The following information was updated on October 8, 2020. This information will be updated frequently as information becomes available.

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GENERAL

Health and Safety

How has Trinity decided that it is safe to reopen? What might change that decision?

Trinity College has assembled a cross-functional team to monitor the impact of the virus and assist with the development of policies, procedures, and training to resume some activities on campus. The college is following guidance provided by the CDC, WHO, healthcare professionals (including our student healthcare provider, Hartford Healthcare), and state government directives.

What should I do if I get sick/experience COVID-19 symptoms?

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.

Will I need to wear a mask or face covering at all times? 

People on campus must wear a face covering (disposable mask or cloth covering that covers their nose and mouth) outdoors and indoors in any space that one would reasonably expect to be shared (common work areas, hallways, bathrooms, studios, etc.). A face covering is not required when alone in a private, enclosed office or in one’s own bedroom. 

What cleaning supplies will Trinity provide?

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.

I am in a high-risk category. What is Trinity doing to protect me?

As noted by the CDC and other medical experts regarding the global health crisis, this pandemic is a significant and rapidly evolving medical situation with far-reaching consequences for individuals and families and for the various communities each of us inhabits. All students and families must inform themselves about the health and safety concerns related to this communicable disease and assess their particular situations; we especially urge those with underlying health conditions to seriously consider not returning to campus this fall.

Students at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 who are considering returning to campus are asked to confidentially self-identify with the Student Accessibility Resource Center to discuss concerns. Employees at high risk are asked to contact their department chairs or managers to discuss concerns and workplace situations. Employees will not be asked to share sensitive information about their specific situation.

How will Trinity care for students who need to be quarantined (if they may have been exposed to COVID-19) or isolated (if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19)?

Trinity has developed a plan to care for students in quarantine or isolation. The plan includes the designation of a building on campus for isolation, as well as monitoring of isolated or quarantined students by the Health Center and the delivery of food to those students.

I have seen signs around campus saying “Protect the Nest.” What is that all about?

Protect the Nest badgeProtect the Nest is our collective responsibility to care for this community—at all times, including during a pandemic. Everyone on campus will be required to follow important health and safety practices and protocols, the most fundamental of which are:

  • Face coverings/masks
  • Physical distancing (including reduced sizes of social gatherings)
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms
  • Mandatory public health education

You can watch helpful PSAs and download graphics on our Protect the Nest page.

Testing and Quarantine

SURVEILLANCE TESTING – On-Campus (students, faculty, and staff)

What type of test is being conducted?

The surveillance testing program will use a viral molecular test via the PCR method, analyzed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, MA. Individuals will 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.

How often will I be tested?

Students will continue to be tested twice each week until September 21. All test results will be sent to you and the college. You will need to sign a consent form, which is available in the pre-arrival checklist. After September 21, we may go to once-a-week testing, depending on the data we observe from our testing program. If at any time you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you will be placed in isolation (or you may go home if that is possible). Isolating individuals with COVID-19 is the best way to reduce the transmission of the virus.

To keep our community safe, students must participate in all aspects of our testing program. If you do not adhere to the program (e.g., miss scheduled test times), you will be required to continue your education remotely.

Faculty and staff working on campus will be tested once a week and should sign the consent form and submit the Community Commitment Notice as indicated in the August 17 letter from human resources.

How will the testing process work?

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.

Where will the testing center be located?

The testing of all students, faculty, and staff is an important part of our efforts to keep the on-campus community safe this year. Each day, the college will test up to 1,000 individuals. Our COVID-19 testing site will be located in the Trinity Field House in the Ferris Athletic Center. The medical personnel managing this center are experienced in overseeing testing sites involving sample collection. The center’s design and protocols will be implemented in accordance with pertinent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines, and the college will clean the space daily. Everyone present will be required to wear a face covering at all times while at the testing site. It is important that you understand, however, that an inherent risk of infection is associated with sample collection and that you may be exposed to COVID-19 in such a setting. We ask that you do your part in our efforts to keep everyone healthy by complying with all testing site protocols and procedures. A map and illustration of the testing center are available on the COVID-19 Testing Center page.

How will testing be scheduled?

Testing will be scheduled through the CoVerfied app. For in-semester testing, students will receive a pair of testing dates for each week. Based on the first letter of your last name, your assigned testing days are: A-K, Mondays and Thursdays; L-Z, Tuesdays and Fridays. A limited number of slots will be available on other days for commuter students and make-up tests.

Faculty, Staff, and Vendors will be asked to test on Wednesdays if they are on campus. A limited number of faculty/staff/vendor slots are available on other days, but those should be used primarily by employees not coming to campus on Wednesdays.

It is extremely important that you remain current with your testing appointments. If you miss a test, you will be contacted promptly by a staff member and must appear for the next appointment you are assigned. Failure to do so at that point will be considered noncompliance and will result in disciplinary action, including possible removal from campus.

How and when will I receive my test results?

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.

I have additional questions about testing and the app, where can I get more information?

Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Center page for additional details.

What is the COVID-19 Dashboard?

The COVID-19 Dashboard is a summary of the testing results designed to provide an overview of COVID-19 cases and tests performed among the campus community—students, faculty, staff, and affiliates who are studying, living, or working on campus during the fall 2020 semester. It will be updated twice a week. Visit the dashboard here.

What are the Campus Alert Levels?

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 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.

Dining

What is the plan to keep us safe in campus dining locations?

Seating in our dining facilities will be following the six-foot distancing guidelines, and operations will be in compliance with the state’s guidance for restaurants

What options will be available for campus dining and meal plans? Will grab-and-go provide options for those with dietary restrictions?

Four meal plan options will be offered for the coming year:

  • 19 Traditional Plan—Includes 19 meals per week in Mather Dining Hall only
  • 15 Flex Plan—Includes 15 meals per week for use in Mather Dining Hall or the Bistro and $300 in Meal Plan Dollars
  • 15-5 Flex Plan—Includes 15 meals per week in Mather Hall, 5 of which can be used in the Bistro, and $50 in Meal Plan Dollars
  • Senior Plan—Includes 10 meals per week for use in Mather Dining Hall or the Bistro, and $400 in Meal Plan Dollars

Meal Plan Dollars can be used at the micro market in Mather Hall, at the Bistro, and in the GrubHub ordering app. Chartwells has expanded its partnership with GrubHub and will be offering online mobile ordering at Mather Hall and the Bistro for order ahead and express pickup.

What will Mather Dining Hall look like?

Mather Dining Hall will be open with the same hours as last year:

  • Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m./5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.–2:00 pm/5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

As mentioned above, Mather Hall will also have a micro market at the cashier station carrying many of the popular convenience items carried at the Cave.

Will the Bistro, Cave, and Hamlin Hall be open? The Bistro will be open with slightly different hours from last year:

  • Monday–Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday: 11:00 a.m–midnight
  • Saturday: 3:00 p.m.–midnight
  • Sunday: 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

The Cave will be closed for the academic year. Wednesday lunches at Hamlin Hall will not be offered.

STUDENTS

Academics

How is the academic calendar different this year?

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.

Can I meet with my adviser and professors in person?

Barring exigent circumstances, meetings are expected to be virtual.

Will physical education and performing arts classes be held in person? Are there remote options?

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

I’m commuting to campus to attend in-person classes. Is there a place where I can attend my remote classes while I’m on campus?

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.

Will students be able to leave campus to take courses at other area institutions through the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education?

Yes, this is considered essential travel.

Will international students be given priority registration for in-person classes given the recent decision by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deny visas to students who are learning remotely?

The U.S. has agreed to rescind the policy that would have required international students to take in-person classes. For updated information, see the Office of International Students and Scholars FAQ.

How many credits are required for graduation?

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.

What are the requirements to remain in good academic standing and be making satisfactory academic progress?

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.

What is the last date to change a course from a grade to pass/fail?

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.

What if I become sick and can’t finish my course work, can I take an incomplete and finish when I am well?

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.

Will the Raether Library and Information Service Center (RLITC) be open for the fall semester?

RLITC will be open in the fall, 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: https://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/help/Pages/Hours.aspx.

How do I get help with technology or library questions?

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.

What about getting help from the ID Card office?

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.

How will I access reserve materials for classes?

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

A required textbook for my class is very expensive. Can the library provide it?

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.

Will thesis carrels be available for student thesis writers to reserve?

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

Can I still check out books?

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

Are computers available in RLITC?

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

Are laptops available for checkout?

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.

I still have books that I didn’t return on time last semester. Will I be charged a late fee?

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.

I’m not coming back to campus but will be taking classes remotely. Can I get access to any books in the collection?

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.

Will I be able to get books from Connecticut College and Wesleyan University? What about other libraries?

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.

I need a place to watch an online class, or just for more private quiet study. Can I do that in RLITC?

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.

Why are there so few chairs in RLITC?

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.

Do I have to wear a mask in RLITC?

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

Can I bring more seats into RLITC so that my friends and I can study together?

No, you must use the furniture as configured.

Will the Watkinson be open for research? How can I access special collections and archives materials?

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

I’m a faculty member and I have more questions related to teaching and research.

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

Remote Learners

I can’t or don’t want to return to campus. Can I remain fully remote for the fall 2020 semester?

Yes.

Can I remain fully remote for the year?

We will see what the spring will bring. Given the uncertainty regarding the trajectory of the virus, the college will consider the extending of remote learning accommodations into the spring semester.

I am in a different time zone; will I have to join remote classes synchronously?

While acknowledging that some faculty may make accommodations to account for the time zone challenges of remote students, the classes are being programmed with the expectation that all students (who are able) will be present during that time slot.

How will courses taught remotely this fall be different from those in spring 2020?

Remote learning in the fall semester will be quite different from the experience in the spring. Faculty have been preparing all summer to offer well-structured remote versions of their courses. More information about expectations for remote learning is available on the Academic Fact Sheet prepared by the Dean of Faculty’s office.

Housing

How will room selection work this year?

Room selection will occur as it normally does. Upper-year students will participate in the housing lottery, which will open on Tuesday, July 14 for seniors and continue in ensuing days for juniors and sophomores. Housing assignments will be made the week of July 20. First-year students will be assigned to housing based on their nest and their first-year seminar assignment. First-year students will receive their housing assignment in August.

I know Trinity wants to house students in individual bedrooms, but if I want to have a roommate, can I?

Housing students in single bedrooms is a measure we feel is appropriate and necessary to minimize the health risk.

Can I live off-campus? In a Greek Letter house?

Yes, some students will be permitted to live in off-campus housing, including Greek Letter housing.

Will lounges, kitchens, and laundry rooms in the residential communities be open?

Yes, students will have access to common areas in the residential communities. Guidelines for use of these spaces will be provided.

Can I live on campus during the J-Term session so that I don’t have to travel back and forth? If so, what is the room rate?

Only students with exceptional circumstances who are unable to go home will be permitted to remain on campus during the J-Term session. For example, students whose permanent address is in a country classified by the CDC as Warning Level 3 or a student who identifies Trinity as their permanent address. We are asking students to consider all options for places they could go if they cannot go home (e.g., extended family, friends).

If Trinity needs to switch to remote learning again, can I stay in on-campus housing?

Only students with exceptional circumstances who are unable to go home will be permitted to remain on campus. For example, students whose permanent address is in a country classified by the CDC as Warning Level 3 or a student who identifies Trinity as their permanent address. We are asking students to consider all options for places they could go if they cannot go home (e.g. extended family, friends). Students experiencing the circumstances mentioned above, can continue to remain on campus until circumstances allow for them to return home or they make plans to stay with a friend or family member. Students with circumstances that may necessitate their needing to remain on campus should contact housing@trincoll.edu for assistance.

Where will I go if I (or a roommate) become ill with or test positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or become ill with will be placed in isolation in a residential building identified for that purpose. Students who have been in contact with individuals who become ill with or test positive for COVID-19 will remain in their room and quarantine in place.

I live nearby. Can I commute?

Yes, students who live within 25 miles of campus can commute.

Can commuting students opt out of meal plans?

Commuting students are not required to purchase meal plans.

Will international students be able to remain on campus between November and January?

Yes.

Billing and Refund Information

Where can I find out how much I owe for the fall semester?

The Nelnet Campus Commerce system includes a detailed fall-term e-bill. Students can set up additional authorized payers in the Nelnet system. As reported in the budget letter on June 25, 2020, the college has not increased tuition, the general fee, or room rates for the 2020–21 academic year, and we have lowered board rates by 5 percent. Please note that the current balance in the system may not represent the final amount due as your family makes decisions about housing and meal plans.

When is the payment due?

The new payment due date is August 26, 2020.

If we have to move to a fully remote instruction model at some point in the semester, will I receive a refund for room, board, and general fee expenses?

The chart below details the refunds calculated on a prorated basis as the semester progresses. Tuition is not included in the refund calculation, and all refunds would be issued net of any financial aid that is more than tuition. The refund calculation will begin the first Monday after the campus closes and moves to remote instruction.

Week Fall Refund Dates Spring Refund Dates Percentage Refunded
1 9/7 or Before 3/1 or Before 100%
2 9/14 3/8 88%
3 9/21 3/15 76%
4 9/28 3/22 64%
5 10/5 3/29 52%
6 10/12 4/5 40%
7 10/19 4/12 28%
8 10/26 4/19 16%
9 11/2 4/26 4%
10 11/9 or After 5/3 or After 0%

What if I decide to withdraw for individual reasons?

If a student must withdraw due to individual circumstances, that student’s refund will follow our existing personal withdrawal policy for refunds. A student who withdraws due to individual reasons before a campus closure, even if during the same semester as the campus closure, is not eligible for the refunds outlined above.

Campus Life

Will I be able to visit friends in their residence halls?

No. Residence halls will be for residents only.

Will social gatherings and parties be allowed?

Due to the need for physical distancing and the prohibition of large social gatherings, there will be no social registration of parties for the fall 2020 term.

Will student organizations be allowed to hold events?

See above

Will Greek Life organizations be allowed to hold events?

See above

If students can’t gather for events, meetings, and activities, how will they stay socially engaged?

The Bantam Network, SAIL, and the Department of Athletics are planning alternative programming and activities.

Athletics, Recreation, and Arts

What will my fall sport season look like?

On July 10, the New England Small Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced that NESCAC conference competition for fall sports must be canceled for fall 2020.

Will athletic facilities, including the fitness center, be open?

Trinity athletics has provided detailed information about facilities, polices, and procedures. Always our top priority, the health and safety of the Trinity community within the college’s athletic, recreational, and wellness facilities and programs are more important than ever.

Will club sports be allowed?

Club sports will be asked to mirror the NCAA Return to Play guidelines and have adult oversight of all activities. Director of Recreation Kevin Johnson will work with club sport captains to develop plans and schedule facilities. Club sports will not have outside competition.

What about winter season sports?

On October 8, 2020, the New England Small Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced that NESCAC conference competition, including conference championships, is cancelled for the winter season.

Facilities and Building Safety

What has happened since we moved to remote instruction and over the summer?

Since the move to remote instruction in mid-March, all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) building systems have been operational, and the facilities team has been routinely cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring buildings. Essential employees have been working on campus throughout the pandemic.

The college has worked to develop strategies to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission as much as possible. We are keeping up-to-date as more research about COVID-19 emerges and will continue to adapt our processes to meet CDC recommendations and current best practices. Face coverings, reduced room occupancy, social distancing, increased cleaning and disinfection, and adjustments to the HVAC systems are some of the ways that Trinity is working to ensure community safety in buildings. 

Will classrooms and campus spaces look different?

Yes, the facilities and college events teams have led efforts this summer to examine each room on campus to determine possible occupancy and layouts to maintain social distancing. Seating is designed to allow for 6 feet of distance between room occupants.

What cleaning and disinfecting techniques are we using to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

ABM, our contracted partner for housekeeping, maintenance, and grounds, has developed the EnhancedClean program to clean and disinfect campus. EnhancedClean is a certified process backed by experts in infectious diseases and industrial hygiene. Beyond the standard cleaning procedures, the approach focuses on frequent high-touch disinfection and broader disinfection. The housekeeping team will concentrate on high-touch surfaces, including door handles, elevator buttons, phones, entrances, and restroom areas, and will clean and disinfect these areas up to three times daily. Additionally, they will deploy electrostatic sprayers when buildings are unoccupied to provide 360 degrees of coverage. Disinfection specialists are certified internally to ensure absolute training comprehension and consistent program delivery. The team uses hospital-grade disinfectants and specialized equipment and is committed to investigating other innovative options as research emerges and as additional recommendations are provided.

Residence hall community bathrooms and bathrooms in public spaces also will be cleaned following EnhancedClean. Suite bathrooms are the responsibility of the room occupants. Trash and recycling removal in residence halls will be increased in anticipation that people will be eating in their rooms more often than in the past.

What is my role in keeping the campus safe?

The safety of campus is not just the responsibility of the facilities team but the responsibility of the entire campus community. All community members should follow essential health and safety practices and protocols, including face coverings/masks, physical distancing, frequent handwashing, self-monitoring for symptoms, following posted signage, and completing mandatory public health education.

Students also should follow the commitments outlined in the Community Responsibility Agreement.

Disinfecting materials and cleaning solutions will be provided in all bathrooms and shared facilities.

Individuals should clean and sanitize their personal area using the provided materials.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available in each building and will be kept stocked. If a station is out of stock, please submit a work order using the instructions found here.

Students will be provided with cleaning materials for suite bathrooms throughout the semester. If you run out of materials, please submit a work order using the instructions found here.

What are the plans for cleaning classrooms?

When the schedule allows, ABM staff members will disinfect classrooms several times per day under the EnhancedClean program. We are asking faculty and students to clean their personal hard surfaces between classes. ABM will provide the proper wipes and supplies for disinfecting the classroom.

What is being done with HVAC systems on campus?

Maintenance technicians have performed routine and additional preventative maintenance on all air distribution equipment in campus HVAC systems. The maintenance includes changing filters, checking and cleaning heating and air conditioning coils, and ensuring outside air dampers are functioning correctly.

ABM is working with its environmental health and safety partner, Triumvirate Environmental, to ensure that our HVAC systems meet recommendations issued by the CDC, referencing the guidelines set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The facilities team also is in the process of upgrading the filtration system on the larger air distribution equipment to higher performing filters, which have a greater likelihood of capturing particles than the existing HVAC systems.

Per ASHRAE guidelines, ABM and Triumvirate are reviewing HVAC programming to keep the HVAC systems running two hours before and after campus rooms are occupied to fully flush the air in the room. They will operate exhaust fans and open the outside dampers. For buildings without the capacity to treat large quantities of outside air and when outside air conditions are moderate, windows should be opened to facilitate additional airflow.

ABM and the facilities team will continue to evaluate options for improving our HVAC operations.

What if I am concerned about ventilation in a classroom or another room on campus?

If you have concerns about a specific classroom or room, please submit a work order, and an ABM technician will check on the ventilation in the room.

What about the buildings that have been mostly vacant?

All building systems have been operational since the move to remote instruction, and all essential employees have been working in the buildings. Routine maintenance has continued in the buildings.

Special Events

Has the date for Commencement 2021 changed because of the changes to the academic calendar?

No. Commencement 2021 is still scheduled for May 23.

Policies

What are the policies regarding travel or visitors on campus?

Please consult the Trinity College COVID-19 Travel Policy for details on college related travel. Information about the policy regarding visitors to campus can be found on the Trinity College COVID-19 Visitor Policy.

What is the policy for student groups and organizations?

Please refer to the Guidelines and Protocols for Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Experiences for the policy on student activities.

MORE INFORMATION

Where can I get more information?

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.

Summer Information

With the start of classes on September 7, 2020, we have archived the questions that contained instructions for students about pre-arrival testing and quarantine, as well as details about move-in and the reopening phases. You can read those questions below.

Move-In and Pre-Arrival testing information

The general move-in schedule is as follows (we strongly encourage you to make travel plans with flexibility if possible, to allow for the possibility of changes to these plans):

  • August 16–21: Local student drop-off of belongings permitted (drop-offs only)
  • August 24–25: Students from states affected by travel advisory, as well as student leaders
  • August 26–28: International students
  • August 31–September 4: All other students, both new and returning

To reduce density and allow for the safest-possible process during move-in, we will allow students from the surrounding area—those within a reasonable driving distance of campus in New England or New York or New Jersey—to drop off their belongings for move-in during the week of August 16-21. This is not required, but is an option for those students who have the ability to do so. Students who choose to drop-off their belongings will not be permitted to remain on campus. Students from the surrounding area will receive an email  inviting them to schedule drop-off times.

Sign up for your two-hour move-in time slot. To help us maintain a safe number of people on campus, please do not arrive early and do not come to campus if you are not scheduled to do so. Contact housing@trincoll.edu if you did not receive an email with move-in information.

All students, whether they will live in campus housing or nearby in off-campus residences, will be required to officially check in with the college upon arrival in Hartford. Students living off campus should coordinate their arrival dates with the schedule above; no student should plan to arrive prior to August 24, which is when our testing regimen begins.

If a student from outside of a hotspot arrives with a negative COVID-19 test result that is no more than 5 days old, they will not be quarantined. All others will be quarantined until they have received a negative test result (either the result of their pre-arrival test or of the test they are given upon arrival on campus).

A parent or family member may accompany a student; we ask that if possible only one person accompanies each student. As long as they do not stay overnight, guests coming from virus hot spot areas are not subject to the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement.

All students, family members, and visitors must arrive with face masks or cloth face coverings and wear them both indoors and outdoors while on campus, as well as adhere to posted public health guidance for physical distancing, hand washing, and other safety measures. More specific details about campus arrival, including a checklist of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be posted on our website in the coming days.

To help reduce the risk of a resurgence of COVID-19 in our area, the state is requiring all college students to receive a diagnostic test before arrival—and to remain home if they test positive. This requirement applies to all students, whether local or not, as well as those planning to live in college-owned housing or in off-campus residences (including Greek houses). The test must be a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test; it cannot be a blood-based test. The PCR test determines whether a person is carrying the coronavirus even when symptoms are not present.

You are responsible for paying the cost of the pre-arrival test. We know that this is an added expense for our students. Therefore, if the test creates financial stress for you and your family, you may submit a request for reimbursement by applying to the Student Emergency and Equity Fund.

Students traveling from affected states must complete the PCR COVID-19 test no sooner than three days prior to arrival. Other students can complete the test within five days prior to arrival. You may complete your pre-arrival test in two ways:

  1. You may schedule a test in the area in which you live during the week prior to your arrival. We encourage you to research options available to you, including community health centers, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies.
  2. You may order a PCR test kit and have it mailed to your current place of residence. For example, you can order a test kit from LetsGetChecked (LGC). You must be at least 18, and LGC delivers only within the continental United States. The test cost is $119. When placing the order, you will be asked various questions. If you are not symptomatic, please do not say “yes.” We want to be sure to provide accurate information. You may be able to say “yes” to questions about COVID-19 in your region (e.g., city, county, state); in this case, “yes” is an acceptable answer if you know it to be accurate. The sample collection is self-administered using a shallow nasal swab, much like a cotton swab. LGC provides test results directly to you.

For both testing methods, once you have the test results and prior to arrival at Trinity, submit those results to the Trinity College Health Center by accessing the pre-arrival checklist on Moodle.

Students from non-affected states who are unable to get a pre-arrival test will need to remain in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival on campus and have two negative results from the tests we administer on campus.

If your pre-arrival test result is COVID-19 positive, you must stay in your current place of residence for at least 10 days and be symptom free before coming to campus. You will need to speak with the Trinity College Health Center prior to your return to campus.

If you are encountering challenges to get a pre-arrival test, we encourage you to use LetsGetChecked (LGC) for a mail-in kit. When you request a kit from LGC, you may not be able to answer “yes” to the question that concerns symptoms, but you probably can say “yes” to the second set of questions concerning COVID-19 in your your region (e.g., city, county, state). This will allow you to get a test and most likely meet the time frames in place. Further, if you have a test administered in the required time frame, but are unable to receive results before your scheduled move-in time, please bring documentation showing that you have been tested and are awaiting results. If this is the case, students from affected states will be placed in quarantine for 14 days as has been detailed, and all other students will need to have two negative COVID-19 tests via the onboarding testing administered on campus to be cleared from quarantine. (The State of Connecticut is differentiating between students from affected and non-affected states. This is why there are a different set of parameters.)

The pre-arrival checklist is a Moodle website with tasks students must complete before you come to campus. You can access the checklist by using your Trinity College username and password. Careful completion of each of these tasks before arrival is required. You will not be granted access to residential buildings or classes until you complete your check-in and testing process. Items on the checklist are:

  • Submit your pre-arrival PCR COVID-19 test results to the Health Center.
  • Complete the online Health Center presentation and quiz.
  • Read the CRSP SARS-CoV-2 Patient Factsheet
  • Submit the COVID-19 Trinity College Community Contract.
  • Submit the SARS-CoV-2 Consent Form for on-campus testing that will occur throughout the year.
  • Sign up for your move-in time slot. To help us maintain a safe number of people on campus, please do not arrive early and do not come to campus if you are not scheduled to do so. Contact housing@trincoll.edu if you did not receive an email with move-in information.
  • Update your contact information. Accurate, up-to-date information is vital if we need to get in touch with you or with your emergency contact.
  • Review the strategic packing list of things to bring (and what not to bring this particular semester). Please remember that it is critical to pack light, as the public health situation could change significantly at any point.

The Trinity College Health Center has developed a training program for students and staff returning to campus to be sure everyone has received the same information regarding the virus. In this training, you will review COVID-19 safety precautions and be briefed on policies, procedures and protocols Trinity College has put in place to prevent the spread of the virus on-campus. Students access the presentation and quiz through the pre-arrival checklist on Moodle.

Visit the pre-arrival checklist on Moodle to submit these documents.

It is most important that, as of Friday, August 7, you begin to self-quarantine in your current place of residence. If it is essential that you go out, limit your activities, wear masks, and do not attend large gatherings, as data show that the virus is spread most often in these types of settings.

Connecticut has issued a Travel Advisory for Visitors to Connecticut from 33 states and Puerto Rico; this advisory is updated weekly. These states are referred to as affected states. Students coming from affected states must quarantine for their first 14 days in Connecticut, prior to being in classes. Students also must complete the online Connecticut Health Travel Form. According to the travel advisory, parents/family members (only one per student) accompanying their children should (but are not required by the state to) get a test 72 hours prior to arrival in Connecticut and must complete the online travel form. Family members do not have to quarantine. Trinity asks family members to limit their activities on campus to the time needed to assist with the move-in process.

For students from affected states, you are required to transition to Trinity by adhering to the following: If you receive a negative PCR COVID-19 pre-arrival test, you may come directly to Trinity. Upon arrival, you will have to quarantine for 14 days, meaning that you must remain in your place of residence and leave only to get meals. When getting meals, you must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing and regular hand hygiene. This mandatory quarantine is why we are allowing students from these areas to arrive beginning on August 24.

Because it is so vitally important that we all abide by these parameters, the college will not allow individuals to gather in spaces (e.g., on the Main Quad, the LSC quad, athletic fields, lounges) until we get past this first stage of arrival, August 24–September 7. (The track at Jessee/Miller Field will be open for individuals to walk and jog; masks and social distancing will be required.)

As a reminder, all students must check in this year, even if you are living in housing that is not owned by the college. The State of Connecticut is requiring that we manage all arrivals, so it is highly important that you follow the instructions sent from Residential Life regarding your check-in date. If you need to inquire about your arrival date and time, please email housing@trincoll.edu. Students arriving from international locations should direct questions to Katie Clair, international student adviser.

The day you arrive on campus, you will participate in onboarding testing. At this time, we are being told by Broad that test results will be back within one to two days. While you await the test results for this first test, you are asked to limit activities to those that are essential, such as getting meals. It is best to stay in your place of residence. If you receive a negative test result (and you are not from an affected state or location), you may move around campus, keeping in accordance with social- distancing expectations and all other safety protocols, including wearing a face covering.

Reopening Phases - Summer 2020

Information for employees returning on July 6 is available here.

  • In addition to essential personnel who are already working on campus, beginning on Monday, July 6, a small number of additional employees whose job functions can only or can most fully be performed on campus may return to work on campus.
  • Some science faculty with research labs will be allowed to return at this time.
  • No building on campus should see more than 25 percent occupancy. This may require that offices use alternating schedules to ensure low density of staff members at any one time.
  • Employees who are working regularly on campus will be required to complete a daily symptom check and be free of COVID-19 symptoms (and stay home if they are not).
  • Before returning to campus, it is strongly recommended that employees receive a viral test and negative test results before returning to campus. A list of COVID-19 testing sites in the City of Hartford is available here.
  • Employees on campus will need to practice physical distancing and use face coverings when outdoors and in all indoor spaces (except for individual offices). Trinity will provide up to two masks/face coverings per employee.
  • Our facilities provider, ABM, is following enhanced cleaning procedures for public areas, including restrooms, and high-contact surfaces such as door handles and elevator buttons. But individuals are responsible for keeping their personal spaces and equipment clean. (The college will provide supplies.)
  • Indoor athletic facilities and dining facilities will remain closed, and the library and campus post office will maintain their limited hours and services. Access to campus buildings will remain limited to Trinity ID cardholders.
  • On-campus and in-person events remain cancelled.
  • Beginning on Monday, August 3, employees whose roles require them to be on campus to prepare for student repopulation of campus will be allowed to return. This group will join essential personnel who are already working on campus and employees who returned during the pilot period in July.
  • No building on campus should see more than 50 percent occupancy. This may require that offices use alternating schedules to ensure low density of staff members at any one time.
  • Employees who are working regularly on campus will be required to complete a daily symptom check and be free of COVID-19 symptoms (and stay home if they are not).
  • Before returning to campus, it is strongly recommended that employees receive a viral test and negative test results before returning to campus. A list of COVID-19 testing sites in the City of Hartford is available here.
  • Employees on campus will need to practice physical distancing and use face coverings when outdoors and in all indoor spaces (except for individual offices). Trinity will provide up to two masks/face coverings per employee.
  • Our facilities provider, ABM, is following enhanced cleaning procedures for public areas, including restrooms, and high-contact surfaces such as door handles and elevator buttons. But individuals are responsible for keeping their personal spaces and equipment clean. (The college will provide supplies.)
  • Indoor athletic facilities and dining facilities will remain closed, and the library and campus post office will maintain their limited hours and services. Access to campus buildings will remain limited to Trinity ID cardholders.
  • On-campus and in-person events remain cancelled.
  • Students will be able to begin moving in on August 24. Each student will sign up for a two-hour move-in time slot during their scheduled arrival days. Details about move-in can be found in our FAQ.
  • During this time we will welcome back more employees—staff and faculty—though the details of how many and who are yet to be determined.
  • Employees who are working regularly on campus will be required to complete a daily symptom check and be free of COVID-19 symptoms (and stay home if they are not).
  • Employees who will be returning to campus beginning August 24 will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before coming to campus and have signed the Community Commitment and Testing Consent forms.
  • Employees and students on campus will need to practice physical distancing and use face coverings when outdoors and in all indoor spaces (except for individual offices and residence hall rooms). Trinity will provide up to two masks/face coverings per person.
  • Our facilities provider, ABM, is following enhanced cleaning procedures for public areas, including restrooms, and high-contact surfaces such as door handles and elevator buttons. But individuals are responsible for keeping their personal spaces and equipment clean. (The college will provide supplies.)
  • On-campus and in-person events remain cancelled.

The faculty voted to approve an academic calendar for the coming year in which we anticipate in-person classes beginning on Labor Day, September 7. Labor Day will remain a holiday for administrative staff.

Calendar for 2020-21

  • Fall Term: 10 or 13 weeks, in-person/remote hybrid (in-person classes would run from September 7 until Thanksgiving if possible, with no fall break, and 13-week classes would continue remotely through December, with exams concluding by Dec. 21)
  • Optional January Term: 5 weeks, remote (January 5-February 5)
  • Spring Term: 10 or 13 weeks, in-person/remote hybrid (13-week classes would begin remotely in February; in-person classes would begin March 1 if possible, ending by May 14)
  • Summer Session 2021: 5 weeks, in-person (June 1-July 1)