The Wednesday of finals week is the night students historically have gathered informally for the Undie Run. While the University does not support the Undie Run, I traditionally take this opportunity to offer some information and advice in advance of the event:
- First and foremost, if you intend to participate, please be safe and be respectful to the people and property around you, both on and off campus.
- Please remember that someone’s choice to dress in their underwear is not an invitation for unwanted touching or sexually suggestive comments, both of which are violations of Chapman’s Code of Conduct. Being under the influence of alcohol does not diminish a person’s responsibility for such behavior. Public Safety and Student Affairs staff will be on hand, and Chapman’s sexual misconduct policies will be vigorously enforced. (While taking unsolicited photographs or videos may not violate the Code of Conduct, we feel it exploits your fellow students and is strongly discouraged.)
- If you or someone you know experiences such misconduct, we encourage you to report it immediately. Information on reporting can be found at chapman.edu/students/health-and-safety/title-ix.aspx.
- Please look out for each other. If you see someone in a potentially unsafe situation, intervene; don’t stand by and let an intoxicated person get behind the wheel of a car or go off alone with someone who could cause them harm. And I’m talking about looking out for everyone, not just your friends.
- We suggest all Undie Run participants travel to and from main campus in groups. Please stick together – make it a point to leave with the same people with whom you came. Individual students left behind can be particularly vulnerable. Also, if you are walking to and from campus, please be respectful of our neighbors and keep your voices down as much as possible.
- Last fall President Struppa and I sent an email to all students reminding you of the standards that the Chapman community holds as it relates to consent for intimate sexual contact.The full text of our email can be found at https://blogs.chapman.edu/students/2016/12/12/a-message-from-president-daniele-struppa-and-dean-of-students-jerry-price/. However, I also want to include here the definition of consent, as defined in our Code of Conduct:
- Consent is defined as an affirmative, conscious, voluntary agreement by all participants to engage in sexual activity, communicated through mutually understandable words and/or actions. Affirmative consent must be continuously present throughout an interaction, for all sexual activities, and may be modified, withdrawn, or revoked at any time. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the activity to ensure that affirmative consent has been obtained from the other or others to engage in sexual activity.
- The policy also states that consent cannot be inferred from silence, the absence of a “no,” or lack of protest or resistance; furthermore, consent cannot be obtained from a person who is incapacitated by intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs, or medication.
- For the safety of everyone involved, please do not invite non-Chapman guests to Undie Run. In the past, many of the incidents threatening student safety have been caused by individuals who were not part of the Chapman community and thus did not feel bound by our community standards. If you do have guests, please tell them that if they get separated they should contact a Residence Life staff member or go to the Student Union desk for assistance. Remember that University policy holds Chapman students responsible for any policy violations committed by their guests.
- Avoid leaving personal items of value unattended. Each semester we receive reports of students leaving cell phones, keys, or other items unattended during the Run, only to find them gone when they return. The same applies to your house or apartment; don’t make it easy for burglars by leaving your home unlocked during Undie Run just because it’s inconvenient to carry your keys.
- Please refrain from climbing on parked cars, as this is unlawful, destructive, and unsafe; on a related note, we suggest you avoid parking your car on Glassell St. during the Undie Run as it could be vulnerable to intentional or unintentional damage.
- Shuttles and other transportation will be available if participants need a ride to the residence halls or Panther Village. Those needing a ride should go to the Hutton Center steps and speak with Student Affairs or Public Safety staff.
- We strongly recommend that you wear shoes, as foot injuries (broken toes, lacerations, etc.) are common at Undie Run.
- The Leatherby Libraries entrances will be locked during Undie Run except for the east doors facing Argyros Forum; these doors will be staffed by Public Safety and those dressed in Undie Run attire will not be permitted to enter.
- Undie Run participants needing restroom facilities are encouraged to use the ones in Argyros Forum, which is open 24 hours during finals week.
- Open containers of alcohol in the Attallah Piazza and other public areas violate University policy and will be confiscated by Orange Police or Public Safety. Likewise, drones and torches also will be confiscated, as both violate University policy without advance permission.
- Finally, I don’t think it will surprise you to learn that most of the problem incidents at Undie Run involve persons who are intoxicated. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to poor decision-making, which often leads to undesired consequences. For your own safety, I encourage you to stay sober.
I also want to discourage you strongly from hosting off-campus parties on Undie Run night. Undie Run can be particularly frustrating for our neighbors since it occurs so late on a weekday night. Orange Police will again be vigilant about responding to party reports on Undie Run night, and will be dedicating officers specifically to patrolling the neighborhood for post-Undie Run parties. If they do encounter a house party involving Chapman students, the police will be requesting the assistance of Chapman Public Safety and the students hosting these parties will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary consideration. Please note that the Dean of Students Office can issue fines to students whose parties violate the breach of peace policy, and violations occurring on Undie Run night will be subject to fines of up to $800.
Thank you for your consideration of these items. As always, if you choose to participate in the Undie Run please stay safe and sober and encourage your friends to do the same – jmp
Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs