Update to Testing Procedures in Response to COVID-19 Cases in Student Housing

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Update From President Struppa, October 16, 2020

This week, the university has been managing cases of COVID-19 that have been diagnosed within Chapman housing. We managed to quickly identify cases, require rapid testing and contact tracing protocol, and isolate those impacted. While I cannot release personal information on the students who tested positive, I can share that they are receiving care and doing well.

Immediately following the weekend cluster, we began testing the entire population of residents at The K. We then identified additional cases, quickly isolated those individuals and began contact tracing. The total number of cases diagnosed within the past two weeks in The K is 11 students, with two students already recovered and out of isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, we also tested all residents of Chapman Grand to identify any increase in cases in that facility, and will continue to test all students accessing campus by rotating through 25% of those students each week. Our COVID-19 dashboard has been updated with current, active cases.

As cases continue to rise across the country, it is critical that we follow the basic guidelines established to slow the spread of COVID19 within our own community. On Monday, we will be increasing in-person instruction to include undergraduate students with early estimates indicating that less than 35% of students will opt-in to coming to campus. While this will allow our campus population to remain reasonably low, diligently following the CU Staying Healthy protocols will allow us to remain together in Orange and Rinker.

To add an additional level of caution, we will be rolling out weekly testing for faculty and staff very soon as well. Like the process for students, for those accessing campus facilities, you will be required to receive a COVID-19 test regularly. Student Health will manage this process and test 25% of the faculty and staff each week. More information on this process will be shared soon.

Finally, as we gradually return to campus, if students have questions or concerns regarding the availability of in-person courses, they are asked to work directly with their faculty members. If faculty are seeing students opting for in-person instruction, they are encouraged to accommodate that option whenever possible.