Last updated Monday, March 21, 2022. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.
Current Campus Guidelines and Status as of March 21, 2022
Corban University is operating in accordance with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Marion County to mitigate the spread of COVID on campus and minimize risk to our community. As of March 12, 2022, most restrictions have been lifted in the state of Oregon, including mask requirements, contact tracing, and quarantining due to possible exposure to COVID.
These changes in guidelines do not mean that COVID has disappeared, but the high percentage of Oregonians with some level of immunity, whether through vaccination or having had COVID, has helped drastically slow the spread of COVID and reduce its severity. Cases are down state, county, and campus-wide, and we are not seeing spread of COVID from positive case exposures.
Because of the decrease in COVID cases and hospitalizations, the State of Oregon has followed CDC recommendations in removing the statewide mask mandate and also removing contact tracing and exposure quarantine periods.
The following guidelines are now in place on campus:
- Masks are optional on campus regardless of vaccination status, except in health care settings, which includes the Student Health Center.
- Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID but do not have symptoms are no longer required to quarantine. This means contact tracing will also be paused. You can read more about this on the State of Oregon’s website.
- Continue to self-screen daily for any potential COVID-related symptoms.
What to Do If You are Ill
If you have a positive COVID test or are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID, please stay home and follow quarantine and isolation guidelines. Work with your healthcare provider as needed for additional evaluation and next steps. Employees should also email email@example.com to notify them of illness.
- Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID are no longer required to quarantine. They may choose to get a COVID test (recommended on day 5 after exposure).
- All individuals who have symptoms of COVID need to quarantine for 5 days or until they have a negative PCR result.
- All individuals who test positive for COVID will need to isolate for at least five days and wear a mask for an additional five days when around others, according to CDC guidelines.
Please continue to report all positive test results to firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
COVID Test Options on Campus
COVID testing options are available for students and employees on campus at no charge. If you need a COVID test, check your email for more information or email email@example.com.
***Please note that rapid tests are not detecting the Omicron variant of COVID in the first few days of symptoms. If you have symptoms but get a negative result on a rapid test, we recommend that you also take a PCR test and quarantine under the assumption that you may have COVID.
- All campus buildings are open, but email is still a good way to take care of most business. Zoom appointments may also be available. If your need must be addressed in person, you may want to call ahead to make sure someone is available to assist you. You can find a directory of key campus offices and contact information here.
- Campus is open to visitors. Please self-screen for COVID symptoms before you come. Prospective students and their families may schedule a visit, take a virtual tour of campus, or request a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor or faculty member.
- The Student Health Center is open 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for COVID-19 testing and other basic medical care.
- The C.E. Jeffers Sports Center is open regular hours.
- The Dining Hall is open regular hours.
In compliance with our COVID-19 protocol to proactively minimize health risks on campus, students may be placed in isolation for possible symptoms or positive COVID-19 results.
Corban University continues to work closely with Marion County Health and Santiam Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 cases. Corban University is also following all sanitation and isolation guidelines as outlined in our Communicable Disease Plan.
2021-2022 Academic Year
Things on campus look more like the Corban we love this year, with more in-person classes, athletics, campus activities, and student events. At this point, most COVID-related restrictions for higher education have been removed. However, masks are required in indoor public spaces. The following information outlines our current guidelines for the 2021-22 academic year.
Classes are being held in person on campus for the Spring 2022 semester for traditional undergraduate students. Classes began on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Chapel and Student Events
Chapel is held in the Psalm Center Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. SGA hosts a student-led evening chapel on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. in the Psalm Center.
Most student events that were altered or canceled last year have resumed, as well as a return of regular season play for our athletic teams, with spectators welcome!
Campus Offices and Services
Campus offices, such as the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Student Life, and Student Support, are open for both in-person and Zoom appointments. Tutoring and writing assistance continues to be available both on campus and 24/7 through Tutor.com.
On-campus services, including the dining hall, coffee shop, library, the gym, and The Barn are open.
Student Health Services
Corban’s on-campus Student Health Center, managed by Santiam Hospital, is available again for the 2021-22 school year. They offer free COVID-19 testing for students as well as free acute and minor illness diagnosis, treating of minor injuries and illnesses, sports screening, and routine medical care. Associated costs for prescribed medications, lab testing, and imaging will be billed to your insurance.
Corban’s on-campus Counseling Center also offers free mental health counseling for students with both in-person and Zoom appointments.
COVID-19 Vaccine & Illness
Vaccines are not required for the Corban community, but they are strongly recommended. Being vaccinated can minimize your risk of getting COVID and reduce the severity of the virus if you do get sick.
Daily self-screening for COVID symptoms is still required. If you’re having symptoms of COVID, stay home or in your dorm room, follow quarantine guidelines, and contact the Student Health Center or your healthcare provider.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Corban University operates in accordance with COVID guidelines outlined by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Marion County, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). We will continue to monitor any changes and work closely with these agencies in the event that adjustments are necessary.
We are committed to the health and safety of the Corban community and aim to:
- maximize the health, safety, and well-being of all community members;
- act in a mission-consistent, data-informed manner;
- promote continuity of University services; and,
- communicate with community members quickly and clearly.
We’re here to help! Direct your questions to the following areas:
COVID-19 Planning – COVIDhealth@corban.edu
Admissions Questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Events – email@example.com
Athletic Events – Jarett Thoren: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residence Life – Eugene Edwards: email@example.com
Employee Concerns – Lisa Hinman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Concerns – Tom Cornman: email@example.com
Facilities – firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Safety – Mike Roth: email@example.com
International Travel – Janine Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus healthy and safe!
Additional updates and information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html