COVID-19 Response and Testing Update: 10/28 Town Hall Recap

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Chapman held a virtual town hall on Wednesday, October 28, for the campus community to provide updates and answer questions about the university’s response to COVID-19 and the new testing protocols for all students, staff and faculty who are regularly on campus. Topics included increased randomized testing, plans for spring semester, housing assignments and more. More than 900 parents, faculty, staff and students attended. Over 300 questions were asked in the one-hour town hall. About 30 questions were answered live and an additional 75 questions were answered in the chat.

Key takeaways from the Town Hall

Testing

  • Per CDC surveillance testing guidelines, 25% of individuals who are regularly on campus will be randomly tested weekly.
    • Orange campus testing: Begins Tuesday, November 2 at 145 W Sycamore Ave 
    • Rinker Campus testing: Begins Monday, November 9 between buildings 9401 and 9501
    • The Student Health Center continues to test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or those who are close contacts.
    •  The Student Health Center will do its best to support the needs of individuals who would like to receive additional testing. More information can be found in the Student Health Services website.
    • Certain groups like athletes and any identified clusters on campus may be tested more frequently as needed.
    • Email notifications containing additional information will be sent on the week that you are selected to be tested.
    • COVID-19 testing will be required for everyone who returns to campus following Thanksgiving break and before the start of spring semester.

Processes for Returning to Campus

Contactless ID Card Pick-Up

  • IS&T Service Desk has implemented a contactless ID card pick-up process for those needing a Chapman ID card. More information on acquiring a Chapman ID card can be found in the “Contactless ID Card Pick-Up” article.

Following and Enforcing Safety Protocols

  • Reminders to follow safety protocols are present throughout campus including disposable masks provided by Public Safety and physical distancing facilitated by substantial signage and furniture placement.
  • Public safety continues to patrol campus to ensure safety protocols are being followed. Those on campus may be randomly selected to show their  “cleared” email message from the daily symptom survey. Have your phone available or a printed copy of the message for that day ready.
  • Instructors are encouraged to enforce safety protocols in the classroom.
  • If you see someone not complying, please reference our “Guidance if someone is not following protocols.” If additional face coverings are needed, please visit Facilities Management at 625 West Palm.

Update on Interterm:

  • Per the usual schedule, a limited selection of Interterm courses will be offered, with all students having the option to take the available courses virtually.
  •  The courses will continue as a combination of in-person and remote offerings.

Spring Semester Update

  • All spring semester classes have been set up as HyFlex classes.
  • Remote instruction will be limited to faculty who have approved accommodations; students will still have the option of attending remotely.
  • If there is a surge in COVID-19 cases and Orange County moves back to a high-risk category, the university is prepared to roll back in-person instruction and go completely remote.

Housing

  • Per campus testing protocols, all students living in residential communities will be tested monthly even if they are not attending in-person classes or are accessing facilities.
  • Spring housing:
    • Housing will continue to be limited to one student per bedroom.
    • First year students and seniors in their last semester will be given housing priority.
  • Support protocols for students living in residential housing who test positive include:
    • Students receive medical guidance from staff at Student Health Services.
    • Students are sent a comprehensive email that outlines expectations and support resources.
    • If a student needs to quarantine because they’re deemed a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 they, too, will receive a comprehensive email outlining expectations and support resources.
  • More information on housing, including the latest updates, can be found in the Residence life and First Year Experience Website under “Housing Updates.”

Resources for parents

Faculty and staff accommodations