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Academic Catalog '11-'12 | Campus Life

Campus Life

For Trinity students, an active life outside of the classroom is an integral part of the college experience. Many choose to explore the varied cultural, historical, and community events that Washington, D.C., offers. A student can research her family tree at the National Archives, attend a play or hear a symphony at The Kennedy Center, see heads of state, visit the White House, or serve as a Smithsonian volunteer.

The campus itself provides a wide range of activities. Students who join the athletic teams face physical challenges together. Attending a lecture by a Supreme Court justice can offer new insights into how legal precedents are set. Helping at a local shelter often leads to a new understanding of human needs and perseverance. Trinity provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of its diverse community, which includes undergraduate and graduate students; commuter and resident students; and national and international students. When these groups work together, there is a dynamic opportunity for sharing insights and experience.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry lives out the mission of Trinity through building community, nurturing faith through praise and worship opportunities, and actively seeking justice. Uniquely poised at the intersection of Church and Higher Education, Campus Ministry encourages the campus community to form a sense of ultimate purpose and meaning while cultivating greater freedom, understanding, maturity and integration. Our common life is rooted in the shared belief that education and faith are transforming powers. Modeled by the friendship of St. Julie Billiart and her co-foundress, Francoise Blin de Bourdon, we celebrate our diversity, interdependence and solidarity. Trinity’s mission of education with justice remains grounded in friendship across racial, ethnic, economic and religious lines.

St. Julie Billiart, SNDdN, believed that in prayer we would find the strength to sustain us on our journey. Through prayer, worship, and spiritual enrichments we seek to deepen our own relationship with God. As each one of us grows in our own religious tradition we also seek to understand the religious traditions of others. In cultivating a generous heart, doing service, and working to grasp the systemic structures of injustice, we pursue personal and communal responses to injustice as a way of changing the world. Empowered by the Spirit states that “Campus Ministry is called to be a consistent and vigorous advocate for justice, peace and the reverence for all life. Action on behalf of justice is a significant criterion of the Church’s fidelity to its mission… It is not optional, nor is it the work of only a few in the Church.” (#73). For more information, please contact Campus Ministry at 202/884-9653 or stop by 121 Main Hall.

The Honor System

Please refer to the official Policy on Academic Honesty.

Student Policies

All students in all programs should review the Student Handbook and Policies on Trinity’s web site for a complete set of student policies. Students should particularly review the Trinity Student Code of Responsible Conduct found on the web site for a general code of student conduct which binds all students in all schools.

Resident and Commuter Policies
Because Trinity’s educational mission and philosophy extend well beyond the classroom to include a range of learning opportunities and developmental experiences, Trinity encourages all students in the College of Arts and Sciences to live on campus. Residential living enables students to explore the rich dimensions of community life and embark on their own personal development with the guidance of professional staff.

All students living in residence halls must be on a meal plan provided by the College. The Dean of Student Services may grant exemptions from the meal plan for documented health reasons for which a diet prescribed by a physician cannot be accommodated by food services.

Lockers and mailboxes are available to all commuter students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Lounges are available in Main Hall to mingle, study, and relax.

Children on Campus Policy
Please refer to the Children on Campus Policy for the complete policy.

Smoking Policy
Please refer to the official Policy Statement on Smoking for the complete policy.

The Student Association

The Student Association (SA) through its three parts the Student Government Association (SGA), the Judicial Association (JA), and the Campus Activities Association (CAA) represents the student body. The SGA acts as the policy making branch of the SA. The JA has a dual role. One role is to disseminate information and engage the community in discussions about the Honor System; and the second is to act as the official hearing committee for students accused of violating College rules and regulations. The CAA represents more than 20 student organizations, and facilitates campus activities and club programming.

Student Involvement, Leadership, and Community Service

Trinity offers a variety of opportunities for learning and experience outside the classroom. Through the Office of Student Activities and the Student Government Associations, student organizations conduct campus-wide events for entertainment, cultural enrichment, political awareness, and charitable service. Student-run clubs, such as the College Democrats and College Republicans, the Black Student Alliance, the Athletic Association, and the Latin American Association, sponsor specific programs and are open to all students enrolled at Trinity. Trinity students manage two publications: Trinilogue (yearbook) and The Trinity Times (newspaper). Trinity also has chapters of several national honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Kappa Chi (National Scientific Honor Society), Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology), Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society), and Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society).

Student Traditions

Trinity celebrates many traditions. Class colors — red, blue, green, and gold — were chosen by the first four graduating classes. At the end of the year, graduating seniors bequest their color to the incoming first-year class, creating a common bond between every fourth class. During the academic year there are special days for the celebration of individual classes according to “class color.”

Other long-standing traditions at Trinity include the First-Year Medal Ceremony, Sophomore Pin Ceremony, Junior Ring Ceremony, Convocation, Cap & Gown Weekend, Founders’ Day, and Well Sings.


Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to Virginia Broaddus, Ph.D., Provost at BroaddusV@trinitydc.edu.

For teacher education courses, check Continuing Education  Archived Course Descriptions and Schedules.

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