Life on Campus For Students 2020-2021

What happens if I test positive for COVID?

Keeping Campus Safe

Please join us in taking these measures to keep our campus communities healthy and safe in this coming season.

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Stay on campus. Stay safe.

As local and state guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we encourage  residential students to remain on campus, with the exception of essential travel, off-campus jobs, and visiting outdoor locations with your close circle of friends (wear a mask at all times, even in a car!). We encourage you to “bubble up.” By staying on campus and purposefully keeping our social circles (or “bubbles”) smaller eating together and studying together over longer amounts of time, but with fewer people we will limit exposure to ourselves and our community.

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Daily self-screening app

Students are asked to complete daily self-screening through the #CampusClear App before entering classrooms, buildings, or offices.

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Complete the campus COVID-19 training

All students need to complete the training hosted on FoxTale prior to arrival to campus for move-in or classes. Access the training here.

Updates

Dear student,

 

Congratulations! We have almost reached the midpoint of the spring semester. This is the end of week seven. There are just eight weeks left until the end of the semester. I’m so grateful for the George Fox student community and how you have responded to the challenges of this year! 


COVID-19 Update


Again, thank you for the sacrifices you are making to protect our community. We’ve had fewer than 20 confirmed student cases affecting the Newberg campus so far this semester and zero in the last week. When we have identified illness, the close contacts have been limited. We’ve been allowed to partially open the Hadlock Student Center. Our efforts to maintain physical distancing in classes and use face coverings are working!


Things are improving in our region. COVID-19 cases in our county have gone down and Yamhill County recently moved down from Extreme Risk into the High Risk category. 


Despite the progress, we need to continue to be vigilant and care for one another by carefully following our COVID protocols and guidelines. 


Reporting Symptoms

Please use our COVID-19 Reporting Form to let us know if you or a close contact have symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. 


Continue Using Campus Clear

Thank you so much to those of you who are using CampusClear. This is a state-required effort to keep our campus safe. Through the end of the spring semester, each CampusClear check-in is recorded as an entry into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate.


Good News about Vaccines

The way out of this pandemic is going to be through wide-spread use of vaccines. More than 16% of Oregon’s population has received at least one vaccine shot. Some of our employees in the healthcare field have received the vaccine. The state of Oregon has not made college students a priority population, but Governor Brown has said she expects vaccines should be available to everyone by July 1


We are at the point of the semester where the stress levels get high with exams, papers, and so many other things that you have to think about. I hope it was helpful to have a couple sunny days this week . . . I know it helped me! In the midst of this season, I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4 (NLT) about God’s care and call on our lives even in the midst of challenging times.

“4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.[s] 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Brad Lau

Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,

Yesterday, we reported zero cases of COVID-19 in the last week. This is the lowest our campus case count has been while classes have been in session since October. This is a true blessing and I’m grateful that so many of you have sacrificed for the good of the community. 


Linfield Update

Our friends down 99W are experiencing a small outbreak. Two dozen COVID-19 cases have been reported on the Linfield University campus this week. The university says the root cause is likely students who expanded their social circles and didn’t wear masks. While our campus has started the semester with very few cases, this is a very relevant reminder that we must remain vigilant. We cannot become complacent. 


Stay Safe for Super Bowl 

Some of you may be looking forward to watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. My beloved Denver Broncos are not playing (and actually were not even close this year!), but if you choose to tune in here are some low-risk ways to celebrate: 

  • Host a virtual watch party with friends and family. Have everyone tune in on the same broadcast and celebrate each touchdown in virtual unison.

  • Plan Super Bowl festivities with those you live with. Wear a mask if you are with friends from outside your living area.


Mid-Semester Holiday

February 15-16 will be our mid-semester holiday and I want to encourage everyone to keep making good decisions. I understand the desire to interact with friends and family, but would encourage you to safely engage in outdoor activities or indoor activities with those you live with. If you do leave campus, please wear a mask around people from outside your living area, stay 6 feet apart and stay outdoors as much as possible. Also, remember to fill out your Campus Clear daily health check.   


We may be within months of the end of this pandemic and there are reasons for hope. More people have now received a COVID-19 vaccine than have been infected. On campus, we are thrilled to open the Hadlock Student Center, albeit in a very limited way at this time. There are also many student clubs and organizations that are providing opportunities for involvement following COVID safety protocols and guidelines. We also got some Pip’s Doughnuts on the quad and who can ever go wrong with doughnuts! And, of course, it is great to see some of our athletic teams beginning to compete (with significant testing and safety restrictions). While there are no fans allowed, all games will be livestreamed so you can cheer from a safe distance. Go Bruins!


Sincerely,

Brad Lau,

Vice President for Student Life 

 

Dear Students, 


It is so good to have you back on campus! The pandemic has taken a lot from us, but we’re striving to keep you healthy while also providing the best possible college campus experience during a pandemic. I want to update you on what’s new on campus and our plans for the spring. 


Limit your close contacts and travel

One of the simplest ways to keep the COVID-19 virus from campus is to reduce the number of opportunities for exposure. Residential students are asked to stay on campus as much as possible, with the exception of essential travel, off-campus jobs, and visiting outdoor locations. We also encourage you to avoid travel to your family homes while COVID-19 cases are at current levels. This approach proved successful in the fall and we’re repeating it again this spring while the pandemic is widespread in our community. Nearly every case that affected students in the fall could be traced back to off-campus social gatherings or family events. Please avoid these for the next few months while the risk is highest. 


As previously announced, we shifted spring break to three different sets of holidays. This was done to avoid the high risk of exposure during a week-long break. We look forward to returning to a traditional spring break week in 2022.  


Spring 2021 academic holidays

Feb. 15-16 (Monday-Tuesday)

March 25-26 (Thursday-Friday)

April 14 (Wednesday)


Hadlock Student Center closed for now 

Because of the increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases in our region, the state has closed indoor fitness facilities. We are petitioning the governor for lighter restrictions, but we also know that we could reopen Hadlock Student Center in a limited fashion if our county moved into a lower risk category. Oregon and Yamhill County continue to have lower COVID-19 rates than most locations in the U.S., but Yamhill County is one of 26 Oregon counties in the state’s Extreme Risk category. To leave this category the county must average no more than 15 cases per day over a two-week period. We’ve seen a downward trend in recent days, but we’re still averaging more than 30 new cases a day.


COVID-19 Testing Update

As you know, we required all students taking classes in person in Newberg to be tested for COVID-19. We provided on-campus testing for those who could not get testing on their own. Thus far we have seen few positive cases among those who were tested on campus. You can see the results of our campus testing here


Face shield update

George Fox has updated its face covering policy to meet new state guidelines. “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. 

Face shields are no longer allowed on their own as a face covering, except in the following situations:

  • When presenting to a class or audience as long as you maintain six feet of distance. 

  • In work spaces (cubicles or in common areas without a door) provided you maintain at least six feet of distance from others 

  • If you have a medical condition preventing masks

  • If you are working with the hearing impaired to allow lip reading

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

Employees and students should switch back to face masks when not in one of these circumstances.

A reminder of what keeps us healthy


  • Maintain physical distancing

  • Wear a face covering

  • Wash your hands with soap regularly 

  • Use video to replace in-person meetings when possible


If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were a close contact, you can get tested for COVID-19 at the Health and Counseling Center. Please let us know about your symptoms or potential exposure via our COVID-19 Reporting Form


In my office, I have the words of a benediction spoken many years ago by a former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. As you begin this semester, I thought I would share an adaptation of these words for all of us.


Now [live] in peace and bless the world... 

where you are . . . he has placed you. 

God has a purpose for your life right where you are. 

Christ Jesus who indwells you has something that he wants to do in 

and through your life right where you are. 

Believe this . . . and [live] in his love and in his grace and in his power. 


Again, we are so glad to have you back!


Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,

 

Happy New Year! I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the break as you prepare to return for the spring semester. Campus is definitely too quiet without you and we look forward to welcoming you back!


Our world continues to battle the pandemic, but we’re getting good news for the first time in a long time. The COVID-19 vaccine is out. More than 50,000 have been vaccinated in Oregon already, and our governor is encouraging Oregon’s K-12 schools to return to in-person instruction by mid-February. 


Here at George Fox, we are making plans for your safe return. While we did not entirely keep COVID-19 from campus this fall, our community did good work preventing a large outbreak. There were no known cases of transmission in classrooms and most cases could be traced to off-campus social activities or family gatherings.


Before you return to campus

As we communicated earlier, we are asking you to self quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to campus or your off-campus living area. If you develop COVID symptoms or test positive during that time do not return to campus. 

  • Remain at home until 10 days after symptoms begin or 24 hours after your fever stops (without fever reducing medication), whichever is longer.

  • Contact your professors - Faculty will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations for students to continue their coursework remotely.


Questions about COVID-19 testing

As I communicated to you in my Dec. 16 email, we will be requiring Newberg students to test for COVID as they return to the residence hall or campus. This generated a number of questions that I will try to answer in this email.


These questions apply to most students, but those who arrive early (e.g., RAs, student-athletes, graduate students and nursing students) may have different timelines and should expect specific testing communication from your program directors and University Housing. 


The last email said we needed to get tested 72 hours before returning to campus but that’s a holiday weekend. Can I get tested earlier than 72 hours?

Ideally we’d like the tests to be done in the 72 hours before you return to campus, but we will accept results from COVID-19 tests obtained after Jan. 10. 


Where can I get tested?

If possible, we encourage you to get a COVID-19 test from your medical provider or at a drive-through site prior to returning to campus. Some medical insurers cover the entire cost of testing. George Fox will provide free testing on campus and are doing our best to keep lines short. 


What kind of test will George Fox accept?

We will accept any type of COVID-19 molecular or antigen test approved by the FDA. These include those you receive from your medical provider or at-home tests. 


How do I get tested on campus?

The dates and the location for testing will be announced later this week. A special testing site will be set up in Wheeler gymnasium so we can manage the large numbers of students needing testing. The Health and Counseling Center will not be performing the arrival testing. They will resume testing on Jan. 19 for those that are symptomatic or were close contacts of confirmed cases. 


When can commuters get an on-campus test?

Designated times for commuters will be Jan. 17-22. Commuters may come to the testing site at other times, but priority will be given to the population scheduled for that time period.


What if I already had COVID?

  • We will ask to see your positive test results. (Instructions will come soon). No further testing will be required.

  • If you believe you had COVID, but did not get tested, we are requiring you to get tested. It is possible you may still show a positive test result and we will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.


What if I received a vaccine already?

If you have received at least one dose of one of the COVID vaccines, show us proof of the vaccine (instructions will come soon) and you will not be required to be tested.


If you have questions specific to your situation, you can send them to health@georgefox.edu. We will also be updating the COVID section of our website. 


Hopefully, this email has answered most of your questions regarding our testing protocol as you prepare to return to campus. As mentioned previously, more specific information about testing times and locations along with other details will be forthcoming. We are very much looking forward to your return to campus for another semester of learning and growing together . . . even in the midst of a global pandemic! 


Over the break, I was reflecting on some of the “more and more” (NLT) statements in Scripture. Along with academic pursuits, my hope and prayer for all of us this upcoming semester is that we will grow “more and more” in overflowing love for one another, knowledge, understanding, grace, mercy, and peace as we become “more and more” like Christ and reflect his priorities in our lives and in our world.


Enjoy these last couple weeks of break and we will see you soon!


Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life

Dear students,


Nice job! You made it through a very challenging fall semester and have demonstrated grit, resilience, determination, courage, and care for one another! Your personal efforts to wear masks, physically distance and keep your “social bubbles” small enabled us to have face-to-face classes while experiencing minimal COVID cases for most of the semester. 


The start of the spring semester may seem like a long time away, but I want to share with you important updates to our COVID plan. Most policies will be the same, but there are a few important changes you need to note.


  1. Self-quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to campus or your off-campus living area.

    1. If you develop COVID symptoms or test positive during that time do not return to campus. 

      1. Remain at home until 10 days after symptoms begin or 24 hours after your fever stops (without fever reducing medication), whichever is longer.

      2. Contact your professors - Faculty will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations for students to continue their coursework remotely

  2. All students must have a COVID test before returning to class.

    1. Option 1: Get tested prior to returning to campus (preferred)

      1. Schedule a COVID test with your medical provider or a drive-through site in the 72 hours prior to returning to campus or class. Testing sites can be found on the following websites:

  1. Oregon  

  2. Washington 

  3. California

  4. Find your state

  1. Bring proof of your negative test result (more info on turning in the test result will be available in January).  

  1. Option 2: Get tested on campus (these tests will be free, but you may be required to quarantine until you receive negative test results)

    1. For those who cannot afford or gain access to a COVID-19 test, testing will be available on campus. More info on this option will be available in January. 

  2. COVID-19 testing deadlines:

    1. Residential students must take a COVID-19 test prior to entering residence (Students must either produce a negative test result before entering or quarantine upon entering)

    2. Commuter and Newberg graduate students (required in first week of the spring semester)

  3. Questions about testing? Contact health@georgefox.edu


  1. Compliance with COVID policies

    1. All students (and employees) are expected to continue complying with university COVID-19 policies. These are updated regularly as the state or CDC make modifications. Updates are posted in the Daily Bruin.

    2. CampusClear App - Students are expected to complete the app every day they come to campus. You will be asked to show your “Good to go” status at various places on campus in order to gain entry (e.g., Canyon Commons).

    3. All students (commuting and residential) are expected to carefully follow Oregon guidelines and mandates. 


A few final comments and reminders:

  • Testing will continue to be available at the Health and Counseling Center throughout the semester for symptomatic students and close contacts.

  • If the vaccines become available for college students, the Health and Counseling Center is prepared to be a vaccination site.

  • There are different spring start dates for different student groups

    • Nursing and graduate students begin classes on Jan. 11

    • All traditional undergraduate students begin classes on Jan. 19.


We continue to believe our classrooms are some of the safest places for students and faculty. The majority of our COVID-19 cases in the fall could be traced to off-campus social or family gatherings. Overall, I’m very pleased with how our campus has worked together to protect each other. THANK YOU!


My hope and prayer for you is that this will be a season of renewed hope, wonder, peace, joy, and love as we reflect on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 


May God give you and your family a blessed Christmas season as you get some much-deserved rest after a busy and challenging semester. Most of all, may we all reflect on the true Gift of this season! I love these simple words by an anonymous poet, "A little child, a shining star, a stable rude, the door ajar. Yet in that place, so crude, forlorn, the Hope of all the world was born."


Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,


We’ve almost made it to the end of the fall semester! This year hasn’t been what we’d hoped for, but I’m proud of our community for demonstrating great resiliency and perseverance through a difficult situation.


As many of you return to a permanent home for the holidays, I want to provide some guidance adapted from information recently released by Oregon Health Authority to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when returning home from college.  


Before going home:  

  • Avoid contact with others, especially people you don’t share living space with at school. 

  • Stay in your living space as much as possible. 

  • Get a test if you can, but remember that a negative  test  result  is NOT a free pass.  Some  COVID-19  tests produce a high percentage of  false negatives, so even after a negative test, continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. 

  • Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. 


Getting home: 

  • The safest way to travel is by car and only with people you live with. 

  • Traveling by train or plane exposes everyone to a higher risk of infection. It’s hard to stay physically distant in crowded airports or train stations, and being on a plane or train increases the length of exposure to anyone who might be sick.  

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have more information on travel on their webpage


After arriving at home: 

  • Stay physically distant from others, even those you are staying with. 

  • Stay in a separate room from others when you arrive at your destination.

  • After returning home, quarantine for 14 days and limit your exposure to those who don’t live there, especially older adults or high-risk family members.   

  • Wear a face covering when unable to maintain physical distancing, especially in the first 48 hours after returning to home. 

  • Don’t gather socially indoors. Avoid going to bars, restaurants and parties. 

  • After quarantining, choose lower risk activities if you see people who you don’t live with, such as meeting people outside where six feet of physical distance can be maintained. 


Talking about politics and COVID-19 with family
Some of you have expressed unease about difficult conversations likely to come up during the break. Hopefully, you were able to participate and gain some relevant resources this semester from our George Fox Civility Project. Following are some additional articles that might help you navigate political or other difficult conversations over the holidays.

Finally, a small bit of good news

We realize that our traditional undergraduate students faced many challenges this fall and COVID-related restrictions dramatically impacted normal social activities. Because of this, the university has refunded a Student Activity Credit of $50 to each student's account (this totals more than $100,000 returned to students and their families). The Student Accounts Office will email specifics to each eligible student. 


I pray that you and your families will be healthy through this season. May this be a time of renewal and connection and may the “peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). We will continue to communicate with you through the holiday and will provide updates on our plan to return to campus in January as well. 


Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

George Fox Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown called for a "freeze" for two weeks, starting November 18, for the entire state, and four weeks in Multnomah County, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The intention of this order is to limit social activity as this is causing the majority of the disease spread. 

The freeze includes the closure of all restaurants and bars (with the exception of takeout), gyms and exercise facilities, and reduces all social gatherings to no more than 6 persons across two households (including for the Thanksgiving holiday). It begins on November 18 and at this point for most of the state, lasts through December 2.  

After reviewing the governor’s recommendations, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) met and clarified how these recommendations apply to higher education institutions. 

Here is what we know today: 
 
  • As of Friday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., most undergraduate classes will move online. Students will hear from their departments next week if there are labs, clinicals or other required in-person learning after that date.  
  • After Friday, Nov. 20, undergraduate students not required to attend in-person learning may travel home and attend classes remotely if they wish.  
  • Graduate classes will move forward as planned and any changes will be communicated via the specific program. 
  • Dining hall service will continue as it has all semester, as we have already been operating as a take-out facility. 
  • Gyms must close. This includes Hadlock Student Center and other workout spaces. This will go into effect at the end of the day Tuesday, Nov. 17. 
  • At this point, there is no update about December’s midyear commencement. Once there is any news, we’ll share it with students as soon as possible. 
  • Non-teaching staff will largely work remote starting Nov. 18 and through Dec. 2. We will ensure that offices students need to access--financial aid, student life, the registrar’s office, Health and Counseling, Campus Public Safety, etc., will be available either in person or virtually for students. More information will be available to staff by the end of the day Monday. 
  • If students are in quarantine and wish to complete their quarantine on campus before returning home for the holidays, requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Once students leave campus for remote learning or the holidays, we ask that you stay at home. Do not travel between home and campus until we reconvene after the break on Jan. 19.

Importantly, students, PLEASE STAY ON CAMPUS AND LIMIT YOUR SOCIAL CONTACTS for the next week before we move to remote learning and then break for the holidays. Contact tracing has shown us that transmission of COVID-19 within our community has primarily occurred when students go home or attend off-campus events on weekends. Please keep your social circles small--stick with your roommates and close friends, maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others, and wear your face covering.

The governor has mandated that no more than six people gather at a time, and from no more than two households. We know that university residential life makes a household unclear, but we ask you to remain extra vigilant in protecting our entire community by limiting in-person interactions as much as possible. 
More information will be shared as decisions are made in concert with the leaders in our community. 

I know this has been a very difficult term and our entire community has worked hard and done well. I am very grateful for each of you. The pandemic continues to affect all of us and we will continue to rely on the strength that comes from our relationship with God. Thank you for your perseverance in this most unusual semester. 

In Christ,
Robin Baker
President

Greetings dear students,

 

We are sooooooooo close!  We have just nine more classroom days before we close the fall 2020 semester. Our quick action to quarantine close contacts seems to be slowing the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Over the last three days, we've had just one student test positive for COVID-19 and that student was already in quarantine. Let's end strong together. To do that we need you to:

 

  1. Continue to attend classes. Currently there has been no change in face-to-face class attendance policy (except for few preapproved courses). We believe our mandatory face coverings and physical distancing make our classrooms some of the safest places on campus.   If your professor is holding classes face to face or online you need to still attend the class to the end of the semester. If you have unexcused absences, your grade may be affected. PLEASE talk to your professor before leaving. This is for students who currently do not have other arrangements made. 

 

  1. Continue to practice COVID-19 safety guidelines we have had all semester:
    • Wear your mask when interacting with people outside your "household" and stay 6 foot away from others. 
    • Keep your circle small on campus and limit your social contacts off campus. 
    • Keep safe by following the health procedures such as hand washing.
  1. Utilize theacademic supportavailable to you. This list of resources is kept current and provides key contacts for you.

 

Additionally, librarians are available to answer questions via email, phone, in-person, and through Zoom appointments, and we have online research guides that can help students who are struggling with resources for their final projects and papers.

If you have questions or need further information please contact your faculty member, our office (rhernandez@georgefox.edu) or Rick Muthiah at rmuthiah@georgefox.edu.

 

You have done a solid job so far. The Lord is helping us and we can finish strong together. Keep pressing on! 

 

Warmly,

Provost Scott

 

Dear students,

 

My hope and prayer for you is that tomorrow’s “day of rest” will be encouraging as you enter the final stretch before Thanksgiving. It is also a day set aside to honor our veterans for their service and express our gratitude for all they have done. 


Starting tomorrow, the Portland metro area begins a governor-mandated two-week pause on social activities to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. Among the several measures included in the directive is a limitation of social gatherings to no more than six people. While Yamhill County is not included in the directive, I do expect our students to limit their social circles and use face coverings and physical distancing. With no classes tomorrow, it is important we continue to avoid high-risk social situations where the virus can easily spread. 


Our campus fight against COVID-19 continues. Since my last email to you at the end of last week, six more Newberg undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to testing close contacts and students with symptoms, we also continue to do surveillance testing (over 200 this week alone) of students who have no symptoms. Our rate of positive tests last week was 3.7%. A small number of our positive test results have come from students who are asymptomatic, meaning we all need to act as if we carry the virus. 


What do I do if I have symptoms?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste or smell, etc), call your healthcare provider or the Health and Counseling Center at (503) 554-2340 or hcc@georgefox.edu and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will determine whether you need to be tested according to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 testing. Free testing is available on campus. We also ask that you complete our COVID Reporting Form to allow us to make sure you are cared for.


A reminder on what we know about the spread of COVID-19: Droplets caused by coughing and sneezing are still believed to be the main source of infection. Remaining six feet away from others and wearing a face covering means you are less likely to be exposed to droplets.


How can you continue to keep our campus safe?


  • Residential students should remain on campus as much as possible until the Thanksgiving break

  • Wear your face covering (over both nose and mouth)

  • Keep six feet of physical distance between you and those who do not live with you

  • Avoid social gatherings, especially where these behaviors are not practiced

  • Small group meetings should be held virtually when possible

  • Follow COVID-19 guidance in Canyon Commons

  • Use Bon Appetit's GET MOBILE app to order your food 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently  


For those of you in quarantine 

An important piece of our effort to stop the spread is the use of quarantine for those who have known exposure to COVID-19. If you are told to quarantine, it is important for you to do so for the entire 14-day duration. A negative test does not mean you can end your quarantine. We understand that students in quarantine want to return to campus activities, but even a negative COVID-19 test doesn’t mean that you are safe to return. Someone exposed to a person with COVID-19 needs a 14-day quarantine regardless of test results. This is because COVID-19 can develop between two and 14 days after an exposure and test results are most accurate after symptoms develop.


As I’ve said before, I know these constant reminders can get tiring. However, it is so important that we continue to be attentive to those behaviors and activities that will help ensure our own health and safety as well as that of others. While I’m admittedly taking the verse a little out of context, Galatians 6:9 (NIV) says,  "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Part of our “doing good” in this season is following all the protocols and guidelines that help keep all of us healthy and safe. 


May God continue to be with you in a special way and I hope you enjoy tomorrow as a day of rest, reflection, and renewal!


Sincerely,



Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life 

Dear Students,

 

I want to say thank you for the positive ways you are responding to our updates this week. Overall, I’m seeing students doing a great job of protecting the health of our community. I know this has not been easy for you or for any of us, but please keep caring for one another by following the guidelines and protocols that are in place for the safety of our community!


It appears that the increase of positive cases has slowed and we now stand at 16 new cases this week. In the last few days we have “rapid tested” those students most likely to have been exposed to our known cases and the results of those tests are included in this week’s total. All known close contacts are in quarantine. We likely will see some of those in quarantine test positive in the near future, but we believe we have taken the actions needed to prevent or dramatically reduce further spread. 


I want to reiterate that we have not found evidence of COVID-19 spreading in our classrooms or dining areas (we received a 100% score from our public health inspector this week). Our contact tracing is revealing that off-campus social and family gatherings are significant locations for virus spread. 


I understand some of you want to be very careful to reduce your exposure. As we move forward, I want to provide some clarity around Oregon’s self-quarantine guidance. (Also view the chart at the bottom of this email.)

  • If Person A has a positive COVID-19 test and has been in close contact with Person B, then Person B needs to quarantine. 

  • If Person C has been in close contact with Person B, then Person C does not need to quarantine. 

  • Only Person A and Person B require quarantine in this situation.

Of course, we want everyone to carefully monitor their health, wear a face covering and practice physical distancing from those you do not live with. 

How can you continue to keep our campus safe?


  • Residential students should remain on campus as much as possible

  • Wear your face covering (over both nose and mouth)

  • Keep six feet of physical distance between you and those who do not live with you

  • Avoid social gatherings, especially where these behaviors are not practiced

  • Follow COVID-19 guidance in Canyon Commons

  • Use Bon Appetit's GET MOBILE app to order your food 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently  


We have been exceptionally blessed this semester with very few COVID-19 cases on campus so I recognize that this week’s cases may feel jarring. However, it’s important to remember that the administration and faculty spent the summer preparing for the unwanted reality that we could have cases in our community. We can stop the spread by following the safety protocols in place and remaining calm. 


We continue to pray that God will fill each of you with his peace and strength as we finish the last few weeks of the semester. He is with you and for you! Together, we will get through this!


Grace and Peace,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

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Dear students,


We are at a crossroads and it is up to you how we end our semester. 


In the last four days we have had 14 COVID-19 positive tests among our Newberg undergraduate students. We have traced the source of nearly all cases to off-campus events, either Halloween weekend social gatherings or family gatherings. About 45 close-contact residential students are in quarantine as a preventative measure to prevent further spread. These students are receiving meals and are checked on daily. Another 50 close-contact students living off campus have also been told to quarantine and have been assigned a university care manager. 


This increase in cases coincides with a national surge in COVID-19 cases: Oregon yesterday reported a 34% state-wide increase in week-to-week positive cases. Today a record number of single-day cases was reported in Oregon and the U.S.


We are conducting COVID-19 testing on campus for students most likely to have been exposed to the virus. Our staff have followed up quickly with the students who have tested positive and we’ve found that each positive case averages between 10 and 15 close contacts over a 48-hour time period. (A close contact is someone who is within six feet of a COVID-19 positive case for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.) While I want to encourage positive interactions on campus, we need to decrease the numbers of close contacts. 


What do we do now?


We believe our quick response in moving students into quarantine will prevent or dramatically slow further spread. That said, we must encourage each other toward the healthy behaviors that will halt the spread of this virus. More than warnings from administrators, we need students to hold each other accountable. At this point, we should all know how to keep ourselves and our community safe:


  • Wear your face covering (over both nose and mouth)

  • Keep six feet of physical distance between you and those who do not live with you

  • Avoid social gatherings where these behaviors are not practiced

  • Follow COVID-19 guidance in Canyon Commons

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently  


Additionally, we can all benefit from investing in our own physical and mental health. These simple steps can go a long way:


  • Eat healthy foods

  • Get adequate sleep

  • Exercise regularly

  • Invest in your spiritual life

  • Avoid or reduce social media

 

What do I do if I have symptoms?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste or smell, etc), call your healthcare provider or the Health and Counseling Center at (503) 554-2340 or hcc@georgefox.edu and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will determine whether you need to be tested according to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 testing. Free testing is available on campus. We also ask that you complete our COVID Reporting Form to allow us to make sure you are cared for.


Will we finish the semester in person?


In-person classes do not appear to be a factor in the spread of the virus and we anticipate holding in-person classes through Thanksgiving. We have adequate isolation space, but we need every student to make good choices that will stop the spread. At this point, the decision to keep the campus open is just as much yours as it is a university decision. 


We can do this.


Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31, just one Newberg student tested positive for COVID-19. We know how to keep our campus safe. We must all do our part. 


Grace and Peace,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life


p.s. If you know of a student who is in quarantine or who has tested positive, please do not assume that person made a poor decision or attended a Halloween gathering. Some students do not know the source of their illness. We aspire to be a grace-filled community and we want to support those who are not feeling well.  

 

Dear Students,


It is difficult to believe that November is upon us! I hope that you were able to enjoy that extra hour of sleep this past weekend as we set our clocks back. Rather than my typical email to you toward the end of the week, I wanted to send a few important updates and reminders.


Election Day

I’m sure you are aware that today is Election Day, but I encourage you to vote if you haven’t already done so. There are several ballot drop boxes in Newberg, including a drive-up box at the Newberg Public Safety Building. Ballots must be delivered by 8 p.m.


Update on COVID-19

In the last couple days, four students have received positive COVID-19 test results. About 50 students have been identified as close contacts to one or more of these students. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet of a person for more than 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. These close contacts have been asked to self-quarantine. 


Please be vigilant 

We are sharing this information because it is imperative that we are extra vigilant in wearing a face covering (over your mouth and nose) and physical distancing to prevent spread of the virus. This is applicable in classrooms as well as residential and dining areas. In Canyon Commons, please follow the spacing guidelines and replace your face covering when not eating. Avoid off-campus social gatherings. These have proven to be sources of significant virus spread both here and at other colleges. 


If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste or smell, etc), call your healthcare provider or the Health and Counseling Center at (503) 554-2340 or hcc@georgefox.edu and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide if you need to be tested according to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 testing. Free testing is available. 


Post-Election Day

I want to remind you we have set aside the covered areas on the campus tennis court for post-election prayer and processing. Staff will be available at these times:


Wednesday,12-1:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 12-1:30 p.m.  


If you are feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, please do not hesitate to ask for help from any of these campus resources:



May God’s peace and presence be very real for each of you this week!


Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,


As most of you are well aware, the 2020 Election Day is coming up very soon on Nov. 3. Our students and employees come to this day with a diversity of views and political perspectives. This is a good thing on a college campus though I know it is challenging in our current polarized society.


As we think about this next week, my encouragement to all of us is to respond to the election in a way that is consistent with our Christ-centered ethos and values. We are a community that seeks to honor Christ by caring for one another deeply (even when we disagree). Our interactions should always be characterized by love, respect, and humility. I recognize that many of us have deeply held convictions or emotions about a particular candidate or ballot measure. When the dust settles after election day, there will be some in our community who will be celebrating and some who will be grieving the results of the election.


The real question that I believe Jesus would ask is, will we still love one another? Will we truly listen to one another seeking to understand their perspective? It is easy to vilify the “other” (whoever that might be), create our own echo chambers, and dismiss those with whom we disagree. My hope and prayer is that the George Fox community can model a third way that is built on our love for Jesus and our care for one another. 


You may be aware of the George Fox Civility Project. This project is a series of events created to help students gain a deeper understanding of civility in our political process. I’d encourage you to watch the videos and reflect on how it influences our interactions as we approach election day.


Update on COVID-19

Due to your continued care for one another, we’ve seen just one confirmed undergraduate student case in the last three weeks. Keep up the good work. With Halloween coming up please remember to maintain proper distancing and wear an appropriate mask (covering nose and mouth) that will protect you and others around you. At the end of this letter, you will find a graphic from the Oregon Health Authority with some good tips about the coming weekend. On Saturday night, join us on-campus for the Fall Fest with pumpkin carving, a costume contest, movies and lots of candy! Visit our Student Activities instagram and check out upcoming events for more information. 


Thanksgiving and Finals

While residential students are welcome to stay on campus through Thanksgiving and finals, we anticipate many students will return home for the holiday and return in January. No matter what your finals plans are, we would like students who live in campus housing to let us know what you intend to do by Nov. 9 by filling out the Fall Housing Check-out form. 


Reminder about Spring Semester

You should have already seen this, but I want to remind you that spring semester will start January 19, one week later than originally planned. Spring break also has been adjusted into two long weekends and a mid-week holiday to reduce the COVID-19 exposure risk for everyone on campus. 


Nov. 11 Day of Rest 

I know this has been a hard year filled with too much stress and not enough in-person connection. Even our smiles are covered most of the time. The university wants to acknowledge your work in a challenging time by adding a “Day of Rest” on November 11. As you are aware, this previously unscheduled holiday falls on Veterans Day. We encourage you to take time on that day to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country.


My prayer for all of us is what Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers (Ephesians 3:16-19, NLT) when he wrote, I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” And, of course, may we love others as he has loved us!


Next week begins week 11 of the fall semester, but don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend!  I’m praying for God’s richest blessings on your day and the upcoming weekend. He is with you and for you!


Blessings,



Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life

Dear Students,

Keep up the good work! We’ve had an outstanding week with great weather. Our number of positive COVID cases (5) affecting the Newberg campus since July remains low. What we are doing is working! Thank you for caring well for one another.  

What is the university’s expectation for the Oct. 9 mid-semester holiday? 

First, we expect you to take a deep breath and celebrate being halfway through the fall term. This semester is different than many of us could have anticipated, but here we are counting down weeks to the end of the semester. 

This summer, we asked residential students to remain on campus until the Oct. 9 mid-semester holiday, with the exception of essential travel, off-campus jobs, and visiting outdoor locations. So what now? 

We are encouraging you to continue to stay on campus as much as possible. There are seven weeks left until Thanksgiving. The choices we make during this time will impact how we finish the semester and start the next. If you need to leave campus, please wear your mask and prioritize physical distancing. Universities are seeing COVID case spikes from off-campus activities and gatherings where physical distancing is not maintained. Remember, a close contact is anyone you are with for more than 15 minutes in close proximity. One COVID case can impact many individuals. 

Will the campus COVID policies change after Oct. 9 holiday?

Our face covering, visitor and visitation hour policies for campus life will not change. We are also continuing to encourage residential students to stay on campus, only leaving when needed or to participate in outdoor activities (with roommates or a close circle of friends).


What happens if I’m a close contact of someone who has tested positive?


Any faculty, staff or student known to be a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) within the preceding 14 days should submit a covid reporting form to George Fox, stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from the local public health authority and George Fox Student Life staff. If you are a close contact and receive a negative test result, you are still expected to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure.


If I get a negative COVID-19 test, am I safe to hang out with friends?


A negative test result does not guarantee that you do not have COVID-19. It is not uncommon for someone to receive a false negative early in their illness. Please continue to follow the university’s recommended health guidelines.


I know this has been a very unique semester and it is easy to feel isolated from a sense of community or frustrated with the challenges of living in the midst of COVID-19. This may be especially true in the midst of mid-term exams and projects. If you are struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the many campus resources that are available to you whether a trusted friend, faculty or staff member, the Health & Counseling Center, Spiritual Life, the Intercultural Resource Center, or Student Life. 


I am deeply grateful for each of you and the very real sense as I walk across campus that we are “in this together.” Most importantly, God is always with us in the midst of challenge. As you go through this busy time of the semester, my prayer is that “you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy . . .” (Colossians 1:11, NLT). Have a wonderful weekend!


Blessings,

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life

Dear students,

I’ve never been more excited to see a forecast for rain! After a rough 10 days of smoke, the air should start to clear. We all are ready for some fresh air. 

My heart goes out to those in our community who have been directly affected by the wildfires. Many experienced days of anxious waiting and chaotic evacuations. Some have lost homes. We grieve with you.

COVID-19 update

As we anticipated, COVID-19 has appeared on our campus. This morning we reported on our COVID-19 website that we have our first confirmed cases this semester. We have fewer than 5 positive cases. This is similar to what has been reported at other local colleges our size. Following the privacy guidance given by Yamhill County Public Health, we will not report details on the cases nor will we report the exact number of cases until we reach 5. We update our COVID dashboard every Thursday. If you were in close proximity to a person with a confirmed case, you would already have been contacted by Student Life staff or by Yamhill County Public Health. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must be cleared before returning to class or any public areas of campus.

Keep it up

This reinforces my previous encouragement for you to take care of yourself and your community. For the most part, students have been great about wearing masks and maintaining good physical distances. Be especially aware that physical distancing is important while eating in Canyon Commons. Please limit the number of students at a table and do not move chairs. These guidelines are set up for your protection and for the protection of your classmates. 

CampusClear

Please continue to use the CampusClear App to report symptoms daily. In addition to increasing your own awareness of your health, it allows us to better track symptoms across campus. 

Reporting Symptoms

If you have symptoms or are aware of someone with symptoms, please fill out the COVID Concern and Reporting form. We continue to have students who are self quarantined and community members who are awaiting testing. 

Social Media

Please help us protect the privacy of those who may have contracted COVID-19 or some other illness by not sharing rumors about students or employees. 

As we’ve experienced the challenges of this semester, I’m reminded of Psalm 91 which says,

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (NLT)

As a community that seeks to be centered around Christ, it is good to remind ourselves of this truth - God is with us! I continue to believe this with all my heart and appreciate all we do to care for one another as tangible expressions of God’s presence and love.

Enjoy the rest of your week and the coming weekend as we hope and pray for clearer skies!

Blessings,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,

Every year at George Fox, we aspire to care and support our students and help them develop resilience and grit. Unfortunately it feels like we’ve packed a four-year lesson on resilience into the first three weeks of this semester. Those of us who work at George Fox care deeply about each and every one of you and want God’s best for our students. I’m sorry this has been such a challenging journey! 

There are several things I want to update you on as we head into the weekend.

Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak Fire

Today, the fire is reported to be approximately 70 percent contained and firefighters are “mopping up,” although it may take several days for all hotspots to be extinguished. Yesterday, the estimate on the size of the fire dropped to 875 acres burned. Firefighters have been able to protect all homes, but three barns did burn. No injuries have been reported. Some residents who were evacuated are being allowed to return home. There are still more than 70 firefighters working and we certainly owe them a lot of gratitude for their work and sacrifice in these conditions. Please continue to pray for these heroic women and men! 

COVID-19 Update

Keep up the good work. Your sacrifices are paying off. We continue to have 0 confirmed cases on the Newberg campus. All completed tests have come back as negative. We continue to have students self quarantining and some are awaiting test results. Please continue to wear your face covering and physically distance yourself from others. In Oregon, the age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20-to-29-year-olds. The good news is that the latest Oregon Health Authority report indicates that cases in Oregon are down 5 percent during the week of August 31-September 6 and 30 percent from the peak in July. 

The CDC has recently changed its definition of “close contact” to someone who was within six feet for more than 15 minutes with or without a mask. This provides even more reason to avoid non-essential travel. If someone tests positive for COVID and you were in a car with them for more than 15 minutes (even with a mask on), you will be a close contact and would be asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. 

Unhealthy Air Quality

As you know, wildfires on the foothills of the Cascades are creating unhealthy air conditions here in Newberg. I know the smoke is causing physical and mental distress for many of you. The good news is it looks like conditions should improve through the weekend and we may even have a good cleansing rain on Monday. Some of you let us know you did not support yesterday’s decision to keep classes in session. Please know we’re trying to make the best decisions we can. There are teams that carefully weigh all the known factors in determining the best course of action. We recognize that not everyone will agree with the decisions that are made. Factors that played into our decision included the short distance most students would travel outdoors to class and knowing that the best air quality on campus was in our air-conditioned classrooms. As always, if you have health concerns our professors are more than willing to work with you. 

My deep prayer for each one of you is that “God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

We are here for you. If you need someone to talk with please reach out to our supportive staff in Student Life, Spiritual Life or Health and Counseling.

Let’s come together as a community. Now is the time to care for those whose families may have been displaced due to wildfires. This includes some of you and your families as well as some of our employee community. Our hearts ache for those impacted and we certainly want to support them in any way we can. 

The winds are changing. We’ve made it through the fire and we will make it through the haze. God is faithful.

Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,

Another week is complete! I continue to be appreciative of our community for the sacrifices you all are making to keep us together during this pandemic. We continue to have no positive tests for COVID-19, but we do have students who are in self-quarantine and are waiting for test results. We need to assume the virus is on our campus. Keep those masks up, keep completing the daily self screening and protect your personal space (your bubble). Even on the weekend!

As you know, we have a comprehensive COVID-19 section of our website. I want to let you know about a couple updated policies that are posted there. 

  • The gatherings policy clarifies our policy for indoor and outdoor gatherings. This is not a “social gathering” policy. We are still asking students to keep physically distanced and meet outdoors whenever possible. 
  • Our accountability policy clarifies how we will respond to students who chose not to follow our community health guidelines. 
How do I encourage others to wear a mask or protect their bubble?

Being direct and kindly asking someone to wear a mask will have better results than demanding or shaming. As always, modeling positive behavior is the best way to influence others around you. The collaborative decisions we make impact those around us, so practice care and think of others. If you have medical or compliance concerns, remember you can fill out this form. Please don’t let COVID-19 pull us apart. 

What would force George Fox to go to remote learning? Can I go to the beach?

We’ve gotten these questions a few times. The answers to these questions and several other frequently asked questions can be found in this video from Bill Buhrow, the chair of our COVID Operation Team. To clarify the answer about going to the beach, we are asking all our residential students to stay on campus and limit non-essential travel until at least Oct. 9. If you are heading off campus to an outdoor activity, please limit that activity to you and your roommate or those in your apartment or house. 

We’ve also just posted a new video from Bill talking about all we’ve done to open the campus. You can see all of our COVID-19 videos on our YouTube COVID-19 playlist.

Here is a reminder of health habits recommended by the CDC for college students.

As a community centered on Christ, we always want to press into the fruit of the Spirit as we care for one another . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, TNIV)! Thanks again for all you are doing to keep us together.

Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Dear students,

You did it! You’ve completed the first week of the semester. In 2020, that deserves celebration!

One week in. How are we doing?

As I walk across campus, I see most students wearing face coverings and keeping good physical distance. We’re doing particularly well in classroom settings. After months of Zoom meetings, it’s fantastic to see students and employees engaged in eye-to-eye, mask-to-mask conversations. This is why we have worked so hard all summer to ensure you could return to campus. We love having you here!

I know there is concern about how consistently we’re maintaining our personal “bubbles” in the living areas, off-campus and after classes end. As of today, we have 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with campus, but it is possible we have asymptomatic cases in our midst. I know it is hard, but the way to prevent an outbreak is to assume we and everyone else are asymptomatic carriers and maintain 6 feet of distance between us and those around us.

It doesn’t take much looking to find a college where an off-campus party led to an outbreak on campus. State of Oregon Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger this week shared a story about how COVID-19 spread in a community starting from a “seemingly harmless gathering”:

10 people got together for a family party, and two people at the party were likely infectious at the time, though they did not have symptoms. In total, those two cases have led to 20 reported cases spread across 10 households. At least two of the people work with vulnerable populations. One person lived in a multi-generational house with family members with high-risk conditions. So even though the people who went to the party weren’t at higher risk for complications, many of the people who got sick potentially exposed people who are more vulnerable.

On the other hand, you may have read the story of the two hairdressers with COVID-19 who wore masks while spending more than 15 minutes with each of their 139 clients. None of the clients (who also wore masks) became infected.

A year ago, none of us would have imagined we’d be wearing masks across campus all day. I understand that this is not the college experience you hoped for. It is not what we wanted either, but for us to stay together, we need to choose activities where we can consistently physically distance and wear face coverings.

If you have concerns about activities that endanger our community’s health you can fill out the COVID-19 Concern Form. Please be a leader and model the low-risk behaviors that will keep us together. Use positive peer pressure, but please do not shame others who are less cautious. We are a gracious community, but we are also serious about staying together. Repeated behaviors that endanger the health of our community will result in consequences, up to suspension. Please be aware your actions affect others around you.

How will the university report positive cases of COVID-19?

George Fox has begun posting a weekly report on Thursdays on our COVID-19 case dashboard. We will only post the numbers of cases where a person was on our campus. If you are having symptoms please use our COVID-19 reporting form.

We’re in this together. Let’s do everything we can to stay together.

We can do this!

Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life

Bruins,

We’ve all been looking forward to the moment when we could return to our community and to a vibrant learning experience, and all of us here at George Fox have been working throughout the summer to make that happen. Even as we plan to welcome you back to campus in just one more week, we continue to be reminded that life on campus will not be the same as it was during Welcome Weekend just one year ago. So many of you have told us that you want to be here, learning in person; we want that, too, and continue to believe that the best learning is done when we are together. 

Returning to campus will require every community member to diligently follow new protocols to keep each other safe. We previously asked students to commit to the Bruin Pledge and sign the community life health addendum (found in the housing portal). All of us doing our part is critical not just to opening our campus, but more importantly, to keeping our campus activities functioning. We must all commit to following health guidance, taking steps to mitigate risks for the rest of our community, and importantly, treating one another with grace as we navigate this new world. We believe the Be Known promise is more important now than ever, but to deliver it in person, we need your help. 

Stay on campus, stay safe

As local and state guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we have decided the best way to keep George Fox University safe for students throughout the fall is to ask all residential students to remain on campus until the Oct. 9 mid-semester holiday, with the exception of essential travel, off-campus jobs, and visiting outdoor locations with your close circle of friends (wear a mask at all times, even in a car!). For this period, we encourage you to “bubble up.” By staying on campus and purposefully keeping our social circles (or “bubbles”) smaller eating together and studying together over longer amounts of time, but with fewer people we will limit exposure to ourselves and our community.

Benefits of investing in your campus experience

From a public health perspective, limiting off-campus exposure and limiting community contacts to fewer people is a risk-reduction measure. But staying on campus for the first six weeks has other benefits, too. You’ll have the opportunity to attend on-campus events (they’re still happening!), join club activities, get to know others in your living area, and more.

Enhanced residential life

We understand that college is an exciting time, and it may feel like options for socializing are more limited than any of us would like. The Residential Life team is working hard to create more leisure and social opportunities throughout campus, including increased outdoor seating and common space tents, lawn games, nerf guns, fire pit and s’mores kits, Polaroid cameras for memory making, sidewalk chalk, and trivia nights. The Bruin Den, though not open for food service, will be available for students to hang out in (with physical distancing, of course). There is more to come, so keep an eye out!

Defining ‘essential’ off-campus travel

So what does it mean to stay on campus, and what is considered essential? In general, students should consider the following questions when deciding whether or not to leave campus:

  • Is this trip necessary for basic needs, and is there an option that does not require me to leave campus? (For example, can you order your groceries through curbside pick-up?)
  • What level of risk and exposure am I taking for myself, and what impact does this have on risk to the George Fox community? (For example, there is less risk in taking a walk in a park while physical distancing than attending an off-campus gathering, even with a mask?)

Some appropriate reasons to leave campus may include:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Medical appointments
  • Athletics or academic activities
  • Going to an outdoor destination alone or with your roommate(s)
  • Off-campus work or internships that follow public health guidelines (face coverings for all participants, increased sanitization, daily health checks, limited capacities, etc.)
  • Family emergencies

Some examples of inappropriate reasons to leave campus include:

  • Hanging out with friends in off-campus housing, especially without facial coverings and physical distancing
  • Meeting in a restaurant or coffee shop (opt for takeout!)
  • Stopping by your family home to do laundry (don’t forget all residential students have a $100 laundry card!)

Repercussions for our commuter students

The George Fox community is close, and so this new guidance will affect our students who live off-campus as well. We haven’t forgotten our commuter students. We’ll be adding community tents around campus to create more physically distanced hang-out spots. While you can’t visit your friends in dorms or campus apartments, you can see them in common spaces and outdoor spaces throughout campus. We need your help, too, in keeping our community healthy and enabling George Fox to remain safe.

We are accountable to each other

Staff will not be monitoring the comings and goings of students from campus, but all George Fox community members should abide by the Bruin Pledge and consider how their decisions may impact the entire community and our most vulnerable individuals. We can only remain open if we, as a collective community, do our part to stay healthy and to keep others healthy. Let’s all join together in these efforts.

How long will this guidance be in effect?

We are asking students to exercise extra vigilance in their health and safety precautions, including remaining on campus, at least until the Oct. 9 mid-semester break. At that time, we will reassess our guidance for off-campus travel. 

Know that we are deeply committed to offering a safe, community-rich environment at George Fox for all of our students. We have the opportunity to make a difference for each other and to keep our campus open by prioritizing health and safety in this season. 

We can’t wait to see you and begin an adventure none of us will forget!


Blessings, 
Brad

Brad Lau, Ed.d. | Vice President for Student Life & Athletics
Title IX Coordinator
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FAQ: 


Q: How will the stay-on-campus guidance be enforced? 
A: Students are the driving force for whether or not our campus remains open this year by the actions they take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will not be strictly enforcing this guidance, but will be closely monitoring the spread of illness to determine if increased restrictions need to be taken as an institution.

Q: Can I exercise or go for a run off campus?
A: Yes! As long as you are outdoors and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance (or wear a mask) you are welcome to go for a run off campus. Remember to be safe choosing your route and time of day carefully. 

Q: Where can I hang out with my friends? 
A: We encourage friends to see each other in an outdoor location, common areas in campus buildings, or in residential hall lobbies.

Q: What if I have a previously arranged family gathering that I need to be home for?
A: We are urging students to remain on campus for the first six weeks of classes for two important reasons: First, it will allow us to prioritize the health and safety of our campus community by keeping outside contact to a minimum. Second, it will help you build your community at George Fox in a way that’s just not possible if you’re heading home for the weekends. That said, though we are strongly discouraging it, we are not preventing students from seeing their families.

Q: Can I visit coffee shops or other areas if I’m wearing my mask and practicing physically distancing?
A: We’d love for you to support our local businesses, but we ask you not to meet indoors (especially without masks). So go ahead and get your chai latte, but take it to go. 

Q: I’m a commuter. How does this impact me?
A: We have so much in store for our commuting students! There will be tents set up throughout campus with comfortable seating areas inside, places for you to hang out between classes, or eat a meal. There are plenty of places for on-campus students to meet you around campus for physically distanced fun.

Q: Can I go out for a meal with friends of family?
A: You’re welcome to grab some takeout at a favorite spot and meet outside on campus for some time spent together. We ask that you maintain physical distancing and keep your face coverings on while you aren’t eating. We’ll reassess our off-campus travel guidelines on Oct. 9.

Q: Can I visit friends or family in the area if I become homesick?
A: It’s our hope that you will be so busy having fun with your living area that you won’t have time to be homesick! But we understand this can still happen. If that’s the case, have your friends or family come to campus for an outdoor, physically distanced meetup.

Q: We already did the suggested quarantine. How is this different?
A: We’re so grateful for the many ways our students and their families are prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community. Not all students are able to fully quarantine before coming to campus due to off-campus jobs, airplane travel, etc. This additional on-campus period allows us to limit our exposure, thus mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and allowing campus to remain open and operational for on-campus learning.

Greetings fellow Bruins,

These are some strange, strange times, aren’t they?! My name is Dr. Andrea Scott and I’m your new provost. As I make my way to the Northwest and prepare for a completely new season, I’ve been navigating a whole host of emotions simultaneously. Seriously, we’re living in unprecedented times (as you’ve heard many times before) and your professors at George Fox are experiencing all of this with you. As administrators, faculty and staff we are walking through this with each other and we absolutely want to walk through this with you. Through it all, we rest in the hope and help that our faith in Christ affords. This is a sweet advantage we have as Bruins.

Not only do we desire to see you succeed in your academic pursuits—we are committed to seeing you do so safely. I am so impressed with the efforts being made by all areas of campus to facilitate a remarkable experience for all students despite the current global challenge. In order to meet the academic needs of as many students as possible, here are some reminders and options we want everyone to know about: 

(1) Oregon Health Authority Guidelines 

  • George Fox is abiding by all Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines—in fact, in many ways, we’re going above and beyond the OHA guidelines to provide safe face-to-face classroom environments. 
  • We’re expanding classroom spaces out into gymnasium areas and even outdoors, under tents, to facilitate ventilation and social distancing. 
  • All students and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times indoors in classroom spaces (even in hallways and lobbies). 

(2) Online and Hybrid Options

  • George Fox Digital (GFD) - This is a new program where we offer nearly 30 fully online general education (GE) courses (see list here). 
    • We realize not everyone will need the GE courses offered digitally this year—however, many students do, and this is a great time to get caught up on those requirements!
  • Additional Online, Remote, and Hybrid Options - This fall we will offer more than 280 classes in online, remote or hybrid option format. 
    • “Online” classes, such as the GFD courses, will operate on a weekly pattern, not requiring students to be “in class” (on screen) at the same time as their professors. “Remote” classes will operate at the same time as scheduled, except that students can participate in a space different from the instructor or other students (e.g., through Zoom). “Hybrid” classes vary in structure, but typically require either (a) partial face-to-face attendance and then partial online or remote participation, or (b) partial remote participation combined with other online activities (without any face-to-face). 
    • The Registrar is working on listing the particular format (face to face, online, hybrid, etc.) in which each course will be offered and have that listed online, here
    • Not all classes are available in all formats. Your continued patience and ability to roll with it is a great encouragement.
  • Acadeum (and other external networks) - For students who have very specific course needs, and need online options, our CAP Coaches may be able to find a course through a shared network of universities. This is not available “on demand” or for students to take all or most of their classes this way, but it may work in special situations. 
    • Contact your CAP Coach for details on how this can work. 
    • It may be that we’ll be able to help any affected students create a tailored plan, combining limited face-to-face instruction, GFD online courses, and courses from our Acadeum system or other networks to make this school year work. 

(3) Adjustments for Identified Health Concerns & Disabilities

  • Students with identified health concerns or disabilities who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 may request to participate in fall 2020 courses remotely by completing the Request for Remote Course Participation due to Health or Disability form. Based on the information provided, a decision will be made about contacting professors to determine whether they are able to offer remote participation. Contact the Disability Services Office (dso@georgefox.edu) if you have questions.

We are delighted that you have chosen George Fox University for your academic journey. Our commitment to you has never left our hearts and we now look forward to welcoming you back into our classrooms in all the new and exciting ways that we are preparing. 

Navigating this challenge well will build fortitude and an inner strength that only comes through tough times. So now you need to decide how you will respond to all these situations that are 100% out of your control. Whether you pause or press forward, we are here to help you.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Dr. Andrea Scott,

Provost

Dear students,

We’re so eager for your return to campus in a few short weeks. We’ve been preparing for your arrival all summer -- figuring out how to prioritize your health and safety, but also how to offer on-campus experiences that make college so memorable (more on that later this week!).

For those of you enrolled in George Fox Digital, this information may not pertain to you.

That said, our success in keeping COVID-19 off our campus largely will depend upon the actions taken by you and your classmates. I hope we can all work together to take care of ourselves and each other.


Here are 4 things we are asking you to do before coming to campus:

  1. Self-quarantine for a minimum of 7 days and ideally up to 14 days immediately prior to arrival

We ask all new and returning students to self-quarantine if possible — even if you do not feel sick or have no symptoms — for at least 7 days immediately prior to your arrival on campus, prior to moving into off-campus housing, or prior to starting classes if you are already living off-campus. 

We understand this may not be possible for every student, and you are welcome to send your questions to the Covid Operations Team on campus.

We want you to be extra vigilant and employ COVID-19 public health measures (stay home, wear cloth face coverings as required, limit contact with other people, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings or parties, etc.) We understand physical distancing will be especially difficult for those flying in from out of state, but we ask that you do your best - this preparation can make a significant difference in mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 to you and is an important part of keeping others healthy as we come back together again.

From what we know about the virus, most symptoms show up within a few days of exposure and the virus usually runs its course within 14 days. 

We know that the immediate lead-up to move-in is often the time for farewell gatherings with extended family and friends. With the health of our community as our top priority, we ask that you schedule any gatherings (outdoors and physically distanced) 7-14 days prior to arrival on campus. We can’t overstate how important this is for the well-being of our entire community.

Those who are sick, who have been exposed to COVID or are experiencing symptoms  should continue to isolate and not return to campus until cleared by a medical professional in accordance with CDC guidance.

  1. Download the CampusClear free app to use for your required daily COVID symptom screen. Students can download the app here, which will help us all monitor our health. Protection of your personal health information is a top priority and all data will be treated in a secure and confidential manner.

  2. Complete the Campus COVID-19 trainingPlease complete the training before you arrive on campus.

  1. Take the Bruin Pledge - Please commit to the pledge before you arrive on campus.


A few odds and ends:

  • We will have multiple hand sanitizer stations across campus once they are delivered from the supplier, but we still recommend students bring hand sanitizer and keep it with you.

  • While we will provide residence halls with thermometers, we recommend each student bring one to take your temperature.

  • Face coverings are required in all buildings and classes.  Every student will be receiving a washable reusable mask from George Fox but you should have at least 7 more reusable coverings (so you have a clean one every day and one for the day you do your laundry).  Remember to keep an extra spare clean one in a plastic bag in your backpack/bag at all times just in case. George Fox has added extra funding to laundry cards to encourage more washing, each residential student will have $100 preloaded on their laundry card. 

  • Students who plan to reside on campus should receive their move-in information on Friday, Aug. 7.

  • Students who plan to live off campus are encouraged to proactively make a “care plan” for delivery of food and wellness checks if they are forced to isolate, as well as a roommate agreement and isolation plan for all those living in their household


We Are Here For You!

Most importantly, know that we are here for you ready to welcome you back in the best ways that we can this academic year. We know 2020 has been a wild ride, but just as Bruins always do, we will face this challenge head on and make the best of challenging circumstances. We know that you have a lot on your mind and this time is often confusing and frustrating. We have many resources available to you as you prepare over the next few weeks for the start of the academic year. Here are some contacts for you to reach out to if you have questions as the summer draws to a close:


Sincerely,

Bill Buhrow, 

Dean of Student Services
Director, Health and Counseling Services

COVID Concern and Reporting Form

The university has created a COVID Concern and Reporting Form as a resource to monitor COVID-19 cases on campus.

Students should use this form to:

  • Notify the university they are symptomatic and need help
  • Submit concerns about another student, employee, or group of students who are not being compliant with university guidelines
  • Notify the university that they have tested positive

COVID Concern & Reporting Form

This form will require you to log in with your George Fox email account.

General

The cost of navigating COVID-19 will not be passed onto students in tuition or fee increases because of the pandemic. We recognize the challenge this has placed on our students and are working to reduce our expenses in order to continue to address affordability now and into the future.

COVID-19 has been a massive disruption for our entire country, and we understand that it may have caused a loss of income for some families. Our heart grieves for the added strain this can create for students trying to pay for their college education. If this has happened, we encourage you to reach out to the financial aid office to request a review of your financial aid package based on the change in family economic circumstances.

Financial Aid is located on the second floor of the Edward F. Stevens Center on the Newberg campus and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may text or call 503-554-2302, email finaid@georgefox.edu or schedule an appointment online at gfufa.as.me. Our counselors are ready to assist you.

Individual and small-group tours can be scheduled through the admissions office. Overnight visits have been canceled for the foreseeable future. The university also offers virtual tours, information sessions, admissions counselor chats, and online professor Q&A sessions for students who want a broader exposure to campus life. Visit georgefox.edu/college-admissions/visit for more information.
Yes. We are following state-mandated workplace guidance.

Living on Campus

Yes! As long as you are outdoors and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance (or wear a mask) you are welcome to go for a run off campus. Remember to be safe choosing your route and time of day carefully.
We encourage friends to see each other in an outdoor location, common areas in campus buildings, or in residential hall lobbies. We have also provided two large outdoor tents for socializing and overflow dining.

You’re welcome to grab some takeout at a favorite spot and or dine in according to current OHA guidelines. We ask that you maintain physical distancing and keep your face coverings on while you aren’t eating.

Academics

George Fox Digital: First-Year Online is a program where we offer nearly 30 fully online general education (GE) coursesWe realize not everyone will need the GE courses offered digitally this year—however, many students do, and this is a great time to get caught up on those requirements!

This year we offered classes in online, remote or hybrid option format. “Online” classes, such as the GFD courses, will operate on a weekly pattern, not requiring students to be “in class” (on screen) at the same time as their professors. “Remote” classes will operate at the same time as scheduled, except that students can participate in a space different from the instructor or other students (e.g., through Zoom). “Hybrid” classes vary in structure, but typically require either (a) partial face-to-face attendance and then partial online or remote participation, or (b) partial remote participation combined with other online activities (without any face-to-face). 

You can find the format (face to face, online, hybrid, etc.) in which each course will be offered online.

We require students to protect the community by wearing face coverings in all indoor spaces. This includes hallways and classrooms (the same rule applies to all instructors). Students who arrive to classes without face coverings will be asked to procure face coverings before resuming class. Please practice recommended hygiene.

In addition, common spaces and classrooms undergo a regular and robust cleaning schedule. Along with the small class sizes we’ve always had, George Fox is incorporating six feet of physical distancing between students in classrooms to lessen the risks of infection for students and faculty.

George Fox is grateful for our community who cares so deeply about one another. The best thing we can do to protect the most vulnerable individuals in our community is to follow the guidance of the CDC and Oregon Health Authority by practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings in situations where it is required (e.g., in all indoor spaces, including classrooms), and by practicing recommended hygiene habits.

Many individuals who look outwardly healthy can have an underlying health condition that makes them more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. We ask that students and employees follow guidance around every individual, regardless of how healthy they may look.

George Fox is deeply committed to creating a safe and healthy learning environment for our entire community, and we ask all students and employees to follow CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines not just for their own health, but for the health of those around us as well.

If students observe a professor who is not taking adequate precautions, they may email the Covid Operations Team at COT@georgefox.edu; the team will follow up and the student will remain anonymous. If students are concerned about other students, they should consider the context of the situation. For example, if the issue occurs in a classroom, a student should contact their instructor; if in a dorm, then their residence life staff, and so on.

Courses will maintain the same curriculum, the same continuity of instruction and learning, and the same educational outcomes. Students may find that some of their courses will lean into “hybrid” models which seek to discern which elements of the class are most effectively delivered in person and which activities can occur in small groups outside of class or in digital formats.
For courses that require more hands-on work in a laboratory environment, safe environments have been created to ensure that the coursework can be completed and all learning outcomes are achieved. Those requirements are specific to each college.

George Fox faculty will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations for quarantined or isolated students to continue their coursework and complete classes remotely. Requests for quarantined-related accommodation will be reviewed on an individual basis by faculty. For some specific classes (i.e., clinicals, labs, field experience) that require in-person participation, it may be difficult to replicate the experience online.

At the discretion of the faculty, and in consultation with academic leadership, certain assignments or remote experiences may be substituted. Programs with special accreditation and or licensure expectations may have less flexibility, but our university policy is to not penalize or disadvantage students who are quarantined or isolated.

Occasionally, extenuating circumstances occur that prevent students from completing coursework during a given semester, such as when a student incurs extended illness or unforeseeable circumstances that make it impossible to meet course requirements on time. On such occasions, a student may apply for an incomplete grade for the course. This allows the course to be finished after the end of the semester.

Assigning an incomplete is at the discretion of the course instructor and is available for a maximum of one semester following the term in which the original course was offered (e.g., end of spring semester for a fall semester course). Additional time granted to complete coursework will normally not exceed the amount of time lost due to the extenuating circumstances. Final approval or denial of the request is made by the registrar.

For an extended serious illness which prevents a student from completing a semester, a student may request to take a leave of absence. When this is necessary, George Fox has a medical financial appeal process that increases the refund allowed for room, board, and tuition. A doctor’s letter is required for the appeal.   

This will depend on the exact situation. If an instructor falls ill and can continue teaching at a distance, she or he will likely be able to do so online; the course would continue online for as long as the instructor is ill or in quarantine, with the hope of resuming in person and finishing the semester that way.

If the situation was more severe, then the protocol would be the same as a student and instructor would face in any other semester (e.g., instructors have sick leave, and a process for that), and the department in question would work to help students finish the course experience in the best way possible.

Office hours for faculty will continue in a virtual model through Zoom conversations. In some cases, where distancing and mask wearing is appropriately enacted, students may be able to meet with professors outdoors on a walk or in other spaces as deemed appropriate.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers writing services, tutoring services, and academic coaching to George Fox University students and will continue to operate to support students through any disruption to on-campus experiences. Career support will also be offered through the IDEA Center.

For convenience, many advising sessions will take place via Zoom or other video conference format, even though most advisors will be on campus. However, as in the past, such sessions will be personalized to individual student needs. Tutoring sessions will be offered in person in the Academic Resource Center as well as in virtual formats. For additional information, call 503-554-2327 or email the_arc@georgefox.edu.

Athletics

George Fox coaches and student-athletes have the same CDC and OHA guidelines as everyone else, but they also have additional guidelines for their practice activities.

Oregon Health Authority Recreational Sport Guidelines
NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport

Specific elements of George Fox's COVID-19 plan for student-athletes:

  • Every student-athlete, coach and athletic department administrator is required to do a daily health screen that is monitored by our sports medicine team; if a student-athlete does not complete the screen or has a symptom, they are removed from our facilities and advised on next steps.
  • All indoor activity requires masks - this includes all strength and conditioning in weight rooms or any other sports activities indoors.
  • Outdoor activities are following the state of Oregon face covering mandate: If 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, face coverings are being worn. Student-athletes have been issued performance face coverings that can be used when physical distancing is not maintained.
  • Weight rooms are being cleaned with the electrostatic spray on a daily basis.
  • Coaches have been issued electronic whistles in order to keep face coverings up and to avoid the droplets that can project when blowing a traditional whistle.

The NCAA has already agreed to issue blanket waivers to teams that compete in fewer than 50% of their allowed competitions. That means that, if you are a student-athlete, you can still attend classes, continue in your educational pursuits, and participate in our modified activities without losing a year of eligibility.

Mindy Mickelson, our compliance officer, is available for individual appointments with anyone who has questions about how to best use the additional year. For the majority of our athletes, if you were planning to graduate this year, you can still take all of your classes except for one required credit, return next year to compete, and complete just that last class. We understand this may not be the best decision for everyone, so we encourage you to schedule a meeting with Mindy if you with to discuss your options.

Housing (go to Housing FAQs)

Facilities and Services

These facilities are open and available for students, but will have limited capacity for students wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. These regulations will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on the COVID-19 health regulations.

Yes. Building-specific air filtration systems are as follows:

  • EHS operates on 100 percent outside air coming in and exhausts 100 percent of the return air.
  • Hadlock, Hoover, Duke, Klages, Roberts, Stevens and Wheeler are equipped with economizers that adjust fresh air based upon CO2 sensors, outside air temperature or the combination of the two. The return air is cycled back into the building in this system after it passes through filtration.
  • Ross, Bauman, and MLRC are all equipped with a boiler and hot water coils. These buildings have a set amount of fresh air based upon maximum occupancy and the square footage of the building. The return air is cycled back into the building in this system after it passes through filtration.
  • Minthorn is equipped with radiant heat and does not move air at all currently. All the systems are designed and operated to equalize pressure in the building.

We use a #8 on the Merv scale in all our filtration systems. Anything below this level is low-efficiency when it comes to trapping particles.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and air filtration FAQs, visit the National Air Filtration Association at nafahq.org.

The libraries are fully operational. The schedule is available here.

Library resources, databases, articles, ebooks, research guides and tutorials are available online 24/7 and can be accessed at georgefox.edu/library.
The Hadlock Student Center is available for use according to CDC and local health authority guidelines. Physical distancing, density limits and extra cleaning routines are in place. More information regarding hours and new policies can be found on the Hadlock website.

Because of the size of our facility, we will be able to maintain physical distancing and still provide excellent customer service to our students, staff and faculty. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All packages will be picked up in Mail Services, which is the building across the street from the Ross-Bauman building. Mail Services is also equipped with a protection shield to provide safety for our community.

In addition, six-foot separation lines have been laid down to keep our customers at the proper physical distance requirement. Mail Services staff will take every precaution to keep the environment clean and safe for everyone, cleaning the space frequently throughout the day and deep cleaning at the end of the day.

Campus Life and Events

Faculty, staff, students, families, vendors and visitors across all campus locations must use face coverings (which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields) in enclosed public and common areas and outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained. This includes common spaces such as elevators, lobbies, restrooms, meeting rooms, laundry rooms and crowded walkways. Students may remove face coverings within their dorm rooms or outdoor settings where physical distancing is possible.

Our full face covering policy can be read here.

Smaller gatherings such as Life Group sessions and club activities will either occur in an online format or in an in-person format that allows for physical distancing in order to adhere to health guidelines.
Absolutely! We are offering intramural activities that are COVID-appropriate. Club sports will continue to train/practice on campus while utilizing physical distancing and disinfecting protocols.
Yes, all career networking events through the IDEA Center will occur with physical distancing or in a virtual format, and we are working with our industry partners to help them set up remote hiring events. All events will be posted in Handshake and students will receive notification through email marketing if the event applies to their major.
For those who wish to participate in an in-person ceremony and on-campus celebration, we will have a drive-through ceremony in the spring of 2021.

Health

Confirmed cases are updated on our website. If you have had high-risk exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Yamhill County Public Health or a member of the university’s COVID Response Team.

George Fox will maintain the privacy of any community members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with FERPA guidelines and by request of Yamhill County Public Health.

In the interest of safety for the entire campus community, we are asking that you download the CampusClear app to use for your required daily COVID symptom screen. You can download the app (iPhone version or Android version), which will help us all monitor our health. Protection of your personal health information is a top priority, and all data will be treated in a secure and confidential manner.

At night, our staff will clean and sanitize the facilities in greater detail, including the use of electrostatic spray guns for disinfecting. We are providing cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer in classrooms and common areas across campus so students, faculty and staff can also clean desks, chairs and other items before and after use. Those living on campus will still be responsible for cleaning their individual rooms and suites.

You should immediately return to your place of residence and self-quarantine, until you safely can be transported to a medical center. If you live on campus you should have all meals picked up for you and notify your roommate you are quarantining in your room until you have more information from a medical care provider and are seeking immediate attention. 

  • If you have a positive COVID-19 viral (PCR) test, you should remain at your place of residence for at least 10 days after illness onset and 24 hours after the fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving. Note: If you live on campus you will go into mandatory isolation.
     
    1. If you have a positive or suspected positive COVID-19 test, you must notify the university by filling out a COVID-19 reporting form. You will be assigned a case manager who will walk you through resources.
    2. If you are a residential student and you’ve had a positive COVID-19 case, you will either need to be moved into isolation or can choose to leave and live in an off-campus residence until you are cleared to come back into the community. 

  • If you have a negative viral test and if you have had multiple tests, and all tests are negative you should remain at your place of residence until 24 hours after the fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.
  • If you do not undergo COVID-19 testing, you should remain at your place of residence until 24 hours after your fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.
  • Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from the local public health authority.
If you have any medical concerns about living in campus housing, we recommend you reach out to the Disability Services Office. They will work with you and University Housing to explore different on-campus housing options. All students are responsible for their own health. If you are in the high-risk category, concerned for your health and have the option to commute from your parent’s home, we recommend you take that option. At any point in the year a student commuting may request to move into campus housing.
Yes. Contact the Health and Counseling Center if you believe you need to be tested.
COVID tests conducted on campus range from free to $80 each depending upon the type of test used. Students can submit the cost to their insurance for reimbursement. Primary medical care is available on campus for our residential students, the cost of which is covered by tuition and fees. There are no additional charges for seeing the provider, although lab work is billed to insurance. Any tests conducted at off-campus providers will be charged to patients.
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or the Health and Counseling Center and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide if you need to be tested.
Your doctor or another healthcare professional will tell you whether you should be tested, where to go for the test, and give you instructions. The CDC recommends a COVID-19 test called a nasopharyngeal swab. The technician will put a special six-inch cotton swab up both sides of your nose and move it around for about 15 seconds. It won’t hurt, but it might be uncomfortable. They’ll send the swab to a lab to test the material from inside your nose.

Health services are available to all students of George Fox, and counseling services are available to all except PsyD. All services are provided on the Newberg campus. Office visits and counseling sessions are free for undergraduate and graduate students on the Newberg campus.

There is a nominal charge for all other students. For face-to-face crisis meetings, physical distancing and the use of face masks may be utilized, depending on the directives from the CDC. As well, the Health and Counseling Center is providing increased tele-health opportunities for students who need ongoing treatment. For more information, visit this link.

If a student tests positive, contact tracing will occur and any students who have come in direct and sustained contact with the infected individual will be placed in quarantine or isolation and cared for, while reasonable accommodations will be made to continue their classroom instruction.

Students who live in close proximity to George Fox will be encouraged to return home for isolation after completing a public health evaluation.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be placed into isolation if they live on campus, and encouraged to isolate if they live off campus. The student(s) who share a room with that individual need to quarantine and contact their medical health provider or the Health and Counseling Center about testing. If you live on campus and begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact the Health and Counseling Center and can expect to be placed in isolation away from your room.

No, there is no need to report off-campus work or travel. We ask our community to continue to minimize unnecessary gatherings, but employment is a necessary part of our lives. We ask students to protect themselves and others on and off campus by practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings in circumstances where it is recommended or required, and practicing recommended hygiene habits.

If a student learns they have been exposed to COVID-19 through an off-campus job, we ask that they report it immediately to the Health and Counseling Center and follow the center’s guidance.

If you suspect you have come into contact with COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms, please fill out the COVID Concern and Reporting Form. If contacted by a public health agency, you must follow their quarantine procedures.

If you have not yet returned to campus, George Fox requires that you stay off campus to complete the self-quarantine period prior to returning. Please contact the George Fox Health and Counseling Center by email at hcc@georgefox.edu or by phone at 503-554-2340 for further instructions.

If you have received notice of your exposure to a COVID-19 patient after you have returned to campus, immediately call the George Fox Health and Counseling Center at 503-554-2340. Until you have spoken with healthcare professionals, maintain physical distancing rules. George Fox will review your circumstances and determine a quarantine location.

No. The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. George Fox is deeply committed to creating a safe learning environment; to do that, we ask everyone in our community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. If a student or employee does contract COVID-19, it is critical for the safety of the whole community that individuals immediately report their condition to the Health and Counseling Center so that contact tracing may occur.
No. The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. George Fox is deeply committed to creating a safe learning environment; to do that, we ask everyone in our community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. Even by taking precautions, we know there is no guarantee that some won’t contract COVID-19. If a student or employee does contract COVID-19, it is critical for the safety of the whole community that individuals immediately report their condition to the Health and Counseling Center so that contact tracing may occur.
If a student has a positive test and is in on-campus isolation, meals will be delivered. If a student is self-quarantined, they can order their food via the app and they or a friend may pick it up. If an entire house, apartment or floor goes under mandated quarantine, Student Life will coordinate food delivery for the living area.

If a student tests positive and fills out the health form, they will be assigned a case manager within the George Fox community who will provide resources for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Some of those include access to the Health and Counseling Center, virtual visits with the pastoral care team, and help from the Academic Resource Center as needed.

We recommend all students develop a sickness emergency plan to determine how they will secure medical supplies, groceries and other household items if they must self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or they have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive and have to self-quarantine. We recommend that these students sign a waiver to allow families to receive academic and medical information on their behalf. We also recommend all students work with their families and roommates to make decisions about how to prioritize the health of the living area.

Students who live off campus will still have access to Health and Counseling Center for medical care and testing. George Fox will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations for students to continue their coursework and complete classes remotely while in quarantine. Requests for accommodation will be fielded and reviewed on an individual basis by faculty.

For some specific classes (i.e., clinicals, labs, field experience) that require in-person participation, it may be difficult to replicate these experiences online or make up the experience after recovering from the illness, and students’ coursework may be affected.

Washing one’s hands is the preferred way to clean your hands, however we recognize that hand sanitizer is more convenient in certain situations. Therefore, we encourage everyone to bring their own hand sanitizer. There will also be many hand sanitizer stations around campus.

George Fox has taken a number of measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting common and frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles and elevator buttons in residential areas, classrooms, laboratories, Canyon Commons and other high-traffic areas. Our cleaning supplies meet CDC and Oregon Health Authority recommended standards to aid in the prevention and spread of emerging viral pathogens and infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Additionally, we increased the amount of hand-sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas. We are continuing an education campaign through social and print media outlining the steps students, faculty and staff can take to help stop the spread of germs. The best way to prevent illness during flu season is to take every-day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Staying home if you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
George Fox strongly recommends students and employees get vaccinated. No decision has been made about requiring a vaccine.