One Year of Being Fully Remote

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Update From President Struppa, March 16, 2021

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Chapman going fully remote. We announced on March 19, 2020, that the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students were our top priority and remote operations and limited in-person contact would slow the spread of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody could have predicted that one year later we would still not be together on our beloved campuses. This has been a challenging year in so many ways for each of us, but I’ve also seen us come together and demonstrate what a strong community we are. We have thrived despite the challenges through your resilience and your innovations.

As we move forward with bringing students back to in-person instruction on March 29th, we must remain diligent in our CU Safely Back protocols. In-person instruction remains optional for students through the end of this academic year. Summer courses will also continue hyflex options, allowing students the flexibility to select in-person or remote instruction. Fall, on the other hand, will be back to Chapman-as-usual. We are currently planning for full, in-person instruction for all courses that traditionally met in that format. Fall plans are, of course, contingent on local and state health agencies’ approval, but we are optimistic we will be back in-person.

Throughout this year, we’ve had strong compliance with the measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community. We’ve consistently had a positivity rate near or under 1 percent, with over 2,000 people being tested each week. While we have had some compliance concerns surface, even off-campus cases have been minimal. Off-campus students comprise 40 percent of our current COVID-19 testing with recent positivity rates consistently under 1 percent. We are also seeing faculty, staff and student employees now being vaccinated and strongly encourage it.

As our campus continues to pull together during adversity and demonstrate the strength of our community, I want to close today’s message with a letter written by Associate Director, Office of Church Relations Rev. Cisa Payuyo and Coordinator of Special Collections & Archives, Subject Librarian for Art and Film & Media Arts, Leatherby Libraries Annie Tang in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.