Quincy University has announced that all classes will continue in their current online format for the remainder of the Spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, all Quincy University courses for Summer 2020 will be offered exclusively online.

University residence halls and the cafeteria will remain open for Spring 2020 for those students remaining on campus or those who wish to return to campus before the end of the semester.  The campus Facilities team will continue the deep cleaning and sanitizing of university buildings, using cleaning products approved by the CDC.

“We care deeply for our students, and we are eager for them to return to campus and a wonderful education in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions.  Unfortunately, conditions across the country and around the world will make it hard for some students to come back to Quincy in April or early May, no matter what is happening in Quincy or Illinois,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., QU president. “We pray for the health and safety of all members of the Quincy University community.  It will be exciting when we return to campus in August for the 2020 Fall Semester.”

Campus services will continue to operate during the current semester, with most employees working remotely.  During this time email is the preferred form of contact.  The university will reopen to the public when advised to do so by the State of Illinois.

“Our QU students, faculty, and staff have done amazing work in quickly transitioning to exclusively online instruction,” said McGee.  “With their dedication and commitment, we will have a strong finish to the semester.”

The university is currently studying options for May Commencement.  Graduating seniors are being surveyed to learn when and in what ways they would like to be celebrated should the ceremony need to be postponed.

“We will always give students the rigorous, transformational education they deserve and which brought them to Quincy University,” said Delmer Mitchell, chair of the QU Board of Trustees.  “The Board of Trustees and I have great admiration for the remarkable work of the faculty and staff, completed under very challenging conditions, to move swiftly to online education and to support our students and families.  Our commitment to Success by Design for every student continues.”

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.