COVID-19: Employee Information

The safety of our university community, and our responsibility to the health and safety of others is paramount in this time.

TRU is open and our focus remains on supporting the educational needs of our students. This will look and be delivered differently during COVID-19, but we are still here.

Below are answers to some of the questions you may have. Should you not find an answer, send us an email and we will either post the question here, or put you in touch with someone directly.


Additional questions? Connect with us by email.

Faculty FAQ

 What can faculty expect for the upcoming terms? Updated Jan. 18

For the spring/summer term, the number of courses delivered face-to-face on campus are expected to increase gradually while the majority of students will continue to learn virtually.

For the fall term, our desired goal is that all students enrolled in TRU’s traditionally on-campus programs will have the opportunity for some face-to-face instruction on one of our campuses. Planning is already underway, and more details will be shared as planning begins to take shape.

Most courses that are delivered virtually will be a blend of scheduled virtual meetings (i.e. synchronous activity) as well as assignment of work that does not require specific meeting times (i.e. asynchronous activity). These courses appear in the course schedule with the building listed as "virtual delivery."

The course schedule still includes times and days for courses delivered virtually to ensure conflict-free timetables; however, not all weekly scheduled meeting times will be required for synchronous activity in all courses.

Instructors will identify during the first week of the semester which, if any, weekly scheduled times will require virtual synchronous activity.

Students should select virtual delivery courses with the understanding that they may be required to participate virtually in synchronous activity during the scheduled days and times indicated.

Throughout this important transition, we will maintain a risk-based approach to re-opening campus, with strict adherence to all provincial directives.

FAQ for all employees

 Where can I learn more about the university’s safety plan and other details on what is being done to keep everyone safe? Added July 31

Along with Health and Safety FAQS, the COVID-19 section in our Risk Management Services area of our website is dedicated to our institutional safety plan and the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of everyone on campus and in our community.

 When will I get to go back? Updated Dec. 11

The safety of our community is our top priority. For those who are successfully working remotely, this will continue until further notice.

 What areas of campus are currently open? Updated Sept. 1

The Campus Services and Spaces page provides information on what parts of campus are open. Although some spaces are closed to students, employees can access offices in all building.

 Can those working remotely visit campus? Updated Jan. 20

In response to current provincial restrictions, we have asked all areas, wherever possible, to reduce their numbers on-campus to only those who need to be on site to do their work. As a result, remote workers include those who were once approved to come to campus but have returned to working remotely, and those who have been working remotely throughout the pandemic.

In both scenarios of remote workers, if it is necessary to come to campus, please inform your supervisor. You only need to inform OSEM if you need assistance accessing your area and/or if there isn’t typically someone in your area.

Faculty have unrestricted use of their offices and do not need to inform their dean or OSEM.

All employees working on campus or remote workers who need to access the campus temporarily need to be familiar with their area’s safety plan in regard to using common areas such as kitchens, washrooms and lounges.

  I heard TRU is allowing international students arriving in Canada the ability to quarantine in one of the residences. Is there an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus or in our community? Added July 31

TRU set up a temporary quarantine space for international students in McGill Residence. Each student has their own washroom and living space.

Before arriving, each student must submit an online quarantine plan that is checked upon their arrival by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

During the required 14-day period, quarantined students will have no physical contact with the outside. The TRU World team works with the students to ensure they have everything they need (meals, wifi, etc.) so they do not leave their quads or interact with others until their quarantine period is complete.

Everything we do is in compliance with the federal travel restriction policy and public health to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and the community. In accordance with provincial guidelines, TRU Housing has updated cleaning and sanitization measures, and implemented physical distancing protocols to protect students and staff.

  Who needs to take COVID training? Updated Feb. 12

All faculty and staff who will be working on campus, students attending face-to-face instruction and those participating in athletic training are required to take these three mandatory courses:

These course are available now.

 What is happening with convocation and commencement? Updated July 31

In lieu of TRU’s traditional Spring Convocation and Commencement ceremonies, we held virtual convocation ceremonies to recognize and celebrate our graduates' achievements.

When we are able to hold traditional celebrations, class of 2020 graduates can also join in future convocation ceremonies.

 Is there anything we can do to help with contact tracing? Added Sept. 3

If there is a confirmed case on campus, Interior Health takes the lead on contact tracing. To better assist Interior Health in finding and notifying contacts, we ask you to take some simple steps:

  • All employees — if you are on campus regularly, make a note of when you are absent. If your visits are occasional, make a note of when you are on campus. When face-to-face meetings are needed, schedule them in advance as much as possible, make note of who is present and where the meeting took place.
  • Faculty — please take attendance for your face-to-face classes. One option is to leave a sheet of paper on a table that includes your students’ names and the class date, and ask students to initial (with their own pen). Please save this in case it is needed. Also, please ask students to sit in the same place in each class throughout the term.
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