Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following message with faculty, staff and administrators on Wednesday, March 25.

Through the challenges, I continue to see the Chapman community at its best. I am being flooded with stories of people going above and beyond, of people adapting to this situation in creative ways, of our expertise being tapped locally, nationally and globally, and our faculty, students and staff getting involved in community relief efforts.  In fact, Dean Janeen Hill of the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences informed me that faculty and alumni of the Physician Assistant program have jumped in, many working extra shifts in hospitals and clinics, to contribute to the need for health care providers. I am proud to be a part of this incredible university.

Daily Update, March 25, 2020 

  • Today marks 14 days since we moved classes online and increased our social distancing practices. This is an important milestone in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. While we acknowledge the limitations of testing, we continue to have no known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chapman students, faculty or staff.

  • Our Chapman Residence Life staff has been working tirelessly to keep our students safe, and have continued supporting their move home. As of today, we have less than 350 students who remain in campus housing. The staff is now relocating the remaining students into Chapman apartments to provide individual kitchen and restrooms, allowing the necessary social distancing for their health and safety.

  • As you likely saw in today’s email from Vice President of Enrollment Mike Pelly, undergraduate applications matched last year’s record number, and accepted first-year students exceeded 7,800 to ideally bring 1,700 students to Chapman for fall semester. We now turn our efforts to the challenge of encouraging students to attend. I ask you all to support the efforts of our student recruitment staff as they look for innovative and creative ways to connect to students during this time. If they ask for your help, please make every effort to assist.

  • The Office of the Provost has communicated changes to the tenure and promotion calendar. We recognize the impact this situation is having on the progress toward tenure and promotion and we want to give faculty every opportunity for success. Provost Glenn Pfeiffer will be making emergency changes to this process to accommodate.

  • Provost Pfeiffer and Executive Vice President of Advancement Sheryl Bourgeois are working together to solicit feedback on the decision regarding how to manage Commencement. If you have thoughts or ideas on an approach, you are welcome to share with Guy Hinrichs at hinrichs@chapman.edu. I do want to reiterate, a fully online ceremony or canceling the event are not options we are considering. I will announce the decision early next week.

  • In collaboration with Public Safety, and in support of faculty who are teaching or conducting research, the Leatherby Libraries is providing access to the physical collection to faculty on an as-needed basis. If faculty members need access to items, they simply need to email a list of items containing titles and call #’s to libcirc@chapman.edu. They will follow up with you within 48 hours.

  • A reminder that Friday, March 27, 2020 is a University holiday in recognition of César Chávez Day. Chávez had an immeasurable impact as a civil rights leader and is celebrated every year on March 31, however we will be observing this day on Friday.

Have a great day and stay connected.