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Coronavirus F.A.Q.

Last updated Monday, June 1, 2020. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.

Marion County (Oregon) has moved to Phase 1 as of Friday, May 22. Corban campus remains closed and employees continue to work from home as we evaluate our readiness for changes in our status and operation.

Emergency Student Funds

We are sensitive to the fact that many Corban students are being affected by financial situations beyond your control, and that this may present an unexpected challenge when it comes to your educational expenses.

Our Advancement team is actively raising money to support Corban and our students through the Emergency Student Care Campaign. Thanks to several generous donors (including Corban faculty and staff), we have a limited pool of funds to assist students who have found themselves unable to meet a financial obligation to Corban. We have also received funds from the CARES act, which we will be disbursing to students. If COVID-19 has caused other school-related expenses such as food, housing, transportation, child care, relocation, unexpected health care costs, etc., you might qualify to receive some of these funds.

 

If you would like to be considered as a recipient of these funds, please fill out the form below. We will do our best to process these quickly and let you know as soon as possible if you qualify for this emergency assistance. Please note that priority is being given to students who were enrolled at Corban during the Spring 2020 semester.

https://corbanuniversity.formstack.com/forms/emergency_student_funds

Planning for Fall 2020 and Beyond

Corban University remains focused on planning and preparing to welcome students back to campus in the fall for face-to-face classes. We know there are many unknowns at this time, but we believe that careful and thorough planning can make the coming 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 2.0 is working to design and implement a multi-phased, comprehensive plan for the reopening of University operations. Intra-departmental teams in areas such as Public Health, Academics, Campus Life, Facilities, Human Resources, Communications, and Athletics are conducting important work to create gate-guided, diminishing restrictions while:

  • maximizing the health, safety, and wellbeing of all community members;
  • acting in a mission-consistent, data-informed manner;
  • promoting continuity of University services; and,
  • communicating with community members quickly and clearly.

Corban’s COVID-19 Task Force 2.0 has identified a number of areas that they will be addressing before the opening of campus and start of classes this fall. 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.
  • Reviewing cleaning protocols and increased cleaning needs as staff and then students return to campus.
  • Establishing processes to implement social distancing requirements as they exist at any given time. These processes would include strategies to safely use classrooms, dining space, the library, student common space, recreational spaces, work space for employees, athletic venues, and event venues in compliance with government guidelines.
  • Continuing to invest in our remote education capabilities, in the event this option is needed.
  • Evaluating and adding contact-tracing capabilities as needed in conjunction with local government.
  • Exploring relationships with local health care agencies to provide student medical care as needed.

This is not an exhaustive list and will evolve and change as new needs arise or additional direction is given by the relevant authorities.

COVID-19 Support Measures & Updates

Brandy Ragain has been selected as Corban’s new Student Health Coordinator. In this new role, Brandy will be responsible for:

  • Serving as a lead coordinator for the University’s COVID-19 Task Force 2.0
  • Sifting through mandates, models, and best practices
  • Developing and managing MOUs (internal and external)
  • Ensuring students have access to the healthcare they need
  • Liaising with external entities as needed

Dr. Sam Baker and Dr. Kent Kersey have been tasked with devoting time to strengthen and equip Corban faculty in their ability to use a variety of educational formats—specifically technology in the classroom and technology for remote learning.

Each classroom is being equipped with video conferencing capabilities, which will enable students attending remotely to participate in the classroom experience to the fullest extent possible. Depending on guidelines from Marion County and the state of Oregon, we may have to create a hybrid classroom model, where students would attend a portion of their classes face-to-face, and attend the other portion remotely via Zoom. We recognize that some students may belong to at-risk populations or have other circumstances such as illness that prevent them from attending face-to-face classes. This upgraded equipment will help Corban provide a quality education for those students, so they can continue their coursework while prioritizing their health and safety needs.

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.

Information for New Students and Parents

Admissions is open! Our admissions counselors are available by phone and email to answer your questions about Corban and help you walk through the next steps toward fall. Sign up for a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor or faculty member.

Additional Information for New Students:

  • The Deposit Deadline has been extended to June 1, with discounted rates when you deposit early:
  • Corban is now offering test-optional admission for Fall 2020: If you were unable to take a college entrance test (SAT/ACT), we are now offering a test-optional admission for Fall 2020. In lieu of the SAT/ACT, you may submit a PSAT score, admissions interview, essay, or academic reference instead. Please click here to begin any of these options.
  • Take a virtual tour of our campus! High school seniors and transfer students for Fall 2020 can qualify for a $500 visit scholarship by participating in the virtual tour.
  • You can now request a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor or faculty member! Sign up here.
  • For NEW FALL 2020 ADMITTED STUDENTS, Corban is offering a special rate for summer classes. For just $150, admitted students can take one online summer class, earning credit toward their Corban degree! View available courses and sign up here: https://corbanuniversity.formstack.com/forms/summer_registration. Register by June 28 for Summer Session B courses.

If your family has been affected financially by COVID-19, please contact your admissions counselor to request a Special Circumstances Form to see if you qualify for additional aid.

Information for Current Students and Parents

When will Commencement be?

Commencement has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17, permitting social distancing restrictions have been lifted.

Will Corban be issuing refunds for room and board?

Students who checked 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. For questions, please contact Nathan Geer at ngeer@corban.edu.

Although we do not normally provide refunds to students who leave before the semester ends (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.

COVID-19 General Information

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. Recent research indicates that people may be contagious even when they are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms). Symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure, include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How serious is the coronavirus?

While the virus itself often presents as a mild respiratory illness, presenting as a more serious illness for older populations and those with underlying medical conditions, communities are treating the spread of the disease seriously with social-distancing measures.

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: https://www.virusanxiety.com/take-care. As always, seek God’s wisdom through Scripture and professional help when needed.

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.
  • Wearing a cloth face covering in areas where social distancing may be difficult to maintain.*
  • Continuing to practice basic hygiene such as washing your hands.

See the CDC’s recommendations for proper hand washing

*CDC is additionally encouraging the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

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.

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.”

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 as well as state and federal guidelines.

Additional questions may be directed to the following individuals:

Admissions Questions – admissions@corban.edu

Campus Events – Hannah Belleque: schedule@corban.edu  

Athletic Events – Jarett Thoren: jthoren@corban.edu

Residence Life – Nathan Geer: ngeer@corban.edu

Employee Concerns – Lori Bonham: lbonham@corban.edu

Faculty Concerns – Tom Cornman: tcornman@corban.edu

Facilities – Troy Croff: tcroff@corban.edu

Safety Concerns – Mike Roth: mroth@corban.edu

International Travel – Janine Allen: jallen@corban.edu

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

Additional updates and information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html