Chapman Athletics: COVID-19 Updates

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Chapman University Athletics has worked closely with the university and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to prioritize a safe reopening of athletics in the fall 2020 semester with the health and safety of the Chapman community at the forefront of every conversation.

We are deeply disappointed to share the news concerning our athletics program for the fall semester. In accordance with public health guidance and safety standards, as well as NCAA Resocialization recommendations, the SCIAC Presidents have unanimously agreed to cancel conference competition for NCAA-categorized, high-contact risk sports in the fall semester. The following sports are included in this decision: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s water polo, football, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. If state regulations allow for the resumption of residential living opportunities for conference competition, low- and medium-contact risk sports will be considered for the fall. These sports include men’s and women’s cross country, tennis, golf and swimming and diving. Discussions and decisions related to winter and spring sport competition will continue to take place throughout the fall semester.

Although the decision was made with the health and well-being of the Chapman community as the top priority, we know how disappointing this is to the 500 athletes and their families, as well as to everybody here on campus who supports our student-athletes. Each institution still has the autonomy to conduct athletic-related activities as allowed by the NCAA and Chapman University remains committed to providing a meaningful athletic experience for all student-athletes. Chapman Athletics will follow the NCAA Resocialization Guidelines for all student-athletes returning to campus. While student-athletes in medium to low risk sports may have an opportunity to practice and compete in outside competition, student-athletes in high risk sports may also have opportunities to continue to train with Chapman’s coaches and in Chapman’s facilities as local guidelines permit.

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced requirements for public schools that outline a return to in-person instruction can only take place if the county they reside in is off the state’s county monitoring list for more than 14 consecutive days. Orange County is currently on this list and there is no indication that the guidance for higher education will be any less restrictive. With only six weeks until the start of the traditional semester and some programs starting sooner, the university must prepare for the possibility that we may have to start remotely, while also being ready for a shift to in-person instruction as soon as feasible.

As Chapman University invites students back to their on- or off-campus housing to wait until Orange County meets the state’s requirements, Chapman’s coaches for all sports will be available for Chapman student-athletes in a limited meeting capacity. Certain facilities will be available for use in accordance with the NCAA Resocialization Guidelines as well as guidance from local health officials.

The Athletics Department will be hosting a Town Hall for student-athletes and their families on July 28 at 4 p.m.