Trinity Western University Fall semester updates
Updated: October 20, 2021
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE
As we enter the second month of Fall 2021 classes at TWU, we are grateful for the ongoing, safe resumption of the in-person learning on our campuses. In the last few weeks, several of the provincial health orders in place at post-secondary institutions in BC have been updated and released in final written form. TWU continues to abide by these temporary & requirements in full as is our legal responsibility under the BC Public Health Act. We have been working closely with our regional public health partners as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our community.
We recognize the proof of vaccination orders that affect some spaces, business and activities have been challenging to work through and have impacted some in our community more than others. TWU is working across the institution to find ways to serve our entire student body, and our community at large, safely, within the provincial health orders. For more information, please see Foundations of Community Care at Trinity Western University during COVID-19.
In keeping with provincial health orders, non-medical masks are mandatory for students, employees and guests when accessing all indoor public spaces on any of our TWU campuses. This includes in classrooms and labs by both students and instructors, in building lobbies, hallways, elevators, the Library, the Trinity Commons and Collegiums, as well as all lounges and all shared spaces in Residence Halls.
Temporary removal of your mask is permitted:
- When teaching or presenting in class if there is at least 2m distance or a barrier between you and others.
- While actively eating or drinking in designated spaces like when accessing our food services.
- While you are on your own in a room with no one else
- While actively engaged in physical activity.
- While participating in an education activity that cannot be completed wearing a mask (ex. playing a wind instrument)
- To communicate with a person for whom visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading, or lip movements are essential.
- To identify yourself.
Further exemptions from the use of face coverings for post-secondary students, employees, or guests, including if an individual is unable to wear a mask because of “(i) a psychological, behavioral, or health condition, or (ii) a physical, cognitive or mental impairment;” are outlined in the provincial health orders.
CURRENT PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS
PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination is not required to access in-person learning at Trinity Western University. Per the provincial health orders in place regarding post-secondary housing and for all gatherings and events in BC, there are areas of campus life where proof of vaccination is required:
- Proof of vaccination is required for students living in on-campus residence.
- Proof of vaccination is required to access full participation in varsity athletics including Canada West competition.
- Proof of vaccination is required for nursing students with clinical placements.
- Proof of vaccination is required to access specific indoor activities and events, including:
- Indoor ticketed sporting events, performances, shows and organized indoor recreational classes, events, conferences, and workshops of > 50 people.
- Indoor group exercise and team sport.
- Programs for children or youth are exempt from proof of vaccination but per the PHO to qualify these programs must be exclusively for people < 22 years of age only.
Proof of vaccination is not a condition of employment for faculty or staff currently.
Proof of vaccination is not required to access campus in general. All students can access classes, the library and learning commons, the cafeteria, collegiums, study halls as well as all outdoor spaces, activities, and events without presenting their BC Vaccine Card.
TWU remains committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccine status, and will continue to provide new or updated information as we receive it. We are grateful for the support of our community in this time, as together, we continue to work to provide an excellent, life-transforming Christian education for the students at TWU.
Obtaining your BC Vaccine Card
As of September 26, the BC Vaccine Card is the required proof of vaccination required to access affected services, businesses, and activities. Currently, participants must show evidence of only one dose of vaccine, however beginning October 24, proof of full vaccination, meaning it has been at least 7 days since completion of a COVID-19 vaccine series will be required. Individuals can download their personal BC Vaccine Card online.
International students have access to free COVID-19 vaccines under the BC Vaccination Program upon arrival. If you were immunized outside of BC or Canada or do not have a BC Personal Health Number (PHN), please review the instructions for how to register your immunization records in the provincial system and access your card here. PLEASE NOTE: registering through the BC Get Vaccinated program provides international students with a substitute PHN but this number does not mean the student is covered under MSP for health insurance. Please follow up with the Wellness Center if you have further questions.
If you are seeking additional guidance or information on COVID-19 immunizations, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine for resources from the B.C. Center for Disease Control, information from B.C. Public Health and our Frequently Asked Questions section.
TWU strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19. As a Christian academic institution, we value science, accept the evidence that vaccines work and are safe, and we support public health. We believe that God calls us to care for the broader community, and we desire to see people protected from severe illness and death. In alignment with BC Public Health, COVID-19 vaccine is not required for TWU students or employees.
You can review TWU's official position on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
TWU Institutional Safety Plan
COURSES & ACADEMICS
Most TWU courses are being delivered face-to-face this fall. The resumption of in-person learning is possible due to the impact of COVID-19 vaccines and the resulting reduced requirements for physical distancing in post-secondary education per the BC Return to Campus Guidelines. Many other core public health measures, including mandatory masks, hand hygiene, cleaning, and proper ventilation, are in place to protect access to this important learning environment.
Langley & Richmond
Trinity Western’s Langley and Richmond campuses are open and following the BC Return to Campus Guidelines, provincial health orders and restrictions in place to support the health and safety of our students and employees.
Laurentian Leadership Center (Ottawa)
The LLC is open with a reduced cohort in attendance for a full session this Fall. All learning and activities are abiding by local and provincial Public Health Guidance in Ontario including the Chief Medical Officer of Health order requiring all students and employees provide proof of vaccination.
Per the Provincial Health Order for Post-Secondary Housing, as of September 23, residents are required to be vaccinated. Over 94% of TWU students living on-campus are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose. Residents who are unvaccinated, which the PHO defines as not having completed a COVID-19 vaccine series for at least 7 days, are legally required to wear a mask when outside their room. Residents can update their status online through the Student COVID-19 Immunization Status Form.
TWU has reserved suites to accommodate isolation of students ill with, or exposed to, COVID-19 in accordance with BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the BC Return to Campus guidelines. This includes accessible meal or grocery delivery. Our Community Life and TWU Public Health Teams provide support to affected students in conjunction with Fraser Health Authority (FHA) who leads all case management and contact tracing in our region.
There are a few spaces available for vaccinated students. Details on TWU’s response to the pandemic in residence and applying for a housing space are available through our housing office at twu.ca/housing.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 24, 2021:
Last week the Canadian government issued updated federal travel regulations related to COVID-19. As of November 30, 2021, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents who are traveling out of Canada and returning in <72hrs will not require a negative molecular (PCR) test to re-enter the country. Also as of November 30, 2021, Canada will recognize an expanded number of COVID-19 vaccines aligned with those on the WHO Emergency Use List for the purposes of travel, including the federal exemption from quarantine. This expansion is in advance of further changes to entry requirements affecting international students early next year. As of January 15, 2022, international students must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. Furthermore, as of February 28, 2022, unvaccinated foreign nationals residing in Canada at that time will not be able to depart the country by plane or train with very few exceptions; please note current US land border restrictions permit only fully vaccinated non-US citizens or landed US permanent residents from crossing until at least January 21, 2022. Please review the latest information online at the Canadian government website and US Border Information.
COMMUNITY QUESTIONS FORM
TWU community members with additional questions or concerns relating to such topics as illness prevention, physical or mental health, class absences, and online learning options are encouraged to submit questions using the link below to direct them to the appropriate area.
For all other inquiries, please contact us by email or phone at (888) 468-6898.