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Safety at Chapman

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Public Safety at Chapman University facilitates a safe environment through collaborations and partnerships with campus constituents and the Orange Police Department. Public Safety enhances the safety of Chapman University.

Educate and equip yourself to be safe

  • Sign up for Chapman’s Emergency Notification systems: Panther Alert and Panther Guardian
    • Panther Alert sends emergency messages to your mobile phone so you get emergency messages quickly wherever you are. 
    • The Panther Guardian app is a way for you to communicate with Public Safety. Call or text tips directly to Public Safety if you see something suspicious.
  • Access Operation Saferide to get an escort around Chapman University during the hours in which safety is of utmost concern.

Avoid scams and beware of solicitors

  • Scammers pose as agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), travel companies, apartment leasing companies, and immigration agencies – such as the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Embassies abroad.
  • Solicitors posing as salespersons approach international students and solicit donations for a fictitious company.
  • Never give money or provide personal information to strangers. Solicitation of money on-campus is not allowed. If you are solicited for donations, told you owe money, or asked to exchange a check for cash, do not give money.

Prevent theft of personal items

  • Do not prop open doors while studying.
  • If you find yourself drifting off in a public space on campus, put away your cell phone and lock your laptop.
  • Stay alert by not using your cell phones while walking or riding a bike.
  • Thieves look for opportunities to “snatch & grab” when you are preoccupied.
  • Remember that burglary is a crime of opportunity.
  • Make sure your windows and doors are locked before you leave your car or house
  • Remove all valuable items in your vehicle and put them in the trunk.
  • Report any suspicious activity or persons immediately.

Practice Financial Safety

  • Many international students are targeted with scams, loan offers, scholarships, and credit card offers every year. It is imperative that you keep your information safe.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any agency or company who contacts you regarding information.
  • Keep confidential financial and personal information secured.
  • Contact a Chapman staff member if you are unsure or have questions.
  • Do not give information about your visa, passport, or finances (credit card/bank information) via phone or e-mail or to strangers.
  • Do not accept an offer that sounds too good to be true.

Report any incidents to the Chapman University's Department of Public Safety.


International Student Services provides general guidance. Any advice provided to you by the ISS should not be construed as legal advice.

Additionally, due to the fluid nature of governmental interpretation, government agencies such as USCIS/ICE/CBP may change their interpretation of immigration laws/regulations and eligibility requirements for benefits at any time. We will do our best to provide the most current guidance.

Each case is fact-specific and it is advised that you contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions regarding your situation.