Campus Face Covering Guidance and Updated Campus Access Procedures
The end of the academic year is almost here for many of you and I wish everyone the best as you wrap up another successful semester, or have started your new trimester. I am proud of the work that has been done this year to contain the spread of COVID-19 within our community. We’ve consistently maintained a positivity rate of 1 percent or lower through diligent adherence to campus CU Safely Back protocols. California continues to have one of the lowest positivity rates in the country, which also significantly reduces the risk of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our local communities.
As the national and local COVID-19 guidelines change, we are closely monitoring the information and making decisions based on what we feel is best for our campus community. With that, I have several updates to share:
- While the CDC has changed its guidance on face coverings, California has yet to adopt this change. For now, we will maintain the current campus guidance regarding face coverings. Currently, we require face coverings to be worn by everyone while inside any Chapman facility. However, outdoor face coverings are encouraged but no longer required.
- We do want to keep pace with the additional flexibilities being recommended by the CDC, so we are moving up the date in which those who are vaccinated no longer need weekly COVID-19 testing. Effective Monday, May 24th, faculty, staff and students of the Orange campus who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in the weekly COVID-19 testing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities. The Rinker campus no longer required testing for vaccinated individuals beginning May 10th.
You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed, following the second dose of a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) or a single-dose series (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
- Access to campus will continue to require Daily Symptoms Check, resulting in the CLEAR email, or visit chapman.edu/amiclear.
- Face coverings will continue to be required while inside a Chapman facility for all faculty, staff and students.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to be exempt from weekly testing, vaccinated individuals must fill out our self-reporting form. If this form is not submitted, testing will remain required and campus access will be revoked if testing is not completed. If you have already filled out this form, no action is needed. All data received will remain strictly confidential and will not be shared.
- Effective May 24th, we will no longer require employees to complete the online campus access form. Training, testing (if not vaccinated), and daily clearance will still be requirements for you to gain access to campus.