COVID-19 Updates before the Holiday Breaks
This academic year has brought our Chapman community back together and the Chapman campuses have come to life again. While we still have protocols in place, COVID-19 hasn’t slowed us down and our community continues to thrive.
I want to thank everyone for their continued diligence in following our CU Safely Back guidelines. As we approach the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter breaks, I want to provide reminders of policy information and guidelines to help keep our community healthy throughout the season and into the next semester and trimester. We also continue to monitor changes in federal and state guidance and will update you as needed.
Policy on COVID-19 Testing Following Break
The university implemented a testing policy on November 1, 2021, to minimize the spread of COVID-19 following interstate travel following breaks. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who travel out of state during breaks must be tested within 3-5 days of the conclusion of their travel. Unvaccinated individuals must continue twice-weekly testing and quarantine for 7 days following the conclusion of their travel. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, if they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested. Read the full policy.
In anticipation of increased fall and winter travel associated with breaks in the academic calendar, an additional screening question was added to the Daily Health Screening concerning out-of-state travel.
Daily Health Screening Question
In accordance with our Daily Health Screening Guidelines, student, staff and faculty eligibility to access campus will continue to be granted through a simple daily COVID-19 health screening that is sent to their Chapman email.
It is imperative that everyone answer the Daily Health Screening questions to keep our community healthy following breaks. With cold and flu season upon us, please answer the questions every day and get tested if symptoms appear or contact with COVID-19 is suspected.
Note: The COVID-19 Testing Center has flu shots remaining from the recent flu shot clinics. Walk-ins are welcome if you haven’t received a flu shot this season.
COVID-19 Testing Locations and Hours
- 145 Sycamore Avenue, behind the Student Health Center
- Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Additional post-break hours: Sunday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- There will be an auxiliary testing site in the parking lot of the Student Health Center to handle post-break testing.
- Please Note: Testing location hours will be modified during the week leading up to the Thanksgiving break:
- Mon. & Tues., Nov. 22 & 23: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12 to 1 p.m.)
- Wed. Nov 24: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- First-floor lobby of 9501 Jeronimo Rd.
- Every Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Additional post-break hours: Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
COVID-19 Policies for Faculty, Students, and Staff
Policies for faculty, students and staff were updated during the fall semester to reflect enhanced contact tracing procedures as well as classroom and workspace hygiene protocols. Please review the policies for information on contact tracing and possible exposure protocols, classroom and workplace guidelines, quarantine protocols, accommodations and more.
Continuation of Face-Covering Guidelines
Chapman University will continue to mandate the use of face coverings when indoors. Exceptions are when you are alone in a private room/office with the door closed or while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings are encouraged outdoors when in the company of others.
The face covering requirement is guided by recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
I wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and hope you can enjoy some rest and relaxation during our upcoming breaks. I want to thank all of you for your continued hard work and for all you do to make Chapman a special place.