Our office is a valuable resource for students, as well as for families, faculty, and staff. We take A holistic approach to guiding students through their Trinity Experience. If you are not sure where to begin with your questions or concerns, start with our office. We know every situation is unique. As a result, we coordinate efforts with offices across campus to help guide our students to the appropriate resources and services including the following:
- Academic Guidance
- Dean’s Certification
- Emergency Support System
- Faculty Notification
- Short-Term Emergency Loan Program
The Deans are here to help you learn new ways to maximize your potential and get the most out of your Trinity experience. We can help you reflect on your learning and passions as you work to create your educational and personal goals. Students who wish to meet with a Dean regarding academic struggles, should complete the Self-Assessment form to give us a better understanding of the issues that are impacting your academic progress.
Our office can also:
- Collaborate with faculty to help guide students on their path to graduation
- Refer students to academic and other campus life resources and services
- Help students navigate their return to Trinity from Required or Voluntary Withdrawal
- Provide students with the tools needed to become more effective and efficient learners
- Help students navigate their way back to class after an illness, injury, or family emergency
- Help students engage in guided self-reflection and explore opportunities that complement their goals
- Encourage students to explore different pathways to graduation, which may mean exploring a major other than the one they intended
- Help students navigate their way back to Good Academic Standing, if they have been placed on Academic Probation, Required Withdrawal Waived, or Required Withdrawal
Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding the attendance policies for all their courses. Course attendance policies can be found on the course syllabus. We strongly encourage students to communicate with their professors as early as possible if they plan on being absent from class or are unable to complete their coursework within the allotted timeframe.
All decisions regarding allowances for course incompletes, extensions, rescheduled exams, or excused absences are at the discretion of the professor. The Office of Student and Community Life cannot compel professors to make allowances for absences, extensions, incompletes, or rescheduled exams.
Medical and Family Emergency
In the event of a medical or family emergency, where the student may be absent for 2 or more days, we encourage them to communicate directly with their professors and faculty advisors. If students are unable to communicate with their professors and faculty advisor due to emergency circumstances (i.e. hospitalization), parents, guardians, or family members may contact the Office of Student and Community Life on the student’s behalf. Our office will notify professors on behalf of the student.
Family emergencies may include but are not limited to death of a loved one, serious illness, or other highly sensitive matters. Medical emergencies, may include but are not limited to hospitalization, serious illness, concussions, or other highly sensitive matters. The Health Center may also aid with the notification process in the case of serious physical harm or illness and concussions. For more guidance, students should refer to Navigating Your Way Back To Class From Illness Or Injury.
We strongly encourage students to provide medical and/or personal documentation when requesting allowances for absences, extending deadlines for coursework, or rescheduling exams. Medical and/or personal documentation may include a diagnosis, date of onset, impact of diagnosis on academic progress, treatment plan, and expected return. Documentation may be submitted confidentially to the Office of Student and Community Life. Students can share the documentation with other parties as needed.
Short-Term Emergency Funding
The Office of Student and Community Life administers modest emergency loans and grants, which provides assistance to students for significant and unforeseen emergency expenses. Emergency expenses may include but are not limited to, academic needs (i.e. textbooks), travel cost in case of a serious and unforeseen family emergency (i.e. death of a loved one), or loss of personal belongings due to theft, fire, or natural disaster.
Students may apply for a maximum amount of $400, after reviewing all other resources (family, friends, other personal resources). Approval of emergency funding is at the discretion of the Office of Student and Community Life and dependent on the availability of funds.
Eligibility For Emergency Funding
To be considered for emergency funding, students must complete and submit an application, must be enrolled for the semester in which they are applying, and must meet with a Dean in our Office. Other restrictions and regulations may apply.
- Short-Term Emergency Loan: If approved for an emergency loan, the amount borrowed will be added to the student’s account for repayment within the semester. Students who have difficulty repaying the amount borrowed are encouraged to meet with a Dean to discuss possible solutions.
- Short-Term Emergency Grant: If approved for a one-time emergency grant, the amount granted does not have to be repaid.
Emergency funds cannot be used to:
- Pay off other College debts (Outstanding Trinity College bills)
- Reimburse for expenses that have already been paid
- Replace or supplement existing financial aid
Reasons your request may be denied may include but are not limited to:
- An incomplete application
- The student cannot clearly articulate the financial emergency and how the loan will resolve it
- The student is not an active undergraduate student according to enrollment information
To inquire about short-term emergency funding, please visit our office in Cook Hall – B between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or call our office at (860) 297-2156.