» Non-Discrimination on Campus – Sex and Gender Based Discrimination

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. 

View the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy

View the Sexual Misconduct Policy (Appendix 5 of the Student Conduct Code)

Title IX Information Brochure

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: 

Chapman Title IX Coordinators:

Matters concerning students*

DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students
Lead Title IX Coordinator
Argyros Forum 101
(714) 997-6721

Chris Toutain, Program Coordinator for Student Conduct
Argyros Forum 303
(714) 532-6039

Kristen EntringerProgram Coordinator for Student Conduct
Davis Community Center, 2nd Floor
(714) 532-6056

Matters concerning faculty/staff*

Misha MartinezEqual Opportunity and Diversity Officer
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
DeMille Hall room 103
(714) 997-6847 

* Generally, the University designates that Title IX matters concerning students be addressed and investigated by student affairs professionals and those concerning faculty/staff matters be addressed and investigated by human resources professionals.  However, individuals may discuss Title IX concerns with any of the coordinators listed above – depending on with whom they would feel most comfortable. 

Other Reporting Options:

Public Safety Department - (714) 997-6763 
Available 24 hours 7 days a week

Dean of Students Office - (714) 997-672

Office of Human Resources - (714) 997-6686 
Available 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  M-F

Resident Director

Resident Advisor

Privileged and Confidential Resources:

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

Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy - (714) 997-6746

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. 

+ - Consent Definition

Understanding consent is a key to preventing incidents of sexual misconduct.  

  • Consent – means an affirmative, conscious, voluntary agreement by both partners to engage in sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be continuously present throughout an interaction, for all sexual activities, and may be revoked at any time. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the activity to ensure that he/she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in sexual activity.
  • The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of a past sexual relations between them, can never by itself assumed to be an indicator of consent. 
  • Past consent does not constitute present consent.
  • Equal partners requires individuals who have the capacity to consent.
  • Voluntary means subject to modification or withdrawal at any time.
  • Consent cannot be any of the following:
    • Inferred from silence,  the absence of a ”no”, or lack of protest or resistance
    • Obtained from a person who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated and this condition was known or reasonably should have been known by the other individual(s) involved in the designated incident.
    • Obtained from a person who is incapacitated by intoxicants such as alcohol or drugs, and this condition was known or reasonably should have been known by the other individual(s) involved in the designated incident. Incapacitation is defined as a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why or how” of the sexual interaction). Note: a person may still be conscious, but lack the capacity to consent to a sexual act(s).
    • Obtained by threat or force.
    • Obtained through coercion. Coercion is the application of verbal, emotional, or physical manipulation to convince another person to do something he/she may not want to do, in this case to engage in sexual acts that the individual does not want to do. This includes tactics of post-refusal sexual persistence; in other words, verbally or physically persisting with a sexual act (attempting to wear him or her down) after the individual has already refused to participate in it. Coercing someone into having sex or performing specified sexual acts violates the boundaries of consent. 

The intoxication of the respondent does not diminish his or her responsibility for an act of sexual misconduct. It is also important to note that intent is not an acceptable defense for violating the sexual misconduct policy. For instance, it is no defense to a report of sexual harassment that the respondent did not intend to harass.

View for more information on sexual misconduct policies (Appendix 5 of the Student Conduct Code)

+ - Confidentiality

The University will make every reasonable effort possible to preserve an individual’s privacy and protect the confidentiality of information that it receives in connection with a report of sexual misconduct. All individuals receiving a report understand the desire to keep the information confidential. Although our goal is to limit the number of individuals who may learn about any report or grievance, we cannot guarantee confidentiality and maintaining it is not always possible (except as discussed below). The University will treat information that it receives in a manner that respects both the sensitivities and rights of the complainant and the respondent.

State and federal regulations may dictate a course of action that will require making portions or all of the report known to others – including possibly the alleged offender – during the course of the investigation. Additionally, recognizing that sexual misconduct undermines the safety and freedom of an educational environment and could be criminal behavior, depending on the nature of the incident, there may be instances where it is the University’s ethical and legal responsibility to disclose information regarding the circumstances related to a specific incident. 

The University’s ability to act to protect the interests of the complainant and the community is limited by the information provided to it. There is no obligation for the identity of the complainant or respondent to be revealed.  However, complainants are encouraged to do so. As previously noted, the University is required to investigate all reports of sexual misconduct.  As such, the identity of the complainant, respondent, reporter, witnesses, or other circumstances may be discovered during the course of the investigation even if this information was not disclosed in the initial report. If the complainant is a minor (under 18 years old), or the alleged incident took place while the complainant was a minor, the law requires disclosure to law enforcement authorities.

The only persons permitted to guarantee confidentiality are licensed counselors and clergy.  These confidential reporting options are denoted in the chart above as confidential.  

+ - Amnesty

Chapman University strongly advocates the reporting of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, domestic abuse and violence, dating abuse and violence, stalking, and sexual harassment). To encourage and support the reporting of such matters, it is important to note that the complainant or any witnesses will not be held accountable for violations of the Code (including alcohol or illegal substances policies) that may have occurred at the time of or as a result of the incident in question, provided that these violations did not endanger others or are not egregious in nature or do not violate the academic integrity policy.  

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