Residential life post-COVID-19

Students receive email regarding personal items for fall 2020 return

Nicole McIsaac, Copy Editor

Quinnipiac University’s Office of Residential Life sent an email on July 2, to residential students regarding specific COVID-19 related items that they should be equipped with when returning to campus for the fall 2020 semester. 

“We have heard from many families and students with questions specifically about what types of additional health and hygiene-related supplies students should have when they return to campus given the increased health protocols we will have in place,” said Mark DeVilbiss, director of residential life, in the email. “We are sharing this list with you now so you can prepare accordingly, understanding some of these items may have longer-than-usual delivery times or limited quantities currently available.”

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Face coverings and masks will be required for all students, faculty and staff to wear in class and in public settings on campus. The university will provide one cloth face mask to every student upon arrival, but students are urged to bring extra given the frequency that they will be wearing them. 

Although hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout the different campuses, residential life recommends that students bring multiple hand sanitizers to have with them at all times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hand sanitizer with a minimum alcohol content of 60%.

Students are asked to provide themselves with disinfecting wipes and sprays to sanitize surfaces in their residence halls such as keyboards, door handles, countertops and desks. The facilities team will regularly disinfect all common areas, classrooms and buildings. 

In addition, students are urged to keep a thermometer and supply of over-the-counter medications that help keep fevers down. 

In their email, residential life discussed how the university is committed to maintaining social distancing and proper health protocols on all campuses. The facilities department is installing plexiglass shields in areas where interactions between individuals may be closer than six feet.

“While it will not be the traditional experience students are familiar with, we are confident that we’ll be able to operate in a COVID world based on an expert-driven, comprehensive plan and measures Quinnipiac is putting in place,” the email said.

Students are welcomed to contact [email protected] if they have any questions or concerns about the upcoming semester.