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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.

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Abuse and Discrimination

Alcoholic Beverages

Academic Integrity

Egress and Building Safety

Bicycle Operations and Parking

Breach of Peace

Computer and Network Violations

Conduct System Abuses

Dishonesty

Disruption/ Demonstration

Electronic Media Violations

Endangerment of Self or Others

Failure to Comply

Filming

Fire Safety and Equipment

Gambling

Guests

Hazing

 

Identification

Illegal Substances

Lewd/ Indecent Behavior

Keys and Unauthorized Entry/Exit

Other Violations

Parking and Vehicle Regulations

Posting Policy

Property Damage/ Vandalism

Residential Life Violations

Restaurant Services Violations

Sexual Misconduct

Smoking

Soliciting

Stalking

Theft

Violation of Law

Violence

Weapons, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials

Abuse and Discrimination

Behaviors including, but not limited to, the following are prohibited:

a. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, defamation, the use of fighting words (words likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction), harassment and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, well-being, or safety of any person(s).

b. Discrimination – 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 using slurs, symbols, or postings; circulating demeaning jokes or caricatures; defacing, removing or destroying property or posted materials; or distributing hate literature.

Note: As outlined in the introduction to the Code, the University is a community built upon the open exchange of ideas. Individuals may encounter expression to which they object or find offensive. This is a necessary component in maintaining an institutional framework of academic inquiry and self-expression. However, when this expression is harassing, disruptive or unreasonably interferes with another’s ability to contribute to and benefit from the University work, academic, or student living environment, that expression may be deemed to be in violation of this policy. See also Hazing Policy, Violence Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and the University Harassment & Discrimination policy.

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Alcoholic Beverages

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. The sale, possession, use, consumption, production, purchase, or provision of alcoholic beverages to or by any person under the age of 21.

b. Public intoxication, displaying intoxicated behavior, requiring assistance due to intoxication, and/or causing University officials to respond due to the consumption of alcohol, even if the subject is over the age of 21.

c. Possessing open containers or consuming alcoholic beverages in any outside location or in public areas inside University buildings including the residence halls, Davis Community Center, Henley Basement (Cheverton Commons), Student Union, residence hall floor lounges, hallways, or quad areas, except without permission from the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee.

d.Consuming alcohol in a private University residence or at a University event when an individual under the age of 21 is present. Students 21 or older may only consume alcoholic beverages at a University event where alcohol consumption is authorized or in a private University residence when that residence/location is isolated and no one under the age of 21 is present. No persons under the age of 21 may be in a University residence while alcohol is present regardless of the amount of time an individual has spent in that residence.

e.      Possessing kegs and other common source containers as well as devices designed for the rapid consumption of alcohol (e.g., beer bongs, funnels, etc.); engaging in behavior (e.g., games like beer pong, flip cup, etc.) that promotes the rapid or excessive consumption of alcohol.

f.       Hosting events providing alcohol without first securing authorization from the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee and adhering to the guidelines provided.

g.      Providing alcohol with the intent of taking advantage of another. 

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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 can be found in Appendix 3.

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Egress and Building Safety

a. Using balconies, sidewalks, stairways and walkways as storage areas. Nothing should 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 or walkway or any outside area, including those of University houses.

b. The use of skates, skateboards, hoverboards or other wheeled vehicles typically used for recreation (see Bicycle Operations http://www.chapman.edu/publicSafety/Bicycles.asp and Parking http://www.chapman.edu/publicsafety/parking/vehrules.asp) 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, hoverboard or wheeled vehicle upon any sidewalk shall exercise due care and shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians.

c. Unhooking or removing screens from windows for any reason. 

d. Spitting from stairwells, walkways, windows, and balconies.

e. Using windows as entrances or exits to and from buildings.

f. Building structures out of windows.

g. Throwing or pouring items or objects from windows, roofs, or balconies. Items such as banners or sheets cannot be hung from roofs, or windows or attached to the exterior of any building.

h. 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).

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Bike Operations and Parking

All bicycles used, stored, parked, or operated on the University campus must be licensed by the city of Orange. The use of bicycles is prohibited in all University buildings, parking structures, balconies, sidewalks, walkways, and in all areas bordering construction zones.

a. Bicycle parking regulations are in effect at all times, including holidays and summer months.

b. Bicycle parking is available at bicycle racks located throughout Chapman University, including the residence life areas. Bicycles must be parked only in these areas and should be properly attached to the racks. As a courtesy to fellow cyclists, please use only one space.

c. Bicycles must not be parked or stored:

i.     In any University building excluding residence hall rooms and apartments.

ii.     On any access rail, ramp, or blocking an entrance or exit to any University building.

iii.     Against or fastened to any electrical fixture, bench, trash can, emergency safety device, or any water, steam, or gas pipe.

iv.     Against or fastened to any tree, plant, bush or foliage.

v.     In any areas designated for persons with disabilities.

d. It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the Regulations for Bicycle Operations (http://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/public-safety/bicycle-rules.aspx ) and Parking Policies (https://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/parking-services/_files/ParkingPlan-2016-2017.pdf).

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Breach of Peace

As a part of the larger 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:

a. Conduct which is disorderly and/or disruptive, as defined by applicable laws or by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or the Vice President’s designee.

b. Aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace.

c. Individual or group activities that result in disturbance or distress to others or that cause damage or destruction to property (e.g., 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.).

d. 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 submitted as evidence 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. 

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Computer and Network Violations

The University’s computing systems and network systems and services, “Chapnet,” are a University-owned resource and business tool to be used only by authorized persons for educational purposes and to carry out the legitimate business of the University. Individual Chapnet user accounts are created and removed according to the guidelines stated in the Chapnet Account Policies document.

Freedom of speech is central to the mission of higher education. Chapman University respects and encourages the exchange and debate of ideas, including electronic interchanges. However, all communications conducted on University computers or networks should be business-like, courteous and civil. The protection of confidential, sensitive, and proprietary information is of critical importance to the University; there therefore it is essential that faculty, students and staff take steps to safeguard such information. The University does not condone messages of hate, bigotry, violence or intimidation directed at any individual or group, or harassment of any kind. Acts of harassment and threats will be thoroughly investigated by University, and may be subject to review by state and federal enforcement agencies.

All users of Chapnet agree to abide by the Chapman University Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy (http://www.chapman.edu/computing/policies/acceptableUsage.asp). Use of Chapnet constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions specified by these policies. The policy describes acceptable use of Chapnet, whether accessed through computers and devices owned by Chapman University, or through personally owned computers and devices connected to the Chapman network, or remotely through outside equipment. For the purposes of this policy, Chapnet is defined to include all Chapman University-owned computer equipment, the operating systems and application software that reside on this equipment, and the networking hardware and software which connect this equipment. By extension, this policy applies to all Internet traffic that flows through Chapnet.

a. Misuse includes, but is not limited to, violation of federal or state law, or violation of University policy.

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Conduct System Abuses

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Providing knowingly false, intentionally distorting, or intentionally misrepresenting information before a conduct body/hearing officer or University official.

b. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a conduct proceeding (including the behavior of Support Person and witnesses).

c. Instituting a conduct proceeding knowingly without cause.

d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation or use of the conduct system.

e. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body prior to and/or during the course of the conduct proceeding.

f. 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) and/or intimidation of a witness, member of a conduct body or University official prior to or during a conduct proceeding.

g. Failure to comply with or complete the sanction(s) imposed under the Code.

h. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Code.

i. Plagiarism, forgery or alteration of a conduct sanction.

j. Failure to adhere to the conditions of any interim measures initiated during the conduct process, including but not limited to, No Contact Orders, suspensions, or other interim measures.

k. Taking adverse action or treatment against anyone for reporting, supporting, or assisting in the reporting and/or adjudication of any of the behaviors prohibited in the Code, or against anyone perceived to be involved in any of these actions. This includes attempts or threats of retaliation, violation of a No Contact Order, harassment, or efforts to impede an investigation. Retaliation is a violation of policy whether or not the underlying complaint of a Code violation is proven.

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Dishonesty

a. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty (See Appendix 3: Academic Integrity Policy http://www.chapman.edu/academics/academic-integrity/violations.aspx)

b. Furnishing knowingly false information or identification, whether written or oral, to any University official, faculty member or office.

c. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or government document, record, or instrument of identification.

d. Participating in behavior that could be considered fraud, including receiving or attempting to receive payment, services, or academic credit under false pretenses.  

e. Tampering with any University recognized election process.

f. Providing knowingly false information during a university investigation, room search or Health & Safety Inspection process, or conduct proceeding.

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Disruption/Demonstration

The University is a diverse community based on free exchange of ideas and devoted to the use of reason and thought in the resolution of differences. Dissent (defined as disagreement, a difference of opinion, or thinking differently from others) is an integral aspect of expression in higher education. Whether in free debate or in the exchange of information, this community must rely on self-restraint and self-discipline if it is to retain its freedom to search and question. However, when self-restraint and self-discipline fail, the University will initiate necessary action to prevent disruption of or substantial interference with its community and to preserve the rights of its individual members.

In exercising its responsibility to provide and maintain an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression, the University may establish reasonable time, place and manner restrictions for the purpose of avoiding disruption to or substantial interference with its regular and essential operations and activities. The University will not base decisions regarding time, place and manner on the content of the message, except as permitted in those narrow areas of expression devoid of federal or state constitutional protection.

Lawful and peaceful demonstration as an expression of favor or dissent will be permitted. On the other hand, the University will not tolerate coercive disruption, defined generally herein as activity that imposes the will of other persons or groups within the University community, outside of the established University procedures and policies for the expression of opinion and the resolution of differences. Coercive disruption is construed to include any activity which:

a. Disrupts the normal operation of the University or infringes on the safety of other members of the University community. This includes leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus facility or area. Intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement (including entry and exit of said facility or area), whether pedestrian or vehicular, on campus or at University-sponsored/supervised functions is prohibited.

b. Interferes with teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, other University activities or other authorized non-University activities, including all functions on or off-campus.

c. Denies the rights of other students, the faculty or the staff of the University.

d. Reacts to the expression of the peaceful dissent of others by attempting to deny their rights.

e. Denies or interferes with the use of offices or other facilities by students, faculty, officers, staff or guests of the University.

f. Threatens or endangers the safety of any person on the University campus. This includes but is not limited to signs on any form of stakes.

g. Results in damage to or destruction of property.

h. Constitutes “hate violence,” which is any act of physical intimidation or physical harassment, physical force or physical violence, or the threat of physical force or physical violence, that is directed against any person or group, or the property of any person or group because of the color, ethnicity, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or political or religious beliefs of that person or group. (Acts shall not be considered “hate violence” based on speech alone, except upon a showing that the speech itself threatens violence against a specific person or group, that the person or group against whom the threat is directed reasonably fears that the violence will be committed because of the speech, and that the person threatening violence had the apparent ability to carry out the threat.)

i. Makes sustained or repeated noise in a manner which substantially interferes with a speaker’s ability to communicate their message or the rights of others to listen.

j. Involves a gathering that becomes unmanageable or exceeds the safe capacity for the space assigned. In such a situation, the University reserves the right to relocate or cancel the event.

The foregoing list is illustrative and not exhaustive, and may be amended from time to time to provide additional examples. It should be understood that the application of this policy also takes situational factors into consideration.

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Electronic Media Violations

The misuse of electronic media devices is prohibited, including but not limited to: using camera and/or video enabled cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, data storage devices, personal DVD players, cameras, printers, computers, computer lines/networks or computing facilities in ways that:

a. Disrupt classroom or any other academically related proceedings.

b. Engage in any form of academic dishonesty.

c. Send, view, or obtain illegal or abusive messages, photos, video, or view obscene or pornographic material on University equipment or network, or in a University office or classroom setting.

d. Engage in any form of harassment and/or discrimination.

e. 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 were 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.

f. 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.

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. 

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Endangerment 

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. 

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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, law enforcement officers, or contract service vendors (e.g. Sodexo, Aramark and Follett) acting in performance of their duties, will be referred to conduct review. Further, students who willfully resist, delay, or obstruct University officials in the discharge or attempts to discharge the duty of their office or employment, including by not participating in a University investigation, may also be referred to conduct review (but see Appendix 5 for additional rights of complainants in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, including the rights to elect not to participate in an investigation). 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.

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Filming

All students who wish to film on or around Chapman property must complete the required permit and obtain the required approvals (Facilities, Fire & Life Safety, Office of Housing & Residence Life, Events Scheduling Office, Orange Police and Fire Departments or other city agencies). 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 must be completed 7 business days prior to the start of filming. Students must keep permits with them at all times during filming. (See also Weapons, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials Policy & Illegal Substances Policy.)

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Fire Safety and Equipment

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Arson or causing a false alarm.

b. Tampering with or obstructing the fire alarm system, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, emergency exits, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, exit signs, and other fire safety equipment.

c. Failing to evacuate a University building during any fire and/or emergency alarms, including drills; re-entering the building before the all clear sign is given.

d. Failing to report any instance of fire or smoke to Public Safety or other University official.

e. Propping open doors in residence buildings with enclosed corridors (e.g. Pralle-Sodaro, Henley, Sandhu Residence Center, and Glass Hall).

f. Possessing and/or using candles, incense, oil lamps, helium tanks, and other combustible and/or flame-producing items in the residence areas. Burning candles in any campus building is prohibited (except for those events specifically scheduled through the Fish Interfaith Center and other approved events).

g. Trees, such as Christmas trees, may only be used if they have been treated with a fire retardant (resident must present proof of this to his or her Resident Director), are artificial, or are still alive and planted in a pot, and maintained by watering. Extension cords may not be used for holiday lights or other electric lights or items.

h. Possessing and/or using multi-plugs, hoverboards, halogen lamps and extension cords in the residence area. Power strips with surge protectors are permitted, but may not be extended by plugging one into another.

i. Possessing and/or using fireworks, sparklers, smoke bombs, CO2 cartridges, explosives, flammable chemicals and other hazardous materials.

j. Possessing and/or using barbeques and other outdoor cooking equipment in the residence halls and apartments except those provided by and installed by University officials. University-provided outdoor cooking equipment can only be used in designated areas.

k. Attaching excessive wall coverings or other items to walls and/or ceilings.

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Gambling

Students are expected to abide by federal and state laws prohibiting illegal gambling. Prohibited activity includes but is not limited to: betting on, wagering on, or selling pools on any event; possessing on one’s person or premises (e.g. room, residence, car) any card, book or other device for registering bets; knowingly permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s telephone or other electronic communication devices 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.

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Guests

Having guests on campus is a privilege. Guests must comply with University policies at all times. Any person(s) who comes onto campus to visit a student or students (whether or not they were specifically invited) is considered a guest of that student. 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, drugs, alcohol, paraphernalia, or other similar material).

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.

a. Guests who violate University policy will be immediately removed from campus and may be forbidden from entering Chapman University property or attending University events.

b. Guests are required to provide their name and show appropriate identification to a University official upon request. If guests do not have identification, they will be asked to leave or escorted off campus.

c. With the permission of the roommate(s), guests may be housed overnight in the hosting student’s assigned on-campus residence no more than three nights per semester.

d. Any University official has the right to request a guest to leave.

e. 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.

f. Residential guest(s) must be registered by their host via the Office of Housing & Residence Life 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.

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Hazing

Hazing is generally 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:

a. Any form of physically demanding activity (calisthenics, runs, etc.) not part of an organized voluntary athletic contest or not specifically directed toward constructive work.

b. Paddling, shoving or otherwise striking individuals.

c. Intentionally deceiving new members prior to initiation to make them believe that they will not be initiated or will be hurt or struck.

d. 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 violates the University’s policy concerning harassment or is otherwise inappropriate is hazing.

e. 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.

f. 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.

g. Having substances (e.g. food, trash, etc.) thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals.

h. Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.

i. 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.

j. Causing an individual to be indecently exposed or exposed to unsafe levels of cold or heat.

k. Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to engage in sexual behavior or sexual misconduct (e.g. stripping, streaking, flashing, suggestive dancing, etc.).

l. Forcing, requiring, or pressuring a person to become branded or tattooed.

m. Activities that require a person to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time.

n. Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.

o. 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.

p. “Line-ups” involving intense or demeaning intimidation or interrogation, such as shouting obscenities or insults.

q. Assigning activities (pranks, scavenger hunts, etc.) that compel a person to deface property, engage in theft, or harass other individuals or organizations.

r. Tests of courage, bravery or stamina.

s. Intentionally creating a mess and compelling individuals to clean it up.

t. Dietary restrictions of any kind.

u. 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.

v. Forcing, requiring, or pressuring individuals to hand over or eliminate access to or their phone, tablet, or computer for any period of time.

w. Forcing, requiring or pressuring individuals to shave (or remove hair from) any part of the body (including head shaving or haircuts).

x. Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to tamper with or damage University property.

y. Exposure to the elements.

z. Requiring members to escort each other on campus.

aa. Requiring the answering of phones or doors with songs, chants, or riddles.

bb. Requiring yelling or screaming upon entering or leaving a facility.

cc. Verbal or cruel harassment, including yelling and screaming.

dd. Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities.

ee. Excluding an individual from social contact for prolonged periods of time.

ff. 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.

gg. Any activity that is perceived or implied mandatory for new members only and is not educational in nature.

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Identification

All students and guests are required to provide their name and 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. Guests must carry a driver’s license or other government-issued identification at all times. The following behaviors are also prohibited:

a. Falsely identifying oneself or others.

b. 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 the Orange Police Department.

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Illegal Substances

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. 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 (See Appendix 6: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy). The possession or use of marijuana, 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, residence, 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.

b. Illegal or improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medicines. 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.

c. Possession of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to: water pipes, scales, needles, clips, rolling papers, bongs etc., or any device that may be associated with drug use, regardless of whether it is purchased or handmade, even as props for filming.

d. Use of a legal substance in an improper manner (e.g. ingesting a cleaning chemical, inhaling other chemical substances for the purpose of intoxication).

e. Providing drugs with the intent of taking advantage of another.

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Keys and Unauthorized Entry/Exit

Rooms must be reserved and approved by the Event Scheduling Office prior to their use. The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Unauthorized/improper possession, duplication, or use of University keys or Chapman ID cards

b. Unauthorized/improper entry to/exit from or use of University premises.

c. Tampering with any locking device on campus, including security gates and doors.

d. Loaning out keys or Chapman ID cards that have been issued for individual use.

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Lewd and Indecent Behavior

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Urinating or defecating in areas other than toilets and urinals (including lawns, lounges, elevators, stairwells, balconies, parking lots, etc.).

b. Public nudity.

c. Engaging in intimate sexual contact in or within plain sight of common or public areas.

d. Public viewing or displaying of pornography.

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Other Violations

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

Note: 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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Parking and Vehicle Regulations

It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the University’s Parking Policy. (See also regulations for Bicycle Operations (http://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/public-safety/bicycle-rules.aspx ) and Parking Policies (http://www.chapman.edu/campus-services/parking-services/_files/CU_Parking_Policy_2016_2017.pdf).

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Posting Policy

Posting procedures may be found in Appendix 8. 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. Additionally, the failure to abide by the following posting-related policy may result in charges of Student Conduct Code violations. The following is prohibited:

a. Postings that violate the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy (https://www.chapman.edu/faculty-staff/human-resources/_files/harassment-and-discrimination-policy.pdf).

b. Destroying or removing others’ postings. The removal or destruction of postings is a violation of the Property Damage/Vandalism policy and may also constitute a violation of the Abuse and Discrimination policy under certain circumstances.

c. Posting in such a manner that covers up or obscures previous postings. Such actions may also be considered violations of the Disruption/Demonstration policy.

Note: Please see Appendix 8 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 of the stated criteria.

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Property 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. 

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Residential Life Violations

 It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the Chapman Residential Living License Agreement and/or established University policies or procedures governing residence in University-owned or administered property (See Appendix 4: Housing and Residence Life Policies and Procedures).

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Restaurant Services Violations

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Obtaining food or beverage on the meal plan (not PantherBucks) for other students or guests without prior approval of Restaurant Services management.

b. Using another student’s identification card for the purpose of obtaining food or beverage without the prior approval of restaurant services management.

c. Removing plates, bowls, serving ware, silverware, glassware, condiment containers, or other dining materials from any campus dining or restaurant facility.

d. Removing food from an in-service dining operation.

e. Failing to return dishes to the dish return area prior to leaving the dining facility.

f. Gaining access to the dining facility without paying entrance fee.

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Sexual Misconduct

Any sexual behavior, attempted or completed, that goes beyond the boundaries of consent (as defined in Appendix 5, Sexual Misconduct Policies). These include domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, and retaliation for reporting any of these behaviors. Intoxication of the respondent does not diminish their responsibility for an act of sexual misconduct.

Note: For more information see also Appendix 5: Sexual Misconduct Policies at the following link: https://www.chapman.edu/students/policies-forms/student-conduct/_files/pdfs/8-11-3-3-5-appendix-5.pdf

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Smoking

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

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Soliciting

Solicitation and door-to-door sales 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. 

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Stalking

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person, under similar circumstances and with similar identities, to fear for one’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. This may include but not be limited to:

a. Non-consensual communication or threats, including face-to-face communication, telephone or video calls, voice messages, emails, chat requests, friend or contact requests on social networking sites or apps, text messages, posting of statements or pictures on social networking sites, written letters, gifts or any other communications that are undesired. 

b. Surveillance or other types of observation of another through computer or mobile app spyware, GPS systems, cellular telephones, pursuing, repeatedly staring, following, waiting or showing up uninvited at class, residence, workplace, or other places frequented by the specified individual, gathering information about an individual from friends, family, or co-workers, third party stalking, or stalking by proxy.

c. Behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly engages in knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes the person.

(See also Appendix 5https://www.chapman.edu/students/policies-forms/student-conduct/_files/pdfs/8-11-3-3-5-appendix-5.pdf)

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Theft

Attempted or actual removal of personal or University property from the owner’s possession or premises without prior permission is prohibited. This 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. 

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Violation of Law

Any charge of violation, or actual violation, of federal, state, or local laws may subject a student to the University conduct process. 

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Violence

The following behaviors are prohibited:

a. Any act of violence or threat of violence.

b. All physical abuse, including physical assault and/or battery as well as any domestic violence, hate crimes, and/or child, elder, or animal abuse.

c. Any act of violent destruction of property.

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Weapons, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials

Possession on University property or at University-sponsored events or use of the following is prohibited:

a. 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.

b. Ammunition, including rounds, casings, shells, clips, magazines, and paint pellets and cartridges.

c. Switch blades and any blade over 3 inches that is not designed and used for food preparation or eating.

d. Bows and arrows with the exception of archery classes.

e. Martial arts weapons.

f. Brass knuckles.

g. Slingshots and water balloon launchers.

h. Explosive devices, fireworks and sparklers.

i. Dangerous chemicals or other hazardous materials.  

j. 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 other replica weapons, by student(s) who have not secured prior approval for use/possession of a prop weapon for a specific academic purpose, is a violation of the Weapons policy and will be subject to conduct review. For approval processes for use/possession of prop weapons, please see the Fire & Life Safety Department, Residence Life and First Year Experience, Student Engagement, and the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts. Any weapon found to be in in a student’s assigned residential area or in a student’s belongings or vehicle parked on University property will be considered to be in that student’s possession even if they are not the party who purchased the weapon and/or brought the weapon onto University property.

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