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Linfield University McMinnville Campus in the spring. Cherry blossoms in the academic quad

Campus Operations FAQs

Living on Campus

  • What changes have been made to student housing? (updated 05/21/21)

    Linfield closely monitors CDC guidance related to shared or congregate housing. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the following updates have been made:

    • 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
    • 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.

  • What are the mask requirements in residence halls?

    Because of the significant decline in COVID-19 case counts and the high vaccination rate on both campuses, Linfield’s Temporary Face Covering policy has been revised. Starting Saturday, March 12, face coverings will be optional in most indoor and outdoor settings with the following exceptions:

    • On the McMinnville campus: Masks are required within the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) in Walker Hall and the Athletic Treatment Center in HHPA.*

     For nursing students: Equipment and vaccination requirements should continue to be followed.  

    Read the “Temporary Face Covering Policy" on the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management webpage. 

    Because the SHWCC and Athletic Treatment Center are considered a health care or clinical setting, OHA masking, personal protective equipment and vaccination requirements must be followed. 

  • 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.


More information about hosting events on campus can be found at the Conferences and Events webpage.
  • Are events being held on the Linfield McMinnville and Portland campuses? (01/13/22)

    Linfield University venues can be reserved for university and non-university events. Visit the Conferences and Events webpage for additional details.

  • Can indoor events provide food to attendees? (updated 03/10/22)

    Yes. Food and drinks can be served and consumed at university and university-hosted events. 


  • Where can events be held on Linfield's campuses? (01/13/22)

    Indoor and outdoor venues are both available and can accomodate groups as small as four or as large as 80 indoors.

  • Are outside guests allowed to attend events? (01/13/22)

    Outside visitors are permitted on campus for most university-sponsored and all non-university-sponsored events. There are separate guidelines for athletic and theatre performances.


  • Do guests at events need to wear masks?

    Neither masks nor proof of vaccination are required for attending outdoor athletic events.

    Event organizers, individual faculty or staff cannot require face coverings/masks. Any faculty, staff, or event organizer may ask/request that visitors, attendees, or participants wear masks or face coverings during the event, meeting, or class but not require them. 


  • What is policy on vaccination for outside visitors? (01/13/22)

    Linfield recommends everyone in the community be vaccinated and boosted. However, it is up to event planners to decide if vaccination will be required for the event and how access will be managed.

  • Does social distancing need to be observed at events? Even while masked? (01/13/22)

    Social distancing is highly recommended during all events, but not required. Guests are expected to remain masked as part of your event plan.

Food and Dining

  • What changes have been made to Dining Services on the McMinnville campus?  (updated 05/27/21) 

    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,  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.
    • Contactless Payment: Purchase Wildcat Cash for use at Dillin, Wildcat Express and Starbucks for a contactless payment option.
    • Updated Hours of Operation: View the most up-to-date hours of operation for Dining Services' locations.
  • 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)

    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.

Campus Facilities

  • What changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (updated 08/09/21)

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

    • Appointments to the SHWCC can be made by calling 503-883-2535, emailing or stopping by the front desk in Walker Hall 105.
    • In accordance with Oregon Health Authority policy, face coverings are required for all who enter in the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center.
    • Counseling services will continue to be offered face-to-face and via telehealth.
    • Student Affairs 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.

  • Are the athletic facilities open for workouts? (updated 08/09/21)

    All fitness areas, swimming pool, football field, soccer/lacrosse field, gymnasium, baseball field and softball field are open for recreational and team use.  Find the most up-to-date information and updated COVID-19 guidelines on the HHPA recreational use webpage

  • 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 information about the regular cleaning schedule for buildings on campus be found? (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 people 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.