Phased Return to Campus to Begin Oct. 5

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Orange County has remained in the less restrictive category of “RED” according to Gov. Newsom’s new blueprint for opening California, which means we have options to increase in-person instruction. As we work closely with our local health agency, we now plan to begin our phased return to campus on October 5, 2020.

  • The phased approach will begin with graduate programs at both the Rinker and Orange campuses starting on October 5.
  • As we begin 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 will not be 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 choose to remain remote.
  • Faculty will also need to accommodate students who choose to remain remote, therefore all classes need to be accessible online as well.
  • Faculty of graduate students will begin communicating soon with their students on their plans for in-person, hybrid or continued remote instruction.
  • Students must be approved to return to campus based on the published protocol for Orange or Rinker campuses. 

As we work through the transition of graduate students back to campus, we will monitor the health of the community closely as well as the situation in Orange County. The new COVID-19 dashboard page outlines possible reasons for a rollback to remote instruction. If the transition with graduate students goes as planned, we will work to increase in-person instruction to include undergraduate students later in October.

For those seeking Chapman housing, we do not anticipate a significant increase in our housing capacity for the remainder of the fall semester. We do have some space available for a few more students and encourage you to reach out to Housing staff for more information. Once a decision is made about in-person undergraduate classes in the spring, we will announce our spring housing plans.