» Sexual Misconduct, Sex-Based/Gender Discrimination, and Title IX

Chapman University is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an educational, working, and living environment that is conducive to learning and scholarship and is supportive of students and employees. Part of this commitment is fostering a campus free of sexual misconduct in all its forms.

Policies Regarding Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct and gender/sex-based harassment or discrimination can take many forms, including sexual battery, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and abuse, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sex-based or gender-based harassment or discrimination. These types of conduct are prohibited under the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, Chapman University’s Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy, the Student Conduct Code, and applicable State and Federal laws.

View the University’s Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment Policy

View the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

 


Announcements

October 5, 2017

In Spring 2017, Chapman University conducted a campus climate survey. You can read about the campus climate survey result here.

September 10, 2017
Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Lead Title IX Coordinator, posted a detailed statement in response to an announcement made by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos in early September. Please review Dr. Yocum Gaffney's statement here.




Accessing Supportive Measures

In the event of an alleged incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, the University makes supportive measures available to individuals regardless of whether or not the individuals choose to report full details of the incident (such as the name of the respondent) to the University or to law enforcement. Supportive measures shall be confidential, to the extent that maintaining confidentiality does not impair the University’s ability to provide such measures.


University Investigation Process

Chapman University follows specific policies and procedures for Title IX investigations related to matters with student respondents defined in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. There are also FAQs for general audiences, complainants, respondents, and witnesses for cases in which the respondent is a student. For information related to faculty and staff matters, please visit the Equal Opportunity and Diversity page.


Gender-Inclusive Policies

Chapman University strives to create an educational environment that is welcoming and affirming to all gender identities, expressions, and sexual orientations through gender-inclusive policies across various departments on campus.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct and Sex-Based/Gender Discrimination or Harassment

The University encourages individuals to report prohibited conduct to a Title IX Coordinator. They are available to talk if you have a concern you want to share, have questions about the Title IX investigative process, or want to report an incident.

+ - Student Concerns

The following individuals address matters in which the party alleged to have engaged in the behavior (hereafter referred to as the respondent) is a student:

Title IX Coordinators for matters concerning students*

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

Chris Toutain, Program Coordinator for Student Conduct
Argyros Forum 302B
toutain@chapman.edu
(714) 532-6039

Kristen EntringerProgram Coordinator for Student Conduct
Argyros Forum 302A
entringe@chapman.edu
(714) 532-6056

Other Reporting Options:

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

Dean of Students Office - (714) 997-6721 

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

Resident Director

Resident Advisor

*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.

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”). Title IX regulations require that these reports 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, you may submit an anonymous report form 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.


+ - Faculty/Staff Concerns

The following individual addresses matters involving faculty and staff members:

Title IX Coordinators for matters concerning faculty/staff*

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


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

* 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.

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”). Title IX regulations require that these reports 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, you may submit an anonymous report form 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.

+ - Off-Campus Reporting Options

In addition to the Chapman University reporting options, you may also provide reports of concerning behavior to local police. The following phone numbers are for the various police departments in Orange and the surrounding area (please note that the numbers listed are NON-emergency numbers).

  • Orange Police Department
    • (714) 744-7444
  • Anaheim Police Department
    • (714) 765-1900
  • Irvine Police Department
    • (949) 724-6000
  • Santa Ana Police Department
    • (714) 245-8665
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department (Villa Park, North Tustin)
    • (714) 647-7000

Individuals with complaints of this nature also always have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
50 United Nations Plaza
Mail Box 1200, Room 1545
San Francisco, CA  94102

Phone: (415) 486-5555
Fax: (415) 486-5570
TDY: (800) 877-8339
email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Support Resources

In addition to reporting opportunities, there are resources you can reach out to for additional support and information. Please see below for confidential resources on Chapman's campus as well as off-campus informational resources.

+ - On-Campus Confidential Support Resources

The individuals and offices listed below are those you can speak with on campus and off campus who have a professional requirement to maintain the confidentiality* of your conversation. They are good resources if you need someone to talk to, but do not want to provide information in a formal or reportable way.

  • Student Psychological Counseling Services
    • During business hours: (714) 997-6778
    • After hours, emergency support may be reached through Public Safety or Residence Life staff
  • Dani Smith, Ed.D., Chapman University Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Counselor
  • Chapman Sexual Assault Information Line
    • (714) 744-7000
  • Reverend Gail Stearns, Ph.D., Dean of Chapel
    • (714) 628-7289
  • Reverend Nancy Brink, Director of Church Relations
    • (714) 997-6760
  • Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy
    • (714) 997-6746

*While the individuals listed above have professionally required confidentiality, there are certain, specific situations in which they are not able to maintain information confidentially. Those situations are: (1) if you may be a danger to yourself or others, (2) you have knowledge about any minor or elder currently being subjected to abuse or neglect – including intentional access to unlawful sexual images, or (3) if the information is subpoenaed for court proceedings.

+ - Off-Campus Informational Resources

These off-campus resources provide trained crisis response hotlines, support for individuals who have experienced sexual or domestic violence and advocacy services.

·         Community Services Programs 24-hr. crisis hotline

o   (714) 957-2737

o   North Orange County Office: (714) 834-4317

o   https://www.cspinc.org/Sexual%20Assault

·         Sexual Assault National Crisis Hotline: RAINN

o   (800) 656-4673

o   https://www.rainn.org/

·         Rape Treatment Center – Santa Monica, UCLA Medical Center

o   (310) 319-4000

o   http://therapefoundation.org/programs/rape-treatment-center/

·         Peace Over Violence 24-hr. hotlines

o   (310) 392-8381

o   (213) 626-3393

o   (626) 793-3385

o   http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

·         Orange County Family Justice Center

o   (714) 765-1645

o   http://www.anaheimfamilyjusticecenter.org/index.php

·         Laura’s House: Ending the Silence of Domestic Violence

o   (866) 498-1511

o   https://www.laurashouse.org/

Information about local legal aid may be found at:

·         Chapman University’s Fowler Law School: Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic

o   http://www.chapman.edu/law/legal-clinics/family-protection.aspx

·         Legal Aid Society of Orange County & Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County

o   (800) 834-5001

o   http://www.legal-aid.com/

·         Orange County Bar Association

o   (949) 440-6700

o   http://www.ocbar.org/

Title IX and Amnesty

The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy provides definitions of prohibited behaviors as well as policy and procedure information related to matters in which the respondent is a student. Please review information about Title IX and the University's amnesty policy below.

+ - Title IX

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.

+ - Amnesty

Chapman University has an amnesty policy in place that can be found in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. It states, “To encourage and support the reporting of incidents of sexual misconduct, students who participate as witnesses or complainants in sexual misconduct investigations will not be held accountable for violations of the Code that may have occurred at the time of or as a result of the incident in question (for example, being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs), unless the University determines that the violation was egregious. Egregious violations include, but are not limited to, actions that place the health or safety of another other person at risk or that involve academic dishonesty.”