Trine University and COVID-19
Dear Trine Students,
The rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis has evolved once again. Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a state-wide Stay-At-Home Order that takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET. This order will stay in effect until Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.
This means that Trine University campuses will be, with very few exceptions, closed to students, faculty and staff during the duration of this Stay-At-Home Order. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to remove your personal belongings as soon as possible, and to provide additional flexibility for those students moving out of their residences, all Tuesday (March 24) classes will be canceled. Online classes will resume March 25 at their regular time.
We had previously communicated to students that they were required to vacate all residence halls by Sunday, March 29, and more than half of our resident students have already done so. For the rest of you, we will work to ensure a safe and efficient move-out. Also, it is important to note that, in order to comply with the Stay-At-Home Order, students will not have access to Trine residence halls when the order takes effect on Tuesday, March 24. 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. That is, once the order goes into effect on Tuesday, you are not to return to campus to retrieve those items until after the Stay-At-Home Order is lifted.
As we have stated previously, it is very important that you continue to monitor your Trine email throughout this period. Please stay safe and thank you again for your patience during these unprecedented times.
Effective 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. For students who have already turned in their keys, staff members can open rooms to allow removal of personal items during the time periods listed below for key collection.
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. 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, email@example.com
Grace Waterstradt-Keil, Director of Residence Life, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Werling, Office of Student Services Office Manager, email@example.com
Internships or Co-Ops
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 team. 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.
Whitney Commons will operate during normal hours through March 24. Packaged foods will be available for pickup at no charge on March 25, after which the food service will cease operation. All other campus dining facilities are closed.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary. Please continue to check email frequently and check these resource pages for the latest health updates and what you need to do to protect yourself and those around you. Once again, members of the Trine University community are urged to take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Help young children do the same. (See hand-washing guidelines from the World Health Organization)
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limiting close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
In addition, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is asking for your immediate assistance to help reduce the number of patients visiting Cameron Urgent Care. If you feel you need to be screened for COVID-19, please contact the Steuben County Health Department 260-668-1000 ext. 1500 or Cameron's 24/7 resource line at 260-667-5555 BEFORE visiting ANY healthcare facility, unless you are in emergent distress. The local and state Boards of Health hold the final determination of when patients can and will be tested. They are working around the clock to review every patient that presents. The Cameron resource line was created to educate our community about COVID-19 and to provide guidance and resources.
Trine University Bookstore
In order to facilitate the learning process and make your eLearning experience more dynamic, our campus store is offering additional options to supplement and support your efforts.
- FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store website for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
- Access to eBooks AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
- FREE Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware:Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here for the Lumen offer.
- Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labelsand is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website .
While we make the adjustments necessary to deal with this outbreak, you are still encouraged to keep an eye on this summer and the fall semester.
- Please continue to register for fall classes according to your schedules
- Don’t forget about planning yours summer courses
- Remember that Financial Aid is open and is always available by phone or email
Trine IT support and services
IT will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Trine.edu/it is the webpage for chats and information requests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Help Desk at 260-665-4275.
Faculty and staff
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.
Personnel deemed essential, and who are expected to continue to work on campus, include those members of staff who physically provide services on the residential campus, including Security, Buildings and Grounds, and Custodial Services. Other departments, including the Business Office, Admission, Financial Aid, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, Alumni and Development and others required to continue operations, will continue to work remotely.
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.