FAQs for Student Return-To-Campus

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With instruction starting with one week of remote instruction, should I delay my travel and submit COVID-19 tests from home before my class(es) start?

No. With the Omicron variant spreading quickly, we are requiring this new testing protocol to minimize spread as we return to the campuses. One of the primary goals of the one week of remote instruction is to manage the risk for individuals who travel. Students should return to campus at the time they normally would so they can test on campus twice and only attend classes after two negative tests. This allows remote instruction to take place for one week, taking into account the incubation period of COVID-19 if someone were to be infected during their travel. Travel, as defined by our Travel Policy, is defined as those leaving or entering the state of California by any mode of transportation (car, air, etc.). For those not traveling, submitting outside tests is permitted, but on-campus testing is preferred.

Results from tests taken at the Chapman University testing sites will be automatically entered into the University’s test submission system. If you test at Chapman, you do not need to upload your results.



If I delay my travel and come back to campus right before my in-person class, can I attend my class that week?

No. You must complete the full testing cycle prior to accessing campus. If you do not, you may not attend class. It will be at the faculty members’ discretion if they will accommodate the missed classes.


Do I need to quarantine when I get to campus housing or off-campus housing?

While we are not requiring quarantine or isolation for non-symptomatic individuals during the first week of the term while we are in remote instruction, we do encourage limited interaction until individuals have completed the full post-break testing cycle. For those with symptoms, as our protocols require, you should get a COVID-19 test, isolate immediately if positive, and follow the instructions from Student Health and the Contact Tracing team.


Does the new post-break testing protocol apply to everyone or just those unvaccinated?

The post-break protocol applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status, booster status or travel.


This new policy conflicts with the published Travel Policy. Which is correct?

This new testing protocol after the break applies to everyone when they first come back to campus after Winter Break, either for Interterm, the start of Fowler Law or Rinker terms or Spring term. The Travel Policy is an ongoing requirement for all subsequent travel.


If I come back at the beginning of January and follow the testing protocol, do I have to do it again for the start of Spring semester?

No. You only need to complete this post-break testing cycle one time upon returning to campus. For those unvaccinated (which will include those who have not submitted booster shot information before January 31, 2022) will need to continue twice-weekly testing to maintain access to campus.


Can the Student Health Center manage the capacity of testing everyone?

Only 50 percent of the campus population will return in the first week of January, with the remaining students returning for the second semester near the end of the month. This allows for a phased return of our campus population, providing Student Health staff with a more manageable population to test. However, there will likely be a wait at the testing locations, so we encourage people to plan for delays. Testing hours and locations are available on the CU Safely Back website.


How do I submit my vaccination, booster or declaration of declination for a booster?

You can submit the form for all three on the CU Safey Back website.