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 Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

The vice chancellor 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, 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 Specialist 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

Several student service offices and academic departments at Chapman offer programs to support and increase the understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus and the surrounding community. During the academic year, Diversity & Equity Initiatives implements a variety of events and activities focused on diversity, equity and global citizenship such as the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Ubuntu Community Dialogue Circle, the Safe Space Program, Diversity Education Program, Diversity & Equity Awards & Graduation, and various workshops, events, gatherings, and trainings. University Program Board (UPB) brings major speakers, panels, and events to campus. Academic Advising and First Year Programs offer programs focused on supporting First Generation college students. Housing and Residence Life provides the Tunnel of Oppression and the Vagina Monologues. The multicultural, social justice, service student organizations, and the Office of Equal Opportunity serve to promote diversity on campus and discussion of relevant and timely issues.

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 CDC 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, applying to graduate school as well as figuring out their long-term career goals. Located in Argyros Forum 303, the CDC may be contacted by phone, 714/997–6942 or e-mail, 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've 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 CDC 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 CDC activities—Appointment Sessions, Excursions, MORE Career Expo, Career Lounges, etc.—offers 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.

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. Ten 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 2–4 hours, with 5–20 students joining in on the adventure. Focus industries include entertainment, business entrepreneurs, fashion, non-profit, sports/athletics, and graduate schools; however we are always open for suggestions!

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 CDC is always on the lookout for exciting and innovative career opportunities to share with our 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 Eight times during the traditional school year, eight students will be selected to join in this intimate, fine dining, and networking experience which will take place at the exclusive Chef’s Table in Sandhu Dining Hall, co-sponsored by Sodexo.

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 Student Union.

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. 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 Internship Portal or via the paper process. Internship deadlines are posted annually on the academic calendar and more information is available on the Career Development Center website at

Off–Campus Employment

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 jobs, internships, and career-related events. Currently enrolled students may register on Panther Connect at through the Career Development Center's home page.

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 CDC homepage at

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

Student Employment Services posts part–time on–campus positions, such as work study, non–work study, and graduate positions. For more information, please call 714/997–6674 or log onto our website at

Restaurant Services

Chapman University Restaurant Services provides a multitude of interrelated service programs designed to meet the needs of everyone on campus including students, faculty, and staff. It is our goal to provide flexibility, quality, and variety to all of our customers.

Restaurant Services offers several meal plan options that serve the diverse backgrounds, tastes, and schedules of both residential and commuter students. We also encourage faculty and staff to purchase meal plans. 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. We also host a variety of special events and meals like lavish holiday buffets, themed dinners, community barbecues, and “Locavore Lunches” featuring fresh, local produce. We serve both early and late meals, and also offer the “Simply To Go” program - a grab and go solution for students on the run.

Randall Dining Commons is located below the Sandhu Conference Center near the residence halls. With an all–you–can–eat format, it is open to the entire campus community and features several food stations including salad bar, deli, pizza, pasta, vegan, Asian, sushi, grill, and Euro Station serving dishes from regions across the globe. Other campus restaurants include the Hungry Panther located in Argyros Forum, a collection of quick service concepts designed for any palate. Salsa Rico® serves authentic Mexican food with fresh salsas. Sky Ranch Grill® offers 1/3 pound Angus burgers and great Portobello mushroom sandwiches. Pantera’s™ is Italian cuisine featuring gourmet, hand-tossed pizzas, freshly prepared salads, and pasta. Freshens® menu includes fruit and yogurt smoothies, frozen yogurt desserts, and shakes. Cyber Cafe, located in Beckman Hall, hosts Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery®, a specialty coffee house with exceptional baked goods, grab and go salads, and ten signature blends of 100% sustainable brewed coffee. Also in Cyber Cafe is Subversions™, a fresh made-to-order deli sandwich and wraps restaurant. Please visit Doy’s Place at Henley Underground located in Henley Hall for Starbucks® Coffee, assorted beverages, and a selection of convenience items, as well as late night pizza and toasted sandwiches. Hours of operations vary from restaurant to restaurant. For more information 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 the fall of 2009, Sandhu Residence Center opened with approximately 300 beds, a new dining facility, ground level parking, conference center, and an indoor Rock Wall.

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, Henley, 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, and the Davis and Harris Apartments.

On-Campus Living

The 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 residence life area include the 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 resident student's use.

The residential 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, opened in the Fall of 2011, 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 the Peer Conduct Boards, Residence Hall Association and hall councils.

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:

Get the Academic Edge -First Year Associates Program

The 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 study strategies, 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 MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible). MAP-Works 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. Be on the lookout for more information once the academic year begins.

First Year Photo Project

This program, made exclusively for you, is a way to connect with Chapman early on and take others with you on your journey to college. Interested students will document this exciting transition through pictures. We look forward to seeing your journey through a different lens.

Pre-Orientation Wilderness Adventure

Do you enjoy hiking, kayaking, or just exploring the great outdoors? Join other incoming students for this new 2-3 day Southern California excursion coming this summer, 2013.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Summer retreat is a three day program taking place Sunday, August 18th through Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. 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 ropes 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

Are you the first member in your family to attend college? Our First Generation Summer Bridge Program will take place August 18th & 19th, 2013. This 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, diversity and equity initiatives, and the Student Union are just a few of the ways students can become engaged members of the campus and surrounding communities! For additional information, please visit Facebook, our website, or call 714/997–6761.

Student Organizations

There are over 100 registered student organizations on campus each year. 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 try the student organization matching system to find an opportunity that’s right for you:

Student Civic Engagement

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 or familiar to the Orange County community, participation in civic engagement initiatives will lead to meaningful relationships with other Chapman students and members of the surrounding community working for positive change in our community. Awareness campaigns, one-day service projects, sustainability workshops, and international 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:

Diversity and Equity Initiatives

Students may also find community in one of Chapman's many multicultural, social justice, spiritual or service organizations. Diversity and equity initiatives provide on-going dialogue and support 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 Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Ubuntu Community Dialogue Circle, the Safe Space Program, Diversity Education Program, Diversity and Equity Awards and Graduation, and various workshops, gatherings and trainings. Visit the following website for more information:

Student Union

The Argyros Forum Student Union is a common space where students of all backgrounds can come together 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. Three delicious dining venues – Jamba Juice, WOW Café, and Einstein’s Brothes Bagels are available. The Student Union houses programming throughout the year including fitness classes, live music, and the annual Chapman Jeopardy! event. Free services are also offered, including the iPad borrowing program and video game console check-out, which gives you access to the latest technology 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:

University Program Board

The University Program Board's (UPB) responsibility is to provide entertainment 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 group excursions, guest lectures, concerts, cultural events, and parties. UPB is led by its student Executive Board who is supported by a pool of student volunteers. Part of the Student Activities fee funds UPB activities.

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, 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. All registrations are processed through the office of Public Safety. 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 part–time on–campus job opportunities for federal work study and non–work study students.

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 N. 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 12 p.m. 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. Referral for psychiatric evaluation or to other appropriate outside agencies is available for students with additional therapy needs. 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 and SGA vice president. The Senate consists of twenty-three (23) 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 Bookstore

The Chapman University Bookstore has two locations on campus. The textbook store, located in Bhathal Student Services Building, is the main source for textbooks. A large inventory of new and used books, ebooks, and rentals 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 2 days if purchased after the refund deadline. Textbooks are non–returnable if purchased during midterms or finals. All course materials as well as basic reference material and supplies are also available at the Textbook Store. Used textbooks are bought back every day. During the final week of each semester a “Buyback” is hosted where 50% of the new price is offered on any title, that meets certain criteria’s, needed in the Bookstore. Students may reserve or purchase textbooks early at

The Agora Gift Shop is located in Argyros Forum. A wide assortment of collegiate clothing and gift items, school supplies, convenience and dorm items are available. The merchandise catalog, greek gear, custom gifts and much more is available online at

The Chapman University Bookstore can be contacted by phone at 714/997–6718, by email at

Regular Semester Hours

Textbook Store

Monday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday & Wednesday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Extended hours are offered during Rush, Finals, Graduation and special events.

Summer/Holiday Hours

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please call for hours 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 disciplinary 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 disciplinary 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 disciplinary 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 webpage. Refer to the Vice Chancellor 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 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 three 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: Students will then complete the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA is a confidential web-based instrument that collects data about student health habits, behaviors, and perceptions on topics such as sexual health, physical health, personal safety, and alcohol and other drugs. This is a very inclusive survey that touches on all the possible decisions college students make. The assessment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Part 3: The final component is the completion of a follow-up survey. Approximately 6 weeks following the completion of Choicepoints Lite, you will receive a follow-up survey through your Chapman e-mail 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 Chancellor 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, protected by the United States Constitution, is an especially important value 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 Chancellor. 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 chancellor for student affairs and dean of students for appropriate referral.


Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free from harassment, and every member of the university community must recognize that harassment 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 providing an environment in which each member of the university community feels free to comment 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 in any form. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment because of age, disability, race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

The university will not tolerate any conduct which has either the purpose or the effect of interfering with the work or scholastic performance of any member of the university community or creating an intimidating or hostile living, learning, or working 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 which creates an 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 to retaliate against a person who has initiated an inquiry or complaint.

The right of confidentiality for any party involved in an alleged harassment incident, including the complainant and the accused, will be respected insofar as it does not interfere with the university’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct 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, but also provides a means to assure fair treatment to any student or employee who believes the policy prohibiting harassment 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, please contact the Equal Opportunity 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.