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QU to change how students are housed, interact

QU to change how students are housed, interact

6 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

New "house system" to be introduced in Fall 2020

Quincy University says that starting next fall, it's changing how students live and interact on-campus.  

QU said Thursday that following months of preparation, it will adopt what it calls a new “house system” for all undergraduate students, effective next fall. A statement says that the house system is designed to transform the student experience at the university, with each QU student becoming part of a "close-knit house community." The university says it will initially have seven houses, each named for a person who has made important contributions to Quincy University, the Franciscan tradition, or to Quincy or the surrounding region.

Beginning in 2020, every new student, including transfer students and commuter students, will be assigned to a house. After a transition period, the university expects all undergraduates will be assigned to a house by 2023. Each house will have its own recreational and service activities, with competitions between houses. University faculty and staff will be designated to support the individual houses. For first-year students living on campus, their house will correspond to the hall floor where they live. Students will remain a member of the same house throughout their time at the university, no matter where they live. QU says it will become the only university in downstate Illinois to have a house system.

QU President Dr. Brian McGee says the university is "rejecting the one-size-fits-all industrial model for campus life." McGee says that the house system will "create the right foundation for our students.”

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