At George Fox, the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors is paramount as we navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic. To that end, policies have been instituted that will require your cooperation, patience and respect. We want to do all we can to ensure a safe community. Thank you for doing your part to make this a reality.

Face Coverings

Faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors across all campus locations must use face coverings (which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields) when in the following locations:

  • Enclosed public and common areas
  • Outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained

Employees must wear a face covering when indoors unless in their own private workspace with a door. Face shields are permitted in two scenarios:

  • Employees who have work spaces that are in common areas without a door or cubicles may wear face shields when at least six feet from others.

  • When presenting to an audience from at least six feet from others. 

Employees should switch back to face masks when not in the above two circumstances.

“Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Appropriate face coverings include two-layered face masks or gaiters.

The following are not approved face coverings because they allow droplets to be released:

  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation
  • Lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material
  • Masks with valves or vents for exhalation

“Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face. Mini face shields that only cover the mouth are not permitted.

Face shields may be used:

  • When presenting in front of a class or audience so long as you maintain six feet of distance at all times.  If you are closer or likely to be closer than six feet, you must wear a face mask.
  • For employees who have work spaces that are cubicles or in common areas without a door, provided they maintain at least six feet of distance from others (they must put on a face mask when working with another individual in their workspace or if they leave their workspace).
  • If you have a medical condition preventing masks
  • If you are working with the hearing impaired so they can lip read

Face shields are no longer allowed on their own as a face covering, except in situations listed in the full policy below.

Mini face shields that only cover the mouth are not permitted.

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Isolation and Quarantine Policy

Isolation and quarantine policies have been developed for both residential and off-campus residents.

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Meetings/Gathering Policy

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Residential Visitor Policy

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, visitation to university living areas is more restrictive than in past years. We have adopted this policy to correlate with CDC and OHA guidelines for campus living.

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Visitor & Guest Policy

We're grateful so many of our university friends and community members are eager to visit our campus again. We can't wait to host you! But please know that higher education operates outside of the phased approach to reopening that the rest of the state is operating within.

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Campus policy on music making during COVID

Group singing and ensemble playing of wind instruments are limited during the pandemic.

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Accountability Response

The Bruin Pledge, the 2020 Community and Residence Life Health Addendum, and community policies outlined in the student handbook provide the framework for community expectations as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes several behavioral expectations to help every member at George Fox stay safe and healthy.

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Campus COVID Snack Policy

Homemade or store bought food and beverage snacks may be shared with other employees or students so long as these guidelines are followed:

  • Everyone should wash their hands before and after preparing, serving, and eating food. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • For items like a shared bag of chips or salad use a clean utensil to get the item out or tip the bag to get the item
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items like salad dressings and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items.
  • If there is not one person identified to serve food, discourage sharing items like a serving spoon, rather each person should use their own clean utensil to dish out the food
  • Follow all guidelines regarding space capacity limits, physical distancing and wear face coverings (when not eating).
  • Remember Bon Appetit is the Newberg campus’s exclusive caterer and is happy to discuss your food and beverage needs for meetings and events.

Domestic Travel Policy

Employees engaging in domestic travel may have been exposed to COVID-19, and while they may feel well and not have any symptoms, they can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. Employees pose a risk to fellow employees and students for 14 days after they were exposed to the virus.

Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these everyday actions to protect others from getting COVID-19:

  • Stay at least six feet from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors AND outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home,
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

Follow all state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

International Travel

Employees traveling internationally (who have not been fully vaccinated) are not permitted to return to campus to work (though they should work remotely to the degree possible) until one of the following occurs:

  1. Receive a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
  2. Quarantine for 14 days (10 days if asymptomatic))