Summer Sessions and Fall 2021 Announced Mix of Hybrid, Online and In-Person Options for Summer Return to Traditional Learning, Teaching and Operations in Fall

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In preparation for a fall return to in-person teaching, learning and campus operations, Vice-Provost for Academic Administration Lawrence “LB” Brown has announced plans for course options during the upcoming summer. The options provided will allow a gradual return to campus with the goal for Chapman’s full return, if health and state guidelines permit, in August. 

As is customary for summer, courses may be offered during summer sessions of six, eight, nine or 12 weeks in length. During each session, students should find a mix of online, HyFlex and a limited number of in-person options. These classes are designated “HY,” “ON” or “P” in the course listings.

Regarding the limited continuation of in-person courses, Brown said, “Certain lab, practical or studio classes have been allowed to meet ‘fully’ in person during the pandemic, but our expectation is that Orange County will be in the orange tier level of coronavirus recovery this summer. This would allow HyFlex classes to have students in the classroom, with up to 50% of the classroom capacity or a number based on social distancing requirements, whichever is less. Students who attend classes in person will need to get COVID-19 tested each week, at the Chapman Health Clinic, and complete the daily COVID-19 screening survey each day they plan to come to campus. Also, each classroom will have ample supplies of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, so students can clean their hands and their area for added peace of mind.”

Brown added, “The good news for students with these options is that they can register for the types of classes that meet their needs this summer, whether they are near campus or far away.” Also, summer school will be a further transition toward traditional in-person instruction in the fall, if state and local health guidelines allow it.

Summer and Fall schedules will be open for review on March 22. Registration will begin April 12. It is recommended that students check with their program advisor and/or academic advisor as they prepare their summer and fall academic plans. This is especially important for students hoping to graduate next year.

As a reminder, program advisors advise students specifically regarding majors and minors. They will often notify students of advising group sessions, “walk-in” hours and how to make an appointment. 

Because most advising services are still mostly remote, Academic Advising offers virtual “walk-in” hours as well as virtual appointments that may be scheduled up to 10 days in advance. (Please note: these appointments fill up quickly.) Students may also email their questions to their advisor.

We are excited to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus, but it is important to remember that it will take everyone following the necessary precautions to keep COVID-19 under control and the campus open. It’s about doing what you can, as part of the Chapman Family, to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus. The county can shut down the campus if we have an outbreak of cases, even if the rest of Orange County is open for business,” Vice Provost Brown concluded.