This spring semester Quinnipiac University will continue in-classroom learning and on-campus residential experience with the Q-Flex model for Spring 2021, however, most classes will still have a mix of in-person and being remote.
Though if you were planning on taking a vacation somewhere during spring break next year, don’t even bother because there won’t be one. In an email sent from Provost Debra Liebowitz it states,
“There will be no spring break during the Spring 2021 semester. By eliminating spring break in 2021 and having students remain within our campus community, we can minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 to be brought into our campuses and classrooms and better protect our community’s health and safety.”
With students, feedback and this fall experience changes will be made to the spring semester.
“We will increase our ability to facilitate on-ground instruction for the spring, including by meaningfully reducing the rotation schedules for students to be in the classroom,” Liebowitz said. “We also are poised to better match course size with the capacity of our de-densified spaces and the modality of instruction being used in a particular course.”
When returning back for the spring, all students will complete a pre-arrival COVID-19 test before coming on to campus just like this past fall and the same on-campus retesting after students return will start up again.
There will be a change in both the J-Term and spring 2021 semester:
Monday, January 4
Undergraduate and graduate classes begin. Most will be online, with some on-campus instruction possible. The J-Term has been extended by one week to be a 3-week session.
Friday, January 22
Monday, January 11: Law and medical school classes begin online.
Tuesday, January 19: Move-in starts for residential students; law and medical school classes begin in-person instruction.
Residential students will be assigned a move-in date and timeframe for Jan. 19–Jan. 24 to ensure a staggered return to campus and to minimize crowds. Law and medical school students will begin in-person classes on Jan. 19.
Monday, January 25: Undergraduate classes begin (online for first week).
The spring semester will begin one week later than what was noted in the original 2020–21 academic calendar. The first week of undergraduate classes start on Jan. 25 and will be remote for all students, as the university completes its on-campus retesting of all students before in-person instruction begins.
Monday, February 1: In-person instruction begins for all students.
In-person classes begin for undergraduate and graduate students. Students will be required to have two negative COVID-19 tests on file before returning to the classroom, as we did during the fall semester: a pre-arrival test (completed at home and cost covered by the student), and an on-campus retest shortly after returning. Additional details about pre-arrival testing are forthcoming.
There will be no spring break during the Spring 2021 semester.
By eliminating spring break in 2021 and having students remain within our campus community, we can minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 to be brought into our campuses and classrooms and better protect our community’s health and safety. Our students’ continued physical and mental wellbeing is important, and in place of the traditional week-long spring break, Quinnipiac plans to offer several “self-care days” throughout the spring semester on which classes will not be held.
Saturday, May 1: Undergraduate and graduate classes end.
As of now, Friday and Saturday, May 7-8 are the dates for the Graduate School, School of Medicine and School of Law Commencement. Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16 are the dates for Undergraduate Commencement but, the decision to host in-person or virtual commencement has not been made. A decision will be made once the spring semester has started.
Next week details on spring course registration, information for students choosing to do remote learning, and more will be released.