Latest Updates

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Update

July 21, 2021

Recording of July 15 town hall with Dr. Carol Fenton now available

Last week, TRU hosted a town hall for students, faculty and staff with guest Dr. Carol Fenton, medical health officer with Interior Health. Students and employees submitted questions in advance which were addressed on the call. The recording is now available. In the description below the video title, you can find a list of questions and hyperlinks to find the answers for various questions addressed during the event.

Change to daily health screening

With the updated Return to Campus Guidelines now in effect, if you are coming to campus, you are still required to complete a daily health. However, you are no longer required to confirm your daily health check with your supervisor (a previous requirement of students employed on campus). As always, please stay home if you are unwell.

Matt Milovick interview on return to campus

CBC’s On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko recently featured an interview with Matt Milovick, Vice-President Administration and Finance. Matt spoke optimistically about the on-campus experience in the fall and the return to near pre-pandemic levels. Listen to the On the Coast interview from Saturday, July 5.

Wildfires in our region

This summer has seen an above-average number of wildfires in the BC Interior, with some fires burning near Williams Lake and Kamloops. Though the current wildfires are not an immediate threat to either community, we know students living in many other areas of BC and their families may have been affected. If you are a student that has been affected by the wildfires this summer, please know we are here to help. Reach out to TRU’s supports.

By September, wildfires will be met with cooler overnight temperatures, which greatly reduces their ability to burn, and we expect both the wildfire situation and air quality to improve.

Vaccination

BC is continuing to offer vaccinations to anyone who is eligible (must be 12+ and residing in BC). Students are encouraged to get vaccinated to support a safe return to campus.

To date, 3.69 million British Columbians have received their first dose and 2.31 million are fully vaccinated. Among those British Columbians eligible for the vaccine, 80% have received a first dose and 54.4% are fully vaccinated as of July 20.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register to get a vaccine.

Preparing campuses for the fall

Between now and the start of fall, changes on the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses will include furniture being returned to common areas as well as new health and safety signage being updated to be aligned with current provincial health guidance.

Masks still required indoors

At TRU, masks continue to be required in common indoor areas and shared offices, teaching and research spaces. This provides for a period of transition and additional protection for those not fully vaccinated. After Aug. 1, TRU will be a mask-friendly environment where mask use becomes a personal choice and everyone’s decision on mask use will be supported.

Complete your safety training before returning

Each student returning to campus is required to complete the WHMIS course. Details are available on our Training page. If you completed the training this past year, you do not need to take it again.

Financial aid

To help learn more about financial supports at TRU, explore our Student Awards & Financial Aid website. There is funding available for students regardless of your level of study, how you study (online or on-campus) or whether you study part-time or full-time.

Kamloops campus tours and preferred hotel rates

Visit our Campus Tours page to learn about campus tours taking place this summer as well as details on how to access preferred hotel rates at nearby accommodations.


Fall 2021 Return to Campus Update

July 5, 2021

Town hall for TRU community with Dr. Carol Fenton on July 15

Following this week’s release of the Province's updated Return-to-Campus Guidelines (formerly called the Go-Forward Guidelines), we are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Carol Fenton, the medical health officer for Interior Health, to answer your COVID-19-related questions in a town hall on Thursday, July 15, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

To make the best use of Dr. Fenton’s time and address new topics, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to first review the questions addressed on two recent town halls with Dr. Bonnie Henry on May 10 and May 28—each video description includes a list of the questions and links to the answers.

You will have until Monday, July 12 at noon to submit and vote on questions. To attend the event on July 15, use this link. A recording of the event will be posted on this website.

BC advances to step 3, masks still required indoors at TRU

Starting July 1, BC officially moved to step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, which means changes to mask use in indoor public spaces. At TRU, masks will continue to be required in common indoor areas and shared offices, teaching and research spaces until Aug. 1. This provides for a period of transition and additional protection for those not fully vaccinated.

Financial aid options

To help remove or reduce financial barriers facing some students, there are funding supports available for all levels of education and type of learning, from upgrading to master's, full-time and part-time, face-to-face and distance. We encourage students to explore our Student Awards & Financial Aid website to learn more about the options below and more.

Government student grants are once again doubling this year, which makes this upcoming academic year an ideal time to explore full-time government grants and loans. For returning students, over $1.5 million in donor awards is available each year through our general bursary and awards. The application process is open in myTRU from Aug. 1 to Sept. 17. For unexpected crises, emergency bursaries and loans are available year-round. We also have the WorkStudy program, which provides flexible on-campus employment for students demonstrating financial need.

Required safety training for those returning to campus

Each student returning to campus is required to complete the WHMIS course. Details are available on our Training page. If you completed the training this past year, you do not need to take it again.

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 12+. To date, 5.2 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 3.43 million on June 15). At least 74% of Kamloops and 62% of Williams Lake residents have received their first dose, up from 71% and 59% respectively on June 15.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

Recording of June 22 student town hall

Access a recording of a town hall TRU hosted for current, newly-admitted and prospective students. See the video description for a list of questions and hyperlinks to when on the call the question was answered.

Kamloops campus tours & preferred hotel rates available

Visit our Campus Tours page to learn about campus tours taking place this summer as well as details on how to access preferred hotel rates at nearby hotels.

Course registration open

Fall and winter course registration is open for all eligible students.


Fall 2021 Return to Campus Update

June 29, 2021

Recording of June 22 student town hall now available

Last week, TRU hosted a town hall for current, newly admitted and prospective students to answer student questions and to increase their confidence and excitement in coming to campus this fall. Students submitted questions in advance and the most popular up-voted questions were addressed on the call. The recording is now available along with the list of questions and hyperlinks to when on the call the question was answered, which can be found below the video title in the description.

Course registration now open

Priority course registration is open and began on Monday, June 21. After all students have had access to register in the priority registration period, registration will remain open to all eligible students until the registration deadline before the start of each term.

Campus tours to start July 5

We are excited to be able to offer campus tours this summer once again. Available Monday to Friday and some select Saturdays, a campus tour is a great way to get an insider’s view of TRU. All tours will follow provincial health guidelines and adhere to group size allowances. More information can be found on our Campus Tours page.

Access preferred hotel rates in Kamloops

Those who are able to travel to Kamloops to visit the campus can save on hotel costs by accessing preferred rates at nearby hotels. Visit our Campus Tours page to learn more.

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 12+.

To date, 3.54 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 3.34 million on June 15). At least 73% of Kamloops and 61% of Williams Lake residents have received their first dose, up from 71% and 59% respectively, on June 15.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

BC’s Restart Plan – Now in Step 2

As of June 15, BC successfully transitioned to Step 2 of the BC Restart Plan. Step 3 could start as early as July 1 and we will look to the Provincial Health Office’s announcement in the coming days to confirm.

Read more about this plan on the BC government’s website.


Fall 2021 Return to Campus Update

June 15, 2021

Student town hall to take place June 22

Following the town hall held May 28 with Dr. Bonnie Henry for student leaders across the province, TRU is hosting its own town hall on Tuesday, June 22 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Open to all current, newly admitted and prospective students, this event will provide an overview of the many services and supports available to TRU students, what to expect in the classroom and much more including an open Q&A. Submit your questions in advance on Slido and check out questions already posted and vote-up those that you want answered. To attend the event, please use this link.

A recording of the town hall will be posted on our Return to Campus website following the event.

BC officially moves to step 2

As of June 15, BC officially moves to step 2 of the BC Restart Plan. The much-welcomed lifting of restrictions includes the ability for BC recreational travel. For those in BC who are outside of the interior health region, you are now welcome to visit Kamloops. This may be of particular interest to our first- and second-year students who have not yet spent time on campus. While travel is not yet allowed from out of province or internationally, we look forward to these restrictions lifting later this summer.

Heads-up

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 12+.

To date, 3.43 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 3.32 million on June 8). At least 71% of Kamloops and 59% of Williams Lake residents have received their first dose, up from 69% and 58% respectively, on June 8.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

ICYMI – In case you missed it

Course schedules now available

Fall 2021 and winter 2022 course schedules are now available and priority registration begins Monday, June 21. Most courses will be delivered in a face-to-face or blended delivery format. A small number of sections still require an online delivery format to facilitate access for students who are unable to attend on campus due to extenuating circumstances. Where applicable, the schedule identifies where alternative delivery will take place.


Fall 2021 Return to Campus Update

June 8, 2021

Course schedules available now

Fall 2021 and winter 2022 course schedules are now available and registration begins Monday, June 21. Most courses will be delivered in a face-to-face or blended delivery format. A small number of sections still require an online delivery format to facilitate access for students who are unable to attend on campus due to extenuating circumstances. Where applicable, the schedule identifies where alternative delivery will take place.

Dr. Bonnie Henry town hall with student leaders

Returning to campus this fall raises lots of questions. Will masks be required? Can international students get their second COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada? What if there’s an outbreak? BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and team answered these student questions and more. Hear the answers to all the questions asked in a recording of the May 28 town hall.

TRU restart plan

As we prepare for a safe return of students, faculty and staff to campus, we have defined a TRU-specific four-step plan that is aligned with BC’s restart plan (see further below), and will guide the return to classrooms, social gatherings and spaces where we meet. View the TRU restart plan.

Return to Campus Plan June 2021

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 12+.

To date, 3.32 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 2.89 million on May 24). At least 69% of Kamloops and 58% of Williams Lake residents have received their first dose, up from 60% and 55% respectively on May 24.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

The British Columbia government released the province’s restart plan, a four-step plan to bring BC back together. It will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing remaining in place and mandatory during the initial two steps of the plan.

Read more about this plan on the BC government’s website.

Keeping Each Other Safe

Watch the student leader town hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry

May 28 2021

On May 28, a town hall was held for student leaders of BC post-secondary institutions. The province-wide event was held for students to ask questions of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) regarding the planning underway for a safe return to campus this fall.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer led the discussion. She was joined by Dr. Réka Gustafson, Deputy Provincial Health Officer at the Provincial Health Services Authority, Dr. Brian Emerson, Acting Deputy Provincial Health Officer, PHO, and Dr. Penny Ballem, Board Chair, Vancouver Coastal Health.

To see the video along with a list of questions asked, please see our YouTube page.


Watch the student leader town hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry

May 28 2021

On May 28, a town hall was held for student leaders of BC post-secondary institutions. The province-wide event was held for students to ask questions of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) regarding the planning underway for a safe return to campus this fall.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer led the discussion. She was joined by Dr. Réka Gustafson, Deputy Provincial Health Officer at the Provincial Health Services Authority, Dr. Brian Emerson, Acting Deputy Provincial Health Officer, PHO, and Dr. Penny Ballem, Board Chair, Vancouver Coastal Health.

To see the video along with a list of questions asked, please see our YouTube page.


Planning for your return to campus

May 25 2021

In a new message, President Brett Fairbairn encourages students to start planning for the fall as most should expect to be taking courses in-person in September. For more, watch this video.

Heads-up

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

Today, the British Columbia government announced the province’s restart plan, a four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. It will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing remaining in place and mandatory during the initial two steps of the plan.

Read more about this plan on the BC government’s website.

Keeping Each Other Safe

Dr. Bonnie Henry town hall with student leaders Friday

Following a provincial town hall TRU hosted two weeks ago with post-secondary executives and employee union leaders, TRU will again be host for a provincial town hall, this time for student leaders on Friday, May 28. Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, will be joined by others in her office to answer questions about a September return. This is a limited invite session and we will post the town hall video on our website as soon as it’s available.

Return to Campus steering committee report

From January to March 2021, a Return to Campus steering committee developed and provided a report to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and Research for consideration in the lead-up to a September return.

The report, authored by Dr. Donna Murnaghan, included input from students, faculty and staff, and examined educational delivery strategies and related resources for either a Plan A (no COVID-19 restrictions) or Plan B (COVID-19 restrictions) return to campus. The timing of data collection, including student surveys, occurred in February, prior to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s March 8 announcement that post-secondary institutions could plan for a safe September return. Therefore, some of the results may not reflect current faculty, student and employee perspectives.

The report is now available and can be found on our Return to Campus website.

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 12+.

To date, 2.89 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 2.22 million on May 13). At least 60% of Kamloops and 55% of Williams Lake residents have received their first dose, up from 41% on May 13.

Anyone born 2009 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.


Appropriately optimistic

May 14 2021

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided an optimistic outlook for a September return to campus as she updated post-secondary leaders during a special meeting hosted by TRU earlier in the week. “We are in a very different place now than we were even a few months ago,” said Dr. Henry, who also talked about the effectiveness of widespread vaccination, next steps, and insight into a post-pandemic world.

While Dr. Henry said we will be living with the virus for some time, it will not be as disruptive as it has been during the last 15 months, and we will be able to get back to living our lives, including a safe return to campus in September. On the video call, Dr. Henry answered many questions from university and college leaders, noting that the PHO’s approach is shifting from temporary health measures to widespread immunization as a direct intervention.

We encourage you to watch the full video here. (For ease of viewing, we have included a list of topics with hyperlinks.)

Heads-up

Academic calendar

The academic calendar for the 2021-22 academic year is now available. The schedule of courses for fall and winter semesters will be available in early June.

Registration

Registration for fall and winter courses is scheduled to begin on June 21.

Financial awards

Be sure to visit our Student Awards and Financial Aid website for updated financial support opportunities and news, including the new TRU Assurance Bursary, and the extended deadline of our Adult Upgrading Emergency Access Grant.

Vaccination

Vaccine registration is now open to all residents 18+.

To date, 2.22 million British Columbians have received their first dose (up from 1.75 million last week), with the number of available doses expected to double this month. Over 41% of Interior Health region residents, which includes the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses, have received their first dose, up from 35% a week earlier.

Anyone born 2003 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

Correction

In our last update we incorrectly stated we would be providing weekly updates. We expect to provide regular updates with the frequency increasing as we get closer to September.


Return to Campus Update

May 7 2021

New Assurance Bursary

We are thrilled to announce our new TRU Assurance Bursary, which will provide up to $20,000 to at least 25 students this year alone!

This support is available to returning TRU students enrolled in campus-based degree programs. Preference will be given to students in open degree programs (Bachelors of: Arts, Fine Arts, Business Administration, Computing Science, and Science), who are from the TRU region. Apply before May 30: tru.ca/assurance

Be sure to visit our Student Awards & Financial Aid website for updated financial support opportunities and news, like the deadline extension of our Adult Upgrading Emergency Access Grant. This needs-based grant enables students to overcome continuing education barriers like lack of computer hardware, software or internet connectivity. Students looking to access preparatory-and secondary-level courses, including Adult Basic Education, are eligible to apply: tru.ca/aug


Return to Campus Update

April 30, 2021

As we prepare for a full return to campus this fall, we appreciate that you may have questions now, and in the weeks and months to come. To help keep you up to date, our plan is to provide a weekly update each Friday on here on our Return to Campus website. While we will continue to send emails regularly, you will see weekly updates on our website which will also be highlighted on our social media channels.

Academic calendar

The academic calendar for the 2021-22 academic year is now available, with the schedule of courses for fall and winter semesters to be available in early June. Registration for fall and winter courses is scheduled to begin on June 21.

Bursary

A new bursary for returning students will be announced next week. The bursary will be available for up to 100 students per year who are unable to obtain sufficient funding for their return. Students will be eligible for up to $5,000 per year to a maximum of $20,000 over the duration of 120 total undergraduate credits or six years.

Vaccine registration now open to all residents 18+

Yesterday, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced that by June 26 all B.C. residents will have access to a first vaccine dose. To date, 1.75 million British Columbians have received their first dose, with the number of available doses expected to double in May. Approximately 35% of Interior Health region residents, which includes the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses, have received their first dose.

Anyone born 2003 or earlier can register now to get a vaccine.

New document provides guidance for institutions

The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer was released today to help B.C.’s post-secondary institutions plan for a full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September.

The primer provides more detail about the key public health planning assumptions and safety measures to help institutions prepare for a September return to campus. The planning assumptions and guidance have been informed by a continued commitment to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our campus communities, while remaining mindful of the importance of adaptability as conditions change.

The primer was developed by a team of experts from the public post-secondary sector in partnership with representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and the ministry.

The Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s post-secondary sector are currently being revised to reflect the infection prevention and control measures appropriate for COVID-19 conditions in the fall and will be released in the coming weeks.

Helping you to succeed in your educational journey is our priority and we look forward to returning in person and safely bringing back our vibrant community.


Message from the President — An Update on COVID-19 response and planning

April 21, 2021

Dear TRU Community,

It has been over a year since we became greatly impacted personally and professionally by the COVID-19 pandemic. I know it has come with challenges and the need to quickly adapt. I have been truly impressed by how our TRU community has persevered and allowed us to continue to support our students.

As many of you wind down the winter term and think about the months ahead, I would like to provide an update on several fronts regarding our September return to campus planning. While there is a recent surge of COVID-19 infections in many parts of Canada, we know, based on modeling from the Provincial Health Office, combined with vaccinations, the fall will look dramatically different and much better than today. Hence, we continue with our fall planning for a significant return of students, faculty and staff and are working diligently to ensure your return will be safe and supportive, and, as much as possible, allow for the excitement and activity you expect on campus.

Return to campus report

The Fall 2021 Return to Campus Initiative launched in January by our Provost Christine Bovis-Cnossen and led by Donna Murnaghan is nearing completion. The executive recently received the final report and looks forward to sharing it with you soon along with more information on planning for the fall. This planning is designed to support our students and reconnect our community. The report will also be made public on our website. We again wish to thank the many students, faculty and staff who participated in this planning work by taking surveys, submitting information, or reviewing data.

Vaccines and pandemic measures

We know how difficult the past year has been and encourage everyone to continue to do their part. Please take a personal pledge to commit to following health measures, for you, your family, and your community. Today, that includes the crucial action of limiting contact with others, so the virus variants do not enter your circle.

Looking ahead, vaccines are quickly becoming available to British Columbians. We encourage you to get registered for your vaccination when eligible. International students are also eligible to receive the vaccine. Details on registration can be found here.

Web pages updated

As we prepare for a fall return to campus, we have launched a new layout for the return to campus web pages. We are hopeful this will make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for now and in the future as our efforts ramp up. Please check this site regularly for updates.

Go-Forward Guidelines

These are comprehensive health and safety guidelines for campus operations during the pandemic for BC’s post-secondary sector, first released in summer 2020 and last revised in February. Working closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and the Provincial Health Office, Matt Milovick, TRU Vice-President, Administration and Finance, has been leading the provincial steering group to release a primer document within the next few weeks, followed by a full revision of the guidelines in June. As we wait for the updated Go-Forward Guidelines, the primer will provide a preview of what to expect and planning recommendations for a fall return to campus.

Townhall

It is expected within a few weeks of the primer’s release that a virtual townhall will be hosted by the Provincial Health Office for our sector’s local labour executives and human resources leaders from across the sector to respond to the sector’s specific questions.

For our greater community, we will likely host another TRU townhall with an Interior Health Medical Health Officer for students, faculty and staff. We expect this will take place in June. We appreciate that you have concerns and our commitment to the TRU community is to provide regular communications and updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate a challenging planning environment and encourage you to continue to check our web page where information will be updated regularly.

In closing, please take a personal pledge to commit to following health measures, for you, your family, and your community. I again encourage you to register to get a vaccine as soon as possible by registering here.

Sincerely,
Brett Fairbairn
President and Vice-Chancellor


September return to campus

April 1, 2021

While we continue to see the addition of new health measures in recent days, our plans for a September return to campus are continuing. Public health authorities remain supportive of our plan for in-person learning in the fall. Of course, we are working toward a safe return, and expect new guidelines in the coming weeks which will outline the actions we must take to ensure the campus is safe for everyone to return.

We know you have many decisions to make including travel, accommodations, and employment. We are working to provide resources to guide you and appreciate your patience as we prepare. On that note, campus housing is now accepting applications.

The path out of the pandemic involves following local health measures and guidance. Going back to in-person activities will take some getting used to. You play an important part in pushing the pandemic away by limiting your exposure, washing your hands often and wearing a mask. If we work together, we will be together. See you in September!


Update on Return to Campus initiative

March 24, 2021

I am pleased to provide a brief update on the Return to Campus Initiative. As you are aware, on March 8, the provincial health officer provided direction to all post-secondary institutions in BC that we could plan for a significant return to campus for the fall term.

Our planning is aligning with this direction, for a fuller return to campus, while also considering back-up plans should circumstances around the pandemic change.

Planning is now in its final stage, as we review information collected from students and faculty, as well, institutional service units and form our plan for September’s return.

We want to thank all of you who completed surveys as you have provided us with a wealth of information that will be very useful for our planning.

Our next steps are:

  • Review collected information with our steering committee on March 26 and with student groups as we look to gain further insights
  • Complete our plan for a full return to campus as well as a backup plan if health measures remain in place in September
  • Submit this plan to the Provost by mid-April

Students and faculty should plan for a return to campus in September. Please be aware that our plans will be based on best information as well as delivery plans that support BC Go Forward Guidelines.

Donna Murnaghan
Special Advisor to the Provost

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