Updates to COVID-19 Protocols

This week, The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) and other state and county government agencies eased requirements relating to COVID-19 protocols. These changes reinforce the focus of responsibility to manage COVID-19 on individuals rather than institutions. With these additional changes, the guidance of the Chapman University

COVID-19 Task Force has been updated.  

Please review the changes to Chapman’s primary protocols for keeping our community healthy: 

  • Masks: While masks are not required on the campuses, the university will continue to support a healthy campus community by providing masks and will recommend their usage if individuals are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to either COVID-19 or other viruses.  

  • Vaccination: Based on the advice of California public health agencies, the university continues to recommend remaining current with COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. However, students, faculty and staff are no longer required to report their vaccination status to Chapman. Some programs on the Rinker campus continue to require vaccination and documentation. We remain committed to easy access to vaccinations and will continue to offer vaccination clinics on the campuses.  

  • Testing and Reporting: The university will continue to provide testing on campus at the COVID-19 Testing Center, 145 Sycamore Avenue, just west of the Student Health Center. For those who test positive either through on-campus or off-campus testing, it is still required that you report the positive result. Employees and student employees remain required by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to report positive COVID tests through February 2, 2025. You must report a positive COVID test to the contact tracing email contacttracingteam@chapman.edu. Dodge College of Film and Media Arts will continue to follow film industry and guild protocols. Dodge students and faculty should direct questions to studenthealth@chapman.edu.  

  • Daily Health Screen: Beginning Monday, March 20, the Daily Health Screen is no longer required to access campus facilities and will no longer be emailed daily or available online to the Chapman community.  

  • Training: All new employees must complete the COVID-19 Safety Training Course and are automatically enrolled in the course on Canvas.

With the protocols easing, it is still very important that you know your risks, protect yourself, take actio if you are exposed to COVID-19 or other viruses, and take actio if you are sick or test positive for COVID or flu. We will continue to follow CDC isolation and precaution recommendations for people with COVID-19. 

With these changes, I have asked Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Harold Hewitt to shift the focus of the COVID-19 Task Force. Since before the pandemic sent us all home three years ago, this team has managed our response to COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to keep our campus healthy. For now, the Task Force is standing down and will no longer meet on a regular schedule. However, the team’s work on behalf of the Chapman community will continue with a broader scope of monitoring and responding to health emergencies if and when they arise. Therefore, the COVID-19 Task Force has a new name: “The CU Staying Healthy Task Force.”   

The CU Staying Healthy web page will remain available as well.