Chapman University is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an educational environment that is conducive to learning and scholarship and is supportive of students and employees. No person shall be subject to discrimination or harassment in any program or activity of the University based upon race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other characteristic that is protected by applicable state or federal law.
Sexual Misconduct and Sex-Based/Gender discrimination can take many forms, including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, domestic or dating violence, interpersonal violence, stalking, or other forms of sex-based or gender harassment or discrimination. These types of conduct are prohibited by the Student Conduct Code, Chapman University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy and by law.
To report an incident or file a grievance regarding a University department, employee, or student, there are many places you can start, including the following:
Public Safety Department - (714) 997-6763
Dean of Students Office - (714) 997-6721
Office of Human Resources - (714) 997-6686
Privileged and Confidential Reporting:
Student Psychological Counseling Services - (714) 997-6778
Dani Smith, Ed.D., Rape Crisis Counselor - (714) 744-7080
Rev. Gail Stearns, Ph.D., Dean of Chapel - (714) 628-7289
Rev. Nancy Brink - (714) 997-6760
Any one of these individuals can help get you to the appropriate person to handle your specific concern. However, incidents involving gender discrimination or sexual misconduct in education programs – including rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault – have specific regulations prescribed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”).
While incidents of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual assault still can be reported to any of the persons or departments mentioned above, please note that Title IX regulations require that these reports then be referred to one of Chapman’s designated Title IX Coordinators for investigation or you may make a report directly to a Title IX Coordinator.
While it is not required, it is suggested that you complete the Chapman University Complaint Form as it will assist the University in handling your concerns more efficiently. Should you prefer to submit an anonymous report form, you may do so here.
Note: As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)), the incidents included in an anonymous report will be reported by Public Safety in its annual report of campus crime statistics, as well as in their weekly crime and communication log. It is important to note that the weekly crime log is published in the Panther Newspaper (as is required by the Clery Act). When circumstances warrant, the Clery Act also requires timely warning to the campus community through crime alert bulletins. These are distributed throughout the campus, sent out via email, and posted on the department web site. Depending on the information included in an anonymous report, a timely warning to the campus community about the incident may be appropriate. Additionally, anonymous reports must also be forwarded to a Title IX coordinator for investigation; the coordinator will reference the report in determining the scope of the investigation based on the information contained in it. Depending on the circumstances described in the report, maintaining the anonymity of the reporter may not always be possible.
Title IX refers to the following federal regulation:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.
The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with and responsibilities under Title IX. Major duties include, but are not limited to:
- Being available to meet with individuals who believe sexual misconduct (including rape, assault, and harassment) has occurred.
- Ensuring that reports and complaints are handled in accordance with established practices and standards
- Personally investigating the incident or overseeing the investigation.