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Coronavirus F.A.Q.

Last updated Friday, October 23, 2020. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.

Current Campus Guidelines and Status as of October 23, 2020

Campus has moved to PHASE 2, and all residence halls have been moved to PHASE 1. This phase change is a result of multiple NEGATIVE COVID test results, including results for presumptive positive cases. We currently have less than 5 confirmed positive COVID cases in isolation.

In-person classes and normal business operations will resume on Monday, October 26.

The following guidelines are also in place, which include updated mask guidance from Oregon Health Authority (10/20/2020):


  • Masks are required at all times when in a room with other persons. This includes shared office spaces.
  • Masks are also required outdoors when 6 ft of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Social distancing MUST be maintained whenever possible.
  • Masks are required in the CE Jeffers Center while exercising.
  • Face shields will not be approved as substitutes for masks. This is based on recent guidance from the CDC that face shields are not an adequate substitute for a face mask. A plastic shield on its own does not absorb the droplets a cloth mask is designed to catch. If face shields are to be used, they must also be hooded and fully enclosed. Exception: medically-documented approvals.

DORM PHASE 1 – Students living on campus are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Masks are required indoors at all times outside of your individual room.
  • Social distancing MUST be maintained at all times.
  • Only individual room residents are allowed in their rooms.
  • No visitors are allowed in the dorms.
  • All group activity is limited to 10 persons.

The current status of student health related to COVID-19 as of October 23, 2020 is as follows:

  • Students in quarantine or isolation – 42
  • Students released from quarantine or isolation – 124

In compliance with our COVID-19 protocol to proactively minimize health risks on campus, students may be placed in quarantine or isolation for exposure, 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. Enhanced cleaning protocols, along with contract tracing guidelines, are in place and are implemented as needed. People who have been in contact or close proximity to students who test positive will receive a call from Marion County Health and will be given clear instructions for self-quarantine.

Fall 2020 and Beyond

Corban University welcomed students back to campus on August 24, 2020 for face-to-face classes. We know there are still many unknowns at this time, but we believe careful and thorough planning can make the 2020-21 school year a great educational experience for our students.

In conjunction with the reopening of Oregon (by state and county approval), Corban University’s COVID-19 Task Force has led a multi-phased, comprehensive plan for the reopening of University operations, which aims 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.

Learn more about Corban’s guiding philosophy toward COVID-19 prevention and response.

Corban’s COVID Task Force is being led by Brandy Ragain, Corban’s Student Health Coordinator. Under Brandy’s leadership, the COVID-19 Task Force has identified a number of areas that were addressed before the opening of campus and start of fall classes. These include:

  • Ensuring Corban has access to the appropriate COVID-19 testing capacity for the campus population.
  • Creating a plan to address any isolation/quarantine needs that may arise with students back on campus.
  • Revising cleaning protocols and frequency.
  • Establishing processes to implement social distancing requirements as they exist at any given time. These processes include strategies to safely use classrooms, dining space, the library, student common spaces, recreational spaces, work space for employees, athletic venues, and event venues in compliance with government guidelines.
  • Continuing to invest in our remote education capabilities, to the extent this option is needed.
  • Evaluating and adding contact-tracing capabilities as needed in conjunction with local government.
  • Building relationships with local healthcare agencies to provide student medical care as needed. Learn about student healthcare options on campus.

This is not an exhaustive list and will evolve and change as new needs arise or additional direction is given by the relevant authorities. We are committed to the health and safety of the Corban community and will continue to prayerfully plan for a fall semester that allows students to experience everything they love about Corban to the fullest extent possible.

Additional Updates

Information for Prospective Students and Parents

  • Admissions is open for limited on-campus visits this fall. Campus tours are limited to two families per tour, and are offered at 9:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The visit will include a campus tour and a meeting with an Admissions Counselor. Learn more or schedule a visit at our Campus Visit page.
  • You may also take a virtual tour of our campus or request a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor or faculty member.
  • Corban is offering test-optional admission for Fall 2021. You may submit SAT, ACT, or CLT scores OR an academic reference OR a personal essay to complete this component of your application for Fall 2021.


  • On July 17, 2020, the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Council of Presidents voted to delay the start of the 2020 fall sports season, with hopes of beginning seasons in the winter/spring of 2021. More information on the decision is available HERE.
  • Some of our outdoor facilities have been approved to begin hosting events, operating with careful guidelines and restrictions.

2020 Commencement

We are so proud of our 2020 graduates and were eagerly anticipating an October 17, 2020 commencement. However, due to current state guidelines and limitations on gathering sizes, we have had to cancel this event.

Instead, we would like to offer our 2020 graduates the opportunity to join us for our commencement ceremony on May 1, 2021. We would also be glad to mail out your diploma cover now, so please check your email for a link to confirm your mailing address.

We look forward to the day when we can gather and celebrate to the fullest, in the manner your hard work has earned and deserves.


We’re here to help! Direct your questions to the following individuals:

COVID-19 Planning – Brandy Ragain:


Campus Events

Athletic Events – Jarett Thoren:

Residence Life – Nathan Geer:

Employee Concerns – Lori Bonham:

Faculty Concerns – Tom Cornman:

Facilities – Troy Croff:

Campus Safety – Mike Roth:

International Travel –Janine Allen:

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

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