipiac Parents and Family Leadership Council:
To serve as ambassadors for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of Quinnipiac University through engagement, career development, and philanthropy
Presentations by administration, faculty, staff and others about how your student can maximize their QU experience
Invitations to special receptions with Bobcat families, President Olian, and university leadership
Ambassadors for new Bobcat families, and promote parent involvement & support of university initiatives
Host or attend regional or on-campus events
Special Commencement benefits
For more information on how to get involved, please contact:
Director of development for parents and families
Parents of current students have created an independent Facebook group — Quinnipiac University Families Helping Families — designed to help other current parents and families.
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