Implement more break days for Quinnipiac student’s in lieu of spring break!

Implement more break days for Quinnipiac student’s in lieu of spring break!

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Emily Caruso started this petition to Quinnipiac University

Canceling spring break was the best decision to protect the Quinnipiac community’s health from COVID-19, but failing to implement adequate “self care” days is a huge risk to the mental and physical health of students. Spring break is typically a 9 day break when you consider the weekends, and professors typically respect this time as an opportunity to rest and recharge for upcoming assignments and the rest of the semester. A 9 day consecutive break is largely different from 2 days off. Considering we would usually have off Good Friday (April 2nd), I would not consider that an additional rest day. In the middle of a pandemic, fatigue and mental strain is a common occurrence and struggle, especially for students who are facing a huge array of extra stressors, from the uncertainty of the future in a time in which we are supposed to be figuring out our paths in life, to the fear of illness or even death of ourselves and our loved ones, to the major adjustments we have all had to make to continue our education in unprecedented times. Most other universities have implemented 4-6 self care days in lieu of spring break. As we approach what would be spring break, I find myself and my peers are very strained, and we are struggling. 

Additionally, the university is requiring classes missed for rest days to make up these hours. This defeats the purpose of implementing self care days at all. I really cannot fathom how 2 self care days, especially ones that will require extra work due to missed classes, can equate to the typical spring break period and would really appreciate if the university could seriously consider these concerns for the sake of students physical and mental health in one of the most difficult years for many in our community. 

Quinnipiac must make time for more “self care” days, and allow for these days to be truly restful, not requiring extra work at a later date due to the makeup of these classes. These times for rest should be strictly enforced, and the university should ensure that professors are not assigning work for these days.  

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