Roadmap to Reopening: Fall 2021


The following adjustments to our ProtecTU protocols are now in place: 
  • The cap on indoor meetings and gatherings of Trinity faculty, staff, and students ONLY is increased from 50 to 100 individuals

  • The cap on outdoor meetings and gatherings of Trinity faculty, staff, and students ONLY is increased from 100 to 250 individuals

  • Individual guests to campus, such as speakers, lecturers, employers, are permitted with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test as submitted to the COVID Health Team and the Nerve Center

  • Important events, such as Fall Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend, will proceed with precautionary measures developed in conjunction with the Health and Wellness Workgroup and the Nerve Center


The following ProtecTU protocols remain in place:

  • Well-fitted face coverings (no bandanas, neck gaiters, or face shields) continue to be required on campus. We will re-evaluate this protocol again at the end of October. 

  • Mandatory weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals will continue.  

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Flu season is expected to arrive a little early this year. Please get your flu shot, as a twin surge of flu and COVID will again create stress on hospitals, campus and community.  

  • If you are exposed to COVID off campus, or receive an off-campus positive result, please contact the COVID Health Team right away at 210-999-8235 or covidhealthteam@trinity.edu.

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact nervecenter@trinity.edu.

     

      What You Need to Know


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

    Vaccinated Individuals
    Fully vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings indoors during this initial evaluation period, but will not be subject to weekly 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 face coverings 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 fails to submit a vaccination status form or is any status other than "fully vaccinated" 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 sas@trinity.edu.

    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.

    Questions
    If you have questions about Trinity’s response or plans as related to COVID-19, please contact us at nervecenter@trinity.edu.


    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


    Resources

    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

    Emergency Relief Funds (CARES Act, HEERF II, HEERF III)

     


    Please review our CARES Act Institutional Disclosures here:

    For quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending September 30, 2021, view the PDF.
    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.

     


    Please review our CARES, HEERF II, AND HEERF III/ARP Student Disclosures here:

     

    HEERF II Student Portion 
    • For the final quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending June 30, 2021, view the PDF.
    • For the quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending March 31, 2021, view the PDF.
    • For the HEERF II - CRRSAA Distribution Notification, view the PDF.

     

    HEERF III Student Portion
    • For the final quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending September 30, 2021, view the PDF.
    • For the quarterly budget and expenditure reporting ending June 30, 2021, view the PDF.
    • For the HEERF III - ARP Distribution Notification, view the PDF.

     

    CARES Act Student Portion

    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.

    This is the final posting for the CARES Act expenditures made under the student portion. No further quarterly reports will be published.

    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.