COVID-19: Employee Information

The safety of our university community, and our responsibility to the health and safety of others is paramount in this time.

TRU is open and our focus remains on supporting the educational needs of our students. This will look and be delivered differently during COVID-19, but we are still here.

Below are answers to some of the questions you may have. Should you not find an answer, send us an email and we will either post the question here, or put you in touch with someone directly.


 

Additional questions? Connect with us by email.

Faculty FAQ

 What can faculty expect for the upcoming terms? Updated March 8, 2021

BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has given all of BC’s public universities and colleges the go ahead to prepare for a full return to on-campus education this September and advised that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely for faculty, staff and students.

Building on the successful planning process from last summer, public colleges, institutes and universities will again work with Dr. Henry to update the Go Forward Guidelines for BC post-secondary institutions. Once finalized, these guidelines will support our planning for a safe return for everyone this fall.

Throughout all transitions that have occurred at TRU during this pandemic, we have maintained a risk-based approach with strict adherence to all provincial directives.

FAQ for all employees

 Does the Provincial Health Authority’s March 8 announcement mean that all classes will be in-person starting this fall? Updated March 12, 2021

All public universities and colleges are preparing for a return to on-campus education this September and Dr. Henry advised that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall for all students, staff and faculty. We are working with provincial authorities to finalize guidelines and are working on what this will look like at TRU. We will provide updates as this evolves. Our focus is on planning for in-person return while considering other delivery options. Further information will be available later in April when the TRU Return to Campus steering committee finishes planning.

 Based on the Provincial Health Authority’s March 8 announcement, as an on-campus staff or faculty member, will I be expected to be back on campus this fall? Updated March 12, 2021

All public universities and colleges are preparing for a full return to on-campus education this September and advised that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall for all students, staff and faculty. While we will focus on in-person delivery, we will also consider other delivery options. We don’t have all the answers at this early stage of planning, but are committed to keeping staff and faculty informed. Please regularly check our Return to Campus web page.

 What is the TRU Return to Campus 2021 steering committee and what is their role? Updated March 12, 2021

This committee is collecting, analyzing, and planning for different scenarios for a return to campus, and is made up of a wide selection of student, faculty and staff leaders. They are committed to completing the work and providing reports on options including a return to campus with or without COVID-19 health measures, as well as considering other delivery options. Information provided by students, faculty and staff, such as surveys completed in February, are important to informing their work and we thank those who have participated.

 Will TRU enforce COVID-19 vaccinations for all its employees and students? Updated March 12, 2021

Vaccines will be made available by provincial health authorities to anyone who wishes to be vaccinated. TRU is confident that the combination of immunization and continued application of the Go-Forward Guidelines will support the safe and complete resumption of campus teaching, learning, and research.

 As an international student, will I be expected to be on campus this fall? Updated March 12, 2021

Details on a return to campus for our international students will become clearer in late April, based upon both federal and provincial advice. International students can be assured our plan will consider how to best support them if they are not yet able to return.

 When do you expect to have more details on what the fall 2021 return to campus will look like for employees, faculty and students? Updated March 12, 2021

The Go Forward Guidelines for our sector are expected to be updated in the coming weeks. These guidelines will inform our campus safety plan and we will share updated information as plans for fall 2021 evolve.

 I’m nervous returning to campus, will it be safe? Updated March 12, 2021

We know some people are nervous about returning to campus, and safety is our priority. We are working with public health officials to make sure all the right measures will be in place upon your return.

While the pandemic is not over, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The BC government has ramped up vaccination efforts so that every British Columbian can get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this summer.

 Will all services be up and running in the fall? Updated March 12, 2021

Our planning is to have a significant return to campus in September, with as many services up and running as possible.

 Where can I learn more about the university’s safety plan and other details on what is being done to keep everyone safe? Updated March 8, 2021

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has given all of BC’s public universities and colleges the go ahead to prepare for a full return to on-campus education this September and advised that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely for faculty, staff and students. The province’s public colleges, institutes and universities will work with her to update the Go Forward Guidelines for BC post-secondary institutions. Once finalized, these guidelines will support our planning for a safe return for everyone this fall.

When those plans are finalized, we will share them on our website under Health and Safety FAQS, the COVID-19 section in our Risk Management Services.

 What areas of campus are currently open? Updated Sept. 1

The Campus Services and Spaces page provides information on what parts of campus are open. Although some spaces are closed to students, employees can access offices in all building.

 Can those working remotely visit campus? Updated Jan. 20

In response to current provincial restrictions, we have asked all areas, wherever possible, to reduce their numbers on-campus to only those who need to be on site to do their work. As a result, remote workers include those who were once approved to come to campus but have returned to working remotely, and those who have been working remotely throughout the pandemic.

In both scenarios of remote workers, if it is necessary to come to campus, please inform your supervisor. You only need to inform OSEM if you need assistance accessing your area and/or if there isn’t typically someone in your area.

Faculty have unrestricted use of their offices and do not need to inform their dean or OSEM.

All employees working on campus or remote workers who need to access the campus temporarily need to be familiar with their area’s safety plan in regard to using common areas such as kitchens, washrooms and lounges.

  I heard TRU is allowing international students arriving in Canada the ability to quarantine in one of the residences. Is there an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus or in our community? Added July 31

TRU set up a temporary quarantine space for international students in McGill Residence. Each student has their own washroom and living space.

Before arriving, each student must submit an online quarantine plan that is checked upon their arrival by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

During the required 14-day period, quarantined students will have no physical contact with the outside. The TRU World team works with the students to ensure they have everything they need (meals, wifi, etc.) so they do not leave their quads or interact with others until their quarantine period is complete.

Everything we do is in compliance with the federal travel restriction policy and public health to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and the community. In accordance with provincial guidelines, TRU Housing has updated cleaning and sanitization measures, and implemented physical distancing protocols to protect students and staff.

  Who needs to take COVID training? Updated Feb. 12

All faculty and staff who will be working on campus, students attending face-to-face instruction and those participating in athletic training are required to take these three mandatory courses:

These course are available now.

 What is happening with convocation and commencement? Updated March 8, 2021

For those graduating students who planned to convocate this June, TRU will host a virtual celebration on Thursday, June 17. We invite you to get together virtually with your family, friends, classmates and faculty to celebrate your achievements.

 Is there anything we can do to help with contact tracing? Added Sept. 3

If there is a confirmed case on campus, Interior Health takes the lead on contact tracing. To better assist Interior Health in finding and notifying contacts, we ask you to take some simple steps:

  • All employees — if you are on campus regularly, make a note of when you are absent. If your visits are occasional, make a note of when you are on campus. When face-to-face meetings are needed, schedule them in advance as much as possible, make note of who is present and where the meeting took place.
  • Faculty — please take attendance for your face-to-face classes. One option is to leave a sheet of paper on a table that includes your students’ names and the class date, and ask students to initial (with their own pen). Please save this in case it is needed. Also, please ask students to sit in the same place in each class throughout the term.
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