Information for Faculty

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Current Status for Faculty

In-person instruction has resumed for the fall 2021 semester.

Faculty who are scheduled to return to on-site work must successfully complete all the return to campus process requirements.

Remote Instruction

We have fully returned to in-person instruction, with protocols in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Currently, there are no plans for hybrid and/or online instruction. Read more about faculty COVID-19 protocols for the academic year.

Possible Exposure

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and answered “yes” to any of the questions in your Daily Health Screening, or if the contact tracing team has identified you as a Close Contact of someone who has tested positive, the contact tracing team will contact you to open an investigation. Read more about contact tracing protocols and definitions.

Faculty Illness or Quarantine

If faculty members suspect they might have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to their scheduled class, they should be tested immediately and wait for the test results before coming to class. If they are going to be late or need to cancel class, they should send notifications to all relevant parties (e.g., Deans, Chairs, students, etc.), just as they do in all other circumstances where they might be late or need to cancel class at the last minute.

If faculty members test positive for COVID-19, the condition will be treated like any other illness, and whatever arrangement for notifications of class cancellations are customary in the colleges and schools should take place. Please refer to the faculty manual for policies related to faculty illness.

Proof of Vaccination

Faculty members are required to submit proof of vaccination or personal declination request. Read more about proof of vaccination policies.


Faculty members who have received an approved exemption from vaccination are required to undergo twice-weekly testing to maintain access to campus facilities. Read more about the twice-weekly testing policy for unvaccinated individuals.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required indoors on both campuses and on university shuttles. The only exceptions are when individuals are alone in a private room/office with the door closed, or while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings are encouraged outdoors when individuals are in the company of others. Read more about guidelines for face coverings.

Faculty Daily Reports  

This list is sent by IS&T to faculty members and includes three categories of students who are not cleared to be in class because: 

  1. They received a positive test (student should provide faculty with a note from Student Health excusing absence).
  2. They are a “close contact” (student should provide faculty with a note from Student Health excusing absence),
  3. They are non-compliant with vaccination and/or testing policies (this is an unexcused absence).

Read more about protocols for contact tracing and positive COVID-19 cases.

Asking Students About Their Vaccine Status

Faculty members cannot ask students if they are vaccinated, as this infringes on personal health information. Faculty members may ask for the “Cleared” status email, or proof via the website.

Enforcing Face-Covering Guidelines During Class

If a student without an accommodation refuses to comply with face-covering guidelines while in class, faculty members should report the matter to the Dean of Students, who can provide advice and support. Faculty members may also contact Public Safety to intervene. Read more about classroom enforcement procedures.

Seating Charts

Faculty members may want to consider using a seating chart for their classes, which can facilitate contact tracing in the event that a student in their class tests positive for COVID. This functionality is available within Canvas (see instructions). 

Classroom Spaces and Surfaces

Current COVID-19 guidelines do not require social distancing indoors or outdoors. Classroom sanitizing and cleaning protocols have been implemented, and faculty and students are asked to wipe down all surfaces after the class session. 

Student Suspected Exposure to COVID

If students suspect that they might have been exposed, they should go to Student Health Services and be tested immediately. They should wait for the results at the testing center before coming on campus. 

 If Student Has Been Told to Quarantine or Isolate

If students have been told to quarantine or isolate, they should get a form from the Student Health Center that excuses them from attending class during the duration of their condition. They should provide the form to their professors. Faculty members are asked to work with students on ways they can keep current during their isolation/quarantine period. Faculty are under no obligation to accommodate students who do not have an excused absence form from the Health Center. Read more about faculty protocols for student positive COVID-19.

COVID-19 Break Policy

When returning from scheduled breaks [Thanksgiving (11/22–11/27), Winter (12/23–1/2) start of Interterm (1/3) start of Spring 2022 semester (1/31), and Spring 2022 Break (March 21–26)], all unvaccinated and vaccinated Chapman community members (students, faculty, staff) who travel during these breaks, or who participated in a social event in California with travelers while on break, must be tested prior to being on campus. Read the full COVID-19 Break Policy

Read the CU Safely Back FAQs if you have additional questions, or you may submit a question.

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Let’s Stay Healthy Together

Learn about the safety guidelines, testing procedures and vaccine resources for both Chapman University and Orange County. Guidelines for keeping healthy are based upon recommendations from the CDC and local health authorities. By working together and following these guidelines, we can help protect the health of everyone on campus and in our community.

CU Staying Healthy Guidelines

Read the CDC’s recommended health guidelines for campus.


COVID-19 Testing

Information on Chapman’s COVID-19 testing requirements for campus access.



Learn more about vaccine resources for Orange County.