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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.

Is a booster shot required to be considered fully vaccinated?

Chapman University is working closely with state officials, infectious disease experts and epidemiologists to ensure that the Chapman community stays healthy amidst the predicted winter 2021-22 surge of COVID-19. As of Jan. 31, a booster shot is required for full-vaccination status.

Can I ask for an exemption from having to receive the booster shot?

Yes, there is an exemption process for reasonable accommodations. 

Please note that the option to submit a personal declination for the booster vaccine became available in early January 2022.

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.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated (received primary and booster doses if eligible) must comply with the weekly testing requirements. Learn more about where you can be tested on campus.

What if I’m not eligible for the booster?

Individuals who are not yet eligible for the booster because they have recently received their second vaccination are exempt from weekly testing, as the immunity they gained from their recent vaccination has not yet begun to wane.

What are the COVID testing hours of the Orange and Rinker campuses?

COVID-19 testing is available at  the Student Health Center, 402 N. Glassell. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.

At-home test kits are available on the Rinker Campus at the Public Safety building 9401, Room 110 during business hours. Call 714-997-6763 for assistance.

What are the current mask guidelines?

Masks are not currently required on campus. Learn more about current requirements here. Masks are required on Chapman shuttles (in compliance with the state mandate). Visit this page for more information on where to obtain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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 and booster 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 and boosted 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?

The CDC recommends waiting to get your booster until your symptoms have gone and the criteria to discontinue isolation has been met. 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.

 

 

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

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

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

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

Learn more about procedures for once-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 once-weekly testing until the vaccination and booster process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination/booster.

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

Learn more about the requirements based on the county’s placement on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels of low, medium or high risk, go to the CUSB site.

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 testing or regular doctor’s visit? Can I go to see any doctors in my area?

COVID-19 testing is available at  the Student Health Center, 402 N. Glassell. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.

At-home test kits are available on the Rinker Campus at the Public Safety building 9401, Room 110 during business hours. Call 714-997-6763 for assistance.

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 use the Report an Off-Campus COVID Test form to submit your test results. Contact Tracing will contact you to provide guidance.

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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