Dorms Closed, Goodbyes Missed: Trinity University Students Move Out As Classes Move Online | Texas Public Radio

Dorms Closed, Goodbyes Missed: Trinity University Students Move Out As Classes Move Online

Mar 16, 2020

Trinity University dorms will be closed as of Monday afternoon. Fewer than 40 students have been granted exemptions to remain on campus.

For many seniors, the surprise announcement last week effectively marked the end of their time at Trinity.  

Because the university has a three-year on-campus living requirement — and many seniors choose to remain in dorms during their senior year — the vast majority of students live on campus. Trinity is providing a prorated refund for students forced off campus. 

Students and families rush to move out on Sunday. Dorms close Monday afternoon. The university notified students of the closures on Wednesday.
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Trinity made its decision while many students were out of town for spring break. Some students missed their chance to say goodbye. 

The university also announced that classes will be moved online for the rest of the semester.

For many professors — and students — the across-the-board shift to online classes raised concerns.

Labs, ensembles, studio art classes and other courses that rely on in-person interaction and university-owned equipment are unlikely to continue as planned, but it is unclear how the university plans to handle the affected curriculum. 

Other San Antonio universities’ campuses and dorms remain open, although some are shifting courses online. 

Transparency Note: The author of this story is a Trinity University senior. 

Dominic Anthony can be reached at Dominic@TPR.org and on Twitter at @_DominicAnthony.