Governance at TRU is divided into three bodies responsible for corporate and academic decision-making. The Board of Governors makes decisions on such matters as property development, labour and finance. The Senate and the Planning Council for Open Learning make decisions on such matters as curriculum, credentials, admissions and educational policies. The composition, powers and duties of each governing body are legislated by the Province of British Columbia in the Thompson Rivers University Act.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business, and affairs of the university, except those affairs vested in the Senate or the Planning Council for Open Learning.
The Senate, chaired by the President, is responsible for the academic affairs of the university. The Senate sets criteria for awarding credentials, curriculum content, qualifications for admission, and educational policies and procedures. The Senate also advises the Board on the development of policy concerning TRU’s objectives and other matters.
Distance and Online Learning
The Planning Council for Open Learning sets the admissions and residency requirements for courses, programs and credentials offered through TRU’s Open Learning Division. It may advise the Board concerning the educational mandate, programming or strategic direction of the division.
The Office of the General Counsel and Secretariat represents the legal interests of the university and its officers and employees while acting on TRU's behalf, and coordinates university governance as the point of contact for the Board of Governors and the Senate.
TRU policies and regulations are developed by the Board of Governors, Senate, and Planning Council for Open Learning in accordance with their respective powers and duties as set out in the Thompson Rivers University Act. The President’s Council develops operational policies.