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COVID Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This list will be updated as new questions come in. To submit a question, please visit our contact page.

Masking

I heard the CDC relaxed its guidelines. What does that mean for me?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s August 12 summary, high levels of immunity and availability of effective COVID-19 prevention and management tools have reduced the risk for medically significant illness and death.

The CDC streamlined its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus.

The CDC continues to:

  • Promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination
  • Recommend that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
  • Reiterate that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
  • Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.

What are the current mask guidelines?

Masking is strongly recommended, but not currently required on campus. Both Cal/OSHA and CDPH recommend wearing masks while indoors. We also encourage wearing masks on the Chapman shuttles. 

Anyone is welcome to wear masks indoors and outdoors based on comfort level.

Members of the Chapman community can request, but not require others to wear a mask while on campuses.

Learn more about the requirements based on the county’s placement on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community levels of low, medium or high risk, go to the  CUStayingHealthy site.

How can I request personal protective equipment such as masks on campus?

For students, masks are available at Student Health Services and the Testing Center. Staff members may request personal protective equipment using the Facilities Department Order Form.

Daily Health Screening

What is the daily COVID-19 health screening?

Access to campus is granted through a simple daily COVID-19 health screening.  The survey will be sent daily to campus email addresses or can be accessed at https://www.chapman.edu/amiclear. This health questionnaire can be completed on a phone or other smart device.

Public Safety officials will be posted at high traffic areas of campus to check for the CLEAR message, indicating campus access is allowed.

What do I do if I can’t find my Cleared status email or forgot to complete the daily health screening email?

Go to www.chapman.edu/amiclear to complete the questions.

 

 

 

Can a professor ask to see my Cleared status email?

Yes, professors, as well as any other staff or public safety officers, are authorized to ask to see your Cleared status email. Since a Cleared status email is required to be on campus, you are required to show this email to get onto or remain on campus. If you can’t find your email or if you forgot to answer the questions, go to www.chapman.edu/amiclear  and answer the questions.

 

 

Vaccines and Boosters

Does Chapman have a COVID-19 vaccine requirement?

Yes. All students, faculty and staff are required to submit proof of vaccination and booster or a personal declination to access campus or take part in on-campus activities.

Is a booster shot required to be considered fully vaccinated?

Chapman University is working closely with state officials, infectious disease experts and epidemiologists to ensure that the Chapman community stays healthy amidst the predicted surge of COVID-19. To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must be current with all available boosters as outlined by the CDC, including the second booster shot for those 50 years and older.

What if I’m not eligible for the booster?

Individuals who are not yet eligible for the booster because they have recently received their second vaccination are exempt from weekly testing, as the immunity they gained from their recent vaccination has not yet begun to wane.

Can I ask for an exemption from having to receive the booster shot?

Yes, there is an exemption process for reasonable accommodations. 

Please note that the option to submit a personal declination for the booster vaccine became available in early January 2022.

You must submit a declaration of personal declination request prior to returning to campus if you choose not to receive the vaccine. If a declaration of personal declination is submitted, you will receive an email with additional instructions.

All individuals should continue to adhere to health and safety advisories to protect themselves and others.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated (received primary and booster doses if eligible) must comply with the weekly testing requirements

How do I submit proof of my vaccination?

Will vaccinated students be required to have routine COVID testing?

Fully vaccinated and boosted students, faculty and staff are not required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Free vaccines are widely available to anyone in many pharmacies and clinics nationwide, often on a walk-in basis. To search for options in your community, visit The Orange County Health Care Agency’s COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page.

I’ve been vaccinated outside of the U.S. What do I need to do?

When you submit your proof of vaccination, the menu includes all international vaccines that are acceptable under our policy. The CDC offers this list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines for people vaccinated outside the United States.

For questions, contact Student Health Services at (714) 997-6851.

 

Can I get the vaccination if I recently had COVID-19?

The CDC recommends waiting to get your booster until your symptoms have gone and the criteria to discontinue isolation has been met. Please read and follow CDC guidance on waiting periods.

Is there an exemption or waiver process for the required COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, there is an exemption process for reasonable accommodations. You must submit a declaration of personal declination request prior to returning to campus if you choose not to receive the vaccine.

If a declaration of personal declination is submitted, you will receive an email with additional instructions.

All individuals should continue to adhere to health and safety advisories to protect themselves and others.

Unvaccinated and booster-eligible individuals must comply with the weekly testing requirements.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated and boosted, you must continue once-weekly testing until the vaccination process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination/booster.

Can a professor ask me if I am vaccinated?

Faculty and staff should not ask about vaccine status. If they do ask, you are not obligated to answer, since this is personal health information.

 

Testing

What are the COVID testing hours of the Orange and Rinker campuses?

COVID-19 testing is available at the Student Health Center, 402 N. Glassell. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.

After August 1, 2022, in-person testing is available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at no cost on the Orange campus at the COVID-19 Testing Center, 145 Sycamore Avenue, just west of the Student Health Center.

Results from this testing site will be automatically entered into the university’s test submission system.

The COVID-19 Testing Center building’s access contains two steps with no ramp. If you need assistance, please press the doorbell button on the post outside the door and a staff member will assist you. To make alternative arrangements, please call 714-997-6851 to schedule an appointment. For your appointment, go to the Health Center through the front door at 402 N. Glassell Street.

At the Rinker campus, at-home test kits are available at no cost at the Public Safety building 9401, Room 110 during business hours. Call 714-997-6763 for assistance.

Is there an exemption from mandatory testing requirements for those who have an approved vaccination exemption?

No. Chapman University requires all non-vaccinated (including booster if eligible) faculty, staff and students to receive a negative COVID-19 test once per week to maintain access to campus facilities at both Orange and Rinker campuses. Read more about the once-weekly testing policy for unvaccinated and unboosted individuals.

Learn more about procedures for once-weekly testing.

Reasonable accommodations for medical conditions may be available for students, faculty and staff. Students who seek medical accommodations should contact Disability Services at ds@chapman.edu.

Similarly, faculty and staff who seek reasonable accommodations for medical conditions should contact the Office of Human Resources to discuss options by emailing accommodations@chapman.edu.

If you are in the process of being fully vaccinated, you must continue once-weekly testing until the vaccination and booster process is complete and you have submitted proof of vaccination/booster.

What happens to my classes if I test positive for COVID?

Contact your professor, who will arrange for you to stay current with the materials, just as they would if you had any other illness.

Do I need to get weekly COVID-19 testing if I recently had COVID-19?

Per the CDC, there is a 90-day exemption from testing after initial onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact Student Health for more information at (714) 997-6851. Faculty and staff may contact accommodations@chapman.edu.

 

I have an approved exemption. What do I need to do?

Learn more about the requirements based on the county’s placement on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels of low, medium or high risk, go to the  CUStayingHealthy site.

Where should I go for COVID-19 testing or regular doctor’s visit? Can I go to see any doctors in my area?

COVID-19 testing is available at  the Student Health Center, 402 N. Glassell. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.

At-home test kits are available on the Rinker Campus at the Public Safety building 9401, Room 110 during business hours. Call 714-997-6763 for assistance.

If I test positive for COVID-19, do I need to inform anyone?

If you were tested and confirmed positive by someplace other than the Student Health Center, please use the Report an Off-Campus COVID Test form to submit your test results. Contact Tracing will contact you to provide guidance.

If you were tested at the Student Health Center and confirmed positive, the Student Health Center will contact you with guidance.

If I am tested positive for COVID-19, what support do I have?

The Student Health Center will provide support and guidance. We have Health & Safety Specialist who will reach out to you to make sure your essential needs are being met.

Exposure

What do I do if I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days, get tested on day 5 and monitor for symptoms of infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Residence Life

I want to share a room only with someone who is vaccinated/who is not vaccinated. Can I be sure that my roommate is vaccinated/not vaccinated?

The university requires (as of Sept. 14, 2021) all students enrolled in classes to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 . However, the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement allows for some exemptions. While the university’s Student Health Center is collecting vaccination status, this is private medical information that cannot be shared with the Residence Life and First Year Experience staff; therefore, we will not have access to this information to consider when assigning housing.

 

 

 

 

Am I allowed to have guests visit my room/suite/apartment?

During times of high risk levels non-Chapman guests are not allowed in residence halls. During times of medium risk levels (as labeled by the CDC) non-Chapman guests are limited at residence halls. Guests must be registered, using the form available from this page. Guests must comply with university policies, including COVID policies, while they are on campus, and residents will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests. For more information on guest policies, please see the Student Conduct Code.

 

 

 

 

 

What should I do if I live in Residence Life and need to isolate?

If you have not done so already, please contact the Contact Tracing Team at contacttracingteam@chapman.edu to report that you have COVID-19 or have been advised to isolate due to a recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

What should I do if I feel very stressed and need help?

Contact Student Psychological Counseling Services at (714) 997-6778.

Employee information

Where can I learn more about California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)?

Employees may use California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave first (up to) 40-hour bank if they are (or have been) unable to work or telework for any of the following reasons between Jan. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2022.

How do I request personal protective equipment such as masks for my department?

Masks are available at Student Health Services and the Testing Center. Staff members may request personal protective equipment using the Facilities Department Order Form.

As a student employee, do I need to complete any COVID-19-related safety training?

Yes. After starting in a new role, student employees must enroll in and complete the COVID-19 safety training course through Canvas.

Are employees required to complete a COVID-19 safety course?

Yes, all employees must complete the COVID-19 Safety Training course and are automatically enrolled in the course on Canvas.

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