Chapman University said Friday it will require students, faculty and staff coming to campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 


The Orange-based institution joins UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the planned requirement, which is contingent upon full FDA approval of one or more vaccines and includes accommodations for religious and medical reasons. 

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“Our goal is to move toward a Chapman Experience that is closer to what we had before the pandemic, with only minimal social distancing, our facilities being open, the ability to move freely around campus, where guests are also welcome,” Chapman President Daniele Struppa said in a statement on Friday. 


“Models estimate that we need to have the vast majority of our community vaccinated for that to become a reality."


Chapman, with 9,761 students, is planning a full return to in-person instruction in the fall with no options for 100% virtual learning.