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COVID-19 F.A.Q.

Last updated Monday, April 12, 2021. Updated sections are in bolded, italicized text.

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Current Campus Guidelines and Status as of April 12, 2021

Corban University is operating in accordance with the risk categories outlined by the Oregon Health Authority (11/25/2020). Marion County is currently categorized as “High Risk.”

Campus Status

  • Classes are operating in our hybrid remote/in-person flex model.
  • Campus offices, such as Financial Services and the Registrar’s Office, are open for walk-in traffic during limited office hours. A #CampusClear Fast Pass is required, and Zoom appointments are also available.
  • Employees are asked to coordinate with their supervisors regarding working remotely or on campus. Social distancing and capacity guidelines must be followed when in the office.
  • Visitors are allowed on campus by appointment.
  • Residence hall lobbies will be open to non-Corban guests, but overnight guests are not allowed.
  • Indoor events, such as Theatre, are allowed with a maximum of 50 people in the Psalm Center.
  • The C.E. Jeffers is open to the student body from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Appointments are not required. Masks, social distancing, and #CampusClear Fast Passes are required for all gym and fitness center users.
  • The Dining Hall is open for indoor seating. Capacity is restricted to 36 people in the main dining area and 10 people in the El Cerrito room, with individual, socially-distanced seating. Additional seating is available for 10 people on the patio and 50 people in the Dining Tent. Grab-and-go meals will continue to be available.

Guidelines to Minimize Risk

In addition, please continue to do your part to minimize the spread of COVID by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • All students, staff, and faculty are required to use the #CampusClear app every day to self-screen for any potential COVID-related symptoms. This app is being used as our daily screening tool for the Corban community, which is a requirement of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).Reporting into #CampusClear allows students, visitors, and employees to receive instructions based on symptoms before coming to campus so we can protect each other and limit campus exposure. If you have no symptoms, you will receive a “Fast Pass” that will allow you to access campus. A Fast Pass is required to enter classrooms, the Dining Hall, and campus offices (such as Financial Services, Registrar, Student Life, etc.).

    You can download the #CampusClear app from the Apple Store or Google Play. If you do not have a smartphone, you can log into CampusClear.com from a computer and complete the steps to print a Fast Pass.

    For more information, read the #CampusClear FAQ.

  • Masks are required at all times indoors, except in your personal residence room or individual office. This means you must wear a mask in all hallways, lobbies, classrooms, shared offices, and public spaces.
  • Masks are also required outdoors when 6 ft of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Social distancing MUST be maintained whenever possible.
  • Avoid entering others’ rooms or offices unless necessary.
  • Limit indoor social gatherings to 6 people from no more than 2 households. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 8 people.
  • If you are not feeling well, have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive, or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, do not come to campus. Please report on #CampusClear and notify covidhealth@corban.edu immediately.
  • Face shields will not be approved as substitutes for masks. This is based on 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.

The current status of student health related to COVID-19 as of April 12, 2021 is as follows:

  • Students in quarantine or isolation – 16
  • Students released from quarantine or isolation (since 1/1/2021) – 278

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 is currently listed as a higher education institution with a COVID outbreak. This designation by Marion County results from recent changes in how “outbreaks” are defined on higher education campuses.

The guidelines for the number of cases considered an “outbreak” by the State of Oregon have changed in two ways. First, the number of cases required to trigger the “outbreak” designation has recently been lowered from five cases to two cases. Second, the State now also requires that any cases where COVID-positive individuals have been present on campus for any amount of time be included in the count.

In order to be removed from the list of outbreak institutions, we must have no positive cases of COVID on campus for 28 days. As you can imagine, this is highly unlikely given the size of Corban’s community. We tell you this so that you can understand that Corban may be listed as an “outbreak institution” for the remainder of the semester. However, we will continue to adhere closely to the COVID measures on campus, which are designed to mitigate the spread of COVID by creating social distancing, limiting occupancy, decreasing droplet transmission (mask wearing), and disinfecting surfaces to prevent contact spread.

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. Appropriate contact tracing is being conducted in collaboration with Marion County, and people who have been in contact or close proximity to individuals who test positive will receive a call from Marion County Health and will be given clear instructions for self-quarantine as needed.

2 individuals reported on the last date above were on campus during their infectious period.

Information for Prospective Students and Parents

Athletics

  • Warrior Athletics have received approval to begin both outdoor and indoor sports, with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • Spectators will be allowed to attend some Warrior home events in limited capacity in the sports of baseball, cross country, and beach volleyball. Fans must register for the events on the sport’s schedule page at CorbanWarriors.com the week of the competition(s). Proof of purchase, COVID-screening, and masks will be required.
  • Spectators are currently not allowed for any other Warrior sports.
  • Read more about the COVID-19 protocols Athletics is following here.

Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, we will be celebrating our 2020 and 2021 graduates in Commencement ceremonies on campus. In order to balance between the public recognition our graduates deserve, while at the same time being respectful of current state guidelines, we will be holding three separate ceremonies. The 2021 graduating class will be divided by schools for the ceremonies, and the May 2020 graduates will join the School of Ministry’s ceremony:

  • 9:00 a.m.: Ministry Department and All Registered May 2020 Graduates
  • 11:30 a.m.: Hoff School of Business and School of Education and Counseling
  • 2:00 p.m.: School of Arts & Sciences

In addition:

  • Only graduates and faculty will attend each ceremony in the Psalm Center.
  • Each ceremony will be livestreamed to locations on campus where two guests of each graduate can view the ceremony.
  • A livestream of each ceremony will be available to an unlimited number of individuals not able to be present on campus.
  • A reception for the graduates, their invited guests, and Corban faculty will be held immediately after each ceremony at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center parking lot.

For more information about Commencement, please visit the Commencement page.

Spring 2021

We are so thankful that we were able to be together on campus for the Fall 2020 semester, and again for Spring 2021. It is a privilege many universities have not had this school year, and we do not take this blessing lightly. We know it is difficult in many ways, but the care for each other and selflessness displayed by our community make it possible. The Spring 2021 semester is operating in much the same way as Fall, with both hybrid and fully-remote learning options. Classes began on Wednesday, January 6.

In conjunction with state and county guidelines, Corban University’s COVID-19 Task Force has led a comprehensive plan for ongoing 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:

  • Ensured Corban has access to the appropriate COVID-19 testing capacity for the campus population.
  • Created a plan to address isolation/quarantine needs that arise with students on campus.
  • Revised cleaning protocols and frequency.
  • Established 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.
  • Continued to invest in remote education capabilities.
  • Evaluated and added contact-tracing capabilities in conjunction with local government.
  • Built relationships with local healthcare agencies to provide student medical care options, including an on-campus Student Health Center. Learn about student health resources.

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 campus environment that allows students to experience everything they love about Corban to the fullest extent possible.

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 – Dee Wendler: dwendler@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 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