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Creating a Rape-free Environment for Students

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This website is designed to provide all members of the Chapman Community with important information about support, and resources for Chapman students who have been or may be impacted by sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct and sex based gender discrimination can take many forms, including sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, domestic or dating violence, interpersonal violence (IPV), stalking, or other forms of sex based or gender harassment.
College students who experience sexual violence must deal with making important decisions such as whether to seek medical treatment, make a police report, notify campus officials, contact parents or family, or obtain help from campus resources. Most individuals who experience sexual violence or assault also have concerns about their personal privacy and safety. If you would want support and information regarding what your options you have in a privileged and confidential setting, you can contact Chapman’s Rape/Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, Dr. Dani Smith, Student Psychological Counseling Services, or Fish Interfaith Center.

Dr. Dani Smith is Chapman University's C.A.R.E.S. Coordinator and Rape Crisis Counselor on campus. If you want to know what options you have regarding on and off campus reporting and/or need support, Dr. Dani Smith is a privileged and confidential advocate for you. Her office is located in Argyros Forum 303B. She can also be reached at (714)744-7080 or dasmith@chapman.edu.

Did you know?

  • We can assist students with housing and academic accommodations as well as provide safety measures after an assault
  • On and off campus resources are available
  • Victim/Survivors are encouraged to self-report sexual violence to Police and to University Administration.
  • Off-campus confidential resources are available 24/7 at CSP Rape Crisis Hotline (714) 957-2737
If you have any questions regarding this website, feel free to contact DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Ed. D., Associate Vice Chancellor & Associate Dean of Students, at (714)997-6721 or gaffney@chapman.edu; she is also one of Chapman's Title IX Coordinators.

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C.A.R.E.S. is a group of students who are committed to raising awareness regarding rape and sexual assault. The mission includes disseminating prevention information and stimulating discussion with the aim of impacting the rape mentality that pervades our culture. The formal C.A.R.E.S. rape prevention program, the Clothesline Project, Men of Integrity / Women of Action and Take Back the Night are some of the programs that are utilized to educate and raise awareness regarding sexual assault. C.A.R.E.S. members have committed themselves to confronting the very serious and sensitive topic of rape and sexual assault prevention education.

To find out more information and updates on C.A.R.E.S., please visit our Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/ChapmanCares 



  • To raise awareness regarding the prevalence of rape and sexual assault on university campuses by providing information and statistics.
  • To educate the Chapman community regarding ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault.
  • To stimulate dialogue regarding rape and sexual assault
  • To encourage the acquisition and use of assertiveness, communication and healthy dating and interpersonal skills.
  • To challenge individuals to examine cultural beliefs and values regarding gender stereotypes and a rape mentality.
  • To provide current resources and referral information.

Information on what to do if you have experienced sexual violence can be found here>>

Information on Chapman's Walk Against Violence can be found here>>

C.A.R.E.S. Bystander Intervention Video

 This video contains potentially upsetting material and has been marked with a trigger warning.

How To Get Involved

Meetings occur Fridays at noon. Help plan events to raise awareness and educate the Chapman community. Take part in our discussions, all are welcome!
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If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted...

Make sure you are in a safe place. Call Chapman University’s Sexual Assault Information Line:

(714) 744-7000

Other Contacts

General Information:
Sexual Assault and C.A.R.E.S. Coordinators (Creating A Rape-free Environment for Students)
(714) 744-7080

Medical Options:

Chapman University Student Health
(714) 997-6851

St. Joseph Hospital
(714) 633-9111

Emotional Support:
CU Student Psychological Counseling
(714) 997-6778

CSP Sexual Assault Hot Line (24 Hours)
(714) 957-2737

Chapman University Public Safety
(714) 997-6763

Dean of Students
(714) 997-6721

Office of Student Conduct
(714) 532-6039

Off Campus:

Orange Police Department
(714) 744-7444