Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with staff and administrators on Friday, March 20.

Last night, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order directing all residents of California to stay at home or their place of residence effective immediately and until further notice. Since that time, we have been working quickly to better understand the impact on institutions of higher education. This is understandably causing a great deal of confusion and angst as we find our way through this quickly evolving situation with the Coronavirus.

Today we received clear direction from the State of California that higher education is identified as an essential service within the 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.

With this new information, Staff and Administrators who provide essential services should physically report to campus on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Non-essential staff should continue to work remotely.

Below is Chapman’s list of essential functions. If you are unclear if you should return to campus, please contact your direct supervisor immediately.

  • Custodial Services
  • Financial Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President and Controller)
  • Food Services (limited to students in residential halls)
  • Groundskeeping Services
  • Human Resources (reduced personnel including the VP|CHRO)
  • IS&T Help Desk (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President and CIO)
  • IS&T Tech Infrastructure (reduced personnel or dispatched as needed)
  • Mail Services
  • Payroll Services
  • Physical Plant Operations
  • President’s Office
  • Provost Office (reduced personnel as identified by the Provost)
  • Public Safety
  • Research, Office of (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President of Research)
  • Research Activities (limited to research that cannot go unattended or neglected as this would lead to an unrecoverable loss of data)
  • Residence Life and First Year Experience (while dorms remain occupied)
  • Senior Staff (all)
  • Student Affairs, Office of (Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and as needed)
  • Student Disability Services
  • Student Health Services (Counseling Center and Health Center services)
  • Vivarium and Aviary Operations

With the almost constant changes taking place, I want to provide a more predictable schedule of updates to the campus community. Beginning Monday, I will provide a daily update at 2:00 p.m. to provide any new information. My hope is this will allow you to feel a more stable flow of updates and reduce the stress of this situation.

I continue to see our community at its best through this terrible crisis and I’m proud to be a part of it. I will remain campus, along with our Senior Staff, while we maneuver in this new way of operating. I hope that gives you a sense of stability during this trying time, as we do our best to keep this incredible university moving forward.