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The following policies are related to student behavior. These rules and regulations intend to promote appropriate student behavior and prevent indecent actions that will result in disciplinary actions. Violations of any of these policies are subject to a hearing and/or a conduct review. Click on the tabs below to view the corresponding policies and violations.

+-Abusive 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 below.

+-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 Appendix 3).

+-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 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.  

+-Conduct System Abuses

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation before a conduct body/hearing officer or University official.
  2. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a conduct proceeding (including the behavior of Support Person and witnesses).
  3. Instituting a conduct proceeding knowingly without cause.
  4. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation, or use of the conduct system.
  5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body prior to, and/or during the course of the conduct proceeding.
  6. 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.
  7. Failure to comply with or complete the sanction(s) imposed under the Code.
  8. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Code.
  9. Plagiarism of a conduct sanction (see also Appendix 3: Academic Integrity Policy).


Students are prohibited from misrepresenting or obscuring the truth, including but not limited to:

  1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of dishonesty (See Appendix 3: Academic Integrity Policy http://www.chapman.edu/faculty/OC/AIC/).
  2. Furnishing false information or identification, whether written or oral, to any University official, faculty member or office.
  3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or Government document, record, or instrument of identification.
  4. Fraud – receiving, or attempting to receive, payment, services, or academic credit under false pretenses.     
  5. Tampering with any University recognized election process.

+-Disruption/ Demonstration

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. View the Disruption and Demonstration PDF to learn more.

+-Endangerment of Self or Others

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 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.


Any form of hazing is prohibited and any such conduct may result in conduct proceedings and sanctions. View the Hazing PDF to learn more.

+-Lewd/ Indecent Behavior

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Urinating in areas other than toilets and urinals (including lawns, lounges, elevators, stairwells, balconies, parking lots, etc.).
  2. Public nudity.
  3. Engaging in intimate sexual contact in common or public areas.
  4. Public viewing or displaying of pornography.

+-Sexual Misconduct

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Sexual Assault – engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual behaviors with another person without said person’s consent. 
  2. 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.
  3. Sexual Battery - non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature.
  4. 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:

  1. Smoking in all University buildings.
  2. Smoking in all University-owned houses, residence halls, and apartments.
  3. Smoking within 20 feet of building entrances, residence halls and apartment doors and windows.
  4. Smoking in or on quads, courtyards, and sidewalks in the residence areas. 

+- Theft

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.


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. 
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