Revised Chapman Housing Strategy for Fall 2020

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As announced at the end of last week by President Struppa, it seems likely we will start the fall semester remotely. Given the lack of current guidance from the State of California, we have decided to move forward with a revised housing strategy. To support the health of residential students, the local community, and to comply with what we anticipate will be the public health expectations for student housing, we are moving forward with a plan to house students in private bedrooms with private bathrooms for the fall semester. To do so, we must further reduce our housing density across all building areas.

We encourage all students to thoughtfully consider to what extent it is necessary to live in Chapman housing or in the local community for the fall semester. As described in the CU Safely Back Leadership Town Hall last week, even if we are permitted to return to campus for limited in-person activities later in the semester, students will still be able to complete all coursework remotely. If the demand for fall housing for students exceeds our fall capacity, we will use criteria including, but not limited to, international student status, housing insecurity, the safety of permanent home address, academic programs which may be more likely to resume in-person instruction this semester when allows, and impact of housing on student academic success to reduce housing density to the level that we can meet.

The Chapman Housing staff will be working directly with students to submit additional information about their interest in or need for housing this fall. Students are asked to read all communication from Housing staff carefully and comply with the listed deadlines. There is a limited timeframe to gather information and notify students about the availability of fall housing. Failure to submit information accurately and in a timely manner may prevent you from receiving full consideration for fall housing.

Questions can be e-mailed to While every effort is made to respond to individual requests, but please understand the high volume can cause delays or will not be responded to if an upcoming broad announcement will address concerns. Continue to check the CU Safely Back website for the latest updates.