End of Year Updates for Faculty and Staff

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Update From President Struppa, December 18, 2020

Chapman Faculty, Staff and Administrators –

We are approaching the end of the calendar year and the holiday season is in full swing. Historically, the day before the winter break, we came together for a festive breakfast, to win prizes, and to conclude with my sincere remarks thanking all of you for the wonderful contributions you make all year long before we leave for some much-needed downtime. As we shared last year, this annual party has now ended and a new tradition is beginning.  Our kickoff for this new tradition happens virtually on December 23.

At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd, I invite you to join me for my end-of-the-year message to the Chapman community. A link will be provided in a separate email. Then, I encourage you to participate in all that the Human Resources office has planned following my remarks. I think we’re all looking forward to 2021, and I’m equally looking forward to being together one last time this year to say goodbye to 2020.

CU Safely Back Updates, December 18, 2020

  • To access any campus facilities after the winter break, a new COVID-19 test is required regardless of the recency of a negative COVID-19 test. You do not need to make an appointment for a test so please go to your designated location as soon as you are able.
    • Orange Campus: 145 Sycamore Avenue, behind the Student Health Center
      • Monday, Jan. 4 – Friday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Phone number is 714-744-7877.
      • This building’s access contains two steps with no ramp. To make alternative arrangements, please call 714-628-6596 to schedule an appointment.  For your appointment, go to the Health Center through the front door (402 N Glassell St.)
    • Rinker Campus: Every Monday and Tuesday from 7:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m.
    • Note: Campuses are closed on Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Rinker testing days for that week will be Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • For those who have traveled out of state, aside from the COVID-19 test, we ask that self-quarantine takes place for 10 days out of an abundance of caution.
  • Going forward, beginning on Jan. 4, we will be moving to weekly COVID-19 testing for any individual accessing campus facilities. With access to the vaccine likely months away, we are increasing our testing capabilities to further limit the spread of the virus within our Chapman community. We believe that this is the best course of action to identify cases quickly and allow for isolation if needed. Those who need the required testing can visit the facilities designated above each week during the scheduled hours. If a test is not completed individuals will be removed from the daily survey email needed to access campus facilities.
  • Until the Orange County stay-at-home order is lifted, campus access remains limited. After the winter break, campus access is still limited to the previously announced essential staff and students returning to Chapman housing.
  • The Working Remote Series committee invites staff and administrators to join us on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. for our Year-End Fun and Prizes program. If you’re interested in joining, you must (1) register in advance, and (2) submit your information to hroffice@chapman.edu no later than Monday, Dec. 21, by noon. Learn more online.
  • In the continuing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, I am pleased to announce that seven (7) projects have been awarded to the new Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity program. These projects represent important activities from: access to a new historical database to better understand issues in the Black community; education partnerships to address bias and recidivism; roles of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status on health outcomes; and the use of art and music in equity and inclusion. Complete details of the projects can be found at the program announcement. Congratulations to all the faculty, student and community teams that represent five (5) Colleges/Schools at Chapman!
  • The Chapman University Bookstore will hold a Drive-Thru Rental Book Return event beginning Thursday, December 17 and continuing through Monday, December 21. This socially-distanced event is designed to help students avoid the shipping costs of returning books.

I want to thank you again for the well wishes I have received since announcing my COVID-19 diagnosis. I’m still doing very well and plan to rest a lot this weekend. I hope everyone has a good weekend and I hope to see you on Wednesday for our year-end gathering.