Return to Campus Plan

TRU Restart plan

As we prepare for a safe return of students, faculty and staff to campus, we have defined a four-step plan which will guide the return to classrooms, social gatherings and spaces where we meet. This plan is aligned with BC’s four-step restart plan and will be adjusted if BC’s Restart plan is modified.

Step 1 now complete

  • Masks recommended indoors
  • COVID training and WHMIS
  • Physical distancing
  • If sick, stay home and get tested
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Existing SP's stay in place

Academic: Continued alternative/virtual delivery with current, on-campus exceptions. Faculty may access their offices as needed — occupancy, if applicable, expands to 50 percent.

Offices: Start gradual return: Units currently on campus go to 50 percent occupancy. Units that were already given permission to have 50 percent may expand to 75 percent.

Meetings: Virtual meetings.

Space openings: Buildings will remain locked/closed to the public. No general public/leisure spaces reopened. Restricted campus seating.

Work-related gatherings: Indoor seated organized gatherings, up to 10 people. Outdoor seated organized gatherings, up to 50 people.

Social gatherings: No TRU sanctioned social events.

Step 2 now complete

  • Masks mandatory indoors
  • COVID training and WHMIS
  • Physical distancing
  • If sick, stay home and get tested
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Bridge safety plan to cover incoming new units

Academic: Continued alternative/virtual delivery with current, on-campus exceptions. Faculty may access their offices as needed — occupancy, if applicable, expands to 75 percent.

Offices: Continue return to campus. WFH departments transition to campus at 50% occupancy. Units that were already on campus increase to 75 percent occupancy.

Meetings: Small, in-person, physically distanced meetings.

Space openings: Buildings will remain locked/closed to the public. Slowly start general public/leisure spaces reopening for staff. Restricted campus seating.

Work-related gatherings: Indoor seated organized gatherings, up to 50 people. Sector consultations on next steps on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Social gatherings: No TRU sanctioned social events until July 1. After July 1 as guided by the PHO, social events may resume with a safety plan.

Step 3 we are here now

  • As of Aug. 21, masks are required indoors
  • WHMIS and Employee Reorientation
  • Careful social contact
  • If sick, stay home and get tested
  • Enhanced cleaning

Academic: Continued alternative/virtual delivery with current, on-campus exceptions. Programs (trades/other) can begin transitioning to F2F format with no occupancy restrictions.

Offices: All teams approved to reach 100 percent occupancy. Operated based on TRU’s Communicable Disease Plan.

Meetings: Seminars and bigger meetings in designated spaces such as CAC or OM COVID meeting rooms.

Space openings: Buildings slowly reopen and become accessible to the public. Public/leisure spaces continue to open and available to public. Campus seating expansion.

Work-related gatherings: Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Fairs and orientations with a safety plan.

Social gatherings: Start to return to usual on indoor and outdoor social gatherings.

Training: WHMIS is a requirement of all on-campus faculty, staff and some students. The Employee Reorientation course is required by faculty and staff who returned or will return to campus June 1, 2021 or later. » Learn more

Ventilation: Ventilation has been improved to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases. TRU has replaced high-efficiency air filters with ones that scrub particulates and aerosols from the air. All buildings are flushed out two hours prior and after to being occupied. Internal air exchanges have been increased to meet the ASHREA COVID-19 guidelines. During smoky conditions, air quality in all building is monitored daily, and ventilation adjustments are made when necessary, including adding air scrubbers with HEPA filters where needed. Air scrubbers do not remove the smell of smoke but are effective at removing particulates from the air. Air quality targets are based on Environmental Protection Agency/Environment Canada guidelines.

Step 4 — fall term

  • Masks personal choice
  • WHMIS and Employee Reorientation
  • Normal social contact
  • If sick, stay home and get tested
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • TRU’s communicable disease plan to replace all others

Academic: Return to campus activities and classes, full classroom capacity.

Offices: Fully reopened offices and workplaces. Staff fully returned to campus. TRU’s Communicable Disease Plan replaces all existing plans.

Meetings: Fully reopened with normal meeting expectations.

Space openings: All spaces fully reopened.

Work-related gatherings: Increased capacity on large, organized gatherings.

Social gatherings: Normal social contact.

Training: WHMIS is a requirement of all on-campus faculty, staff and some students. The Employee Reorientation course is required by faculty and staff who returned or will return to campus June 1, 2021 or later. » Learn more

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Plans for fall 2021 course delivery

TRU is looking forward as students return to campus in September 2021. The majority of campus-based courses will be delivered in a face-to-face or blended delivery format. A small number of course sections may still require an online delivery format to facilitate access for students who are unable to attend face-to-face due to extreme extenuating circumstances. We will accommodate pandemic restrictions on our campuses.

Fall 2021 and winter 2022 course schedules are now available and priority registration began June 21.

TRU’s priority is the safety of the TRU community, and the success of our students. The adjustments we have made to course delivery have impacted our students’ learning experiences and some students are succeeding while others are struggling.

Our Return to Campus Fall 2021 plan explores program delivery in classrooms, labs, seminars, experiential learning and research, and is based on best knowledge in the field as well as consultations with students, faculty and staff. We are working with provincial officials to ensure we meet BC’s Go-Forward Guidelines while offering students flexible and leading-edge learning opportunities that align with their learning preferences.

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