Information for Community and Visitors

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Welcome Community and Visitors!

Chapman University’s approach to returning to campus centers around a single goal: To protect the health and well-being of all members of our community–including our neighbors.

Many of us have concerns about the continued spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing everything we can to help ensure that Chapman faculty, staff and students stay healthy when they return to our community.

You will find the most up-to-date information in our COVID-19 plans listed below. Community members with questions or concerns about Chapman’s COVID-19 response can contact Alisa Driscoll at or (714) 289-2098.


Higher education guidelines were released from the State of California on August 7th. Chapman University is following all guidelines in accordance with state and county mandates.

At this time, we will begin a gradual return to campus starting Monday, October 5th, with our graduate student population. However, students will not be required to return to campus if they choose to remain remote. For more information, call (714) 997-6815. The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (714) 997-6763.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required on campus and encouraged in the community to help keep our neighbors healthy.

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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Large Social Gatherings

Avoid large gatherings and opt for virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

Physical Distancing

Maintain a distance of six feet whenever possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Chapman’s campus be open in the fall?

Orange County has remained in the less restrictive category of “RED” according to Gov. Newsom’s new blueprint for opening California, which means we have options to increase in-person instruction. As we work closely with our local health agency, we now plan to begin our phased return to campus on October 5, 2020. However, students will not be required to return to campus if they choose to remain remote. 

Students must be approved to return to campus based on the published protocol for Orange or Rinker campuses. As we work through the transition of graduate students back to campus, we will monitor the health of the community closely as well as the situation in Orange County. The new COVID-19 dashboard page outlines possible reasons for a rollback to remote instruction. If the transition with graduate students goes as planned, we will work to increase in-person instruction to include undergraduate students later in October.

What are Chapman’s student housing plans?

To support the health of students and the local community and to comply with public health expectations for student housing, Chapman is moving forward with a plan to house students in private bedrooms with private bathrooms for the fall semester. We are reducing our housing density across all building areas on a temporary basis, as well as strongly recommending students to reconsider housing plans and to remain home this fall.

View our housing plan

As of now, we have not yet determined how many students will be housed on campus, but we anticipate more information in the coming weeks as things are finalized. Please bookmark this section for updates.

What expectations have been communicated to students living in the community?

An educational campaign has been launched to encourage students to adhere to health and safety behaviors in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chapman will confer with city and elected officials, landlords and local employers to share resources and to motivate students to follow expectations regarding off-campus behavior.

We are also making an extra effort to connect with students living in our surrounding neighborhoods. These efforts include:

  • Visits from our Off-Campus Outreach team to reinforce the need to continue practicing healthy behavior even while students are away from campus and moving throughout the community.
  • Delivering care packages for off-campus student residents, containing face coverings, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and other health-related items.
  • Social media, motivational and instructional videos, digital signs and email communications that encourage our students to stick to the healthy practices outlined.

For more information, please refer to the question below: Who will make sure the students follow safety guidelines? Are there penalties for non-compliance?

How does Chapman plan to manage the COVID-19 risk of students living in the community?

Students will be required to undertake a daily health screening survey and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; students will also be required to complete a robust training on the risks and prevention measures of spreading COVID-19. There will be no access to buildings on campus until the training is completed.

As the semester progresses, we will offer free flu shots to our campus community and encourage students, staff and faculty to take advantage of the offering. This will be an important step in keeping our community healthy during what is sure to be a complicated cold and flu season.

Who will make sure the students follow safety guidelines? Are there penalties for non-compliance?

Students will be asked to take personal responsibility, both on and off-campus, for helping keep our community safe by following guidelines issued by both the CDC and the university.

Community Relations is currently working with the Dean of Students, the Office of Public Safety and the Orange Police Department to determine what measures we can take to enforce healthy behavior when students are off campus, especially in situations where we must rely on everyone to fulfill their social obligation to help keep the community as healthy as possible.

While Chapman’s Public Safety team does not have jurisdiction to patrol city neighborhoods, Chapman will be financing additional Orange Police Department patrols from mid-August to mid-September in a preventative effort

Students will also be required to acknowledge in writing that they have received notice that they are required to abide by Chapman’s rules — that notice is part of a letter that specifically mentions that the rules apply when being on campus or living in Chapman housing. Non-compliance will be handled through the adjudication process already established through the Dean of Students office. Given that all students living off campus have been cautioned in advance about parties, violations occurring during this public health crisis may be subject to stronger sanctions, including fines, prohibitions from coming on campus and possibly suspension from the university.

What are the protocols for in-person events, meetings and programs?

Chapman University has determined that only students, faculty and staff will be allowed on campus during Fall 2020. Events targeted toward external audiences will all be virtual at this time.

View more details established by the Large Gatherings Task Force.

Is Chapman’s campus still open for public use?

Per guidance from the state, we are limiting to the greatest extent possible external community members from entering the site and using campus resources. Instructional signage will be placed throughout campus, and Public Safety will limit all non-essential visits.

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