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.
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 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.
(See the General Information section of the catalog.)
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 Web site 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.
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 and Equity Initiatives implements a variety of events and activities focused on diversity, equity and global citizenship such as the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Breaking Ground Diversity Training Program, discussion groups like Stonewall for LGBTQI students and Sisterhood Circle for women of color, the Social Justice BBQ, Diversity and Equity Awards and Graduation and various workshops, spoken word events, film screenings and community gatherings. 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.
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 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 e--mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.chapman.edu/cdc.
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.
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 activities—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.
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.
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.
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 www.chapman.edu/cdc. 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.
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 www.chapman.edu/cdc. 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.
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.
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 Web site at www.chapman.edu/cdc.
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.
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 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 www.chapman.edu/cdc.
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 Web site for the schedule at www.chapman.edu/cdc.
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 Web site at www.chapman.edu/hr/seo.
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: www.chapman.edu/dining.
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 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 and WOW American Grill, all located in Argyros Forum. Jazzman's Café and Bakery proudly serves fair trade coffee and tea while serving fresh Chapman baked pastries and more, located next to our custom deli Sub Versions, both located in Cyber Café at Beckman Hall. The Rotunda Café inside Leatherby Libraries features fair trade Aspretto Coffee and fresh simply to go selections. Doy's place is our popular late night hangout at Henley underground near the resident halls serving a plethora of delicious items from simply to go sundries to hot menu items.
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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.
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, 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, Harris and Panther Village apartments.
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 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 resident students' 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.
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 2014.
Emerging Leaders Retreat
The Emerging Leaders Retreat is a three day summer program taking place Sunday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 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 24 and 25, 2014. 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 email@example.com.
Take advantage of the many involvement opportunities on and off campus. Student organizations, discounted ticket sales, civic engagement experiences, diversity and equity initiatives, 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 www.chapman.edu/students, the student blog One University or call (714) 997–6761.
Chapman has over 100 registered 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: www.chapman.edu/students/campus-life/clubs-organizations/index.aspx.
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 to or familiar with 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. 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 Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/civic.
Diversity and Equity Initiatives
Students may also find community in one of Chapman's many diversity, cultural, 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, Breaking Ground Diversity Training Program, discussion groups like Stonewall for LGBTQI students and Sisterhood Circle for women of color, the Social Justice BBQ, Diversity and Equity Awards and Graduation and various workshops, spoken word events, film screenings and community gatherings. Visit the following Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/students/campus-life/diversity-equity/index.aspx.
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. The center promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles by 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 Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/students/life/fitness-and-wellness/fitness-center/index.aspx.
Argyros Forum 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 Brothers Bagels are available. The Student Union houses programming throughout the year including free group fitness classes. 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 Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/students/campus-life/student-union/index.aspx.
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 Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/students/campus-life/tickets.aspx.
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 enthusiastic UPB committee members. Part of the student activities fee funds UPB activities. Visit the following Web site for more information: www.chapman.edu/students/life/program-board/index.aspx.
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.
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 Web site at www.chapman.edu/publicsafety. The Office of Public Safety is located at 418 North Glassell.
Provides part–time on–campus job opportunities for federal work study and non–work study students.
Physical well–being has a tremendous impact on academic performance. The goal of medical services is to provide the opportunity for academic success, while the focus is to provide students with easy access to health care and disease prevention.
Chapman University Student Health (CUSH) is staffed with nurse practitioners, nurses and physicians to promote good health and to assess and treat a variety of physical ailments that typically affect college–age students. Services include first aid treatment and triage, primary medicine, gynecological services, immunizations and health screening. Some medications are provided for a modest fee and some prescriptions are called into the students’ pharmacy of choice. When a student’s condition is beyond the scope of CUSH, the student may be referred off–campus for health care to a physician or clinic in the community.
The Chapman Student Health Center is located at 402 North Glassell Street (corner of Glassell and Sycamore), Orange, CA 92866. The phone number for the health center is (714) 997–6851. The center is available for walk--in visits Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon during regular semesters. It is recommended that appointments be made for afternoon hours.
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.
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 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.
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, e--books 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 two 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 percent 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 www.chapmanstore.com.
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 www.chapmanstore.com.
The Chapman University Bookstore can be contacted by phone at (714) 997–6718, by e--mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Web page. Refer to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Web site at http://www.chapman.edu/students/dean-of-students/index.aspx to find the code, required notifications and other relevant policies.
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 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 six 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 Web site at www.chapman.edu/studentAffairs/dean.
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.
The possession or use of firearms, fireworks or other explosives is prohibited on campus and may be grounds for immediate dismissal.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 Web site 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.