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Coronavirus: Updates and Resources

Impact on Chapman of Governor’s Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence in an effort to slow the statewide spread of the novel coronavirus. On Friday, March 20, Chapman received clear direction from the State of California that higher education is identified as an essential service within this executive order. The guidance states that educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions—if operating under rules for social distancing—can continue to perform essential functions.

Effective April 7, 2:00 p.m., the list of essential services to be performed on both the Orange campus and the Rinker Health Sciences campus in Irvine is as follows:

  • Custodial Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President)
  • Facilities Management (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President)
  • Financial and Legal Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice Presidents and Controller; only allowed onsite when processing necessary receivables/payables and managing deliveries). Individual department staff who have been scheduling time in the office to process payments should suspend that activity until April 21, 2020.
  • Food Services (limited to students in residential halls and only for as long as students remain in Chapman housing. They are also providing meals for on-site essential staff)
  • Groundskeeping Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President)
  • Mail Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President)
  • Payroll Services (reduced personnel; only allowed onsite when running payroll/printing paychecks)
  • Public Safety
  • Research Activities (limited to research that cannot go unattended or neglected as this would lead to an unrecoverable loss of data or irreparable harm to equipment, endangerment of animals, or other specimens)
  • Residence Life and First Year Experience (only for as long as students remain in Chapman housing)
  • Student Health Services (both Counseling Center and Health Center services and only for as long as students remain in Chapman housing)
  • Vivarium and Aviary Operations (only for as long as necessary to provide critical animal care)
  • Should circumstances require onsite IS&T response (database, systems or Help Desk), these employees will be dispatched to the campus only with the authorization of the Chief Information Officer.

All other services are being provided on a remote basis.

As the situation changes, the Chapman community will be advised and this site will be updated.

Current Notifications

Visit the Public Safety page for all alerts

Emergency Notification System: Panther Alert

Chapman University’s emergency notification system, Panther Alert, sends any emergency communication to all Chapman email addresses. Additional email addresses and cell phone numbers can be added to Panther Alert by any student, faculty/GTA member or staff member who logs on to this page.

(Please note: to enroll a parent, spouse, partner or family member in Panther Alert requires a Chapman.edu login and password.)

Orange County Information

Updates specific to Orange County are available at the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Notification of Confirmed Diagnosis

Any faculty, staff or administrators who have received a confirmed diagnosis, please contact Director of Student Health Center Jacqueline Deats, at (714) 997-6851, deats@chapman.edu. She is Chapman’s central point of contact for all reported cases within the Chapman community.

As of April 6, although we continued to investigate reports by faculty, students or staff with a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis, we have yet to have a verified, confirmed case at either the Orange or Rinker campus.

Public Safety and Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Chapman University’s Department of Public Safety can be reached 24 hours a day at (714) 997-6763.

A list of emergency resources is included on the Emergency Services page.

This page was updated on April 6, 8:04 p.m.

To suggest changes to this page, email communications@chapman.edu