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Trine University and COVID-19 FAQs

For Students

Students are expected to attend their online classes at the regularly scheduled time. Beginning, Monday, March 16, we will continue to operate online-only classes and labs for the remainder of this semester.

Be sure to follow all the health precautions found on our resource pages and please check email regularly for updates from the university.

Students should be aware that advising concluded March 13. Students who did not complete their advising session will be able to do so by contacting their advisor by phone, Zoom or email.  Personal meetings may also be arranged.

Effective on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, our campus residence halls will be closed for the rest of the semester. All students should make plans to completely remove personal items out of their residence hall room by this date.  Students who have already left campus need to make arrangements to have all items removed from their rooms by March 24, 2020.  If you still have personal belongings in your rooms after the order goes into effect, those items will be held in storage until after the Stay-At-Home Order is lifted.  Students who have already turned in their keys should contact Campus Safety at (260) 316-1877 to be let into your room. 

Students will receive a pro-rated refund for room and board for the five-week period between March 24 and the end of the semester. If a student has a balance on their account, the refund will be applied to that balance. Refunds will be completed by April 10. 

Staff members will be available to collect keys that have not already been turned in:

Monday-Tuesday from 9am-5pm

 

Outside of these hours, please contact Campus Safety at (260) 316-1877.  Please remove trash from rooms prior to leaving.

At a later date, housing staff will inspect all rooms to assess damages. If damages are found, we will contact all roommates to determine who is responsible. If no one claims responsibility, charges will be split among all roommates. Damage fees will be applied to student accounts or to refund amounts respectively and students will be notified via email. 

Also, we recognize that there might be some circumstances that are highly exceptional where students may not have safe or suitable alternative housing options.  For these extreme cases, students may petition the Housing Department to continue living on campus by completing this form.

You must fill out the form no later than Tuesday, March 24, at 5 p.m.

Requests will be reviewed on an on-going basis by Student Services staff. Responses will be sent within 24 hours of receipt with a decision regarding their request to reside in on-campus housing or if more information is needed by students.  Important note:  Refunds of room and board will not be issued to students approved to stay in a residence hall as “extreme cases.”  Also, those approved as extreme cases will not be allowed any guests, especially anyone who was not approved as an extreme case.  Any violation of this policy will result in eviction.

Guests are only permitted in the residence halls to help a student move out of their room/hall.  No overnight guests are permitted in the residence halls.  Violations may result in the student being asked to leave campus immediately. 

If you have housing questions or concerns, feel free to email any one of the following Student Services staff members:

Angie Booth, Director of Housing, bootha@trine.edu

Grace Waterstradt-Keil, Director of Residence Life, waterstradtg@trine.edu

Linda Werling, Office of Student Services Office Manager, werlingl@trine.edu

With great sadness, we are cancelling our May graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. We will move forward to find other ways to honor the Trine Class of 2020, including: Senior Celebration at Homecoming, and to participate in the December 12 graduation ceremony. Read more here: https://www.trine.edu/news/2020/commencement-canceled.aspx

We are not sure if summer housing will be available on campus. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update students as we are able.

Trine University does not have any storage available to students. Please check local availability.

Whitney Commons will continue to operate through March 24 and is operating at normal dining hours. Packaged foods will be available for pickup on March 25, after which the food service will cease operation. All other campus dining facilities are closed.

IT will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the remainder of the semester.  Please utilize https://www.Trine.edu/IT to submit tickets or chat with IT.  If you’d like to call or email, please do so at 260.665.4275 or help@trine.edu.

The Student Instructional Guide Center can be found here - 

https://trineonline.trine.edu/course/view.php?id=23711

As a constant and stable internet connection varies by a case by case basis, here is some resources you can use to try to find what is available in your area:

Free Internet Providers - For 60 days

Comcast - 1-800-266-2278

Spectrum - 1-833-267-6094

AT&T - 1-800-331-0500

Also look up information about making your phone a mobile hotspot so you can connect to the internet from your laptop or desktop through your phone. 

Finally, visit this resource for additional information on how internet providers are lifting caps in your area

The Health Center will remain open for normal hours March 19 and 20, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from March 23-24, after which it will close for the semester. Any students storing allergy medications in the Health Center can retrieve these medicines by stopping in the Health Center by March 24. After this date, you will need to contact Student Services to make arrangements.

We are working to ensure that our labs continue to meet the learning outcomes of our classes.  This includes making full use of Labster for main campus virtual labs and working in small groups.

 The LINK and all computer labs will remain open and accessible to students who may not have personal computers until Tuesday, March 24.

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) has canceled all of its intercollegiate events for the remainder of the school year.  In addition, Trine is also suspending its non-MIAA winter and spring athletics programs.

For complete information about cancellations and postponements for athletic events, please visit: https://trinethunder.com/general/2019-20/releases/20200312ku9sx7

Fort Wayne-based students on clinical rotations at clinics and hospitals will continue their rotation until advised otherwise by the rotation site. When sites close to student rotations, our clinical education teams will address each student on a case by case basis.

Students are allowed to continue internships and co-ops as directed by employers if they choose. Students who do not feel their assignment is safe should discuss options for flexible work arrangements with their employer. Student who cannot continue their work assignment should communicate with their advisor, professor or the Career Center tem. Situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Students who feel the need to stay on campus to continue employment may petition the Housing Department to continue living on campus by completing this form no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Contact the Career Center with any additional questions, or if you need further assistance.

Students should contact their senior design project professor, department chair or dean for more information.

There are no restrictions currently on students who are able to continue working in on-campus jobs. Your supervisor should contact you if there are any changes.

Mail service will continue as normal for students who remain on campus. Those who leave campus are encouraged to have mail forwarded if they are expecting anything important.

The bookstore will close at the end of normal hours on March 24. After this date, bookstore staff will continue to process returns and online orders, and answer calls and emails.

Trine University has implemented an emergency grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester. Key elements are as follows:

  • No student will be placed on academic probation at the end of the semester
  • No student currently on probation will be dismissed from the university as a result of poor academic performance
  • All final grades of F will be reported as U (unsatisfactory), not as F
  • Students will have the option to convert a grade of D or D+ to U

Taking an S or U grade will have no impact on GPA. Thus, it is important to continue to give your best effort so the grades you do earn will positively impact your GPA.

 

 

FAQ for Prospective Students & Parents

Campus visits by groups and individual students have been canceled for the time being and will resume at the earliest possible date.  

Our admission and financial aid staff can assist by phone, email or text.  Contact the Office of Admission at (800) 347-4878 or (260) 665-4100 or admit@trine.edu

No.  Our office is prepared to process admission decisions, financial aid offers, merit scholarship decisions, housing placement and all other related processing seamlessly and without delay.  Due to temporary high school and college/university closures, unofficial transcripts or unofficial documentation of courses completed along with grades, grade point average, class rank (if available) and ACT or SAT scores will be considered in lieu of official records.  Official documentation must be received prior to enrollment.

The May 1 Enrollment Deposit deadline has now been extended to June 1.

We in admissions pride ourselves on being student-focused and student-centered (which is why we're extending the deadline in the first place at our school), and we hope our colleagues would grant your request. 

Although the SOAR event planned for April 4 has been postponed, we are still taking RSVPs for May, June, and July.

At this time there are no confirmed cases on Trine's Angola main campus or Center for Health Sciences in Fort Wayne.  Confirmed cases have been reported in Allen and Steuben counties.

All Trine sports have been canceled for the remainder of the season.  All fan events and campus activities have been canceled until April 30th, to be reassessed at that time.

 

For Trine Employees

Trine faculty will be able to successfully teach and engage with their students from their homes and will no longer be required to report to campus.

Trine University campuses will be, with very few exceptions, closed to students, faculty and staff during the duration of the Stay-At-Home Order. 

If you need to retrieve personal belongings or work-related materials, you must do so before the close of business on Tuesday, March 24, when the order takes effect. 

 

For the Angola Community

Please visit the following page for cancellations and postponements

All on-campus events are currently under review and information regarding their status will be communicated as soon as possible.

Guests (non-Trine students) will not be permitted in the residential halls during this period.

The following Trine University concerts have been postponed: Gordon Lightfoot, originally scheduled for April 2; ARISE 2020 tour, originally scheduled for April 10; the Lettermen, originally scheduled for April 17.

Please check back later for any possible rescheduling of these events.

In response to the stay-at-home order issued by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Zollner Golf Course will be closed through April 6.