COVID-19 College Updates

Latest Update

03 August 2020


Universal Masking at Trinity College

Effective May 1st Trinity College implemented universal masking on the College campus. This decision was based on recommendations of the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • Masks must be worn in all common areas such as hallways, Student Commons, and bathrooms.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will not be allowed on campus without a mask.
  • Masks may be removed when not in common areas and social distancing of at least six(6) feet is possible.
  • Masks may be removed when consuming meals, snacks, or beverages. Social distancing of at least six (6) feet is required when consuming meals or snacks and when gathering for breaks.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will be provided washable, cloth masks.
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
  • Students, faculty, and staff may use their own masks, provided they adequately cover the mouth and nose, are securely attached to the face, and are professional in appearance.
  • When masks are not in use they should be stored in a container or sealed bag.
  • Seating within classrooms will be arranged to accommodate 6 foot social distancing guidelines. Please do not rearrange desks within any classroom or in public spaces.
  • While in the learning laboratory you may be working with a lab partner. For these situations universal masking must be implemented.

Health Screening

If you are sick, you should not come to campus or clinical. If you are going to be absent from class, clinical, or any scheduled college activity contact the appropriate personnel based on your course/clinical/laboratory syllabus.

If you cough, do so in your elbow. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Be sure to routinely clean frequently touched surfaces such as your cell phone, computer keyboard, keys,and vehicle steering wheel.

Trinity College will routinely disinfect tabletops, door handles, keyboards, and frequently touched surfaces.

Temperature screenings will be conducted at each clinical site. Universal masking guidelines will also be followed within each clinical site. You must follow the guidelines as established by each clinical site. This includes guidelines for specific units, break rooms, cafeterias, and common areas. Be sure to use appropriate clinical site entrances, wear your student identification badge,and wear a cloth mask as you travel to your assigned unit or area.

Use of College Facilities for Study

Trinity College is available to students for study areas, use of computers, and use of the Library.If you plan to use the College Computer Lab or study areas, please contact Lori Graham to make reservations (Lori.Graham@trinitycollegeqc.edu or (309) 779-7732). Social distancing guidelines and universal masking protocols must be followed.

Program and Course Delivery for Fall 2020

Because of the resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases within our community, as well as across the nation, Trinity College will be making modifications to usual fall semester operations. The COVID-19 situation will be monitored closely and any changes to current Fall 2020 plans will be communicated.

At this time, clinical rotations will take place within our affiliated sites (both UPH-Trinity and non-UPH-Trinity). Faculty will advise students regarding the guidelines for each of the clinical sites.For undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, learning laboratory will be held at the College as scheduled. All courses scheduled using a face-to-face (F-2-F) modality will occur synchronously using Blackboard Collaborate. This means course faculty will be presenting course content and information using Blackboard Collaborate during the regularly scheduled course time. The schedule for each course will remain as posted on your student portal. Course exams will occur on campus.

For undergraduate radiography students, learning laboratory will be held at the College as scheduled. All courses scheduled using a face-to-face (F-2-F) modality will occur face-to-face,with universal masking and social distancing. The schedule for each course will remain as posted on your student portal. Course exams will occur on campus.

For the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing -Completion (BSN-C) programs, there is no change to the fall 2020 semester. All courses will be delivered as planned/scheduled.

If you have any questions regarding fall semester, please do not hesitate to reach out to course faculty or Dr. Teresa Wischmann, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.