Thompson Rivers University

Hate has no place here — A message to the TRU community

November 3, 2023

Recent events have once again brought to our attention complex and deeply troubling issues that continue to affect us globally. The tragic loss of life and suffering in different parts of the world to war, terrorism, and violence touches all of us, regardless of our personal backgrounds or beliefs.

Unfortunately, we have learned that some in our community feel unsafe in Kamloops. As protests and counter-protests related to global events generate attention almost daily — including at universities across B.C. and Canada — some have even expressed reluctance to come to our campus.

It deeply saddens me to think that anyone might feel physically unsafe or vulnerable at TRU. Clearly, statements that spread hatred or incite or normalize violence are never acceptable on university campuses and are contrary to TRU’s values of respect, community, and inclusion.

I am grateful that we have not seen such behaviour at TRU, even as other places have experienced such unfortunate events. I urge all of us to continue to engage in respectful and constructive dialogue and be mindful that others might be silently suffering, fearful or anxious. Our goal must always be to ensure everyone here feels secure and supported. Through understanding and empathy, we can build a community where everyone is safe, respected, and valued.

Also, I want to remind everyone of the services TRU offers that are designed to make people feel safe, both on and off campus:

  • Campus Security — TRU has a dedicated Campus Security team that works around the clock to ensure safety on campus. Security can be reached 24/7 by calling (250) 828-5033.
  • TRUSafe App — This free phone-based app provides staff, faculty, and students with quick online access to many safety-related services, including Friend Walk, which sends your location in real-time to friends or family members so they can watch as you walk to your destination.
  • Safe Walk Program — This service is typically offered by the security team or volunteers and ensures that individuals can get to their cars, dorms, or other campus locations safely, especially during late hours.
  • Emergency Phones and Stations — TRU has installed highly visible emergency phones and stations across campus that can be used to contact security directly in case of an emergency.
  • Lighting and Infrastructure — TRU ensures well-lit paths and well-maintained infrastructure contribute to physical safety on campus.
  • Mental Health and Counselling Services — While not directly related to physical safety, mental health services play a crucial role in overall well-being. Counselling and support services can help individuals cope with stress, anxiety, and other issues that might affect their sense of safety. If you need help to cope with circumstances, please ask. Students have a range of supports available through TRU World, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy or the Wellness Centre. Find out more through the following links:

During challenging times, we encourage those who feel vulnerable to seek support from our campus resources. Remember, we are here for you.


Brett Fairbairn
President and Vice-Chancellor

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