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Chapman Transitions to Online Instruction Out of Caution for COVID-19

In an abundance of caution for the entire campus community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Chapman University has moved all instruction to online formats effective on Thursday, March 12.

At this time, there continue to be no suspected cases of COVID-19 at Chapman nor among students studying abroad. Orange County is considered to be at low risk for contagion. However, local and regional health officials anticipate the continued spread of COVID-19, so University leadership takes this action out of concern for the well-being of the entire campus community, said Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa.

“This transition will not be easy but if we all work together with patience and flexibility, we will successfully move forward with the semester while reducing the health risks we are seeing around the world,” Struppa said.

Campus community members are urged to take advantage of the following resources and tools during this time.

What you need to know:

  • Effective March 12, we will suspend in-person classes and begin transitioning to online platforms.
  • Faculty members have the flexibility to manage this action in a way that is optimal for their classes. All students and faculty must participate in alternate course delivery, as defined by the faculty. Short-term cancellations will be permitted for courses not readily able to alter course delivery, not to extend past March 30, 2020. Visit Chapman’s Higher Ed and Technology blog to learn more about teaching remotely.
  • Staff from Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and Academic Affairs will immediately begin supporting the transition to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes.
  • Students who have the ability to return home are advised to do so. Regardless of location, students will participate in remote instruction.
  • Campus operations and services will continue operating as usual; employees will remain on campus.
  • Specialized courses that require in-person meetings are being evaluated, and further information will be shared as decisions are made. Students who participate in events as a part of coursework must work closely with faculty members to understand the impact.
  • Athletic events and campus events with attendance of 100 or more are canceled; however, we suggest additional discretion when events are likely to be attended by high-risk populations.

Stay Informed With Chapman Communications

Additional resources are available on Chapman’s coronavirus website.  All members of the campus community are urged to read the coronavirus FAQs page.