February 11, 2022
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
We are grateful to report that our community safely resumed in-person learning, largely due to every one of you continuing to do your part to support our campus and greater community. Encouragingly, the manageable number of positive cases across campus is allowing us to take another step forward.
Effective immediately, small indoor social gatherings of up to 40 people are permitted but cannot exceed 50 percent capacity of a space. Food is allowed. Our policies on social gatherings are continually being reviewed with the goal of making them less restrictive. We hope to make additional recommendations by the end of February.
Effective February 13, dining halls will open for in-person dining at full capacity. Students interested in the grab-and-go selection will still be allowed to continue with this option.
At this time, there are no changes to the current mask policy; please continue to wear them in accordance with our mask policy. The COVID Steering Committee will also review our mask policy to determine any possible changes. We continue to evaluate the testing data in concert with guidance from public health officials to help inform our decision-making. It is our sincere hope that more opportunities to share promising updates are to come.
Update to Visitor Policy
As we look ahead to the spring and the return of many cherished annual events and activities, we can expect to see more external visitors. To help our community plan events, we are sharing the following updates and reminders.
Effective Monday, February 14, the college will no longer accept proof of vaccination via email. Event hosts should advise campus visitors to come prepared to show proof of vaccination upon arrival (physical card or photo of card). The practice of accepting proof via email for event guests has been a burden for event hosts to manage and this change in policy aims to address that burden as the public has become more accustomed to showing proof of vaccination to gain entry to events and other public spaces. All students, faculty, and staff are required show their Trinity ID.
We will continue to require that all event attendees wear masks indoors. We are not accommodating vaccine exemptions for visitors.
Invited guests, speakers, or programmatic participants (e.g., lecturers, panelists, employment candidates, vendors, visitors for other business purposes) are required to share a negative COVID test result (PCR or rapid antigen) administered within 24 hours of arrival on campus. They may show a dated photo with the test result via email or bring a dated result to campus upon arrival. Proof of a negative test is in addition to showing proof of vaccination, which invited guests may show in advance on camera via Zoom.
For more details and the most current gathering guidelines, be sure to visit the COVID-19 website. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you for your commitment to the ongoing care and concern for each other and our community.
Jason Rojas, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Relations
Joe DiChristina, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management