Student Handbook

Assembled by the Division of Student Affairs, this digital student handbook presents the statements guiding the Trinity University community and provides a compendium of the significant policies and procedures related to student life on campus. Take time to familiarize yourself with these important documents.

Who We Are

Mission Statement

Trinity University is an independent co-educational university whose mission is excellence in the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and service. Trinity seeks to provide broad and intensive educational opportunities primarily to undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences, and in selected professional and pre-professional fields. It also offers a small number of selected high quality graduate programs.

Trinity University is dedicated to creating a superior intellectual environment by recruiting, developing, and retaining outstanding faculty members dedicated to teaching, to scholarship and creative endeavor, and to service to the University and its community; identifying, and attracting talented and highly motivated students to its predominantly full-time, residential student body; and providing a supportive and challenging experience wherein students, faculty, and staff can realize the potential of their abilities and engage their responsibilities to others. Trinity respects its historic ties to the Presbyterian Church, with which it continues to have a covenant relationship.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

A Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, prepared by the Dean of Students, details many rights Trinity students have, including those related to expression, campus climate, and maintenance of orderly processes.

Non-discrimination and Diversity Policy

Within published requirements for admission, Trinity University does not and will not discriminate in admission of students to study at the University, enrollment in classes, housing or use of facilities in the academic program because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (if otherwise qualified for admission), military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Trinity University does not and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (if otherwise qualified for the job), military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by federal, state, or local law. The University is committed to making employment- related decisions according to an applicant or employee’s experience, talent, and qualifications, without regard to his/her race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (if otherwise qualified for the job), military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

The Compliance Officer of the University is the Director of Human Resources. Any questions or complaints relative to discrimination should be referred to the Office of Human Resources. The Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer is the Director for Risk Management and Insurance. Students with disabilities who desire accommodations should contact Disability Services for Students in Counseling Services, preferably before the beginning of each semester. Any questions or complaints relative to facilities, services, and accessibility should be referred to the Office of Risk Management. (7.23.2013)

Academics

At Trinity, academic excellence is expected. Trinity students live in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, ever-shrinking world where borders mean less and collaboration, tolerance, and intercultural communication mean more. For these reasons Trinity offers a rigorous yet flexible Common Curriculum enhanced with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs and special opportunities, all of which are designed to provide real world experiences, increase international exposure and understanding, and instill the values required for global citizenship and making a difference.

How We Live Together

In order to create a University environment in which civility, decency, and respect are honored, Trinity University has Standards of Student Conduct. Established procedures for University action in the event of policy violations are set forth, as well.

The major policies related to student conduct are:

Policies and procedures for smoking, posting and promotions, communications, financial obligations, student activity fee, and student organizations are all here. All persons using Trinity University equipment, connections, or software, are bound by these rules and policies.

Policies and procedures for Residential Life reflect the University's Standards of Conduct. The Dean of Students Student Conduct page provides valuable information. 

Student Complaints or Concerns

The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students serves as the primary coordinator of response and support to students with concerns or in crisis. Students should direct any complaints or concerns about anything on campus to the Office of the Dean of Students (210-999-8843). Complaints will be investigated or referred to other offices as necessary.