Quinnipiac releases its fall academic calendar

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ear Quinnipiac Community,

We look forward to welcoming all students, faculty and staff for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Subject to ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials, we are planning in-classroom instruction and an on-campus residential experience this fall.

As part of our plan, we will be implementing slight modifications to our academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester and will be using parallel delivery of both in-classroom and online classes. Our “Q-Flex” approach – delivering the same course using in-person and online instruction simultaneously – will enable us to continue offering the high-quality academic learning experiences for which QU is known, while maintaining careful health protections and physical distancing throughout our university community. We also know from research that this mixed delivery model of instruction can have very powerful learning results.

The Fall 2020 semester will follow the schedule below, unless changes are necessitated by the state or changing health conditions: 

  • Monday, Aug. 10 - Sunday, Aug. 23: We’re strongly encouraging an “early drop-off” option for students living within driving distance of Quinnipiac to drop off belongings in their rooms and return home. This will be a same-day, in-and-out drop-off without an overnight stay. This is not the move-in period. The university will be assigning recommended dates and preset time slots to students and will be sending those by mid-July. This option will be very helpful in reducing and spacing out the time and traffic involved with move-in later in August while supporting necessary social distancing.
  • Monday, Aug. 24: Instruction begins for all residential and non-residential students.* Students begin living in residence halls, with arrivals scheduled on a staggered basis. The early drop off of belongings by many of our students will serve to accelerate this process. Online instruction will be used the first week or two to support this staggered schedule and for the administration of state-required COVID testing of all students upon their return.
  • Monday, Sept. 7: Classes will be held on Labor Day. All students will be participating in in-class instruction by this date, if not before, assuming that testing has been completed for all remaining students.** Further details will be provided in the coming weeks explaining how testing will be conducted and how students will alternate between in-class and online attendance in order to manage social distancing requirements.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: On-ground classes conclude. Students depart for Thanksgiving break and will not return to campus after this break.
  • Monday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 12: Fall classes, review sessions, office hours, reading days and final exams will be completed online.

We recognize that this calendar means students will leave Quinnipiac two weeks earlier than usual at the end of the fall semester. As a result, we are making the decision now to proactively reduce every student’s room and board cost by two weeks to reflect the shorter period on campus. Bills for the fall semester will reflect this reduction.

How We’re Preparing the Fall Learning Experience

Our faculty and staff have been preparing for the mixed delivery of instruction in order to accommodate students’ safe return this fall. Teaching and student activities are being planned accordingly, coupled with changes to our classrooms and facilities to manage density and meet physical distancing best practices. We intend to deliver each course both in-person and online throughout the fall term, with students alternating their mode of attendance. This will reduce density in the classrooms while still providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience, with flexibility in case we need it. Our faculty are working intensively this summer with pedagogical experts to restructure their courses, incorporate even more innovative learning tools and strategies in their courses, and boost the potential of mixed-delivery modes.

As previously communicated, several planning groups consisting of faculty, staff, health experts and university leadership are working to ensure that we have anticipated every necessary facet of students’ return to campus in August. The fall schedule we are sharing today reflects best practices and current scientific understanding of the virus so that we can maximize three key elements at QU: the quality of our teaching in mixed modalities, the richness of our students’ campus experience, and the safety of our entire community as we carefully implement safe practices in the face of COVID-19.

We will continue to communicate throughout the summer with more detailed information about each of these areas. Questions about the fall academic calendar should be emailed to our online Support Center at COVID19SupportCenter@qu.edu

Throughout our 91-year history, Quinnipiac has been nimble, innovative and bold. While COVID-19 has challenged us all and changed the world around us, it has not moved us from our purpose – as the University of the Future – to prepare graduates for lifelong success in twenty-first century careers, as enlightened citizens, and as leaders and contributors to local and global communities. We cannot wait to welcome you this fall and continue that journey together.

Sincerely,

Judy Olian, President
Jennifer Brown, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost

*Some non-residential graduate programs, such as Medicine, Law, Health Sciences and Nursing, will begin in-classroom instruction prior to Aug. 24, per CT state guidelines for graduate students. Information will be provided separately to these groups.

**Faculty and staff working on Labor Day to support classes and students will be given a floating holiday to use at a future date.