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Campus Operations FAQs

Living on Campus

  • What changes have been made to student housing? (07/17/20)

    Linfield is closely monitoring CDC guidance related to shared or congregate housing. Changes this year include:  

    • Providing at least 64 square feet of room space per resident 
    • Roommates and suitemates will be treated as family units for cohort isolation and quarantine protocols 
    • Common spaces have been maximized for physical distancing 
    • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be in place 
    • Separate living spaces are available on campus for containment and isolation, if needed 
    • Swipe access to the residence halls will be limited to only current residents 
    • Non-Linfield guests will not be permitted in the residence halls  
  • What occupancy changes have been made in the residence halls? (08/04/20)

    Following the guidance of the Oregon Higher Education Commission, Linfield University is providing a minimum of 64 square feet per student in all university housing. The university has reduced many triple occupancy rooms to double occupancy rooms to ensure adequate distancing. Throughout 17 residence halls in McMinnville, there are 31 triple occupancy rooms where the square footage is nearly 300 square feet per room (or almost 100 sq.ft. per person). These rooms will remain at triple occupancy for the 2020-21 academic year. 

  • Are students required to wear masks in the common spaces of the residence halls? How will that be enforced?  (updated 09/04/20)

    Everyone on the Linfield campuses are required to wear masks at all times when on campus property. The exception is when a person is alone in an office or in a residence hall room with roommate(s). Anytime a non-roommate or guest enter the office or residence hall room, a mask should be worn. While the enforcement is designed to be educational, members of the Linfield community will be held to our conduct standards. Violation of Linfield’s Temporary Face Covering Policy will subject a student to disciplinary process and could result in the student being removed from campus. 

  • Will RAs and facilities maintenance personnel still be allowed in my room? (08/04/20)

    Yes. If a university staff member needs to enter a personal office or living space, the staff member will wear an appropriate face covering, perform their service and then disinfect any surface that they touched before leaving.  

  • Will I get a refund for room and board if I do not come to campus and take all my classes online? (08/04/20)

    If a student does not return to campus, the room contract would be cancelled and is subject to all normal refund processes. 

  • If campus has to close mid-semester, will I be refunded for my unused room and board? (08/04/20)

    If Linfield University is no longer able to house students due to a campus closure related to the pandemic, students will be issued a prorated refund of their housing and dining. 

Dining Options

  • What changes have been made to Dining Services on the McMinnville campus?  (updated 10/19/20) 

    Dining Services is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who dines on campus, as well as all members of our dining services team. Some changes that have been made:  

    • Dillin Hall: Dillin is open for take-out only service, individually packaged utensils and condiments, outdoor dining rooms, travel patterns, stations attended by uniformed staff, etc.  
    • Wildcat Express: Located inside of Dillin Hall, Wildcat Express offers a take-out meal equivalency and other take-out options during and between established meal periods. Students can use a meal swipe for a lunch or dinner, and can also use Flex, Wildcat cash or credit card to purchase other items.  
    • Meal Periods: Check the Dining Services website for meal periods.  
    • Outdoor Dining Room Tents:  A temporary outdoor dining room tent will be setup on Renshaw Avenue, just west of Dillin Hall. The tent provides alternative seating options for students to use while eating since no seating is available in Dillin due to maximum capacity guidelines. Please note that Renshaw Avenue from Linfield Avenue to Boardman Street will be closed to vehicle traffic until the end of the semester.  
    • Contactless Payment: Purchase Wildcat Cash for use at Dillin, Wildcat Express and Starbucks for a contactless payment option. 
    • Updated Hours of Operation: The most up-to-date hours of operation for Dining Services' locations is available at https://linfield.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours. 

    Please check the Guide to Campus Dining Safety in the Wake of COVID-19 for additional information. 

  • Will there be things like salad bars and walk-up food stations at Dillin Hall? (07/07/20)

    Self-service food and beverage stations will be replaced with uniformed staff-served meal and beverage stations. Items typically found on the traditional self-serve salad bar – including soup and rice – will be served by a uniformed staff member. 

  • Will there be assigned times for students to eat? (07/07/20)

    Enjoying meals with other students is a key factor in creating a sense of community, which is a vital element of the college experience. At this time, Linfield does not anticipate assigning specific dining times to specific groups of guests. There may be specific events or periods, such as orientation week, that may have separate assigned meal times for scheduling purposes. 

Campus Facilities

  • What changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (08/04/20)

    The Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) in McMinnville has made the following changes to the center’s operations:  

    • SHWCC is open by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 503-883-2535.  
    • Traffic will be one direction, with Walker 105 serving as the entrance and 103 as the exit. 
    • In accordance with university policy, face coverings are required in the building. 
    • Students with acute respiratory symptoms will be seen in dedicated exam rooms in Walker 101 and 102. 
    • The Wellness Program will move to Walker 124. 
    • Counseling services will continue to be offered face-to-face and via telehealth.  
    • A part-time counselor and full-time medical assistant have joined the staff to help serve students. 
    • The staff will have a team of contract trackers who work with students placed in isolation or quarantine to monitor their health and make sure they are getting what they need.  

    Learn more about the changes and continuing services at linfield.edu/student-health.  

  • Are the athletic facilities open for workouts? (updated 09/04/20)

    Yes! Linfield’s athletic facilities – including the weight room, fitness center, track and field area, baseball field and tennis courts in McMinnville are now open for employee and student use. New guidelines, approved by the Yamhill County Health Department, are in place. See the athletic facilities website at https://golinfieldwildcats.com/sports/2020/8/26/hhpa-fitness-facilities.aspx for the most up-to-date hours of operation. 

  • What adjustments have been made to the HVAC systems on campus to mitigate the airborne spread of coronavirus? (07/17/20)

    CDC guidance indicates COVID-19 is transported through human shed droplets and over short distances. CDC guidance does not indicate that COVID-19 can become a systemic pollutant in a building’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Therefore, the following measures should not be viewed as COVID-19 mitigation strategies but rather as measures that Linfield has taken to enhance indoor air quality in our facilities: 

    • Conduct air handler and filter inspections at regular intervals per manufacturer’s recommendations.  Change filters more frequently, if needed. 
    • Install filters per manufacturer’s recommendations based on unit design. 
    • Neither the manufacturer’s recommended filter nor a HEPA filter are capable of removing virus from the air in our HVAC systems. 
    • Stand-alone, personal air filtration systems are good at removing pet dander, pollen, dust and other allergen-type particles.  They, too, cannot filter out bacteria or virus to any significant degree due to the size of the pathogen.   
    • Disconnect air hand dryers.  
    • Re-program runtime schedule of air handling unit to run 24/7 for increased air circulation and filtration where feasible. 
    • Increase outside air volume to air handler maximum design outside air capacity to increase filtration and dilution ventilation while classes are in session on campus. 
  • Where on the Linfield website can we find information about the regular cleaning schedule for buildings on campus? (07/17/20)

    Linfield’s Cleaning Services team continues to work around the clock to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout all campus buildings. All members of the Linfield community must do their part and wipe down personal work surfaces and commonly touched areas to stop the spread of illness and to protect ourselves and others between visits by the Cleaning Services team. A spray bottle of Alpha-HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner and roll towels will be provided to office areas, classrooms and common areas for disinfection. Cleaning Services will replenish all spray bottles and roll towels. Please submit a work order if the supply in your area requires immediate attention.   

  • How do I use the disinfectant spray that is located in classrooms and campus common areas? (08/20/20)

    Instructions are attached to each spray bottle of Alpha-HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner and available on the Facilities Services webpage. To use:  

    • Spray disinfectant on surface to be cleaned. 
    • Do not spray directly onto keyboards or electronic equipment.  Spray disinfectant onto a paper towel and wipe equipment to disinfect. 
    • Disinfectant can be sprayed on fabrics and textiles and allowed to air dry. 
    • Wipe surface with paper towel. 
    • Lightly mist surface again with disinfectant and allow to air dry. Surface should stay wet for 10 minutes.