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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

» Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions asked of the University by our neighbors. Click over each tab to find the answer to the question.


+ - Who do I contact if I have an issue concerning student behavior?

Chapman University maintains a close working relationship with city officials and law enforcement to ensure that communication is strong within our surrounding community. As such, we recommend the following contacts:

Please call the Orange Police Department dispatch at (714) 744-7444 for non-emergency issues where an immediate response is needed, such as a loud and unruly party.

For issues concerning inoperable vehicles or poor property maintenance, you may make an anonymous call to the City of Orange Code Enforcement team at (714) 744-5555.

Finally, regarding concerns about student behavior (parking, a pattern of chronic disturbances, etc.), please contact the Office of Community Relations.

+ - What actions does the University take with students who have violated the code of conduct?

Protocols are in place for students who violate the University’s student code of conduct policy.

While the results of disciplinary cases regarding a specific individual are confidential, students found in violation of the student conduct code may be required to attend classes on being a good neighbor, ordered to pay a fine, or in the most serious of cases, suspension or expulsion may be issued.

Chapman University’s student code of conduct policy is available in full through the Student Affairs website.


+ - What is the University’s parking policy?

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to park in lots and structures on campus, and must have a permit to do so. Special exceptions are in place for those who have indicated that they utilize an alternative method of transportation, such as walking, bicycle, or train. Click here to read our full parking policy.

Please note: Temporary "A" permit parking passes (typically in yellow or blue) are not Chapman University parking passes, but are issued through the City of Orange. Please call Orange Police Department's parking enforcement team at (714) 744-7444 to for any questions. 

+ - Do you have a policy for bus drivers and parking?

We recognize and acknowledge the fact that our campus is located within a unique and historic residential district, and as such, not all neighboring streets are approved for commercial vehicle use.

All buses--including admissions tours, visiting athletics teams, and performing arts set-up crews--must load and unload in the properly marked loading zone on Glassell Street, just west of the Musco Center.

Additionally, bus drivers who must temporarily park to wait for their passengers are advised to do so in the University-owned Palm Avenue parking lot. 

You may view more information on our Bus Driving Directions page. 

Construction Projects/Specific Plan

+ - What is the status on the University’s Specific Plan update?

The processing of the Specific Plan update has been extended to allow the University time to meet with residents and community leaders to address neighborhood concerns. Chapman University is working closely with the City of Orange and our neighbors, sincerely striving to be good neighbors ourselves. Click here to learn about the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that was formed.

The Specific Plan is a planning document that guides the allowable enhancements to campus buildings and grounds. The Chapman University Specific Plan was originally adopted by the City of Orange in 1989 and a comprehensive update was adopted in 2004. The updated document that is currently under discussion will guide future building efforts over the next 15 to 20 years.

You may find the current Specific Plan in its entirety on the City of Orange Community Development website.

+ - What construction projects are in progress?

Details on current construction projects can be found on the Campus Planning website.

+ - What is the University doing to increase on-campus student housing?

The University has made a commitment to house at least 50% of our undergraduate student population on campus. Here are a few current projects that will help us obtain that goal:

Villa Park Orchard Residence Village: Located at the northwest corner of the intersection of West Palm Avenue and North Cypress Street, this 400+ bed facility is expected to be occupied by fall 2019. The design by the architectural firm Togawa Smith Martin, Inc. echoes the industrial character of the historic area.

Chapman Grand: Purchased in November 2017, this apartment building in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle features housing for up to 900 students. Occupancy is expected in fall 2018 and a shuttle service will be provided to and from main campus.

Panther Village: The University recently purchased vacant land adjacent to Panther Village, located on West Chapman Avenue near Interstate 5. The University is planning on adding a parking lot to the land. By providing additional on-site parking, students will be able to avoid driving to campus. 

North Residence Halls: Replacement of the 45-year-old residence halls on the north side of campus is planned, however, design planning is currently on hold.


+ - Are restaurants on campus open to the public?

Yes! Our on-campus restaurants are open to the surrounding communities. Currently available restaurants include:

Hours vary, so please check the invidiaul restaurant's website for additional details. Make sure to visit a campus map of our eateries!

+ - When are the tennis courts open to the community?

The newely opened Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center is open to the community during select hours. 

Starting on January 2, 2018, the public is welcome to use the courts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

While the facility is closed on weekends for men's and women's team matches, please feel free to come out and support your Panthers! Attendance is always free to the public.