In-Person Instruction for Interterm and Spring Semester
Update From President Struppa, October 23, 2020
This week, with the increase in in-person instruction, we are learning a great deal about the effectiveness of the new classroom technology and the faculty’s ability to manage both in-person and virtual learning simultaneously. We’ve seen hundreds of students take advantage of the opportunity to attend class on our campuses, and anticipate the numbers will continue to grow in the coming weeks. Attendance thus far has been low, with individual classes reporting between 5% and 35% of enrolled students attending in person. Nevertheless, most students have reported a positive experience and many students say they plan to attend classes in person in the weeks ahead.
As we look to Interterm and spring semester, we are working to provide as much information as available while we continue to operate within the uncertainty of the pandemic. Our current plan is to offer a limited selection of Interterm courses with all students having the option to take the available courses virtually. Faculty will need to teach from the classroom for Interterm, therefore students may have the option for in-person instruction depending on the course. In spring, we plan to focus on in-person instruction if practicable, based on state and local health agencies, and Gov. Newsom’s guidance. However, we will continue to provide hyflex courses for the remainder of the academic year allowing students to continue in remote learning for spring semester if they choose. Students will see in-person and hyflex option when registering, however, all courses will be available virtually.
For those returning to campus after the Thanksgiving break, COVID-19 tests will be required before accessing classrooms. We will provide additional information as that gets closer.
Faculty will also be required to return to the campuses and provide in-classroom instruction for the entirety of the spring semester, if allowed by the state and Orange County. All faculty, except those with approved accommodations, will be deemed essential staff and assigned to classroom instruction as they had been prior to the pandemic. Even if Orange County is unable to hold in-person instruction, faculty will be expected to teach from the classroom unless additional county restrictions prohibit it. I can personally attest—and I know my students would definitely confirm—that the quality of the technology in the classrooms has allowed me to offer our students a very good experience. I personally also feel better teaching from the classroom with the availability of disinfectant towels, disinfecting gel, ample spacing of desks and other protocols as compared to my trips to the grocery store and other locations not as well-equipped as the Chapman campuses.
Finally, I want to share that we’ve administered additional testing this week in both The K and Chapman Grand and detected two additional COVID-19 cases within our residential student population. Both students are isolated and receiving support. This week, we had an additional student recover from the recent cluster and move out of isolation bringing our total active cases in Chapman housing to 17. I want to send my best to those impacted, and also extend my gratitude to Student Health, Residence Life and Orange County Health Care Agency staff for managing the increase in cases and supporting our students. You can visit our dashboard for the full breakdown of active cases.
CUSB Updates, October 23, 2020
- Beginning November 2, 2020, we will launch mandatory testing for all faculty, staff and students who are regularly on the campuses in Orange or Rinker. Please note the new time for the Town Hall on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 is at 11:00 a.m. where I will provide an update on our COVID-19 response and you will learn more about the new testing process. I will be joined by Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications Jamie Ceman who will moderate our discussion including Student Health Director Jaqueline Deats, Provost Glenn Pfeiffer, Director Residence Life and First Year Experience Dave Sundby, Vice President and Chief Information Officer Helen Norris and Vice President and General Counsel Janine DuMontelle.
- Reminder that the process for new requests to campus access requires several steps including an at-home COVID-19 test. The new on-campus testing is being rolled out for those with existing access, and will be added for new individuals who access campus once they’ve been given the needed permission. Also note the daily symptom screening survey emails a CLEAR message to those approved to enter campus. You may be asked to show your clear message while accessing Chapman facilities and while sitting on campus. Either have your phone available or a printed copy of the message for that day.
- Based on an Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) order, we are mandating flu shots for those working in congregate communities, in our case: residence halls. We will be contacting those staff directly impacted to schedule flu shots, unless a medical or religious exception exists. Even if the mandate does not impact you, we encourage the campus community to consider a flu shot. This Saturday, October 24, from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., the School of Pharmacy in partnership with Ralphs Pharmacy, will provide no-cost drive-thru flu shots to the local community. This is by appointment only and will be administered by Ralphs Pharmacists and Chapman student pharmacists in the Cypress Parking Lot (400 N. Cypress Street, Orange, CA 92866; Enter via Sycamore Avenue) .Visit events.chapman for the link to register.
- Ask the Experts: COVID-19 and Impacts on Mental Health, Tuesday October 27. Please join Chapman University’s Vice President for Research, Thomas Piechota, host, for COVID-19 and Impacts on Mental Health – Ask the Experts Virtual Town Hall, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m. Panelists include: Dr. Heather Huszti, CHOC; Dr. Naveen Jonathan, Chapman – Marriage and Family Therapy; Dr. Andrew Kami, Chapman University – Student Psychological Counseling Services; and Dr. Richard Afable – MindOC/Be Well OC. Dean Janeen Hill from Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences will moderate and a Q & A will follow. All are welcome to join. For more information visit www.chapman.edu/asktheexperts