Frequently Asked Questions
Trine COVID-19 Protocols
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate yourself for at least 10 days from the time of your positive test. If you live off campus, you should not come to campus for any reason, including work.
Please contact the Trine Health Center immediately to notify them of symptoms
A Trine contact tracer will contact you via phone, email, or text message with more guidance and important next steps. Make sure you answer their call.
If you are symptomatic, you will still need to isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. This is a mitigation effort to combat possible false negative testing results.
If you are a direct exposure and have tested negative, you will still need to stay in quarantine/isolation. This is because an individual who has been exposed will most likely take 2–10 days to develop infection so a negative test during that time only means that the close contact hasn’t YET developed infection. You should continue to monitor your symptoms because you are still at risk of developing infection until 14 days after your last exposure.
We have initiated the contact tracing protocols. Contact tracers interview students and employees by phone to help identify all individuals with whom the students and employees have had close contact.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health define close contact as being within six feet of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period
Please make sure the University has your up-to-date contact information. If necessary, you may update your contact information in my portal.
Instructors: If a student requires a COVID-related accommodation, he or she must inform you. If you are determined to be a close contact of a student, you will also be notified. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.
Faculty or staff member: Unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that a person in your building or department has tested positive. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.
We ask that students notify the Trine University COVID Response Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they receive a positive test for COVID-19.
Students should notify the University immediately of your circumstances and be prepared to provide us with the date you first began to have symptoms of COVID-19, when you last were physically at school, and anyone at work with whom you had direct contact.
Employees should notify your manager immediately of your circumstances and be prepared to provide your manager with the date you first began to have symptoms of COVID-19, when you last were physically at work, and anyone at work with whom you had direct contact.
It is primarily their responsibility to inform the university first, instructors second, supervisors or others after that. Encourage the individual to do so. You should also feel free to assist someone in making such reports. They can email email@example.com or call the Health Center at 260-665-4585.
Yes. Trine community members who are in quarantine because they have been exposed to COVID-19 may not come out of a required quarantine if they receive a negative test result during their quarantine period.
This is because an individual who has been exposed will most likely take 2–10 days to develop infection so a negative test during that time only means that the close contact hasn’t YET developed infection. You should continue to monitor your symptoms because you are still at risk of developing infection until 14 days after your last exposure.
At the end of your quarantine/isolation period, you will be contacted by Trine University. The staff member you speak with at this time will verify your information, if symptom free, the staff member will release you from quarantine.
If you are still presenting symptoms, you will be prompted to contact the Trine Health Center for further health consultation.
Yes, you do need to notify Trine if you have tested positive at any time.
You should also notify Trine if you have been told that you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
As long as you don't have any symptoms, you can continue with your normal routine. If your household/residence hall member's test is positive, you should self-report to the Trine Health Center as a close contact and follow the instructions for quarantine.
If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last three months (90 days) and have fully recovered, you will not be placed in quarantine/isolation.
Per The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health, individuals already testing positive for COVID-19 within 90 days do not need to quarantine due to direct exposure.
Should you need anything while in quarantine....
Please Call or Text the number below.
Trine University COVID-19 Hotline
Non-Urgent Matters can email:
Given the current trajectory of coronavirus infection rates and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere, Trine University requires all faculty, staff and students 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 your assigned dorm room or when walking outside on campus, at least six feet apart from anyone. However, masks are required in residence hall shared spaces or when visiting another room.
For their safety and the safety of others, students and faculty in face-to-face classes will wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from each other at all times. You will be expected to bring a mask to class every day. Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence.
In addition to at least three washable face coverings or a supply of disposable masks, it is strongly recommended that you have a thermometer to monitor temperature in your residence. Face masks are available for purchase in the campus bookstore.
Wear your mask correctly!
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- Don’t use a mask with an exhalation valve or vent
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 a total of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated
- 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)
To limit any potential outbreak, you will be moved to quarantined housing if you:
- Test positive for COVID-19;
- Receive a COVID-19 diagnosis from a medical professional;
- Have had close contact: within 6 feet or less for a total of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated
- Exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting testing.
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. They also, as able or needed, will work with faculty virtually to develop an individual progression plan to stay on track in classes.
You may return to regular housing and classes if you test negative for COVID-19, are asymptomatic and have been cleared by the Health Center.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may return to regular housing and classes if:
- 10 days have passed since the test was collected
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- At least three days have passed since fever has resolved (without medication) and respiratory symptoms have improved
- You are asymptomatic and have been cleared by the Health Center
If you are exposed to COVID-19 but not tested, you will remain in quarantined housing for 14 days if symptomatic, or 10 days if not.
If you travel internationally or to a domestic area with travel restrictions (as defined by the Indiana State Department of Health), you will remain in quarantined housing for 14 days, and will be asked to self-monitor temperature for another 14 days.
Please note that, if you are sent off campus for referred medical treatment or services, including COVID-19 testing, there may be additional costs associated that may be billed to your insurance.
Additional protocols for student-athletes have been developed with guidance from Parkview Sports Medicine.
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
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 our partner Cameron Memorial Community Hospital; if positive, infected students will be required to self-isolate
- Students and staff 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
All residential students will be required to complete a personal health questionnaire prior to moving into a Trine residence to help us monitor community health and wellness.
In response to COVID-19, Trine University and Bon Appetit have implemented serious sanitation and service measures to ensure that our students dine as safely and comfortably as possible.
In Whitney Commons Café, stations are set up to aid in expediency and efficiency, reducing time in line and crowding. Social distancing will be encouraged in every food service venue on campus and masks will be required until arriving to your table. Tables and seating have been rearranged to allow for better social distancing and additional tables have been added outdoors as well as in the University Center mall area. Prior self-service stations will now be employee-served stations or contain pre-packaged items. In addition, we have increased to-go and pre-packaged items at all venues.
We also have a system in place to arrange for meals for any students who may be quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19 or any other illness.
All Bon Appetit employees will wear masks and gloves at all times, go through COVID-19 specific training, and have pre-shift wellness screenings.
There are intensified cleaning and sanitation efforts and schedules that have been implemented, as well as no-touch pay and self-swipe student ID card readers.
Though every precaution is being taken, the possibility remains that a pandemic outbreak in the state or community could force the university to cancel in-person academic instruction or close residential facilities. In that event, the university is prepared to immediately convert all instruction to online platforms, providing equitable support services, in order to allow students to stay on track to meet their educational and career goals. Since academic services will be provided throughout the semester, tuition and fees will not be refunded or credited.
If the university is forced to close residential facilities, a refund for housing will be issued to on-campus students. The credit will be based upon the week in the fall or spring semester that a closure occurs, as outlined below. Meal plan refunds will be on a pro-rata basis.
The university may apply the credit to a student’s account with the university to offset any outstanding balances.
For the complete housing policy, visit the Campus Housing page.
From the Centers for Disease Control:
- 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
Spring Semester Schedule has been approved as the following:
Spring Semester 2021
Classes begin – full semester courses and Term 1 online
Last day to drop a course at 100% refund
Last day to add a course
Last day to drop a full semester course at 50% refund
Last day to drop a Term 1 online course – no refund
Term 1 online ends
Term 2 online begins
Last day to drop a Term 2 course at 100% refund
Last day to add a Term 2 course
Good Friday (no classes)
Last day to drop a full semester course – no refund
Last day to drop a Term 2 online course – no refund
Last class day
Spring Semester Ends
Classrooms and other on-campus spaces will be modified to ensure social distancing; physical barriers will be erected where necessary.
We continue to develop best sanitizing regimen for all our 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. We 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.
Classroom procedures have been modified to limit sharing or passing objects among students. You should sanitize your desk area before sitting down, using materials provided in each classroom, and again when leaving, and sanitize your hands after each cleaning.
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.
No food or drink are allowed in classrooms.
In office situations where appropriate social distance cannot be maintained, faculty may hold office hours virtually via Zoom, Skype, telephone or some other platform, or in a larger space that allows for appropriate social distancing.
If you feel ill, you must not physically attend class. If experiencing symptoms, you should call the Health Center at 665-4585 to make an appointment to be screened. 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. Students who are physically absent due to illness, suspected illness or quarantine must still participate in class virtually unless their illness makes them unable to do so.
You will need a doctor's note or other documentation for two consecutive absences, or more than three physical absences over the course of the semester. As long as appropriate documentation is provided, there is no limit on the number of days you can be physically absent from class due to illness, suspected illness or quarantine.
Because it is likely that some students may be barred from physically attending class due to quarantine, illness or other reasons, all class materials and assignments will be available online.
- 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
Trine University Athletics
For information on Trine University Athletics, visit the Athletics page.