Students and employees must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus and/or leaving their place of residence. Members of the campus community must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus or to leave their on-campus residence. Students/employees are responsible for informing their professor/supervisor if they are unable to be in class or at work.

In being a part of Bushnell University, our community has been asked to adhere to our Beacon Pledge.

Symptoms to Monitor

According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Students/Employees who have symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, must be tested and self-isolate until the testing results are back.

If the Student/Employee has a positive COVID-19 test, they should remain at their place of residence for at least 10 days after illness onset and 24 hours after fever is gone (without use of fever reducing medicine) and other symptoms are improving. If the person has a negative viral test (and if they have multiple tests, all tests are negative), they should remain at their place of residence until 24 hours after fever is gone (without use of fever reducing medicine) and other symptoms are improving. If the person does not undergo COVID-19 testing, the person should remain at their place of residence until 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.

Any unvaccinated student/employee known to have been exposed (e.g., by a household member) to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from local public health authority. Any vaccinated student/employee known to have been exposed (e.g. by a household members) to COVID-19 who is not experiencing symptoms may continue come to campus and participate in routine activities.

Accessibility Services/High Risk

Students or Employees who believe that they fall into a high-risk category may seek accommodations through Accessibility Services (students) and Human Resources or their respective Vice President, Dean, or Director (employees).

Testing

Students/Employees are asked to use their ‘primary health provider’ as their first contact for getting a COVID-19 test.

Persons without a Primary Health Provider are referred to the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon website, which allows for search of local health care facilities that are providing COVID-19 testing.

Mental Health

The University offers a number of support systems for the mental and emotional well-being of all members of our community. These support systems include free counseling at the Clinical Mental Health Center (counselors in the master’s program, supervised by licensed therapists), the provision of pastoral care through our Campus Pastor and other key employees on campus, and work with members of our student support team including members of the Office of Student Life staff.

Campus Space & Cleaning Guidelines

General Cleaning Protocols

The Bushnell University Custodial Team has received COVID-19 cleaning certification and will continue to clean classrooms, restrooms, office spaces, workspaces, and public spaces based on protocols developed with CDC guidance in mind. Students/employees are asked to take additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use and always wash hands before eating or touching their face.

The campus custodial team will clean and disinfect at least daily (or more, depending on use patterns) frequently touched surfaces and objects such as:

  • Doorknobs and handles
  • Classroom desks and chairs
  • Cafeteria tables and chairs
  • Handrails
  • Light switches
  • Buttons on vending machines and elevators

Classroom Protocols

Students must wear masks while attending in-person classes. Instructors (and other classroom presenters) who have provided full proof of vaccination may make their presentations without face covering, provided that they maintain an appropriate physical distance.

NO FOOD may be consumed in classrooms during class sessions. Drinks are allowed, but students must remain masked when not taking drinks.

Shared Computers

In campus spaces where shared computers exist, ‘keyboards’ and ‘mice’ will be considered a shared surface. Keyboards and mice will be treated as if they have been handled by others and every user ought take care to wash their hands before and after use, as well as avoid touching their face or eating while using the shared computer.

Office Spaces/Reception Counters

Common surfaces will be wiped down nightly by the Custodial Team. Where possible, multi-user touchpoints have been eliminated. Users will be mindful of shared objects in their office space that they touch. Copy machines and other technology equipment will not be wiped down by users, but rather after using a device a user should consider their hands contaminated and wash them.

Sanitizing Stations

The entrance of each building/key high-traffic areas are equipped with a hand sanitizer stations. We encourage frequent hand washing. Offices allowed public visitors continue to provide desktop bottles of sanitizer in meeting/reception areas.

Face Masks/Coverings

The CDC asks that at institutions of higher education all individuals while on campus wear a mask indoors. Mask wearing is encouraged outside in crowded outdoor settings for people at higher risk from the disease, such as people who are elderly, immunocompromised, or those who haven’t been vaccinated.  Wearing masks is also recommended for people in crowded outdoor settings.

NOTE: Specific guidelines will be given to specified employees/students associated with key programs and activities (e.g. Students living in residence, Athletics, Music Performance, Residence Hall Requirements, Chapel Speakers, Professors/Instructors) with the regard to the wearing of a face mask/covering.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on how to properly wear and maintain your face mask.

Handwashing/Sanitizing

Students/employees are asked to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after they have been in a public place or used the restroom; after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing; and before and after eating. If soap and water are not readily available, the expectation is to use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitation stations are located at the main entry of every campus building.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

Students/employees in a private setting not wearing their face mask/covering are asked to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze or use the inside of their elbow, throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

COVID-19 Testing

Students/Employees who have symptoms related to COVID-19 or have determined that they need to be tested based on potential exposure are encouraged to immediately contact their respective advisor or resident director/ resident assistant. Individuals who need emergency care should contact 911 for ambulance transport to the nearest Emergency Department. Individuals who have symptoms or who may have been exposed and are off campus should contact their primary care provider for COVID-19 testing locations in their area.

Employees who have symptoms related to COVID-19 or have determined that they need to be tested based on potential exposure are encouraged to immediately contact their primary care physician. Individuals who need emergency care should contact 911 for ambulance transport to the nearest Emergency Department and notify their respective supervisor.

Individuals who have symptoms or who may have been exposed and are off campus should contact their primary care provider for COVID-19 testing locations in their area and notify their respective supervisor.

If an Employee believes they have contracted COVID-19 after exposure to a known COVID-positive person on campus and/or while providing job duties, they are asked to immediately return to their residence and/or remove themselves from campus, even if they are not showing symptoms and to notify their respective supervisor.

When A Student Feels/Is Ill

Students are asked to complete a self-assessment each day and to not come to campus or leave their residence if they are feeling ill/experiencing a potential symptom related to COVID-19. If a student feels sick and lives on campus, they are to contact their Resident Assistant, and if they live off campus, they are to contact their Academic Advisor. Students must also directly inform their instructors to determine alternate arrangements for making up missed classes and/or assignments. If a medical accommodation is required, students should contact Accessibility Services for assistance. If a student is quarantined on campus, we will move them to a designated quarantine space until quarantine is complete. Results of the COVID-19 test is to be reported to the Director of Residence Life & Student Services, who along with the COVID-19 Task Force will work with Lane County Public Health on steps to take for positive results. If a student has a negative test result, they can return to normal activities on campus 72 hours after symptoms have resolved.

Quarantine

Students who are waiting for COVID-19 test results or who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be moved into/placed in an isolation location (apartment or room) for up to 14 days. Quarantine spaces on campus include designated apartment units that have been reserved for such a need, we also have open bedrooms and other spaces throughout campus for such situations. Any student who wishes to leave isolation and go to a home address off campus is encouraged to do so but cannot return to campus 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.