Return to Campus on March 29 – Fowler School of Law

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The following communication was sent from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt to law students on March 22, 2021.

Now that we have confirmation from public health officials that we will be able to return to campus on March 29, Kennedy Hall will re-open for the limited purpose of holding hybrid classes. If you choose to return to campus, you should follow the University’s return-to-campus process for Orange Campus and only access Kennedy Hall for the purpose of attending hybrid classes. Please pay attention to communications by your faculty regarding their particular classes. Some classes will remain online.  Students who wish to remain off campus for the spring semester may take their spring classes remotely.

Please read this email in its entirety and note that all policies are subject to change.

Kennedy Hall Entrance – ID Card Access Only

Kennedy Hall will be restricted to Fowler School of Law students, faculty, and staff only. The only entrance to Kennedy Hall will be located on the back patio in front of the Bhathal Student Center via key card access. Please remember to always carry your Chapman ID card.

After you have gone through the return process, please fill out this form so that we may grant you Chapman University ID card access to Kennedy Hall. Please fill this form out at least 3 business days before you would like to access campus (example: if you plan to access campus on March 29, Wednesday, March 24 is the deadline to fill this form out). If you need a replacement Chapman University ID card (you will need it to get your on-campus COVID-19 test and gain access to Kennedy Hall), or have card activation issues, please email Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt ASAP.

Face coverings

Face coverings are mandatory everywhere on campus unless an exemption applies.

Access to Facilities within Kennedy Hall

Common areas, including the student lounge, game room, student kitchen, lockers (on the first and second floor), computer and printing lab, the meditation room, the courtrooms (unless pre-approved for a class or through Professor Schultz’s program), student organization offices, and the third floor mediation rooms, will be closed until further notice. The lactation room will be available by reservation only.

During this phase of our return to campus, the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, including student study rooms, will remain closed, while our librarians continue to serve students remotely. There will be no on-site printing or copying available.

Study Areas

Kennedy Hall will not be open for studying; however, the university’s Leatherby Libraries anticipates re-opening on March 29 for studying by reservation only. Students must complete the return to campus requirements prior to coming to the Leatherby Libraries.

Indoor Areas for Online Classes

If you are unable to be home for an online-only class because it is immediately before or after a hybrid class, and cannot sit in the tented areas outside, classrooms 237 A and B will be available. These classrooms are not meant to be quiet study space, though students will need to use headphones in these rooms and continue to wear their face coverings.

Classroom Cleaning

While there are custodial services that will clean Kennedy Hall multiple times a day, you should wipe down your individual space before using it as an additional layer of sanitation.

Food and Drink

Because masks must be worn at all times, food cannot be consumed inside Kennedy Hall. We understand that you may occasionally need to take a quick sip of a drink, but otherwise masks need to be worn the entire time you are in Kennedy Hall. Any meals will need to be eaten outside or at home. While water fountains are disabled, the water bottle fillers are working. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt.

Access to Services

All student meetings with professors, administrators, and/or student groups will continue to occur virtually. If there is a pressing question or emergency, a Law School administrator will be available in Kennedy Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Friday in the Dean’s Suite or the Center for Student Engagement. If after hours, please work with your faculty member or call Public Safety at (714) 997-6763 to resolve any emergencies.


Law students may park in the Barrera Parking structure directly behind the Bhathal Student Center and Kennedy Hall. If you have not already done so this academic year, please register your vehicle for a free electronic parking permit (log in using your Chapman University credentials and please make sure to log in to the button on the left, not the visitor parking link on the right of the page). If you are opting for remote classes for the spring semester, you do not need to register for an electronic parking permit at this time.