General Standards of Behavior

Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the rights of others. This includes the property of other students, property owned or managed by Unity Point Health, and other community clinical educational settings and their employees. When a student’s behavior becomes a concern to College administration, faculty/staff members, or is observed by other students to be a threat or potential threat to self or others, the student will be contacted and the situation assessed. Standards that will be utilized in the evaluation of expected behavior and the determination of unprofessional behavior include the following:
  • Existing federal, state, county and municipal laws, ordinances and regulations
  • Unity Point Health/Unity Point Health, Trinity/Non-Trinity policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Trinity College policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Code for Nurses of the American Nurses’ Association 2001
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technology Code of Ethics 2009
  • American Association for Respiratory Care Professional Code of Conduct
  • Nursing Critical Objectives Policy
Students are expected to recognize their professional responsibility to themselves, patients, families and other health care professionals. They are also expected to adhere to a code of conduct that is considered acceptable as a professional health care student. Students are advised to read the specific program sections for program standards.
Examples of expected behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Display professional behavior in College and health care environments.
  • Practice within the legal and ethical limits of professional health care, recognizing the Standard Code of Ethics for the specific program of study.
  • Conform to codes, regulations and policies governing employees and students in clinical settings.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality.
  • Protect privacy of information.
  • Know and use principles of safety.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conviction of any crime under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) which is a felony, (ii) which is a misdemeanor, and an essential element of which is dishonesty, or (iii) any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession
  • Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, degrade, or harm the public
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Plagiarism (use of another’s materials without crediting the source)
  • Cheating (giving, receiving, or using unauthorized information)
  • Theft (acquisition and/or possession of property belonging to another without authorized consent)
  • Theft or abuse of electronic communication equipment or systems (including, but not limited to, computer hardware, software, and use of the internet, social media and electronic downloads)
  • Vandalism (willful destruction or defacement of property)
  • Alcohol and/or other drug use (the purchase, possession, use or abuse, sale, distribution, or manufacture of illegal narcotics or the illegal use of alcohol, stimulants, or other chemical agents which might result in a student’s inability to practice health care)
  • Unauthorized entry into property owned or supervised by Unity Point Health
  • Physical, mental, or emotional harassment directed toward any College student, employee, visitor, patient, family member, or member of the health care team
  • Unauthorized use or possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons on College property or at functions sponsored or supervised by the College
  • Failure to follow department or clinical rules and regulations
  • Threatening others with physical or mental harm.
  • Violating the Social Media Policy, which includes cyberbullying/cyberstalking.
  • Violating the Harassment Policy.

Academic Computer & Electronic Devices Policy

Social Media Policy

Although the college does not seek to control a student’s right to personal communications on his or her own time, publishing and engaging in conversations on the internet via a social media site may affect the College or Unity Point Health. Appropriate use of systems and features, as well as the appropriate content of electronic communication, is required.
  • Students who are posting to a non-Unity Point Health sponsored social media site should write in the first person, use a personal email address, and where the student’s connection to Unity Point Health or the College is apparent, make clear he/she is speaking for him/herself and not on behalf of the College or Unity Point Health. Students may want to include this disclaimer “The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not reflect the views of my College or Unity Point Health.”
  • Use of the internet for purposes not authorized by the College or College faculty and use of social media or networking sites during class or clinical time is strictly prohibited.
  • All applicable laws, regulations and Unity Point Health policies should be followed when communicating on a social media site (HIPAA, anti-harassment, workplace violence, etc.)
  • Students are prohibited from posting any content that includes client personal health information or College or Unity Point Health related information (such that someone could deduce the identity of the person referenced in the posting) and patient images, on any social media site.
  • Students should be respectful and professional regarding fellow students, College faculty, staff, employees, and business partners of the College or Unity Point Health.
  • Students are legally responsible for their postings and, therefore, may be held liable if the posts are found to be defamatory, harassing, tortuous or in violation of any other applicable law.
  • Any student who believes this policy has been violated should report these findings to the program coordinator.
  • Any violation of this policy by a Trinity College student is grounds for action under the Standards of Behavior and may result in corrective action which may result in dismissal from the College.
  • Cyberbullying/cyberstalking will not be tolerated at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Cyberbullying is defined as the intimidation or harassment that causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her person, safety, and property. Cyberbullying includes but is not limited to the use of computers, websites, internet, cell phones, text messaging, chat rooms, and instant messages to ridicule, harass, intimidate, humiliate or otherwise bully a student. Cyberstalking is defined as sending repeated unwanted online messages that often include threats that make some victims fear for their personal safety. Cyberbullying/cyberstalking will be included under Trinity College’s Standards of Behavior.

Copyright and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences computer users are prohibited from distributing copyrighted materials through illegal downloading, via web pages, email, or peer-to-peer distribution of illegal property. The policy applies to both computer-owned and personally-owned computers that have access to the College network. The distribution of copyrighted material from any computer that includes music, games, videos, etc., for which users do not have the owner’s permission, is a violation of federal, law (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
The College’s plan to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of College networks includes:
  1. Utilizing one or more technology-based deterrents
  2. Educating and informing the College community about appropriate and inappropriate use of copyrighted material
  3. Providing consumer information upon request to prospective and enrolled students
  4. Procedures for handling unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including disciplinary action
  5. Offer legal alternatives to illegal downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material
  6. Reviewing the effectiveness of the plan on an annual basis
All students, faculty, and staff will be provided with a disclosure letter at the beginning of each academic year. Refer to College Website for complete policy information.

Name Badges
Student name badges are distributed through the Student Services Office. The name badge is utilized for identification purposes as needed. The name badge is an official part of the College uniform. If a name badge is lost, Student Services must be notified and a replacement will be made available. Students will be assessed a $25.00 fee for the replacement badge. Badges must be returned at the time of graduation or withdrawal from the College. Students will be assessed a $45.00 fee for badges that are not returned upon graduation or program withdrawal.
The student’s name badge must be worn during clinical assignments and at any time the student is on College or Unity Point Health premises in the role of student (including in the classroom, the Health Sciences Library, College campus, off-site Trinity facilities, medical center facilities or clinical assignments at other health care facilities). It should be affixed to the collar or lapel so that the name can be easily read. The name badge gives access to campus and the computer lab daily from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Dress Code

The purpose of dress codes is to provide guidelines for students so they may optimally reflect professional standards in their appearance. An acceptable level of personal hygiene and a clean, neat and professional appearance is required in all clinical-related activities and College-related student roles. A general approach of moderation and good taste should serve as a basis for choices. Classroom attire can be comfortable and casual but should be appropriate at all times. Individual faculty members accept the responsibility for reasonable
 interpretation of this policy.
The following apply when students are in uniform attire and/or on most clinical units in the student role.
  • While at clinical, individuals representing Trinity must maintain an acceptable level of personal hygiene, be appropriately dressed and be properly groomed. No clothing or adornments may be worn during working hours and in work areas which could expose the employee, patients, visitors or co-workers to the risk of injury, discomfort or embarrassment. Because of the diversity of patients served, extremes of dress and appearance are not appropriate during work time.
  • Trinity student identification badges will be provided to students, and must be worn at all times while on duty. The badge must be visible, non-defaced and worn above the waist. Non-Trinity issued buttons, patches or tags are not to be worn while on duty unless prior approval has been received from Trinity Human Resource Department.
  • Proper body cleanliness and use of deodorant must be maintained. When makeup is worn, it should be used with discretion and good taste. Strong scents are prohibited, included but not limited to - perfume, cologne, after-shave, and/or tobacco smoke. Hands are to be clean and free of lesions. Nails must be clean, neat and trimmed to a conservative length (1/4” from the nail bed). Nail polish, if worn, must be clear, neat, and without chips and/or cracks. In some clinical situations (e.g., ICU and OR), nail polish may be prohibited. Artificial nails and nail enhancements are prohibited.
  • Hair should be clean, neat, and appropriately colored and styled. During clinical activities, hair should be styled off the shoulders so that it does not swing and become a source of contamination through shedding of stray hair or dissemination of bacteria. Hair bows and clips (when used) should complement the uniform. Male facial hair should be trimmed and groomed.
  • Garments should fit properly and must be clean, pressed and free from missing buttons, torn hem lines, and ripped seams. Dress street clothing, which is worn during specific clinical experiences or under lab coats, is defined as non-casual clothing. Skirts, tops, and slacks worn in professional settings should not be cropped, frayed, or faded.                Blue jeans and “sweat suits” are not permitted during clinical- related activities, including under lab coats. White or neutral hosiery/socks should be worn with the pant uniform. Shirts worn under uniform tops must be plain white. Uniform pants should be navy blue. A white, non-regulation maternity dress or pant uniform, identified with the College insignia, may be worn during pregnancy. College insignia is to be sewn 2 inches down from the left shoulder seam, and in non-faded condition. Shoes should be leather, all white, with clean shoe laces. No clogs, open-backed, or open-toed shoes may be worn.
  • For hygiene, safety, and in keeping with a professional image, jewelry must be limited in clinical areas. Visible body piercing jewelry (e.g., nose, tongue, and eyebrow) other than earrings (no more than two per earlobe and do not drop below the lobe) is unacceptable in all clinical situations. Necklaces are discouraged when involved in direct patient care; however, a short, fine gold necklace is permitted in some settings. No other jewelry is allowed. In some clinical situations, all jewelry is prohibited. In most clinical settings, Medic Alert jewelry, a watch that displays seconds, and rings on no more than two fingers, including the wedding ring, are allowed.
  • NO VISIBLE TATTOOS. Tattoos need to be covered during clinical hours.
To avoid confusion with on-duty personnel, students who are off clinical, but have occasion to be at the Medical Center or visiting patients, should not wear the College uniform, lab coat, or name badge.
Some course activities, as specified by the faculty, may require lab coats. Uniform lab coats with the name badges are worn over dress street clothing when the student’s presence is required on medical units for reasons other than giving direct client care.
Students are advised to adhere to any specific program dress code descriptions. Additional dress code requirements may be made at the discretion of faculty.

Background Checks

The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires background checks for health science and nursing students working in hospitals. A criminal background check revealing a conviction for certain crimes could result in a ban from participation in clinical rotations and progression in a student’s program.
Trinity College employs a third party service to conduct the required criminal background checks on all accepted students. Accepted students are required to complete the background check online process as defined in their Welcome Packet. No student will be permitted in a clinical area without verification of a background check. NOTE: If a student is required to drop his/her program of study due to the results of this background check, all tuition and fee charges owed will be assessed as appropriate based on College policy.
Students will receive a copy of their criminal background information from this service. All costs associated with this service are the responsibility of the student. Trinity College will accept previous background checks from other authorized agencies that are within 6 months of the start of the academic program.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Director of Student Services and External Relations and/or their Program Coordinator of any offense that may occur after admission to the program. If a student’s enrollment is interrupted by a student initiated withdrawal or an administrative withdrawal, a new background check must be completed prior to a student’s return to the clinical setting.  Students on approved leave of absence are exempt from submitting a new background check.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones, pagers, and all electronic devices are not to be used in the classroom or clinical setting. In clinical all these items should be kept in the designated area, with all sounds turned off. In the classroom these items should be kept in the student’s bookbag or purse, with all sounds turned off. In an emergency a caller may use the College’s number 309-779-7700 and Student Services will contact the student through the clinical/course faculty member. Use of these devices during classroom time or clinical rotations will be considered a violation of the student code as it relates to “disruptive behavior.” Specific institutional policies apply in clinical and field rotations. It is the student’s responsibility to be in compliance with their individual program’s regulations regarding cell phone usage.
Cell phones must be turned off during all exams and placed in the student’s bag or purse. If the student’s cell phone sounds (rings or vibrates) during an exam, the book bag or purse will be collected by the faculty member. If the cell phone sounds and is in the student’s pocket, the faculty member will collect the phone. Taking digital images of exams during a test or test review is strictly prohibited and is considered cheating. (See Academic Honesty and Integrity)

Minors on Campus

Faculty has ultimate responsibility for control of the classroom, clinical setting, and maintenance of an academic environment.
Minors must be supervised by an “authorized adult” at all times while on the grounds of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences or while participating in an activity located off campus. Children are not permitted in the classroom whiles classes are in session unless permission is granted in advance from the faculty member. If the minor becomes disruptive in the classroom, the authorized adult and minor will be asked to leave the classroom. Minors are not permitted in the clinical education setting, learning laboratory, and other areas where significant potential safety hazards may exist.
Health Career Exploration students are under the supervision of their clinical faculty member of professional staff person, and may be in the clinical area, however if a student violates the College Standards of Behavior he/she will be subject to disciplinary action and may be withdrawn from the course.
Minors and authorized adults who do not meet the College Standards of Behavior will be asked to leave the College.

Academic Computing & Identity Theft Prevention Program Policy

To verify the identity of students attending Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences as required by the Unity Point Health Identity Theft Prevention Program (Policy 1.LL.04). Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences student accounts qualify as covered accounts as defined in the Unity Point Health-ITPP program, and therefore, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is subject to the student verification and subsequent policies and procedures regarding Identity Theft Prevention and Red Flag rules.
This policy is effective for all students of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Each student must provide a government-issued form of identification upon matriculation to any Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences program as proof of identity.
  1. Upon matriculation to any Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences program, the student must submit to the Office of Student Services a government-issued form of identification with photograph (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.).
  2. The Office of Student Services will confirm that the government-issued photo provided is a match to the matriculated student. A copy of the government-issued form of identification will be made for the College’s record-keeping system.
  3. After steps 1 and 2 are completed, a student photo identification badge will be made, which will provide access to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences facilities, events, and services. This badge will also identify Trinity students at their clinical sites.
  4. If at any time Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences identifies potential red flags regarding a Trinity College student’s identity, College personnel will follow the guidelines set forth in the TRHS-ITPP as required by notifying the Identity Theft Prevention Officer. In such policy, the term “patient” is interchangeable with “student” as deemed necessary.
  5. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides students with password-protected email accounts and password-protected accounts to the College Portal and course management system.
  6. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences provides students with access to computers located on-campus; wireless access to the network, and log-in access from off-campus. Students are to abide by all computer usage policies whether using on-campus computers, wireless access, or to off-campus or wireless-enabled devices.
  7. The following policies require students to complete their own work and not to allow others to use their ID or computer access for any purpose:
  • Academic Integrity Policy (college catalog)
  • Use of Student Email and My Pulse Portal Systems.
At orientation or upon matriculation students will receive the Academic Computing Policy and sign the Computer Access and Information Resources Agreement. These forms will be kept in the student’s file.
Privacy Protection: In response to Federal Trade Commission’s recent ruling, steps have been taken to ensure protection of individual’s private information as related to employment and education. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is required by federal regulations to collect and use social security numbers as identifiers. The use of social security numbers as identifiers is limited to those situations and to those agencies requiring this information in relation to the awarding of student financial aid, loans and/or licensure.

Harassment Policy

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is committed to providing an environment that is free of sexual and/or other forms of harassment. It is possible for harassment to occur within different levels of relationships: between faculty members and students, supervisors and work-study students, student to student, supervisor to employee, student to employee, and employee to employee.

Any employee or student who believes that he/she has been harassed in violation of this policy is urged to report the incident. Don’t allow harassment to jeopardize your rights and opportunities for work or education.

Sexual harassment is defined as:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unwelcome requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature
  • Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
Such conduct includes:
  • Deliberate verbal or physical conduct and unsolicited gestures or comments of a sexual nature, and displays of offensive sexually graphic materials, whether or not repeated, that are sufficiently severe to interfere substantially with a student’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Examples of sexual harassment behaviors, expressed electronically or otherwise:
  • Whistling or catcalling
  • Vulgar and obscene jokes
  • Crude or vulgar language
  • Pinching or patting
  • Unwelcome hugging
  • Grabbing or tearing someone’s clothing
  • Leering or “undressing” the person with your eyes
  • Pressuring someone to sit on your knee, hug you, kiss you
  • Leaning over someone for a “better view”
  • Commenting on the clothing of an individual in a sexual way; for example, “boy, I sure like the way those pants fit”
  • Jokes or comments that put women or men down
  • Recounting one’s sexual exploits in the office, classroom, or work area
  • Referring to someone in demeaning terms; example, “girl,” “sweetie,” or “hunk”
  • Repeatedly asking someone for a date after you have been turned down
  • Displaying crude jokes and pictures, including pinups from magazines such as Playgirl or Playboy
  • Revealing parts of your body that violate common decency
  • Starting and spreading rumors about the sex life of a fellow employee or student
  • Physically forcing sexual activity on someone
  • Stalking someone
  • Vulgar or obscene slogans on any items of clothing: caps, shirts, etc.
What Can You Do About Sexual Harassment?
If you believe you have been a victim of harassment, you have several options:

Students who believe they have been sexually harassed may discuss your concerns with a SAP/EAP counselor, OR report such activity to the Dean/Program Coordinator/Director of Student Services & External Relations. Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for employees and under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for students. In addition, the State of Illinois discrimination laws prohibit sexual harassment.

Title IX Policy

Title IX of the education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1861 et.seq.) prohibits any entity that receives federal student financial assistance from discriminating against individuals on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. Therefore, it is the policy of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under an academic, extra-curricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity conducted or sponsored by the College. This also includes discrimination on the basis of sex in employment decisions and in admissions. It is the policy of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences that no action may be taken in retaliation against anyone making a good faith report of a Title IX violation.

Additional Guidance:

Sexual harassment, including acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Sexual violence refers not only to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will, but also to instances in which a person is incapable of giving consent due to his or her use of drugs or alcohol or a mental or other disability. Other forms of sexual harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

The College has designated the Director of Student Services & External Relations as the Title IX coordinator.

Trinity students or employees who believe that they are the victims of sexual or other forms of harassment should bring this fact to the attention of any of the following:
  • Director of Student Services and External Relations (Title IX Coordinator)
  • Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Faculty
  • Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources, Unity Point Health, Trinity
  • Corporate Compliance Committee, Unity Point Health
The Title IX Coordinator will ensure that training is provided to students and any employees likely to witness or receive reports of sexual harassment on what constitutes sexual harassment and how to file a complaint that such harassment has occurred. All reports of violations or harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. The Title IX Coordinator will also maintain appropriate documentation regarding training and the receipt of complaints and their investigation and resolution.

All members of the Trinity College community are expected to comply with this policy and violations of it may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the College. Likewise, all members of the College community are expected to report violations to the title IX coordinator, and if necessary, intervene whenever instances of sexual harassment are observed.

This policy will be disseminated within the College community, including in electronic and printed publications of general distribution that provide information to students and employees about the College’s services and policies.

Office for Civil Rights:
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX also may be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights located at 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Procedures for Handling Complaints under Title IX: Including Sexual Harassment

Any student, faculty, staff, or other person who believes he/she has experienced or witnessed conduct prohibited by Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences under its Title IX policy must immediately notify the College’s Title Coordinator who is the Director of Student Services & External Relations at 309-779-7700.

All reports of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by an appropriate College official.

If the complainant requests confidentiality or requests that the Report not be pursued, the College will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the Report consistent with the request. In such cases, however, the ability of the College to respond to the Report may be limited. Moreover, requests for confidentiality will be weighed against the College’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students and employees. Therefore, the request for confidentiality cannot be guaranteed but will be weighed against such factors as, but not limited to: the seriousness of the alleged offense, the complainant’s age, and whether there have been other complaints against the same individual. All participants in any Report are encouraged to respect confidentiality to protect the privacy and reputations of all individuals involved. Obviously, individuals may have appropriate and confidential discussions with the counseling center regarding the matter. Any unauthorized breach of confidentiality may result in disciplinary proceedings up to and including expulsion from the College and discharge from employment.

No person will suffer employment, educational, or other program consequences as a result of making a good faith Report or taking part in the investigation of a Report. However, an individual who alleges a Report against another, which that individual knows to be false or frivolous, will be subject to the full range of corrective action, up to and including discharge or expulsion form the College.

During the investigation, both the Complainant and the Respondent will be given the opportunity to present witnesses and other relevant evidence. The goal is to have the investigation completed within 10 business days. Both the Complainant and the Respondent will be given periodic status updates. If a related criminal complaint has been filed, it may be necessary to delay the College’s investigation of the Report so as not to interfere with the criminal investigation. However, the College’s investigation will not be deferred until final disposition of the criminal proceeding.

The College will act to ensure a respectful environment, which includes considering any interim measure that may be required to ensure that any improper conduct ceases immediately, and taking corrective action to prevent recurrence of the inappropriate conduct.

The validity of the Report will be based on a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard. Final decision on Reports will be made as follows:

Reports against students will be decided according to the Student Code of Conduct.

Reports against faculty will be decided according to the guidelines as outlined in the Faculty Handbook and the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Reports against staff, including administrators will be decided by the Chancellor.

Report against a dean or director will be decided by the Chancellor.

Reports against the Chancellor will be decided by the Chair of the Board.

Trinity College will inform the Complainant and the Respondent in writing of the outcome of the investigation. If a violation is found, the Complainant will also be advised of the sanction or disciplinary action imposed, if any.

Either the Complainant or Respondent may appeal decisions on Reports, including corrective action if any. However, any challenge to the actual finding of a violation must be based on newly discovered evidence, which had it been available at the time of the original investigation, would have had a substantial likelihood of resulting in a different decision. A challenge to the disciplinary action taken must be based on an assertion that it is disproportionate to the offense.

Appeals of Reports against students: The appeal procedures are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and are incorporated by reference in this policy.

Appeals of Reports against faculty: The Complainant or Respondent may appeal a decision, including corrective action if any, to the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences within 10 business days, absent extenuating circumstances. The decision of the Dean is final.

Appeals of Reports against staff including administrators: The Complainant or Respondent may appeal a decision, including corrective action if any, to the Chancellor within 10 business days of that decision absent extenuating circumstances. The decision of the Chancellor is final.

In cases of the resolution of a Report, against a dean or director, the Complainant or Respondent may seek reconsideration of the Chancellor’s decision and the Chancellor may, in his/her discretion, designate another individual or individuals to recommend a decision on reconsideration. The decision of the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee on reconsideration is final.

In cases of resolution of a Report against the Chancellor, the Complainant or Respondent may seek reconsideration of the Chair of the Board’s decision and the Chair may designate an individual or individuals to recommend a decision on reconsideration. The decision of the Chair of the Board or the Chair’s designee on reconsideration is final.

Appeals must be in writing and contain the following information:
  • Name, college address, and email address of the Complainant.• Name, college address, and email address of the Respondent.
  • A statement of all decisions, including corrective action if any, at all levels in the process.
  • A detailed statement of the basis for the appeal including the specific facts and circumstances in support of the appeal.
  • Requested action, if any.
The College official or his/her designee deciding the appeal may take any and all actions that in his/her discretion she/she determines are in the interest of a fair and just decision. The Complainant or Respondent may request a meeting with the College official; however, the decision to grant a meeting is at the discretion of the College official. The College official may uphold, reverse, or modify any decision or corrective action, forward the matter for action under any applicable College policy, or take any other action in the interest of a full and fair resolution of the appeal. The College official will make his/her decision and notify the Complainant, Respondent, underlying decision maker, and others on a need to know basis in writing as soon as reasonably possible under the circumstances.

Substance Abuse Policy

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences has a zero tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. It is the policy of the College to prohibit the purchase, possession, use or abuse, sale, distribution, or manufacture of any controlled substance on campus. Any student bringing nonprescribed or illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages to the campus, using these on the grounds, or dispensing, manufacturing, or selling them on the premises will be immediately dismissed from the College.
Trinity College recognizes chemical dependency as an illness and a major health problem. It also recognizes substance abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem. It is the student’s responsibility to report to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences and perform all assignments in a safe and appropriate manner.
Students who are performing in an unsafe manner, and/or whose behaviors are suspect, may be subject to an assessment by a health care provider. For purposes of the policy an assessment may include, but not be limited to drug/alcohol screen, medical or mental assessment, and/or rehabilitation. Action and/or pattern of a behavior that may warrant an assessment include: 
  • Sudden changes in work performance
  • Violation of safety policies
  • Repeatedly not following work direction
  • Disorientation
  • Personality changes
  • Behavior problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Staggered gait
  • Glassy eyes
  • Smell of alcohol or marijuana
  • Frequent absences
Any faculty or staff member who identifies behavior similar or consistent with the examples given above has the responsibility to confront the student with his/her suspicions. The faculty or staff member will contact the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences or the Director of Student Services and External Relations that there is suspected violation of the Drug-Free Policy. The faculty/staff member will escort the student to the nearest TRHS Emergency Room for drug testing/evaluation. In this case, the College will assume the costs of the testing/evaluation. Failure to participate in an assessment at the request of a Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty or staff member will result in the assessment being considered a violation of the Drug-Free Policy. If the results are positive, the student will be immediately suspended from the College by the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, and will be granted Due Process through the Student Code of Conduct.
Students who are dismissed from the College are not eligible for readmission for one year. Individuals who wish to re-enter Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences must comply with all provisions of the readmission policy in force at the time the re-entry is requested.
At the time of any incident, the student may request immediate blood/urine tests to disprove allegations. If this is done, all costs of the blood/urine tests are the student’s responsibility.
The Drug-Free Policy applies to students anytime he/she is using facilities at Trinity College of Nursing & Sciences (i.e., Computer Labs, Library, TRHS, TMC, or other clinical sites; or when participating in Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences sponsored activities.
A substance abuse prevention program is provided in an effort to educate students. This program is part of Net Learning for students, faculty, and staff.
The purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention regulations is to implement Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, which added Section 1213 to the Higher Education Act. These amendments require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must certify that it has adopted and implemented a drug prevention program as described in this part.

Campus and Community Resources

Substance abuse and addictions counseling services are available to employees and students through Unity Point Health, Trinity and the Student Assistance Program (SAP). To request information or to set an appointment with SAP call 800-383-7900.
For assistance with contacting community resources, students can meet with the director of Student Services or their academic advisor. Listed below are examples of agencies and resources available in the community:
  • Family Resources
2800 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52803
  • Vera French Community Mental Health
1441 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport IA 52804
  • Riverside
Unity Point Health, Trinity Rock Island Campus
2701 17th Street
Rock Island IL 61201
  • Rock Island County Council on Addictions
1607 John Deere
East Moline, IL 61244
309-792-3000, ext. 200
Support Groups:
  • Narcotics Anonymous
1706 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
1702 15th St. Place
Moline IL 61265
Other treatment, counseling and support groups may be available in the area. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences does not endorse any one agency over another.

Campus Violence Prevention Plan

  1. Introduction
The safety and security of the Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences (“Trinity” and/or “College”) campus and community are very important.  Students, employees, and visitors should be able to pursue their education, work, and other activities in a safe, non-threatening environment.  To educate and empower all members of the College community, resources and procedures are in place to prevent, deter, and respond to concerns regarding acts of violence.  Safety and prevention of violence is everyone’s responsibility and the formation of this plan is a coordinated and consistent method of engagement across the College community.
  1. Threat Management
The Campus Violence Prevention Committee, Critical Incident Team, and Threat Assessment Team are formed to promote awareness and responsiveness across campus to avoid or address situations that may involve violence, threats, intimidation, or property damage.

Leaders of the respective teams communicate with each other regularly and collaborate when there is an issue involving an individual not affiliated with the College and when a particular concern about a student, faculty, or staff member has implications for the campus community.
  1. College Violence Policy
    1. Violence Not Tolerated:
Trinity is committed to a safe and secure environment for all employees, students, and visitors.  Conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person, or creates a reasonable fear that such a result will occur, including but not limited to: acts of violence, threats of violence, possession of weapon(s) on College-controlled property without proper written authorization, threatening behavior, and/or reckless disregard for the health or safety of any person are not acceptable conduct at Trinity and will not be tolerated.  Violation of this policy and/or the Code of Student Conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or dismissal from the College.
  1. Responsibility:
The entire College community shares the responsibility for a safe and secure campus.  Knowledge of violent acts or threats planned or carried out are to be reported to faculty, supervisors or campus administrators immediately.  In case of an emergency, the College community is directed to call 911 for Police/Fire/Rescue.
  1. Application:
This policy covers all persons:
  1. On College property;
  2. At College-sponsored events;
  3. Fulfilling duties of a College student off-campus (such as work in the clinical setting);
  4. Engaging in any action having direct impact on the College community.
  1. Definitions:
    1. Violence:  Violence is the use of physical force or activity that intends to causes harm, damage, or abuse of an individual or property.  This includes physical force and/or activity which cause mental anguish.
    2. Threat or Threatening Behavior:  A threat is any statement or action, expressed or implied, that could cause a reasonable person to fear for the safety of him/herself, that of another person, and/or College property.  Examples of threats include, but are not limited to words or actions which intimidate; harassment; stalking or following someone with the intent to harass, intimidate, harm, or cause other malicious activity; and the use of communication mediums to threaten such as telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail.
    3. Weapon:  Weapons are not permitted on College-controlled property except for purposes of law enforcement and as specially authorized for the purposes of instruction, research, or service and as approved in writing by the Chancellor.
Prohibited weapons include but are not limited to any: (1) firearm, firearm ammunition, BB gun, pellet gun, paintball gun, tear gas gun, taser, or other dangerous or deadly device of similar type; (2) knife with a blade of at least 3 inches in length (except an ordinary eating utensil), dagger, dirk, switchblade knife, stiletto, ax, hatchet, or other deadly or dangerous weapon or instrument of similar type; (3) bludgeon, blackjack, slingshot, sandbag, sand club, metal knuckles, billy club, throwing star, nunchaku, or other dangerous or deadly weapon of similar type; (4) bomb, bombshell, grenade, firework, bottle or other container containing an explosive, toxic, or noxious substance, unless under academic/classroom supervision, (other than an object containing a nonlethal noxious liquid, gas, or substance designed solely for personal defense possessed by a person 18 years of age or older); (5) souvenir weapon or other weapon that has been rendered permanently inoperative; and any weapons outlined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes on Armed Violence (720 ILCS 5/33A-1, et seq.)
  1. Reporting  Stop Immediate Threat or Harm – Report It
The College has adopted procedures for responding to and addressing conduct that violates this policy and urges all students, employees and visitors to be alert to the possibility of violence on campus.  As part of the College community, all students, employees, and visitors are responsible for reporting violence they experience or witness.

Call 911 for emergencies. Violence or threats against self or others should not be ignored or disregarded. The College needs assistance to make the campus safe.

If experiencing or observing an immediate threatening or violent situation, local law enforcement is to be alerted as soon as possible.  Delayed reporting may unnecessarily allow the behavior to continue, cause harm or jeopardize the investigation due to the passage of time, fading memories, or departure of witnesses.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should address emergencies by calling 911. 

Medical Center phones (Rock Island, Moline, and Bettendorf) can also report emergencies by dialing “55”. A switchboard operator will recognize this as a priority call. The operator will notify security officers to report to the needed area.
Non-emergency concerns:  Members of the College community are encouraged to report other behavior that is unusual or threatening even if it is not perceived as an immediate, dangerous or imminent risk.  To report concerns that may not pose an immediate threat, an Incident Form should be completed or the Director of Student Services and External Relations should be contacted. The Incident Form is located in Student Services and on the College web site.
Concerns over the conduct of a student, employee or visitor on campus, may be reported to the following persons:
  1. Faculty, Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences or the Director of Student Services and External Relations if the concern is about a student
  2. The Director of Student Services and External Relations if the concern is about a student, College employee or visitor
  3. The Chancellor or Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences and the Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources of Unity Point Health, Trinity, if the concern is about a College or Unity Point Health, Trinity employee.
Concerns should include the behaviors involved and the feelings and reaction evoked by the behaviors.  Non-emergency concerns require documentation on the Incident Form to be submitted to the Director of Student Services and External Relations.

Protective Orders/Restraining Orders Issued by a Court

Members of the College community who have an Order of Protection should provide a copy of the order to the Director of Student Services and External Relations who will notify College staff and Unity Point Health, Trinity Security as appropriate.
  1. Notification and Preparedness
Trinity, as part of its annual communication on safety, will inform individuals of the Campus Violence Prevention Plan and its related procedures and resources.  The plan will be made available online on the College webpage as well as the Annual Campus Crime and Security Report which can be found at (  Scheduled testing of safety alarms at the College will occur annually.
Testing of the panic alarm buttons and the parking lot security alarm is conducted annually by the Director of Student Services and External Affairs or designee.
Fire drills are conducted by the Safety Ambassador for the College. Inspection of the fire alarm is conducted annually by Midwest Alarm Services.
Emergency Notification System:  Trinity uses Blackboard Connect for effective emergency notifications to students and staff of potentially threatening incidents and provides them with clear information on the type of threat and information on how to best proceed until the threat is mitigated. Blackboard Connect notifications are the purview of the Chancellor, the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the Director of Student Services and External Relations.
  1. Confidentiality
Confidentiality of complaints and parties will be preserved to the greatest extent possible, understanding that the College may have an obligation to take some action even if the complainant is reluctant to proceed.  Parties and witnesses to a complaint are also expected to maintain confidentiality of the matter, understanding that they will often not have all the facts and that they could impair the investigation by divulging information to persons outside of the investigatory process.
  1. Non-Retaliation and False Claims
The College prohibits retaliation against persons who in good faith report violations of policy or cooperate in an investigation.  The College also prohibits the filing of knowingly false or misleading reports and providing knowingly false or misleading information in an investigation.  Discipline or other action can result from either of these acts of violation of policy.
  1. Campus Violence Prevention Committee
A Campus Violence Prevention Committee provides support, assistance, research, and policy review in regard to violence prevention on campus.  The committee is chaired by the Director of Student Services and External Relations or designee and membership of the committee shall include representatives from the Threat Assessment Team, Student Services, faculty and students or units when deemed appropriate.
  1. Mission:
As a part of this plan, the committee shall be responsible for the following:
  1. Incorporate violence prevention strategies in accordance with related policies and/or procedures;
  2. Encourage zero tolerance policy statements that reaffirm violence prevention strategies;
  3. Integrate existing campus programs and policies that deal with associated issues (e.g. workplace violence, suicide prevention, anti-bullying, stigma reduction, sexual assault prevention);
  4. Evaluate physical facilities and grounds and make recommendations to improve safety and further the goal of violence prevention;
  5. Implement the Campus Violence Prevention Plan throughout campus;
  6. On an annual basis the committee shall ensure that an exercise of the Campus Violence Prevention Plan is designed and implemented.
  1. Strategies:
The committee shall develop strategies toward the prevention of violence on campus, which may include but is not limited to determining methods of communication and education of the College community with regard to violence prevention, safety measures, and environmental security enhancement of College property.
  1. Policies:
The committee operates under the policies of the College and its own internal procedures in order to fulfill its purpose.
  1. Critical Incident Team:  Trinity has a values based commitment to creating an optimal learning environment for all College students.  These values include providing a supportive environment of a small-college experience.  The team is chaired by the Chancellor or designee and membership shall include the Director of Student Services and External Relations and the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences.
    1. Purpose:
      1. To serve as a coordinating entity in responding to critical incidents affecting students.
      2. To assist local emergency agencies with their response to critical incidents affecting students.
      3. To assist students to return to normal activities following a critical incident.
    2. Definition of a Critical Incident
A critical incident is an adverse event that causes or has the potential to cause harm to an individual student, group of students, or the College and requires immediate response from the Critical Incident Team.

The Campus Violence Prevention Committee has defined the critical incidents to which they may respond to include:
  • Suicide attempt/threat
  • Non-suicidal self-injurious behavior that is disruptive, requires medical attention, occurs under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Homicidal threat/significant homicidal ideation
  • Death of a student (on or off campus)
  • Fire/explosion or significant damage to property affecting students
  • Communicable disease
  • Life threatening injury or illness of a student
  • Missing person
  • Sexual assault
  • Natural disaster affecting students
Trinity recognizes that the above list may not cover all situations that warrant intervention.
  1. Recovery from Violent Situation
After a violent situation occurs, the affected employees, students, or families may often face difficulties in resolving their feelings and concerns.  As situations are assessed, the Trinity College Campus Violence Prevention Committee can, in collaboration with the Critical Incident Team, facilitate group discussions or debriefing sessions as needed for the affected area to provide some understanding of and closure to the situation.  The Student Assistance Program and the Employee Assistance Program are available as a resource.
  1. Threat Assessment Team:
    1. Purpose:  To identify, monitor and, when deemed necessary, recommend appropriate interventions for Trinity students, faculty and staff who display unhealthy, threatening, and/or dangerous patterns of behavior.  Such behaviors include, but are not limited to:
      1. Suggesting intent to harm self or others.
      2. Creating disruptions in the work/learning environment.
      3. Intimidating other faculty, staff, and/or students.
      4. Stalking or following someone with the intent to harass, intimidate, harm, or cause other malicious activity, acting in frightening or threatening manner.
  1. Team Membership:  Membership shall include the Director of Student Services and External Relations, a student from the Student Affairs Committee, a Student Government Association Officer, Unity Point Health, Trinity Security Personnel, chair of the Student Affairs Committee, and the Unity Point Health, Trinity Employee Assistance Program Counselor as appropriate.
  1. Team Responsibilities:
Due to the infrequency of threats on campus, the Team shall meet as needed.  Team members shall request a meeting whenever an issue is brought to attention.  Meetings shall be convened and facilitated by the Director of Student Services and External Relations. Members shall share information and make decisions about next steps to be taken.
  1. Procedures for Supporting Violence Free Campus:
    1. Issue/concern is identified by or reported to Director of Student Services and External Relations by submission of the Incident Form, by phone or in person.
    2. The Threat Assessment Team assesses the behaviors of concern based on:
  1. Review of the student/staff/faculty record and previous incidents
  2. Investigation of incident
  3. The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool
  4. Additional pertinent information discovered through investigation
  5. Communication with administration, faculty and supervisors as appropriate
  1. Recommend appropriate action/intervention[s] to the Critical Incident Team
  2. Point person is identified to monitor the situation and may be faculty, staff or an administrator.
  3. Point person provides regular updates to Threat Assessment Team until the issue is resolved
  4. In some cases, it may be reasonable for the College to take interim measures or impose restrictions on contact with persons who may be subject to a threat of violence.  In addition, the College may also revoke permission of persons violating this policy from remaining on campus.
  5. A factual description of the response will be documented as appropriate including the incident report and additional information. Report will be kept by the Director of Student Services and External Relations in a designated folder.
  1. Resources
    1. Unity Point Health, Trinity Security
      1. Policies and procedures are in place in both the Security Management Plan and the Emergency Operations Plan to address a variety of security incidents. Security will be immediately notified and will respond according to the established policy which includes but is not limited to:
Incident                                                           Policy
Infant or Child Abduction                             Code Nap
Individual Out of Control/Code                   Manpower
Person in Need of Emergent Care              Code Green
Hostage Taken                                                Code Release
Fire                                                                   Code Red
Internal or External Disaster                        EOP-Emergency Operations Plan
Active Shooter                                               Operation Search
Unknown Spill                                                 Code Yellow
Respiratory Arrest                                         Code Blue
Facility Lockdown                                          Lockdown Plan
  1. Environmental Health and Safety:
    1. Emergency Management Plan:  Unity Point Health, Trinity has developed a campus Emergency Management Plan that details how the campus community will respond to major emergencies in conjunction with local emergency response agencies and references the role that campus departments will have in supporting the overall emergency response.  Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the development and updating of the Emergency Management Plan, and associated training, table-top exercises, drills, etc. as well as overseeing campus preparedness measures which will support an all-hazards approach to emergency response.

  1. Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services:
    1. Trinity is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to the continued intellectual and social development of its students.  A campus community of mutual respect and concern is established through the active efforts of all its members.  Trinity maintains a proactive stance in the prevention of sexual assault/abuse and imposes strict sanctions against those found responsible for committing such acts.  Sexual assault/abuse will not be tolerated.  Victims of sexual assault/abuse will be provided the active support and intervention needed to support their continued progress on academic and career goals. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences’ Sexual Harassment Policy is found at .
    2. The College is committed to:
      1. Providing educational programs which promote awareness of sexual assault/abuse and target prevention of such acts.
      2. Informing students of available services both within the College and surrounding community and facilitating their decision-making in regards to recovery needs.
      3. Encouraging and assisting in the reporting of sexual assault/abuse to the appropriate law enforcement authority.
      4. Upon request, reviewing available options for modifying academic environments and implementing modifications if such modifications are reasonably available.
      5. Ensuring the confidentiality of an individual’s status as a survivor of sexual assault/abuse.
  1. Trinity student or employees who believe that they are the victims of sexual or other forms of harassment should bring this fact to the attention of any of the following:
  • Director of Student Services and External Relations (Title IX Coordinator)
  • Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Faculty
  • Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources, Unity Point Health, Trinity
  • Corporate Compliance Committee, Unity Point Health
  1. Department of Children and Family Services – The State of Illinois Public Act 97-0711 amended the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) to mandate that all personnel of higher education institutions report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) toll-free, 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-24-ABUSE (22873). The DCFS Office of Training and Professional Development has a Mandated Reporter training class available online.  The College representative will be the Admission’s Representative.
  2. Unity Point Health, Trinity Net Learning – Prior to entering clinical students are required to take the Net Learning Module, “Iowa Mandatory Abuse – Child”.
  3. Mental Health:
Student Assistance Program (SAP):  All students are eligible to participate in the Student Assistance Program (SAP)* as offered through Precedence, Inc. and Unity Point Health. Counselors are available to assist students with personal or other issues that arise while a student is at the college. Students may seek SAP assistance independently, or can be referred by their Advisor/Program Coordinator or Dean. Brochures are available in the Student Services Department or from an Academic Advisor. SAP services are available 365 days per year, 24 hours per day by calling (800) 383-7900 or (309) 779-2273. Services are located at 3416 Blackhawk Rd., Rock Island, Illinois. This is a free, limited, confidential program and will not be part of the student’s academic record.

The SAP resource can assist students in accessing the appropriate resources to deal with concerns that might interfere with their personal and educational development while in College. The service is available to every student who has a difficulty or concern. Included in the service is assistance with personal, social, academic, professional, and vocational concerns. Concerns such as drug and alcohol abuse, marital problems, financial trouble and others can be addressed.

*The student assistance program is part of the Unity Point Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): This program is an employer-sponsored program utilizing counselors who specialize in the assessment of personal problems.  EAP deals with human problems – the kinds that affect personal well-being or ability to perform your job. Confidential assistance for personal problems, at no cost to the employee, is available by calling (800) 383-7900 or (309) 779-2273 to schedule an appointment.
  1. Federal and State Laws and Regulations:  The following Federal and State laws provide regulatory compliance with regard to issues of campus safety and violence at public institutions of higher education:
    1. The Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (Clery)
    2. Federal Safety and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
    3. Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
    4. Higher Education Act of 1998
    5. Higher Education Opportunity Act 2008
    6. Uniform Crime Reporting (Both State and Federal)
    7. Federal and State Alcohol, Drug and Weapon Laws
    8. Illinois Campus Security Act  Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act 2008  Illinois Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 (Sex Offender)
    9. Illinois Education Sexual Assault Awareness Act
    10. Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Confidentiality Act
    11. Illinois Human Rights Act (P.A. 96-0574)
YEAR 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses, Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons: Carrying, Possessing, ETC.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Referrals:
Weapons: Carrying, Possessing, ETC.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Referrals:
Drug Abuse Violations
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Referrals:
Liquor Law Violations
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
YEAR 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
No Hate Crimes Reported 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Corrective Action

Quality health care education requires recognition of and adherence to established policies, procedures, regulations, practices and high standards of performance. Trinity College retains the authority to withdraw from class, clinical experience or observation area any students whose conduct may have a detrimental effect on themselves, the College, employees, patients, visitors, clients, or other students.
College administration, faculty, or student services personnel may initiate corrective action when a student’s unacceptable behavior or disregard for College policies and procedures warrants such action. Violations which are determined to threaten or cause imminent danger or harm, or are of such a serious nature that immediate action is required, may result in a student’s withdrawal from their course of study and dismissal from the College. In situations where unacceptable behavior can be effectively addressed through a corrective action plan, the following procedure will prevail:
  • Verbal discussion and assessment of the situation and behavior (with written documentation in confidential file in possession of the program coordinator)
  • Written corrective plan of action
  • Assessment of improvement
  • Verbal and written notification of warning
  • Withdrawal from course of study
  • Dismissal from the College.
The corrective action will depend upon the scope, seriousness, and/or repetitiveness of the violation. The number and sequence of corrective steps required may vary according to the seriousness of the offense.

Weather and Fire Safety

Emergency Weather Closure

The Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences or designee will make the decision to officially close the College due to inclement weather. It is the student’s responsibility on any questionable day of bad weather to check with the College at 309-779-7700 to access messages regarding cancellation of classes or clinical experiences. In addition, if classes or clinical experiences are cancelled, a call will be made to the following media: Television stations WHBF Channel 4, WQAD Channel 8, and WKQC Channel 6; Radio stations WOC AM 1420, WLLR FM 103.7, KCQQ FM 106.5, KMXG FM 96.1, and KUUL FM 101.3. The announcement will also be posted on the College website. The announcement will be made by 5:00am. Upon cancellation, the College is cancelled for the entire day, including evening (PM) experiences. If the weather becomes severe during the daytime, evening (PM) experiences will be cancelled two hours prior to the experience.

Tornado/Severe Weather

The following information and procedures are to provide an effective plan of action in the event of a tornado alert or an actual tornado. The Chancellor, Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences or a delegated person shall decide when the plan is to be put into effect. The Trinity Alert system will be activated.
Vocabulary Terms:
Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm Watch: A watch means weather conditions are right for the development of severe weather such as tornadoes or severe thunderstorms.
Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm Warning: A warning means a tornado or severe thunderstorm has been sighted or detected by radar and is posing a threat to people. When a warning issued for the geographic area, take immediate protective action. A Watch may or may not be in effect at the time of the warning.
Siren Signals: A steady sound for three minutes means a tornado has been sighted or detected and a Warning is in effect.
  • If the National Weather Service advises Unity Point Health, Trinity of a Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm Watch the Switchboard operator will notify the College.
  • If the National Weather Service reports the direct sighting of a tornado or a funnel cloud within a five-mile radius of the Medical Center, and/or the Siren Signal is activated, the following will occur:
    • Switchboard (when at clinical site):
      • The Switchboard will make the following announcement: “Attention All Medical Center Personnel: “Operation Weather Warning” and repeat three times”.
      • If a Tornado/Severe Weather Drill is being announced, the Switchboard operator will make the following announcement: “Attention All Medical Center Personnel: “Operation Weather Warning Drill” and repeat three times”.
  • If at the College, the faculty, staff and students, should turn on all lights, close doors and blinds. All faculty/staff/students in building should move to the following safe locations: Executive Conference Room, Storage Room by Classroom 120, Men’s Bathroom, or Leininger Conference Room.

Fire Plan and Evacuation

Fire and evacuation routes are posted in each classroom, office areas, and hallways. Students need to become familiar with these routes and are provided information at orientation. If a fire is discovered, an individual should:
Rescue any visitors/staff/others from immediate danger.
Alarm (Pull area alarm and call “55” to report location).
Contain (Close all doors and windows throughout facility when alarm is sounded and never break an automatic closure fire door unless evacuating).
Extinguish (Attempt to control the fire using the proper extinguisher).
A Code Red All Clear will be announced by Unity Point Health, Trinity Safety and Security Personnel or the Fire Department personnel when it is safe to return to the building.
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences conducts fire drills to ensure the integrity of the system and process. All student and personnel are required to evacuate the facility using the designated routes and exits as posted.

Emergency Services/Messages

In case of emergency, individuals can call the Student Services Department at 309-779-7700 to locate a student on campus. Every effort is made to contact the student and relay a message.

Smoke Free Policy

In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors, the smoking/chewing of tobacco and tobacco-products is prohibited on all Trinity properties, including the College building, grounds, and parking lots. Unity Point Health as well as Trinity College maintain a tobacco free environment. Any student of Trinity College who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.