Every student is responsible for knowing and observing the University’s policy on academic integrity which is found in the Administrative Policies section of the Student Handbook. Questions regarding matters of academic integrity or the academic appeals process should be discussed with a faculty member or administrator. As outlined in the policy, “Honesty within our academic community is not simply a matter of rules and procedures; it is an opportunity to put personal responsibility and integrity into action. When students accept the implicit bonds of trust within an academic community, they liberate themselves to pursue their academic goals in an atmosphere of mutual confidence and respect.”
Acts of Intolerance
Acts of intolerance are prohibited. An act of intolerance can include either overt or covert actions, including verbal attacks and/or physical assaults on students and/or their property (including campus housing doors), which interfere with the educational process at Furman or cause harm.
Acts of intolerance are defined as malicious behaviors that can be motivated by prejudice toward a person or group. They also include malicious behaviors that because of their intent and/or outcome can cause harm, threaten and/or be personally directed against or target an individual or group. These behaviors are based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law.
When a victim of an act of intolerance is targeted because of their gender, the Sexual Misconduct Policy is also applicable.
Philosophical Statement on Alcohol
Furman University’s “Values and Character Statement” emphasizes the development of the whole person as a central tenet of the University’s purpose. The University is committed to providing a campus environment free of the abuse of alcohol and the illegal use of alcohol and drugs. The University affirms the abuse and illegal use of alcohol are at odds with the mission of the institution. As such, the University provides alcohol education programs throughout a student’s matriculation at the university via on line resources, workshops, written materials and special programs, events and speakers focused on assisting students in enhancing their personal decision-making skills and assessing their values and actions related to the use of alcohol.
The University recognizes that too many college students, both legally and underage, drink to excess. Such abuse can lead to serious health risks and behavioral problems, i.e. violence, sexual assault, accidents, vandalism and other dangerous acts. Furman’s alcohol policy, therefore, grows out of the commitment to maintain a campus environment that supports the educational program and promotes the general welfare of the University community. The University affirms the following ideals related to alcohol use:
- The University supports the decision of students not to use alcohol.
- Alcohol education is an important and on-going process provided to students throughout their undergraduate experience.
- Students that drink alcohol and infringe on the rights of others or disrupt the University community will be subject to student conduct action.
- The University upholds and supports all federal and state laws related to the regulation and use of alcohol. Students who violate such laws may be held accountable by local and university authorities.
- The University emphasizes prevention education and low-risk decision-making as cornerstones of the overall educational experience of students at the university. As such, the University provides medical and counseling assistance for individuals who experience alcohol related concerns.
- The University supports behavior and social interactions that are legal, low-risk, healthy and reflective of the University’s values and character.
The purpose of the alcohol policy is to outline Furman’s expectations of responsibility and accountability regarding the use of alcohol. Ultimately, decisions about the use of alcohol are the responsibility of the individual within the constraints of the law and university policy.
- Furman embraces the ideals of a healthy and balanced social environment in which students model the character and values of the institution.
- The University upholds and supports all federal and state laws in regard to the regulation and use of alcohol.
- The goal of the policy is to encourage students to either abstain from the use of alcohol or to make low-risk choices regarding the use of alcohol.
- The residence halls are unique living units on the campus intended for large groups of students to reside without undue peer pressure related to the use of alcohol. As such, alcohol is not allowed in any of the residence halls on campus.
- The North Village and Vinings apartment complexes are small group living units in which those 21 years of age or older have the option to drink alcohol in the privacy of the apartments themselves, however alcohol is not allowed outside the apartments (i.e. not allowed on balconies, porches, stairwells, etc.), nor may be provided to anyone under the age of 21.
The regulations and practices governing the use of alcohol on the campus apply to all Furman students as well as their guests and visitors. As with all other student conduct policies, the responsibility for knowing and abiding by the policy rests with the student.
All local, state and federal laws are in effect and violations may result in student conduct action and/or local law enforcement action.
Furman University prohibits the following:
- Possession and/or consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21.
- Possession and/or consumption of alcohol in the residence halls regardless of age.
- Abusive, excessive and/or harmful consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Public consumption and/or possession of alcohol in common areas of buildings and outdoor venues unless previously approved by the University as a special event.
- Alcohol in academic facilities.
- Public intoxication.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Possession and/or use of an identification that falsely represents the bearer to be 21 or older (which is considered a violation of the Falsification of Records Policy and Dishonesty Policy). This also violates Furman’s Integrity Pledge.
- Public display of alcohol and/or alcohol containers carried around campus.
- Empty alcohol containers in the residence halls, including those used for decorative purposes.
- Residents may be responsible for underage consumption/possession of alcohol by others in their assigned housing units whether or not the residents purchased and/or actually provided the alcohol.
- Distribution and/or provision of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
- Common containers of alcohol beverages or excessive amounts of alcohol on university-owned property including but not limited to: kegs, pony kegs, party balls, bulk containers or bulk amounts of individual containers or other devices used for drinking games.
High-risk drinking, drinking games and drinking game paraphernalia (including but not limited to: beer pong tables, funnels, etc.) are strictly forbidden because they encourage the abuse of alcohol.
- Sponsorship of activities involving the use of alcoholic beverages without prior written approval by the University. Specifically, parties are not allowed in any of the residential buildings or apartments.
Common characteristics of a party can include, but are not limited to any or all of the following: presence of bulk volumes of alcohol, large volume of people, loud music or noise that disturbs neighbors or otherwise draws attention, and/or other behavior that draws attention to a student apartment/room.
The University will impose conduct sanctions on students who violate the alcohol policy regulations. The following minimum sanctions will apply for violations of the alcohol policy. Repeated violations of the alcohol policy may result in suspension or expulsion. It should be noted that alcohol violations which are also in conjunction with other Student Conduct Code violations may result in more stringent sanctions.
- Underage consumption and/or possession of alcohol:
- 1st offense: $100 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $150 fine, PRIME for Life, parental notification.
- 3rd offense: $300 fine, PRIME for Life, alcohol abuse assessment at student’s expense, disciplinary probation, parental notification.
- Providing environment for underage consumption:
- 1st offense: $150 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $200 fine, PRIME for Life, parental notification.
- Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals:
- 1st offense: $300 fine, PRIME for Life, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $500 fine, disciplinary probation, PRIME for Life, parental notification.
- Public display: $50 fine, written warning.
- Of-age possession/consumption in unauthorized campus locations: $50 fine, written warning.
- Public intoxication:
- 1st offense: $75 fine, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $100 fine, PRIME for Life, parental notification.
- Driving while impaired:
- 1st offense: $300 fine, PRIME for Life, parental notification, disciplinary probation, parking privileges suspended for one semester.
- 2nd offense: suspension for minimum of one academic semester, $500 fine, parental notification, parking privileges suspended for one academic year upon return from suspension.
- Possession and/or use of fake/false identification: $150 fine, parental notification and confiscation of fake identification by University Police.
- Alcohol abuse or harmful use: $200 fine, PRIME for Life, possible off-campus alcohol abuse assessment at student’s expense, parental notification; two or more abuse violations are grounds for possible suspension or expulsion.
- Underage purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol: $150 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, parental notification.
- Possession of a common bulk container: $150 fine, risk management training, parental notification.
- Evidence of or participation in a drinking game: $100 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, confiscation of the game paraphernalia, parental notification.
- Sponsorship/hosting of an unauthorized party: $300 fine, risk management training, parental notification.
In response to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, the University strives to maintain a balance between student support and accountability. While it believes strongly in addressing student health concerns directly and confronting dangerous behaviors, the University also encourages students to seek help in situations where a student’s health is endangered. The University’s first priority is to encourage student safety, and believes it is important for students to receive both immediate attention in dangerous situations as well as follow-up support to encourage healthier behaviors.
- Students who receive medical attention as a result of dangerous behaviors, such as but not limited to alcohol and/or drug abuse, will be granted amnesty from the University’s student conduct process, required to meet with the AVP/Dean of Students, and given an opportunity to comply with education-related recommendations. These incidents must have been reported to University officials, such as Student Life, Housing and Residence Life, University Police or Health Services.
- Students who obtain medical attention for their peer(s) as a result of dangerous behaviors will also be granted amnesty from the University’s student conduct process, may be required to meet with the AVP/Dean of Students, and given an opportunity to comply with education-related recommendations.
- At the meeting, the AVP/Dean of Students will have a conversation intended to support student development through educational means and will recommend a specific course of action for that student to avoid being charged with disorderly conduct.
- The course of action may include notifying parents, attending an alcohol education program, or any other recommendation deemed appropriate by the AVP/Dean of Students. Should the student follow through appropriately, such a meeting will not be a part of their student conduct record, rather a “for information only” (FIO) record. Students who fail or refuse to follow through with these recommendations may be charged with failure to comply and be adjudicated through the University’s student conduct process and the amnesty will be nullified.
- Students found responsible for violating policies for which they were previously granted amnesty will be adjudicated for those violations. In addition, the FIO record will then become part of the student conduct record.
- This amnesty policy only applies to university policies and will not negate any criminal or civil charges.
Pushing, striking, or physically attacking any member of the faculty, staff, student body, or guests of faculty, staff or student body, or visitors to campus is strictly prohibited.
Bullying and cyberbullying is prohibited. Bullying may involve situations that include, but are not limited to:
- Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.
- Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
- Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.
Bullying can take many forms. Examples include:
- Verbal: name-calling, teasing.
- Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships.
- Physical: hitting, punching, shoving.
- Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others.
Students who behave in the classroom in such a way that the educational experiences of other students and/or the instructor’s course objectives are disrupted are subject to disciplinary action, including possible exclusion from a course. Such behavior impedes students’ ability to learn or an instructor’s ability to teach. Disruptive behavior may include, but is not limited to: non-approved use of electronic devices (including cellular telephones); cursing or shouting at others in such a way as to be disruptive to the instructional process within the classroom; persistently speaking without being recognized or interrupting other speakers; behavior that unnecessarily disturbs the class from the subject matter or discussion; or in extreme cases, physical threats, harassing behavior or personal insults. Faculty members will submit an incident report through the Associate Academic Dean’s office for review and final determination of whether to bring student conduct charges.
Damage to Property
- Vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction of property belonging to the University, a member of the university community, or a guest of the University is prohibited. This is to include equipment rented, leased or placed on the campus at the request of the institution. Actions which may lead to future damage or problems are also considered violations of the policy.
- Chalking is permitted on exterior walkways but is not permitted on bricked areas, walls, slate surfaces, or covered surfaces. Chalking is only allowed to advertise specific events, can only occur one week prior to the event, and must be removed the day after the event. Students chalking in unapproved areas are subject to a fine or other conduct action.
Honesty and integrity are critical components of the Furman University community (see Integrity Pledge). Dishonesty is considered a serious offense of the Student Conduct Code, and sanctions will reflect such. A student or group may be subject to disciplinary action for acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
- Communicating untruths or misrepresentations;
- Any intentional misrepresentation of fact (by action or concealment), including furnishing false information, to any university official;
- Any intentional misrepresentation of fact (by action or concealment) to obtain or attempt to induce another to surrender a right, benefit or property;
- Furnishing false information and/or submitting false reports to university officials or law enforcement officers acting within the scope of their job duties;
- Providing false or misleading information in order to be excused from classes and assignments;
- The possession and/or use of a fake/false identification; and/or
- Interfering with the proper procedures of the student conduct system either by false testimony or otherwise obstructing the system’s function.
- No students shall assemble on campus for the purpose of creating a riot or destructive or disorderly diversion. This section should not be construed so as to deny any students the right of peaceable assembly.
- No student or group of students shall obstruct the free movement of other students about the campus, interfere with the use of University facilities, prevent the normal operation of the University or the educational process.
- Refer to the Peaceable Assembly Policy in the Administrative Policies section for guidelines.
Disorderly conduct is defined as any unreasonable or reckless conduct by an individual or group that is inherently or potentially unhealthy or unsafe to other persons or their properties. Any unruly behavior or unauthorized activity which unnecessarily disturbs the academic pursuits or infringes upon the privacy, rights, privileges, health or safety of other persons or their properties is prohibited.
- Possession, consumption (without a legal prescription), sale and/or distribution of controlled and illegal substances (consistent with federal, state or local laws) is strictly prohibited. The possession or use of prescription drugs without a valid medical prescription and use of substances for purposes or in manners not as directed is prohibited.
- Possession, consumption, sale and/or distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, such as Spice (also known as K2), is prohibited.
- Possession, consumption, sale and and/or distribution of synthetic stimulants, such as “bath salts” (also known as Cloud 9, White Dove, Hurricane Charlie, White Lightning) is prohibited. Normal bathing salts are permitted.
- Students may not use or possess drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to weights, scales, rolling papers, e-cigs, blunts, vapes, hookahs and other smoking devices used to consume illegal substances.
- Students may not be in the presence of the possession, sale or use of prohibited, controlled or illegal substances, to include prescription medications.
- Students may not share prohibited, controlled or illegal substances, to include prescription medications.
- Students may not sell prohibited, controlled or illegal substances, to include prescription medications.
- Misbehaving or causing disruption as a result of drug use on or in university property, or at functions sponsored by the University or by a recognized university organization is prohibited.
- Student-athletes may be randomly tested per athletic department and NCAA policies.
- Students who violate Furman’s Drug-Free Campus policy may be sanctioned to random drug screenings. Testing positive for illegal substances will be considered consumption. Failure to complete a drug test within the given time frame will be treated as a positive result. Diluted samples will result in additional testing at the student’s expense.
- Students convicted of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance may also be deemed ineligible to receive financial aid.
The University will impose conduct sanctions on students who violate the drug-free campus policy. The following minimum sanctions will apply for violations of the drug-free campus policy. Repeated violations of the drug-free campus policy may result in suspension or expulsion. It should be noted that drug violations which are also in conjunction with other student conduct code violations may result in more stringent sanctions.
- Simple possession and/or use of a controlled substance: examples include but are not limited to marijuana, synthetic marijuana (K2 and “Spice”), salvia and pyrovalerone derivatives (found in substance marketed as “bath salts”); prescription drugs without a valid/current medical prescription; use of prescribed medication not as directed (over-use, snorting prescribed medication, etc.); huffing, snorting, smoking or otherwise possessing or using legal substances not as intended.
- 1st offense: $200 fine, 25 hours community service, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, parental notification, PRIME for Life, warning that a 2nd offense will result in a suspension for a minimum of one academic semester.
- 2nd offense: suspension for a minimum of one academic semester, $300 fine, verification of substance abuse assessment and completion of all recommended treatment at student’s expense prior to application for re-enrollment, parental notification; possible loss of university housing privileges upon re-enrollment, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, PRIME for Life post re-enrollment, one semester disciplinary probation upon re-enrollment.
- Possession and/or use of other drugs: examples include but are not limited to cocaine, heroin, LSD, and PCP.
- 1st offense: suspension for a minimum of two academic semesters, $300 fine, parental notification, verification of substance abuse assessment and completion of all recommended treatment at student’s expense prior to application for re-enrollment, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, possible loss of university housing privileges upon re-enrollment, PRIME for Life post re-enrollment, one year disciplinary probation upon re-enrollment.
- 2nd offense: expulsion, parental notification.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia: including but not limited to pipes, roach clips, bongs, e-cigs, blunts, vapes, hookahs, blow tubes, papers, scales or any material or apparatus containing drug residue.
- 1st offense: $150 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $250 fine, PRIME for Life, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, parental notification.
- Present during the possession, use or sale of drugs: being in the presence of the possession, sale or use of prohibited, controlled or illegal substances, to include prescription medications.
- 1st offense: $100 fine, AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: $200 fine, PRIME for Life, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, parental notification.
- Accessory to drug use or possession: sharing prohibited, controlled or illegal substances, to include prescription medications.
- 1st offense: $200 fine, 15 hours community service, PRIME for Life, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, possible one year disciplinary probation, parental notification.
- 2nd offense: suspension for a minimum of one academic semester, $300 fine, 25 hours community service, PRIME for Life, parental notification, possible loss of university housing privileges.
- Distribution, sale or exchange (including without financial gain) of controlled, illegal or prohibited substances, to include prescription medications.
- 1st offense: possible expulsion (depending on type/amount of prohibited substance); if not expulsion, suspension for a minimum of two academic semesters, $400 fine, verification of substance abuse assessment and completion of all recommended treatment at student’s expense prior to application for re-enrollment, parental notification, PRIME for Life post re-enrollment, possible loss of university housing privileges upon re-enrollment, drug testing every 21 days (minimum of four tests) and random drug screening(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis at the student’s expense, one year disciplinary probation upon re-enrollment.
- 2nd offense: expulsion, parental notification.
Failure to Comply
Students are expected to comply with the directives of university officials, including student staff. The University affirms the following ideals related to failure to comply:
- Students shall provide correct information to and shall cooperate with properly identified university officials, including Housing and Residence Life student staff members, when such officials are performing their duties. Failing to present proper credentials to identified university officials upon their request while these persons are in the performance of their duties is prohibited.
- When directed to do so, students shall appear before university officials, the Student Conduct Board, or any other conduct body.
- No student shall disregard the terms of a student conduct sanction by failing to submit a fine, complete work/service hours, or uphold any other requirements or deadlines related to student conduct sanctions. A hold may be placed on a student’s account until the sanctions are completed. Should a student fail to complete sanctions by assigned deadlines, they may be referred for further student conduct action.
Falsification of Records
- Each student is expected to complete honestly all documents pertaining to their University records.
- No student shall alter, counterfeit, forge or cause to be altered, counterfeited or forged any official record, form, or document.
- The possession and/or use of an identification that falsely represents the bearer to be 21 or older is prohibited.
- Identity theft is prohibited.
- Altering a Furman parking decal in any way is prohibited.
Financial Responsibility to the University
- Students are required to meet all financial obligations to the University by the required deadlines.
- Use of Student Government Association (SGA) monies by individuals and student groups must follow guidelines established by SGA and approved by the Vice President for Student Life or their designee.
Furman University takes fire safety seriously and expects students to take personal responsibility for their own fire safety.
Education and Prevention
Furman conducts a fire drill in each residence hall at least once per semester. Housing and Residence Life provides fire safety education and training to Resident Assistants (RAs) that includes building fire protection features, fire prevention and emergency evacuation procedures. Resident students attend orientation training facilitated by RAs and review information on fire evacuation and fire prevention, including a list of prohibited items. The Risk Management Office provides fire safety training to maintenance and custodial staff, as well as new employee orientation. Training includes fire extinguisher use, emergency procedures and fire safety inspection protocol.
- All building evacuations will occur when an alarm sounds continuously and/or upon notification by emergency personnel or by the University Police Department.
- If necessary or if directed to do so by a designated emergency official, activate the building alarm.
- Be aware of people with disabilities in your area who might require assistance in an emergency evacuation. Be prepared to render assistance if necessary. (Note: It is suggested that people with physical disabilities inform co-workers, professors and/or classmates of best methods of assistance during an emergency.)
- Do not use elevators during an emergency evacuation. Emergency response personnel may use an elevator for evacuation after review of the circumstances.
- When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when told to leave by a designated emergency official, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
- Once outside, move to an Emergency Assembly Point at least 300 feet from the building.
- Remain at the emergency assembly point until a headcount is taken and further instructions are provided by emergency personnel or University Police.
- Do not return to an evacuated building until advised by the Fire Department or University Police.
- No student shall set or cause to be set any unauthorized fire in or on university property. The minimum sanction for intentionally setting a fire will be a $750 fine, restitution for any damages, and suspension from the University. A student may also be subject to expulsion from campus housing or the University. In addition, there may be an investigation by local arson officials and if the offense is determined to be in violation of a federal, state or local law, the student could be subject to civil or criminal prosecution.
- No student shall intentionally cause a false fire alarm. The minimum sanction for intentionally causing a false fire alarm shall be a $500 fine and suspension from the University. In addition, if the offense is determined to be in violation of a federal, state or local law, the student could be subject to civil or criminal prosecution.
- Students may be held responsible for inadvertently causing a false fire alarm.
- No student shall tamper with fire safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, hoses, smoke detection systems, sprinkler systems, etc.). A student who tampers in any way with any type of fire safety equipment will be subject to a minimum $200 fine. This includes tampering with or damaging smoke detectors within campus housing or hallways. Should a smoke detector within a housing assignment malfunction, the problem should be immediately reported to University Police at 864.294.2111. No flags or other coverings may be placed under or over electric lights, heat-actuating fire detection devices, smoke detectors, or fire extinguishers in campus housing. Covering or hanging anything on or near sprinkler heads is prohibited.
- All persons must vacate campus housing when an alarm sounds. Regular unannounced fire drills are required by state fire regulations and all persons in campus housing must participate in the drills when they occur. When a smoke alarm sounds in an individual room, the resident should notify University Police immediately (even in the case of false or accidental alarms). University Police will then reset the system and/or arrange for any repairs to be made. Failure to vacate a residence hall room or apartment in the event of a fire alarm or drill will result in a $100 fine. Subsequent offenses will result in a doubling of the previous fine.
- Students may not block the fire exits of any campus building for any reason.
- No student shall possess or use fireworks on university property. Fireworks are defined as any substance prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion or detonation.
- Any alleged violation of University Fire Hazard regulations may also be adjudicated as a violation of the Student Conduct Code policy on Fire Safety.
Gambling is prohibited. All students are expected to abide by the state gambling and lottery laws as found in the South Carolina Code of Laws, specifically Title 16, Chapter 19 of this code, and any federal laws that may be applicable. Such prohibited activities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Betting on, wagering on or selling pools on any athletic event.
- Possessing on one’s person or premises any card, book or other device for registering bets.
- Knowingly permitting use of premises, telephone or other electronic communications devices for illegal gambling.
- Knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package or parcel related to illegal gambling.
- Offering or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event.
- Involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to sporting events.
- Casino nights, raffles and any type of sporting event bracket pools, including but not limited to the NCAA basketball tournament.
Furman University believes that all employees and students have the right to work and study in an environment free from all forms of adverse discrimination, including any form of harassment. Furman University will not tolerate any conduct (verbal or physical) that constitutes harassment by any administrator, faculty member, staff member, vendor, visitor or student. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and is covered by the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Click here for the University’s full Harassment Policy.
Harassment is defined as any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct. Harassment comes in many forms and can be based on various protected categories. No definition can be all encompassing. Harassment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation of any person, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics violates this Policy. Any hostile or offensive conduct based on protected status can constitute prohibited harassment. For example, the behavior is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a University activity.
Prohibited forms of harassment under this policy include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal Harassment. Inappropriate or offensive remarks, slurs, jokes or innuendoes based on a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected status. This may include, but is not limited to, inappropriate comments regarding an individual’s body, physical appearance, attire, marital status or sexual orientation; unwelcome comments; verbal abuse, threats or intimidation; or patronizing or ridiculing statements that convey derogatory attitudes based on a protected status.
- Physical Harassment. Inappropriate or offensive touching, assault, or physical interference with free movement. It also includes any physical assault or intimidation directed at an individual due to that person’s protected status.
- Visual or Written Harassment. The display or circulation of visual or written material that degrades an individual or group based on protected status. this may include, but is not limited to, posters, cartoons, drawings, graffiti, reading materials, computer graphics or electronic media transmissions.
- Environmental Harassment. A hostile academic or work environment exists where it is permeated by innuendo; insults or abusive comments directed at an individual or group based protected status; or gratuitous comments regarding an individual or group based protected status that are not relevant to the subject matter in the classroom or work environment. It can also be created by an unwarranted focus on, or stereotyping of, particular racial or ethnic groups, sexual orientations, genders or other protected statuses. An environment may also be hostile toward anyone who merely witnesses prohibited harassment in his or her immediate surroundings, although the conduct is directed at others. The determination of whether an environment is hostile is based on the totality of the circumstances, including such factors as the frequency of the conduct, the severity of the conduct, whether the conduct is humiliating or physically threatening, and whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s learning or work.
Harassment does not refer to behavior acceptable to both parties or to the normal exchange of ideas within the academic environment, nor is it intended to discourage the introduction of unpopular or controversial relevant ideas in the classroom (See File 122.1, Professional Ethics and Responsibilities, and File 137.8, Individual Rights and Responsibilities).
Harassing behavior may also be considered a violation of the Furman University Disorderly Conduct policy.
Anyone who submits a good faith complaint, either informally or formally, will be protected from retaliation. Each complainant will be investigated and the resulting action will be determined up to and including suspension and/or expulsion for students and discharged for faculty/staff consistent with current university policies and procedures. If a complainant knowingly and willfully makes a false accusation, they will be subject to appropriate student conduct action.
Students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against by faculty or staff members:
Student complaints involving faculty and staff behavior should be reported to the University’s Human Resources department or to the AVP/Dean of Students who will refer the report to Human Resources. Such complaints will be handled using procedures outlined in the University’s Harassment Policy.
Students who believe they have been harassed by other students:
- The complainant should tell the accused student that the behavior is considered offensive and tell or direct the student to stop the behavior. If the complainant is reluctant to speak or write directly to the accused, the complainant should consult with any member of the Student Life professional staff, the AVP/Dean of Students, the Title IX Coordinator, or Title IX Deputy Coordinators for advice or action. The faculty/staff member or administrator will assist the complainant by advising on a method of communicating with the accused involved or by referring the complainant to a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator. All information will be kept confidential to the extent possible. If the matter needs to be shared with other appropriate individuals, the student will be notified.
- If the offensive behavior does not cease, the complainant should report the matter (directly or through an administrator, a faculty member or staff member) to a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator. All complaints will be promptly investigated and measures will be taken to stop the behavior and prevent the recurrence consistent with the willingness of the complainant to participate and be identified. All forms of remedial support will be made available to the complainant, consistent with their willingness to be identified.
- Informal Resolution. The complainant can report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator requesting that the administrator address the matter with the accused student without divulging the complainant’s identity.
- Formal Resolution. The complainant can report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator to initiate student conduct process. The complainant must submit a written statement of the alleged behavior to the AVP/Dean of Students for investigation and possible adjudication through the Student Conduct System. This statement will require that the complainant be identified to the accused student and that a formal investigation take place.
A formal complaint can be initiated at any point throughout the process outlined above.
The range of sanctions for violation of the Student Conduct Code on harassment is outlined in the Student Conduct Procedures. Documentation of all complaints (formal and informal) by students will be kept in the Student Life Office. Documentation will include: complaint received, investigation/follow-up steps and that reasonable action was taken in response to the complaint, and documentation of remedial assistance provided.
Faculty/staff members who believe they have been harassed by students may refer to the University’s Harassment Policy.
Hazing (Personal Offense)
The hazing policy is outlined in the Student Organization Policies and Procedures. A student commits a hazing offense if the student:
- engages in hazing;
- solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
- recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
- has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to Student Life or another appropriate official of the institution.
Indecent exposure is prohibited and is defined as exposing one’s genitals or other intimate parts of one’s body under circumstances where the exposure may offend, annoy or alarm another person in a public place where other person(s) are present or where it is foreseeable that other person(s) could be present.
Furman University provides information technology resources to support educational and administrative activities. Standards of conduct for students using university information resources must conform to the standards of conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. Students are expected to comply with all university computing policies found on the Information Technology Services web site.
- Activities that are expressly prohibited as inappropriate use of information technology resources at Furman include:
- Activities involving unprofessional, harassing, discriminatory, illegal and/or unethical behavior;
- Electronic messaging used for commercial gain or personal profit;
- Forgery of messages;
- Hacking or otherwise breaking into someone’s files or stealing their password;
- Downloading of copyrighted materials without proper consent;
- Providing unauthorized access to copyrighted materials;
- Origination or forwarding of chain letters defined as a letter sent to several persons with a request that each send copies to several persons with the same, or similar request; and
- Any activity that significantly prevents or inhibits the conduct of university academic or administrative work.
Persons violating university policies concerning the appropriate use of Furman University resources will be disciplined by the normal and appropriate university oversight body. Penalties may include but are not limited to verbal or written warning, disciplinary probation, temporary access denial, permanent access revocation, disciplinary suspension and/or dismissal.
The University is committed to providing an environment that supports the research and teaching activities of its faculty, students and staff. It is the general policy of Furman University that intellectual property shall be the property of the author or creator. Students are expected to comply with 106.0 Furman University Intellectual Property Policy.
Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Mopeds, Scooters and Golf Carts
Mopeds, scooters and golf carts are all regulated through the Furman University Traffic and Parking Committee. Registration and operation requirements can be found at www.furman.edu/parking. It is important to know that students may not operate a moped on university property without first attending a moped safety course and that all mopeds on Furman University property must be registered. A violation of these policies may result in student conduct action.
Students are assigned decals indicating the location where they are permitted to park their motor vehicles, mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles. Students are prohibited from altering any permanent or temporary parking decal as well as lending and/or giving their parking decal to another student or visitor. Altering a parking decal in any way will result in a charge of Falsification of Records and student conduct action.
Furman University students are required to abide by international, federal, state and local laws and are subject to student conduct action by the University for violating of any of the laws. Alleged violation of any federal, state, or local law may be adjudicated as a university violation and may subject a student to university student conduct action as well as appropriate criminal or civil action.
Conduct and/or activity by members of the student body living in, or hosting functions at, off-campus locations which have the effect of unreasonably interfering with the rights of others is prohibited. This standard of conduct recognizes and affirms a responsibility to respect the rights of others appropriate to the setting in which one lives. It also recognizes the duty and responsibility of Furman students to control the nature and size of activities carried out in the community consistent with the standards of the University. Additionally, the University reserves the right to establish policies and procedures regarding eligibility to live off campus. Non-compliance with university policies or procedures subjects a student to university student conduct action.
It is both unlawful and a violation of Furman’s Student Conduct Code for members of the Furman community to retaliate against any individual who files a complaint, testifies, or participates in any manner in an investigation or proceeding. The respondent, those supporting the respondent, the complainant, and/or those supporting the complainant are prohibited from retaliating (including intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual) because of the individual’s complaint or participation. Furman will vigorously enforce this prohibition against retaliation.
Refer to Furman’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and premature death in the nation. Moreover, research indicates that nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to passive (secondhand) tobacco smoke are also at increased risk of illness. For these reasons, the Surgeon General has urged employers to implement health promotion programs with special emphasis on smoking cessation. In addition, local ordinances have been passed with the intention of restricting the use of lighted smoking materials in public places. As an institution committed to providing a safe and healthful environment, Furman University adopts this smoking policy as well as a smoking cessation program. It is recognized that smoke from cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, pipes and/or cigars is hazardous to health. Therefore, it is the goal of Furman to offer a smoke free environment to the greatest extent possible. Furman will limit smoking as noted below.
- Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations including but not limited to:
- general office space, including private offices
- computer rooms, classrooms, laboratories, lecture rooms, conference rooms, and library
- storage rooms, supply rooms, copy rooms, and mail room
- common areas, including elevators, stairwells, hallways, lobbies, reception areas, employee lounges, cafeterias, breezeways between buildings, break rooms, and restrooms
- garages, maintenance shops and mechanical rooms
- hazardous areas containing or in close proximity to flammable liquids, gases and vapors
- stadium offices, concession stands, press box, gym, physical activities center
- theaters, except for smoking required in plays (or scenes) for the actors/actresses on stage
- exhibit halls, auditoriums
- interior areas of campus housing buildings
- Smoking is permitted outdoors, with the following exceptions:
- within 25 feet of any building entrance or operable window
- within the boundaries of all outdoor stadiums (football, soccer) during games
- on building roofs or within 25 feet of air intake louvers.
- Smoking is prohibited in all campus housing buildings and on all housing balconies, patios and porches. Smoking is permitted outdoors, except for within 25 feet of any building entrance or operable window. Any student has the right to respectfully approach a peer whose smoking is disruptive. Anyone approached about smoking should make an effort to find another viable location to smoke. Violations of the smoking policy will result in a minimum $100 fine. Hookahs and other smoking devices are prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited in university-owned vehicles. Smoking is permitted in university vehicles assigned to employees provided tobacco products are disposed of in a receptacle designated for that purpose and provided that smokers accommodate the requests of other passengers in the vehicle.
This policy applies to all students, faculty, and employees of the University whether full-time, part-time, or temporary and to all visitors, alumni and any other person on campus for any purpose. In an effort to promote the health and safety of students and employees, the University will offer smoking cessation programs. Programs will be announced through newsletters, posters, mailings, etc. It is the responsibility of all administrators, faculty, staff, and students to enforce the University’s smoking policy. Anyone smoking in a nonsmoking area should be directed to a smoking-permitted area. Disputes over the interpretation of the policy or complaints about individuals violating the policy and/or guidelines, should be brought to the attention of a supervisor using the normal channels for making complaints. Supervisors should follow existing policies and procedures to deal with complaints received for infractions of this policy.
Solicitation is not allowed on campus without prior written approval. Solicitation includes, but is not limited to approaching someone with a request or plea, as well as setting up a table or other temporary structure for the same purpose. No individuals or groups will be given permission to solicit on a door-to-door basis. Furman individuals, groups and vendors who wish to set up tables in high-traffic areas must contact the designated building facilitator to obtain written approval. All other solicitation requests should be directed to the Student Life Office.
Stalking/cyberstalking is prohibited and is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking behaviors can be characterized as persistent and frequent unwelcome in-person contact, surveillance, and unwelcome electronic mail or electronic communication. The following are examples of stalking behavior:
- Non-consensual communication, including in-person communication, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on web sites, written letters, gifts or any other communications that are undesired and/or place another person in fear;
- Following, pursuing, waiting, or showing up uninvited at a workplace, place of residence, classroom, or other locations frequented by a victim;
- Surveillance and other types of observation, whether by physical proximity or electronic means;
- Direct physical and/or verbal threats against a victim or a victim’s loved ones; and/or
- Gathering of information about a victim from family, friends, co-workers, and/or classmates.
When a person is the target of stalking/cyberstalking because of his/her gender, the Sexual Misconduct Policy is also applicable.
Student Participation in Off-Campus Public Affairs
- When a student exercises the right as a private citizen or member of an organized group to participate in a protest or demonstration off of university property, the student must assume full responsibility for the consequences of the action. The University will not be held accountable should the student be injured or arrested.
- When participating in any kind of demonstration off campus, the student is acting as a private citizen, not as a representative of Furman University. The student should be careful not to identify themselves as representing Furman University during the demonstration.
- When a Furman student behaves off campus in a way that reflects discredit upon the University, that student may be held accountable for student conduct action.
The guidelines and policies outlined in the Administrative Policy’s Tailgating at Major Athletic Events applies to all Furman students, student organizations, groups and teams. The following additional guidelines and expectations are applicable specifically to students.
Reserve a Tailgate Spot
Students may not tailgate with alcohol adjacent to their individual parking space as the University has set aside a designated location for student tailgating with alcohol. Students and/or student groups must reserve a tailgate spot in the designated student tailgating area (“Student Tailgates”) by registering 14 days in advance of the athletic event with the Athletics Department. To order tables, chairs, tents and water barrels for your tailgate group, click here. The order must be submitted by 12:00 noon two (2) weekdays prior to the event. Trash cans will be provided throughout the tailgating area.
- Students will be permitted to set-up their reserved tailgate spot no more than four (4) hours prior to the start of the athletic event.
- Tailgating ends at the start of the athletic event.
- Students who have reserved a tailgate spot must take responsibility for the departure of their guests and closing of the event.
- Each reserved tailgate spot must be cleaned up, all belongings removed (i.e. furniture) and Furman-provided tents lowered no later than two (2) hours after the conclusion of the athletic event. Rented tables and chairs may be left for Facilities Services to collect.
- Students are expected to be good neighbors. Students who feel their neighbor’s music is too loud and/or offensive are encouraged to talk with their neighbors about the disturbance and/or contact the Furman Police if the disturbance fails to cease. Students are expected to comply with reasonable requests.
Alcohol Rules and Expectations
- Students who are 21 and older may only consume alcohol inside the Student Tailgates, an area designated by Athletics specifically for students. Students and/or guests consuming alcohol are subject to being randomly asked for identification by Furman Police and/or their designees.
- Tailgating is strictly a “BYOB” event in which students who choose to bring their own alcoholic beverages, limited only to beer and wine products (liquor is prohibited), are solely responsible for their disposition and individually assume all liability associated with their choice.
- Students and/or guests with solo cups, restaurant cups, Nalgene bottles, etc. are subject to being checked for alcohol by Furman Police and/or their designees.
- The use of common containers, such as kegs, party balls, large containers of drinks, beer tubs, and trash cans of beer is strictly prohibited.
- No glass of any kind will be permitted in the tailgating area and will be confiscated.
- Coolers should be located and monitored within each student’s designated tailgating spot.
- Excessive quantities of alcohol are strictly prohibited.
- Drinking games and high-risk consumption (i.e. funneling) are prohibited.
- At no time should any student group, student organization or team purchase or distribute alcoholic beverages.
Furman University differentiates between a “tailgate” and a “party.” A party may be disbanded and attendees removed from the Student Tailgates. Furman Police and/or their designees will enforce the Student Conduct Code and the Student Tailgates Policy and hold individuals and/or groups accountable for behavior that is incongruent with the Student Conduct Code and for illegal activities (if such activities are deemed unsafe or in serious violation the tailgate may be disbanded). A “party” has some of the following characteristics:
- Common containers such as kegs, party balls, large containers of mixed drinks, beer tubs, trash cans of beer
- Excessively loud music
- Binge drinking games
- Underage drinkers
- Excessive quantities of alcohol
- Mobs of people that interfere with others’ enjoyment of their reserved tailgate spot
Great games start with good sportsmanship, and good sportsmanship starts in the tailgating location. Please follow these guidelines on game days.
- Plan ahead. Pack food, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy prior to the game.
- Focus on camaraderie and share your Paladin spirit with family and friends.
- Use only your reserved tailgate spot.
- Know the stadium restrictions, and do not bring items to the gates that are prohibited. Prohibited items include alcohol, weapons, food, strollers and umbrellas.
- Get to the game early and enjoy the marching band and check out the stadium amenities to avoid a last-minute rush at the gate.
If any conflict arises between policies applicable to a student group or organization, including but not limited to its national organization policy, FIPG policy, University policy and/or federal, state or local laws, the more stringent policy will control for the Tailgating at Major Athletic Events Policy.
Furman University reserves the right to cancel or end a tailgate early as necessary.
- No student shall take, attempt to take or keep in their possession or place in their room, items of university property, items rented, leased or placed on the campus at the request of the institution or items belonging to students, faculty, staff, guests of the University, student groups or off-campus community members without proper authorization.
- No student shall sell anything that is not their own without the permission of the owner. Violation of this regulation will be regarded as prima facie evidence of theft.
- Removal of university-owned furniture from common areas or rooms will be considered theft and dealt with as such.
- Golfing - golfing shall be prohibited on the main campus and within all campus housing and is strictly limited to the university golf course.
- High-risk equipment - the storage and/or use of high-risk recreational equipment, including, but not limited to, swimming pools, trampolines and slip and slides is prohibited.
Unauthorized Entry or Use of University Facilities or Equipment
- No student shall make unauthorized entry into any University building, office, room or other facility.
- No student shall make unauthorized use of any university facility or equipment. Upon appropriate notice by University officials, authorization for the use of university facilities or equipment may be withdrawn or otherwise restricted.
- No student shall enter a community bathroom designated for the opposite gender.
- No student shall enter or attempt to enter any athletic contest, dance, social event or other such public event without the credentials for admission (i.e., ticket, identification card or invitation) or violate the reasonable qualifications for attendance as established by the sponsors.
Unauthorized Use of University Documents
- Lending, selling or otherwise transferring a student identification card, parking decal or any University document is prohibited.
- The use of a student identification card by anyone other than its original holder is prohibited.
- No student shall obtain under false pretenses any additional student identification card and/or University document.
Possessing, using, storing, or manufacturing any weapon or any facsimile of a weapon on University controlled property or in connection with a University affiliated activity, unless authorized in writing by the Chief of Police or his/her designee is strictly prohibited.
The term “weapon” means any device, instrument, or substance that is designed to, or reasonably could be expected to, inflict a wound, incapacitate, or cause serious bodily injury or death, including, but not limited to, firearms (loaded and unloaded, real and replica and toy), ammunition, electronic control devices (such as tasers and stun guns), devices designed to discharge an object (such as bb guns, air guns, pellet guns, potato guns, and slingshots), explosives, dangerous chemicals (such as mace, tear gas, and oleoresin capsicum), martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, artificial knuckles, nightsticks, blackjacks, dirks, daggers, swords, and knives with fixed blades longer than three (3) inches. The term “weapon” does not include chemical repellents available over-the-counter for self-defense; instruments used solely for personal hygiene, preparation of food, maintenance, University-related instruction, or University employment-related duties.
Weapons will be confiscated and student conduct action will be taken. Students are subject to criminal charges when the incident rises to that level.