The following information was updated on October 6, 2022. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Fall 2022

 

Health and Safety

Trinity is a mask-friendly community and the college will continue to respect the right of any individual – including students, faculty, staff, and visitors – to continue to wear a mask. All members of the Trinity community should act in a manner that demonstrates respect and understanding for those around them, including and most especially for individual choice regarding health and safety considerations.

 Masking is required in the following locations:

  • Indoor instructional spaces (e.g., all classrooms, labs, and studios) during scheduled times. Faculty members may opt to designate their class mask optional for pedagogical reasons.
  • In all health care facilities (e.g., Health Center, athletic training)
  • In any campus space where signage indicates masking is required (signage is available at the Events and Campus Operations Office in Mather Hall)
  • Any specific campus gatherings, offices, or meetings that are designated “mask required.”

In the above locations and situations, all members of the campus community should wear a surgical-type, minimum ASTM level 1, or a KN95 mask. Cloth masks are not allowed unless they are used over ASTM-approved masks as part of double masking.

All campus community members will be required to keep a mask with them at all times and be prepared to wear it upon entering a space where it is required or at the request of another community member.

As a reminder, wearing a mask remains an important public health tool coupled with being vaccinated and boosted. Individuals who fall into a CDC high-risk category should continue to wear masks. Individuals who are not vaccinated or who have a vaccination/booster exemption must remain masked at all times.

For students living on campus this summer, the Health Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Please come to the Health Center for COVID tests. If you test positive for COVID after business hours or on weekends, please contact covidresults@trincoll.edu so you can receive instructions on what steps to take.  Employees working on campus this summer should report a positive COVID test result to Kate Durante, associate director of human resources, at kathleen.durante@trincoll.edu.

Please consult the Gathering Guidelines for specific information.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

We expect all members of the college community to respond responsibly at the onset of symptoms and to consult a healthcare professional promptly. We expect anyone infected or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to respect the health of others by refraining from attending in-person classes, coming into close contact with others, and altogether avoiding large group settings.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to follow clearance criteria from the Health Center before returning to class or participating in co-curricular programs. The criteria will include a minimum of five days from the day of the positive test. The duration of this period will be determined by the severity of symptoms and the results of a rapid test that is overseen by the Health Center.

Students who test positive will isolate in place per the protocols that were implemented for spring 2022. In most cases, students will remain in their current room, leaving only to retrieve prepared grab-and-go meals from Mather Hall, to access bathrooms, or to receive medical care. Read the full protocol for students who test positive.

Employees working on campus this summer should report a positive COVID test result to Kate Durante, associate director of human resources, at kathleen.durante@trincoll.edu.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to follow clearance criteria from the Health Center before returning to class or participating in co-curricular programs. The criteria will include a minimum of five days from the day of the positive test.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) and to have received one (monovalent) booster shot. As of October 5, 2022, the college is not requiring the bivalent booster.

If you are eligible for the booster and you tested positive for COVID-19 prior to getting your booster shot, you may receive the vaccination immediately following the 10-day isolation period.

If you have any questions, please contact covidresults@trincoll.edu.

COVID-19 Testing at Trinity

The college does not have a testing program for asymptomatic individuals. For students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 once on campus or those who believe they have been exposed to the virus, testing will be available at the Health Center (first floor of Trinity Hall); the Health Center is open for appointments Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Students should call 860-297-2018 to consult or to schedule an appointment. Students who test positive after hours or on weekends should notify covidresults@trincoll.edu. They will be given instructions on what to do next, and a staff member will follow up by the next business day.

We expect all college community members to respond responsibly to the onset of symptoms and to consult a health care professional promptly. Anyone infected or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should respect the health of others by refraining from attending in-person classes, coming into close contact with others, and avoiding large group settings.

For students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 once on campus or those who believe they have been exposed to the virus, testing will be available at the Health Center (first floor of Trinity Hall); the Health Center is open for appointments Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Students should call 860-297-2018 to consult or to schedule an appointment. Students who test positive after hours or on weekends should notify covidresults@trincoll.edu. They will be given instructions on what to do next, and a staff member will follow up by the next business day.

Employees who develop symptoms should take a rapid test at home. Positive results need to be reported to Kate Durante in Human Resources at kathleen.durante@trincoll.edu, who will consult on proper protocols including quarantining. Employees also must advise their managers, per the usual process, if they are not able to work due to illness.

Trinity’s COVID dashboard, which was discontinued in May due to a change in testing and data collection, will not be resumed.

Campus Gatherings

Please consult the Gathering Guidelines for specific information. We will continue to assess the presence of Covid on campus, locally, and nationally and may make other adjustments in the future.

Effective July 1, 2022, guests at indoor campus events will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination to be admitted.

We do request that visitors only attend events if they are up to date with all COVID-19 vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we have adjusted our policies as campus and community conditions have changed over time.

As a mask-friendly community, the college will continue to respect the preference of any individual—including students, faculty, staff, and visitors—to continue to wear a mask. We maintain our current indoor masking policy, encourage individuals to get vaccinated, and ask that any person who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms remain at home.

 

College Policies and Additional Questions

The college’s COVID-19 Steering Committee continues to monitor the transmission rates in the region. As always, we are guided by the State of Connecticut’s policies and recommendations, as well as recommendations from public health and infectious disease experts and organizations. Safety, health, and well-being remain our all-important guiding principles as we make decisions about policies and procedures.

The current travel policy will remain in place at this time. Faculty and staff may participate in college 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 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.