George Fox COVID-19 Case Reporting

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Dear Students,


October is when college gets real. More assignments are due, the rain starts, activities increase and the beginning of the semester sprint gradually shifts into a marathon. But, you can do this, and we are praying for you as you meet these new challenges.  


Upcoming events

  • Hoedown: Tonight (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m. - Live music, dance, mechanical bull, and more.

  • Homecoming football game: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

  • Mid-semester break: Friday, Oct. 15

  • The Voices Project Conference: Friday-Saturday, October 15-16

  • Family Weekend: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24


COVID-19 on Campus

Despite Oregon’s COVID-19 cases still being above last winter’s peak, we have had very few cases on campus. That is a blessing I’m thankful for. However, as we begin to spend more time indoors, the risk of disease transmission increases, especially to those who are not vaccinated. In addition to a COVID-19 vaccine, I encourage you to get a flu shot (both are available at the Health and Counseling Center) to protect yourself and others.


Face coverings still required
The state requires we wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. As a result, we still require you to wear approved face coverings (mesh masks are not approved) over your nose and mouth indoors. Specifically, remember to wear your mask in the Bruin Den and Canyon Commons unless you are actively eating and drinking. I also want to remind you that the state requires individuals to wear masks in outdoor settings (e.g., the stands of our football stadium) where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. 

Four ways to get a free bag of donuts 

We’re partnering with Mythical Mini Donuts for a donut giveaway in the quad on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. To receive a bag of donuts you must do one of the following: 

For more information, contact Jere Witherspoon in the Student Life office.


Offices closed during chapel

For the fall semester, George Fox offices will be closed during Tuesday’s chapel to give our employees the opportunity to participate in chapel or attend to their spiritual life in other ways.


Bringing healing to our city

Newberg this fall has suffered through two hurtful racial incidents in the K-12 community and the Newberg School Board is fighting an ugly culture war over symbols in their classrooms. We desperately want our community to be welcoming and safe for all of our students and we grieve that recent events have allowed some in our midst to question that. President Baker co-authored a letter with Newberg’s mayor to encourage our community not to forsake teaching our students about our country’s painful history of slavery, segregation and racism. We cannot forget how our past has influenced our present nor allow it to be repeated.


We will work to promote healing in our community. A few days ago, the George Fox Civility Project hosted a Braver Angels event focused on civility, good listening, and joint projects as ways to help counteract growing alienation and polarization in America. We are also excited for the Voices Project Multicultural Leadership Conference which will take place on campus October 15-16. On Nov. 1, we bring national political commentator David French to speak on campus on “Jesus Loves Your Political Enemies, and America Needs You to Love Them Too.” I hope you will attend these important and timely events! 


If you are feeling a need to talk to someone, I encourage you to reach out to a faculty or staff member, university pastor, or our Health and Counseling Center. We offer free confidential counseling sessions for our students. Just send an email to set up a private appointment. 


Final word of encouragement

During the busyness of this time of the semester and with all that is going on around us in our city, nation, and world, it is easy to find ourselves losing perspective or getting discouraged. Perhaps you find yourself in that state of mind right now. 


Just a couple days ago, I happened to read one of my favorite Psalms (Psalm 100, NLT) and I thought this might encourage all of us with a clearer view and perspective as we finish week six of the semester. It is a wonderful reminder that God is faithful, worthy of our praise and trust, and bigger than any challenging circumstance we are facing.


  Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.

     Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

     He made us, and we are his.

     We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

     go into his courts with praise.

     Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good.

     His unfailing love continues forever,

     and his faithfulness continues to each generation.


Please don’t forget that God is with you and for you and that he loves you more than you can know. May God’s peace and presence be very real for each of you in the days ahead!


Sincerely,

Brad Lau 

Vice President of Student Life


 
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Dear Students,

I’m so glad you are here! We’ve made it through two weeks. I know nearly everyone is going through big adjustments. New roommates, new classes and new relationships. And lots of activities we haven’t had since early 2020. After months of pandemic, I know this may feel both wonderful and a little overwhelming. 


A little help from your friends

Our promise at George Fox is that you will Be Known, personally, academically and spiritually. The truth is sometimes we need a little help from you. Our faculty, staff and student leaders would love to come alongside you and help you navigate any challenges you may be facing as we get the school year underway. But often we need you to let us know what you need. Feel free to reach out to a professor, a Student Life staff member or someone in our Health and Counseling Center. Please! The privilege of coming alongside students like you is why we chose to work at George Fox. 


Also...make sure you’re getting the sleep you need, eating healthy foods, avoiding too much social media and taking time to care for your soul. So much of our health depends upon the simple stuff. 


COVID-19 and campus

Oregon is in the midst of a record surge in COVID-19 cases, but George Fox has had a comparatively healthy start to the school year. Just two residential students have reported a positive test for the virus since Welcome Weekend, but we also have seen six off-campus graduate or undergraduate students also test positive. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please return to your residence and complete the COVID Care Form so we can make sure you are OK. 


Face masks: still required

I’m well aware this is not a popular topic, but it is something I need to address. Yes. You do need to wear your masks when indoors in public areas and outdoors when you can’t consistently keep six feet of distance between you and others. 


The state has issued new rules that apply to Hadlock Student Center. Masks are required in the fitness center at all times and in other areas of the Hadlock Student Center when not performing physical activity. 


Keep campus activities going: Get your vaccine

Our ability to keep offering campus activities such as tonight’s 80’s dance, campus performances and sporting events likely hinges on how many of our students have gotten the vaccine. A recent analysis in the New York Times estimates the daily odds of an vaccinated individual catching COVID-19 are less than .02%. And when a vaccinated person does happen to have a rare breakthrough case, they nearly always have mild symptoms. 


President Baker and the entire Executive Leadership Team at George Fox have all gotten the vaccine. We encourage you to as well. We’re making it easy. Just come to the campus vaccination clinic at the Bruin Den (Klages Center) on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. You can register here or just drop in. 


Have a great semester!

I hope you’ve had a great start to your semester and if you’re facing any challenges, I encourage you to reach out to a professor or staff member. We’re here for you! 


 

Sincerely,

 

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life

 

Dear graduate students and adult degree program students,


As we enter the second full academic year of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to reach out and update you on current COVID-19 guidelines on campus. 


If you are in an in-person program, here are the most important things for you to know:


  1. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to one of our campus locations but do let us know using our COVID Care Form
  2. Masks are required indoors and in outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. 
  3. George Fox is providing free COVID-19 testing and vaccines on the Newberg campus. Contact the Health and Counseling Center at 503-554-2340. 

Here’s what’s the same and what will be new.

What’s the same

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or are informed that you are likely a close contact of a positive case, we need you to fill out the COVID Care Form.
  • The university will continue to do contact tracing and inform students and employees when they are close contacts.
  • Positive COVID cases will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.
  • Close contacts who are not vaccinated will need to quarantine per CDC guidelines.
  • If you have to isolate or quarantine, you should contact your professors and make arrangements for missed classes and assignments.
  • Face-coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor settings where physical distancing of six feet cannot be consistently maintained.
  • Please sign the "COVID-19 Health Addendum Fall 2021" found in MyGeorgeFox the "To Do List" after clicking on the "Tasks" tile on the homepage.

What’s different this fall (as of Aug. 13, subject to change):

  • Vaccinations are strongly recommended, but not required. 
  • Some programs that were online last year are back to face-to-face instruction.
  • The Oregon Health Authority is no longer restricting room capacity.

We strongly recommend you get vaccinated if you have not yet done so.

Nearly all the risk of COVID-19 now falls upon the unvaccinated. The vast majority of recent Oregon COVID-19 cases are among the unvaccinated. If you are vaccinated, your risks are extremely low. More than 99.999% of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization. Being vaccinated also will keep you from being required to quarantine if you are a close contact. (But we will ask you to take a COVID-19 test within 3-5 days.)

Thank you for choosing to pursue your education at George Fox University. We are committed to providing you with the best educational experience possible during this challenging season. We look forward to starting the school year with you. 


Sincerely,

Bill Buhrow,

We’re getting your room ready for you! But before you move in, you need to do the following:

To move onto campus, you must: 

Provide one of the following when you arrive at the first check-in station:

  1. Proof of at least your first vaccination shot (dated before Friday, August 13th),
    Or
  2. A negative COVID test dated after Sunday, August 22. If you have received your first shot after August 13, you are considered unvaccinated and will need to bring a negative test result. If you test positive before move-in, you must stay home until you complete isolation or quarantine. (Please let us know so we can support you and help you join campus a little later.)
  3. A positive COVID test from between June 1, 2021 and Aug. 16, 2021. 

Need to find a test? Try Walgreens in Newberg or check this link for other options.

We also need you to complete or update the COVID vaccine form on MyGeorgeFox: Student Resources: University Forms. 

This is a final reminder of the requirements we are putting in place in response to the surging delta variant. Please read these requirements carefully as failure to take action could result in not being able to immediately move into residence halls this week. 

See you at the end of this week!  We are looking forward to an amazing year!

Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life


p.s. If you haven’t already done so, please download the new George Fox Mobile app! Available on IOS and Android

 

 

We are a mere week away from welcoming you to campus for the fall 2021 semester. Last week you were sent important information about moving into residence halls and requirements we are instituting to protect our campus from the surging COVID-19 delta variant. Vaccinations are strongly recommended, but not required. 

Please read the following requirements carefully as they need your immediate attention and action. 

To move onto campus, you must complete these two steps: 

  1. Provide one of the following when you arrive at the first check-in station:

    1. Proof of at least your first vaccination shot (dated before Friday, August 13th),
      or

    2. A negative COVID test dated after Sunday, August 22. If you have received your first shot after August 13, you are considered unvaccinated and will need to bring a negative test result. If you test positive before move-in, you must stay home until you complete isolation or quarantine. (Let us know so we can support you and help you join campus a little later.)

  2. Complete or update the COVID vaccine form on MyGeorgeFox: Student Resources: University Forms. 

We strongly recommend vaccination to protect yourself and our community. The vast majority of Oregon COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated. In the rare event that a fully vaccinated individual catches COVID-19, symptoms are generally mild. More than 99.99% of those cases have not resulted in hospitalization or death. 

If you get COVID-19, you’ll have to isolate for around 10 days, missing class, sports, music, eating with your friends, etc. If you’re unvaccinated and you are a close contact of a positive case, you will be required to quarantine. If you are vaccinated, you will not need to quarantine if you are a close contact.

You can find more information about our campus policies on our COVID-19 website

I hope you enjoy your final week of summer break. We really are looking forward to seeing each of you soon. We’ve made it through one year of the pandemic and we can do it again! Let’s make this an amazing year!

Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life

 

Fall semester is just around the corner! We are working hard to prepare for a fantastic fall and cannot wait to see you

As you are likely aware, the COVID-19 Delta variant has spread significantly across the country, and our state has been impacted as case counts continue to increase and healthcare capacity is strained. These unfortunate facts have prompted changes to some of our plans, as outlined below. 

We hope that by implementing some of these measures, we can safely provide a full student experience that includes in-person classes, full student activities and traditions, and 100% capacity in academic, athletic and student life events. 

Below is an update on guidelines as they stand now. 

Getting Ready for the Year

To keep our entire community safe and to ensure campus life and learning can proceed as safely as possible, procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated students will differ.

  • Vaccinations are strongly recommended, but not required. However, every student MUST complete or update the COVID vaccine form on MyGeorgeFox: Student Resources: University Forms. Residential students will not be allowed to move into their rooms until they complete this form. This will allow us to build the best strategies to support you this fall.
  • We ask unvaccinated students to self-quarantine for 10 days before coming to campus
  • Unvaccinated students must complete a COVID test no earlier than Sunday, Aug. 22, with results in hand before arrival on campus. You can find a community-based testing site through this link
  • All residential students must show proof of at least one vaccine dose or a COVID-negative test at the first check-in station during Welcome Weekend.
  • Unvaccinated students who test positive before move-in should stay home until they complete isolation or quarantine. These students should contact their professors to make arrangements for missed coursework.

Aug. 27-29 Welcome Weekend & Move-in Details

Students should have received an email last week that included times for move-in. With the recent COVID Delta surge, only two family members or guests will be permitted to assist inside the residence hall during move-in and will have one hour only with the student in his or her room on move-in day. Following the move-in time slot, family members are not permitted to re-enter the building. There are many events and campus amenities open during Welcome Weekend for students and guests.

Face Coverings Required 

Per state mandate, we will require face coverings in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms. Face coverings are not required outside, but students can choose to wear face coverings in any indoor or outdoor setting based on their individual health and safety needs.  

Campus Face Covering Policy

Campus Housing

While keeping students safe is always a priority for our residence life and housing team, capacity limits in our residence halls have been lifted. We will have a limited number of isolation areas for students who test positive for COVID-19. For the first two weeks of the academic year, there are some temporary guidelines in place:

  • No overnight visitors will be permitted in dorms.
  • Card access will be limited to a student’s own living area; visitation is permitted between living areas when accompanied by a host from that living area.
  • Masks will be required in dorm lobbies, kitchens, laundry rooms and study rooms.

These guidelines will be re-evaluated in September. 

Housing FAQs

Residential Visitor Policy

COVID Response Team

We know that positive COVID cases likely will be a reality on our campus this year. While we have high vaccination rates among students and employees, we must continue some of the safeguards from last year:

  • There is a COVID Concern and Reporting Form that is required for COVID cases and close contacts (employees and students). If you test positive for COVID or are informed that you are likely a close contact of a positive case, please fill out the form and you will be contacted by someone from our COVID Response team.
  • The university will continue to perform contact tracing.
  • Students who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.
  • Close contacts who are not vaccinated will need to quarantine per CDC guidelines.

As we continue to live and learn through the pandemic, we will support our students through this process, providing each student in isolation or quarantine with a case manager and access to spiritual and mental health support. 

You can read more about Isolation and Quarantine Policies for both residential and commuter students.

Bon Appetit

Food service will look much like it did before the pandemic. There will be no physical distancing requirements, and we are no longer required to provide food in disposable take-away containers. Daily menus and food ordering are now available through the George Fox Mobile app

Athletics

We are excited to announce that athletics are back! In addition to hosting official team competitions, intramural sports will also be fully offered when you arrive this fall. 

Looking Ahead

We cannot wait to welcome you to campus. Though we may come to campus with different levels of comfort and views about the virus and vaccines, we hold this in common: We are Bruins and we’ll navigate the road ahead together. We’re working hard to both keep you safe and to offer you a college experience that’s fun and memorable. We hope this year will be about everything you can do rather than those few things you can’t. 

Sincerely,

 

Nate McIntyre

Director of Undergraduate Admissions



Avoiding Covid Testing this Fall

George Fox University

 

In about two weeks (!) we’ll be welcoming you back to campus, and we can’t wait to see you (or see you again). As you have probably heard by now, the COVID Delta variant surge has interrupted our plans for a fully “back-to-normal” experience this fall. So, we wanted to give you a heads-up on what to expect and once again ask you to be flexible! 

 


 

For new and returning residential students

  • Upon arrival, you will be required to show proof of at least your first vaccination shot OR a negative COVID test (dated after Sunday, Aug. 22).

    • You will not be permitted to move in without having one of these.

  • If you are unvaccinated, we request that you self-quarantine for 10 days prior to arrival.  

 


 

For all students

Here’s what’s the same and what will be new.

What’s the same

  • The COVID Concern and Reporting Form is still required for COVID cases and close contacts (employees and students). If you test positive for COVID or are informed that you are likely a close contact of a positive case, please fill out the form.

  • The university will continue to do contact tracing.

  • Positive COVID cases will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.

  • Close contacts who are not vaccinated will need to quarantine per CDC guidelines.

  • Face-coverings are required in indoor public spaces (as of Aug. 13 per governor’s orders)

What’s different this fall (as of Aug. 13, subject to change):

  • Vaccinations are strongly recommended but not required. However, every student MUST complete or update the COVID vaccine form on MyGeorgeFox: Student Resources: University Forms. Residential students will not be allowed to move into their rooms until they complete this form. 

  • All university spaces are back to pre-pandemic occupancy levels (including classrooms).

  • The Office of Student Life will continue to inform faculty when they are aware a student will be out of class due to illness for an extended period of time.

 


 

We strongly recommend you get vaccinated if you have not yet done so.

  • The vast majority of Oregon COVID cases are among the unvaccinated.

  • If you get COVID you’ll have to isolate for 10 days, missing class, sports, music, eating with your friends, etc.

  • If you’re vaccinated, you will not need to quarantine if you are a close contact.

  • Bottom line: If you’re vaccinated, you’re much less likely to miss out!

I hope you enjoy your final weeks of summer break. We are looking forward to seeing each of you in a couple weeks! Even with some of the challenges, we pray that it will be an amazing year!

Sincerely,

Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life