Chapman Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination

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As we near the end of the spring semester and begin to look to fall, I want to highlight the incredible progress our state is making in managing COVID-19. Recently, the LA Times reported that California has the lowest case rate of any state in the country, even as the economy more widely opens up. As vaccinations continue, it’s anticipated that this positive trend will continue, and the restrictions across the state will lessen.

 With that, we have been assessing our own campus restrictions and policy on vaccinations. Many schools and colleges across the country and in California are beginning to require a vaccine to return to campus, and Chapman must consider this as well. We have approached this decision thoughtfully, with a great deal of input from faculty leadership, student leadership and administration. Our goal is to move toward a Chapman Experience that is closer to what we had before the pandemic, with only minimal social distancing, our facilities being open, the ability to move freely around campus, where guests are also welcome. Models estimate that we need to have the vast majority of our community vaccinated for that to become a reality. 

 Based on the recent discussions and guidance from the CDC, the American College Health Association and local health agencies, Chapman will require all students, faculty and staff coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or file a personal declination. This requirement is contingent on at least one of the vaccines receiving full FDA approval. Until FDA approval is granted, the vaccine will remain highly recommended for the Chapman community. 

  • Beginning June 1, students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities. You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed, following a 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.

We will accommodate those who choose not to take the vaccine for medical, religious or personal reasons, as we do for other vaccinations, and will provide a personal declination form for exemption. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing along with the possibility of additional restrictions. 

  • Those who are not fully vaccinated, including those with exemptions, will have increased mandatory COVID-19 testing—twice per week for faculty, staff and students—to maintain access to campus facilities.
  • Access to campus will continue to require Daily Symptoms Check, resulting in the CLEAR email, or visit chapman.edu/amiclear.

Based on CDC and CalOSHA guidance, all those accessing campus are encouraged to wear face coverings while outdoors, although it will no longer be enforced. Face coverings will continue to be required while inside a Chapman facility for all faculty, staff and students. We will not distinguish guidance based on vaccination status to protect the privacy of our campus community members. However, we expect those with exemptions to respect the health and safety of those around them and engage in responsible practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Chapman is planning to return to in-person instruction for fall semester, with no options for virtual learning (aside from the limited courses that had online components in place prior to the pandemic). This makes it critically important that vaccinations are completed for the new academic year. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources 

  • If already vaccinated, please fill out our self-reporting form. All data received will remain strictly confidential and will not be shared.
  • The CU Safely Back website contains the current percentage of the Chapman population who have reported being vaccinated.
  • In the U.S., each state and county has established its own system for availability and distribution. If you live in California, consult the California Department of Public Health’s My Turn site, or one of the many tools recently developed that helps find appointments across the country, such as https://www.vaccinespotter.org/.
  • If you have any hesitation or concerns about taking the vaccine, please consult your physician or feel free to reach out to our Student Health Center for confidential advice or access to additional resources.
  • Chapman will likely have its own supply in the fall, allowing additional access to a vaccine through our Student Health Center.

In the coming weeks, we will share more information on specific vaccination requirements, the process for exemptions, guidelines, policies and additional information regarding our fall return plan.