In-Person Undergraduate Instruction to Begin Oct. 19

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Update From President Struppa, October 6, 2020

Orange County has remained in the less restrictive category of “RED” according to Gov. Newsom’s blueprint for opening California, which means we plan to continue our gradual return to in-person instruction. As we work closely with our state and local health agencies, we now plan to begin in-person, undergraduate instruction on October 19, 2020.

  • As we continue our transition to in-person instruction, we will deliver classes as they were designated and registered for (in-person, hybrid, online) at the beginning of the semester. However, students and faculty are not required to return to campus, therefore, it is possible that some classes intended for in-person or hybrid format could remain online if the faculty remains remote.
  • Faculty will need to accommodate students who choose to remain remote, therefore all classes need to be accessible online as well.
  • Faculty need to begin communicating with their students now on their plans for in-person, hybrid or continued remote instruction as well as the process for their return. Faculty must adhere to the state guidelines governing the population allowed in the classroom. While we remain in “red,” the number of students in the room must remain at or below 25% of the classroom fire code capacity. Check each classroom’s fire code capacity at
  • Students must be approved to return to campus based on the published protocol for Orange or Rinker campuses. If a student already took the at-home COVID-19 test to live in Chapman housing or as part of the approval process to return to campus for other reasons, it is not necessary to take it again to begin in-person instruction, however, additional testing protocols will be implemented on the campuses in late October. 
  • Staff needed on campus to support the return of students are being called back by their respective unit leader and should now be aware if they are expected to return to in-person duties. While many duties have been accomplished remotely up to this point, we must provide high-quality, in-person service to those students returning to campus, while complying with CU Staying Healthy protocols. Questions should be directed to your supervisor.
  • Please keep in mind the process for returning  could take 7-10 days to complete so this should begin immediately, if not already complete. The Office of the Provost will be working with the Office of Student Affairs to get all of the undergraduate students added to the on-campus database so that COVID training, testing and daily screening can be documented.

As we work through the transition of students back to campus, we will monitor the health of the community closely as well as the situation in Orange County. The COVID-19 dashboard page outlines possible reasons for a rollback to remote instruction.  We have also published helpful guidance on what you can expect when you return to campus. However, you may receive specific information from the deans of the schools and colleges that may supplement this guidance.

The university has made a large investment of time and resources to slow the spread of COVID-19 including cleaning and sanitization plans, air quality plans, signage, barriers, water stations and restrooms, building ingress/egress, installing UV lighting in the HVAC across campus and promoting CU Staying Healthy protocols to all our constituents. If we follow the needed protocols and leverage the measures put in place, we are much more likely to remain together at Chapman and to continue our phased return.