Safe Community for All

COVID-19 Updates - August 24, 2021 

Guidelines for the 2021-2022 Academic year from the BC Government. 

On August 24, 2021, British Columbia Public Health announced a number of changes to its back-to-school plan for post-secondary schools in response to the fourth wave of COVID-19.

  1. Vaccinations:    Vaccinations are required for Residence Students.

“Students who are living in on-campus housing will require proof of vaccination.” Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.  Residence students are expected to have their first vaccination prior to Sept. 7th. 

Vaccinations are NOT required for Commuter Students.

Vaccinations are NOT required for Faculty and Staff.


  1. Masks in indoor, public spaces.

“In response to rising COVID-19 cases and as students return to in-person learning on campus, I am issuing a new mandatory mask order for all indoor public areas on campus.” Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.


  1. Columbia Bible College continues to follow Public Health Orders that have been put in place by the provincial government.  Please feel free to reach out to the following Columbia Student Development staff for further conversation regarding questions around any of these developments:


Niamh (Women’s RD): Teams or


Glenallen (Men’s RD): Teams or


Karen (Dean of Students): Teams or



Columbia Bible College 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, CBC is required to adhere to public health orders under the Public Health Act. We are committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff through this process, and will be reaching out to them directly with further information and guidance.



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Columbia Bible College partners with REES to address and prevent sexual violence on campus

Feb 16, 2021

Columbia Bible College launches as first REES partner in BC.

Columbia Bible College has partnered with Manitoba-based REES to make online reporting of sexual violence available to our campus community.

REES (Respect, Educate Empower Survivors) is a 24/7 reporting and information platform that provides increased reporting options for students, staff and faculty to report sexual violence on campus.

"REES provides a victim centered, trauma-informed platform that empowers victims of sexual violence with numerous options for reporting and support. We look forward to integrating REES into our overall vision for a safe campus where all students are able to thrive," says Bryan Born, President of Columbia Bible College.

Sexualized violence is a range of behaviours that includes misconduct, harassment and assault and can occur both in-person and in online spaces. According to the Survey on Individual Safety in the Postsecondary Student Population 2019 from Statistics Canada, a majority (71%) of postsecondary students witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours in the past year and one in 10 (11%) women students experienced a sexual assault in a postsecondary setting during the previous year.

“REES empowers survivors by providing a safe, secure space to record incidents of sexual violence on their campuses,” said Mary Lobson, Founder of REES “while gathering critical data to inform development of policy, supports and resources. Anonymous reporting enables students to tell their institution about any unwanted sexualized behaviours as they work together to create a safer campus community."

The REES Community is an online platform dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence through increased reporting options and access to information, resources and supports.



Mary Lobson 
Founder, REES Community

Karen Heidebrecht-Thiessen
Dean of Students, Columbia Bible College