Revised COVID-19 Testing Information for Returning to Campus

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Chapman University continues to prepare for an in-person return to campus on Monday, February 7. During the week of January 31, the campus will remain closed to all students, and classes will be held remotely. The two-test protocol remains in place. Students should submit proof of two negative COVID tests during their week of remote instruction so that they may attend classes during the second week of instruction:

  • Interterm (Orange campus) and Spring trimester (Rinker campus) – remote instruction January 3-7.
  • Fowler School of Law Spring Semester – remote instruction January 10-14.
  • Spring semester (Orange campus) – remote instruction January 31-February 4.

California and the Centers for Disease Control have updated several guidelines and the university would like to make students, faculty and staff aware of those changes that enhance our COVID-19 protocols for a safe return to in-person instruction.

Return-to-Campus Two-Test Policy

All students, staff, and faculty must have two negative tests on record with Chapman prior to returning to campus, regardless of travel, vaccination or booster status. You should get tested twice between January 31 and February 6, with a minimum of 24 hours between tests.

Those that have already tested since Dec 26 have met their testing requirement – they do not need to be tested again. Also, if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you are not required to undergo the two-test protocol if you tested at Chapman or submitted your positive test results via this link submitted.

This 24-hour minimum is new and a change from our prior announcements. Chapman School of Pharmacy Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Jeff Goad, has informed the Covid Task Force that one day is sufficient for the kind of results measurement needed. We hope that the abbreviated separation will help reduce lines and wait times by providing the option to test twice later in the week. *See Testing site information, below. You may submit self-test results or have testing done by an external provider; however, the test results must from an external provider must be submitted to Student Health Services by the morning of Monday, February 7, 2022, to comply with testing requirements (Chapman tests will be automatically submitted).

If you have a positive result on record with Chapman, you are exempt from testing for 90 days after diagnosis.

With growing issue of COVID-19 test availability across the country, we encourage on-campus testing for faculty, staff and students at the Student Health Services sites at either Orange or Rinker campuses.

 

Results from tests taken at the Chapman University testing sites will be automatically entered into the University’s test submission system. If you test at Chapman, you do not to to upload your results.

 

Guidelines for isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test or COVID-19 exposure

In alignment with the California Department of Public Health’s Dec. 30, 2021, isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public, members of the Chapman campus community who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for at least 5 days.

  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and the individual tests negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later.
  • If unable to test and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms other than fever are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

Individuals who are unvaccinated or vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received a booster who were exposed to COVID-19 should observe the following recommendations from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Isolate for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Test on day 5.
  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and the individual tests negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later.
  • If unable to test and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

Individuals who are vaccinated and have received a booster, or who are vaccinated but not yet booster-eligiblewho were exposed to COVID-19 should heed the following recommendations from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Test on day 5.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

 

Testing site information

Testing is available for Chapman University students, staff and faculty at Student Health Center on the Orange campus and at Rinker campus. More information is available here about testing requirements, testing sites, and submitting test results from an external provider. Public Safety employees will help gather consent outside the testing center to expedite the lines.

Orange Campus

Testing hours for Spring semester: Extra daySunday, January 30, 10:00am-4:00pm

    • 145 Sycamore Avenue, behind the Student Health Center
    • January 10-28: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.)
    • January 31 to February 4 only: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.)
    • February 7 onward: Spring semester hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)
    • The phone number is 714-744-7877
    • This building’s access contains two steps with no ramp. If you need assistance, please press the doorbell button on the post outside the door and a staff member will assist you. To make alternative arrangements, please call 714-744-7877 to schedule an appointment. For your appointment, go to the Health Center through the front door at 402 N. Glassell Street.

 

Rinker Campus

    • First-floor lobby of 9501 Jeronimo Road
    • Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

SB-510: Self-Test Reimbursement

  • California state law (SB-510) requires insurance companies to reimburse its customers for the cost of self-tests. However, because this is a newly enacted law, we are still working with our insurance providers to determine the scope of their approval processes and services.
    • Chapman employees (faculty, staff and student employees) should first work with their insurance provider for reimbursement. If you are a Chapman employee and not currently covered by health insurance, you may submit the cost of a self-test through the standard expense reimbursement process. Chapman will reimburse up to two tests per week for those required to test to maintain access to campus (non-vaccinated individuals including those without a booster beginning on February 1, return-to-campus requirement).

Free At-Home Tests

You can now order free home tests (limit: four per address) from the U.S. government by visiting www.covidtests.gov.