Update on spring break and transition to online classes


et me state at the outset that no individuals at, or associated with, Quinnipiac have tested positive for the coronavirus, nor do we know of any who are quarantined. The university continues to manage rapidly changing developments associated with the coronavirus with a singular focus on the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and the goal of students’ academic completion of the spring semester. 

To that end, we have decided to take two significant actions:

1. We will begin online delivery of classes on Wednesday, March 18.

2. Students will not return to campus until Sunday, March 22. 

Eliminating in-person classroom instruction is an important step to minimize potential pathways for community spread of COVID-19 within our QU community.

Here are further important details about this decision:

There are no classes on Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17.

Online courses will begin Wednesday, March 18, which students will take while still at home.

  • All existing courses/programs will be available online to help students complete the semester on time, and graduate on time.
  • Online courses will be delivered synchronously, i.e., at the normal class time with the professor.
  • Each professor will be in contact with students about their specific classes and provide directions on how to access online classes; technology assistance will be provided in a separate email.
  • Students with lab and clinical assignments should work with their academic deans and advisers to design the best pathway to completion given the hands-on nature of those courses.

Students can choose to remain at home to complete the semester remotely; this is a voluntary decision to be made by students and their families.

Please do not return to campus if you are feeling unwell, or if you need to self-isolate because you pose a health risk following exposure to an individual or region affected by the coronavirus.

This plan is subject to change as we reassess developments over the next week, based on the most current health reports. 

On Wednesday, March 18, at 4 p.m., we will confirm the return of students to campus for March 22 or communicate if there is any change to our plan. Depending on the current health situation, we may further delay the return to campus.  We will communicate our decision via email and post an announcement on QU’s COVID-19 webpage

Students who wish to remain on or return to campus before March 22 because of special circumstances must submit a request for exception to Mark DeVilbiss, director of residential life, at mark.devilbiss@qu.edu

Students who need to retrieve personal items should await further instructions from Residential Life on when and how to gather their belongings.

The university remains open, and we will continue to operate during this period.

Upcoming athletic, admissions and other events may be canceled; please check QU’s COVID-19 webpage for current information.

We fully recognize that this is a stressful and very disruptive situation for students and families. We are here to help you through this difficult period, and we hope we can count on your understanding. The health and well-being of our community is priority No. 1, while continuing to support our students’ learning and on-time completion of academic programs. 

I thank you and the entire Bobcat community for your understanding and kindness to each other as we make our way, together, through these challenging times.

With appreciation,

Judy D. Olian