Here’s everything you need to know about Trinity’s response to coronavirus


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The Trinitonian has been reporting on Trinity’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since January. Here’s a comprehensive list of our coverage. This post will be updated as we continue reporting. For the most up-to-date coverage, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@trinitonian). This post was originally published March 16 at 1:46 p.m.

April 30 | Trinity temporarily goes test-optional: Office of Admissions decides to accommodate cancelled SAT and ACT testing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 24 | Admin. amends pass/fail policy for Spring 2020 courses following student feedback: After students vocalize their concerns of academic stress and mental health, some changes were made to the initial pass/fail decision.

April 6 | University postpones graduation ceremony, will still give diplomas in May: The decision to postpone the ceremony was announced over email to undergraduate and graduate students of the Class of 2020.

April 2 | Trinity donates personal protective equipment to local medical center: After realizing there were unused paper coveralls, boot covers and masks in CSI labs, faculty arranged to donate the equipment to the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center through an alumna.

April 2 | Emergency fund created to help alleviate student financial stress: A committee has been meeting on a daily basis to review requests from students.

March 30 | Academic Affairs extends withdrawal deadline, allows switch to pass/fail: Associate vice president for academic affairs Michael Soto announced two changes in course registration: the ability to convert registration to pass/fail grading and a deadline extension for course withdrawals.

March 25 | Univ. asks students to work remotely, says no students allowed on campus: Both on- and off-campus students are now barred from academic buildings and other facilities.

March 23 | Early buzzer sounds as Trinity cancels spring sports: With the concern of the growing coronavirus pandemic in mind, the university canceled the spring season for all sports.

March 19 | “Functioning remotely”: Trinity begins to de-densify campus, asks faculty and staff to work from home if possible: Trinity changes its status from “open” to “functioning remotely.”

March 19 | KRTU adapts to coronavirus closures: Trinity’s nonprofit radio station relieves its 50 volunteer community hosts from on-air programming.

March 19 | How did Trinity decide who stayed on campus for the rest of the semester?: A Q&A with dean of students David Tuttle describes the process behind the exemption request process for housing. Only 28 students are left living on campus.

March 16 | University closes gym, athletic facilities for student safety: On March 16, the university restricted access to many parts of the William H. Bell Athletic Center, including the dance studio, the fitness center and multiple courts.

March 11 | Trinity cancels classes, closes residence halls: On March 11, Trinity announced its decision to extend spring break, move to online classes and close residence halls due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

March 3 | University announces further precautions against coronavirus outbreak, including quarantine for some intl. travelers: On March 3, Trinity announced new guidance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the upcoming spring break, including a mandatory 14-day off-campus quarantine period in certain situations.

February 13 | Coronavrius ends China study abroad trips: In January, Trinity took unenrolled students from their study abroad programs in China and enrolled them in classes at Trinity.


Non-news Coverage

April 24 | Students hoop from home during quarantine: Trinity’s Recreational Sports puts on virtual trick shot competition with gift-card prize.

April 24 | Six teams awarded Stumberg seed round prize: The annual entrepreneurship competition continued virtually this year with more winners than the traditional five finalists.

April 16 | Commencement Committee continues to assess situation after announcement is made: The behind-the-scenes of the decision-making process: How 16 committee members decided on the ultimate August 8 date for commencement.

April 16 | Dreams of going pro: Two seniors are training for the NFL draft despite pandemic: In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, these two football players are still putting in work to achieve their dreams of going pro.

April 16 | Professors talk pedagogy amid a pandemic: Here’s how some professors are dealing with remote learning, labs and music classes virtually.

April 9 | Studio art, sans studio: Classes and senior exhibition continue after switch to remote learning.

April 9 | Animal Crossing players seek New Horizons: Students are social distancing — and socializing — with the new Nintendo Switch game.

April 7 | Zooming in on the Chapel Spiritual Life fellows: The university chaplain and the student fellows still aim to support and provide community despite distance.

April 2 | Alumni lend a hand and a home: Trinity graduates reach out to current students, offering services and financial support.

April 2 | Coronavirus slashes study abroad: Three students reflect on their experiences away from Trinity while the COVID-19 outbreak grew.

March 26 | As class Zoom on, tutoring follows suit: Different tutoring groups across campus go digital to continue to help students.

March 25 | What to watch, read and listen to while stuck at home: We have a couple of ideas to entertain yourself, courtesy of Trinity University’s finest.

March 23 | Keeping up with the Trinicats: Following the closure of campus facilities and residence halls, there is not much life to be found at Trinity — that is, except for the cats that call the university home.


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