Updated Mask Guidance

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president mastehad

The guidance by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) regarding indoor mask wearing as a practice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 transmission has recently been updated. As our practice has always been, Chapman will now update our on-campus requirements based on local health agency guidance.

Per the revised guidelines, individuals are now required to wear medical grade surgical masks (or higher-grade respirator masks such as KN95) while indoors on both Chapman campuses. Note, this mandate does not supersede requirements at campus locations where a higher grade of PPE is needed, such as our health sciences programs. This new mandate will remain in effect at Chapman as the Omicron spread continues and until community and Chapman transmission, as measured by case rates, subsides.

The following options are no longer in compliance: bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves, cloth masks. However, for additional protection, cloth masks can be worn over a medical-grade surgical mask for improved fit and additional layering. The CDC has more suggestions here to improve protection.

For those who do not have medical-grade masks, Chapman will make approved disposable medical grade surgical masks and KN95 masks available on campus:

  • Medical-grade surgical masks will be available at the entrance of all classrooms
  • Residence Life will have supplies of both surgical and KN95 masks available to residential students
  • Both surgical and KN95 masks will also be available upon request at the Student Health Center and Testing Center on the Orange campus and the COVID-19 Testing Location at the Rinker campus

This new policy is in effect immediately for those already accessing campus. In-person instruction will resume as planned on Monday, January 10, for the Interterm and Rinker programs and January 17 for Fowler School of Law. All faculty, staff and students returning to the campuses should comply with the new mask mandate at that time. Please also note, once you have completed the two-test requirement for accessing campus, no further testing is required for vaccinated or exempt (those who tested positive within the past 90 days) individuals. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to comply with the twice-weekly testing policy.

I want to acknowledge and thank the Chapman students who have contacted the administration to request this new mandate be put into place. I also want to thank you all for your continued cooperation as we manage COVID-19 on our campuses. We will continue to keep you informed as changes take place. Please refer to the CU Safely Back website to stay current on our COVID-19 processes and policies.