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A Message from President Nicholas Perrin, March 24, 2020


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Coronavirus Update:

Classes will continue remotely through the end of the term

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.

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A Message from President Nicholas Perrin, March 20, 2020


Coronavirus Update:

Campus closed for classes

MARCH 13, 2020—This week has brought a wave of rapid changes revolving around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, not least the WHO’s recent upgrade from ‘outbreak’ to ‘pandemic’. Just yesterday Illinois Governor Pritzker recommended banning large (> 250) gatherings. As this update is being written, it comes simultaneously with a national address from President Trump focused on the COVID-19 crisis. We have accelerated our decision-making process accordingly.

Effective Monday, March 16, and through Friday, April 3, all face-to-face teaching will be suspended and we will be moving to remote instruction for TCGS and TEDS. During this period, we strongly recommend that any students who can relocate off campus to do so; for those students who cannot (and we recognize that there are number in this category), we can make accommodations.

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Coronavirus Update:

Large gatherings limited on campus

MARCH 12, 2020—In consultation with the University Leadership Team, Trinity decided to significantly limit large gatherings on our campus as another preventative measure in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This decision is effective immediately.

We have made the difficult decision to suspend indefinitely regular chapel services for the TEDS/TGS community and the Trinity College community. Trinity College students will not be penalized for any lost chapel credits in light of this suspension of services. When a more comprehensive determination is made about how classroom instruction and campus services will be affected, we will notify students about how chapel credit will be affected. At this point, Life Together Groups for college students and TEDS Formation Groups will continue to meet as scheduled.

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Coronavirus Update:

Preventative Health Practices

MARCH 11, 2020—In recent weeks, each passing day has greeted us with a new wave of updates relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. All the while, we have been carefully monitoring the situation and responding with specific measures. Throughout the evaluation process, our goal has been to develop a carefully laid plan for our campus that will be sensitive to the many different dynamics impinging on you, our students at TEDS and Trinity College and Graduate School. Be assured: the health and wellbeing of our student body and indeed of our whole Trinity community remain our top priority.

On Tuesday, March 17 at 5PM CST, we will be providing further information regarding our plans for completing the semester at TEDS and TCGS. The same communication will touch on actions and activities that accompany these plans, including athletics events, conferences, and Commencement. At that time, we will explain what you might expect in order that you might plan accordingly. Stay tuned!

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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

 


Coronavirus Update:

March 13, 2020—This week has brought a wave of rapid changes revolving around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, not least the WHO’s recent upgrade from ‘outbreak’ to ‘pandemic’. Just yesterday Illinois Governor Pritzker recommended banning large (> 250) gatherings. As this update is being written, it comes simultaneously with a national address from President Trump focused on the COVID-19 crisis. We have accelerated our decision-making process accordingly.

Effective Monday, March 16, and through Friday, April 3, all face-to-face teaching will be suspended and we will be moving to remote instruction for TCGS and TEDS. During this period, we strongly recommend that any students who can relocate off campus to do so; for those students who cannot (and we recognize that there are number in this category), we can make accommodations.

Next week (March 16–20) will be constituted as a Reading Week; the following two weeks (March 23–April 3) will consist of distance-learning between students and professors, delivered through various means. At this point, we are expecting students to return to their residences and return to face-to-face format by the morning of April 6. This temporary shift to remote instruction will not change most of the academic calendar. Easter Break stretches from April 9–14, but in this new schedule April 9, 13, and 14 would no longer be days off from school. Good Friday (April 10), however, will still remain a day where classes are off. Final exams, the start and end dates for the semester, and Commencement will remain the same.

Each grouping within our Trinity Community—students, faculty and staff—have specific needs requiring detailed messages. Please check your email regularly concerning specific, individual protocols with detailed information. Our website will also continue to post general, campus-wide updates.

All offices will remain open, and staff will report to work as scheduled. While students are absent, TIU will be taking additional measures to clean and sanitize all public spaces and areas.

As of today, there’s been only one confirmed COVID-19 case in Lake County (population approximately 740,000). Our campus remains safe and clear. Though the traditional student demographic retains the lowest risk, we desire not just to protect our own students but also to reduce the risk to the most vulnerable within our community and around us.

This will be a trying time for our community, not without its uncertainties and stressors. While we will be doing everything that is within our power to reduce these, our hope remains in the Lord. I ask that you pray for the Trinity Community, the greater Chicagoland area, and the world—for protection and that Jesus Christ might be glorified even through this crisis.

In Christ,

Nick Perrin
President
Trinity International University

 


Coronavirus Update:

March 12, 2020—In consultation with the University Leadership Team, Trinity decided to significantly limit large gatherings on our campus as another preventative measure in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This decision is effective immediately.

We have made the difficult decision to suspend indefinitely regular chapel services for the TEDS/TGS community and the Trinity College community. Trinity College students will not be penalized for any lost chapel credits in light of this suspension of services. When a more comprehensive determination is made about how classroom instruction and campus services will be affected, we will notify students about how chapel credit will be affected. At this point, Life Together Groups for college students and TEDS Formation Groups will continue to meet as scheduled.

In keeping with this decision regarding campus events, we are also suspending indefinitely Wednesday’s Mosaic Gatherings.

Spiritual formation is integral to life at Trinity, and the many opportunities we have on campus to grow in our faith have been invaluable in your own Christian journey. Now is the time, however, to extend that second greatest commandment—to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves—into concrete practice in light of the rapid spread of COVID-19.

While the age demographic for the majority of the Trinity community falls within the least likely to get seriously ill bracket, we must do our best to slow the spread of this virus. That includes sustained, aggressive sanitizing efforts (such as handwashing, covering your face when you cough or sneeze, staying home when you feel sick, etc.) as well as some amount of “social distancing,” which includes avoiding large gatherings.

Please continue to pray for one another and especially our community members in areas of the world that are more affected by the outbreak. Just as we have been entrusted with the Gospel, we will put our trust in the Lord together for his protection and provision during this challenging time.

 


Coronavirus Update:

March 11, 2020—In recent weeks, each passing day has greeted us with a new wave of updates relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. All the while, we have been carefully monitoring the situation and responding with specific measures. Throughout the evaluation process, our goal has been to develop a carefully laid plan for our campus that will be sensitive to the many different dynamics impinging on you, our students at TEDS and Trinity College and Graduate School. Be assured: the health and wellbeing of our student body and indeed of our whole Trinity community remain our top priority.

On Tuesday, March 17 at 5PM CST, we will be providing further information regarding our plans for completing the semester at TEDS and TCGS. The same communication will touch on actions and activities that accompany these plans, including athletics events, conferences, and Commencement. At that time, we will explain what you might expect in order that you might plan accordingly. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I want to remind you to continue to “love your neighbor” on campus by engaging in the standard preventive practices:

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects such as your laptops and phone.
Covering your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Staying home or in your room if you are unwell, except to get medical care (please use the form we’ve set up to self-report sickness or report absences resulting from illness).

Finally, pray for our loved ones around the world that have been impacted by COVID-19. Pray that God would continue to protect us.

Thank you ahead of time for these prayers. Thank you, too, for your continued spirit of unity in meeting this challenge.