Mask Requirements on Campus

The following clarifies how the provincial health order on indoor mask use applies to on-campus spaces.

Masks must be worn:

  • Indoors in common spaces (hallways, elevators, washrooms, stairs, lobbies, lunchrooms, study rooms, service spaces etc.), academic spaces (classrooms, theatres, studios, shops, labs etc.) and at on-campus events.
  • When standing indoors, even when physically distanced.
  • In all TRU-owned vehicles with two or more passengers.
  • Over the mouth and nose.

Exceptions will be made for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks.

Masks may be removed only if you are:

  • Seated in an indoor restaurant (The Den, Accolades) but elsewhere only briefly to take a sip or bite.
    • Having food and/or drink on your table in common spaces (e.g. Student Street, House of Learning, Campus Activity Centre, etc.) does not mean you can take your mask off for an extended period. Our common spaces are not the same as indoor restaurants.

If someone in a common space is not wearing a mask and does not have an approved mask exemption, follow the four Rs — remind, request, remove and report.

Remind

the individual that masking is mandatory and ask them politely to put on a mask if they wish to remain on campus.

Request

that anyone unwilling to adhere to the requirement is to leave the building/space.

Remove

yourself if they refuse to comply.

Report

the incident to Security at 250-828-5033.


Masks in learning environments — students

Students must always wear a mask in common and learning spaces. This includes when meeting with instructors during office hours.

Masks may be removed only if you are:

  • Alone in a room or seated alone at a study carrel.
  • Presenting in front of the room and able to maintain physical distance at all times.
  • Actively drinking or eating (taking a sip or bite). Please refrain from eating in classrooms.

Masks in learning environments — faculty

Faculty must always wear a mask in common and learning spaces. This includes when instructing and if meeting with students in person during office hours.

Faculty can request a package of masks from the Procurement department to bring to your lectures for those who may need one.

Masks may be removed only if you are:

  • Unable to effectively teach, and you can remain six feet from your students at all times.
  • Actively drinking or eating (taking a sip or bite). Please refrain from eating in classrooms.

If a student in a learning environment is not wearing a mask and does not have an approved exemption, follow the four Rs — remind, request, remove and report.

Remind

students that masking is mandatory and ask them politely to put on a mask if they wish to stay in class.

Request

that anyone unwilling to adhere to the requirement is to leave the class.

Remove

yourself and dismiss the other students from the room if one or more students refuse to comply.

Report

incident to Chair and Dean and provide non-compliant student's name and student number to studentaffairs@tru.ca

A process is being developed to ensure such disruptions will not reoccur.


Masks in working environments — faculty and staff

Faculty and staff must always wear a mask in indoor common spaces, when walking through the department/unit, in meetings if not physically distanced and when a visitor enters your workspace.

Masks may be removed only if you are:

  • Seated and working at your desk.
  • Seated in a meeting only if you are physically distanced.
  • Actively eating in all other places where masks are required.

If an employee is not wearing a mask in a work environment and does not have an approved mask exemption, follow the four Rs — remind, request, remove and report.

Remind

employees that masking is mandatory and ask them politely to put on a mask.

Request

that anyone unwilling to adhere to the requirement to discus the issues with their supervisor.

Remove

yourself from the situation if the other is unwilling to comply.

Report

the incident to the supervisor. Supervisors or managers are to follow up immediately and ensure compliance.


Mask exemptions

To arrange for a formal exemption:

  • Students can contact Accessibility Services and follow the TRU student accommodation process. Students will not be considered exempt without a formal accommodation acceptance through Accessibility Services.
  • Faculty and staff can contact People and Culture.

If you have an approved mask exemption:

  • Limit your time in common spaces.
  • Maintain physical distance from others at all times.
  • Clean shared equipment before and after use.
  • Clean/sanitize your hands upon entry into building and when in common areas.

For any students with an approved exemption, the appropriate faculty members will receive accommodation letters.

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