Academic Calendar will Remain Unchanged this Fall

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As faculty, staff and administration work to return to campus in the fall, our top priority is the safety of the Chapman community. We will follow all public health guidelines issued by Orange County and California health authorities, and only return if we have their support and approval. We remain optimistic that our plans will meet their guidelines and will we be able to return. Last week, President Struppa approved the CU Safely Back plan that outlines the details of our return to the classroom.

We do not plan to alter the academic calendar at this time. This is, of course, contingent on the status of the pandemic, but we plan will begin the 2020-21 semester and trimester on August 31st and end on December 19th. The Fowler School of Law will begin their semester on August 17th and end December 13th.

We are working toward the goal of minimizing on-campus presence to increase physical distancing and reduce risk of virus transmission among students, faculty, and staff. With that, Chapman is investing over $8 million to create an environment that will reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, including an incredible investment in technology that will allow classes to be in-person, remote or a hybrid. The distribution of modality will be: in-person (<10%), remote/online (20%-30%) and hybrid (60%-70%) classes. Classrooms, labs, studios and other instructional areas will be limited to 50% or less of normal capacity to provide for physical distancing. This course modality distribution would also allow some students to choose an all-remote class schedule if they choose not to return to campus in the fall, while also providing options for in-person and blended instruction for those choosing to return.

We continue to wait for guidance from the Governor’s Office and approval local health authorities, but we understand the need for clarity and therefore will alert undergraduate students no later than August 7 if our plan to return changes. Graduate programming announcements may come at different times depending on the program.