Roadmap to Reopening

Fall ’21: Returning to Normal

Here’s what you can expect when you return to campus in August:

  • Classrooms will return to full occupancy and a fully in-person instruction model with limited exceptions for faculty members who require accommodations.
  • Residence halls will return to full occupancy.
  • Both indoor and outdoor gatherings will return to normal capacity, including athletic events.
  • Building hours will be restored to pre-pandemic hours.
  • Signage on campus will change to be consistent with the latest CDC guidance.
  • Visitors may return to campus. 
  • Domestic travel is allowed.
  • International travel is allowed in accordance with CDC guidelines, including possible testing and/or quarantine upon return and arrival. International students will receive more information soon.
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 Students and Parents

    It is important to note that these plans are subject to change based on public health conditions. Nevertheless, we are pleased with our community’s commitment to our collective health and safety. Because of your diligence, we have achieved the levels of herd immunity necessary to re-engage with each other in pursuit of lives of meaning and purpose.

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact


      What You Need to Know

    Vaccine Documentation 
    If you have not already submitted your vaccine status form, please do so before August 2. Faculty, staff and students will use the form to indicate their vaccination status and intentions toward vaccination.

    Vaccinated Individuals
    Effective July 12, masks will be optional for vaccinated individuals. In addition this fall, fully vaccinated individuals will not be subject to surveillance testing, nor will they need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. On-demand COVID-19 testing will be available to all individuals on campus.

    Unvaccinated Individuals
    All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks indoors, and will be asked to participate in weekly surveillance testing. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to quarantine and isolation, if necessary. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated persons in outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained. Any person who has yet to submit a vaccination status form will be considered unvaccinated for these purposes as well.

    Though vaccines are not required for working, living, and learning on Trinity’s campus, Trinity will continue to offer vaccinations to all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff, including international students.

    COVID-19 Health Team
    The COVID-19 clinic will continue to operate as an extension of Trinity’s Health Services office. Trinity will still offer limited quarantine and isolation rooms and medical assistance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus. 

    Accessibility Accommodations
    Students who need to request accessibility accommodations related to COVID-19, such as remote living and learning, should contact Student Accessibility Services at

    COVID-19 Dashboard 
    The daily dashboard will continue to reflect the number of positive results from tests conducted by Trinity.

    Testing Protocols
    Weekly surveillance testing of a random selection of unvaccinated Trinity students, faculty, and staff. On-demand testing at the campus COVID-19 clinic will be available for all.

    If you have questions about Trinity’s response or plans as related to COVID-19, please contact us at

    Requirements to Return

    Decision Triggers

    Potential indicators of the need to change the operating level (to a more or less restrictive level) include several San Antonio community and campus considerations, including but not limited to:

    Local and State Factors

    Factor 1:
    Significant, applicable actions by city, state, or federal public officials

    Factor 2:
    Testing and tracing capacity on campus and locally

    Factor 3:
    Numbers and trends of COVID-19 case and positivity rates for our community


    Factor 4:
    Numbers and trends of COVID-19 hospital admissions and stressors

    Factor 5:
    Availability of personal protective equipment and testing kits

    Factor 6:
    Availability of isolation facilities and support staff for students

    Other Trends

    Factor 7:
    Trends among other comparable institutions of higher education

    Factor 8:
    Availability and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine



    COVID-19 Policies

    For Students, Faculty, and Staff
    A set of policies will be in place only for the duration of the pandemic. Please carefully review the changes in policies around benefits, support, behaviors, and procedures:

    COVID Summer Campus Visitor Policy

    COVID-19 Testing, Daily Symptom Checking, and Contact Tracing Policy

    COVID-19 Illness, Quarantine, and Isolation Policy

    COVID-19 Policy on Protective Behavior

    For Faculty and Staff:

      → COVID-19 Faculty and Staff Travel Policy

      → COVID-19 Work Adjustments for Faculty and Staff


    CARES Act Statement

    For quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending June 30, 2021, view the PDF.
    For quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending March 31, 2021, view the PDF.
    For quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending December 31, 2020, view the PDF.
    For quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending September 30, 2020, view the PDF.


    As of July 9, 2020, Trinity University has distributed $886,343.39 to 1,238 eligible students in the form of emergency grants related to disruption of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The University will continue to update these figures as required by law every 45 days.

    This statement provides information to comply with reporting requirements for Trinity University’s participation in the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

    April 9, 2020:  In a letter from the Department of Education, Trinity learned that it was eligible to receive an allocation from the HEERF program of $1,665,508, of which no less than $832,754 (50%) must be distributed to eligible students in the form of emergency grants related to disruption of instruction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    April 23, 2020: Trinity submitted the required grant documents for the first half of the HEERF funds for student emergency grants.  Trinity submitted the required certification document at that time.

    May 1, 2020: Trinity received notice from the Department of Education that the HEERF emergency student grant was awarded.

    May 19, 2020: A CARES Act disbursement committee established by Trinity University determined that there were 1181 students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester that were Title IV eligible, which is a federal requirement to receive assistance. Of those, 366 students were Pell Grant eligible. The committee chose to award $828 to all Pell eligible students, and $650 to all other Title IV students (815) that demonstrated need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    May 26, 2020: An electronic notice was sent to all eligible students informing them that they would receive their portion of the HEERF grant either electronically to their designated financial account or as a check sent to their address of record. This notice was posted on Trinity’s website on the same day.

    June 3, 2020: The University begins the process of disbursing the designated grants to students.