Introduction and Vice President for Student Life Welcome

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Welcome Letter - VP for Student Life

It is certainly my pleasure to welcome you to a year of personal growth on the campus of George Fox University! We are thrilled that you have joined this living and learning community and look forward to engaging in the challenges and opportunities of the coming year with you. It is our deepest hope and commitment that you will find George Fox to be a caring and supportive Christ-centered home where you are stretched intellectually, socially, and spiritually.

During your time at Fox, you will undoubtedly grow in every area of your life. Certainly, your mind will be challenged and equipped as you interact with professors and peers in class, engage in significant conversations in the residence halls, and write thoughtful papers. In addition, as a community that believes Christ brings coherence to one's academic pursuits as well as to all of life, we hope that you will make the most of every opportunity to grow spiritually.

Our desire is that you will live life to the fullest as you surrender to God's will each day and experience his grace, power, and provision. You will also have many opportunities to put your faith and learning into practice. Clearly, we live in a world that desperately needs well-prepared persons of deep character who will love and serve other people. This is a part of God's calling on your life as a George Fox student (and, one day, as a graduate). 

George Fox University seeks to cultivate a community that glorifies God, respects and celebrates diversity, and encourages your academic success and personal growth. We welcome your unique strengths, talents, reflections, ideas, and experiences and anticipate a great year together as God shapes our lives and our community.

If I can be of any assistance to you, please don't hesitate to stop by my office in the Hadlock Student Center, call me at 503-554-2312, or e-mail me at blau@georgefox.edu. The Office of Student Life is here to serve you and our sincere desire is that you will experience God's grace and power in the coming year!

Wishing you God's richest blessings,

Brad Lau
Vice President for Student Life

About the Handbook

The Undergraduate Student Handbook is a significant resource that serves to articulate the lifestyle standards, community policies, and other aspects of being a member of the George Fox community. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this handbook, it is not a binding contract and it may be changed, updated, amended and/or modified at any time by appropriate university personnel. Students of George Fox University are responsible for reviewing and adhering to all published university policies. We hope that you find this handbook to be a tool that is both informative and helpful. Our goal is to help you have an amazing experience at Fox and we want you to have the most current and important information that will assist you in your journey. 

Communications Statement

The university strives to communicate effectively through a variety of media. Students are expected to frequently check their personal George Fox email and The Daily Bruin. These sources contain important information and deadlines for students.  As a student it is your responsibility to regularly access and follow through with pertinent information provided in these different forms of communication. 

As a student at George Fox University, you are a member of a community. One of the primary functions of the student handbook is to help define what being a community means at this university. Each member of our community plays a role in creating an atmosphere where others can learn, mature, and prepare to meet the challenges that lie beyond the college years. While not perfect, the expectations of our community reflect our commitment to Christ-centered education as we understand it.

Undergraduate Student Handbook Policy Updates

The Undergraduate Student Handbook is updated annually. The handbook underwent a complete rewrite with numerous updates in the summer of 2021.  The list below includes the policies that have been created, changed, or added to in some way for the 2021-22 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, changes were made throughout the sections.

Covid-19 Policies & Procedures

George Fox is committed to helping students be successful and safety is paramount as we continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the ever-changing environment created by Covid-19, and potential mandates given by the Governor of the State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Yamhill County Public Health, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) for the State of Oregon, George Fox will continue to monitor and respond appropriately to any mandated changes.

While we are currently planning for our policies and campus environment to return to much like it was before the pandemic, we may need to make required changes to policies if there are any new mandates or increased risks to our community. George Fox reserves the right to make policy changes at any point in time during the school year. If needed, we may implement something similar to The Community and Residence Life Health Addendum, which was signed by all students in 2020-21. We certainly hope we will not have to implement any restrictions in the 2021-22 school year. If anything does change, we will communicate with students as soon as reasonably possible.

For all the latest updates and policies regarding Covid-19 at George Fox, please refer to the Covid-19 web page as it contains the most current and accurate information.