Questions & Answers Below are frequently asked questions from the community about Chapman University.

Q.  What is the status of the University’s Specific Plan update?

A.  The processing of the Specific Plan update has been extended to allow the University time to meet with residents and community leaders to alleviate neighborhood concerns. In an August statement, Chapman University President Jim Doti said: “Chapman University wants to work closely with the city and our neighbors, and we sincerely want to be a good neighbor ourselves. I’ve always felt that when there are challenges, it’s best to meet face to face and talk them out.” Click here to learn about the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that has been 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 would guide future building efforts over the next 15 to 20 years.

Q.  What is the status of other building projects?

A.  Current projects under construction include the Musco Center for the Arts, the Center for Science and Technology, and the Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center. The Campus Planning Page on the University’s website has additional information on these important projects.

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

A. The Neighborhood Advisory Committee recently reviewed plans for additional on-campus student housing.  At this meeting in November, the University provided an update on a proposal for a Villa Park Orchards (VPO) Residential Village at West Palm Avenue and North Cypress Street. The development is still in the planning phase, but could potentially house 420 students. The new project would pay significant attention to the historic integrity of the former VPO packing house. 

The University also hopes to create a North Residential Village where the Davis Apartments now stand.  Active planning has not commenced, but enhancement of that area would significantly increase the availability of on-campus student housing.

A number of other properties are also being evaluated for additional student housings.

Q.  Who do I call if I have a complaint about student issues (noise, parking, etc.)?

A. For non-emergency issues where an immediate response is needed (disorderly party, etc.) please call the Orange Police Department dispatch at 714-744-7444. For concerns about student behavior (litter, parking, a pattern of chronic disturbances, etc.) you can reach our 24-hour Public Safety dispatch at 714-997-6763 or contact our community liaison officer directly: Capt. John Kabala at 714-315-8483,

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