What to Expect when Returning to Campus

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October 5, 2020, marks the beginning of a phased reopening of the Chapman campus in Orange. The return begins with graduate students and faculty who choose to begin in-person instruction. This is not mandatory and students and faculty are encouraged to work together to understand which classes will be available in-person and who will be returning. For the staff needed to support student services and in-person instruction, academic deans and department heads are working with staff to call back only those individuals who cannot continue the needed support remotely.

Academic Deans are providing additional college/school-specific information so please stay connected on the CU Safely Back website and read information as it is disseminated:


IMPORTANT: For anyone returning to campus, you must complete the appropriate process outlined on the CU Safely Back website.


Below you will find a more extensive list of expectations and options for campus life as we slowly return:


CU Staying Healthy Protocols

Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow our basic CU Staying Healthy guidelines as outlined on the CU Safely Back website.

You will see new signage throughout campus that reminds you of the required protocols and also indicates spacing for physical distancing.



Student, faculty and staff identification cards should be accessible at all times.


Campus, Building, and Room Access

External doors to campus building where classes are scheduled will be open during normal business hours (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.), although entrance and exits will be clearly labeled. Not all doors will be unlocked.

Internal doors to classrooms will be unlocked, however no other rooms will be accessible without approval. Teaching labs, lounges, conference rooms, study rooms will remain locked.

The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for assistance if access is needed. Call (714) 997-6763.


Temperature Checks

In addition to the daily health screening that each faculty, staff and student is expected to submit on days they will access campus, several locations—beginning with Kennedy Hall, Beckman Hall, Dodge facilities and the Rinker facilities—have been selected for additional temperature checks to add an additional layer of risk reduction. Please note these checks will be no-contact and no personal information will be collected. If a reading is elevated, the individual will be asked to visit Student Health Services for an additional check.


Classrooms and General Building – CU Staying Healthy

Buildings and classrooms are setup for minimal interaction and smooth traffic flow. Entrance and exits are clearly marked and buildings are all equipped with CU Staying Healthy signage throughout.

Facilities Management has built an extensive framework to slow the spread of COVID-19 including Cleaning and Sanitization Plans, Air Quality Plans, signage, barriers, water stations and restrooms, building ingress/egress and installing UV lighting in the HVAC across campus.

The Facilities team is very responsive and should be contacted for specific building needs.

Other levels of increased safety precautions on campus include free-standing hand sanitizers in all campus buildings, free-standing wipe dispensers and plexiglass shields where direct in-person interaction is required.


Meetings, events, advising, gatherings

The Orange campus is open only for teaching and research. Advising, club meetings and activities, departmental and college meetings, events will remain on-line.


Study Spaces

In designated study and eating areas students are expected to practice physical distancing and to wear face coverings except when eating. Open study areas are available outdoors throughout the campus. Outdoor, portable, ADA-compliant restrooms and handwashing stations are also available.


Leatherby Libraries

Leatherby Libraries are accessible by individual appointment for Graduate students seeking access to physical materials in the Center for American War Letters Archives and in the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives beginning October 5th. Individual appointment requests can be directed to Laurie Cussalli at gates@chapman.edu.


Microwaves, Refrigerators and Water Dispensers

Students, faculty or staff will likely not have access to the water dispensers, microwaves and refrigerators. All are encouraged to bring bottled water or a water bottle and non-perishable meals and snacks. While water fountains will remain offline, water bottle fillers are available.


Randall Dining Commons is available to students, faculty and staff for “Grab-and-Go” service with special hours Sunday through Saturday, and Starbucks is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Lactation Facility

Students, faculty and staff will have access to the lactation room in the lower level of Wilkinson.



Thanks to a multi-year plan that was based on staff, faculty, and student feedback, the parking fee has been permanently eliminated. To prevent getting ticketed or towed:

  • Register for a parking permit at chapman.nupark.com/portal
  • Park your car only in the designated spaces. Please visit chapman.edu/parking to review the map.


What to Do if You Encounter People Not Following Protocol

Face coverings and physical distancing will likely be the most notable protocols that cause concern while on campus. If you encounter an individual or group who are not following CU Staying Healthy protocols we ask that you follow these helpful tips.


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