November 11, 2020

Dear Students,

As we reach the end of an extraordinary semester, on behalf of faculty, I would like to share news of a few academic policy changes and remind you of academic resources that are available to you.

Academic Policy Changes

Trinity’s faculty voted this week to change certain policies to better support you academically and personally, reflecting our holistic values as a liberal arts college. These include:

  • Whereas in the past, students needing to take time away from Trinity for a medical or mental health emergency have had to request a Voluntary Withdrawal, they will now be able to take a Leave of Absence. The transcript will show “Leave of Absence” not “Withdrawal” (or W).
  • Any student who needs to take a leave of absence will be able to do so regardless of their academic performance and without penalty. They will not be placed on academic probation as a result of having to leave mid-semester.

These changes originated in the Academic Affairs Committee, which is a multi-constituent committee of faculty, staff, and students, dedicated to the academic success of all students.

End-of-Semester Academic Resources

You’re all to be commended for getting through this semester and pulling together. Stay focused and do your best work academically, knowing that we’re all here to support you.

Very best wishes for a successful end of the semester!

Sonia Cardenas
Acting Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Political Science