CU Outlines Protocols for the Return to Campus

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Update From President Struppa, July 7, 2020

We remain hopeful that we will receive approval to return, although we are approaching fall with caution as other schools begin announcing changes to their plans to return. Our work continues to move forward with the actions necessary to comply with what we anticipate will be the mandated guidelines for higher education. However, since guidelines and orders may change as additional information becomes available, we, too, will need to be prepared to change along with them and remain flexible and patient.

With that, you can expect that campus life will look and operate differently than what we are accustomed to experiencing. Just as importantly, it will require your care and concern for others. In this spirit, I am asking for your cooperation with new health and safety measures being implemented for the coming year. While there is no way to guarantee that we can keep anyone safe from the COVID-19 virus or any other harm, compliance with these measures will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and help us respond more effectively when cases occur. If we all work together to stay healthy, it increases our likelihood that we can remain on campus.

Therefore, please understand that faculty, staff and administrators will be asked to comply with the following measures as a condition of returning to campus:

Required Protocol to Stop the Spread

Students, faculty and staff will be provided a care kit which will include face covering(s), antibacterial hand sanitizer and a thermometer to help comply with the following:

  • Wearing face coverings in all public spaces on campus.
  • Maintaining the recommended social distancing of six feet apart.
  • To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer when touching public surfaces.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes, which can introduce the virus.
  • Cover your face when sneezing or coughing (even when wearing a mask).
  • Limit touching shared surfaces to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • The University will increase cleaning protocols in high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces.

Symptom Monitoring and Testing

  • Reporting any symptoms, including completion of health questionnaires and daily health surveys.
  • Temperature checks at the entrances to campus facilities, if requested.
  • COVID‐19 testing administered by the University, or its testing administrator, before coming onto campus as well as possible follow-up testing.
  • Completing and consenting to share your test results with the University and California health agencies. (Since COVID-19 is a reportable disease, the University may need to notify county health officials and other employees of a positive test result in order to ensure the safety of the campus community.)

Additionally, a large investment is being made to outfit the campus with physical barriers, physical distancing markers, and signage, health awareness messaging, and symptoms monitoring technology. We will be limiting large gatherings and providing alternatives for large-scale events such as Student Orientation and Convocation.

We are also planning for the reality that there will be positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. For students, we will have housing available for the mandatory 14-day isolation. For faculty and staff, we will ask to follow:

Responding to positive tests

  • Self‐isolation if experiencing symptoms or testing positive for COVID‐19.
  • Full cooperation with contact tracking and tracing.
  • Transitioning to remote work, if needed.

If approved to return in the fall, our campuses will look and feel very different. We pride ourselves on the Chapman Experience, and this will not be what any of us are used to. However, if we work together to stay healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19 we will have a much better chance of remaining on our campuses.