The following information was updated on June 1, 2021. This page will be updated frequently as information becomes available.

Reunion Plans

During these challenging times, our top priority is the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In interest of the health and the safety of our community, we are unable to gather in person for Reunion Weekend 2021 this June.

Reunion 2020 and 2021 questions

The classes originally slated to celebrate their Reunions in 2020 will now gather for a Virtual Reunion Weekend June 10-13, 2021.

We have paid particular attention to working with members of the 25th and 50th  Reunion classes (1970 and 1995) to find ways to bring them back in person when it is safe to do so, possibly independent of reunions. We recognize the importance of observing our sacred alumni traditions together – passing the hat, groups photos and class pins and the like. Most importantly, we recognize the importance of being together socially as a community. We will also create a few college-organized virtual offerings for them this June 10-13 as well, to mark the occasion on the originally scheduled weekend.

Please visit the Reunion website for more information as the details are finalized for the Virtual Reunion Weekend June 10-13, 2021.

We have asked this year’s scheduled Reunion classes (1’s and 6’s) to wait until June 2022 to come back to campus with fellow alumni from next year’s cycle (2’s and 7’s), thus creating a “cluster Reunion”.

General Campus COVID-19 Information

Summer Guidance

We will continue to operate at a reduced density until August 2, though we will allow some additional employees to resume working on campus this summer as part of a gradual return to full campus operations. Those already approved to work on campus may continue to do so; those who have been working remotely and wish to return to campus this summer should consult with their managers, who will seek approval from the college. We strongly encourage any employees working on campus this summer to be fully vaccinated when they return. Anyone who isn’t vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly on campus.

As more and more of our population becomes vaccinated, we are transitioning the testing facility that has operated every weekday in the Ferris Athletic Center to a smaller operation that will operate out of the Health Center. Beginning June 2, and throughout the summer, the Health Center will offer COVID-19 testing to employees on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccinated employees will not need to be tested, but, as noted above, those who aren’t will be tested weekly. Appointments are not required.

The detailed visitor policy we had in place for the academic year is no longer in effect; visitors are welcome to campus this summer. They will be required to wear masks indoors and to adhere to guidelines for gathering sizes in indoor spaces to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing.

Health and Safety

Students feeling ill and seeking medical treatment or advice should contact the Health Center during normal business hours or the Campus Safety Department after the Health Center has closed. Employees will follow their departmental call-out procedures and discuss alternative work arrangements with their supervisor when able to work.

Given evolving guidance and public health science, and knowing that most of our campus community is or soon will be vaccinated, we are lifting the mask-wearing mandate for outdoors, though anyone who feels more comfortable continuing to wear masks should certainly feel free to do so. Indoors, you should continue to wear masks generally, though it is permissible for small groups of fully vaccinated individuals working together in research labs or shared office space to not wear masks if all members of the group feel comfortable and agree to do so. Employees should consult their managers or department heads to set appropriate, agreed-upon practices for your environment.

As for physical distancing: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to practice distancing outdoors. Indoors, the issue is more complicated, especially as CDC guidance evolves. We will continue to watch that guidance and make a decision later this month with regard to indoor distancing requirements for the fall. For now, those working on campus should practice 6-foot distancing indoors. We encourage groups of employees to continue hosting staff meetings and other gatherings remotely (via Zoom or Teams) for now, or to meet outside when possible.

Hand sanitizers will be at entrances to all buildings, classrooms, and dining halls. Disposable wipes or cleaning solution will be in all bathrooms, classrooms, and other shared facilities (e.g., copy machines, coffee stations) for wiping down surfaces.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As a number of other institutions have done, Trinity will require students who are living or studying on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (similar to other longstanding vaccination requirements for students). They will need to provide documentation of their vaccination prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. We are grateful to our partners at Hartford HealthCare for providing students with the opportunity to obtain the vaccine through dedicated clinics this spring. With that, and information we received in student surveys, we are confident that Trinity students will return to campus fully vaccinated.

The college has decided to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all employees. We are encouraged that so many within our community are already vaccinated. We have listened to you and are continuing to follow local, state, and federal guidance concerning vaccinations. What is clear is that for our campus community, the path forward—to living, learning, and working on campus—is through vaccination.

To help ensure the health and safety of you and your colleagues, as well as our students and the community with which we interact, we will require all staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated by Monday, August 2 (meaning two weeks past a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or past the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines). We will provide a process by which those needing exemptions for religious or medical reasons may request one. And we will provide a process by which employees can submit proof of their vaccination.

COVID-19 Testing at Trinity

As more and more of our population becomes vaccinated, we are transitioning the testing facility that has operated in the Ferris Athletic Center during the academic year to a smaller operation that will operate out of the Health Center.

The testing program uses a viral molecular test via the PCR method, analyzed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, MA. Individuals collect their own specimen under observation at the on-campus testing center. This test uses a nasal swab that is inserted only a short distance into the nose (anterior nares)—a much less invasive and more comfortable alternative to the deep nasopharyngeal method that was more common at the start of the pandemic. More details are available on the COVID-19 Testing Center page.

We do not plan to continue with the same level of COVID-19 surveillance testing that we have undertaken this academic year. We will be able to test community members as necessary, and we will be prepared to carry out our protocols for contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation as needed. We do not anticipate the need for weekly or twice-weekly testing for all who are on campus.

Beginning June 2, and throughout the summer, the Health Center will offer COVID-19 testing to employees on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccinated employees will not need to be tested, but those who aren’t will be tested weekly. Appointments are not required.

Before arriving at the testing center

  • Confirm that you are feeling well and not experiencing any COVID symptoms.
  • Do not proceed to the testing center if you are experiencing symptoms—instead, students should contact the Health Center via phone and employees should follow the protocol for becoming ill while at work.

At the testing center

  • First blow your nose outside the field house under the tent.
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer.
  • At the registration station, receive your collection tube and confirm that your name and details are printed correctly on the label.
  • Proceed to the collection station where a trained staff member will guide you through the self-administration steps to collect your sample.

Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Center page for more detailed information.

Beginning June 2, and throughout the summer, testing will be offered at the Health Center.

The Broad Institute is estimating that results will be ready about 24 hours after the specimens arrive at their facility. Test results should be returned to individuals via the CoVerified secure app/website. Should that process not be fully functional, you will receive an email when results are available with a link to a secure web portal to view your result.

If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, please submit your positive test result with your NAME and Date Of Birth visible on the result to CoVerified.

You will not be a part of the routine screening process until the 90 days pass. This is because the PCR test looks for the genetic material of COVID. Non-infectious genetic ‘debris’ may be present during this 90 day period and may result in false-positive results.

College Policies and Additional Questions

The college has a COVID-19 Steering Committee that works to make timely, informed decisions and recommendations and to communicate clearly and consistently to keep the Trinity community informed.

The detailed visitor policy we had in place for the academic year is no longer in effect as of June 1, 2021; visitors are welcome to campus this summer. They will be required to wear masks indoors and to adhere to guidelines for gathering sizes in indoor spaces to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing.

The travel policy we had in place for the academic year is no longer in effect as of June 1, 2021; faculty and staff may resume college-related/sponsored travel in accordance with CDC travel guidance, which differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. It also has guidance specific to domestic and international travel. International college-related/sponsored travel by employees is prohibited to all areas categorized by the CDC as Level 4 risks, where the COVID-19 level is “very high.” Such travel to Level 3 areas is permissible in very limited circumstances and must be approved by a division head.

Please email PlansToReturn@trincoll.edu with questions or feedback. Many answers will be developed in the coming days as we continue to monitor the situation locally and globally and as we make decisions based on guidance from the state and other authorities and the best interests of all members of our community.

We’ll be hosting a number of informational town halls as we get closer to the start of the semester, at which we’ll invite your questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Academic Questions - 2020-21

Our academic year will consist of four terms. Fall term courses will run either 10 weeks or 13 weeks, depending on the needs of the course. In-person learning for the fall would conclude by November 20 (students would not return to campus after the November vacation break). Thirteen-week classes would continue remotely through December, with exams for all concluding by December 21.

There will be a 5-week, optional, remote winter term beginning in January (January 5-February 5). There will be a 10- or 13-week spring term, a mirror image to the fall semester (13-week classes would begin remotely on February 8; in-person, if possible, and 10-week classes would begin March 1, ending by May 14), followed by a 5-week, optional summer term here on campus, assuming conditions allow (June 1-July 1). Students will be able to take up to 11.5 credits across all four terms.

More details are in this letter from Acting Dean of Faculty Sonia Cardenas.

Barring exigent circumstances, meetings are expected to be virtual.

There are a variety of courses which include both in person and remote options. Available choices differ by department.

Yes. Students can book private study rooms online. There are rooms available in the Raether Library and Information Technology Center, the Life Sciences Center, and McCook Hall.

Yes, this is considered essential travel.

All enrolled students will be able to graduate with a minimum of 34.5 credits, provided that all other graduation requirements have been fulfilled. This means that if you take 8 credits this academic year, you can still stay on track to graduate.

  • Second-semester seniors who are on track to graduate can earn a minimum of 3 credits in the spring to remain in good academic standing.  If you are currently over-enrolled in courses that you do not plan to take, we ask that you drop them by this Friday, February 5, so other students have access to them.

For the 2020-21 academic year, good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress will be defined as follows:

  • Passing at least 4 credits over the fall semester and J-Term combined (a passing grade consists of a C- or higher);
  • Passing at least 4 credits over the spring semester and June summer session combined.
  • Students who incur academic probation in the spring semester will not have this noted on their official transcript.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the date to convert a class to P/LP/F (pass/low pass/fail) will be extended from 6 days after the semester begins to October 23, which is the midpoint of the semester.  This date will provide you with more time to assess your performance in a course before deciding on the grading basis.

For the spring 2021 semester only, students on Academic Probation will not be required to take all courses for a grade; they will be able to take a course on a Pass/Low Pass/Fail basis.

For the 2020-21 academic year, during which students may encounter various extenuating circumstances, students will not need to petition to receive an Incomplete. Faculty will be able to enter a grade of Incomplete at their discretion. The Incomplete can remain the official grade up to the last day of the following semester, at which time the work must be completed and a letter grade entered. Extensions beyond this deadline will require petitioning the Academic Affairs Committee.

If you still have any outstanding incompletes from the spring 2020 semester and do nothing, these incompletes will convert to Fs on the last day of the spring 2021 semester. You have these options:

  1. Complete the work by the end of the spring 2021 semester for a letter grade.
  2. You may petition the Academic Affairs Committee for an extension on your incomplete.
  3. You may convert your course to P/LP/F grading up to 30 days after their professor has entered your final grade.
  4. You may choose a late withdrawal with approval of both your adviser and instructor.

RLITC will be open, including spaces in the 24-hour zone. The Information Services Desk will be open for remote services only:

Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 9:00pm, stacks areas open until 1:00am
Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm, stacks areas open until 9:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, stacks areas open until 1:00am

Updates to hours will be posted online.

To protect your health, services are contactless. You may:

We will try to get back to you quickly, but we have less staff onsite and some services will be slower than in the past. When your problem cannot be solved remotely, in-person services will be provided by appointment only. Appointments will be made through the help ticket system.

The ID Card Office will also be by appointment only and will no longer do in-person photo taking. If you are new to the college and need your Trinity ID, or have turned 21 and want to replace the photo on your Trinity ID, please create a ticket. You will upload a picture to this ticket and we will schedule an appointment with you for pick up.

This year there are no physical reserves. The library is providing ebooks and book chapter digitization when requested by faculty.

Check with your professor. If they haven’t done so already, they can ask the library to purchase a copy. We will try to buy an ebook version, and if that fails, we can digitize some chapters.

Due to limited seating in RLITC we will not have assigned thesis carrels available this year. You may ask for an assigned locker.

Yes, a self-checkout station is available near the RLITC entrance and the Information Services Desk.

Yes, although some computers were removed or moved to provide safe distances. You can find computers on levels B, A, and 1 of RLITC.

There are Chromebooks available for you to checkout for 3 hours at a time. You can request from Onesearch, and then pick it up from the Information Services Desk by appointment.

No problem, just bring them back with you to campus. The library is abolishing all late fees. You do need to pay for lost items, and if you don’t return a book past a grace period you may have borrowing privileges revoked.

Yes, we may be able to pull books from the collection and mail them to you in the United States. Warning: mail is slow. You may also want to check what resources are available to you at your local public library.

Connecticut and Wesleyan are not yet sending books, but they should resume once the semester starts. It is a similar situation elsewhere—some but not all schools have interlibrary loan up and running. We are taking requests and doing our best to fill them.

Try our room reservation app. Several small study rooms are available for up to 2-hour reservations, many with projectors you can plug your laptop into.

We have followed state regulations in reducing the number of seats in RLITC by half. Seats have been arranged so that there are 6 feet between you and your nearest neighbor. Please do not rearrange the furniture.

You must wear a mask at all times in RLITC, even when no one is near you.

No, you must use the furniture as configured.

The Watkinson Library is open for remote support, research, and reference requests. Watkinson staff are available remotely (email, video, audio) for teaching support and research questions from the general public and Trinity College students, faculty, and staff. Special Collections and Archives materials will be digitized when possible at no cost to researchers. When it is not possible to digitize materials, they can be shown with our object/document viewer via Zoom. Because work with special collections is highly interactive, in close quarters, and involves interpersonal handling of materials, the Watkinson Reading Room will remain closed until further notice.  For help accessing the collections, please contact:

Christina Bleyer, PhD, Director of Special Collections and Archives, christina.bleyer@trincoll.edu
Eric Stoykovich, PhD, College Archivist and Manuscript Librarian, eric.stoykovich@trincoll.edu
Eric Johnson De-Baufre, PhD, Special Collections Librarian, eric.johnsondebaufre@trincoll.edu

The Dean of the Faculty’s Office has prepared a pamphlet with information specifically geared to faculty concerns. You can download the pamphlet here.