Nov 28, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

Learning takes place both within and outside of the classroom. Chapman fosters an environment in which it is expected that students will take responsibility for their learning and living. Through its various offices, the staff provides guidance, support and opportunities for student growth and development. Chapman believes in creating programs and services tailored to the individual needs of students.

Student life at Chapman is educationally stimulating and diverse. Students come from varied economic, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Yet because of Chapman's size, opportunities for involvement are extended to all students through an active student government, student clubs and organizations, service and social fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, student publications, numerous social and cultural events and student media in drama, music, film and dance.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

The vice president for student affairs and dean of students is responsible for the co-curricular education that supports the University's educational mission and is available to assist students who are encountering academic or personal difficulties. Questions about campus policies, student rights, academic integrity, conduct or other concerns can be brought to the dean for assistance. The dean also oversees the operations of student affairs composed of Residence Life and First Year Experience, PEER and Health Education, Student Engagement, Argyros Forum Student Union, Cross-Cultural Center, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, Student Health Services, Greek Life, Student Psychological Counseling Services, Disability Services, and the Student Conduct System.

Disability Services

Students with disabilities may register with the University's Disability Services office for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the responsibility of the student requesting accommodations to make these needs known in a timely fashion and to provide proper documentation and evaluations as required. The granting of any accommodation will not be retroactive and cannot jeopardize the academic standards or integrity of the course. Services may include extended test time, note-takers, advocacy, etc. Information about services, academic modifications or documentation requirements can be obtained from the Chapman website under "Student Services" or from Disability Services at (714) 516-4520. For more detailed information, see the Disability Services and/or the non-discrimination policy in the general information section of this catalog.

Diversity on Campus

Chapman supports diversity on campus through programs, initiatives, services, and committees coordinated by the Cross-Cultural Center, Civic Engagement Initiatives, Disability Services, the Interfaith Center, Promising Futures Mentorship Program, Summer Bridge Program, Residence Life and First Year Experience, the Argyros Forum Student Union, the University Program Board, student organizations, academic departments and more. During the academic year, there are a wide range of opportunities to engage in cross-cultural dialogue, experiences, and opportunities that foster a sense of identity, empathy, and community. The programs and services offered support students and seek to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus and within the surrounding community. Student advocacy for diversity on campus is directed through the Student Government Association. Faculty diversity efforts are channeled through the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to bring students, staff, faculty administrators and trustees together for meaningful dialogue focused on developing strategic priorities and recommendations for diversity and inclusion at Chapman.  For more information on Diversity and Inclusion at Chapman got to

Student Employment Information

On-campus student employment includes graduate and undergraduate hourly assignments. On-campus student employment provides an important financial resource to assist matriculated students in earning funds to offset the cost of a university education while also providing a valuable work experience. Diverse student work opportunities are available in the areas of: academic, departmental or programming support, research, information systems and technology, library, athletics and tutoring to name a few. Student assignments are incidental to the student's course of study with reasonable limitations placed during the academic semester on the nature of the work assignments and the number of hours of employment.

Student Employment is housed within the Office of Human Resources and oversees the hiring of on-campus student employees. For information related to the services Student Employment offers, please contact Human Resources at 714-997-6686 or to access the webpage please visit

Restaurant Services

Chapman University Restaurant Services is more than great food. It is a community centered on culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility. Our team is committed to creating the best possible dining experience. Join us to enjoy the comfort, convenience, outstanding food and inviting atmosphere designed especially for you. Restaurant Services offers several meal plans which serve the diverse backgrounds, tastes, and schedules of both residential and commuter students as well as faculty and staff. It is our mission to embrace personalized services and accommodate special diets physician-prescribed and preference-related, including vegan and vegetarian. Campus community members may save up to 59 percent off on all Chapman restaurants when ordering a commuter meal plan. To learn more visit

Located below the Sandhu Conference Center, Randall Dining Commons is Chapman University's nationally recognized all-you-care-to-eat resident dining facility. Randall is open to the campus community and features several food platforms including our seasonally organic and local salad bar, deli, hand-crafted brick oven pizza, made-to-order pasta, delicious Asian cuisine, hand-rolled sushi, open-fire mesquite grilled items, delightfully refreshing vegan entrées, and our very popular Euro Station serving dishes from regions across the globe. During any given meal, it's also easy to find Mindful and SimpleServings options geared toward making food work for us. Mindful focuses on big flavor, full plates, and making it an easy choice to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. SimpleServings provides safe and appetizing choices for anyone with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or who prefer simple foods.

In addition to Randall, Chapman Restaurant Services hosts seven retail restaurants across campus including Jamba Juice, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Sub-Connection and Qdoba Mexican Grill, all located in Argyros Forum.

Doy's Place is now hosting Twelve Lounge, a late night dining location nestled beside Randall Dining Commons. Featuring healthy, varied options for study and social sessions, there are coffee, snacks, and soft drinks, alongside a campus dining experience unlike any other where you can be the chef! Choose from a flavorful menu specially optimized to mix and match proteins, vegetables, grains, and greens.

Starbucks located in Beckman Hall features brewed coffees, Tazo teas, handcrafted espresso drinks and Frappuccino blended beverages. Starbucks in Beckman also offers a variety of smoothies, Refreshers, Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, ready-to-drink bottled beverages and juices, wholesome food items for meals and snacks, various pastry and packaged items, candies, retail merchandise, and fresh-roasted whole bean coffee.

The Rotunda Café is located inside Leatherby Libraries where you can enjoy Chapman Restaurant Services' Simply To Go menu items which include salads, sushi, sandwiches, yogurt and fruit cups, made fresh on campus daily. Beverages include Coca Cola soft drinks, energy drinks, and our fair traded Aspretto coffee and tea.

For hours of operation, please visit our website or connect with us on social media:

Residence Life and First Year Experience

Chapman University is committed to providing a residential living program with a strong community-building emphasis which enables our residents to both meet new people and experience new situations.

Housing Options

Our residence halls provide a variety of living options including single, double and triple occupancy rooms; some options are suited with a shared bath while others have private bathrooms.

In addition to traditional residence halls, Chapman University housing also offers several apartment communities for students.

Housing for First Year Students

All first-year students arriving in the fall will be placed by their academic college or school. First-year communities are typically located in Pralle-Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall, Glass Hall, Morlan Hall, and Sandhu Residence Center. Students living in either Pralle-Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall, Glass Hall or Sandhu Residence Center should expect to live in a triple assignment.

Housing for Continuing Students

Housing for continuing students (i.e. sophomores, juniors, seniors) will be located in Glass Hall, Sandhu Residence Center, Davis Apartments, Harris Apartments Panther Village Apartment Suites, Villa Park Orchards, and Chapman Grand.

Living in Chapman Housing

Students live in small, community-based groups. They take an active role in shaping their community through programs and activities developed with the assistance of a Resident Advisor, other student staff, and a live-in professional staff member.

Additional facilities in the residence life area include the Doti-Struppa rock climbing wall in the Sandhu Residence Center and Cheverton Commons on the basement level of Henley Hall. Cheverton Commons is a vibrant gathering place for residents with a number of different resources including a media room with a large screen television, Chapman University Radio, and a large fitness center. A kitchen area is also available in Morlan Hall for any resident student's use.

The residence life area also offers several outdoor recreation facilities, including a sand volleyball court, a basketball court and the Masson Family Beach Club which features a pool and deck with lounge chairs.

With a strong focus on community, the staff provides hundreds of social and educational programs for students each semester. Many students take advantage of residential leadership opportunities, including Hall Councils, student employment opportunities, and more.


New student orientation provides programming that welcomes and facilitates the smooth transition of incoming students and their families to the campus community. Through fall and spring orientation, students acquire the knowledge and resources to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences associated with being a member of the Chapman University community. Families gain important insight into the values, traditions, and resources of Chapman that will equip them to become better partners in the educational journey of their students.

Orientation activities also expose students to academics, student services, and co-curricular activities at Chapman. Through these activities, students and their families interact with Chapman faculty, staff, administrators, and other students, facilitating greater connections between the students and their new community. Through their participation in the orientation program, students will become aware of the many academic, social, leadership, service and cultural opportunities available to them.

In addition to orientation, first year students have the opportunity to participate in the following programs:

First Year Photo Project

This program is a way for first year students to connect with Chapman prior to their first semester. Throughout the summer, interested students will document this exciting transition through a series of pictures shared among a group of peers.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreat is a three-day program where students will have opportunity to meet peers and learn more about leadership in a fun and interactive setting. Students will select one of three leadership development tracks in which they would like to engage in: leadership in civic engagement, leadership in diversity and inclusion, or personal leadership development. This is the perfect opportunity to explore ways to get involved at Chapman before the fall semester even begins!

First Generation Summer Bridge Program

The First Generation Summer Bridge program is an optional support program for first generation college students and their families at Chapman University. The program is run by Chapman staff and students, many of whom are or were first generation themselves.

International Student Pre-Orientation

International student pre-orientation is designed for new incoming international students to become acquainted with Chapman University a day prior to the start of the large orientation programs. It is highly encouraged that incoming international students take advantage of this opportunity.

CU Adventure Treks

This program gives students the opportunity to explore Southern California and be immersed in nature through various outdoor activities. Multiple day trips are scheduled Labor Day weekend each fall.

Student Engagement

Take advantage of the many involvement opportunities on and off campus. Student organizations, discounted ticket sales, civic engagement experiences, cross-cultural engagement opportunities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, and Doti-Struppa Rock Wall are just a few of the ways students can become engaged members of the campus and surrounding communities. For additional information, please visit, the student blog One University or call (714) 997-6761.

Student Organizations

Chapman has over 278 recognized student organizations in the following categories: academic and professional, civic engagement, diversity/cultural, honor societies, leisure and special interest, performance and art, recreational, fitness and wellness, and religious/spiritual. Involvement in a student organization provides valuable leadership experience, the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests and the ability to develop personal and professional skills. Use this link to browse the list of current student organizations, start an organization yourself or browse our student organizations to find an opportunity that is right for you:

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The fraternity and sorority community strives to create a fun and inclusive environment for students to grow through academic achievement, philanthropic and service opportunities, leadership roles, and a variety of brotherhood/sisterhood events, social events, and professional events. Fraternity and sorority involvement can add many valuable dimensions to a college experience. There are eight inter/national sororities and nine inter/national fraternities currently recognized at Chapman.  Each organization is unique and helps foster friendships, connections and involvement. Explore the Greek community at Chapman further at the following website:

Civic Engagement Initiatives

Civic Engagement Initiatives provide high-impact, transformative learning opportunities designed to empower you for engagement in important issues affecting our local, national and global communities. Whether you are new to or familiar with community service political engagement or social justice advocacy, participation in civic engagement initiatives will lead to meaningful relationships with other Chapman students and members of the surrounding community working for positive change. Awareness campaigns, social justice events, voter registration drives and alternative break service trips are just a few of the avenues that are here to support your engagement and develop your leadership in social, political and environmental issues. Civic engagement initiatives provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge, develop your efficacy and inspire a lifelong commitment to informed and responsible global citizenship. Visit the following website for more information:

Cross-Cultural Center

The Cross-Cultural Center provides ongoing programming for students who are exploring and defining their identity and culture. Programs and services are offered throughout the year to bring together the diverse perspectives, histories and experiences that make a college campus a unique and vibrant learning environment. During the academic year, you can participate in a variety of events and activities focused on fostering understanding of identity, furthering empathy for the experiences of others, and building community. Programs and events include Emerging Leaders: I Am Chapman pre-orientation experience, heritage/history/pride month celebrations, the We Are Chapman Retreat, the We CU Mentorship Program, Gender Inclusive Restroom Day, Safe Space and UndocuAlly workshops, Cross-Cultural graduation celebrations. Visit the following website for more information:

Fitness and Recreation Services

Fitness and Recreation Services promote Chapman student wellness and cultivates a sense of community through its various facilities and on-going programs and services. The 4,000 square foot Julianne Argyros Fitness Center features three zones-stretching, cardio and strength-and sees approximately 122,000 visits annually from students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall features a 51-foot rock wall with top-route and bouldering routes. Climbers can enjoy monthly route changes, climbing instruction, and belay tests from the Rock Wall Assistants. Students can also rent outdoor adventure gear and participate in a variety of programs, such as competitive sports tournaments, rock wall climbing clinics and competitions, off-campus recreational trips (skiing, hiking, etc.), group exercise, and special events such as Yoga on the Lawn. Visit the following website for more information:

Argyros Forum Student Union

The Argyros Forum Student Union is the living room of campus and offers a common space where students of all backgrounds can gather and develop as one Chapman community. Within the Student Union, students can attend programs, study, participate in meetings, or simply relax with friends in front of the fireplace. Four delicious dining venues-Jamba Juice, Qdoba, SubConnection and Einstein's Brothers Bagels are available. The Student Union provides ongoing services to provide entertainment and complement student academic endeavors on campus throughout the year including Amazon Locker, Laptops-To-Go, DirecTV, charging stations, board games, Collaboration Cubes and so much more. Visit the following website for more information:

University Program Board

The University Program Board's (UPB) is a student-run organization that engages students in entertaining programs throughout the academic year. The organization strives to enhance the overall Chapman experience through its events and their positive impact on the sense of community students feel and the social connections they form here. Students can look forward to an average of 40 programs each semester, including traditional favorites such as Spring Sizzle and Welcome Week, as well as off-campus excursions, guest lectures from notable speakers, concerts featuring talented artists, discounted tickets, and movie screenings. UPB is led by its student Executive Board that is supported by a pool of enthusiastic UPB committee members. Part of the student activities fee funds UPB activities. Visit the following website for more information:

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Chapman University is dedicated to making positive change on our campus. SGA's job is to advocate for student needs and concerns and improve every aspect of the college experience. SGA is comprised of an Executive Council, consisting of the SGA President, Vice President, Director of Finance, Director of Public Relations, and the Director of Elections, as well as a 16-member Senate, with representatives from each college, in addition to student organization senators and upper-and lower-class senators.

The Student Government Association has worked tirelessly for improvements on campus, including the smoke-free campus initiative, a week-long Thanksgiving break, sustainable initiatives, Laptops-to-Go, student organization support, and more. SGA also represents the student voice in a multitude of ways. Senators regularly serve on campus committees to involve students in decision-making that directly affects the student body, as well as by making it easy and accessible to reach out to your elected representatives on campus, online, or over the phone.

All undergraduate students are members of and support the SGA through the Associated Student fee, a large portion of which is allocated by the SGA back to students for conferences and student organization events. All students also receive a copy of the yearbook, voting privileges in SGA elections, and the eligibility to hold positions if they meet position requirements per the SGA governing documents. To find out more information about SGA, including how to get involved, visit

PEER and Health Education

PEER stands for Proactive Education Encouraging Responsibility. This department provides students with information regarding alcohol and substance abuse, sexual assault prevention, communication and life skills, conflict resolution, STD prevention (including HIV/AIDS), stress reduction and other related mental, physical and social health issues. It also provides programming opportunities for students in many of these areas. This department is responsible for the educational component of the Healthy Panther Initiative.

Chapman's PEER and Health Education department also provides students with opportunities to explore how high risk choices can impact a person's likelihood to achieve career and life goals. Wise decision-making, responsibility and awareness of consequences are key components of the many programs that this office sponsors. Students are also encouraged to receive training to provide services to fellow students in the area of rape and sexual assault prevention education. For more information, please call (714) 744-7080 or stop by room 303F in Argyros Forum.

Public Safety

The primary role of the Office of Public Safety is to provide a safe working and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. The office operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides a variety of services: safety and emergency preparedness consultation, lost and found, operation safe-ride, property identification, vehicle registration and bicycle registration. The Office of Public Safety requires that all vehicles and bicycles on campus be registered and all registrations are processed through this office. For more information about parking and registering your vehicle you can log onto the following website: The Office of Public Safety is located at 418 North Glassell.

Student Health Services

Physical well-being has a tremendous impact on academic performance. The goal of medical services is to provide the opportunity for academic success, while the focus is to provide students with easy access to health care and disease prevention.

Chapman University Student Health (CUSH) is staffed with nurse practitioners, nurses and physicians to promote good health and to assess and treat a variety of physical ailments that typically affect college-age students. Services include first aid treatment and triage, primary medicine, gynecological services, immunizations and health screening. Some medications are provided for a modest fee and some prescriptions are called into the students' pharmacy of choice. When a student's condition is beyond the scope of CUSH, the student may be referred off-campus for health care to a physician or clinic in the community.

The Chapman Student Health Center is located at 402 North Glassell Street (corner of Glassell and Sycamore), Orange, CA 92866. The phone number for the health center is (714) 997-6851. The center is available for walk-in visits Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon during regular terms. It is recommended that appointments be made for afternoon hours.

Student Psychological Counseling Services

A range of confidential, short-term psychological counseling services is provided to students on an as-available basis. Limited psychiatric evaluations are available to students who are seen at SPCS for therapy. Referrals to other off-campus psychiatrists and therapists are available for all students. All full-time undergraduates are eligible for services; part-time and graduate students on the Orange Campus must opt to pay a health and counseling fee at the time of registration.

Chapman University Campus Stores

University Bookstore, located in Bhathal Student Services Center, is your source for all Chapman University course materials. A large selection of new and used textbooks, rental eligible titles and eBooks are available with a variety of payment options. Refunds are accepted on course materials for a limited time. Please see a team member for details pertaining to the time of purchase policy.

A great selection of apparel and gifts are available, including merchandise for Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fowler School of Law and School of Pharmacy. Supplies and convenience items are also available at the bookstore. Although used textbooks are bought back every day, during the final week of each semester, a "cash for books event" is hosted by the bookstore offering up to 50 percent of the new price on any title that meets certain criteria, and will be sold in the bookstore the following semester.

Agora Gift Shop is located in Argyros Forum. All things Chapman is what makes up the gift shop. From fashion forward to classics, you will find the latest in Chapman apparel, gifts and supplies. Along with everything you need to show your Chapman spirit, the gift shop also carries Apple hardware and products, a selection of school and dorm supplies, health and beauty aids, confections and more.

Shop 24 hours a day at for the latest in Chapman fashion and gifts, course materials and more (shipping costs $5.50 or pick up in-store for free).

The Chapman University Campus Stores can be reached by phone at (714) 997-6718 or by email at

Regular Semester Hours

Up to the minute store hours are available at

University Bookstore

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Summer/Holiday Hours

University Bookstore

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Extended hours are offered during back to school, finals, commencement and special events.

Student Affairs Policies

Student Conduct Code

Chapman University expects that all students adhere to the policies that govern student behavior outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The University is specifically concerned when individual student and organizational behavior directly interfere with the University's primary educational objectives and functions or the rights and safety of others. Chapman believes that the conduct process has a role in developing a sense of responsibility and accountability in students, while being life preparatory. To that end, the University uses education and counseling, in addition to formal conduct proceedings to bring about these outcomes. Every Chapman student is presumed to have sufficient maturity, intelligence and concern for the rights of others and the rights of the institution to help maintain established standards of the academic community. When a student or organization's behavior demonstrates otherwise, the University will consider conduct proceedings as deemed necessary. For details regarding institutional policies governing student conduct or the disciplinary process, see the Chapman University Student Conduct Code or visit the Dean of Students Web page. Refer to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students website at to find the Code, required notifications and other relevant policies.

Healthy Panther

Chapman's Healthy Panther Initiative (HPI) embodies the philosophy that learning to make healthy decisions is not only an important part of college education, it is essential to achieving personal and academic aspirations. The definition of a Healthy Panther includes:

  • A student who consistently respects her or his community and others.
  • A student who, if sexually active, consistently practices safer sex.
  • A student who is knowledgeable about alcohol and other drugs and their effects on the body and decisions.
  • A student who develops a healthy plan for herself or himself and sticks with it.
  • A student who drinks in moderation or not at all.

The Healthy Panther Initiative provides students with learning beyond formal education, knowledge about alcohol and other drugs and their effects on the body. The program's goal is to provide essential information that will educate students about the effects of alcohol on the individual and how it can affect not only the individual, but also the individual's societal surroundings; thus, empowering the individual to expand their coping skills regarding healthy relationships and decision making, enabling them to take control of their life choices and make positive decisions. Healthy Panther Initiative also educates students regarding affirmative consent, active bystander intervention skills, and related sexual violence prevention issues. Research has shown that combining motivational interviewing with an online feedback system can help students reduce risky behaviors. The HPI has two distinct components that must be completed by all new undergraduate students:

Part 1: The first part of Healthy Panther initiative involves an interactive group presentation focusing on high risk behaviors during which all new undergraduate students will be introduced to or reminded of, the potential consequences of these behaviors, including alcohol poisoning, rape and sexual assault and the spread of HIV and other STDs. The session lasts approximately 75 minutes and attempts to enhance student coping skills; thus, empowering students to take control of their lives and choices, while introducing them to services provided here at Chapman.

Part 2: The second component is the completion of a follow-up survey. Approximately six weeks following the presentation, students will receive a follow-up survey through their Chapman email account from SurveyMonkey. Once the student completes the 30 minute survey they will have completed the Healthy Panther Initiative.

Chapman University students and their guests are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws, as well as Chapman policies governing the use of alcohol and drugs. This requires that students and their guests not only have knowledge of these various laws and policies, but also are responsible and mature decision makers. Chapman University seeks to impart this knowledge and these values first and foremost through educational means relying heavily on positive staff and faculty role modeling, the formation and use of a peer education network and curriculum infusion whenever possible. Factual information and knowledge regarding alcohol and drugs, skills and strategies for achieving and maintaining healthy behaviors, creation of a cooperative and consistent campus peer environment and compliance with all local and federal regulations are components of this educational agenda. Illegal and abusive use of alcohol and other drugs by any member of the campus community constitutes an untenable threat to the community and signals a need for intervention on the part of the University. All campus event use of alcohol must be approved via an alcohol use permit. For further details, refer to the Chapman University Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy or visit the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students website at

Financial Responsibility

It is expected that students shall be responsible for their financial obligations, both to the University and to the larger community. Students who do not meet their financial obligations may be prevented from further enrollment at Chapman and may be subject to conduct review.

Firearms and Fireworks

The possession or use of firearms, fireworks or other explosives is prohibited on campus and may be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Freedom of speech and expression are especially important values within an academic community. Thus, with rare exception, all topics are appropriate for discussion and debate within the framework of academic inquiry. Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. Students are always free to support causes by orderly means, which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it is clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves and not for the institution.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have concerns about campus academic policies, procedures, other policies, treatment by faculty or other campus employees or concerns about college operations are encouraged to bring those concerns or complaints to the attention of the appropriate campus personnel.

For academic matters, the process normally begins with the faculty member involved. Appeals typically go to the department chair, the academic dean, the Undergraduate Academic Council, and then the vice provost for undergraduate education. For non-academic matters (issues related to departments such as residence life, facilities management, business office, etc.), students should first discuss the matter with the head of the appropriate department with appeals to the appropriate supervisor. Students unsure of whom to contact should consult with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students for appropriate referral.

Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free from any form of harassment and discrimination based upon an individual's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect. The University is also committed to providing an environment which is free of sexual harassment in any form. It is the University's policy, therefore, to prohibit all forms of such harassment or discrimination among University faculty, students, staff, and administrators. Independent contractors and other third parties at the University are also expected to conform their conduct to the University's Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy. The University's ability to take action against third parties may be limited and is determined by their context of the prohibited conduct and the nature of the relationship to the parties and the University.

View a copy of the entire policy at

The University's administrative, faculty, staff and students are each responsible for creating and maintaining an environment conducive to work, study, and learning and for cooperating with University officials who investigate allegations of policy violations. It is the duty of every member of the faculty, staff, and administrative to assure compliance with the policy by promptly reporting allegations of the policy violations to the University's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer. Students are also strongly encouraged to report any alleged violations of this policy, and may do so by reporting the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer.

In keeping with its policies, Chapman University not only fully complies with all local, state, and federal laws concerning harassment and discrimination, but also provided a means to assure fair treatment to any student, employee or member of the University community who believes the policy prohibiting harassment, discrimination, and sexual harassment has been violated. For further information, concerning Chapman University's Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy, please contact the University's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer at (714) 997-6847.

Hazing and Disorderly Conduct

Hazing, indecent or disorderly conduct or failure to comply with the directions of Chapman officials acting in the regular performance of their duties are not compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and is forbidden by the Student Conduct Code. Any such behavior will result in conduct proceedings and appropriate consequences.

Local, State and Federal Laws

Students attending Chapman are subject to local, state, federal laws, and when studying outside the United States laws of foreign jurisdiction(s). Chapman reserves the right to impose institutional sanctions for violations of public laws, even when such violations occur off University property. Students may also be subject to civil and/or criminal charges for offenses on Chapman property, if such offenses are in violation of local, state or federal laws, in addition to any accountability that they may face under the Student Conduct Code or other University policies.

Rights and Privacy Act/Confidentiality of Educational Records

Chapman's policy regarding confidentiality is in keeping with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which affords students certain rights with respect to their education records, a summary of which follows:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's own education records within 45 days of the day Chapman University receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records.

One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. School officials are individuals or entities working for or on the behalf of Chapman University. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibility.

As allowed within FERPA guidelines, Chapman University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failure by Chapman University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

At its discretion, Chapman University may provide public directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Directory information is defined as information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the University Registrar in writing.

A complete text of Chapman's annual notification to students of their rights under FERPA is contained on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.


Per the Student Conduct Code, any form of violence is forbidden and may result in immediate suspension from the campus and upon appropriate determination, expulsion from Chapman University.