Chapman University is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an educational, working, and living environment that is conducive to learning and scholarship and is supportive of students and employees. Part of this commitment is fostering a campus free of sexual misconduct in all its forms.
Policies Regarding Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct and gender/sex-based harassment or discrimination can take many forms, including sexual battery, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and abuse, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sex-based or gender-based harassment or discrimination. These types of conduct are prohibited under the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, Chapman University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy, the Student Conduct Code, and applicable State and Federal laws.
September 10, 2017
Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Lead Title IX Coordinator, posted a detailed statement in response to an announcement made by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos in early September. Please review Dr. Yocum Gaffney's statement here.
Accessing Supportive Measures
In the event of an alleged incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, the University makes supportive measures available to individuals regardless of whether or not the individuals choose to report full details of the incident (such as the name of the respondent) to the University or to law enforcement. Supportive measures shall be confidential, to the extent that maintaining confidentiality does not impair the University’s ability to provide such measures.
University Investigation Process
Chapman University follows specific policies and procedures for Title IX investigations related to matters with student respondents defined in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. There are also FAQs for general audiences, complainants, respondents, and witnesses for cases in which the respondent is a student. For information related to faculty and staff matters, please visit the Equal Opportunity and Diversity page.
Chapman University strives to create an educational environment that is welcoming and affirming to all gender identities, expressions, and sexual orientations through gender-inclusive policies across various departments on campus.