COVID-19 F.A.Q.

COVID-19 F.A.Q.

Last updated Monday, January 24, 2022. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.

Current Campus Guidelines and Status as of Jan. 24, 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. This includes adhering to the statewide mask mandates issued by the governor and OHA.

Masks, face coverings, or face shields are required on Corban’s campus in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status, unless you are:

  • Alone in your individual office.
  • In your private residence (see specific guidelines posted in each residence hall).
  • Public speaking or performing.
  • Practicing or playing a competitive sport.
  • Actively eating.

What to Do If You are Ill

If you have a positive COVID test, have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID, please stay home and email covidhealth@corban.edu for further instructions.

Use this flowchart to help you determine what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed.

The CDC has recently reduced quarantine periods to five days in most cases, with an additional five days of wearing a mask any time you are around others. You can read the full guidelines here.

OHA has also created a new website with information about what to do if you test positive that you may find helpful.

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 covidhealth@corban.edu.

***Please note that rapid tests are not detecting the current 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.

Additional Guidelines

  • Self-screen daily for any potential COVID-related symptoms.
  • All events should be coordinated with schedule@corban.edu to determine if any specific guidelines are required.
  • Corban’s COVID Task Force recommends that you limit in-person meetings to two people and that you utilize Zoom whenever possible for larger meetings. This recommendation comes as an effort to minimize the risk of having multiple employees exposed through close contact during a meeting. If more than two people need to meet in person, we recommend that you meet in a venue that allows you to maintain social distancing of six feet between individuals.

Campus Status

  • All campus buildings are open. However, some offices may be temporarily closed or have altered hours of operation. Email is a good way to take care of most business, as employees may be working remotely even if the physical office is closed. 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, and wear a mask indoors. 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. Masks must be worn in the gym except while practicing or competing.

  • The Dining Hall is open regular hours. Masks may be removed once seated and eating.

The current status of student health related to COVID-19 as of Jan. 24, 2022 is as follows:

  • Students in quarantine or isolation – 51
  • Students released from quarantine or isolation (since 8/25/2021) – 343

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. Corban University is also following all sanitation and isolation guidelines as outlined in our Communicable Disease Plan.

12 of the individuals reported on the last date above were on campus during their infection period.

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.

Face-to-Face Classes

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.

Learn about student health resources.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Illness

Vaccines are not required for the Corban community, but they are strongly recommended. Being vaccinated can eliminate the need for frequent COVID testing or quarantining when exposed as well as greatly reduce the severity of the virus if you do get sick. Students who are not vaccinated and become exposed to COVID will need to quarantine and work with their professors to make up any classwork missed during that time.

Daily self-screening for COVID symptoms is still required. If you’re having symptoms or have been exposed to COVID:

  1. Stay home or in your dorm room.
  2. Email covidhealth@corban.edu.
  3. Someone will respond quickly with next steps for you.

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.

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

Questions?

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

COVID-19 Planning COVIDhealth@corban.edu

Admissions Questionsadmissions@corban.edu

Campus Events schedule@corban.edu

Athletic Events – Jarett Thoren: jthoren@corban.edu

Residence Life – Eugene Edwards: eedwards@corban.edu

Employee Concerns – Lisa Hinman: lhinman@corban.edu

Faculty Concerns – Tom Cornman: tcornman@corban.edu

Facilities – Troy Croff: tcroff@corban.edu

Campus Safety – Mike Roth: mroth@corban.edu

International Travel – Janine Allen: jallen@corban.edu

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