In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Quincy University is announcing that spring break will be extended for one week through Sunday, March 22. On Monday, March 23, classes will resume but will be exclusively online (without exception) and will continue online through at least April 3.
Quincy University intends to resume face-to-face instruction in April, but will only do so with the advice of public health professionals working for such institutions as the CDC and the Adams County Health Department.
“Quincy University looked at every possible option for maintaining a regular face-to-face instruction schedule on Monday following Spring Break,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., QU president. “Hours of discussion were devoted to finding a way to preserve our regular schedule, but, ultimately, this revised schedule best meets the needs of our entire campus community. We hope all students will be able to return to face-to-face instruction in a few weeks.”
There are no known cases of COVID-19 on the QU campus or in the Quincy region. However, QU is adjusting the campus calendar and taking these precautions to protect the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
Residence halls will remain open. Many students continue to live on campus. Students who are currently away from campus are encouraged, but not required, to stay where they are and not travel. Students who are currently in Quincy are strongly encouraged, but not required, to stay in Quincy and not travel.
Campus dining services will continue this semester, with limited hours of operation. As previously announced, dining services staff will be serving food to students instead of providing self-service stations. Some foods will be prepackaged.
The GLVC, our NCAA Division II athletic conference, has suspended all athletic activity, including competitions and practices. The presidents of the 16 GLVC universities will reconvene on April 6, to reevaluate the viability of reinstating some competitions and practices in April. However, all spring GLVC championships have been canceled. In addition, MIVA, our athletic conference for Men’s Volleyball, has canceled all games and tournaments for the remainder of the semester.
Faculty and staff will be available to support students and will undergo training during the week of March 16 to augment their ability to provide instruction online. In addition, our campus Facilities employees will spend the next week deep cleaning of campus buildings as we continue our aggressive efforts to maintain a safe environment.
Attendance at most university-sponsored events through April 3, will not be open to the general public. Information regarding POLIS will be forthcoming to participants in that program. Masses in the QU Chapel will continue as regularly scheduled. Beginning March 17, the university calendar on www.quincy.edu will provide up-to-date information regarding events.
Regular campus operations will continue, and all QU offices will remain open during their normal hours. All student resources such as the Health & Fitness Center, the Health & Well-Being Clinic, Brenner Library and the Student Success Center will remain open for student use. Prospective students many continue to visit campus during normal business hours.
The university’s Communicable Disease Task Force and the President’s Cabinet will continue to monitor the latest information from public health professionals for managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updates relevant to Quincy University’s COVID-19 response will be announced as they are available. For the latest information please monitor www.quincy.edu/coronavirus or our social media platforms.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is celebrating 160 years as a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts, residential university. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with each student to design a customized success plan to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275. Quincy University. Success by Design.