An Update on Fall 2020 for Future Students from Trent President Leo Groake
I hope this message finds you well in these complex times. As you look forward to the next step in your educational journey, I know you have questions about your first-year university experience. We are looking forward to welcoming students to Trent in September. I hope this update is helpful in providing more clarity about our plans for the fall and a phased return to our Trent campuses over the coming months.
Trent Forward is a plan that emphasizes the health and well-being of our campus community; our commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and the success of our students.
I hope you’ll bear with me through the following (somewhat lengthy!) information outlining the highlights of our plan. And I hope the information provided allows you to choose Trent with confidence.
A Multi-Access Fall Term
Trent is committed to “multi-access” learning in the fall of 2020. When and where possible, we will open our on-campus operations, spaces and activities, and are planning on-campus academic, and social events and activities for students. At the same time, most courses will be made available through online or remote delivery. In some cases, programs, courses or course components may require in-person instruction (in the case of labs, specialized hands-on or small cohort courses, workshops, seminars, etc.).
Students will be welcomed to our communities in Peterborough or Oshawa where together we will define the "new normal" for campus interaction. It is too early to know, but we hope to be in a position to consider more courses and activities in person in our Winter term.
Fall Timetable and Registration
Professors have begun to plan for the fall term and a full timetable that will allow you to register for courses in mid-July. This scheduling will ensure that you can pursue your studies in a way that is informed by the best possible understanding of rapidly-changing circumstances, and by extensive planning which will assure the exceptional learning experience for which Trent is renowned.
Campus Engagement and Residences
In addition to mentorship programs and champions to ensure engaging and effective remote and online learning, Trent will operate its residences in the fall. Some changes will be made to ensure the safety of our students. Notably, all residences will operate on a “single” or one-person-to-a-room basis (which will eliminate the option of "double" and "triple" rooms for the foreseeable future), complete with the latest health and safety training and protocols. Student Affairs and Trent's Colleges are already planning ways to ensure that all students will be connected, even when physically distancing.
Returning to Campus
The opening of Trent's Peterborough and Durham campuses will proceed – carefully and gradually – this summer. Like other universities in Ontario, the first phase of this will be the opening of research labs which can operate in ways consistent with new protocols designed to educate our community on the pandemic, and with a series of measures designed to keep everyone safe: measures which will include the monitoring of our spaces, cleaning, hand sanitizing, physical distancing, the physical arrangement of spaces and the use of masks as necessary.
As we move forward, our actions and decisions will be continually informed by the monitoring of the COVID situation in the University and the communities in which we are located. If the pandemic requires it, we will change and adjust our plans and actions to protect the health and safety of our students and our communities.
As I write this update, there are eight active cases of COVID-19 in Peterborough, and 49 active cases in Oshawa. You may track the status of Peterborough cases through the COVID page of the Peterborough Public Health website, and Oshawa cases through the Durham Region COVID-19 Data Tracker.
At the end of each of his regular Trent Talks podcasts, Trent’s Chancellor Stephen Stohn states: “You are not alone.” Reach out. Stay connected and well.
If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to connect with me directly or contact our helpful Recruitment & Admissions team at email@example.com or 1-888-739-8885.
I hope to welcome you to our community of scholars this fall.
President & Vice-Chancellor