Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policies for Chapman University Students

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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. 

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.

Proof of Vaccination

Students are required to submit proof of vaccination or declaration of vaccine declination. Read more about proof of vaccination policies.


Students who have submitted a declaration of vaccine declination 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.

Daily Health Screening

All students must complete the daily health screening (DHS) that is sent to their Chapman email and present a CLEAR message in order to enter Chapman facilities. Students are not to use the visitor QR codes posted on campus. Read more about the daily health screening.

Student Suspected Exposure to COVID

Unvaccinated students who suspect that they might have been exposed should go to the Student Health Services Testing Center and be tested immediately. They should wait for the results at the testing center before coming on campus. Students should notify faculty of their suspected exposure. See testing locations and schedules

Vaccinated students who suspect that they might have been exposed should be tested immediately only if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccinated students who are not symptomatic do not need to quarantine but should be tested within 3-5 days.   

 If Student Has Been Told to Quarantine or Isolate

If students have been told to quarantine or isolate, they can 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 students who test positive for 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 must be tested upon to returning to campus. Unvaccinated students also must self-quarantine for seven days before returning to class. Read the full COVID-19 Break Policy

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