Campus Life

Student Affairs Information

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 the Career Development Center (including the Internship Program), Housing and Residence Life, PEER and Health Education, Student Engagement, Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, Student Health Services, Greek Life, Student Psychological Counseling Services, Disability Services, Orientation, First Year Programs and the Student Conduct System.

Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center

(See the General Information section of the catalog.)

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 provides services in connection with diversity on campus through offices, programs, initiatives and committees including Cross–Cultural Engagement, the campus–wide Cross–Cultural Initiative, Disability Services, the Interfaith Center, Promising Futures Mentorship Program, Summer Bridge Program, First Year Programs, Housing and Residence Life, Civic Engagement Initiatives, the Argyros Forum Student Union, academic departments and more. Programs and services offered support students and seek to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus and within the surrounding community. During the academic year, there are a wide range of opportunities to engage in cross–cultural dialogue including events like the Tunnel of Oppression, the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Vagina Monologues, We are Chapman Retreat, Breaking Ground Diversity Training Program, discussion groups like Stonewall for LGBTQI+ students and Ubuntu which focuses on interpersonal and global interdependence, Gender Inclusive Restroom Day, Trans Gender Day of Remembrance, Listening Sessions for Affinity Groups and Identities, Diversity and Equity Awards and Graduation Reception, various workshops, forums and community gatherings, as well as traditional events hosted by diversity and cultural student organizations. The University Program Board (UPB) brings major speakers, panels and events to campus focused on awareness. Student advocacy around diversity on campus is channeled through the SGA Inclusion Committee. Faculty advocacy around diversity on campus is 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.

Career Development Center

The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) is to assist undergraduate and graduate students at Chapman University with identifying, developing and implementing their career goals through self–direction and personal responsibility. To do so, the center provides personalized career coaching and assessment, workshops, alumni and employer panels, career and internship expos and other recruiting events, handouts and online postings through Panther Connect for full–time and part–time jobs and internship positions. Staff in the Career Development Center specialize in helping students with their questions and concerns about choosing or changing their major, getting a job, setting up internships, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and applying to graduate school as well as figuring out their long–term career goals. Located in Argyros Forum 303, the Career Development Center may be contacted by phone, (714) 997–6942 or email, More information is available at

Career Coaching and Assessment

Individual and small group career coaching is available by appointment to assist students in developing career goals, determining methods of obtaining these goals and implementing a viable plan for an effective job search or continued education. Career educators work with students to help them assess their interests, skills and values, make connections to appropriate majors, jobs, internships and career fields, research and explore their options and market the skills they have gained through their Chapman education.

Career Education

What drives choosing a career direction? Many times it comes from informal exposure to information that sounds intriguing, exciting or complementary to an interest area. Sometimes it comes from encountering a field or topic not previously known. The career education component of the Career Development Center strives to assist students to see the relevance of Career Development Center events and activities to their own career–related situations, whether or not they have made a career choice. Whether a student is an undeclared major or someone who is actively pursuing a known career direction, taking part in Career Development Center activitie–appointment sessions, excursions, MORE career expo, career lounges, etc. offer a variety of experiences which give input into decision making and goal–setting. Career educators are available to help students effectively strategize to get the most career–related benefits from their educational experience. Utilizing these components will allow them to begin composing concise resumes, cover letters and personal branding statements which will assist in the lifelong process of networking and career success.

Career Excursions

The Career Development Center is committed to offering an array of experiences to help our students get a taste of the world of opportunities around them. Several times a year, we invite students on career excursions to interesting and inspiring businesses in the Southern California area. Excursions are designed for students to receive personal attention and behind–the–scenes experiences that can answer deep questions and ignite greater curiosity and enthusiasm for new career ideas. Each excursion lasts from two to four hours with 5 to 20 students joining in on the adventure. Focus industries include arts, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, fashion, graduate school, non–profit, science, sports/athletics and technology.

Career Outreach

Employers want Chapman students and they are eager to help our students find jobs within their organizations. Throughout the year, recruiting representatives from businesses with local, national and international reach visit our campus to meet with our students. Recruiting tables, mock interviews and resume reviews are just a few of the ways industry representatives work to connect with our students to help them succeed. The Career Development Center is always on the lookout for exciting and innovative career opportunities to share with our students.

Chapman LIVE

Chapman LIVE is an event designed to provide employers with an opportunity to connect exclusively with students in an elevated environment without the distraction of recruiters from other companies. This event allows 2–3 hours of networking and social interaction with a tailored group of potential employee candidates. Chapman LIVE events not only offer a unique experience for the students, but also for the employer, giving them the opportunity to focus on connecting rather than organizing the event.

Coffee and Connection

Coffee and Connections is a first–hand opportunity for employers to meet the Chapman community and familiarize themselves with the campus environment. During this networking opportunity, employers will learn about our student population, the campus culture and the various programs and services offered by the Career Development Center. Lastly, employers will learn how they can partner with a network of employers and friends of Chapman by offering job opportunities, mentoring and internships to Chapman students.

Courses of Excellence

A fabulous feast for the mind and palate, Courses of Excellence offers students the opportunity to meaningfully engage with industry leaders over an eight–course meal seasoned with equally tasty business conversation. Students may indicate their interest in partaking of courses of excellence by completing the Student Network form at

Desserts and Dialogue

In partnership with alumni relations, Desserts and Dialogue offers the opportunity for meaningful conversations between Chapman alumni industry leaders and Chapman students over appetizers and desserts. The initiative is designed to share common industry practices, strengthen partnership/collaborations and to develop opportunities aiding in providing students with a personalized approach to career development. Students may indicate their interest in partaking of desserts and dialogue by completing the Student Networking form at Eight times during the traditional school year, students will be selected to join this intimate, networking experience which will take place in the Argyros Forum Student Union.

Grad School Café

An intimate café style setting is put together with coffee and appetizers allowing students a comfortable environment to gain valuable information on the graduate school process, personal statements and exams for different graduate programs. We have guest speakers that include admissions, Kaplan and Princeton Review, faculty and graduate students, allowing for a broad picture of what to expect and how to best prepare for graduate school.

Internship Program

Internships give students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience, an increased understanding of their chosen career field, job skills, self–confidence and more. Increasingly important in today's competitive job market, internships give graduates an edge when they seek jobs, having had "real–world" experience. Positions are available in various disciplines and are offered year round (fall, interterm, spring and summer semesters). The Career Development Center administers the domestic internship program while international internships are handled by the Center for Global Education. Twenty hours for each half credit earned, a designated site supervisor and regular contact with a faculty internship advisor are required. Hours may only count for credit during the academic term in which a student is registered. No retroactive internship credit may be awarded for hours worked without timely registration in an internship course. Independent internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. If an internship for a seminar course is not secured by the fifth week of the term per the academic calendar, the student is expected to withdraw from the course which would result in an automatic W notation on the transcript. Students may accumulate up to 12 internship credits toward a Chapman degree including those that count for GE credit and Individualized Experiential Learning Project (IELP) credit. To register for internships, students must complete the internship application online through the internship portal. Internship deadlines are posted annually on the academic calendar and more information is available on the Career Development Center website at


The MORE career expo provides an opportunity for meaningful conversations between Chapman students and employers with current job openings in one setting. The MORE career expo initiative was crafted to share common industry practices, strengthen partnerships/collaborations and to develop opportunities aiding in providing students with a personalize approach to career development. Students are encouraged to bring resumes and to dress appropriately for a possible job interview on site. This career expo is held in the spring of each school year.

Panther Connect

The Career Development Center promotes part–time employment as an excellent way for students to gain valuable workplace skills, supplement their academic experience and earn money. Students can access these job postings using Panther Connect, the online "one–stop shop" for internships and jobs.


Students have access to a variety of annual campus recruiting events and opportunities such as career expos, networking receptions, internship mixers, job and internship postings and employer information tables and information sessions. All students are encouraged to register with Panther Connect, the online "one–stop shop" career connection to full–time and part–time jobs, internships and career–related events. Please contact the Career Development Center for your Panther Connect account information.

Target for Success and Target for Success Series

These events bring in speakers to help students develop communication, networking and leadership skills. Social media and branding have become the changing face of career development. Engaging students and helping them to begin utilizing social media as a platform for personal and professional development is also a targeted focus for this series.

The Chapman Network

The Chapman network is comprised of a growing number of interconnections between the Chapman community and external businesses, organizations, Chapman alumni and parents. These connections are cultivated with the intention of connecting our students with industry contacts to form a professional relationship that is mutually beneficial to Chapman students and other network members. Students, employers, alumni and parents interested in joining the Chapman network may do so by completing the Student or General Networking form located on the Career Development Center homepage at

Quick Questions

These walk–in hours offer students 15 minute sessions with a career educator designed to aid them in anything they may need, from resume help to internship questions, without requiring an hour appointment. Quick questions are offered Monday–Friday, for a two hour period. Please check our website for the schedule at

Summit Internship Program

The Summit Internship program consists of two components, which aim to prepare undergraduate and graduate students with a professional and career focused foundation to make them better prepared and competitive in a rapidly evolving jobs and internship market. Through the Summit Internship program, students will gain the knowledge and training needed to succeed in their professional endeavors and lifelong career development.

On–Campus Employment, Federal Work Study and Non–Work Study Jobs

Student Employment Services works with University departments to post employment opportunities for part–time on–campus positions, under work study, non–work study and graduate employment. For more information, please call (714) 997–6674 or log onto our website at

Restaurant Services

Chapman University Restaurant Services is more than great food. It is a community experience 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 experience the comfort, convenience, outstanding food and inviting atmosphere designed especially for you. Restaurant Services offers several meal plans that 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 that are both physician prescribed and preference related, including vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. Campus community members may save up to 59 percent off on all Chapman restaurants when ordering a commuter meal plan, learn more:

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 over pizza, made–to order pasta, delicious Asian cuisine, hand rolled sushi, open fire mesquite grill, delightfully refreshing vegan entrées and our very popular Euro station serving dishes from regions across the globe. In addition to Randall, Chapman restaurants hosts seven retail restaurants across campus to include, Jamba Juice, Einstein Brothers bagels, Sub Connection and Qdoba Mexican Grill, all located in Argyros Forum. Starbuck's located in Beckman Hall features brewed coffees, Tazo hot and iced teas, hot and iced handcrafted espresso based and coffee/non–coffee Frappuccino blended beverages. Also offering smoothies, Refreshers, Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, wholesome food including breakfast, lunch, pastry and packaged items, candies, ready–to–drink bottled beverages and juices, retail merchandise and fresh–roasted whole bean coffee.

The Rotunda Café is located inside Leatherby Libraries. Here one can enjoy Chapman Restaurant's Simply To Go menu items that include salads, sushi, sandwiches, yogurt and fruit cups, which are 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 at:

Housing and Residence Life

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 of which 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 according to academic content. First year communities are located in Pralle–Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall, Glass Hall and North Morlan Hall. Students living in either Pralle–Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall or Glass Hall 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, South Morlan Hall, Sandhu Residence Center, Davis Apartments, Harris Apartments and Panther Village Apartment Suites.

OnCampus Living

The housing and residence life area is an active place. Students live in small, community–based groups. They take an active role in shaping that community through programs and activities with the assistance of a resident advisor student staff and a live–in professional staff.

Additional facilities enhancing the housing and 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. Included in this vibrant gathering place for residents are a convenience store, media room with a large screen television, Chapman University Radio, a small recently renovated fully sustainable gym and a recreation area with billiards and table tennis. A kitchen area is also available in Morlan Hall for any student resident's use.

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

With a strong focus on community, the staff provides several hundred social and educational programs for students each semester. Many students take advantage of residential leadership opportunities–including Residence Hall Association, Residence Hall Councils and more.

Orientation and First Year Programs

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 classes and opportunities, responsibilities and experiences associated with being a member of the Chapman University community. Families gain important information about the values, traditions and resources of Chapman that will equip them to become partners in the educational journey of their students.

Orientation activities expose students to academics, student services and co–curricular activities at Chapman. Through these activities, students and their families interact with Chapman faculty, staff and administrators as well as 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, students have the opportunity to participate in the following programs:

First Year Associates Program

The First Year Associates program is a series of evening workshops designed to provide first year students with additional opportunities to interact with faculty and representatives from various academic offices. Recent workshops covered topics such as time management, undergraduate research opportunities, tips for course registration and scholarship opportunities. Students who attend this program will gain an insider’s perspective on ways to get ahead academically at Chapman and beyond.


Each fall and spring we ask all first year students to complete a short online survey called Mapworks. Mapworks is designed to help students understand how they are connecting at the University, what challenges may lie ahead and what services are available to help them meet those challenges.

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.

Wilderness Trek

Wilderness Trek is a three–day pre–orientation expedition to the wilderness. Students have the opportunity to make new friends, challenge themselves and explore some of the most beautiful areas in California. Through this unique collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles's Recreation Outdoor Adventures program, students can choose among three separate outdoor excursions to attend.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreat is a four day pre–orientation program. Students will have opportunities to meet peers and learn more about leadership in a fun and interactive setting. In addition to hands–on activities and discussions, students will participate in an outdoor challenge course and service project. This will be a 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 staff and students who themselves are first generation.

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor program is designed to help new students make connections with the campus community and begin to establish a sense of belonging at the University. Peer mentors are successful and experienced student volunteers who are dedicated to supporting first year and transfer students’ transition into college. This program is open to any new student who is interested in having a mentor to guide him/her through the first semester at Chapman.

Contact the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs for details at (714) 997–6961 or

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, Greek Life, the Argyros Forum Student Union and Julianne Argyros Fitness Center 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 approximately 150 recognized student organizations in the following categories: academic, civic engagement, diversity/cultural, honor societies, leisure, recreational 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:

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 Engagement

Cross–Cultural Engagement 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 learning environment. During the academic year, you can participate in a variety of events and activities focused on diversity, equity and global citizenship such as the We Are Chapman Retreat, Breaking Ground Diversity Training program, discussion groups like Stonewall for LGBTQI students and Ubuntu which focuses on interpersonal and global interdependence, Gender Inclusive Restroom Day, Trans gender day of Remembrance, Listening Sessions for Affinity groups and identities, Diversity and Equity Awards and Graduation Reception and various workshops and forums and community gatherings. Students can also find community in one of Chapman's many diversity, cultural, spiritual or service organizations or start their own. Visit the following website for more information:

Julianne Argyros Fitness Center

The 4,000 square foot Julianne Argyros Fitness Center is an efficient and welcoming environment for the Chapman community to stay active and healthy. With over 122,000 visits annually, the center is a popular facility providing a space to host a variety of exercise activities and physical education classes. State–of–the–art equipment is featured throughout the center's three zones: stretching, cardio and strength. The center offers convenient hours in order to meet the needs of the entire Chapman community. Visit the following website for more information:

Argyros Forum Student Union

The Argyros Forum Student Union is a common space where students of all backgrounds can gather and develop as one Chapman community. Within the Student Union, students can participate in meetings, study, attend events 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 houses programming throughout the year including free group fitness classes. DirecTV and other free services are also offered to complement your academic endeavors and provide entertainment between classes. Visit the following website for more information:

Discounted Tickets

Purchase tickets at discounted rates for Southern California's many amusement parks and local movie theatres, as well as select sporting events and theatre performances. New discounts are added throughout the year and advertised through weekly emails and social media. Visit the following website for more information:

Greek Life

Chapman University recognizes 17 national fraternity and sorority chapters that make up the Chapman Greek community. Approximately 34 percent of undergraduate students are involved in Greek organizations. Fraternities and sororities promote scholarship and provide numerous leadership opportunities while offering companionship and support, academic assistance, personal growth, recreational and social activities, alumni networking, campus involvement, community service opportunities and philanthropic giving. Visit the Greek Life website to learn more:

University Program Board

The University Program Board's (UPB) is a student–run organization that provides entertaining and educational programming for the undergraduate student body in order to create a sense of community on campus and to enhance the overall student experience at Chapman. UPB hosts an array of events 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, cultural events and parties. UPB is led by its student Executive Board who 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:

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 and ChoicepointsLite.

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 303B 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, please stop by the office or call (714) 997–6763 or log onto the website at The Office of Public Safety is located at 418 North Glassell.

Student Employment Services

Provides assistance to student hiring managers and students with the recruitment and selection process for on–campus student employment, both federal work study and University funded positions.

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 a physician assistant, 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 semesters. 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 must opt to pay a health and counseling fee at the time of registration.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Chapman is composed of all full–time undergraduate students and part–time undergraduate students. The executive officers include the SGA president, vice president, director of finance and director of public relations. The Senate consists of 25 student–elected representatives who act as advocates for undergraduate student needs.

Campus committees are also an integral part of the Student Government Association. These committees enable senators to become involved in the decision–making that directly affects the student body. With the help of student government, students are empowered to take an active role in maintaining an effective relationship among students, faculty, administration and other members of the Chapman community.

All undergraduate students support the Student Government Association through the student activities fee. The members are entitled to a copy of the yearbook (in the senior year), voting privileges in Student Government Association elections and are eligible to hold positions if they meet position requirements per the governing documents. A portion of the student activities fee also helps to subsidize The Panther, the student–run newspaper, along with Chapman Radio, the student–run radio station on campus and the University Program Board.

Chapman University Campus Stores

The 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 with a receipt up to one week from the beginning of the semester or within two days if purchased after the refund/exchange date up to April 1, 2017. Course materials purchased after April 1, 2017 will be non–refundable.

A great selection of apparel and gifts are available for the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the Fowler School of Law and the School of Pharmacy. General and law reference materials, 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 in 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.

The 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 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.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday – Thursday

7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Summer/Holiday Hours

University Bookstore

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please see store hours at or call during holidays or 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 other members of the University community. 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:

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.

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: Choicepoints Lite is 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 55–70 minutes and attempts to enhance your coping skills; thus, empowering you to take control of your life and choices, while introducing you to services provided here at Chapman.

Part 2: The second component is the completion of a follow–up survey. Approximately six weeks following the completion of Choicepoints Lite, you will receive a follow–up survey through your Chapman email account from SurveyMonkey. Once you complete this 30 minute survey you 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, 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. They 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.

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 and then the provost. 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 and Discrimination

Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free from any form of harassment and discrimination and every member of the University community must recognize that harassment and discrimination of any type compromises the integrity of the University and the tradition of free and open inquiry among its members. Chapman also affirms its commitment to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity, inclusion and fosters tolerance and mutual respect by providing an environment in which each member of the University community feels free to address inquires on any issue or topic.

It is the University’s policy, therefore, to insist that all members of the University community are treated at all times with dignity and respect. The University has a strict policy which prohibits harassment and discrimination in any form. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment and discrimination on the basis of 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.

The University will not tolerate any conduct which has either the purpose or the effect of interfering with the work, scholastic or educational performance of any member of the University community or creating an intimidating or hostile working, learning or living environment. The University will also not tolerate any conduct which has the purpose or effect of singling out any specific group within the University community in a manner which leads to harassment or discrimination or which creates a hostile or offensive working or learning environment for that group.

It is a violation of University policy for anyone to engage in any form of harassment or discrimination or to retaliate against a person who has initiated an inquiry or complaint.

The confidentiality for any party involved in an alleged harassment incident, including the complainant, the respondent and/or witnesses, will be respected insofar as it does not interfere with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations of harassment and discrimination and to take corrective action where appropriate.

In keeping with its policies, Chapman University not only fully complies with all local, state and federal laws concerning harassment and discrimination, but also provides a means to assure fair treatment to any student, employee or member of the University community who believes the policy prohibiting harassment and discrimination has been violated. It is the policy of the University that all charges of harassment be reviewed in a confidential, sensitive and expeditious manner. For further information, concerning Chapman University's Harassment and Discrimination 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 intuition. Any such behavior will result in conduct proceedings and appropriate consequences.

Local, State and Federal Laws

Students attending Chapman are subject to local, state and federal laws. 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.

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:

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 his or her 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.

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.


Any form of violence is forbidden and may result in immediate suspension from the campus and upon appropriate determination, expulsion from Chapman University.