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.
The following behaviors are prohibited, including, but not limited to:
a. Verbal abuse, including defamation, threats, intimidation (which may include shouting at another individual or acting in a hostile or aggressive manner), coercion, use of words that illicit a physical response (fighting words), profanity which is derogatory and inflammatory directed at another individual or group, and harassment, including, but not limited to sexual harassment.
b. Behavior which threatens or endangers the health, well-being, or safety of any person(s), including, but not limited to:
i. Stalking – behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly engages in a knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes the person.
ii. Discriminatory, Harassing or Hate Behavior – any occurrence that involves a verbal, written, or physical action that is intended to create emotional suffering, physical harm, property damage to a person(s) because of their perceived or actual race, ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability or other categories protected by law. This may include, but is not limited to; slurs, symbols, posting, circulating demeaning jokes, leaflets, or caricatures; defacing, removing or destroying posted materials; distributing or posting hate literature.
iii. Threats of violence, even in jest.
Note: See also Hazing Policy and Violence Policy
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), residence hall floor lounges, hallways or quad areas, except under those specific conditions outlined in Appendix 6.
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 in a private University residence or at a University event 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. Exceptions to these specific conditions are outlined in Appendix 6.
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. Possessing or displaying empty alcohol containers by residence students who are under the age of 21. Residents over the age of 21 may not display empty alcohol containers in windows nor keep more than 6 empty alcohol containers displayed in their room/apartment/house. This includes empty alcoholic boxes, bottle caps, and labels used for decoration etc.
g. Students hosting events providing alcohol must secure authorization from the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, or his/her designee, and adhere to the guidelines provided. h. Providing alcohol with the intent of taking advantage of another. (See Appendix 6: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy)
Note: Residential students living in the Substance Free Communities will be subject to involuntary removal from this area if they violate the Alcohol or Drug policy.
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 (Appendix 3).
The following behaviors are prohibited.
- Balconies, sidewalks, stairways and walkways are made for walking and are not to be used 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 houses.
- The use of skates, skateboards, or other wheeled vehicles typically used for recreation (see Bicycle Operations and Parking) is prohibited in all University buildings, parking structures, public roadways, balconies, and in all areas bordering construction zones. Any person skating or riding or propelling a skateboard or wheeled vehicle upon any sidewalk shall exercise due care and shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians.
- Screens are not to be unhooked or removed from windows for any reason.
- Spitting from stairwells, walkways, windows, and balconies.
- Windows are not to be used as entrances or exits to and from buildings.
- No structures are to be built out of windows.
- Items and objects are not to be thrown or poured from windows, roofs, or balconies. Items such as banners or sheets cannot be hung from roofs, windows, or balconies or attached to the exterior of any building.
- Students are not permitted 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).
All bicycles used, stored, parked, or operated on the University must be licensed with a valid California bicycle license. The use of bicycles is prohibited in all University buildings, parking structures, balconies, sidewalks, walkways, and in all areas bordering construction zones. View the attached PDF for more information.
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 Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or the Vice Chancellor’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., large numbers of people in attendance, violating ordinance or laws, guests gathering in yards, sidewalks, or other outdoor areas, etc.).
Note: Public Safety Officers may videotape exceptionally large, loud and disruptive off-campus gatherings; this videotape may be submitted as evidence in a hearing by the respondent. If it is alleged that the videotape has evidence of an assault, sexual assault, or other acts of violence, the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students or his/her designee may review the tape as part of its investigation into the allegation.
Business and Private Enterprise Students may operate a business (e.g., sales/services, advertisements provided through the mail, telephone/fax, Internet, or other means of mass communication) and/or complete employment requirements on University property as long as:
- It is not deemed indecent or inappropriate for association with the University’s name/reputation;
- It complies with the University Posting Policy.
- It is not disruptive to other students.
- It does not create health and safety concerns.
- It does not violate a controlling contract the University has with a vendor.
- It complies with the Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy and other published policy.
- It does not use the University name, equipment or other resources without express written consent by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Note: If a business or the completion of employment requirements become disruptive and/or create health and safety concerns, the student must immediately cease all business activities on campus. Business activities include, but are not limited to, sales/services or advertisements provided through the mail service, telephone/fax, Internet, World Wide Web, or other means of mass communication. Any postings must comply with the University Posting Policy.
The University's computing 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.
The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation before a conduct body/hearing officer or University official.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a conduct proceeding (including the behavior of Support Person and witnesses).
- Instituting a conduct proceeding knowingly without cause.
- Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation, or use of the conduct system.
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body prior to, and/or during the course of the conduct proceeding.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a conduct body or University official prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding.
- Failure to comply with or complete the sanction(s) imposed under the Code.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Code.
- Plagiarism of a conduct sanction (see also Appendix 3: Academic Integrity Policy).
- Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of dishonesty (See Appendix 3: Academic Integrity Policy)
- Furnishing false information or identification, whether written or oral, to any University official, faculty member or office.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or Government document, record, or instrument of identification.
- Fraud – receiving, or attempting to receive, payment, services, or academic credit under false pretenses.
- Tampering with any University recognized election process.
Lawful and peaceful demonstration as an expression of favor or dissent is permitted on campus. However, the University will not tolerate coercive disruption and will utilize the necessary means to prevent it. To learn more about the policy on disruption and demonstration, please click on the corresponding link.
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:
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, University office or classroom setting.
d. Engage in any form of harassment, and/or discrimination.
e. Unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to 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. This includes, but not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another in a locker room or bathroom.
f. Students may also be subject to conduct charges if it is brought to the University’s attention that they had placed or distributed material via electronic media (e.g., on-line social networks like Facebook and MySpace, websites, blogs, e-mails, IM, CDs, DVDs, etc) that violates the Code. (Found on pg. 16 of Student Conduct Code)
Conducting oneself in a manner that, intentionally or accidentally, endangers, or threatens to endanger, the health or safety of oneself (including threats of suicide made in jest or otherwise), other members or visitors within the University community or at University sponsored or related events is prohibited.
Students who fail to comply with directions or requests of University officials, including, but not limited to student volunteers and student employees, Public Safety officers, law enforcement officers, or contract service vendors (e.g. Sodexo 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 will also be referred to conduct review.
(Note: See also pg. 16 of Student Conduct Code and Student Conduct Process section)
All students who wish to film on or around Chapman property must complete the required permit and obtain the required approvals (Facilities, Public Safety, Office of Housing & Residence Life, Calendaring Office, Orange Police Department or other city agencies). Students who fail to do so will be required to halt their process until the appropriate approval is obtained (not all requests maybe 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).
The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Causing a false alarm, arson, tampering with the fire alarm system, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, emergency exits, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, exit signs, and other equipment are federal offenses.
- Failing to evacuate a University building during fire and/or emergency alarms or re-entering the building before the all clear sign is given.
- The propping open of doors in residence buildings with enclosed corridors (e.g. Pralle-Sodaro, Henley, Sandhu Residence Center, and Glass Hall).
- 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).
- Displaying holiday lights in residence areas, except during the month of December. 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. Extension cords may not be used for holiday lights.
- Possessing and/or using multi-plugs, halogen lamps and extension cords in the residence area. However, power strips with surge protectors are permitted.
- Possessing and/or using of fireworks, CO2 cartridges, explosives, chemicals and other hazardous materials.
- 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 be used in designated areas.
- 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. 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 the events. Gaming events, including but not limited to casino nights and poker events, are prohibited without the authorization of the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, or his/her designee.
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 which violate University policy (e.g., weapons, drugs, alcohol, paraphernalia, or other similar material). Students need to accompany their guests during their 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.
- Guests who violate University policy will be immediately removed from campus, and may be forbidden from entering Chapman University property or attending University events.
- 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.
- With the permission of the roommate(s), guests may be housed overnight in the residential areas no more than three nights per semester.
- Any University Official has the right to request a guest to leave.
- Students and their guest(s) may be restricted from the residence areas and/or immediately removed from the residential areas if they have, or are suspected to have, violated University policy.
- Residential guest(s) must be registered by their host via the Office of Housing and Residential Life website. Guest(s) will receive a confirmation form they, should print and carry with them as they visit campus.
Any form of hazing is prohibited and any such conduct may result in conduct proceedings and sanctions. To see the full policy please follow the corresponding link.
All students and guests are required to provide their name and show appropriate identification to a University Official upon request. Students must carry their Chapman 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:
- Falsely identifying oneself or others or failure to comply with this policy.
- Possession, production, or distribution of false identification cards, or materials to fabricate such, is illegal and strictly prohibited. Any false identification cards found to be in the possession of students or guests will be confiscated, destroyed, and may result in a citation from the Orange Police Department.
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 (See Appendix 6: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy). “Medicinal” marijuana is prohibited on campus. 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 he or she is the individual who purchased or furnished the drugs, paraphernalia, or handmade drug use device. Confiscated paraphernalia will not be returned to students at anytime.
- Illegal or improper use of prescription 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. The use or possession of “medicinal” marijuana is also prohibited on campus, and will be treated as a violation of the illegal substances policy.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to: water pipes, scales, needles, clips, rolling papers, bongs etc.; any device that may be associated with drug use, regardless of whether it is purchased or handmade, even as props for filming.
- Use of a legal substance in an improper manner (e.g. ingesting a cleaning chemical, inhaling other chemical substances for the purpose of intoxication). 5. Providing drugs with the intent of taking advantage of another.
The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Urinating in areas other than toilets and urinals (including lawns, lounges, elevators, stairwells, balconies, parking lots, etc.).
- Public nudity.
- Engaging in intimate sexual contact in common or public areas.
- Public viewing or displaying of pornography.
Rooms must be calendared and approved by the Event Scheduling Office prior to their use. The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Unauthorized/improper possession, duplication, or use of University keys.
- Unauthorized/improper entry to/exit from or use of University premises.
- Tampering with any locking device on campus.
- Students are not to loan out keys/cards that have been issued to them for their individual use.
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 drugs or controlled substances such as alcohol.
It is prohibited to violate the policies and procedures outlined in the University’s Parking and Vehicle Rules and Regulations Policy, (See also regulations for Bicycle Operations and Parking Policies, and pg. 21 of Student Conduct Code).
Posting Policy All postings and publicity must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Items must visibly include the sponsoring group or department’s name, contact information, and logo.
- Postings may not violate the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy (http://www.chapman.edu/HR/EO/harrassmentPolicy.asp)
- Posting only in designated and approved posting areas (Unrecognized Groups or non-Chapman affiliates may only post on campus community boards).
- Postings may not contain language or images that promote or imply drug or alcohol consumption.
- Postings must never be situated in such a way as to impede upon pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
- Postings containing information written in a language other than English must have an English translation on said postings, with the exception of the names of registered Greek-lettered organizations.
- Staples, tape, stickers, mounting tape, and tacks should only be used on bulletin boards. Poster putty or string is required for posting in all other areas on campus.
- All postings by unrecognized student groups shall expressly disclaim, in font no smaller than ten (10) point size, any affiliation with or recognition or sponsorship by the University. The following language is approved for use: “This group is not affiliated with, recognized by, or otherwise endorsed by Chapman University in any manner.”
- Leaflets, Pamphlets and Handbills (Handbills) and similar informational literature may be used in association with on-campus groups, events and activities, including groups, events, and activities not recognized or sponsored by the University. In the case of unrecognized student groups, only Chapman student members of the group may distribute such informational literature.
- Handbills may be distributed at the following two locations only: i. the sidewalks between Argyros Forum and the Leatherby Libraries and ii. the sidewalks between the Leatherby Libraries and Beckman Hall.
- Handbills may be distributed in conjunction with the renting of outdoor space by unrecognized student groups. See “Vending and Solicitation” procedures (available from the Department of Student and Campus Life and at (www.chapman.edu/scl/vending/default.asp) for more details.
- Handbills may only be distributed in person, to individuals.
- Handbills cannot be placed on cars, left on unattended tables, attached to walls or doors, or placed in any other campus locations.
- Handbills may not be distributed in a manner that impedes the flow of traffic (automobile or pedestrian), disrupts activity taking place in any classroom or building, is harassing, or deemed solicitous in nature.
- Handbills may not be distributed inside any building or dining hall.
- Handbills may not be distributed in the Residence Halls or surrounding locations without prior authorization from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
- No student group, whether recognized or unrecognized, may distribute handbills or similar materials during the weeks designated for fraternity rush and sorority recruitment or during the two weeks proceeding such periods.
- Distribution by students of informational literature or commercial publicity by or for unsanctioned off-campus parties or by or for commercial entities, or for financial gain, is prohibited. Note: See also Student and Campus Life Event Planning Guide, Marketing and Advertising (http://www.chapman.edu/eventPlanning/eventSections.asp). The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office reserves the right to remove any postings which it determines fails to meet all of the criteria stated.
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 pg. 22 of Student Conduct Code).
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 and pg. 22 of Student Conduct Code).
The following behaviors are prohibited:
a. Students on the meal plan (not Panther Bucks) obtaining food or beverage for other students or guests without the 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 china, silverware, and glassware 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.
f. Gaining access without paying entrance fee. (Found on pg. 22 of Student Conduct Code)
The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Sexual Assault – engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual behaviors with another person without said person’s consent.
- Sexual Exploitation - examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to, prostituting another student; non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity or distribution of such; going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends surreptitiously watch you having consensual sex); engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a third party; engaging in voyeurism; exhibitionism; and knowingly transmitting an STI/STD or HIV to another student.
- Sexual Battery - non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature.
- Sexual Harassment - Events or actions (verbal, visual, or physical in nature) that are continued and unwelcome (neither solicited nor incited and it is regarded by the recipient as undesirable or offensive) conduct of a sexual nature that would be offensive to a reasonable person; which could interfere with an individual's academic pursuits or create or substantially contribute to an intimidating or hostile work, academic, or student living environment.
Note: See also Appendix 5: Sexual Assault Policy
Smoking is permitted for those, age 18 and over, and only in designated smoking areas. The following behaviors are prohibited:
- Smoking in all University buildings.
- Smoking in all University-owned houses, residence halls, and apartments.
- Smoking within 20 feet of building entrances, residence halls and apartment doors and windows.
- Smoking in or on quads, courtyards, and sidewalks in the residence areas.
Solicitation and door-to-door sales on campus is prohibited except as approved by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office, Student and Campus Life or the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
The following behaviors are prohibited:
a. Tapping telephone or cable television line.
b. Altering or accessing another's phone voice mailbox without permission.
c. Harassing by telephone (e.g. annoying or threatening behavior, or violating any restraining order).
d. Theft of telephone service (e.g., unauthorized use of the University’s or another's telephone or personal security code).
Attempted or actual removal of property without prior permission is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to signs, lounge furniture, office furniture and equipment, classroom furniture and equipment, outdoor furniture owned by the University, and property and services under the control of Restaurant Services.
Any charge of violation, or actual violation of federal, state, or local laws may subject a student to the University conduct process. View the attached PDF for more information.
The following behaviors are prohibited: 1. Any act of violence or threat of violence. 2. All physical abuse including physical assault and/or battery as well as any domestic disputes, hate crimes, and/or child abuse.
Possession or use of the following is prohibited:
- Any type of firearm, BB pellet gun, paint gun, realistic facsimile of a weapon or any counterfeit item, stun gun, and/or taser weapon.
- Ammunition, including rounds, casings, shells, clips, magazines, and paint pellets and cartridges.
- Switch blades, any blade over 3 inches that is not designed and used for cooking.
- Bows and arrows with the exception of archery classes.
- Martial arts weapons.
- Slingshots and water balloon launchers.
- Explosive devices and fireworks.
- Dangerous chemicals or other hazardous materials.
- All other weapons listed in the California Penal Code section 12020, and/or other weapons considered dangerous on University premises or at University sponsored events.
Note: Possession of “prop” weapons, or other facsimile weapons, by student(s) who have not secured prior approval for use/possession of a prop weapon, 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 Office of Public Safety, Office of Housing & Residence Life, Student and Campus Life as well as the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts. Any weapon found to be in residence or in a student’s assigned area or belongings will be considered to be in their possession even if they are not the party who purchased the weapon and/or brought the weapon into the residence.