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March 13, 2020

Corban University Mobilizes to Respond to COVID-19

In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, particularly Governor Kate Brown’s recent four-week ban on public gatherings in Oregon, Corban leadership are mobilizing staff, students, and faculty to finish the semester strong while keeping students, staff, and faculty safe.

Governor Brown’s mandate, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, limits organized public gatherings of 250 people or more, or gatherings in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained.

These measures are not to instill fear of the disease, but rather to slow the spread of COVID-19 in a community so that space in hospitals can remain available for those who need it most. In alignment with these recommendations, the Cabinet and Board of Trustees of Corban University have made the following decisions:

Spring Break will begin one week early, on Monday, March 16, and extend through Friday, March 27.

During this two-week period:

  • Classes will not be held.
  • Campus will remain open, with employees reporting as usual.
  • Students will be welcome to remain on campus in residence halls, and are encouraged to limit personal travel.

During this time, faculty will make necessary preparations to provide remote delivery options appropriate for each course, in the event some classes may cease being held face-to-face.

On Monday, March 30, Corban is planning to resume class as usual, barring any further restrictions provided by the State of Oregon, and instruction will continue through the end of spring semester.

In light of the ban on public gatherings, Corban cancelled the following events, effective immediately:

  • All remaining performances of the spring play, “Jekyll and Hyde,” are canceled. Refunds will be available for those who have already purchased tickets.
  • Chapel is cancelled from March 13—April 8.
  • All NAIA athletic events are canceled for TWO WEEKS (until Friday, March 27), and audience attendance at Corban sporting events is prohibited from then until April 8.
  • Athey Creek services and gatherings at Corban are cancelled until April 8.
  • Corban-sponsored Spring Break mission trips are canceled.

Events that occur after April 8 will be given consideration as they approach.

Corban University is committed to maintaining the quality of education it provides, plans to remain open through the normal close of spring semester, and will provide as normal a commencement experience for seniors as possible.

As always, students are encouraged to use healthy hygiene habits to protect themselves and others:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

In a time that can so easily lead to fear and anxiety, Corban University is confident that we can work together to help create an environment of safety, health, and peace for our students.

Please check out Corban’s COVID-19 FAQ for more information about the University’s response.

Please note: A previous communication misstated that classes would resume on “May 30.” This was an error. The correct date for classes to resume is MARCH 30. Thank you for your patience!