Trinity College has developed a framework of alert levels to provide the community with up-to-date guidance about activity and movement on campus, based on a number of factors related to the virus. The framework lays out four different operating status levels, from green to red. The college’s current operating status will be visible on our website, and we will notify you via email when there’s a significant change in the alert level.

The alert level is determined by the prevalence of the virus on campus (the number of positive tests, the rate of positivity within our testing, the number of individuals in quarantine or isolation, etc.), in combination with other factors in the surrounding area.

A green alert level aligns with what will be our COVID-19 “normal” operating status for the fall, in which a low prevalence of the virus on campus allows for in-person learning and on-campus work for some faculty and staff, with substantial health and safety protocols and pandemic-related policies in place for travel, visitors to campus, and more. If the prevalence of the virus increases, the level could move to yellow or orange, reducing the density of employees, closing or limiting some operations, and restricting movement on campus. At the orange level, students would remain on campus, but classes would be conducted remotely (with students taking classes from their residences). At the most restrictive level, red, only essential on-campus work (such as health and safety and maintenance) would occur on-campus, and classes would be conducted remotely, with the possibility of a full transition to off-campus remote learning.

Please refer to the chart below for operational specifics about each of the four alert levels. Note that the alert level could progress directly from green to orange or red, rather than progressing through each of the four levels, based on current information and a determined need to change operational status quickly. Such decisions are intended to help contain the presence of the virus on campus and therein keep the community safe. You can do your part by staying informed about the current alert level and following the guidance for that level.

Alert Level GREEN YELLOW ORANGE RED
Description COVID-19 Standard Campus Operations (see below)

 

Main body of employees present accomplishing on-campus tasks necessary for current and future semesters Essential employees accomplishing on-campus tasks necessary for the support of academics and essential functions Essential on-campus functions only / maintenance of health & safety
Employee limitations Department heads and chairs will determine department density On-campus only when necessary to complete task. Office spaces: max. 50% capacity;

 

On-campus only when necessary to complete task. Office spaces: max. 25% capacity;

 

On-campus only when necessary to complete task.
Policies
Physical distancing
Face coverings
College Travel Essential travel only Essential travel only with cabinet approval Prohibited Prohibited
Personal Travel

(non-college related)

(All personnel required to follow CDC and State mandates upon return)

 

Limited to avoid exposure Strongly discouraged Restricted Prohibited
Facilities & Services
Athletics facilities Open with prior sign up Open with prior sign up Closed Closed
Dining services Open / Masks required Open / Masks required To-Go To-Go
Library Open / Masks required

Reduced Density

Open / Masks required

Reduced Density

Open / Masks required Occupancy by appointment only Pick-up / Drop Off Only
Cinestudio Light density Light density Closed Closed
Post Office Open with regular hours Open with regular hours Open with regular hours Limited hours & services
Building Access Card access only Card access only Card access only Card access only
Populations
Students – general On Campus On Campus On Campus On Campus with prior approval
Academic Classes In-person, hybrid, or remote learning In-person, hybrid, or remote learning On-campus remote On-campus Remote, with the possibility of transitioning to Off-campus remote
Residence Halls Building residents only Building residents only Restricted to floor, common areas closed Restricted to rooms, or closed
Essential on-campus functions – staff On Campus On Campus On Campus On Campus
General office functions requiring on-campus presence On Campus

with reduced density

(August & September)

On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus
General office functions that can be completed remotely On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus Remain Off Campus Remain Off Campus
Lab research – employees On Campus On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus
Faculty – all other On Campus On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus
Lab research – students On Campus On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus Remain Off Campus
Student workers On Campus On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus Remain Off Campus
Contractors On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval
Visitors On Campus with prior approval On Campus with prior approval Remain Off Campus Remain Off Campus