In-person Instruction Planning for Fall 2021

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A message from President Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D.

As we near the end of the academic year, and begin looking forward to the next, I want all of you to know we are planning to return to full in-person teaching, learning and operations in fall 2021.

This planning is based on the current trajectory of the coronavirus and vaccine distribution. While we anticipate maintaining some or all of our CU Safely Back protocols, we expect to fully resume our traditional instruction schedules.

We are also preparing for expanded on-campus housing and campus activities. While all of this is conditional on state and local guidelines, I am thrilled to see the work faculty and staff are already doing to provide personalized teaching and the singular Chapman Experience as we’ve welcomed students back to campus this spring. We will take the many lessons we have learned throughout this pandemic and apply them “face to face.”

Ultimately, the challenges we faced this past year showcased the strength of the Chapman community. From faculty and staff innovation to alumni and donor support, I have personally witnessed a level of commitment that exceeds my every expectation.

Of course, most impressive of all have been our resilient students. Seeing so many find ways to connect and thrive in a virtual environment was a constant source of inspiration to me.

Now, as we look to the fall, I am confident we will continue to thrive as a community, only now we will enjoy the sights and sounds of a busy campus to enliven our days once again.