Quinnipiac’s Fall semester will look different this year

Luca Triant

Quinnipiac University has unveiled a new hybrid approach for classes this fall semester.

In a video uploaded to the university’s YouTube channel on July 20, Elicia Spearman, general counsel and VP for human resources, explained the new Q-Flex model. The model is the school’s guideline on how classes are going to be conducted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spearman said that Q-Flex “employs a hybrid approach that combines the best from traditional in-class instructions with innovations and best practices from distance learning.”

The university’s website elaborated on the goals of the model earlier in the year, stating the program “will enable the university to continue to offer the high-quality academic learning experiences for which Quinnipiac is known, while maintaining careful health protections and physical distancing throughout the university community.”

Students are already expected to bring face coverings such as masks, to campus in preparation for the Fall semester. Alongside this, other changes are coming to the Quinnipiac campus due to the pandemic, such as a symptom-tracking app and new guidelines for public and residential spaces.

Despite the overall changes, Spearman said “[Q-Flex] will create an experience that is rich and engaging and allows students and faculty to retain close connections.”

Building on Spearman’s explanation, Dean of the College of Arts and Science (CAS) Bob Smart explained how learning in biology labs or classrooms would be adapting to the changes.

“In biology, for example, one of the most important classes is anatomy and physiology,” Smart said. “We’ve purchased digital cadavers [bodies] to engage with, and it lets students work with those cadavers remotely from their classrooms and homes.”

Spearman explained that more information on the Q-flex model will be announced as the summer continues.

Classes are expected to be online for the first two weeks of the fall semester and will go back to remote learning after Thanksgiving break. While Connecticut has seen a declining rate of coronavirus cases in the past few weeks, things may change throughout the semester. To stay updated on the most current information be sure to read the latest information on Quinnipiac’s Website.