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

Student Employment Information

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

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

Restaurant Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residence Life and First Year Experience

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

Housing Options

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

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

Housing for First Year Students

All first year students arriving in the fall will be placed by their academic college or school. First year communities are located in Pralle–Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall, Glass Hall and 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, Sandhu Residence Center, Davis Apartments, Harris Apartments and Panther Village Apartment Suites.

OnCampus Living

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

Additional facilities in the residence life area include the Doti–Struppa rock climbing wall in the Sandhu Residence Center and Cheverton Commons on the basement level of Henley Hall. Cheverton Commons is a vibrant gathering place for residents with a number of different resources including a media room with a large screen television, Chapman University Radio, a small 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 residence life area also offers several outdoor recreation facilities, including a sand volleyball court, a 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, student employment opportunities, and more.


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

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

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

First Year Photo Project

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

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 three-day program where students will have opportunity to meet peers and learn more about leadership in a fun and interactive setting. Students will be able to preference one of three leadership development tracks in which they would like to engage in: I Am Chapman, Let's Be Real, and Common Ground. This is the perfect opportunity to explore ways to get involved at Chapman before the fall semester even begins!

First Generation Summer Bridge Program

The First Generation Summer Bridge program is an optional support program for first generation college students and their families at Chapman University. The program is run by 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 them through the first semester at Chapman.


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 my lie ahead and what services are available to help them meet those challenges.

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.

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 over 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 Center

The Cross–Cultural Center provides ongoing programming for students who are exploring and defining their identity and culture. Programs and services are offered throughout the year to bring together the diverse perspectives, histories and experiences that make a college campus a unique and vibrant learning environment. During the academic year, you can participate in a variety of events and activities focused on diversity, equity and global citizenship such as the Emerging Leaders: I Am Chapman pre-orientation experience, Heritage/History/Pride Monthly celebrations? We are Chapman Leadership Retreat, Breaking Ground Diversity Training program, discussion groups like Stonewall for LGBTQI students, Gender Inclusive Restroom Day, Transgender day of Remembrance, Listening Sessions for Affinity groups and identities, Diversity Awards and Cross-Cultural Graduation Receptions and various workshops, 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 a welcoming environment for current students and full-time staff and faculty to stay active and healthy. With an average of 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 during the academic year in order to meet the needs of the entire Chapman community: weekdays 5a.m.-12a.m. and weekends 8a.m.-12a.m.. Visit the following website for more information:

Argyros Forum Student Union

The Argyros Forum Student Union is the living room of campus and offers a common space where students of all backgrounds can gather and develop as one Chapman community. Within the Student Union, students can attend programs, study, participate in meetings, or simply relax with friends in front of the fireplace. Four delicious dining venues–Jamba Juice, Qdoba, SubConnection and Einstein’s Brothers Bagels are available. The Student Union provides ongoing programs to the campus throughout the year including free group fitness sessions and the Union Gallery, Laptops-To-Go, DirecTV, and Collaboration Cubes are also offered to complement your academic endeavors and provide entertainment between classes. Visit the following website for more information:

Greek Life

Chapman University recognizes 16 international 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 average of three events per week 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:

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 29 student–elected representatives who act as advocates for undergraduate student needs to create positive change on Chapman's campus.

The Student Government Association has supported the creation of the Cross-Cultural Center, the installation of sustainable initiatives such as water bottle filling stations, and making the campus smoke-free; co-sponsored a free laptop rental program in Argyros Forum; expanded the equipment selection in the fitness center; provided funding for hundreds of events each year; and much more. The SGA also represents the student voice in a multitude of ways. Senators regularly serve on campus committees to involve students in decision -making that directly affects the student body, empowering students to take an active role in maintaining an effective relationship among students, faculty, administration, other members of the Chapman community, and the general public.

All undergraduate students are members of and support the SGA through the Associated Student fee, a large portion of which is allocated by the Student Government Association. Members are entitled to a copy of the yearbook (in the senior year), voting privileges in SGA elections, and the eligibility to hold positions if they meet position requirements per the SGA governing documents. The Associated Student fee also helps to subsidize the University Program Board, the student-run event planning organization, The Panther, the student–run newspaper, and Chapman Radio, the student–run online radio station.

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 Choicepoints Lite.

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 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.

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 March 24, 2017. Course materials purchased after March 24, 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.


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 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 others. Chapman believes that the conduct process has a role in developing a sense of responsibility and accountability in students, while being life preparatory. To that end, the University uses education and counseling, in addition to formal conduct proceedings to bring about these outcomes. Every Chapman student is presumed to have sufficient maturity, intelligence and concern for the rights of others and the rights of the institution to help maintain established standards of the academic community. When a student or organization's behavior demonstrates otherwise, the University will consider conduct proceedings as deemed necessary. For details regarding institutional policies governing student conduct or the disciplinary process, see the Chapman University Student Conduct Code or visit the Dean of Students Web page. Refer to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students website at to find the code, required notifications and other relevant policies.

Healthy Panther

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

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. Students are always free to support causes by orderly means, which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it is clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves and not for the institution.

Grievance Procedures

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

For academic matters, the process normally begins with the faculty member involved. Appeals typically go to the department chair, the academic dean 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 based upon an individual's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect. It is the University's policy, therefore, to prohibit all forms of such harassment or discrimination among University faculty, students, staff, and administrators.

View a copy of the entire policy at (Harassment and Discrimination,

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

In keeping with its policies, Chapman University not only fully complies with all local, state, and federal laws concerning harassment and discrimination, but also provided a means to assure fair treatment to any student, employee or member of the University community who believes the policy prohibiting harassment, and discrimination has been violated. For further information, concerning Chapman University's Harassment and Discrimination Policy (Harassment and Discrimination,, 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.