Preparing campus for your return.

Preparations to Open Campus

In this section, you’ll find our latest information and decisions about re-opening campus for the fall. Below we will discuss new procedures and social-distancing adjustments to common spaces, classrooms, and more.

We are working within the guidelines set by the State of Oregon and Multnomah County to make sure that our classrooms, dining services, mail room, and coffee shop can function within physical distancing protocols to serve our students, faculty, and staff for the fall semester and beyond. We will be increasing our sanitation routines of these areas to include touch points and common use areas. We will also be adjusting capacity levels in classrooms, the dining hall, and the coffee shop to meet current CDC standards to maintain safety as well as an adequate level of service to all areas of our campus. Dining services will function with a to-go model with limited seating capacity. Buildings and common areas may also be adjusted to allow for one-way traffic to minimize close interactions that could increase the chances of COVID-19 transmission. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide the safest learning environment we can within the current standards while being as flexible as we can to respond to the changing realities of the current pandemic.

We will primarily offer single occupancy rooms with the possible allowance of double occupancy rooms as needed or requested. Students can request double occupancy when they fill out their housing application. We will limit the number of people in lounge areas at one time, observe social distancing, clean and sanitize spaces more often, and set aside rooms for quarantine as needed. Our events that meet the gathering size guidelines will be moved outdoors for social distancing requirements.

Face masks or face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces and indoor community spaces. When working in private offices alone, you do not need to wear a mask. If you have someone meeting with you should wear a mask and stay socially distant. Face masks or face coverings are not required outdoors where six feet of social distancing is maintained.

In-person, face-to-face classes in an adaptive learning environment. Appropriate social-distancing and limited class sizes. Sanitation measures per CDC guidelines.

Lab activities will observe social distancing. Masks will be required. Gloves and goggles will be available. Lab spaces will receive proper sanitation per CDC guidelines.

Restroom usage will be subject to proper social distancing guidelines and CDC sanitation measures will be strictly followed.

The library will have limited seating to implement social distancing guidelines and the above face mask guidelines will be followed. The library will receive the proper sanitation measures per the CDC.

Study abroad is suspended until further CDC guidance is given.

Athletics will follow the pending guidelines of the NAIA and CCC. Athletes are scheduled to return to campus on August 14, 2020.

All chapels will be remote. Outside gatherings will be limited to 100 people with social distancing and face masks recommended.

Campus will be open for instructional purposes and official university business only.

Essential employees will work on campus. Nonessential employees will work remotely or on campus with alternating schedules with supervisor approval. Employees in at-risk categories will work remotely.

To maintain a healthy campus, we ask all students and employees to assess their health and the health of those they have been in contact with before coming to campus. Questions are outlined further down this page in the section entitled, “Health Check Questions”.

The Coronvirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) exists to help students whose education was disrupted by the pandemic.

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Emergency Recovery Team Commissioned

Purpose: tactical, day-to-day preparation of the campus and MU community for starting face-to-face classes and athletic programs this August. The ERT includes key leaders from the Multnomah Faculty and Staff who will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure that the campus is adequately safe, ready to receive athletes and residential students, and prepared to begin face-to-face classes as currently scheduled for fall semester.
  • Ensure returning students, prospective students, and parents that we have reasonably implemented the safety standards to address COVID-19.
  • Ensure plans are in place if we need to adapt our teaching model if students need to leave campus again.
  • Ensure we have adequately considered the check list for higher education prepared by the governor’s task force for higher education and Multnomah County.

Adaptive Learning Environment


In our Adaptive Learning Environment (ALE) students can learn with excellence, connect with others, grow in faith, and prepare for their future. Our ALE combines on-campus class sessions with enhanced online learning, which will allow our faculty to be responsive and engaged regardless of how the fall unfolds. We are prepared to move smoothly and quickly to an online learning environment if this becomes necessary at any point during the semester.


Current Phase

University employees should continue to work remotely unless their work is identified as essential and/or they are assigned specific onsite responsibilities by their supervisor. Employees on campus may work alternating shifts while abiding by proper social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Masks are required for employees when inside buildings, unless alone in an individual single-person office. Employees are required to review the university’s health checklist daily before arriving to work on campus. In full accordance with CDC standards, employees must stay home if they are sick with COVID-19 or similar symptoms until they are symptom-free for at least 72 hours and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. If employees have been exposed to COVID-19 or traveled to a CDC COVID-19 hotspot, they must stay home for 14 days.

Personal Health Check Questions

We know that COVID-19 can be present with multiple symptoms or sometimes no symptoms at all. If everyone asks these questions and stays home if exposed to COVID-19 or experiences these symptoms, we have the best chance to keep the campus environment healthy.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell