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Trinity Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

To ensure the health and safety of our community, Trinity continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19. We will provide timely and useful information as it becomes available.


A Reflection on Psalm 23 from President Nicholas Perrin


Coronavirus Update, March 23, 2020

Thank you for your patience during these past three weeks as we have been unfolding our progressive plan in response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 health crisis.

Our top priority at Trinity International University remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and next comes our educational mission. Starting last Monday, March 16, we shifted to a distance-learning model. While this change in educational delivery hasn’t been without its challenges; we are grateful that students, professors and staff have shown the flexibility, grace and patience we need in order to do this well.

In the interest of the health and safety of our community, Trinity (Bannockburn) will not be resuming on-campus classes and programs on April 6, 2020, as we had hoped. Instead, effective immediately, all classes for the spring semester will continue to be delivered remotely through the end of the term. Meanwhile, Commencement will be postponed until a feasible day, still to be determined. We have made this decision in consultation with TIU’s Board of Regents, Trinity’s University Leadership Team, and other leaders from across the University.

As we prepare to implement this policy decision, our desire is to comply with directives issuing from federal, state, and local authorities. This past Friday (March 20) afternoon, Governor Pritzker announced an Executive Order requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19; this order officially took effect on Saturday, March 21, at 5 pm Central Standard Time. Though educational institutions like Trinity technically enjoy some exemptions from this shelter-in-place order (per Section 1.12.j), we intend to comply with the spirit of the order as much as humanly possible—and invite the Trinity community to do the same.

Effective immediately, the following policies are now in effect:

Campus building access:  Building access will be limited in accordance with public health guidelines during this time.

Gathering your belongings: Beginning May 1 and ending May 15, 2020, after walking through the checkout process, students may come back to campus to pack up their belongings, place items in storage as needed, and move out. Please see more information below regarding credits and refunds.

Follow the checkout procedures delineated HERE.

Credits and refunds: Resident undergraduates who have already relocated must follow the checkout process in order to be eligible for an adjustment to their student account for prorated room and board charges. Adjustments will be made in conjunction with applicable financial aid. It is anticipated that adjustments will be posted to a student’s account by April 24, 2020.

If the adjustment results in a credit balance, there are three options from which students may elect:

  1.  Students and/or their parents may choose to apply the credit to a future bill (for example, summer courses or fall 2020 tuition and fees). No action required.
  2.  Students and/or their parents may choose to donate the credit to Trinity, as a gift to help shore up operational losses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  3.  Students and/or their parents may choose (as of May 1, 2020) a refund check if the total student account has a credit balance after debit adjustments.

Undergraduates who need to remain on campus for the remainder of the semester and have notified Student Life may do so under the normal billing plans. Please send questions concerning student account adjustments to [email protected].

Residential Graduate Students: Many graduate students occupy the campus apartments and graduate dorms as a permanent residence, and Trinity will continue to honor those lease agreements through the term of the lease. Services outlined in those lease agreements will continue to be available to residents.

Graduate students with unusual circumstances are encouraged to contact Campus Housing and Facilities ([email protected] or Julie Wong at 847.317.7134).

Commencement: As mentioned above, commencement will be postponed from the current date and rescheduled. This is a very important event for the Trinity family and we will be in touch with May graduates as we monitor the health crisis.

Please continue to go to our Coronavirus Campus Updates page for updates and details, as well as our FAQ page. General concerns or questions may be directed to [email protected]; otherwise, see our Contacts page to ensure your questions goes to the best office.

As always, join us in prayer for God’s wisdom and mercy in this challenging time, and be on the lookout for opportunities to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

God’s peace to you and yours,

COVID-19 Response Task Force

Important Information

Find updates from Trinity HERE on the COVID-19 virus and the impact on our campus community.

Latest Developments

Trinity’s decisions in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 will be posted on our Latest Developments page.

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