Healthy Habits to Prevent Illness
Health care officials warn that the late fall and winter travel season will bring a surge in cases of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus or RSV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offer several strategies for a healthy fall including:
- Get COVID-19 vaccinations and flu vaccinations
- Wash your hands frequently and under running water for at least 20 seconds
- Maintain your preventative screenings including regular check-ups and dental cleanings
- Track COVID-19 levels in your community
- Maintain healthy sleep habits
Students, faculty and staff, please review the sections below which have been designed to keep you informed of current guidelines and empowered to make informed decisions to prevent severe COVID-19. Frequently asked questions about influenza (flu) are addressed in the Flu FAQ.
Learn about the safety guidelines, testing procedures and vaccine resources for both Chapman University and Orange County. Guidelines for keeping healthy are based upon recommendations from the CDC and local health authorities. By working together and following these guidelines, we can help protect the health of everyone on campus and in our community.
This information is offered to help you know your risk, protect yourself, take action if exposed to COVID-19 and take action if you are sick or test positive.
Take action if exposed. If exposed, wear a mask for 10 days to reduce the risk of spread. At the medium and low COVID-19 community level, face coverings are highly recommended if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Masking is recommended but not required on public transportation. Vulnerable people, consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor public places. The California Department of Public Health offers this guidance on masking.
Protect yourself. Based on the advice of California public health agencies, the university recommends but does not require that all faculty, staff and students who are eligible get an updated booster with protection against Omicron variants. To be considered up to date with your COVID vaccinations at Chapman, individuals must be current with their primary series plus the updated (bivalent) booster as outlined by the CDC. Submit proof of having all vaccinations and boosters for which you are eligible or file a personal declination.
Take action if you are sick or exposed to COVID-19. Testing is not required to return to campus from a break. The university continues to provide on-campus testing at no cost to Chapman community members. Students and/or faculty in certain programs (e.g. Dodge College) are required to get tested according to program requirements. Report an off-campus COVID-19 test. Also, see additional testing regulations.
Visitors are welcome back to campus without restriction. Masks are recommended indoors.
Have Additional Questions?
Please review this list of frequently asked questions about current coronavirus policies and recent announcements regarding travel, on-campus dining, and school- or department-specific requirements.
Have Concerns About the Monkeypox Virus?
We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions for you to navigate the monkeypox virus and procedures at Chapman.
Have Concerns About Influenza (Flu)?
This list of frequently asked questions is designed to help you navigate influenza (flu) and procedures at Chapman.