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At Chapman University, all students are expected to adhere to the policies that govern student behavior outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Information regarding all University student policies can be found in this A through Z listing. The Office of Student Conduct at Chapman University administers oversight for the Student Conduct Code and proactively seeks to educate the Chapman University campus community about appropriate choices and behavior.

Any student found to have committed any of the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in the Conduct Code. Responsibility is not diminished for acts in violation of the Code that are committed under the influence of any illegal or controlled substances, including alcohol and prescribed medications.

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Abusive Behavior

The following behaviors are prohibited: 
  • Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person physically and/or mentally, that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment. 
  • Unwarranted and unwelcome intentional physical contact 
  • Threatening Conduct, defined as, threatening or causing physical harm, extreme verbal, emotional, or psychological abuse, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person that is not otherwise under the jurisdiction of the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493.
  • Intimidation, defined as implied threats or acts that cause an unreasonable fear of harm in another.  

For separate violations of the Code, see also: Hazing Policy, Violence Policy. For related policies, see also: Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493, and the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX, and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Prevention Policy.


Academic Integrity

Chapman University is a community of scholars that emphasizes the mutual responsibility of all members to seek knowledge honestly and in good faith. Students are responsible for doing their own work, and academic dishonesty of any kind will be subject to sanction and referral to the University’s Academic Integrity Committee, which may impose sanctions up to and including expulsion. The Academic Integrity Policy of Chapman University as it pertains to students and to the responsibility of faculty in handling cases of alleged academic dishonesty is further outlined in Appendix 3. 

Note: The Academic Integrity Committee and its policies and procedures apply to all Chapman University undergraduate students and graduate students unless otherwise noted. A list of graduate programs that operate with program-specific academic integrity policies is in Appendix 3. 

Alcoholic Beverages

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  • The sale, possession, use, consumption, production, purchase, or provision of alcoholic beverages to or by any person under the age of 21.  
  • Requiring medical attention and/or engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct due to intoxication causing University officials to respond, even if the subject is over the age of 21.  
  • Hosting events providing alcohol without first securing authorization from the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee and adhering to the guidelines provided.  
  • Possessing open containers or consuming alcoholic beverages in any outside location on the University’s premises, near any University-owned pool or swimming facility, at events without prior authorization, or in public areas inside University buildings including: residence halls, Davis Community Center, Student Union, campus or residence hall fitness centers, residence hall floor lounges, hallways, or quad areas, except with permission from the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee.  
  • Consuming alcohol in a University residence when an individual under the age of 21 is present in the same setting.  
  • Being under the age of 21 and knowingly in the presence of alcohol in a University residence hall space regardless of the amount of time spent in that residence hall space.  
  • Possessing kegs, common source containers or devices designed for the rapid consumption of alcohol (e.g., beer bongs, funnels.); engaging in behavior (e.g., games like beer pong, flip cup) that promotes the rapid or excessive consumption of alcohol. 
  • Providing alcohol with the intent of taking advantage of another. 

Bicycle Operations and Parking

It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the Regulations for Bicycle Operations and Parking Policies.

Breach of Peace 

As a part of the large community that surrounds the University, students are expected to abide by all city ordinances and act with respect and civility toward neighbors and their property. The following behaviors are prohibited:

  • Individual or group activities that result in disturbance or reasonable distress to others or that cause damage or destruction to property (This may include but is not limited to  hosting gatherings with large numbers of people in attendance, gatherings that violate city or county ordinances or laws, guests gathering in yards, sidewalks, or other outdoor areas, etc.). 
  • Aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace. 
  • Entering another’s land or property without permission. 

Note: Public Safety Officers may videotape exceptionally large, loud and disruptive off-campus gatherings. The resulting videotape may be utilized as information in a hearing regarding potential misconduct by the respondent. If it is alleged that the videotape has evidence of an assault, sexual assault, or other acts of violence, the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee may review the tape as part of its investigation into the allegation and the evidence may be considered under the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 

Computer and Network Violations

The University’s computing and network systems and services, “Chapman Information Resources,” are a University-owned resource and business tool to be used only by authorized persons for educational purposes or to carry out legitimate business of the University.

All users of Chapman Information Resources agree to abide by the Chapman University Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy.

This policy applies to all University students, faculty, and staff and all others using computer and communications technologies, including the University’s network, whether personally or University owned, which access, transmit or store University or student information.


Conduct System Abuses

The following behaviors are prohibited:
  1. Providing knowingly false, intentionally distorted, or intentionally misrepresented information before a conduct body/hearing officer or University official.
  2. Disruption or interference with the orderly proceeding of a conduct process (including the behavior of support person and witnesses).
  3. Initiating a conduct process knowingly without cause.
  4. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation or use of the conduct system.
  5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body or appeals body prior to and/or during the course of the conduct proceeding or during an appeals process.
  6. Participating in conduct that directly or indirectly results in the harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a party, witness, conduct officer or University official prior to or during the conduct proceeding. Harassment (verbal or physical), including intimidation, of a witness, member of a conduct body or University official prior to or during a conduct proceeding.
  7. Failure to comply with or complete the sanction(s) imposed under the Code.
  8. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit a violation of the Code.
  9. Plagiarism, forgery or alteration of a conduct sanction.


Any conduct that subjects an individual to disparate treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This may include but is not limited to refusing access or admission to educational or social groups or activities on the basis of such protected characteristics.  Discrimination in membership selection based on sex is permitted from those organizations exempt from Title IX. See also the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX,  and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Prevention Policy, and the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493.


Students are prohibited from misrepresenting or obscuring the truth, including but not limited to:

  1. Providing knowingly false information or identification, whether written or oral, to any University official, faculty member or office.
  2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or government document, record, or instrument of identification.
  3. Participating in behavior that could be considered fraud, including receiving or attempting to receive payment, services, or academic credit under false pretenses.
  4. Tampering with any University recognized election process.


Any activity that interferes with the normal operation of the University or infringes on the safety of other members of the University community including obstructing an academic class or lecture, administrative support function or university event or business. Engaging in classroom conduct prohibited by the faculty member or in violation of law or University policy is also prohibited. See also Chapman University Statement on Free Speech.

Egress and Building Safety

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Using balconies, sidewalks, stairways and walkways as storage areas. Nothing may be left on the stairways, walkways or balconies at any time, including garbage in the area around the room, apartment or house. No couches or other furniture designed for indoor use may be kept on a patio, walkway, or any outside area.
  2. The use of skates, skateboards, hoverboards, roller skates, in-line skates, or other wheeled vehicles typically used for recreation (see Bicycle Operations and Parking Policies) is prohibited in all University buildings, parking structures, stairways, balconies, and in all areas bordering construction zones. Any person skating or riding or propelling a skateboard, skates, hoverboard or wheeled vehicle upon any sidewalk shall exercise due care and shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians.
  3. Unhooking or removing screens from windows for any reason.
  4. Spitting from stairwells, walkways, windows, and balconies.
  5. Using windows as entrances or exits to or from buildings.
  6. Building structures out of windows.
  7. Throwing or pouring items or objects from windows, roofs, or balconies. It is prohibited to hang items such as banners or sheets from roofs or windows or attached to the exterior of any building.
  8. Accessing or otherwise being on roofs or fire escapes, building ledges, or overhangs of any University building, scaffolding, or to scale the outside of buildings or on top of any elevators. (See also Balconies, Stairways, Sidewalks, and Walkways within Appendix 4).

Electronic Media Violations

The misuse of electronic media devices is prohibited, including but not limited to: using mobile phones, tablets, data storage devices, cameras, printers, computers, computer lines/networks or computing facilities in ways that:
  1. Disrupt classroom or any other academically related proceedings.
  2. Engage in any form of academic dishonesty.
  3. Send, view, or obtain messages, photos, video that are illegal or otherwise prohibited by the Code on University equipment, or in a University office or classroom setting.
  4. Engage in any form of harassment and/or discrimination.
  5. Make an audio, photo, or video record of any person(s) without prior knowledge, or without effective consent when such recording is likely to cause injury or distress, or where the photo or video was made in violation of California laws. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, including but not limited to in a locker room or bathroom or other private activities. (See also the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.)
  6. Alter or access another’s phone voice mailbox, website, social media accounts, or other online presence without permission or create social media accounts for someone without permission.
  7. Students may also be subject to conduct charges if it is brought to the University’s attention that they posted or distributed material via electronic media (e.g., online social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or websites, mobile apps, blogs, emails, IM, CDs, DVDs, etc.) that violates the Code.



Conducting oneself in a manner that, intentionally or accidentally, endangers, or threatens to endanger, the health or safety of other members or visitors within the University community or at University-sponsored or related events is prohibited.

Failure to Comply

Students who fail to comply with directions or requests of University officials, including, but not limited to, student volunteers and student employees, staff and faculty, Public Safety officers, or law enforcement officers and contract service vendors (e.g. Sodexo, Aramark and Follett) acting in performance of their duties, will be referred to conduct review. Further, students who fail to cooperate with University investigations or hearing processes (with the exception of complainants or respondents) or who willfully resist, delay, or obstruct University officials in the discharge or attempts to discharge the duty of their office or employment may also be referred to conduct. Failure to comply with a No Contact Order or terms of an interim suspension or interim measure may also be found to be a violation of this policy. Student organizations or student organization members who fail to comply with directives or policies of their national/international offices may also be held in violation of this policy.


Filming without completing the required permit process(es) and obtaining the required approvals (Facilities, Fire & Life Safety, Residence Life and First Year Experience, Events Scheduling Office, Orange Police and Fire Departments, or other city agencies, as well as Dodge College approvals, if applicable) is prohibited. Students who fail to do so will be required to halt their process immediately until the appropriate approval is obtained (not all requests may be approved). Requests for the permit(s) must be completed prior to the start of filming. Students must keep permits with them at all times during filming. (See also electronic media violations and weapons and explosives policy.)

Fire Safety and Equipment

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Committing arson or creating or causing fire without obtaining prior approval from Fire and Life Safety.
  2. Causing an unwanted alarm for fire or smoke.
  3. Careless, negligent, or improper handling of, tampering with or obstructing the fire alarm system, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, emergency exits, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, exit signs, and other life safety equipment.
  4. Failing to evacuate a University building during any fire and/or emergency alarms, including drills; re-entering the building before receiving the all-clear from University staff.
  5. Failing to report any instance of fire or smoke to Public Safety or other University official.
  6. Propping open doors in residence buildings with enclosed corridors (e.g. Pralle-Sodaro, Henley, Sandhu Residence Center, The K, and Glass Hall).
  7. Possessing and/or using candles, incense, oil lamps, helium tanks, fog/smoke machines, butane torches, and other combustible and/or flame-producing items in the residence areas, including items prohibited under Cooking/Kitchens and Electrical Appliances in Appendix 4. Burning candles in any campus building is prohibited (except for those events specifically scheduled through the Fish Interfaith Center and other approved events).
  8. Artificial trees and potted, live trees are permitted in University residence halls. No cut trees are permitted in the residence halls. Extension cords may not be used for holiday lights or other electric lights or items.
  9. Possessing and/or using multi-plugs, hoverboards, halogen lamps or extension cords in the residence area. Power strips with surge protectors are permitted but may not be extended by plugging one into another.
  10. Possessing and/or using fireworks, sparklers, smoke bombs, CO2 cartridges, explosives, flammable chemicals, or other hazardous materials.
  11. Possessing and/or using barbeques and other outdoor cooking equipment in the residence halls and apartments except those provided by the University. University-provided outdoor cooking equipment can only be used in designated areas.
  12. Attaching excessive wall coverings or other items to walls and/or ceilings.


Students are expected to abide by federal and state laws prohibiting illegal gambling in person and online. Prohibited activity includes but is not limited to: betting or wagering on any event; possessing on one’s person or premises (e.g. room, residence, car) any card, book, document, or other device for registering bets; using or permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s phone, electronic devices, social media accounts, or online identity for illegal gambling; offering or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an event; and involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to events. Gaming events, including but not limited to casino nights and poker events, are prohibited without the authorization of the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee.


Having guests on campus is a privilege. Guests must comply with University policies at all times. Guests are defined as any person(s) who comes onto campus to visit a student or students, whether or not they were specifically invited. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests. This includes any possessions that the guest brings onto campus that violate University policy (e.g., weapons, illegal substances, alcohol, or paraphernalia).

Students need to accompany their guests during their guests’ stay on campus. Students will be held fully responsible for their guests and will be subject to conduct review for the behavior of their guests. Expectations for guests are as follows:

  1. Guests who violate University policy may be immediately removed from campus and may be forbidden from entering Chapman University property or attending University events.
  2. Guests are required to provide their name and show appropriate identification (government-issued ID, other photo ID) to a University official upon request. If guests do not have identification, they may be asked to leave or escorted off campus.
  3. With the permission of the student’s roommate(s), a student’s guests may be housed overnight in the hosting student’s assigned on-campus residence no more than three nights per semester.
  4. Any University official has the right to request a guest to leave University property.
  5. Students and their guest(s) may be restricted from the residential areas and/or immediately removed from the residential areas if they have, or are suspected to have, violated University policy.
  6. Residential guest(s) must be registered by their host via the Residence Life and First Year Experience website. Guest(s) will receive a confirmation form they must have with them at all times during their visit. Guests must present this confirmation form to a University official upon request, along with identification.

Note: This policy may be modified as needed to account for health and safety concerns.  

Harassment of Other Students or Student Groups or Third Parties

  1. Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a class protected by policy or law. Students are prohibited from engaging in harassment under this Code. The University will act to remedy all forms of harassment on the basis of a protected category when reported, whether or not the harassment rises to the level of creating a “hostile environment.” Specific forms of prohibited conduct include:

Harassing conduct by a student (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic, or written) that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a recipient.

For the purpose of this Code and in addition to the conduct prohibited by the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493, “sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:

  1. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.

When harassment rises to the level stated above, the University may invoke the Code of Conduct process below. The University reserves the right to address offensive conduct and/or harassment that 1) does not rise to the level stated above, or 2) that is of a generic nature and not based on a protected status. Addressing such conduct will not result in the imposition of discipline under this Code but may be addressed through respectful conversation, remedial actions, education, effective Alternative Resolution, and/or other informal resolution mechanisms. For assistance with Alternative Resolution and other informal resolution techniques and approaches, employees should contact the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer, and students should contact the Director of Student Conduct.


Harassment of University Employees

The University prohibits students from harassing employees on the basis of protected category. This is defined as any unwelcome behavior that is reasonably regarded as offensive that is based on a protected category listed above that:

  • Sufficiently offends, humiliates, distresses, or intrudes upon its victim, so as to disrupt the victim’s emotional tranquility in the workplace, or
  • Affects the victim’s ability to perform the job as usual, or
  • Otherwise interferes with and undermines the victim’s personal sense of well-being.


Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or preinitiation into, or condition of continued membership in, a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any former, current, or prospective student. Such prohibited actions, methods, or situations created include but are not limited to: 

  • Any form of physically demanding activity (calisthenics, runs, etc.) not part of an organized voluntary athletic contest or not specifically directed toward constructive work.
  • Paddling, shoving or otherwise striking individuals.
  • Intentionally deceiving new members prior to initiation to make them believe that they will not be initiated or will be mentally or physically harmed.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring individuals to wear, carry, or publicly display any article or apparel, especially items which are unusual, uncomfortable, degrading or physically burdensome (e.g. wooden paddles, painted rocks, T-shirts with degrading slogans or names, notebooks, etc.). It is understood that while students may choose to wear pledge/associate member pins, compelling students to wear pledge class t-shirts, pins, or other apparel that is inappropriate or violates the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX,  and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Prevention Policy, the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493 or the Code is hazing.
  • Depriving individuals of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (six hours continuous sleep per day minimum), decent edible meals, or access to means of maintaining bodily cleanliness.
  • Activities that interfere with an individual’s academic efforts by causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time or by preventing an individual from attending class or other academic requirements.
  • Having substances (e.g. food, trash, etc.) thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.
  • Such activities as: new member only scavenger hunts, transporting individuals against their will, abandoning individuals at distant locations, or conducting any “kidnap,” “ditch” or “road trip” that might in any way endanger or compromise the health, safety or comfort of any individual.
  • Causing an individual to be indecently exposed or exposed to unsafe levels of cold or heat.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to engage in sexual behavior or sexual misconduct (e.g. stripping, streaking, flashing, suggestive dancing, etc.).
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring a person to become branded or tattooed.
  • Activities that require a person to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances or forcing, requiring, or pressuring the consumption of undue amounts or odd preparations of food or beverages, including water.
  • “Line-ups” involving intense or demeaning intimidation or interrogation, such as shouting obscenities or insults.
  • Assigning activities (pranks, scavenger hunts, etc.) that compel a person to deface property, engage in theft, or harass other individuals or organizations.
  • Tests of courage, bravery or stamina.
  • Intentionally creating a mess and compelling individuals to clean it up.
  • Dietary restrictions of any kind.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to clean up others’ residential assignment or off-campus apartment/house or to perform other work or services; compulsory servitude (which includes, but is not limited to, service “auctions”); work projects without the participation of the full membership.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to hand over or eliminate access to or their phone, tablet, or computer for any period of time.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring individuals to shave (or remove hair from) any part of the body (including head shaving or haircuts).
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to tamper with or damage University property.
  • Exposure to the elements.
  • Requiring members to escort each other or active members.
  • Requiring the answering of phones or doors with songs, chants, or riddles.
  • Requiring yelling or screaming upon entering or leaving a facility.
  • Verbal harassment, including yelling and screaming.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities.
  • Excluding an individual from social contact for prolonged periods of time.
  • Depriving students of “sense of awareness” (sight, sound, etc.), imposition of many hours of silence, during which time individuals may not speak while going about their daily routines, or any similar actions which may cause mental and/or physical stress.
  • Any activity that is perceived or implied mandatory for new members only and is not educational in nature.


The following behaviors are prohibited:
  • Failing to show appropriate identification to a University official upon request. Students must carry their University identification with them at all times when on University property or at University functions
  • Falsely identifying oneself or others.
  • Possession, production, or distribution of false identification cards, or materials to fabricate such. Any false identification cards found to be in the possession of students or guests will be confiscated and destroyed and may result in a citation from law enforcement.

Illegal/Controlled Substances

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  • Use, possession, sale, distribution and/or production of narcotic or other controlled substances (including marijuana), or acting as an accessory, liaison, or facilitator for any of the above, except as expressly permitted by law. 
  • Engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct due to substance misuse causing University officials to respond and/or seek medical intervention, even if the subject legally consumed the substance.
  • The possession or use of marijuana or derivative products containing 0.3 percent or more THC on a dry weight basis, even with a medical recommendation or medical license, is prohibited on University property in compliance with federal law. Any drugs and/or paraphernalia found to be in a student’s possession, University residence, vehicle, or assigned area will be considered to be in the possession of the student whether or not the student is the individual who purchased or furnished the drugs, paraphernalia, or handmade drug use device. Confiscated paraphernalia will not be returned to students at any time.  
  • Being in the presence of and having knowledge of an illegal substance in a University residence regardless of the amount of time spent in that residence.  
  • Illegal or improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medicines, even where lawfully prescribed. All prescription medicines must be kept in their original bottle and must have the prescription from the doctor noted on the bottle. Prescription medicines found without their prescription attached will be confiscated until such time that the prescription can be produced. All prescription medications must be prescribed to the person in possession of the medication.  
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (i.e., rolling papers, pipes, bongs, etc. for intended or implied use of any form of illegal substance) regardless of whether it is purchased or handmade, even as props for filming. 
  • Possessing paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain any form of an illegal substance. 
  • Use of a legal substance in an improper manner (e.g. ingesting a cleaning chemical, inhaling other chemical substances for the purpose of intoxication).  
  • Providing drugs with the intent of taking advantage of another. 
  • Using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute illegal substances. 

Keys and Unauthorized Entry/Exit

Rooms must be reserved and approved by the Event Scheduling Office prior to their use. Use of and access to University residence hall rooms or apartments must be approved by Residence Life and First Year Experience for a set period of time, and any access or use of those spaces outside of the specified time frame will be considered a violation of this policy. The following behaviors are prohibited:
  • Unauthorized/improper creation, possession, duplication, or use of University keys or Chapman ID cards.
  • Unauthorized/improper entry to or exit from or use of University premises.
  • Tampering with any locking device on campus, including security gates and doors.
  • Loaning out keys or Chapman ID cards that have been issued for individual use.

Lewd/Indecent Behavior

In addition to conduct that is prohibited under the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493, the following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Urinating or defecating in areas other than toilets and urinals (including lawns, lounges, elevators, stairwells, balconies, parking lots, etc.).
  2. Public nudity.
  3. Engaging in intimate sexual contact in or within plain sight of common or public areas.
  4. Public viewing or displaying of pornography.

Parking and Vehicle Policy

It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the University’s Parking Policy. (See also regulations for Bicycle Operations and Parking Policies.)

Posting Policy

Posting procedures may be found in Appendix 7. Additionally, individual departments may have preferred posting methods. Please refer to the appendix and be considerate of those who manage the facilities in which you plan to post. Failure to follow posting procedures may result in the removal of postings by University officials without notice and conduct review. The following is prohibited:

See Appendix 7 for additional information on posting guidelines. The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office or designee reserves the right to remove any postings which it determines fails to meet all the stated criteria.

Property Misuse/Damage/ Vandalism

Destruction, damage, misuse, and/or defacing of University, personal, or public property is prohibited.

Note: It is strongly recommended that students purchase private insurance for their personal possessions as the University will not be responsible for reimbursing or requiring others to reimburse a student for destruction, damage, misuse, and/or defacing of their personal property. See also Damage to Room and Common Areas in Appendix 4.

Residential Life Violations

It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the Residential License Agreement and/or established University policies or procedures regarding the proper use of University-owned or administered property (See Appendix 4: Residence Life Policies and Procedures).

Restaurant Services Violations

The following behaviors are prohibited:
  1. Obtaining food or beverage on the meal plan (not Pantherbucks) for other students or guests without prior approval of Restaurant Services management.
  2. Using another student’s identification card for the purpose of obtaining food or beverage without the prior approval of Restaurant Services management.
  3. Removing plates, bowls, serving ware, silverware, glassware, condiment containers, or other dining materials from any campus dining or restaurant facility.
  4. Removing food from an in-service dining operation.
  5. Failing to return dishes to the dish return area prior to leaving the dining facility.
  6. Gaining access to the dining facility without paying entrance fee.


Retaliation is an adverse action taken against anyone for reporting, supporting, or assisting in the reporting and/or adjudication of any of the behaviors prohibited in this Code, or against anyone perceived to be involved in any of these actions. Retaliation may include intimidation, violation of a No Contact order, harassment, efforts to impede an investigation, or filing a false or bad faith cross-complaint. Retaliation under this Code is prohibited by University policy, state, and federal law. Retaliation is a violation of policy whether or not the underlying complaint is found to be a violation of policy. Retaliatory conduct will be handled under the Student Conduct Code.

Sexual Misconduct

Any prohibited behavior defined in the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493 that does not fall under the jurisdiction of that policy may be handled under this Code. This includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking. The prohibited conduct defined in the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493 shall be used. The affirmative consent definition shall also apply. The requirements of the 2013 VAWA Amendments to Clery shall apply.


The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, pipes, vaping pens or devices, hookahs or any other combustible or smoke-generating products or devices is prohibited on campus, including in all outdoor areas of the campus.


Door-to-door sales, fundraising, and/or promotion on campus are prohibited except as approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office, Student Engagement, or Residence Life and First Year Experience.


For conduct that is not covered by the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493, this Code also prohibits repetitive and menacing behavior towards another, or pursuit, tracking, surveilling, or harassing another in such a way that would cause a reasonable person, under similar circumstances and with similar identities, to fear for their safety or the safety of others, the safety of their property, or to otherwise suffer substantial emotional distress.


Attempted or actual removal of personal or University property from the owner’s possession or premises without prior permission is prohibited. University property includes but is not limited to signs, lounge furniture, office furniture and equipment, classroom furniture and equipment, residence hall furniture or outdoor furniture owned by the University, and property and services under the control of Restaurant Services.

Violation of Law

Any violation, of federal, state, or local laws may subject a student to the University conduct process unless otherwise addressed by a more specific policy, such as  the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493.


For conduct that is not covered by the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Title IX and/or the Student Policy on Sexual Harassment Prohibited by Senate Bill 493, the following behaviors are prohibited:
  • Any act of violence or threat of violence.
  • All physical abuse, including physical assault and/or battery as well as any domestic violence, hate crimes, and/or child, elder, or animal abuse.
  • Any act of violent destruction of property.

Weapons, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials

Possession of weapons on University property or at University-sponsored events is prohibited. The following are prohibited:
  • Any type of firearm, BB pellet gun, paint gun, realistic facsimile of a weapon or any counterfeit item, stun gun, and/or Taser-type weapon.
  • Ammunition, including rounds, casings, shells, clips, magazines, and paint pellets and cartridges.
  • Switch blades and any blade over 3 inches that is not designed and used for food preparation or eating.
  • Bows and arrows.
  • Martial arts weapons.
  • Brass knuckles.
  • Slingshots and water balloon launchers.
  • Explosive devices, all fireworks and sparklers (including safe and sane fireworks).
  • Dangerous chemicals or other hazardous materials.
  • All other weapons listed in the California Penal Code section 16590, and/or other weapons considered dangerous on University premises or at University-sponsored events.

Note: Possession of “prop” weapons or replica weapons, by students who have not secured prior approval for use/possession of the weapon(s) for a specific academic or approved activity is a violation of this policy and will be subject to conduct review. For approval processes for use/possession of prop or replica weapons for use in student films, contact the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts. For use/possession of weapons for educational, cultural, or spiritual events, contact Fire and Life Safety.


Other Violations

Violation of any other published University policies, rules or regulations, including those implemented during the academic year, is prohibited.

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