Below are some reminders about the ways in which you can take precautions, questions about remote learning, academic policies, moving out, as well as resources and contacts to assist students who are on campus.

Academic Policies

The Academic Affairs Committee and the Curriculum Committee, with important contributions from students and administrators on these committees, held an emergency meeting and voted to approve several measures to help students during this difficult time. Please read the letter that was sent to students on March 26, and review the FAQ.

Information about the plans for the fall 2020 semester were announced on June 13, 2020. Please read the letter from Acting Dean Sonia Cardenas.

Information about Moving Out

Due to the evolving nature of this public health crisis, we adjusted move-out dates to begin in late May and run through late June. Students received information about signing up for a move-out time slot on April 29, 2020. For any questions or concerns related to the move-out process, please refer to:

Remote Learning

Faculty have been working very hard to navigate new learning tools and shift to remote instruction. Remote instruction will mean different things for different classes. It does not mean that every class will be online at the same time as your regular class meeting; it means that teaching and learning will not take place in-person, though there will be regular interaction. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors or academic advisers if you have any questions.

  • Technology Support.  Please visit this guide for remote learning for students, prepared by the Research, Instruction, and Technology staff in Information Services.
  • Academic Resources.  You will hear more next week about the virtual tutoring and resources being offered by the Writing Center, the Quantitative Center, the Library and other offices; please avail yourself of their outstanding support.
  • Additional Academic Support.  If you would like additional academic advice, the faculty Advising Fellows at the Center for Academic Advising are also available to support you.
  • Let us know of any concerns or questions.  If you still have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Faculty’s Office.

Students who have questions about their ability to participate in classes as they move to an online format are encouraged to contact Information Technology Services. ITS can help with troubleshooting, equipment questions, and connectivity or technical barriers.

Changes to Advising Week, Major Declaration Deadlines, and Advance Registration

We have extended deadlines and are shifting our processes to an online format.
  • Advising Week:  We are extending Advising Week from one week to three weeks, running from April 6 through April 24.
  • Major Declaration:  The major declaration deadline for sophomores has been extended to April 10; the online form is available here.
  • Advance registration for fall 2020:  Registration is being moved to mid-June.  We are also working to adjust registration times to better serve a wide range of time zones.
  • For the spring 2020 semester only, students will have until April 30 to petition ​the Academic Affairs Committee for a late drop for one or more courses, with advisor and instructor permission.  You must obtain instructor and advisor permission prior to submitting the petition.

Flexibility in Our Academic Policies

We are aware that this is an exceptional situation, and we will try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate any number of experiences you may be having.  The Curriculum Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee, which include faculty, staff, and students, have been working around the clock with the Dean of Faculty’s Office and the Faculty Secretary to solicit student input and research flexible grading options that can best support you. We announced some new measures on March 26 that aim to address some of these issues. Please visit the FAQ on the Dean of Faculty website.

Social Distancing

  • The CDC defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
  • No physical contact with others.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever.
  • Proper handwashing is important for protecting not only yourself but others around you—because the virus can be spread even without symptoms.
  • Stay in your room and call the Health Center if you are not feeling well
  • Remain on campus as much as possible
  • Find the most updated information and FAQs regarding COVID-19 at: Trinity College Advisories

Resources and Contacts to Assist Students on Campus

Students on campus are encouraged to reach out whenever they have questions and concerns, and as needs arise. Below are campus contacts and office hours that will be helpful.

Campus Safety Office

  • Hours of Operation: 24 hours/7 days a week
  • Contact: 860-297-2222. Dispatcher on duty at all times.

Chartwells/Food

In order to comply with the CDC social distancing guidelines, meals in Mather Hall are switching to a grab-and-go format beginning Thursday, March 19.

  • Brunch pickup: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner pickup: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Students will be provided with a full meal, beverages, and snacks for the day. All meals must be taken to go as the seating area will be closed for use.

College Chaplain and The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Personnel available.
  • Contact: 860-993-3566 or allison.read@trincoll.edu

Counseling and Wellness Center

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. Please call the numbers listed.
  • Contact: 860-297-2415 to arrange an appointment. If no one answers immediately, please leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
  • After hours and on weekends: Call Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Dean of Students Office and the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community (Office of Residential Life)

  • Hours operation: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Please call the numbers listed or write to DOSO@trincoll.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Contact: 860-297-2305 or 860-297-2156
  • For emergencies after hours: Please call Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Ferris Athletic Center

  • Contact: 860-297-2057. For questions or concerns, please call the number listed.

Health Center

  • Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Students are required to call 860-297-2018 to schedule an appointment.
  • Contact: 860-297-2018.
  • For emergencies after hours: Please call Campus Safety at 860-297-2222.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OMA, WGRAC, QRC)

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Please call the numbers listed or write the personnel to schedule an appointment.
  • Contacts: 860-250-7341 or carol.debest@trincoll.edu/860-818-1702 or jared.delane@trincoll.edu
Queer Resource Center (QRC)
  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Please call the numbers listed or write the personnel to schedule an appointment.
  • Contact: 860-987-6273 or robinson.carrie@trincoll.edu
Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC)
DEI Hartford Community Fellow
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Anita Davis

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

Shuttle Service

  • On-campus hours of operation: Sunday to Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. and Thursday to Saturday 8:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m.
  • Off-Campus Shuttle hours of operation: Daily 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Title IX office

  • Contact: 860-308-4475

We encourage students to continue trying to make plans for leaving campus at this time. If you want to talk with us about leaving, please contact us at housing@trincoll.edu.