Returning to Campus Safely

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

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Self-quarantine prior to arrival

We are asking all students to self-quarantine for a minimum of seven days and ideally up to 14 days – even if they do not feel sick or have no symptoms – immediately prior to arrival at the university. We understand this may not be possible for every student, and you are welcome to send your questions to the Covid Operations Team at

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Download self-screening app

Please download the Campus Clear app  to use for your required daily COVID symptom screen. Students and employees 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.

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Complete the campus COVID-19 training

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

Welcome Weekend Schedule

We are excited to welcome you to George Fox! We have altered our traditional Welcome Weekend schedule to provide a safe campus transition experience for our students, families and employees. Please note that adjustments to the schedule may occur due to shifting governmental and university policies concerning COVID-19. We are committed to your safety and complying with all Oregon and Yamhill County directives.

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We Can't Wait To See You This Fall

It has been a season unlike any other in the history of George Fox, but we remain hopeful and confident in our future as we prepare for the fall of 2020. We are so excited for your return to campus this fall and can’t wait to experience life together in community once again!

With that said, we recognize things will look different moving forward. While we value community, we will need to exercise appropriate physical distancing protocols and other precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of every student. We will continue addressing your questions surrounding the return to in-person learning as the summer progresses. Please continue to check this website for new and updated information.

What won’t change is our commitment to providing you access to the professors, peers and learning tools that distinguish the university’s Be Known experience. We truly believe that we are at our best when we are together creating, learning, dialoguing, and growing into the people God has called us to be.

Graduate and Adult Degree Students

Remote and in-person classes for our graduate and adult degree programs will vary and should be confirmed with the program managers.


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.

University-wide efforts to adjust to the pandemic have focused on delivering a safe and high-quality experience regardless of the method of instruction. Because of this, tuition has been set and will not be reduced for any portion of the academic semester. We recognize virtual or hybrid courses differ from traditional face-to-face classroom experiences. Our faculty have risen to the challenge, adapting coursework and content to flexible modes of delivery. All of our employees remain committed to engaging in meaningful ways with our students and responding to their needs in accordance with our Be Known promise, particularly in these difficult and confusing times.

George Fox has already distributed more than $1 million of aid to students through the CARES Act. If we transition to remote learning, we intend to evaluate and adjust individual course fees depending on whether or not they would be applicable in a remote learning environment. If we are forced to close on-campus living areas, we would also look at room and board credits similarto our process last spring.

Our purpose is to serve students with a transformative educational mission. With that in mind, we will assess what is appropriate given the situation that has arisen and will move forward accordingly.

George Fox will provide educational services this fall delivered by our renowned Christian faculty within a vibrant, challenging academic environment regardless of the mode of course delivery. As such, the university’s tuition rate and fees for the fall semester will not change. Additionally, George Fox will provide 15 weeks of instruction in the fall semester, despite the conclusion of on-campus instruction prior to the Thanksgiving break.

We understand that COVID-19 may have caused a loss of income for some families. 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.

Yes, students who choose to remain home after Thanksgiving can leave their personal belongings in their residence hall for when they return in January for the spring semester. If a student is graduating after the fall semester, they should conduct their move-out prior to Thanksgiving break if they do not plan to return to campus for final exams.

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 or schedule an appointment online at Our counselors are ready to assist you.

We are excited to welcome new students to George Fox and have altered our traditional Welcome Weekend schedule to provide a safe campus transition experience for our students, families and employees. 

Students will receive information to their George Fox email by Aug. 7 with their assigned specific move-in time slot. If you have an important time constraint and need to be assigned to a specific group, email your preferred group.

Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 19-20: Pre-approved early-arrival groups

Friday, Aug. 21: Freshmen and transfer residential housing move in; academic and student life sessions and family goodbye

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 22-23: Orientation workshops; sophomores, juniors and seniors move in

Monday, Aug. 24: Start of classes

Move-in schedules can be found on the welcome weekend webpage.

Returning students who will live on campus will receive an email by Aug. 10 regarding the move-in process that will occur on Saturday, Aug. 22, or Sunday, Aug. 23. 

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 for more information.
Work-study jobs are an important part of financial aid packages for many of our students. George Fox is committed to providing the work experience and the income that so many count on. We will follow guidance from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority, but as long as it is safe to do so, work-study jobs will continue as offered.
We know that there has been a rise in anti-Asian discrimination during the pandemic and that certain racial minority groups face unfair stereotypes when wearing face coverings. If a student believes they have experienced such discrimination they should contact a member of the Bias Incident Response Team (Rebecca Hernandez, Bryce Coefield, Jamie Noling-Auth or Jenny Elsey) or speak with a university employee whom they trust.


George Fox Digital will allow first-year students to take a year of general education courses online before transitioning to on-campus instruction in year two. The courses have been built from the ground up specifically for an online environment and will be taught by award-winning faculty.

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. All students will be provided with a washable mask upon return to campus; disposable masks will not be provided. Please practice recommended hygiene.

In addition, common spaces and classrooms will 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. Some of our largest lecture courses may have hybrid options for students.

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; 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 will be created to ensure that the coursework can be completed and all learning outcomes are achieved. Those requirements are specific to each college. More information regarding these courses will be forthcoming from the dean of 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.   

Possibly! George Fox is offering many fully online classes, particularly for general education, that are open to any student to take. To find these classes, look on the classes site and note the designation for “online course” in the “Time” column (and, in many cases, the label “GFD” = George Fox Digital” as the course section designation).

Many of these courses are oriented around freshman- and sophomore-level offerings, though juniors and seniors may still benefit from them. Students may also choose to live on campus and take some face-to-face courses while taking others online, thus reducing their exposure to others physically in classrooms. Courses taken online count for full credit, are fully accredited and are equivalent to in-person courses. For residential students these courses are counted as a full and normal part of their load and priced as part of full/normal block tuition pricing. 

As part of a special effort to accommodate incoming freshmen who do not feel comfortable beginning their studies in person, George Fox is offering a special first-year fully online program, called “George Fox Digital.” See details here.
Schedule changes can occur without a drop fee the first week of the semester. The $25 class drop fee goes into effect beginning the second week of the semester. As students make changes the first two weeks of the semester, they will want to be sure they remain enrolled in 12 to 18 credits which is necessary for aid eligibility and to avoid over-block charges.

The faculty of George Fox began an intensive, formal process this summer to prepare for a number of scenarios we might have to face, such as delivering final exams online due to the changed academic calendar, preparing to teach all online in an emergency, and helping students who might be ill or in quarantine continue with their coursework as they are able.

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. In face-to-face interactions, personal protection equipment, physical distancing, sanitation guidelines and capacity limits will be incorporated. 

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 Northwest Conference (NWC) announced that high-risk fall sports seasons (football, soccer and volleyball) are being postponed to the spring. All low- and medium-risk sports (cross country, golf and tennis) will compete in the fall. 

This decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community. Our athletic department continues to work with our conference to explore playing a limited season in spring 2021.

The NCAA has altered the playing season rules to allow for 114 days of athletic activities throughout the year. As an athletic department, we are working with all of our coaches to coordinate small-group training sessions, team-building activities, service projects, and leadership development opportunities that will maximize every day and help our student-athletes get better.

The university and the conference are working on a competition schedule that would take place in early 2021. This year may look different than what we had originally planned, but we are certain we can create an experience that will be of value to you as a student-athlete. We will find ways to compete, celebrate and be in community.

Golf and tennis traditionally compete in the fall and spring seasons. The NCAA has determined that these sports, along with cross country, are low- and medium-risk sports. As such, the Northwest Conference's President's Council is allowing them to compete this fall. 

The NCAA has altered the playing season rules to allow for 114 days of athletic activities throughout the year. George Fox and the conference are working together to create a schedule that would maximize the number of days used, provide fall competitions, and allow for a Northwest Conference championship.

The NCAA has not made a decision regarding national championships at this time. More details will be sent out in the coming weeks. The fall and spring practice and competition plan will abide by the NCAA guidelines on resocialization of sport to help keep our student-athletes, coaches and staff safe.

Your coaches are working on a modified plan for fall. We do know that some form of team practices will be allowed, and we are committed to making this season unforgettable. Our circumstances may be different, but we are here to make sure that we fulfill our mission statement of developing Christ-like character, academic success and athletic excellence.

We want to assure athletes that great things are in store and that you will be prepared for when it’s time to compete again. This will not be a wasted season. Here are some proposed activities in lieu of competition:

  •     Small-group skill sessions
  •     Continued strength and conditioning programs
  •     Leadership development
  •     Team building
  •     Service projects
  •     Sports psychology sessions

We are in the early stages of determining how a spring season would work, but the conference is looking at a modified season that would allow for some intercollegiate competition. We are choosing to look at this as the most amazing zero year (similar to “redshirt year”) ever!

The NCAA has already agreed to issue blanket waivers to teams that compete in fewer than 50% of their allowed competitions. Fall sports will fall into that category. That means that, if you are a fall 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 fall athletes, if you were planning to graduate this year, you can still take all of your classes except for one required credit, return next fall 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.

The Northwest Conference presidents will continue to evaluate the situation before making a decision on winter and spring sports. We are still hopeful that our teams will be able to compete this year.

There has been a national proposal that would push our winter sports back to starting in January, which allows more time for a vaccine or treatment to become available. Relative to nontraditional seasons that would take place in the fall, we are hoping to have more answers in the coming weeks.

Right now our hope is that we can do many of the modified fall activities (see above) with our spring sports student-athletes. As we all know, a lot can change in just a few short months. We will keep you informed as we receive additional information.

Our student-athletes will not report early to campus this fall (this includes cross country, golf and tennis). All student-athletes will report to campus with the general student body.

  • Freshmen and Transfers: Friday, Aug. 21
  • Returning Students: Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 22-23
  • First Day of Class: Monday, Aug. 24

More information on Welcome Weekend can be found online.

Option 1: Donate your 2020 football season ticket to support George Fox student-athletes. Season ticket holders/purchasers who choose to donate their 2020 football season ticket will receive an updated gift receipt acknowledging tax-deductible amounts.

Option 2: Request a refund for your 2020 football season ticket. Your season ticket price will be refunded to the credit card you used to purchase tickets. 

Unfortunately, due to system limitations, crediting your season tickets to next year is not an available option. 

Please complete this form to make your selection no later than Friday, Aug. 15, 2020. If a response is not received by that date, your 2020 football season ticket will automatically be treated as a tax-deductible donation to the Bruin athletics annual fund, which supports student-athletes.

Food Service

We are pleased to announce that we have gone digital this year! Everyone will be able to download an app that will allow them to make a reservation into the dining hall, order food for a future pick-up, and pay using your meal swipes, flex points, or credit cards (for a small fee per transaction). You can even have others add money to your account so that you never run out. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Employees of Bon Appetit will be wearing masks while serving you, and we ask that you wear one while you are in the Canyon Commons until you sit down to eat. If you get up from your table, please put your mask back on. You can review the school’s policy on face coverings by visiting this link.
Yes, Canyon Commons and the Bridge Cafe will be open and operational with dine-in and to-go options. Physical distancing measures will be observed. More details will be announced as we near the school year.

Yes! Seating capacity in Canyon Commons has been reduced to accommodate the state guidelines of maintaining proper social distancing. Please do not rearrange furniture. Download the app (more info coming soon) and sign up for a reservation to come into the dining hall.

We’ll work with Jani King and custodial to ensure the space is cleaned and sanitized beforehand. There is also hand sanitizer at the entrance for students to use before entering the dining area. These safety measures will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on the COVID-19 health regulations at the time.

Our food service team, Bon Appetit, has been working hard to streamline operations to serve students in a safe and sanitary manner. They are taking every precaution for the return of students this fall in compliance with city and state health regulations.

In Canyon Commons, students will enter on the Hadlock side of the building (with a mask on, please!) and proceed to the cashier station. Students can view the menu before they arrive by visiting Students will swipe their meal card themselves and then choose a line to stand in (six feet apart) — such as the grill, global, pizza, or comfort. Each line will have enough options, including side dishes, to make a complete meal.

All self-service items are being reconfigured to be served by Bon Appetit staff per the city and state guidelines and the CDC recommendations. These safety measures will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on the COVID-19 health regulations at the time.

  • Salad bar: All stations will have side green salads available and daily specials for composed salads.
  • Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, soy sauce etc. are moving behind the stations, ready to be given to you in packets or a small cup.
  • Silverware: Reusable silverware will be provided with each meal. Please place them in the sanitizer buckets at the dish return instead of placing them on the plate carousel.
  • Beverages: Staff will dispense fountain drinks, milk, and coffee for you. Sorry, no outside containers will be allowed.
We are still an all-you-care-to-eat facility in Canyon Commons. You are still welcome to take as much food as you need to maintain your specific diet. We are just asking you to limit your time in Canyon Commons to 45 minutes per meal period or less so that we can rotate everyone through and sanitize the tables in between meal services.
Yes, we will increase our to-go options in the Canyon Commons and the Bridge Cafe. More details will be announced as we near the school year.

Yes. Bon Appetit is still providing great food that is made from scratch daily using only the freshest ingredients sourced locally and in an ethical manner. Their soups, stocks, salsas, and dressings are made in-house, and they’ve partnered with local farmers and vendors who share their values and love of food.

Because of their commitment to being a chef-driven company, they have the freedom to customize menus specific to the needs of George Fox and their guests. Please visit to learn more about their initiatives and how to reach out to them regarding your specific needs.

Unfortunately, we were forced to make some tough decisions this year and, in consultation with Bon Appetit, we have decided to close the Bruin Den and Bruin Bites this year. Our No. 1 one priority is the safety of our guests and employees, and we didn’t feel that we could serve you safely out of these two locations. These safety measures will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on the COVID-19 health regulations at the time.

Yes. In fact, Bon Appetit has been working hard to improve the service of the Bridge Café. They have partnered with a local roaster, Caravan Coffee, and are increasing the amount of grab-and-go options. There will be a new menu featuring bento bowls and wraps, as well as many other great features like kombucha, cold brew and nitro on tap.

They are also working diligently to introduce an online ordering app that all students, faculty and staff will be able to use to order food and drinks from the Bridge Café as well as the Commons dining hall for pick-up using meal swipes, flex points, or credit/debit cards (with a small transaction fee).

Bon Appetit hasn’t forgotten about you! While we are discontinuing the Commuter VIP card this year, you will have the same access to the online app that everyone else has. Add money to your flex spending account, sign up for a meal plan, or pay using cash, credit, or debit at the door. Remember that you can order ahead of time for pick-up, and Bon Appetit will be expanding its hours for pick-up in the Bridge Café.
More information will be coming in the following weeks regarding the food app and how to use it.
Any unused flex points will roll over to the spring semester if the student returns in the spring semester. Flex points will not be refunded for students who graduate in December and won’t return to campus the following semester, so we encourage students to plan ahead.
Please do not go into the Canyon Commons. Please use the online ordering app to place an order for pick-up in the Bridge Café by a designated person who is healthy, and use your meal swipes, flex points, or debit/credit card (with a small transaction fee) to pay for it.
Bon Appetit and the Office of Student Life have developed a plan that ensures all on-campus students are fed during a mandated quarantine or isolation without coming into Canyon Commons.
Yes. Bon Appetit staff will be wearing masks while serving you, and we ask that you wear one while you are in Canyon Commons at all times unless you are physically sitting down and eating in the dining hall. Please review the school’s policy on face coverings by visiting this link.
  • All dining employees will wear masks and gloves at all times.
  • All staff are going through COVID-19-specific training designed by sanitation experts and updated regularly as new issues emerge. Topics covered include proper disinfection, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing protocols, and more, and are integrated with food safety and sanitation protocols. 
    • A café supervisor will be designated for each meal period to maintain physical distancing by guests and to ensure staff follow cleaning/disinfection protocols and schedules.
    • Separate workspaces for food preparation will allow for required safe physical distancing (six-foot rule) between colleagues. 
  • Amped-up cleaning and sanitation schedules with clearly detailed procedures that meet or exceed all local guidelines and national best practices will be implemented. This includes frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including wiping down tables and seats between guests and disinfecting all highly touched areas such as door handles every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Pre-shift wellness screenings for employees in alignment with local regulations, which include no-contact temperature scans and daily interview questions, will be implemented. 
  • A decision-tree and step-by-step action plan for unit managers who have employees who are sick or who may have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be in place. (Bon Appétit offers paid sick leave to all employees.)
Contact General Manager Jason Rosvall at or call him directly at 503-554-3201.

Spiritual Life

Faith formation will continue to be a central and enriching part of the student experience at George Fox, especially during the pandemic. We will offer three to 10 planned experiences each week for students to engage in. As always, we will offer life groups for students to join (this year both in-person and virtual). We will also offer many electronic and live-streamed opportunities for connection, learning and worship.

We require 15 spiritual life credits each semester unless a student has senior standing, which is one per week. We are broadening our required chapel program to include additional meaningful spiritual practices in order to meet the unique spiritual needs of students during the pandemic.

Whereas historically our chapel program has existed to bring our community together in the worship of God, this year we will also add spiritual formation experiences that are less dependent on large gatherings and which will nourish our students in these unique days (e.g., small group Bible study, spiritual retreat, prayer experiences, and others.) In order to reflect the breadth of the experience, the name of the program will change from “chapel credit” to “spiritual life credit” for this academic year.


We are excited to have about 1,200 students on campus this fall. The way we experience community together will look different than previous years. However, we are committed to providing a safe place for students to thrive. All of our residence halls will have reduced capacity, to around 80 percent. Most rooms will continue to be double occupancy, and all living areas will be filled. 

The following response is from Tom Jeanne, deputy state epidemiologist, and was issued July 23 as part of a clarification on public health guidance from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Testing people without COVID-19 symptoms is generally not useful because the sensitivity of viral testing in asymptomatic people is very low. In fact, a recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that, in people who actually had the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, viral testing had a 100 percent false negative rate on the day after exposure, and at best a 67 percent false negative rate on the day prior to symptom onset.

Therefore, a negative result does not meaningfully increase confidence that a person is not infected. And just as importantly, a negative result does not mean that a person has any period of protection when they are not or cannot be infected. Testing of asymptomatic people would result in many more false negatives than true positives, and we have serious concerns about the interpretation of a negative result which may provide unfounded reassurance to individuals and institutions.

Regarding moving into a residence hall, any student or staff member who is ill with COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing and be self-isolating if positive, according to guidance from their local public health authority. Any asymptomatic student or staff member who has had close contact with a person who had COVID-19 should be on a 14-day self-quarantine. In neither case should the student or staff member move in.

Yes, students will still have access to shared lobbies and kitchens. However, there will be limited capacity, so students may need to wait to access a shared space. There will also be specific instructions and requirements for kitchen use in an effort to maintain a clean environment. This is subject to change via CDC recommendations and standard practices. 

George Fox remains “students first” in everything we do. All living areas will continue to have resident assistants assigned to them as well as professional staff. Students will continue to have roommates, and there will be various opportunities to build community. Our residence life team is dedicated to ensuring campus is a safe place for students to thrive and helping them navigate their time at George Fox.

Students who are waiting for COVID test results or have tested positive for COVID will be moved into an isolation location (apartment or room) by themselves for up to 14 days. Any student who wishes to leave isolation and go to a home address off campus is encouraged to do so, but cannot return until the isolation period is up and the student has been cleared to return. 

While in isolation, the Office of Student Life will have a representative check in daily to ensure students have everything needed during their stay in isolation. Students in an isolation area on campus will be provided food for the duration of their stay.

Depending on their meal plan, meals or flex points will be deducted accordingly. Students will also have other personnel checking in to see how they are doing health-wise; further, students will have access to telehealth to connect with a counselor. The university will also provide a grab-and-go isolation kit, thermometer for self-monitoring, and cleaning supplies.

The university will provide cleaning kits for houses and has established a regular cleaning schedule for each of the residence halls.

Below is the cleaning service schedule for each residence hall:

  • Beebe Residence Hall: Three times per week
  • Brandt Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Carey Residence Hall: Three times per week
  • Edwards Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Gulley Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Hobson Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Le Shana Residence Hall: Three times per week
  • Macy Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Pennington Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Sutton Residence Hall: Five times per week
  • Wilcuts Residence Hall: Three times per week
As a community member, monitoring yourself is vital. Caring for others by maintaining good personal hygiene as instructed by the CDC (washing hands, wearing a face covering in public spaces where you are less than six feet away from someone, etc.) is beneficial. Not going to public spaces (class, dining hall, activity center, etc.) if you have any concerning symptoms is crucial for protecting the community. Any student living on campus will be asked to sign a waiver assuming personal responsibility for their health.

Physical distancing does not equate to social distancing. We will build community, but will do this while still practicing physical distancing. There will be a resident assistant assigned to each area, as well as an area coordinator who will be a primary contact for you and will work on building community for you and your neighbors.

In your room and or apartment/house, we are considering these locations to be “family units” and realize physical distancing will not always be possible. If someone in your “family unit” tests positive for COVID-19 and you have spent more than 15 minutes in close proximity with that person and are not showing symptoms, public health will work with you to determine if you should self-isolate. 

If you are not comfortable sharing a room due to medical concerns, register with the Disability Services Office so they can work with us to make sure you are in a location that meets your needs. 

Please review visitor guidelines before any guests arrive. 

If you desire to live on campus, there is the possibility of getting a single room. If you have a medical concern, reach out to the Disability Services Office so they can work with us to ensure you are placed in housing that meets your needs. You can also reach out to and request a single room.
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.
Our goal is to set up a system that can continue to house students here at George Fox no matter what COVID-19 looks like. If needed, students will be able to remain on campus and undergo a “stay at home” order in their housing location. If we have an institution-wide “stay at home” order, each floor/house/apartment will be provided with needed resources, including food.

First of all, stay home. Second, please call the Health and Counseling Center at 503-554-2340 to talk through the different options about what to do next. 

We are planning to implement an online ordering system where you can order your food online from Bon Appetit and have a friend pick it up for you. More information on these options will be provided to you prior to move-in.

Per state mandates, outside of your actual room, apartment or home, we require students to protect the community by wearing face coverings in all indoor spaces—this includes hallways, classrooms, and residential hall common spaces such as kitchens, laundry rooms and gathering spaces. Face coverings are also required outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. 

Unfortunately, that won’t be allowed. In order to keep residents as safe and healthy as possible, all residential hall floors and bedrooms, as well as apartments/houses, are limited to only the residents living in that location. At no time are friends, family or visitors permitted in those areas.

If there are unique circumstances, a host may contact his or her area coordinator to request an exception. Note this policy does not apply to the check-in/check-out process. Students who live within the same floor (e.g. Newlin 1 Women or Gulley 1 West) are viewed as family units and will be allowed to visit one another’s rooms as long as face coverings are worn.

We will revisit this decision as the semester progresses, with guidance from the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Higher Education Coordinating Commission. There are, however, visitation hours for residential lobbies and common spaces.

Hours are as follows:

  • Houses and Apartments Living Rooms: No visitation hours
  • Houses and Apartments Bedrooms: No visitation hours
  • Residential Hall and Suites Rooms and Individual Floors: No visitation hours
  • Residential Hall and Suites Public Spaces: Open at any time if visitor is with the host and area occupancy capacity is within limits
George Fox has reserved a number of locations for those who test positive for COVID-19 and need isolation, and those would be available to RAs who contract COVID-19. Residence Life has developed a robust network of students and employees who will help students adjust to the social, academic and personal aspects of university life. If a member of the residence life team becomes ill, there are many others who can step in to offer support and leadership to the students in the living area.

Facilities and Services

These facilities will be open and available for students to study or congregate with limited capacity if they are wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. These regulations will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on the COVID-19 health regulations in the fall.

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

The libraries are fully operational but are only offering online services during summer hours. Service desks and physical spaces are closed. Outside book drops are open.

When fall semester begins, the library will be open during the following hours:

  • From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday
  • From 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday
  • From 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday
The 24-hour study space will remain open to students when we are closed. Library staff will wear face masks and maintain physical distance protocols. Students visiting the library are also expected to respect these safety practices. Seating on the library floors will be adjusted to maintain safe distances. Regular cleaning and sanitizing will take place, and sanitation stations will also be available for students.

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

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.

New Students and Welcome Weekend

Move-in during Welcome Weekend marks an exciting and important moment for resident students at George Fox. To honor this tradition but still adhere to physical distancing requirements, we will institute a specific, assigned move-in time slot.

By Friday, Aug. 7, residents will be sent instructions to their George Fox email address on how and when to select their move-in appointment. If you have an important time constraint and need to be assigned to a specific group, email your preferred group.

Upon arrival, new students will arrive on either the east side or west side of campus, depending on which side of the campus their housing is located for a drive-through session prior to reporting to the residence. As we strive to keep students safe, students and families will be greeted by a team of admissions counselors and others (while still in your vehicles) who will go through a series of COVID-19 questions. (Staff also will check to determine if a student’s financial account has been cleared by the student accounts office.) Once you successfully complete the screening, you will be directed to your residence, where student leaders will help them check in.

We are striving to keep students and families safe during this COVID-19 season. To reduce crowding and infection risks, we ask that only up to two family members/guests per student arrive on campus. We will also ask all students and guests coming to campus for Welcome Weekend to be medically screened, and will provide more information as the fall semester approaches. As per the state's mandate, masks, face shields and face coverings will be required in indoor public spaces and be required outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. More information can be found at this link.

Unfortunately that’s not an option this year. You’ll need to bring everything with you when you move onto campus.

Payment is due Monday, Aug. 17. The financial aid office will disburse to accounts on that day. Payment of the difference is due prior to move-in unless a payment plan has been approved.

Students who need to make monthly payments toward their balance should contact the Office of Student Accounts early in August to make arrangements. The first monthly payment must be received online by the Aug. 15 due date. If a plan is not in place but is needed, one may be requested at that time. However, the first payment will be due prior to move-in, so we strongly urge students to plan ahead so they don’t miss out on any of the Welcome Weekend activities.

To reduce crowding and infection risks, we ask that only up to two designated family members/guests per student arrive on campus and assist with move-in. If more than two family members/guests arrive on campus they are not allowed to rotate family members during the move-in.

Family members/guests will be required to wear a face covering per state guidelines. To reduce population density and exposure to others on campus, parents are asked to return home within one hour after lunch or dinner, depending on their assigned move-in schedule.


Unless guidelines change between now and move-in day, families may be in lobby spaces, but the occupancy of that location must be under 12 people. Guests will not be permitted in houses and apartments following move-in. RAs and residence life staff will serve as monitors.

Yes, however, as a reminder, family members/guests of students will not be allowed to visit their student in their residence. You are welcome to be on campus; however, we ask that you gather outside in your family units and not enter university buildings, unless you have a scheduled appointment in the Stevens Center with student services or are needing to make payment arrangements in the Office of Student Accounts.

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.

In order to reopen the campus, we need participation and responsible action on everyone’s part for the greater good of the entire campus community. We have to be cognizant of faculty, staff and students who may be in a higher-risk category for COVID-19 and protect those who are more vulnerable. We are hopeful and confident that everyone will show the grace and compassion for one another that our Christian community is known for.

Washable masks will be provided for every George Fox student. You are also welcome to wear your own masks. Disposable masks will not be provided.

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 plan to offer intramural activities this fall that are COVID-appropriate including tennis, badminton, pickleball, pingpong, spikeball, disc golf and sand volleyball. 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.
At this time no decisions have been made regarding the December 2020 commencement for traditional students. We will continue to evaluate the situation as we get closer to December. For those of you who still wish to participate in an in-person ceremony and on-campus celebration, we will have more details soon about those opportunities in the spring of 2021.


Public health guidance prevents George Fox from announcing a positive COVID-19 case on campus unless it is confirmed by Yamhill County Public Health. Any release of information would be made in concert with public health authorities. 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.

We are asking all students to self-quarantine for a minimum of seven days and ideally up to 14 days – even if they do not feel sick or have no symptoms – immediately prior to arrival at the university. We understand this may not be possible for every student, and you are welcome to send your questions to the Covid Operations Team at
In the interest of safety for the entire campus community, we are asking that you download the Campus Clear 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.
Yes. All undergraduate students need to complete the training hosted on FoxTale prior to arrival to campus for move-in or classes. Access the training here.

All George Fox facilities (classrooms, administrative buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities and food service) have received a deep cleaning and disinfecting over the summer.

At night, our staff will clean and sanitize the facilities in greater detail, including the use of electrostatic spray guns for disinfecting. Lastly, 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. You must be cleared by the Health and Counseling Center in order to return to on-campus activities.
    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 72 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 72 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) within the preceding 14 days 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.
At this time, the CDC does not recommend that all students be tested upon arrival. Once the academic year begins, we anticipate COVID-19 testing will be available on campus. If not, there are several locations in Newberg where testing is currently available. In addition, our county can do mass screenings of up to 300 people at one time.
We anticipate COVID-19 testing will be available on campus. If not, there are several locations in Newberg where testing is currently available. In addition, our county can do mass screenings of up to 300 people at one time.
Any COVID test conducted on campus will be billed to the student’s insurance by the lab that processes the test. 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 your student's 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 and employees. 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 also be tested. Affected individuals 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. Students leaving isolation will need to be evaluated by a medical professional and cleared by the Health and Counseling Center before returning to in-person classes and their living area.

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 in their room for 14 days 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 test positive, suspect you have come into contact with COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms, there will be a form students and employees should fill out. 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 14-day self-quarantine period prior to returning. Please contact the George Fox Health and Counseling Center by email at 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. We want all of our George Fox community members to make safe decisions for their own sake and the health and safety of others. But any student who tests positive for COVID-19 on or off campus will be given a George Fox case manager and offered various resources. Your well-being is of the utmost importance to us.
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 single student is self-quarantined, they can order their food via the app and a friend may pick it up for them. 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.
Given that no vaccine is currently available and there is no projected date for when that may occur, we have not been given any guidance from health authorities and have made no determination at this time.

Why isn't George Fox testing all incoming students for COVID-19?

Based upon the recommendations from Oregon Health Authority and CDC, we will not be conducting mass COVID testing on incoming students who have no symptoms. They do not recommend testing students who are not showing symptoms because:

Instead, our focus will be on infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection). Once classes start, we will provide a COVID self-screening health app that each student will complete daily before coming to campus.