CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS' MISSION STATEMENT
Chapman University is a NCAA Division III University. As such, we place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and the successful completion of all students' academic programs. We seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. We also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among our student-athletes and athletics staff.
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS' PHILOSOPHY
Chapman University places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. We seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. We also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among our student-athletes and athletics staff.
To achieve this end, Chapman:
(a) Expects that the president and chancellor have the ultimate responsibility and final authority for the conduct of the athletics program.
(b) Places special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs.
(c) Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance.
(d) Primarily focuses on intercollegiate athletics as a four-year, undergraduate experience.
(e) Encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including studentathletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators.
(f ) Encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of sport offerings for their students through broadbased athletics programs.
(g) Assures that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes.
(h) Assures that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body.
(i) Assures that student-athletes are supported in their efforts to meaningfully participate in nonathletic pursuits to enhance their overall educational experience.
(j) Assures that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of the athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) is integrated into the campus culture and educational mission.
(k) Assures that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process.
(l) Exercises institutional autonomy in the establishment of initial and continuing eligibility standards for student-athletes.
(m) Assures that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body.
(n) Assures that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body.
(o) Provides equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports.
(p) Supports ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents.
(q) Gives primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships.
(r) Supports student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.