From the beginning, we’ve been working to keep our community is as informed as possible. Our previous updates can be reviewed below. 


Community Emails

JUNE 9 Message from the President | The Journey Forward  
MAY 6 Message from the President | The Journey Back 
APRIL 21 Summer Work Opportunities 
MARCH 30 Stay connected with Student Life 
MARCH 24 First Confirmed Case 
MARCH 20 Student Safety & Wellness 
MARCH 19 Online Class Support from Learning Commons 
MARCH 19 Student Experience of Teaching & Learning (SETL) Information 
MARCH 18 Additional Student Information – Part 2 
MARCH 16 Room & Board Update 
MARCH 16 Chapel Update 
MARCH 14 Additional Student Information – Part 1 

WEBSITE UPDATES

6/20/20 - 1:40 P.M. - Town Halls

TOWN HALLS

We appreciate that this season is unique for each of you and you likely have specific questions that pertain to your individual situation. In order to provide you with a clear and positive way forward, we invited key University leaders to share at a special town hall event on June 17th and 18th. At these town halls, we provided further updates regarding health and safety, housing, classroom arrangements, course fees, financial aid, and a variety of other timely topics.

If you missed it you can watch recordings:

WATCH THE RETURNING STUDENTS TOWN HALL - JUNE 17

WATCH THE INCOMING STUDENTS TOWN HALL - JUNE 18

If you have any questions that were not answered in the Town Halls, please visit our FAQ page or feel free to reach out to us at admissions@twu.ca with any questions. 

We are so grateful to be on this journey with you and in the midst of uncertainty, we look to the Lord for guidance, assurance, and hope.  

5/6/20 - 9:00 A.M. - Multi-Access Education

Trinity Western University is expanding the way that students will be able to access education this fall.

We have good news. Instead of waiting for borders to re-open and travel restrictions to lift, we are expanding our face-to-face campus learning with a bold, multi-access delivery model. Our innovative multi-access approach will allow a seamless transition to on-campus learning for those who are able to travel, while providing all students greater flexibility in their learning.

Our ultimate aim continues to be a full return to campus as soon as it is safe for students to do so. We place a high value upon health and safety and are committed to doing all that we can to ensure the well-being of our entire community. We do not want the inability to study on campus this fall to mean an individual cannot access a Trinity Western University education. We are committed to providing education without borders by offering a variety of ways for students to begin their studies for the upcoming academic year.

At Trinity Western University, transformative education can happen regardless of borders, time zones, or location. Our multi-access platform allows students the flexibility of learning face-to-face, online or a combination of the two, depending on the subject matter and individual circumstance of each student. This coming semester will be different for everyone and we are committed to supporting students well regardless of their physical or geographical setting. Our multi-access approach will allow students to move dynamically between educational modes as we progress towards fully returning to a safe on-campus learning environment.

Whole-person education is a hallmark of the Trinity Western University experience. We have designed multi-access with this in mind: key areas of the university that contribute to the unique TWU student experience, including Student Life, Resident Life, Chapel and the Learning Commons, are adapting the way they care for and support the academic, social, and spiritual development of students to make the complete TWU experience available to all students.


WHAT IS A MULTI-ACCESS CAMPUS?

Multi-access simply means that you can access your courses in a number of flexible ways, including:

  • On campus, in-person (contingent on updated BC Provincial Health regulations and policies)
  • Online remotely, at the same time as your professor and peers (known as “synchronous”)
  • Online remotely, at the same pace, but a different time from your professor or peers (known as “asynchronous”)
  • Or, a combination of the above

EDUCATION WITHOUT BORDERS: UNINTERRUPTED LEARNING

As a student, you will not be restricted to any one mode of access. For example, you may choose to begin classes in September online remotely. Then, later in the semester, as circumstances allow, you may choose to make the move back to campus. At this point, you will then be able to integrate seamlessly into in-person classes without needing to change your registration, you’ll simply remain part of the same courses you began the semester with, regardless of where you are accessing them.

This multi-access model allows you to switch among modes of access as you choose, without any interruption to your learning. Our hope is that this provides peace of mind to you and your family, letting you confidently enroll for classes on or after May 11, 2020 when course registration opens.


THE FULL STUDENT EXPERIENCE

In the meantime, be assured that the signature TWU student experiences will still be available and enhanced with increased accessibility through multi-access delivery. These include:

  • Student Life Discipleship Groups
  • Chapel Ministries and Podcasts
  • Freshman Learning Cohorts
  • Personalized mentoring by Student Success Coaches
  • Personalized writing help by Writing Coaches
  • Responsive e-Librarians and Research Help
  • TWUSA Student Government
  • Financial Aid and Emergency Funding

THE BENEFITS OF A MULTI-ACCESS CAMPUS

The main benefits of a Multi-Access campus are safety, flexibility and ease of access.  You can start your courses this September from anywhere – and continue in that location or move closer to campus – without any interruption in learning.

Multi-access learning is not new; it is a teaching and learning model that TWU has been developing and using for years, primarily in our highly regarded and innovative graduate-level degrees, such as the Masters in Nursing (MSN), Great Wall MBA and the Masters in Leadership (MA) programs.  

Multi-access increases access and opens up the opportunity for more students to study, including students with mobility challenges or physical disability, students living around the globe, and students who work part- or full-time.


IN THIS TOGETHER

Our mission at TWU remains the same: to foster a new generation of godly leaders with thoroughly Christian minds who are ready to actively participate in Christian community and become ambassadors of God’s reconciliation in the world. This mission requires your participation.

Your decision to come to TWU will uniquely prepare you for the new, post-COVID-19 world. This is your chance to be among a courageous generation of new leaders who are preparing to face the world by being thoroughly trained and educated in faith, knowledge and leadership. A university education is a bold endeavor in any season, no less this one.

Should you take up the challenge to participate in becoming a new cohort of Christian leaders, you will experience TWU’s highly individual level of support. We gladly receive you this Fall 2020 through whatever mode of access you choose.  You will need to secure your course registration soon, so that we can arrange the resources necessary to make your experience the best one possible.

Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time through our website. We are continually renewing our Campus Information page with up-to-date information.

We look forward to welcoming you this September.

4/7/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Employee Recovered from COVID-19

Dear Trinity Western University Community

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

Acts of kindness and compassion that are characteristic of our community have been multiplied over recent weeks, as we traced the impact of our students and alumnae in China, Europe, Washington State, and now BC.  The flood of positive responses from parents and students has reiterated for us the value of a Christian university, which takes seriously our call to be invested in the service of others. This is a historic event and an uncertain time. And it shall pass. When we all stand on the other side of this pandemic, we believe that the stories from TWU will make our province and nation proud as well.  

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response developments jointly announced by the BC Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer, classes moved online for the duration of the Spring semester, as well as for the Summer semester.  

TWU had one employee test positive for COVID-19 as announced on March 24, 2020. This person has now fully recovered and has been officially recognized by public health as such. We give thanks to God for this, and wish to convey a thank you on behalf of this employee for all of your prayers. TWU worked closely with local public health to assist with contact-tracing and related protocols.  No additional measures are required, and there is no additional risk to the TWU community. 

Most of our 1100+ on-campus students have now moved home.  Remaining students are primarily international students who are unable to travel home for various reasons.  TWU has put various plans into place to ensure that remaining students are well-supported.  We are grateful to Student Life, Community Life, the Wellness Centre, and donors for coming up with innovative ways to ensure essential needs are met, and to support physical distancing and social connectedness.     

The following measures have been taken and will remain in place until announced otherwise: 

  • Traditional face-to-face classes are suspended.  
  • All classes are provided online.   
  • Chapel services are provided online. TWU Chapel Podcasts are also available.
  • Students who must remain on campus will continue to be supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  These students will continue with room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for through on-campus and remote services. 
  • TWU operations are continuing. TWU-Langley campus remains open, with essential services on-site. TWU-Bellingham and TWU-Richmond physical sites are closed. At all campuses, all services that can be provided virtually have moved online.  Staff and faculty continue to work, mostly remotely from home. Human Resources will continue to communicate directly with staff with any additional information.  
  • Library and Registration Office services are now offered virtually.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work from home unless otherwise designated.
  • Spring 2020 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled. It will take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7.
  • Travel studies have been cancelled. This includes all travel studies through the end of August.
  • Summer courses will continue. We are offering Summer courses online. 

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions, and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU has prepared for the possibility that some students might require self-isolation in the dorms. The number of students remaining on campus is low. We have rooms set aside for this purpose.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

The university is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions.

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Isolating yourself when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 


REPORT OF SELF-ISOLATION

For students living in residence on the Langley campus who are choosing to self-isolate. Please use the following link to complete a Report of Self-Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

4/3/20 - 3:00 P.M. - Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19

Dear Trinity Western University Community

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

Acts of kindness and compassion that are characteristic of our community have been multiplied over recent weeks, as we traced the impact of our students and alumnae in China, Europe, Washington State, and now BC.  The flood of positive responses from parents and students has reiterated for us the value of a Christian university, which takes seriously our call to be invested in the service of others. This is a historic event and an uncertain time. And it shall pass. When we all stand on the other side of this pandemic, we believe that the stories from TWU will make our province and nation proud as well.  

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response developments jointly announced by the BC Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer, classes moved online for the duration of the Spring semester, as well as for the Summer semester.  

TWU has had one employee test positive for COVID-19 as announced on March 24, 2020. TWU has worked closely with local public health to assist with contact-tracing and related protocols.  No additional measures are required, and there is no additional risk to the TWU community. This employee is recovering at home. We continue to pray for their complete recovery.

Most of our 1100+ on-campus students have now moved home.  Remaining students are primarily international students who are unable to travel home for various reasons.  TWU has put various plans into place to ensure that remaining students are well-supported.  We are grateful to Student Life, Community Life, the Wellness Centre, and donors for coming up with innovative ways to ensure essential needs are met, and to support physical distancing and social connectedness.     

The following measures have been taken and will remain in place until announced otherwise: 

  • Traditional face-to-face classes are suspended.  
  • All classes are provided online.   
  • Chapel services are provided online. TWU Chapel Podcasts are also available.
  • Students who must remain on campus will continue to be supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  These students will continue with room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for through on-campus and remote services. 
  • TWU operations are continuing. TWU-Langley campus remains open, with essential services on-site. TWU-Bellingham and TWU-Richmond physical sites are closed. At all campuses, all services that can be provided virtually have moved online.  Staff and faculty continue to work, mostly remotely from home. Human Resources will continue to communicate directly with staff with any additional information.  
  • Library and Registration Office services are now offered virtually.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work from home unless otherwise designated.
  • Spring 2020 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled. It will take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7.
  • Travel studies have been cancelled. This includes all travel studies through the end of August.
  • Summer courses will continue. We are offering Summer courses online. 

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions, and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU has prepared for the possibility that some students might require self-isolation in the dorms. The number of students remaining on campus is low. We have rooms set aside for this purpose.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

The university is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions.

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:   

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Isolating yourself when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 


REPORT OF SELF-ISOLATION

For students living in residence on the Langley campus who are choosing to self-isolate. Please use the following link to complete a Report of Self-Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

3/24/20 - 9:00 P.M. - Report of Self Isolation

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

Acts of kindness and compassion that are characteristic of our community have been multiplied over recent weeks, as we traced the impact of our students and alumnae in China, Europe, Washington State, and now BC.  The flood of positive responses from parents and students has reiterated for us the value of a Christian university, which takes seriously our call to be invested in the service of others. This is a historic event and an uncertain time. And it shall pass. When we all stand on the other side of this pandemic, we believe that the stories from TWU will make our province and nation proud as well.  

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments jointly announced by the BC Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer, classes have moved online for the duration of the Spring semester. We are committed to completing the semester well. We also anticipate that Summer courses will be provided online.  

Based on increasingly restrictive measures announced by the government, we have advised any student remaining on campus able to travel home to have done so by Sunday, March 22.  Any students within driving distance of campus should have already departed unless other arrangements have been approved. Resident Directors and Assistants are on hand to support and answer questions. We have made this and the following decisions out of serious care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community, and in response to provincial and federal recommendations and directives to reduce the spread of the virus: 

  • Traditional face-to-face classes are suspended.  
  • All classes are provided online.   
  • Students living in on-campus housing who are able to travel home to have done so by Sunday, March 22.  Student Life has been working with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home. Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who must remain on campus will continue to be supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  These students will continue with room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for through on-campus and remote services. 
  • TWU operations are continuing. TWU-Langley campus remains open, with essential services on-site. TWU-Bellingham and TWU-Richmond physical sites are closed. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa is closed to the public, and continues to provide support for students online. At all campuses, all services that can be provided virtually have moved online.  Staff and faculty continue to work, mostly remotely from home. Human Resources will continue to communicate directly with staff with any additional information.  
  • Library and Registration Office services are now offered virtually.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work from home.  As of March 17, all but “campus-specific employees” were asked to work from home for a two week period to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Any changes to this plan will be communicated before the end of the two week period.   
  • Spring 2020 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled. It will take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7.
  • Travel studies have been cancelled. This includes all travel studies scheduled in May.  Studies scheduled for July or August will be re-evaluated in May.
  • Summer courses will continue. We plan to offer Summer courses online. 

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions, and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU is preparing for the possibility that some students might require self-isolation in the dorms. The number of students remaining on campus is low. We have rooms set aside for this purpose.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

The university is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions.

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:   

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Isolating yourself when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 


REPORT OF SELF-ISOLATION

For students living in residence on the Langley campus who are choosing to self-isolate. Please use the following link to complete a Report of Self-Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

3/21/20 - 12:00 P.M. - Campus Status Update & Asking Students to Return Home If Possible

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

Acts of kindness and compassion that are characteristic of our community have been multiplied over recent weeks, as we traced the impact of our students and alumnae in China, Europe, Washington State, and now BC.  The flood of positive responses from parents and students has reiterated for us the value of a Christian university, which takes seriously our call to be invested in the service of others. This is a historic event and an uncertain time. And it shall pass. When we all stand on the other side of this pandemic, we believe that the stories from TWU will make our province and nation proud as well.  

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments jointly announced by the BC Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer, classes have moved online for the duration of the Spring semester. We are committed to completing the semester well. We also anticipate that Summer courses will be provided online.  

Based on increasingly restrictive measures announced by the government, any student remaining on campus who is able to travel home must do so by Sunday, March 22.  Any students within driving distance of campus should plan to depart this weekend unless other arrangements have been approved. Resident Directors and Assistants are on hand to support and answer questions. 

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, we have made this and the following decisions out of serious care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community, and in response to provincial and federal recommendations and directives to reduce the spread of the virus: 

  • Traditional face-to-face classes are suspended.  
  • All classes are provided online.   
  • Students living in on-campus housing who are able to travel home must do so by Sunday, March 22.  Student Life has been working with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home. Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who must remain on campus will continue to be supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  These students will continue with room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for through on-campus and remote services. 
  • TWU operations are continuing. TWU-Langley campus remains open, with essential services on-site. TWU-Bellingham and TWU-Richmond physical sites are closed. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa is closed to the public, and continues to provide support for students online. At all campuses, all services that can be provided virtually have moved online.  Staff and faculty continue to work, mostly remotely from home. Human Resources will continue to communicate directly with staff with any additional information.  
  • Library and Registration Office services are now offered virtually.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work from home.  As of March 17, all but “campus-specific employees” were asked to work from home for a two week period to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Any changes to this plan will be communicated before the end of the two week period.   
  • Spring 2020 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled. It will take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7.
  • Travel studies have been cancelled. This includes all travel studies scheduled in May.  Studies scheduled for July or August will be re-evaluated in May.
  • Summer courses will continue. We plan to offer Summer courses online. 

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions, and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU is preparing for the possibility that some students might require self-isolation in the dorms. The number of students remaining on campus is low. We have rooms set aside for this purpose.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

The university is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions.

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:   

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Isolating yourself when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 

3/18/20 - 7:00 A.M. - Travel for Students and self assessment tool

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, we have made some recent decisions of significance to the TWU community.  Classes are moving online as of March 18 for the duration of the semester. We are committed to completing the semester well.

Based on the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 17, any students planning to travel home during the pandemic are urged to make arrangements as soon as possibleStudents living on campus will receive further communication on March 18.

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, this decision was made out of an abundance of care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community. During a pandemic, limiting exposure is crucial and social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of a virus. 

In light of this decision and the most recent government directives, we have taken the following actions:

  • Traditional face-to-face classes at Langley, Bellingham, and Richmond are suspended. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa is continuing classes onsite as scheduled, with some students joining remotely.
  • All classes will be provided online starting Wednesday, March 18. Courses already taught online will continue as planned.  
  • Chapel services will continue in an online format. TWU Chapel Podcasts are also available.
  • Students living in on-campus housing may choose to return home or to remain in residence, depending on their circumstancesStudent Life has been working with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home before online courses begin.  Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who remain on campus will be well supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  Students will be able to continue with their regular room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for by staff and faculty. 
  • All of our campuses will remain open during this time. Staff and faculty will continue to work as usual; those whose work can be completed remotely are asked to work from home (see below). Essential campus services will continue. Human Resources is communicating directly with staff with additional information.
  • We have asked employees who have not been designated as "campus-specific" to work from home for the next two weeks as of Tuesday, March 17.  This is in line with the announcement by the Prime Minister, and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. Team-leads have communicated with individuals who have been designated “campus-specific employees” that are essential to maintaining the safety and delivery of services who will continue to carry out their regular duties on campus. All other employees have been strongly encouraged to work from home. 

We have rescheduled our upcoming Spring 2020 graduation ceremony – set to be held on Saturday, April 25—to instead take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7

Finally, we have taken the following precautionary measures by cancelling until further notice:

  • All non-essential, university-related travel outside of Canada
  • All Travel Studies outside of Canada and scheduled in the next two months 
  • Athletic games and tournaments until further notice (any exceptions will be communicated by Athletic department)
  • Experiential learning on sites with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • University meetings or events (on and off-campus) with more than 50 people

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU is preparing for the possible need for students requiring self-isolation in the dorms.  We will have a number of rooms set aside for this purpose.   

We continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.


HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

The university is continuing operations and is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 

3/17/20 - 8:00 P.M. - Travel for Students and self assessment tool

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, we have made some recent decisions of significance to the TWU community.  Classes are moving online as of March 18 for the duration of the semester. We are committed to completing the semester well.

Based on the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 17, any students planning to travel home during the pandemic are urged to make arrangements as soon as possible. Students living on campus will receive further communication on March 18.

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, this decision was made out of an abundance of care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community. During a pandemic, limiting exposure is crucial and social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of a virus. 

In light of this decision and the most recent government directives, we have taken the following actions:

  • Traditional face-to-face classes at Langley, Bellingham, and Richmond are suspended. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa is continuing classes onsite as scheduled, with some students joining remotely.
  • All classes will be provided online starting Wednesday, March 18. Courses already taught online will continue as planned.  
  • Chapel services will continue in an online format. TWU Chapel Podcasts are also available.
  • Students living in on-campus housing may choose to return home or to remain in residence, depending on their circumstances. Student Life has been working with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home before online courses begin.  Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who remain on campus will be well supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  Students will be able to continue with their regular room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for by staff and faculty. 
  • All of our campuses will remain open during this time. Staff and faculty will continue to work as usual; those whose work can be completed remotely are asked to work from home (see below). Essential campus services will continue. Human Resources is communicating directly with staff with additional information.
  • We have asked employees who have not been designated as "campus-specific" to work from home for the next two weeks as of Tuesday, March 17.  This is in line with the announcement by the Prime Minister, and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. Team-leads have communicated with individuals who have been designated “campus-specific employees” that are essential to maintaining the safety and delivery of services who will continue to carry out their regular duties on campus. All other employees have been strongly encouraged to work from home. 

We have rescheduled our upcoming Spring 2020 graduation ceremony – set to be held on Saturday, April 25—to instead take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7

Finally, we have taken the following precautionary measures by cancelling until further notice:

  • All non-essential, university-related travel outside of Canada
  • All Travel Studies outside of Canada and scheduled in the next two months 
  • Athletic games and tournaments until further notice (any exceptions will be communicated by Athletic department)
  • Experiential learning on sites with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • University meetings or events (on and off-campus) with more than 50 people

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU is preparing for the possible need for students requiring self-isolation in the dorms.  We will have a number of rooms set aside for this purpose.   

We continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.


Health-Related Information

The university is continuing operations and is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:   

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

Self-assessment Tool 

The BC Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool that will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. Please follow this link to access the tool. 

3/16/20 - 6:00 P.M. - National Travel Measures and Government Directives

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, we have made some recent decisions of significance to the TWU community.  We have decided to immediately suspend classes and will continue classes online as of March 18 for the duration of the semester. We are committed to completing the semester well.This change is consistent with travel measures announced by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and with his encouragement for Canadians to return to and remain at home. In addition, we are now asking people to work from home for the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, March 17.

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, this decision is made out of an abundance of care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community. During a pandemic, limiting exposure is crucial and social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of a virus. 

In light of this decision and the most recent government directives, we have taken the following actions:

  • Traditional face-to-face classes at Langley, Bellingham, and Richmond are suspended. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa is continuing classes onsite as scheduled, with some students joining remotely. If you wish to visit the LLC, please call in advance. 
  • All classes will be provided online starting Wednesday, March 18. Courses already taught online will continue as planned.  
  • Daily chapel services will continue online. TWU Chapel Podcasts are also available.
  • Students living in on-campus housing may choose to return home or to remain in residence, depending on their circumstancesStudent Life has been working with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home before online courses begin.  Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who remain on campus will be well supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  Students will be able to continue with their regular room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for by staff and faculty. 
  • All of our campuses will remain open during this time. Staff and faculty will continue to work as usual; those whose work can be completed remotely are asked to work from home (see below). Essential campus services will continue. Human Resources is communicating directly with staff with additional information.
  • *NEW* We are asking people to work from home for the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, March 17.  This is in line with the announcement by the Prime Minister, and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. Team-leads will have communicated with individuals who have been designated “campus-specific employees” that are essential to maintaining the safety and delivery of services on campus who will be expected to continue to carry out their regular duties on campus. All other employees are strongly encouraged to work from home. 

We have rescheduled our upcoming Spring 2020 graduation ceremony – set to be held on Saturday, April 25—to now take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7

Finally, we have taken the following precautionary measures by cancelling until further notice:

  • All non-essential, university-related travel outside of Canada
  • All Travel Studies outside of Canada and scheduled in the next two months 
  • Athletic games and tournaments until further notice (any exceptions will be communicated by Athletic department)
  • Experiential learning on sites with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • University meetings or events (on and off-campus) with more than 50 people

We have received an outpouring of positive responses to these decisions, and are grateful to TWU faculty, staff, and students for helping to navigate the changes so seamlessly. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread.  Because provincial health authorities are anticipating the possibility of an increased number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and because testing will be increasingly reserved for those who are most at risk, TWU is preparing for the possible need for students requiring self-isolation in the dorms.  We will have a number of rooms set aside for this purpose.        

Health-Related Information

The university is continuing operations and is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These include:   

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick (even with a mild cold)
  • Social distancing:  Avoiding large groups; staying 2 metres apart from others when sharing a closed space; avoiding handshakes or other greetings involving touch.
  • Spend time outdoors

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/14/20 - 3:00 P.M. - Classes Online and Graduation postponed to Nov. 7th

Dear Trinity Western University Community - 

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, we have made some recent decisions of significance to the TWU community.  We have decided to immediately suspend classes and will continue classes online as of March 18 for the duration of the semester. We are committed to completing the semester well.

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, this decision is made out of an abundance of care and concern for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community. During a pandemic, limiting exposure is crucial and social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of a virus.  

In light of this decision, we are taking the following actions:

  • Traditional face-to-face classes at Langley, Bellingham, and Richmond are suspended. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa will continue classes as scheduled. 
  • All classes will be provided online starting Wednesday, March 18. TWU-R students should check Moodle as some classes will be online beginning Saturday, March 14.
  • Daily chapel services will continue online.
  • Students living in on-campus housing may choose to return home or to remain in residence, depending on their circumstancesStudent Life will work with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home before online courses begin.  Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who remain on campus will be well supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  Students will be able to continue with their regular room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for by staff and faculty. 
  • All of our campuses will remain active and open during this time. Staff and faculty will continue to work as usual and essential campus services will continue. 

We have rescheduled our upcoming Spring 2020 graduation ceremony – set to be held on Saturday, April 25—to now take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7

Finally, we have taken the following precautionary measures by cancelling until further notice:

  • Non-essential, university-related travel outside of Canada
  • Travel studies to or through Europe and affected areas in the next two months
  • Athletic travel for exhibition games
  • Experiential learning on sites with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • University meetings or events (on and off-campus) with more than 100 people

Health-Related Information

The university is continuing operations and is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These are similar to preventive measures to protect against seasonal colds and flu. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/13/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Classes Online and Graduation postponed to Nov. 7th

For the last number of weeks, TWU leadership has been planning for a variety of contingencies related to COVID-19.  We have been prayerfully guided in our decisions and in close collaboration with local and provincial health authorities, with the goal of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of every member of the TWU community. 

In light of the fast-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent developments announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, we have made some recent decisions of significance to the TWU community.  We have decided to immediately suspend classes and will continue classes online as of March 18 for the duration of the semester. We are committed to completing the semester well.

While we continue to have no cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University, this decision is made out of an abundance of care and concern for the wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community. During a pandemic, limiting exposure is crucial and social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of a virus.  

In light of this decision, we are taking the following actions:

  • Traditional face-to-face classes at Langley, Bellingham, and Richmond are suspended. The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa will continue classes as scheduled. 
  • All classes will be provided online starting Wednesday, March 18. TWU-R students should check Moodle as some classes will be online beginning Saturday, March 14.
  • Daily chapel services will continue online.
  • Students living in on-campus housing may choose to return home or to remain in residence, depending on their circumstancesStudent Life will work with students to support the process of moving out and making plans to travel back home before online courses begin.  Student Life is communicating directly with resident students with additional information.
  • Students who remain on campus will be well supported. This includes students from countries with travel restrictions or with other circumstances limiting travel home.  Students will be able to continue with their regular room and board and will continue to be supported and cared for by staff and faculty. 
  • All of our campuses will remain active and open during this time. Staff and faculty will continue to work as usual and essential campus services will continue. 

We have rescheduled our upcoming Spring 2020 graduation ceremony – set to be held on Saturday, April 25—to now take place in combination with Fall 2020 graduation on Saturday, November 7

Finally, we have taken the following precautionary measures by cancelling until further notice:

  • Non-essential, university-related travel outside of Canada
  • Travel studies to or through Europe and affected areas in the next two months
  • Athletic travel for exhibition games
  • Experiential learning on sites with confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • University meetings or events (on and off-campus) with more than 100 people

Health-Related Information

The university is continuing operations and is committed to continued vigilance related to COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These are similar to preventive measures to protect against seasonal colds and flu. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/12/20 - 9:00 A.M. - Cases in British Columbia and COVID-19 Information page

As a global Christian university, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by the COVID-19 situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in affected areas.

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada and the evolving situation in British Columbia, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Although British Columbia has confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff related to COVID-19. A dedicated TWU COVID-19 Response Team comprised of TWU leaders are monitoring the situation closely and are ensuring that TWU has rigorous readiness plans in place to guide priority actions in response to changing public health recommendations.

The main source for updated information for the TWU community is this site (www.twu.ca).         

The PHAC is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These are similar to preventive measures to protect against seasonal colds and flu.

For individuals, good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

For groups, health authorities are providing recommendations related to travel, events, and large gatherings. More information on this is available in the FAQ below.

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/11/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Cases in British Columbia and COVID-19 Information page

As a global Christian university, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by the COVID-19 situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in affected areas.

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada and the evolving situation in British Columbia, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Although British Columbia has confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff related to COVID-19. A dedicated TWU COVID-19 Response Team comprised of TWU leaders are monitoring the situation closely and are ensuring that TWU has rigorous readiness plans in place to guide priority actions in response to changing public health recommendations.

The main source for updated information for the TWU community is this site (www.twu.ca).         

The PHAC is encouraging preparedness in the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These are similar to preventive measures to protect against seasonal colds and flu.

For individuals, good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

For groups, health authorities are providing recommendations related to travel, events, and large gatherings. More information on this is available in the FAQ below.

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/10/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Cases in BC and Launching our COVID-19 Information page

As a global Christian university, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in affected areas. 

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada and evolving situation in BC, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Although BC has confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff related to COVID-19. A dedicated TWU COVID-19 Response Team comprised of TWU leaders are monitoring the situation closely, and are ensuring that TWU has rigorous readiness plans in place to guide priority actions in response to changing public health recommendations.

The main source for updated information for the TWU community is this site: www.twu.ca       

The PHAC encouraging preparedness for the likelihood that we will see further COVID-19 spread. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms that can be managed at home.  Those who are most at risk of becoming more seriously ill are the elderly and those with other medical conditions. 

Health authorities are asking that individuals and groups take preventive health measures to keep themselves and others from getting COVID-19.  These are similar to preventive measures to protect against seasonal colds and flu. For individuals, good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

For groups, health authorities are providing recommendations related to travel, events, and large gatherings. More information on this is available in the FAQ’s below.

We continue to pray all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/6/20 - 1:00 P.M. - Statement & Response Plan - Beyond China

As a global Christian university with long-established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in affected areas. 

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Provincial health officials have stated that “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians continues to be low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including COVID-19. As an additional proactive measure, we have developed a staged Pandemic Response Plan to guide priority actions and have formed a dedicated response team comprised of TWU leaders who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including COVID-19. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/4/20 - 4:00 P.M. Statement & Response Plan

As a global Christian university with long-established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Provincial health officials have stated that “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians continues to be low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including COVID-19. As an additional proactive measure, we have developed a staged Pandemic Response Plan to guide priority actions and have formed a dedicated response team comprised of TWU leaders who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including COVID-19. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

3/3/20 - 8:00 A.M. - Statement & Response Plan - Working with Health Authorities

As a global Christian university with long-established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University. In the event of a presumptive or confirmed case, the relevant health authorities will guide our next steps according to their protocols. 

Provincial health officials have stated that “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians continues to be low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including COVID-19. As an additional proactive measure, we have developed a staged Pandemic Response Plan to guide priority actions and have formed a dedicated response team comprised of TWU leaders who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including COVID-19. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

2/26/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Statement & Response Plan - Pandemic Response Plan

As a global Christian university with long-established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University.

Provincial health officials have stated that “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians continues to be low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including COVID-19. As an additional proactive measure, we have developed a staged Pandemic Response Plan to guide priority actions and have formed a dedicated response team comprised of TWU leaders who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including COVID-19. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

2/13/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Statement & Response Plan - Four Cases in Canada

As a global Christian university with long-established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus) situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the four confirmed cases in Canada at the time of writing, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University.

Provincial health officials have stated that “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians is considered low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including COVID-19. As an additional proactive measure, we have initiated a 3-stage response plan to guide priority actions and have formed a dedicated response team comprised of leaders across TWU who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including COVID-19. These behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the COVID-19 situation.

1/30/20 - 10:00 A.M. - Statement & Response Plan - Updated to COVID-19 name

As a global Christian university with long established relationships in China reaching back over 30 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by the Coronavirus situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the recent confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus at Trinity Western University.

Provincial health officials have stated that, “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians is considered low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including Coronavirus. As an additional proactive measure, we have initiated a 3-stage response plan to guide priority actions and have formed a Coronavirus response team comprised of leaders across TWU who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including Coronavirus. These behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the Coronavirus situation.

1/29/20 - 5:00 P.M. - Statement & Response Plan

As a global Christian university with long established relationships in China reaching back over 20 years, Trinity Western University (TWU) recognizes that many of our students, faculty, and staff are deeply concerned and affected by the Coronavirus situation, especially those with loved ones, friends, and colleagues in China.

In light of the recent confirmed cases in Canada, we feel it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus at Trinity Western University.

Provincial health officials have stated that, “at the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians is considered low” and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Trinity Western University is in regular communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change.

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire TWU community globally while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

To this end, we have protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff in the event of any health-related issues affecting our campus communities, including Coronavirus. As an additional proactive measure, we have initiated a 3-stage response plan to guide priority actions and have formed a Coronavirus response team comprised of leaders across TWU who are carefully monitoring the situation.

Being that it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise preventative health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick, as these precautions help to protect against various infections, including Coronavirus. These behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

We continue to pray for China and all those affected by the Coronavirus situation.

1/28/20 - 11:00 A.M. - Classes Continuing and Launching Question Portal

Trinity Western University (TWU) continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (named 2018-nCoV) and has protocols in place for students, faculty and staff. All classes at TWU Richmond & Langley campuses are continuing as scheduled at this time. If you are a member of the TWU community and have questions or concerns, please use the link below to have your question directed to the appropriate area.

1/25/20 - 6:00 P.M - No Cases in BC

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) in British Columbia.  

Trinity Western University (TWU) continues to monitor the situation and has protocols in place for students, faculty and staff should local health authorities notify a change warranting further action. TWU may ask students to stay home from campus and attend class online should they have recently travelled from high-risk areas or have any indication of illness. 

1/24/20 - 6:00 A.M. - No Cases in Canada

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) in Canada.  

Trinity Western University (TWU) continues to monitor the situation and has protocols in place for students, faculty and staff should local health authorities notify a change warranting further action. TWU may ask students to stay home from campus and attend class online should they have recently travelled from high-risk areas or have any indication of illness.