Return to Campus 2021

The pandemic has changed how we provide education at Thompson Rivers University. For some, virtual learning has opened up new opportunities, with many students thriving. But others have not had the same experience.

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TRU wants to make sure all students find the path that best supports their success. And so we are embarking on a plan to offer more students the opportunity to learn on campus–the return to campus plan–for September 2021.

Since no one can predict with certainty the course of the pandemic, we are building two plans: one with no COVID-19 restrictions, and one with COVID-19 restrictions in place. We will be able to transition between each plan as required to accommodate for fluctuations in pandemic restrictions.

The planning will explore program delivery in classrooms, labs, seminars, experiential learning and research– and be based on best knowledge in the field as well as consultations with students, faculty and staff.


Our Goal

This fall, we want to offer all students enrolled in TRU’s on-campus programs the opportunity to attend one of our campuses for some face-to-face instruction.

Our Priorities

Our priorities are the safety of the TRU community and the success of our students.

Principles guiding our return to campus

  • Students are our priority and remain central to our vision and role as a university.
  • Everyone can find a sense of belonging at TRU.
  • We support students in achieving their learning goals.
  • Faculty, working as co-learners, are an essential element for success. They are empowered to choose the delivery method that will ensure a safe, high-quality course.
  • TRU has the foundation for success in the strength of its academic and support services

Planning timelines

Project Milestones
Phase Start Date End Date
Phase I – Background, Team Development and Planning Jan. 6, 2021 Jan. 30, 2021
Phase II – Gathering Data Feb. 1, 2021 Feb. 25, 2021
Phase III – Analysis of the Data March 1, 2021 March 22, 2021
Development of Plans A/B and Approval of Resources March 2, 2021 March 31, 2021
Development and Approval of Class Schedules April 30, 2021 June 30, 2021
Documentation of Changes to Enrolments and Course Planning July 2, 2021 Sept. 20, 2021
Phase IV – Implementation of the Plans Aug. 1, 2021 April 30, 2022
Phase V – Evaluation Plan Sept. 15, 2021 Dec. 15, 2021

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