Trinity University is committed to the health and safety of students, employees and guests. Anyone with serious concerns about a student who may be an imminent threat to self or others should contact the Trinity University Police Department immediately at 210-999-7000. Additionally, concerns about students are often expressed in two contexts:
In either case the University has mechanisms in place to research concerns and to reach out to students to offer assistance. Individual staff members throughout campus can serve as helpful resources, though a good place to start is often the Dean of Students Office at 210-999-8843.
Members of the Student Success and Behavioral Assessment Team include representatives from Student Life, Academic Affairs, Trinity University Police Department, Athletics, and the Chapel.
In order to create a University environment in which civility, decency, and respect are honored, Trinity University has set the following standards of behavior.
Students are expected to respect themselves by avoiding conduct that is potentially dangerous and detrimental to their physical, psychological, or emotional well-being.
Students are expected to respect others, including those in the greater community. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, the following: violence, threats of violence, harassment, stalking, dangerous conduct (such as tampering with safety and security related property), and threatening, belligerent, or menacing behavior toward others.
Students are expected to respect the standards that form the foundation of a civil community through personal integrity. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, theft, possession of stolen or illegal property, lying, cheating, falsification of records, disruption, disorderly conduct, failure to identify one’s self, evasion of University officials, failure to respond to a reasonable request of a University official, harassment or belittling of staff performing their duties, indecency, possession or use of a weapon, and unauthorized entry into buildings.
Students are expected to respect the property of others, including University and student property. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, vandalism, defacement, and destruction of property.
Students are expected to be responsible for their own behavior and assume responsibility for the behavior of guests, if those guests are otherwise unconnected to the University or are unidentified. Student hosts assume responsibility for sponsoring activities or gatherings in violation of policy.
The Dean of Students should be notified of any instance where a student demonstrates disruptive behavior. The Dean of Students will make a decision concerning the appropriate initial disposition of the event. The Dean of Students may take immediate action, including referral to the Trinity University Police Department, immediate suspension pending a hearing, and referral for disciplinary action. Cases of this magnitude will be shared with the Student Success and Behavioral Assessment Team. The Trinity University policy on University-initiated Withdrawal outlines procedures in the event that a student must be removed from campus.
In some cases a student may come to the attention of faculty, staff, students, parents, or others who may appear to be in need of non-emergency assistance. In other words, the behavior is neither indicative of imminent danger nor disruptive to University functions.
The University’s Behavioral Assessment Team is committed to the personal (emotional, physical, psychological) and academic success of all students. The team has intentionally adopted the name “Student Success” label to convey this commitment.
When a student’s success is endangered, others are encouraged to offer assistance and contact resources, consult campus professional staff, or make referrals. In addition to the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Services, Health Services, the Chaplain, and many others are available for assistance.
In general, only situations that relate to the success of a student will be shared with the confidential Student Success and Behavioral Assessment Team. Often times an adviser or Residential Life staff member will follow-up with students to ensure they are supported appropriately.
In compliance with federal regulations and to ensure students that they are not treated arbitrarily, students may contact the Dean of Students to review official educational records that may contain information shared with the Student Success and Behavioral Assessment Team and others. Most records are maintained electronically and will be prepared in a full document and shared in a meeting with the student in a reasonable period of time. The law requires disclosure in 45 days. Most requests will be handled within a shorter time period usually within a week.
If you have concern about a student or situation and want to inform the Student Success Team, please e-mail SST [at] trinity.edu.
David M. Tuttle
Associate Vice President/ Dean of Students
dtuttle [at] trinity.edu
Sheryl R. Tynes, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life
Professor of Sociology
stynes [at] trinity.edu