TRU Announcement

COVID-19 Update:
Preparing for Upcoming Terms

Dear colleagues,

I want to thank all of you for all that you have done to support students in getting through the winter term and final assessments. The speed with which you pivoted to alternate forms of delivery and revised assessments is truly remarkable. Your grace, supportive attitude and professionalism during these unprecedented times are truly appreciated.

As TRU adapts to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are preparing for our summer and fall semesters, with guidance from the Province of British Columbia and health officials. 

Spring/Summer Semester

As many of you are aware, all spring/summer programming is being offered in alternate delivery formats, with some adjustments to start dates. For some of you, this first week of the semester is a prep week, while for others, your remote delivery classes began on May 4. Thank you for connecting directly with students regarding the specific arrangements for your course.

Please also remember that the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Learning and Innovation Team in OL, and IT Services are here to support you as you move to alternate forms of delivery and assessment and grapple with synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Fall Semester

TRU, like every other post-secondary institution, is working through how we approach future semesters due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently reviewing our fall schedule to ensure it will meet the needs of our students.

TRU is guided by the principle that the health and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty is paramount above all other considerations in accordance with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer. Therefore, while I can reassure you that we plan to offer our full breadth of courses this fall, I must also emphasize that we will do so in alignment with the maximum group size, physical distancing and any other direction stipulated by the Provincial Health Officer, various ministries, and public health agencies.

While continuing as best we can to offer exceptional learning opportunities, we recognize and accept that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact how programs and services are delivered. Now, in response to current provincial guidance, we are planning to move forward responsibly with face-to-face course delivery where possible—especially for courses where experiential learning is required—understanding that these classes will look and feel different due to mandatory physical distancing and group size controls.

For many programs, alternate delivery will continue this fall. We are dedicating time and resources over the summer to ensure students, faculty and staff will have all the support they need in the fall to effectively teach, study and work remotely, as needed.

Throughout this important transition, we will maintain a risk-based approach to re-opening campus, with strict adherence to all provincial directives.

As we work through the various scenarios for the fall schedule, we have taken the reluctant decision to delay the release of the fall and winter schedules. We hope to have more to share in the coming weeks, but please know that we are carefully considering all options to ensure the most successful fall semester for our students, faculty and staff. Continued updates will be provided through email and at tru.ca/covid-19.

As we adapt to our new normal, we will uphold TRU's commitment to flexibility, recognizing that many of you have additional responsibilities due to the COVID-19 situation. How we serve our students this summer and fall will continue to look different as the pandemic continues, but our commitment to providing the best education possible will not change. Be safe and please be well.

In peace, health, and harmony,

Christine Bovis-Cnossen
Provost & Vice-President Academic & Research