Faculty and Staff
Wear Your Mask
Wash Your Hands
Hold Virtual Meetings
Stay Home When Sick
Stay 6 Feet Distance
No Food or Drink in Classrooms
Sit in Marked Areas
Clean your Space
We are excited to have you back to campus! Here is some important information as we work together to Keep Trine Strong.
For the complete Trine University “Reporting potential exposure of COVID-19” procedures, which includes information on returning to work:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Indiana State Department of Health
- Symptoms: Description and checker
- Transmission: How it spreads
- Prevention: What you can do
- Cleaning: Recommendations
- When to Quarantine
- Health Center: 260-665-4585
- Steuben County Health Department COVID helpline 260-668-1000 ext. 1500
- Cameron Memorial Community Hospital helpline 260-667-5555
Personal and Mental Health
Faculty and Staff
In order to limit disruptions and to provide the highest level of safety, the fall 2020 semester will start on August 10, two weeks earlier than previously announced. Fall break and other holidays have been eliminated from this year’s calendar to accommodate this compressed schedule.
Starting earlier will enable students to complete the fall semester by Thanksgiving. This will allow them to depart campus after finals and classes are completed by Nov. 25, and not return to campus until the spring semester starts in January 2021.
We fully intend to provide the best residential college experience possible while doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our entire campus community. As you know, our plans for a safe opening have been guided by direction provided by the Indiana State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA), and in counsel with trusted partners like Parkview Health and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.
Armed with this guidance, we have spent countless hours developing plans and processes that conform with accepted best practices. We know that some form of social distancing and the need for other precautions will continue as the nation works toward a COVID-19 vaccine and that will change, to some extent, the upcoming semester. However, the work we have done over the last few months demonstrates our commitment to meeting these challenges head-on, and that we will not allow this virus to interrupt what we know will be a great Trine experience.
Public health controls to be implemented to prevent or impede the spread of COVID-19 include:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
- Requiring face coverings in public spaces
- Providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Maintaining proper physical distancing
- Testing and contact tracing, if necessary
Controls will be implemented and monitored to prevent or mitigate outbreaks.
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.
You will need an appointment to visit the Health Center.
Health Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (260) 665-4585
Face coverings (or masks) are required whenever you are in the presence of others and when social distancing is not possible. Also, masks may be required in certain situations and locations on campus so please be aware of signs and other indicators.
- Face coverings are not considered necessary when working alone in private offices, or when you are walking outside on campus safely away from others; however, they are required for use by all employees in public spaces on campus and whenever social distancing of a minimum 6-feet is not possible. Trine will be providing masks for employees to use; however, supplies will be limited.
- In face-to-face classes, Masks are required. People will also be expected to maintain six feet of distance at all times. Students are expected to bring a mask to class every day. The university has a limited supply of disposable masks; if a student forgets to bring a mask, one may be available. However, if supplies have been exhausted, students will be required to obtain a mask on their own before participating in class activities. Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence.
Students and employees will be tested for COVID-19 if they display symptoms of respiratory illness, in accordance with current public health guidance:
- Testing will be overseen by Cameron; if positive, infected students and staff will be required to self-isolate
- Students and employees will be reminded of the ongoing need for symptom-screening and self-monitoring
- Public health experts currently see no role for broad temperature screening or antibody testing in a campus context and recommend against antigen testing for screening
A potential exposure is defined as having household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic. Potential exposure is further defined as coming in contact with someone:
- who has had close contact (within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or longer)
- with COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from 2 days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness)
- who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the 2 days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation)
We will continuously communicate to students and staff, on all available platforms, the CDC’s “simple steps to stop the spread,” everyday preventive actions to stop spread of respiratory illness and COVID-19:
- Stay home when sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Wash hands; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water unavailable
If an employee’s position does not accommodate remote work then the University will pay the employee up to five days and any time after that the employee will be required to use their existing sick and/or vacation time to cover the days away from work.
Thank you again for your tremendous work in these incredibly difficult times. Because of you, our students will prevail and be that much stronger for the experience.