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Residence Life and First Year Experience

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The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience provides housing resources to Chapman students and hosts orientation for students and families.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) RLFYE Updates

There are no known cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Chapman University nor among our many students studying abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, the University has transitioned to online instructional formats effective March 12. As of March 17th, All instruction will continue to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester, including final exams. Also, all dining services and restaurants on campus will close effective March 17th. Students using dining services will receive pre-packaged meals.

For foodservice, the Randall Dining Commons will be open for food pick up during the following hours Monday - Friday:

  • Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
  • Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Weekend hours are:

  • Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As outlined in the Restaurant Services Updates from Director Dave Sundby, effective Wednesday, April 22, 2020, instead of standard meal plans, the following services are being tested:

  • Daily hot meal service will continue in the Randall Dining Commons at the times listed above. For students residing in Chapman housing, each meal will cost $7.00 per meal.
  • Three times weekly, grocery, snack, and other sundry packages will be available for purchase at The K, Chapman Grand, and Randall Dining Commons.
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am to noon at The K and Chapman Grand.
    • Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Randall Dining Commons.
    • Five package options are available with a range of prices from $3.00 to $15.00 each.
  • You have two options for payment:
    • You can order and pay for packages at the Restaurant Services website.
    • Bring your Chapman ID card to each pick-up, and Chapman University will bill accumulated charges to your student account.

If students pack up their room and check out, they will be receive prorated room and board account adjustments. If students leave their belongings and plan to return, they will be receive prorated board (resident meal plans) account adjustments, as applicable, but not room. 

Dorm Room Movers, our official storage partner, can help residents move their belongings out of their room. They provide storage services, shipping services, and are able to pack up a resident's belongings for them. What's included:

  • 20% off with coupon code: ChapmanCV20
  • Picked-up and delivered by professional movers.
  • Climate-protected storage and 24/7 security.

Please note that Dorm Room Movers is an official campus partner, but any agreement with them is made solely between you and the company. We do not have control over their business policies or service availability. For pricing, availability, and scheduling, please contact them directly at: (888)-769-3676 or by email at: support@dormroommovers.com

Items-In-Room Retrieval Form (Proxy)

Residents who have left Chapman and have items remaining in their room are able to move their belongings out of their room with a proxy, so that they can check out and receive their prorated refund. In order to grant a proxy (friends, family members, Dorm Room Movers contractors, other contractors, etc.) room access to assist residents who are physically unable to make it back to campus to move out of their assignment and/or come pack up belongings, please submit the Items-in-Room Retrieval Form.

Anytime between Monday - Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm*, proxies should call the specific building's building manager to retrieve temporary room access:

  • Chapman Grand - Erin Ash - 714-516-6159
  • Davis and Harris Apartments - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251
  • Glass Hall - Tim Alexander - 714-516-6136
  • Henley Hall - Krista Kelly - 714-516-4747
  • Morlan Hall - Annessa Garcia - 714-516-5477
  • Panther Village - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251
  • Pralle-Sodaro Hall - Christy Martinez-Saucedo - 714-997-6528
  • Sandhu Residence Center - Omar Zuwayed - 714-532-6058
  • The K Residence Hall - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251

If there is no answer, the next step is to call Public Safety (714-997-6763) to contact the Live-In Staff on Duty (LISOD). We will then verify their information with our Google Form. Proxies will also need to show Photo ID (if student/family/friend volunteer) or Company/Vendor badge or ID.

If after hours and/or during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), proxies should contact Public Safety at 714-997-6763 and ask to connect with the LISOD for an Items-in-Room Retrieval by Proxy.

*Proxies are only allowed between 9:00 am - 5:00pm in Chapman Grand, the K, Panther Village, and Davis and Harris.

Departmental Updates

As we receive new information, we will be adding relevant RLFYE responses below.

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Panther Housing Selection Updates

Week of May 25, 2020 Updates

5/29/20 5:00 pm PST Update: Memos are being sent out to continuing students who applied for housing that contain a decision on if Chapman can offer them housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Students should check their student email and carefully read the memo they received.

5/29/20 4:55 pm PST Update: A Panther Housing Selection 2020-2021 - frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has been created that shares succinct information that clarifies information in the 5/26 memo and 5/29 decision memos.

5/26/20 2:30 pm PST Update:memo announcing the reduction of the total campus housing occupancy by 20% for the fall, and providing clarity on the next phases of panther housing selectionwas sent by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students with active housing applications, including those who expressed interest after the March 9th deadline.

Archive of Spring Semester Updates March 12th - May 4th, 2020

Week of May 4, 2020 Updates

5/4/20 10:00 am PST Update: A memo suspending the second-year live-in requirement, and asking for voluntary cancellations, was sent by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students who applied for housing by the appropriate deadline.

 

Week of April 20, 2020 Updates

4/24/20 5:00 pm PST Update: A memo delaying panther housing selection was sent, by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students who applied for housing by the appropriate deadline or communicated their interest to the department.

4/23/20 1:53 pm PST Update: A memo containing updates about retrieving items from rooms was sent, by Director Dave Sundby to all residents of Chapman Housing with items left in their rooms.

4/21/20 2:18 pm PST Update: A follow-up memo containing additional restaurant services updates was sent, by Director Dave Sundby to all current and checked-out residents of Chapman Housing.

4/20/20 12:11 pm PST Update: A memo containing restaurant services updates was sent, by Director Dave Sundby to all current and checked-out residents of Chapman Housing.

 

Week of April 6, 2020 Updates

4/10/20 4:30 pm PST Update: Check out our Stay Well While Inside Wellness document and our Understanding California's Stay At Home Order infographic.

4/8/20 4:45 pm PST Update: The Randall Dining Commons weekend food pick up hours are: Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This change was updated on the RLFYE website.

 

Week of March 30, 2020 Updates

3/31/20 9:20 am PST Update: A memo about housing consolidation was sent, in the evening of March 30th, by Director Dave Sundby to residents who are approved to stay in Chapman Housing.

 

Week of March 23, 2020 Updates

Friday 3/27/20

Campus Closed - No Updates

Thursday 3/26/20

3/26/20 4:50 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: the proxy process and how to contact building managers, and information about prorated account adjustments.

Wednesday 3/25/20

3/25/20 4:58 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: proxies, prorated refunds, and checking out of your room.

Tuesday 3/24/20

3/24/20 3:15 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: prorated refunds processing and how to cancel commuter meal plans.

Monday 3/23/20

3/23/20 1:35 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: guests and the shuttle service.

 

Week of March 16, 2020 Updates

Friday 3/20/20

3/20/20 12:15 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: Proxys and the stoppage of the shuttle service.

3/20/20 10:49 am PST Update: Please review the Chapman Housing Update from Director, Dave Sundby which was sent via email to all residents.

Thursday 3/19/20

3/19/20 1:10 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: Proxys and the RLFYE Items-in-Room Retrieval Form.

Wednesday 3/18/20

3/18/20 5:00 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover: Parking, Dorm Room Movers availability for 3/20, and how students can pick up food in the Randall Dining Commons.
3/18/20 11:50 am PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updated: Dorm Room Movers Discount Code.

Tuesday 3/17/20

3/17/20 6:25 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover topics about: meals for residents, and how remote education for the remainder of the semester impacts housing.
3/17/20 6:20 pm PST Update: Please review the additional meal information provided in Director, Dave Sundby's follow up Re: URGENT: 3-17 Update on Campus Housing and Dining which was sent via email to all residents.
3/17/20 4:15 pm PST Update: We have updated the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover topics about: extenuating circumstances that would allow someone to remain in their space, removing belongings from spaces, and parking.
3/17/20 1:47 pm PST Update: Please review the Update on Campus Housing and Dining memo from Director, Dave Sundby which was sent via email to all residents.

Monday 3/16/20

No Updates

 

March 12 and 13, 2020 Updates

Friday 3/13/20

3/13/20 4:55 pm PST Update: We have uploaded the RLFYE Coronavirus Resources and FAQ document. Updates cover topics like: campus shuttles, moving out, microfridges, mail, prorated refunds, and other pertinent information. 
3/13/20 9:25 am PST Update: Students can remotely schedule checking out of their room by filling out the Checkout Scheduler Form.
3/13/20 8:15 am PST Update: Please review the Timely Reminders Guide which provides advice for: residents checking out of their space, academics, communication, and wellness.

Thursday 3/12/20

3/12/20 4:58 pm PST Update: This memo, from RLFYE Director Dave Sundby, was sent to all residents.

Campus Resources

For the most up-to-date information about Coronavirus from the Campus, visit the Coronavirus: Updates And Resources webpage.

For frequently asked questions about Coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

We will provide more updates when we have additional information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Sincerely,

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience 


Incoming Student Housing Application 2020-2021

The Incoming Student Housing Application for the 2020-2021 academic year is now available on the Chapman Housing Portal. The application priority filing date is May 15th, 2020 and the non-refundable $500 Housing Reservation Payment is due by May 1st, 2020. Fenestra Living Learning Community Building Locations will be posted in June. Housing assignments are anticipated to be emailed to student's Chapman emails around mid-July.

Panther Housing Selection 2020

Updates:
  • 5/29/20 5:00 pm PST Update: Memos are being sent out to continuing students who applied for housing that contain a decision on if Chapman can offer them housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Students should check their student email and carefully read the memo they received.

    5/29/20 4:55 pm PST Update: A Panther Housing Selection 2020-2021 - frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has been created that shares succinct information that clarifies information in the 5/26 memo and 5/29 decision memos.

  • On Tuesday May 26th, 2020, a memo announcing the reduction of the total campus housing occupancy by 20% for the fall, and providing clarity on the next phases of panther housing selection, was sent by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students with active housing applications, including those who expressed interest after the March 9th deadline.
  • On Monday, May 4th, 2020 a memo suspending the second-year live-in requirement, and asking for voluntary cancellations, was sent by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students who applied for housing by the appropriate deadline.
  • On Friday, April 24th, 2020, a memo delaying panther housing selection was sent, by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students who applied for housing by the appropriate deadline or communicated their interest to the department.
  • March 2020: Due to the University's transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, modifications to the process are underway. For students who applied for Panther Housing Selection 2020-2021, changes and updates will be communicated as they develop. Please continue to keep a close eye on your Chapman email.

Continuing students will soon be able to select their housing for the upcoming 2020-2021 School Year. Check out our timeline and FAQ so that you're able to stay on top of deadlines to reserve your space for next year. If your situation has changed and you would like to opt out of housing, please fill out our petition form

Starting on February 19th, students will complete their Housing Selection application using the Chapman Housing Portal. To access the portal, you will need your Chapman username and password. If you do not have this information, you can contact the IS&T Service Desk. You must also submit a non-refundable $500 housing reservation payment.  Instructions to make this payment are included in the application. Applications for 9 month License Agreements and New 12 month License Agreements have a priority filing date of March 9th, 2020. Applications for 12 month License Agreement Renewals have a priority filing date of February 28th, 2020

Once your preferred roommates have completed their application, re-access the application using the Chapman Housing Portal to mark them as your preferred roommates. You are able to search them by their name or screen name that they can provide to you. You can also find and match roommates based on the preferences you listed in the application. You will receive prompts in the application for how to list them as Preferred Roommates.

Attend Panther Housing Selection:

  • 12-Month Apartment Renewal Selection is from March 5th & March 6th.
  • New 12-Month Apartment Selection is from March 18th - March 19th.
  • Panther Housing Selection for 9 month License Agreements is from March 31st - April 3rd.

Continuing students should regularly check their student email to learn information as soon as possible. Consult our building occupancy document to assist in determining the best place for you and your group to live next year.

Missed our PHS Info Session? Check out the presentation here.

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For more information about First Year Experience and the programs and resources being offered, please visit their webpage.

Contact Us


For general questions about Residence Life and First Year Experience, please contact us at:

Phone: (714) 997-6603

Email: reslife@chapman.edu