COVID-19 Response Information (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus)

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) 

Is the campus open? 

Yes, both Richmond and Langley campuses are open and classes are continuing as scheduled.

Are there any cases of CoVID-19 on campus?

There are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinity Western University.

What is the difference between ‘presumptive’ and ‘confirmed’ cases?

“Presumptive” – a medical assessment is completed and initial diagnostic test has come back positive with an additional diagnostic test sent for confirmation

“Confirmed” – additional diagnostic test has come back positive (usually within 48 hours)

If I have recently travelled from a high-risk area, should I come to class?

If you have been travelling and you become ill or become ill after you return home, please stay home and tell your health care provider about recent travel and your symptoms. You should also tell your provider if you had close contact with a sick person or had another high-risk exposure such as direct contact with animals.

Further information is available at the BC Centre for Diseases Control (BCCDC) website.

WILL TWU STUDENTS, FACULTY and STAFF still be travelling to China for university-related programs?

TWU is temporarily suspending all university-related travel to China until the end of February. We will reassess as new information becomes available. For more information please refer to government travel advisories at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china


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.

tWU Community Questions

For all other inquiries, please contact us by email or phone (888) 468-6898.


For additional information from local and federal health authorities, please visit the following websites:

BC Centre for Disease Control
BC Ministry of Health
Health Canada

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