Trinity’s fundamental principles of its reopening plan call for the University to ensure it has the capacity and capabilities to test, trace, and coordinate treatment of its community members.
To do this, Trinity is partnering with local healthcare providers to augment our Health Services team, provide testing and contact tracing services on campus, and supplement the care of any students that require quarantine, isolation, and treatment while living on campus.
Trinity University has partnered with Florence Medical Group, a local healthcare organization, to provide on-site, coordinated response to COVID-19 cases within the Trinity community. In partnership with our own Counseling and Health Services teams, this group of medical professionals represents our COVID-19 Clinic.
The COVID-19 Clinic team is available on campus on weekdays from 8AM to 5PM and is located in Murchison Hall 108.
If you are a Trinity employee or student, please call them at (210) 999-8235 if you have any COVID-19 related questions or concerns, including:
- Requesting an on-campus COVID-19 test
- If you “fail” the ProtecTU HealthCheck daily screening app
- If you are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms
- If you need self-quarantine or isolation guidance
- If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19
- If you need to report an off-campus COVID-19 test result
If you are a student and have health related issues that are NOT related to COVID-19, please continue to contact Health Services.
The vaccine is not yet widely available for the Trinity community, so precautions remain at the highest level. Those who do receive a vaccine dose must continue to observe our ProtecTU Health Pledge and wear face coverings since they can still infect others who are not vaccinated.
We are pleased to share that Trinity University has been approved to serve as a distribution site for vaccines.
Once we receive notification that we will receive doses, we will follow state mandates and begin by vaccinating those ages 65+ and individuals 16+ with underlying health conditions from among the following members of our community:
Trinity Faculty and Staff and dependents
Emeriti Faculty and dependents
Because we do not know how many doses we will receive at any time, this likely will be an iterative process. We remain in communication with San Antonio Metro Health and will keep you updated on rollout plans.
All faculty, staff, and students returning to campus will be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming on campus. Regular population testing (often called surveillance testing) involves randomly sampling from the campus community, which includes faculty, staff, and students who are physically on campus.
The University will also be randomly sampling students, faculty, and staff from the population that is coming to campus for weekly rounds of surveillance testing to monitor potential outbreaks among those who may be asymptomatic.
Testing is handled on campus through the COVID-19 Clinic by appointment and the sample is sent to a lab. Upon receipt of the results, the clinic team will call you (or text if there is no answer), so please answer your phone.
How can I request testing?
Testing will be available on-demand through the COVID-19 Clinic on campus for anyone who experiences potential COVID-19 symptoms. You can request a test by calling (210) 999-8235 or emailing email@example.com.
Do I need to prepare before receiving a test?
There are a few things to do before you show up for a COVID-19 testing on campus:
- Bring a state-issued ID (i.e. driver’s license, permit, ID card, passport)
- Avoid large gatherings and be extra vigilant while awaiting the results
- Cancel your appointment and call the clinic (210) 999-8235 if you are exhibiting potential symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with anyone who tested positive within the past two weeks
- Complete the ProtecTU HealthScreen and be prepared to show your “green badge” at the check-in table
- Wear a face covering when entering Murchison Lounge (or any other location) for testing
- Remove any hat or other head covering since the medical team will need to check your temperature before beginning the test.
Trinity employs a team of contact tracers who interview positive cases about all their activities and contacts since arriving on campus. Follow up calls are made to those with whom the individual has had contact and the COVID-19 Clinic medical team will make further evaluations based on prolonged contact, potential symptoms, and other factors.
To protect patient privacy, those who are interviewed are not told who is positive, only that they may have had exposure to a person who is positive.
Quarantine and Isolation
Positive for COVID-19
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are placed in isolation for 10 days from receipt of their test results. If you test positive for the virus through a Trinity-provided test or an external provider, please immediately call the COVID-19 Clinic at (210) 999-8235 to let them know and receive guidance. In the meantime, immediately isolate yourself to prevent others from being infected.
Potential Exposure or Symptomatic
Individuals who have had prolonged exposure to someone with COVID-19, or who are themselves suspected of having COVID-19 due to symptoms but have not received a test result, are asked to quarantine. A quarantine can last as long as 14 days, depending on the circumstances.
After being contacted by a member of the COVID-19 Clinic and told to quarantine or isolation, you will be contacted by several members of your Trinity Care Team to ensure that your needs are met - including helping make contact with your professors if necessary - and given further instructions. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to quarantine or isolate somewhere other than your own room, you will be escorted to Murchison Hall where you will be assigned a room. You will need to pack any required belongings needed for two weeks (please pack lightly). Items should include any necessary toiletries, medications, study materials (laptop, notebooks, writing utensils, etc.) and anything else you may need. You will be provided with a packing box.
Whether you isolate or quarantine in your own room or another, you will receive a daily welfare check and health assessment, and meals will be delivered to you. You can virtually attend classes and online events.
- Residential Life staff members are required to document all possible violations and inform students when they are doing so.
- Students on the main campus may have one guest per room, in addition to the resident of the room. To limit exposure, only guests from the same residence hall are permitted.
- Students in City Vista, may have one guest per apartment unit (not per bedroom). To limit exposure, only guests from within City Vista are permitted.
- Students are expected to act in accordance with the provisions of the TU Health pledge, State guidelines, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District guidelines, and Bexar County guidelines off campus.
- If alleged actions off campus are incongruent with the ProtecTU Health Pledge, those violations will be investigated. Thus, students should avoid gatherings that pose a risk to individuals and the Trinity University community. Small private gatherings with the same guests or house/apartment residents are permitted.
- Open parties are not permitted.
Report a Violation
- As always, each report will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Our guiding philosophy is to generally take measured or incremental actions for minor offenses. More serious offenses, or continuing issues will tend to draw more serious reactions.
- Cases that are viewed as minor or incidental will generally be handled administratively by Residential Life staff or through the Dean of Students Office. Note that administrative hearings are less formal than those referred to the Student Conduct Panel and generally involve one-to-one meetings between a student and staff member.
- Depending on their nature, some cases will be referred directly to the Student Conduct Panel or the Dean of Students (such as off-campus parties, activities that don't follow social distance guidelines, persistent violations).
Because of the potential for life-threatening consequences to others by those who violate policies, the general sanction guidelines will be as follows:
- For on campus students found responsible, removal from the residence halls.
- For all on and off campus students responsible for violations, barring from campus.
- For all students responsible for egregious violations, such as hosting or participating in off campus gatherings without regard for policy, immediate suspension from the University for a minimum for one semester.