Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with staff and faculty on Monday, March 23.
As promised, today I begin daily communication regarding Chapman University’s response to the coronavirus and how we are functioning within the new state of working, teaching and learning remotely.
Daily Update for March 23, 2020
- The Board of Trustees has approved delegation to the Finance and Budget Committee to address the growing financial impact this crisis is having on the University, as well any other actions that might be necessary in regard to the institutional response to the coronavirus. As we work to fully understand the implications, this subcommittee is authorizing an extraordinary financial response to support the needs of our students and their families.
- After Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide, stay-at-home order was announced this past Thursday, we moved quickly to comply and asked many essential staff to stay home beginning on Friday. Today, we have resumed operations with essential staff reporting to campus.
- The tactical emergency response team continues to meet three times per week to check in on any developments.
- We have no confirmed cases among Chapman students, faculty or staff.
- The County has adjusted the hours of operation for their two COVID-19 hotlines to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes both the Orange County Health Care Agency hotline for medical questions regarding the coronavirus, (800) 564-8448, and the County Emergency Operations Center hotline for answers about the health directives and other non-medical questions, at (714) 628-7085.
- Students continue to move out of Chapman housing, with a large population leaving over this past weekend. We now estimate that less than 500 students remain in campus housing. Housing staff is working closely with each student to approve requests to remain in campus housing or assist in their move home.
- Students approved to remain in campus housing will be relocated to provide appropriate social distancing and reduce the need to share kitchens and restrooms. Students in housing are also receiving three pre-packaged meals per day.
- As we all adjust to this remote environment, innovative ideas are surfacing to support student engagement, student recruitment and employee engagement. I encourage everyone to make intentional efforts to stay connected with each other and with students as this continues.
While the response to this is our top priority, I am beginning to hear the stories of our faculty getting involved in research and providing expertise in this global pandemic. Being a top-tier research institution does put us in a position to contribute to the global response. If you are involved in COVID-19 research, acting as an expert or providing consultation, please inform the Office of Research or Strategic Marketing and Communications so we can tell the story of Chapman’s work.