Trinity Western University welcomes a safe return to face-to-face learning
Updated: September 9, 2021
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE
We are thrilled that you or your loved one is attending Trinity Western University this fall. We recognize the Public Health Order (PHO) regarding BC’s proof of vaccination program and the BC Vaccine Card announced in late August has caused a degree of confusion for many, and our team is here to bring you as much clarity as possible.
This temporary order requires individuals to provide proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses in BC. Proof of vaccination is not required to access in-person learning at Trinity Western University. TWU is fully abiding by, but not going beyond, what the provincial government has decided and issued as public health orders for the protection of community health and safety. Like all post-secondary institutions, TWU is required to adhere to public health orders under the Public Health Act.
The Public Health Order (PHO) does, however, require the following:
- Proof of vaccination is required for students living in on-campus residences, varsity athletes, and nursing students.
- Proof of vaccination will be required starting September 13 to access specific indoor activities/events. These include indoor sporting events, performances, shows, and organized indoor events, conferences and workshops of >50 people as well as indoor recreational classes, group exercise and sport for anyone 22+.
- Proof of vaccination is not required for Faculty and Staff.
- Masks are required for all indoor public areas at all TWU campuses, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms, and labs. The provincial government introduced a new mask mandate that applies to all post-secondary institutions in B.C.
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.
Obtaining your BC Vaccine Card
On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the province released more details on the BC Proof of Vaccine program and corresponding BC Vaccine Card which come into effect on Monday, September 13. Individuals can download their personal BC Vaccine Card online.
If you were immunized outside of BC or Canada or do not have a BC Personal Health Number, please review the instructions for how to register your immunization records in the provincial system and access your card here.
The BC proof of vaccination order begins on September 13 when proof of at least one dose is required. As of October 24th, proof of full immunization will be required per the PHO. Proof of vaccination will usually be verified along with government ID at the point of entry. Further details for hosts and organizers will be available in the TWU Safe Event Standards currently located in our Institutional Safety Plan in the coming days.
We encourage you to continue to check the official government websites regularly and to check back here periodically for updates.
We remain committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff through this process, and will continue to reach out to them directly with further information and guidance. We are grateful for the support of our community, as together, we look forward to continuing to provide an excellent, life-transforming Christian education for the students at TWU.
TWU Institutional Safety Plan
Fraser Health is offering drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at our Langley campus on September 3, 6, 10, 15, & 21. Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine resource page for all the details.
If you are seeking additional guidance or information on COVID-19 immunizations, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine resource page where you will find resources from the B.C. Center for Disease Control, B.C. Public Health and many other Frequently Asked Questions.
International students who have not been vaccinated have access to the BC immunization program upon arrival in British Columbia.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have been immunized outside of BC or outside of Canada, please review the process to register your proof of immunization here in BC. This will help integrate your records with the BC Vaccine Card system coming this September. If you are living on-campus, please complete the Student COVID-19 Immunization Status Form as soon as possible and bring your records with you in case they need to be reviewed when you move in.
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.
COURSES & ACADEMICS
TWU is preparing for the majority of courses to be delivered face-to-face this fall. Exceptions are those designated as online (OL) courses and a limited number of other courses that will be identified later this summer.
The guiding principles outlined in the Primer have supported some important first steps in our preparations. Public Health has indicated physical distancing will not be recommended in controlled settings like classrooms, which allows for the feasible resumption of in-person learning within the COVID Safety Plan. This does not mean all campus activities will function without core public health measures, rather the level of vaccination within our population will provide a level of protection, allowing some personal protective measures to be safely modified.
Update September 1, 2021: TWU is still waiting for the final written Proof of Vaccination written provincial health order and the updated Post-Secondary Institution Return to Campus Guidelines. At this time students living in on-campus housing at TWU are required to show proof of vaccination of at least one dose by September 7 at 6:00 PM. While the PSI website does say this requirement applies to 'some on-campus housing' at this time it is our understanding both all types of accommodation on our Langley campus will be included as both apartments and dormitory-style residences are communal housing. At this time we have not been provided any option for individual exemptions to the proof of vaccine requirement in housing, medical or otherwise, from the province. We will provide updated information as soon as it is received.
For all students living on-campus, please complete the Student COVID-19 Immunization Status Form as soon as possible and bring your records with you in case they need to be reviewed when you move in.
If you have urgent questions please direct them to our Student Services Hub and our staff will assist you.
On-campus housing at our Langley campus is open at 90% capacity (1050 beds) this Fall. While most of our accommodations include roommates (double occupancy) there are some single-occupancy options.
We have reserved suites to accommodate isolation of students ill with, or exposed to, COVID-19 in accordance with BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines at the time. This will include accessible meal or grocery delivery. Our Community Life and TWU Public Health Teams will provide support to affected students in conjunction with Fraser Health Authority (FHA) who leads all case management and contact tracing in our region.
There is still some space in housing. Students are encouraged to inquire through our housing office at twu.ca/housing.
UPDATED JULY 19, 2021: Today the Canadian government announced starting on August 9th at 12:01AM ET (9:01PM in BC) American Citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the US, who are fully immunized (>14 days since completion of a Health Canada approved vaccine series) AND who meet specific conditions will now also qualify for an exemption from quarantine; this is in addition to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and specified foreign travelers including TWU international students with visas). The government hopes to further extend the criteria to include all fully immunized international arrivals starting September 7th with confirmation of this expected in August. There are some additional changes to quarantine requirements the details of which along with all guidelines and processes in place can be found on our International Students section.
We will continue to provide updated information as it is received. For those students physically unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we will consider necessary accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
PHYSICAL CAMPUS UPDATES
Langley & Richmond
Trinity Western’s Langley and Richmond campuses are planning for a safe return to face-to-face learning this Fall. This is based on provincial public health no longer requiring physical distancing in controlled settings (i.e., classrooms). Safety plans will include considerations for cleaning, hand hygiene, recommended daily self-assessments, and other core public health measures.
Laurentian Leadership Center (Ottawa)
The LLC has a group of excited students ready to join them this fall and a final decision regarding the structure of their semester will be made by the end of July 2021 in accordance with local and provincial Public Health guidance in Ontario.
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.