Winter Semester Courses Start Jan. 11

TRU is delaying the start of the 2021 winter semester campus-based (face-to-face and virtual delivery) courses to the week of Jan. 11. Courses scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 7 or 8 will not meet as originally planned but as per their scheduled days, times and formats the following week.

Self-paced courses and programs, as well as courses and programs with structured start dates that differ from regular winter semester start dates, are not affected.

Although the start dates for these classes are delayed, the university will reopen following the winter break on Monday, Jan. 4.

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Are all courses starting in January 2021 delayed to Jan. 11?

The delay to the start of winter semester applies only to 2021 winter semester campus-based (face-to-face and virtual delivery) courses originally scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 7 or 8.

Exceptions:

  • Courses scheduled to begin Jan. 4 or 5 (or after Jan. 8) are not impacted and will begin as scheduled.
  • Courses where practica or field study are scheduled to start Jan 4 – Jan. 8 will proceed as scheduled.
  • LAWF 3090, 3940, 3960 (one-week condensed courses during the week of Jan 4th)
  • EDPR 4200, EDTE 3410 (Education practicum courses)
  • Adventure Studies field courses
  • Health Care Assistant program

Does this affect co-op work terms?

Co-op work terms are not affected and will proceed as scheduled.

Does this include Williams Lake campus courses?

Yes. This delay affects Williams Lake winter semester campus-based courses (face-to-face and virtual delivery). Those that were set to meet Jan. 6, 7 or 8 will now meet as per their scheduled days, times and formats the week of Jan. 11.

Does it include Open Learning courses?

No. Self-paced courses and programs, as well as courses and programs with structured start dates that differ from regular winter semester start dates, are not affected.

Open Learning courses are not impacted by this delay and will proceed as scheduled. If your course is a Kamloops or Williams Lake campus-based winter semester course (face-to-face and virtual delivery), scheduled to meet Jan. 6, 7 or 8, it is now delayed to start the week of Jan. 11.

Self-paced courses and programs, as well as courses and programs with structured start dates that differ from the previously established Jan. 6 start date remain unaffected.

Does this mean my course will be cut short in content?

100 percent of course content and learning outcomes will still be delivered in affected courses over the reduced number of instructional days.

When I look online, my course start dates still show Jan. 6, 7 or 8. Why?

Due to this decision taking place at this late stage in the fall term, we are unable to revise the start dates in our system. This impacts what you see on MyTRU or in the registration system. For any campus-based semester courses that were originally scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 7 or 8, these courses will now begin the week of Jan. 11, 2021.

Exceptions:

  • Courses scheduled to begin Jan. 4 or 5 (or after Jan. 8) are not impacted and will begin as scheduled.
  • Courses where practica or field study are scheduled to start Jan 4 – Jan. 8 will proceed as scheduled.
  • LAWF 3090, 3940, 3960 (one-week condensed courses during the week of Jan 4th)
  • EDPR 4200, EDTE 3410 (Education practicum courses)
  • Adventure Studies field courses
  • Health Care Assistant program

Apart from the exceptions, please disregard the starts dates shown in MyTRU or in the registration system.

Does this delayed start impact deadlines to register, add/drop, withdraw?

All these deadlines have been extended.

The deadline to register for winter courses is now Jan. 8 (previously Dec. 23).

The deadline to add/drop courses is extended is now Jan. 22 (previously Jan. 19).

The deadline to withdraw from winter courses without academic penalty is now March 12 (previously March 5).

Will the deadline to pay tuition and fees be extended?

The deadline to pay tuition and fees is now Jan. 8 (previously Jan. 5).

Does this impact the application deadline for winter scholarships and bursaries?

The deadline to apply for winter scholarships and bursaries is now Jan. 22 (previously Jan. 15).

Does this change when classes end?

Winter semester will still end as scheduled on April 13, 2021.

Does this change when exams will take place?

Exams will still take place during the scheduled period April 16-28, 2021.

Will reading break be cancelled or moved?

Reading break will proceed as scheduled, Feb. 15-19, 2021.

Does this delay when I can move into residence?

Move-in dates for residence are not impacted by this delay.

Will this delay impact the financial aid that I receive?

The delay in the start of winter semester does not have any impact on student financial aid.

Will TRU campuses be closed the first week of January?

Following the winter semester closure from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3., TRU will open on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 as scheduled.

Will the start of summer term be delayed

There are currently no plans to change when summer term begins. Summer term is scheduled to begin May 3, 2021.

Are there any set activities in first week that need to be accommodated?

The delay in winter semester is specific to campus-based semester courses normally scheduled to begin between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, 2021. If you are enrolled in an activity to take place the first week of January, any updates would come from the person in charge of the activity..

Will there be an adjustment to tuition or fees?

We are delaying the start of winter semester but will still deliver 100 percent of the course content and learning outcomes. Therefore, we will not be making further adjustments to tuition and fees.

To support students who we know are facing increased financial pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TRU announced earlier this year that it will reduce Athletics and Recreation fees by 25 percent for both the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters.

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