University prepares for fall semester
Though the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has disrupted many aspects of society, Trine University plans to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester, offering a quality residential experience within a safe, healthy environment. While the Trine experience will be different this fall, it will not be diminished. Below are some highlights of the university’s plan for reopening, developed with extensive guidance from state and local officials.
These plans may be adjusted as the pandemic continues to evolve. For the latest information, visit trine.edu/trine-strong.
To minimize travel to and from campus, the fall semester will start Aug. 10 and finish Nov. 25, with no holidays or Fall Break. Students will return home for Winter Break following the Thanksgiving holiday and return in January for the spring semester.
Face coverings and social distancing
Trine University will require all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering (mask) in all campus buildings when entering or traveling through, and in common spaces, hallways, public restrooms and anywhere else person-to-person contact may occur. Masks are not required in private dorm rooms or offices, or when walking outside on campus, at least six feet apart from anyone.
The university continues to develop best sanitizing regimen for all its facilities. Informational signage has been installed in common areas, bathrooms, lobbies and wherever else needed.
Protective shields and barriers are now in place in specific areas and offices. Trine will continue to add hand sanitizing stations throughout campus and explore new technology options to eliminate touchpoints on campus, such as the touchless automatic door openers now available at the University Center.
Students and faculty in face-to-face classes will wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from each other at all times. Students are expected to bring a mask with them to class every day and are encouraged to sanitize their desk area with provided supplies.
Due to reduced room capacities, classes may need to be split into smaller groups so that only some of the students are meeting in the classroom at any given time. Faculty have wide latitude to adjust this model to their teaching style and to meet course learning outcomes.
For each scheduled class period of the semester, instructors have arranged a way for students to complete class activities virtually for those who are physically absent due to illness, suspected illness or quarantine.
Trine University Health Center
The Trine University Health Center has relocated to Quest Hall in order to minimize the opportunity for illness to spread in the University Center. Its space has been modified to provide both a regular clinic and COVID-19 clinic, staffed by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital personnel. Appointments will be required to visit the Health Center.
If students are exposed or infected
To limit any potential outbreak, students who test positive for COVID-19 or receive a COVID-19 diagnosis from a medical professional, are exposed to COVID-19 (defined as at least 15 minutes within 6 feet, unmasked) or who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting testing will be moved to quarantined housing.
Students in quarantined housing will have meals delivered and can participate in classes online as they are able, but will be required to remain in quarantine. Students may return to regular housing and classes if they test negative for COVID-19. If they test positive or diagnosed by a medical professional, they may return to regular classes and housing once CDC thresholds for recovery are met.
If employees are exposed or infected
Employees who are sick or show any symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been exposed to COVID-19, will be asked to stay home or leave campus, and will not be permitted to return until thresholds established by the Centers for Disease Control have been met.
The athletic department continues to work closely with medical staff, the student health center, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, local, county and state officials and Parkview Health to prepare for fall sports.
All athletes will receive mandatory COVID-19 education. Athletes will complete questionnaires to assess their health and whom they have come in contact with prior to each practice, and every athlete will have his or her temperature checked prior to practices and games before entering the facility.
Locker room access will be limited to team members. Individuals will clean their own stations before and after a workout.