Academics

Classroom Environment

Instructors are permitted to access classrooms ten minutes prior to the start of classes for setup and self-sanitization of podiums and hardware. Sanitizing wipes are available for student use to disinfect work surfaces if the student chooses to do so. Students may enter classrooms 5 minutes prior to the start of class and must be present and in their seats by the start of the class session. At the end of each class session, instructors and students are expected to exit classrooms promptly by the scheduled end of the class session to make way for the next class. No impromptu after-class conferences may take place in the classrooms.

Persons who are vaccinated, who are presenting in a formal fashion (e.g. professors/instructors teaching courses, chapel speakers) are allowed to present without a face mask while maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

Student and Instructor Online Contingencies

All face-to-face classes are available for remote participation if and as required.  Courses with high enrollments have been scheduled for smaller groups of students to meet in alternating sessions physically or in digital format.  In such instances, remote attendance is required synchronously (at the same time) with the face-to-face delivery and students will be expected to participate in the live session as much as possible. In smaller classes, depending on the nature of the course and the level of accommodation needed, instructors will work with students to sort out the accommodations, utilizing synchronous technologies (e.g., Big Blue Button, Teams, Zoom) if possible. In circumstances that prevent an instructor teaching in a physical classroom, face-to-face classes will be delivered digitally utilizing synchronous technologies, if possible, with students present in a physical classroom.

Music Performance and Science Lab Courses

Special arrangements for music performance classes (choirs, ensembles, private music lessons, etc.) and science labs will be made to ensure appropriate social distancing.  Plexiglass shields, face masks/or coverings, and social distancing are required.

Library

Access to the Kellenberger Library is limited to Bushnell University employees and enrolled students only.  Library users must wear a face covering during their use of the Library. Students are asked to sanitize spaces when finished using them and cleaning supplies will be made available for that purpose. Library staff will provide additional sanitizing as needed.

No more than three students may occupy the group study rooms at any time.

Library resources may be borrowed via a “contactless” check-out system. Students are asked to present their student ID card when checking out materials.

Student Life

Christ-centered community is a hallmark of a Bushnell education, and we will continue to do all that we can to provide strong social/community building programing and activities.

Activities and Programming

All activities and programming are designed to meet COVID-19 protocol standards. Students are encouraged to participate in Beacon Nights, small groups, signature activities and events, and student leadership. Individuals who are displaying any symptoms mentioned in this document must not participate in on or off campus activities and programming sponsored by the university.

Chapel

Our chapel gatherings reflect the same consideration, safety and practices as outlined in the aforementioned guidelines.  Chapel gatherings are recorded for live and future viewing for those with underlying conditions.

Residence Halls

Our residential spaces have been adjusted to reflect CDC guidance.

In order to maintain lower density in high density residential spaces, adjustments have been made to some of our residential spaces and policies. Students have access to laundry facilities in their building or a nearby building. Students may not have overnight visitors in their room or apartment. Our access regulations continue to evolve as we move through different phases of our COVID-19 response.

Campus Dining

Campus dining is operational and has been adjusted to reflect CDC guidance.

Athletics

Protocols reflect CDC, NAIA, and Cascade Collegiate Conference guidance.

  • For any team gathering (such as meetings/film, practice, conditioning/lift, team activity etc.) the Coach or appointed staff member of that team will conduct a COVID-19 screening protocol prior to activity for the student-athletes and coaching staff. The screening includes asking a series of COVID-19 related symptoms and a temperature check.
  • If a student is found to have any COVID-19 related symptoms, they will be referred to the Athletic Training staff to determine whether the individual may participate in the activity.
  • If the student is withheld from participation based off of their symptoms the student will be instructed to go home to their place of residence and self-isolate.
  • The student will continue to self-isolate until they are symptom free x 24 hours AND at least 10 days since onset of symptoms. Alternatively, the recommended option would be for the student to obtain a negative antigen or PCR test to be considered able to return back to activity sooner. Results must be presented to Athletic Training staff prior to return to activity.
  • Unvaccinated students who are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after exposure. Due to high risk levels in Lane County, 10 day quarantines and early release from quarantine with a negative test are not possible. Fully vaccinated students must test 3-5 days after exposure, monitor their health and wear a mask for 14 days, but do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms or receive a positive test. Test results must be presented to Athletic Training staff.
  • If the student is diagnosed with COVID-19 they will be required to isolate. If symptomatic they may return from isolation after 10 days since symptoms appeared and no longer are symptomatic. If the student tested positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms they may return from isolation after 10 days since the day they tested for COVID-19.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will undergo an extensive return to play protocol with Athletic Training staff after their return from isolation. In certain cases a student may be asked to see a physician prior to their return back to their sport.
  • Masks must be always worn when inside with the exception of practice in which case vaccinated individuals will be allowed to practice without a mask. Masks are not required when outdoors with the exception of a high density outdoor setting.
  • Students must wear masks when traveling as a group to practice/competition.
  • Coaches manage workouts according to aforementioned guidelines.

International Students

International Students, like our domestic students, have been expected to continue to self-monitor. If they have symptoms, they will be asked to self-quarantine and take a COVID-19 test.