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Coronavirus F.A.Q.

Last updated Thursday, March 26, 2020. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a viral respiratory disease, caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. It spreads through person-to-person contact, including airborne droplets from coughing and sneezing. Generally, people are most contagious when they’re most symptomatic. Symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure, include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How serious is the coronavirus?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” The CDC acknowledges that the risk is higher for older populations as well as those with underlying medical conditions.

While the virus itself often presents as a mild respiratory illness, communities are treating the spread of the disease seriously, often through social-distancing measures. On March 23, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, in which she implemented new social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, known as “Stay Home, Save Lives”:

  • Businesses that cannot maintain social distancing of 6 feet are to close – e.g. fitness, grooming, salon, shopping, and entertainment businesses.
  • Businesses that can safely maintain 6-feet social distancing measures may remain open, including restaurants and bars, provided they only provide take-out or delivery options. Dine-in options are prohibited.
  • All employees who are able to work remotely should do so.

This executive order will be in place until ended by the governor.

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. You may have heard the terminology “flattening the curve,” which means that by limiting the spread of the virus, we can hopefully reduce the total number of cases at any one time.

I’m feeling anxiety regarding COVID-19. What should I do?

We recognize that the extent to which our daily lives have been disrupted may lead to feelings of anxiety or stress. Our Director of Corban Mental Health Clinics, Lori Schelske, has provided the following resource regarding working through feelings of anxiety: As always, seek God’s wisdom through Scripture and professional help when needed.

What are current recommendations from the CDC?

While there is currently no preventative vaccine, the general public can contribute to the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social-distancing as mandated by the State of Oregon (above), as well as practicing basic health and hygiene:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. For cold symptoms, we encourage you to follow general recommendations such as getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, etc.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

See the CDC’s recommendations for proper hand washing

How is Corban University responding?

The Corban University emergency response team is monitoring, assessing, and communicating with the campus regarding COVID-19 prevention and response. Please be sure to check your Corban email, as this is the most reliable way of communicating with the entire campus regarding news and updates.

Ongoing efforts to keep our campus safe and healthy include the extension of Spring Break to TWO WEEKS, beginning March 16 and ending March 27. During this two-week period:

  • Classes will not be held.
  • The dining hall will remain open only to students in the residence halls.
  • Residence halls will remain open to students who are not safely able to reside elsewhere. For students desiring to remain living on campus, permission must be acquired from Student Life.
  • The Corban campus will be closed to guests and all non-essential personnel. Employees who are able to work from home are required to do so.
  • Students who leave the residence halls are encouraged to take all of their belongings, including school books and computers. If students do need to return to campus after spring break, they are encouraged to bring only what they need for the remaining few weeks of spring semester, and are asked to request permission from Student Life before returning to campus.

Individuals within our community have reported feeling ill, and they have each been provided with self-quarantine protocols, even if their symptoms are mild.

What health and safety precautions is Corban taking?

Precautions Corban is taking include:

  • Extra daily cleaning of all high-touch surfaces in public areas (doorknobs, tabletops, countertops, etc.)
  • Dining hall precautions, including offering takeout or delivery options ONLY.
  • Hand sanitizer stations available in high traffic areas across campus
  • CDC-approved handwashing signs in all bathrooms
  • COVID-19 prevention posters in public areas across campus

Are classes still resuming on March 30? 

Yes, classes will be resuming on March 30. However, due to Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order on March 18, which bans face-to-face instruction in Oregon colleges and universities until April 28, ALL instruction will be taking place remotely. You will be hearing more from your faculty members about how and when you’ll be completing each of your courses. Please be sure to check your Corban email frequently. 

Will Corban require all resident students to move out of the dorms?

No. We recognize that for some students, remaining on campus may be the safest option. We will make every effort to accommodate you here. Please note that guests are not allowed in the residence halls at this time.

Will Corban require students returning from Spring Break to report their travel? 

Yes. If you wish to return to campus for the remainder of spring semester, please contact Student Life to see what the process will look like for you. This may vary depending on your location and activity over the break.

Will Corban be issuing refunds for room and board?

Students checking out of their residence hall between the dates of Friday, March 13 and Sunday, April 5 will be eligible to receive a credit to their account of up to $750.


Students needing to check out after April 5 must make a special request through their Area Coordinator and will be eligible to receive a prorated refund based on their check-out date. For questions, please contact Nathan Geer at

Although we do not normally provide refunds to students who leave at this point of the semester (see the college catalog for more information), University leadership felt that the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic warranted one. We know that $750 isn’t a dollar-for-dollar refund that aligns with each individual student’s circumstances. Rather, it is reflective of an averaged balance of unused meals; nights not spent in the dorms; costs already incurred for running a residence life program; and unexpected, Covid19-related costs now being absorbed by the University. It is our sincerest hope that the decision to provide a partial refund will be viewed as our commitment to share the financial burden with you.

Will Corban be issuing refunds for Warrior Dollars?

It is our intention to provide you with accurate information as soon as it is possible. Our first priority was to determine a general room and board refund, and we are now turning our attention to the more nuanced question of Warrior Dollars. Bear with us as we assess the circumstances surrounding this issue; we will certainly get an update out to you just as soon as we can.

Has Corban canceled spring events?

Yes. In light of the ban on public gatherings, please note that the following events have been cancelled, effective immediately:

  • Chapel is cancelled from March 13—March 29. Chapel will resume on March 30 in a digital format which will be dispersed through email to the Corban community. Until further notice, there will be no in-person gatherings for chapel.
  • All NAIA athletic events are canceled for the remainder of the spring season.
  • Face-to-face Athey Creek services and gatherings at Corban are canceled until further notice. However, you’re invited to continue being part of the Athey Creek community. See Athey Creek’s website for more information, and to stream church services.
  • Commencement is being postponed. We want to make sure each of our graduating seniors can have the full experience of commencement. At this point, the rescheduled date for commencement is yet to be determined. We need time to understand the timetables for containment of COVID-19 and the reestablishment of transportation systems, etc. Our goal is to offer the full commencement experience at the appropriate time.

If an event is NOT on this list, or you have questions about a particular event, please reach out to the event organizer for more information. Thank you for your patience as we seek to adhere to the mandated guidelines provided by the State of Oregon, designed to protect you and your families.

Can prospective students still visit Corban? What does the admissions process look like now?

  • Admissions is open! Our admissions counselors are still available by phone and email to answer your questions about Corban and help you walk through the next steps toward fall.
  • The deposit deadline is extended to June 1.
  • On-campus visits/tours are suspended until further notice. However, we’re working on providing a virtual tour option soon!

Will Corban-sponsored trips be affected?

The trip leaders for the Uganda and Haiti trips are in the process of rescheduling/postponing these trips and are in conversation with students, provider organizations, and relevant stakeholders. The Morocco trip has been canceled. These decisions have been informed by the following recent developments:

  • The US Department of State has issued a “Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel” (this is on a scale of 1-4, with “4” being most serious). The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • The World Health Organization now considers Costa Rica, Indonesia, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Morocco (among other countries) to be in a state of “local transmission” of the virus. (WHO Situation Report – 59, March 19, 2020).

Corban students on CCCU BestSemester programs (DC, LA, Costa Rica, and Oxford) have all returned to their respective homes (not Corban) following BestSemester’s closure of all US and overseas CCCU BestSemester locations.

Country-specific updates for Corban University’s international programs will resume at such a time that operational needs require regular updates. Updates for travel to and from Indonesia will continue.

Corban-Sponsored Trip Summary:

  • Costa Rica*
  • Haiti – in conversation
  • Indonesia
  • Israel – canceled
  • Morocco – canceled
  • Uganda – postponed
  • United Kingdom*

*Corban had students participating in BestSemester study abroad programs in Costa Rica and the United Kingdom this semester. These students have returned to their homes and will complete their coursework through remote learning options.

If you have questions about a specific Corban-sponsored trip, please reach out to Sam Pearson, the Associate Director of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), at

What should I do if I feel sick?

First, do not panic. We’re in the normal cold/flu season, and it’s not unexpected to fall ill. We encourage you to treat your illness like any other, and seek medical care when necessary.

On-campus students: If you live on campus and are feeling sick, please notify your AC. Your AC will then notify Campus Dining, who will then permit another student to bring you meals from the dining hall, so you can avoid exposing others to your illness. Area Coordinators should also be made aware of a student’s illness so they can monitor the student’s progress.

If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19/Coronavirus, the CDC recommends: “Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.”

Will Corban require employees to work from home?

Executive Order 20-12 requires all employees to work at home who are able to do so. Thus, in compliance with this order, and to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, Corban University will suspend all on-campus operations with the exception of essential tasks that cannot be conducted remotely. This will be effective beginning immediately (March 23), until further notice from the governor.

Until instructed otherwise, Corban will transition to remote operations, with limited staff on campus. These staff will include those required to perform basic functions that cannot be done remotely – including the support and care of our students staying in the residence halls. All other employees will be asked to work remotely, and buildings not in use will be closed. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have any questions about your ability to work effectively from home.

How can I help right now?

The best thing you can do for yourself and others is to practice “social-distancing,” in alignment with Governor Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” policy. This might look like:

  • Working from home if your job allows it.
  • Avoiding crowded areas such as parks and beaches.
  • Staying indoors as much as possible.
  • Leaving your home only for essential reasons such as groceries or medical needs.
  • Continuing to practice basic hygiene such as washing your hands.

Corban University will continue to assess, prevent, and prepare. We want to assure you that Corban leaders from a variety of departments, with the expertise of Dr. Christina Cooper, Professor of Science, will be monitoring coronavirus threat levels and continuing to educate the campus on prevention and response protocols.

Additional questions may be directed to the following individuals:

Campus Events – Hannah Belleque:  

Athletic Events – Jarrett Thoren:

Residence Life – Nathan Geer:

Employee Concerns – Lori Bonham:

Faculty Concerns – Tom Cornman:

Facilities – Troy Croff:

Safety Concerns – Mike Roth:

International Travel – Sam Pearson:

Thank you for playing your part in keeping our campus healthy and safe!

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