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COVID Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This list will be updated as new questions come in. To submit a question, please visit our contact page.

What are the current mask guidelines?

Face coverings are required for faculty, staff and students in all indoor facilities on both Chapman campuses (Orange and Rinker), unless alone in a private office or room with the door closed, or while actively eating or drinking.

Masks are also strongly recommended while attending large gatherings outdoors.

Students with medical or disability needs that might limit their ability to comply with the face covering requirement should contact Disability Services at ds@chapman.edu.

 

 

What is the daily COVID-19 health screening?

Access to campus is granted through a simple daily COVID-19 health screening. Beginning August 23, you will be prompted to complete a short questionnaire attesting that your temperature is below 100.4 and that you have no COVID-19 symptoms. This health questionnaire can be completed on a phone or other smart device.

Does Chapman have a COVID-19 vaccine requirement?

Yes. All students, faculty and staff are required to submit proof of vaccination or a personal declination to access campus or take part in on-campus activities.

How do I submit proof of my vaccination?

Students, faculty and staff will need to submit proof of their completed COVID-19 vaccination or personal declination here.

Will vaccinated students be required to have routine COVID testing?

Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff are not required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Free vaccines are widely available to anyone over age 12 in many pharmacies and clinics nationwide, often on a walk-in basis. To search for options in your community, visit Resources for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

 

I’ve been vaccinated outside of the U.S. What do I need to do?

When you submit your proof of vaccination, the menu includes all international vaccines that are acceptable under our policy.

For questions, contact Student Health Services at (714) 997-6851.

 

 

Can I get the vaccination if I recently had COVID-19?

A waiting period may be necessary. Please read and follow CDC guidance on waiting periods.

Do I need to get weekly COVID-19 testing if I recently had COVID-19?

Per the CDC, there is a 90-day exemption from testing after initial onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact Student Health for more information at (714) 997-6851. Faculty and staff may contact accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

I’m partially vaccinated and can’t get the second dose until after school starts. What do I need to do?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed, following the second dose of a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) or a single-dose series (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated, you must continue twice-weekly testing until the vaccination process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated and need an extension beyond September 14 to complete the vaccination process, please contact Student Health Services at (714) 997-6851.

Similarly, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

 

Is there an exemption or waiver process for the required COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, there is an exemption process for reasonable accommodations. You must submit a declaration of personal declination request prior to returning to campus if you choose not to receive the vaccine.

If a declaration of personal declination is submitted, you will receive an email with additional instructions.

All individuals should continue to adhere to health and safety advisories to protect themselves and others.

Unvaccinated individuals must comply with the bi-weekly testing requirements. Learn more about where you can be tested on campus.

Face coverings are also required indoors at all times for all students, faculty and staff.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated, you must continue twice-weekly testing until the vaccination process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated and need an extension beyond September 14 to complete the vaccination process, please contact Student Health Services at (714) 997-6851.

Similarly, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

Is there an exemption from mandatory testing requirements for those who have an approved vaccination exemption?

No. Chapman University requires all non-vaccinated faculty, staff and students to receive a negative COVID-19 test twice per week to maintain access to campus facilities at both Orange and Rinker campuses. Read more about the twice-weekly testing policy for unvaccinated individuals.

Learn more about procedures for bi-weekly testing.

Reasonable accommodations for medical conditions may be available for students, faculty and staff. Students who seek medical accommodations should contact Disability Services at ds@chapman.edu. Similarly, faculty and staff who seek reasonable accommodations for medical conditions should contact the Office of Human Resources to discuss options by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated, you must continue twice-weekly testing until the vaccination process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination.

Similarly, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

 

I have an approved exemption. What do I need to do?

All individuals should continue to adhere to health and safety advisories to protect themselves and others. Unvaccinated individuals must comply with the bi-weekly testing requirements. Learn more about where you can be tested on campus.

Learn more about procedures for bi-weekly testing.

Face coverings are required indoors at all times for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Similarly, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

 

 

Can I take classes remotely?

Not at this time. Chapman is adhering to all CDC, state and local health advisories to maintain a safe return to in-person instruction. We will closely monitor all conditions and updates from federal, local and state health authorities as we continue to safeguard our entire campus community.

What if I do not have any relatives or friends to take me to COVID test center, what should I do?

Contact the Student Health Center at (714) 997-6851

Where should I go for COVID-19 diagnostic test or regular doctor’s visit? Can I go to see any doctors in my area?

The Student Health Center, please call to schedule an appointment (714) 997-6851

If needed, we can refer you to specialists.

If I test positive for COVID-19, do I need to inform anyone?

If you were tested and confirmed positive by someplace other than the Student Health Center, please contact the Student Health Center and we will provide guidance.

If you were tested at the Student Health Center and confirmed positive, the Student Health Center will contact you with guidance.

Chapman University Internal Contact Tracer:

Contact: Karen Beam, RN

kbeam@chapman.edu

Phone: 657-348-1340

If I am tested positive for COVID-19, what support do I have?

The Student Health Center will provide support and guidance. We have Health & Safety Specialist who will reach out to you to make sure your essential needs are being met.

What happens to my classes if I test positive for COVID?

Contact your professor, who will arrange for you to stay current with the materials, just as they would if you had any other illness.

 

Can a professor ask me if I am vaccinated?

Faculty and staff should not ask about vaccine status. If they do ask, you are not obligated to answer, since this is personal health information.

 

 

Can a professor ask to see my Cleared status email?

Yes, professors, as well as any other staff or public safety officers, are authorized to ask to see your Cleared status email. Since a Cleared status email is required to be on campus, you are required to show this email to get onto or remain on campus. If you can’t find your email or if you forgot to answer the questions, go to www.chapman.edu/amiclear  and answer the questions.

 

 

 

What do I do if I can’t find my Cleared status email or forgot to complete the daily health screening email?

Go to www.chapman.edu/amiclear to complete the questions.

 

 

 

 

I want to share a room only with someone who is vaccinated/who is not vaccinated. Can I be sure that my roommate is vaccinated/not vaccinated?

The university will require all students enrolled in classes to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as of Sept. 14, 2021. However, the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement allows for some exemptions. While the university’s Student Health Center is collecting vaccination status, this is private medical information that cannot be shared with the Residence Life and First Year Experience staff; therefore, we will not have access to this information to consider when assigning housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to wear my mask in my room? What about in the common areas?

Residents do not have to wear masks in their assigned rooms. However, residents must wear masks in any public areas in campus buildings, per the new COVID-19 requirements issued by the Office of the President on Aug. 17, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I allowed to have guests visit my room/suite/apartment?

Residents are allowed to have guests from outside of their residence hall/community visit them. Guests must be registered, using the form available from this page. Guests must comply with university policies, including COVID policies, while they are on campus, and residents will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests. For more information on guest policies, please see the Student Conduct Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do I do if I live in Residence Life and need to quarantine or isolate?

If you have not done so already, please contact the Student Health Center to report that you have COVID-19 or have been advised to isolate due to a recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19 at (714) 997-6851. The Student Health Center works directly with our building managers to provide updates about students in need of quarantine or isolation spaces. If you have recently been notified about being exposed or testing positive, please email your ​building manager to inform them of your need to quarantine/isolate so that they can provide additional support. Residence Life has space available for students who need to quarantine outside of their assigned room and can arrange for food and other necessary items to be provided to students unable to leave their space due to quarantining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What should I do if I feel very stressed and need help?

Contact Student Psychological Counseling Services at (714) 997-6778.

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