2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
  
    Sep 22, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Non-Academic Student Policies



Academic Integrity

Furman University is an academic community where men and women pursue a life of scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth. The foundation of this community is a spirit of personal honesty and responsibility, as well as mutual trust and respect. In order to maintain trust between members of the university community, faculty and students must adhere to certain basic ethical principles in regard to academic integrity. A violation of academic integrity in any form is a fundamental offense against the integrity of the entire academic community and is always a threat to the standards of the college and to the standing of every student. In taking tests and examinations, doing homework, laboratory work and writing papers, students are expected to perform with honor.

One of the most common forms of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of another’s expression or ideas as if they were one’s own. In other words, it is a form of cheating and as such is not tolerated in academic communities. To avoid plagiarism, students should acknowledge their sources, using whatever form of documentation is appropriate to the discipline in which their work is being done. In particular, they must be careful to indicate the use of directly quoted material by appropriate punctuation (quotation marks) and forms of citation. They should be aware, however, that undocumented paraphrase and summary also constitute plagiarism. Whatever is borrowed from a source must be acknowledged. Outside the academic community, plagiarism (among other things) is prosecutable under copyright laws. Within the academic community, it is subject to severe penalties which range from failure of the assignment in question to failure of the course in which the plagiarism has been committed. Repeated and/or flagrant plagiarism may be punished by suspension or expulsion from the University.

The ultimate responsibility for behaving with integrity rests with the student. If at any time students are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism or about any other form of academic dishonesty, it is their obligation to consult with their faculty so that they fully understand what is expected of them. Additional information about Furman’s policy and expectations in this area may be found on the University web site on academic integrity (www.furman.edu/integrity). 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.

Administrative Course Withdrawal

Students who exceed the maximum allowed absences for a course (15% for new students and 25% for returning students) may be administratively withdrawn from that course by the Associate Academic Dean and will receive an F in the course.  Students with exceptional personal circumstances may be granted a late withdrawal from the class by the Associate Academic Dean.  Upon notification of the withdrawal, the student is no longer eligible to attend that class.

For leaves of absence related to physical or mental health, refer to the University’s Medical Leave of Absence and Return Policy.

 

Administrative University Withdrawal

Occasionally, a student’s behavior constitutes a danger to other persons and/or property or is disruptive to the community, other individuals or educational processes of the University. In such cases, the Vice President for Student Life or designee, in concurrence with other professional resources, may impose administrative withdrawal from the University. A student withdrawn under this procedure may not be re-enrolled in the University without approval of the Vice President for Student Life or designee. Prior to approval, the Vice President for Student Life or designee may outline certain requirements to be completed by the student and/or parents or guardians.

  • The student may not be eligible to attend classes and may not be allowed to continue residing in university housing unless approved by the Vice President for Student Life or designee.
  • Parents and family will be notified by the Vice President for Student Life or designee in the case of an administrative withdrawal due to disruptive behavior to others, the community or the educational process.

For leaves of absence related to physical or mental health, refer to the University’s Medical Leave of Absence and Return Policy.

Appeal of Administrative University Withdrawal

If the student wishes to appeal a decision to invoke administrative withdrawal, the University shall give the student 72 hours in which to request a “show cause” hearing to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate why the action should not take place. The student and the student’s parents/legal guardians will be given an opportunity to meet with the Vice President for Student Life or designee. All pertinent information will be reviewed with the student and the student will have the opportunity to respond to all information discussed and may present additional information, including an independent psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

 

Degree Withholding

In order to certify completion of a degree program, to participate in Commencement Exercises, and to receive a diploma, a student must be in good standing under all applicable university policies. A student is not in good standing if a conduct case is pending.

 

The university reserves the right to withhold the awarding of any degree for conduct matters, including Student Conduct Code, Sexual Misconduct, and academic integrity violations. If the violation occurred prior to a degree completion and is not yet resolved, the university may postpone the awarding of the degree pending the outcome of the appropriate proceedings and imposition of sanctions. A student’s refusal to participate in the proceedings will have no effect on the withholding of the degree.

 

Grievance Process

Disputes may occasionally arise between members of the Furman University community.  For complaints related to behavior that violates the Student Conduct Code or Housing Policies, refer to the appropriate sections outlining procedures for resolving those complaints.  Students having serious complaints about any other matter at the University are strongly urged to attempt an informal reconciliation with the parties involved. Complaints should be presented openly, without fear of reprisal and as soon as possible following an incident.

If a student elects not to pursue the matter informally or if the informal resolution does not resolve the differences, the student may initiate a formal written complaint. Complaints which involve only students should be sent to the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and will be resolved according to the student conduct procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Complaints which involve a faculty member should be sent to the chair of the department for that faculty member or the Dean of the Faculty if the faculty member involved is the chair of the department.  Complaints which involve a staff member should be sent to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.

If, at any step in the process, a designated decision maker was involved in the substance of the grievance, those individuals will not participate in any way in the disposition of the grievance. Anyone who submits a good faith complaint, either informally or formally, will be protected from retaliation or discipline. Any student who willfully makes accusations that are proven to be false will be charged with a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

For complaints related to accommodations, refer to the University’s Student Disability Grievance Procedure.

 

Intellectual Property

The University is committed to providing an environment that supports the research and teaching activities of its faculty, students and staff.  Students are expected to comply with 106.0 Furman University Intellectual Property Policy.

 

Interim Withdrawal

As a general rule, the status of students accused of violating University regulations shall not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges against said student. However, the Vice President for Student Life or their designee may impose an interim withdrawal upon finding that the student’s presence on campus constitutes a threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused or of any member or guest of the university community or that said student’s presence threatens the orderly progression of university academic or extracurricular activities. The student may not be eligible to attend classes and may not be allowed to continue residing in university housing unless approved by the Vice President for Student Life or designee. A student conduct hearing shall be scheduled within five (5) class days with the appropriate student conduct body and said student shall be notified of the hearing date, time and location.

If the student wishes to appeal a decision to invoke interim withdrawal, a “show cause” hearing must be requested within 72 hours of receipt of the letter outlining the decision. The hearing will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate why the interim action should not take place. The student and the student’s parents/legal guardians will be given an opportunity to meet with the Vice President for Student Life or designee. All pertinent information will be reviewed with the student and the student will have the opportunity to respond to all information discussed and may present additional information, including an independent psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

 

Living Unit Entry, Inspection, Search and Confiscation

The University respects the principle that students are entitled to privacy in their residence hall rooms, suites, apartments, cabins, or other residence units (for purposes of this policy, “living units”).  At the same time, the University recognizes that from time to time University officials may need to enter and inspect or search a student’s living unit for a variety of purposes.  Therefore, the University reserves the right to regulate the use of living units in accordance with the policies of the University, and the University may, in its discretion, enter and inspect or search students’ living units without prior notice to or consent from students to ensure compliance with those policies.  The University will, however, attempt to provide students with prior notice of such activity when appropriate and reasonably possible.

Inspection and Maintenance

University officials and/or personnel may enter living units during reasonable hours at the request of the student or for purposes of inventory, sanitation, health and/or safety, maintenance and/or repair, and the enforcement of the University’s policies and rules.  University personnel may enter and/or control living units at any time in the event of emergency or routine announced maintenance. Note that after an emergency or routine maintenance the University will lock the residence; the resident is responsible for any lockout fee as a result.

Health and safety inspections will be conducted on a routine basis, and residents will generally be given 48 hours’ prior notice.  Students must correct any issues identified during the inspection within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection.

If, in connection with proper inspection activities, evidence of a violation of University policies or rules should be discovered, such evidence may be photographed and confiscated and/or disposed of, and the student may be subject to disciplinary charges.  Evidence of illegal contraband or activity discovered during an inspection will be turned over to University police for further action in accordance with law. 

Search

In addition, University personnel may search students’ living units when there is reason to suspect that a violation of the University’s policies or rules has occurred, as determined by the Vice President for Student Life or the Dean or Students or the designee of either.

Students must comply with directives of University personnel while a search is conducted.  The University reserves the right to open unsecured containers or areas that are reasonably suspected to contain evidence of the alleged violation that prompted the search, including but not limited to refrigerator(s), cabinet(s), drawer(s), closet(s), luggage, book bags, safes, and ceiling tiles.  Students are expected to unlock secured areas or containers at the request of University personnel.  (If the student is not present during the search, the University may remove a secured container until such time as the student may be contacted.  If the University is unable to contact the student, it may open the container without student permission.  If a student declines to unlock secured areas or containers, the University reserves the right to open the area or container without student permission. The University also reserves the right to open a secured area or container prior to asking for the student’s permission if information available to the University indicates that its contents could endanger the health and safety of the University community.

Evidence of a violation of University Policy collected during a search may be photographed and confiscated and/or disposed of and the student may be subject to University disciplinary charges.  Evidence of illegal contraband or activity collected during a search will be turned over to University Police for further action in accordance with law.

Note that inspection and search are distinguished from informal, unstructured activities, such as walking down a hallway within or associated with a living unit, standing in an open doorway, visiting in a living unit, or entering a living unit on invitation, which residents and University personnel are free to do and which are not subject to the same limitations as inspection and search.

 

Medical Leave of Absence and Return Policy

  1. Voluntary Medical Leave of Absence Process

    1. Any registered student may request a Voluntary Medical Leave of Absence (“VMLA”).
    2. VMLA will be granted when a student is unable to, or chooses not to, participate in academics or campus life due to a physical or mental medical condition.
    3. The student must provide appropriate medical documentation to support the leave to the AVP and Dean of Students or her/his designee (“DOS”).
    4. The DOS will approve or deny these requests based on an individualized assessment of the student; the DOS may choose to consult with campus partners in the decision-making process.
    5. The DOS will consult with the Associate Academic Dean on any academic matters related to the VMLA, including potential amendments to the academic record.
    6. VMLA cannot be used to avoid University disciplinary measures related to the Student Conduct Code, Academic Integrity, or Sexual Misconduct. Any sanctions assigned by the University as a result of its disciplinary process must be completed before a student on VMLA may return.
    7. In determining the conditions of leave and the plan for return, the DOS will make an individualized assessment of the student’s medical and academic situation, in consultation with campus partners.
    8. Notice of the conditions of the leave as well as plans for return will be provided by the DOS to the student in writing.
  2. Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence Process

    1. The University may deem it necessary to require an Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence (“IMLA”) when a student is unable to participate in academics or campus life due to a physical or mental medical condition.
    2. Prior to requiring an IMLA, the DOS will conduct an individualized assessment to consider whether reasonable accommodations would enable the student to participate in academics or campus life.
      1. The DOS may consider accommodations that include, but are not limited to, allowing the student to live off-campus in order to safely complete academic requirements.
      2. The DOS may consult with campus partners in the decision-making process.
      3. The DOS will consult with the Associate Academic Dean on any academic matters related to the IMLA, including potential amendments to the academic record.
    3. Circumstances that may result in an IMLA individualized assessment include, but are not limited to:
      1. self-harm, threats to self-harm, threats to harm others, or any other actions that seriously endanger any person, including the student;
      2. a demonstrated inability to care for oneself; or
      3. significant or repeated disruption to the educational, residential, or other activities of the University.
    4. IMLAs are initiated at the discretion of the DOS. The DOS will consider information and recommendations provided by medical professionals, University staff/administrators, and the student. The individualized assessment will be free of generalizations and stereotypes.
    5. Notice of the decision to require an IMLA will be given by the DOS in writing. Notice will explain the rationale supporting the decision, the details of the leave, any conditions the student is expected to satisfy prior to requesting a return, and plans for return.
    6. A student may appeal the DOS decision to require IMLA as follows:
      1. Submit an appeal request to the Vice President for Student Life or her/his designee (“Vice President”) no later than three calendar days from the date notice of the IMLA was given;
      2. The appeal request must be made in writing;
      3. The appeal must include detailed information supporting the request to overturn or modify the IMLA decision
    7. The conditions of the IMLA decision made by the DOS will remain in effect during an appeal.
    8. The Vice President will review all pertinent materials associated with the IMLA decision, may consult with other campus partners, and may meet with the student,
    9. Within three business days, the Vice President will affirm, overturn, or modify the IMLA.
    10. All deadlines may be extended for extenuating circumstances.
    11. Notice of the Vice President’s decision will be delivered to the student in writing.
    12. The Vice President’s decision is final.
  3. Expectations for both Voluntary and Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence

    1. Students may seek treatment during the leave; on-campus treatment resources only available to enrolled students may not be used.
    2. Students and their treating professionals may consult with University staff to develop and follow through on a treatment plan.
    3. Students should consult with the DOS regarding any interpretation or clarification of the conditions of the leave or return plan.
    4. Students cannot live on campus (refer to the Housing & Residence Life policies for check-out procedures), be employed on campus, attend classes, participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities or organizations, participate in athletics, participate in research or internships, study away, use facilities such as the Physical Activities Center, or use their University ID without written permission from the DOS.
    5. Students may return to campus temporarily and participate in University activities open to the public unless a no trespass order or similar was included in the condition of the leave. Abuse of this privilege may result in a no trespass or similar order being issued by the DOS and/or Furman Police to the student.
    6. Students on leave may continue to use their University email address so long as it remains active.
  4. International Students

    1. International students should consult the Center for Inclusive Communities (“CIC”) to obtain current regulatory information related to a medical leave
    2. It is the responsibility of the student, however, to know the terms of her/his visa.
  5. Financial Considerations

    1. For both voluntary and involuntary medical leaves, the University will prorate tuition and fees consistent with its policies on withdrawals from the institution.
    2. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all charges for the term are paid in full or that a satisfactory payment arrangement is in place.
    3. A student with federal educational loans may consult with the University’s financial aid office regarding options during the leave.
  6.  Notifications

    1. The DOS will notify relevant offices that the student is on a medical leave of absence.
    2. The DOS will notify the Center for Inclusive Communities when an international student is on medical leave.
    3. Notifications will not include details about the reason for the leave or whether the leave was voluntary or involuntary.
  7. Requesting Return from Medical Leave of Absence

    1. Students wishing to return from a VMLA or IMLA, must contact the DOS prior to the registration date for the semester in which reenrollment is sought.
    2. The student must provide documentation from treating professionals or similar to the DOS showing compliance with the conditions established at the time of the medical leave.
    3. The DOS will base the decision to allow reenrollment on whether all conditions of the leave were substantially met and if the student is able to effectively and safely participate in campus life, with or without reasonable accommodations.
    4. If the DOS decides not to approve a student’s request to return, the DOS will reconsider this decision only if substantial new information becomes available. A request for reconsideration, along with the new information, should be submitted to DOS.
    5. The DOS’s decision is final and will be communicated in writing.

 

Missing Student

Most missing student reports occur in the University environment as a result of a student changing their normal routine and failing to inform roommates or friends of this change. Upon receiving a missing student report, the University Police Department will immediately conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the report and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student.  If the student is not located or otherwise accounted for during the preliminary investigation, University Police are required to place the missing person’s name into a national police database, known as the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, and notify local law enforcement agencies.  Students can designate a contact person who will be notified within 24 hours if a student is believed to be missing by visiting MyFurman online.  A parent/guardian will also be notified if the missing student is under the age of 18, or if it is necessary to contact them in the course of the investigation.  Contact information is confidential and will only be accessible to authorized campus officials. Missing student reports should be referred to the University Police at 864.294.2111.

 

Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Mopeds, Scooters and Golf Carts

All motor vehicles, including mopeds, scooters and golf carts are all regulated through the Furman University Traffic and Parking Committee. Wheelchairs, including mobility scooters and manually powered mobility aids, are permitted anywhere that pedestrian travel is permitted.

The speed limit on campus is 20 miles per hour, and all applicable South Carolina traffic codes are enforced on campus.  Registration and operation requirements can be found at www.furman.edu/parking.  Students may not operate a moped on university property without first attending a moped safety course.  All mopeds on Furman University property must be registered.  Golf carts are only permitted for students with a valid medical need and the approval of the University Police Department.  A violation of these rules and regulations may result in a citation, fine, or other disciplinary measures.

Students who purchase a parking permit are assigned color-coded parking decals, which indicate 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.  Students are also prohibited from lending or giving their parking decal to another student or visitor.  Altering a parking decal in any way may result in a citation, fine, and/or a referral to Student Conduct.

 

Responsibility for Student Properties

Although precaution is taken to maintain adequate security, the University cannot assume responsibility for the loss of or damage to student possessions. Students or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses.

When students are driving personal vehicles in relationship to University activities and are involved in an accident, the student’s personal automobile insurance will be the primary insurance. This is an insurance industry standard applicable to all personal vehicles used for business reasons. The University’s automobile insurance will act as secondary coverage if limits exceed the coverage on a student’s vehicle.

Service and Assistance Animal Policy for Students

It is the policy of Furman University that students are generally prohibited from bringing animals, including Pets, onto University property.

However, Furman recognizes the importance of Service Animals and Assistance Animals to individuals with disabilities and has established the following policy regarding Service Animals and Assistance Animals.  Furman welcomes the presence of trained Service Animals assisting students on its campus in areas open to the public consistent with the provisions of this policy and applicable law.  Furman is also pleased to allow Assistance Animals that are necessary to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University Housing consistent with the provisions of this policy and applicable law.  Therefore, students with disabilities are permitted to bring Service Animals and Assistance Animals onto University property as described below.

Section I. Definitions

  1. Assistance Animal.  An “Assistance Animal,” as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is an (1) animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or an (2) animal that provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability, in order for the person to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the University’s housing facilities.  Assistance Animals perform many disability-related functions, including but not limited to guiding individuals who are blind or have low vision, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to sounds, providing protection or rescue assistance, pulling a wheelchair, fetching items, alerting individuals to impending seizures, and providing emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability-related need for such support.  Some Assistance Animals are professionally trained.  Other Assistance Animals are trained by their owners.  In some cases, no special training is required.  An Assistance Animal does not accompany a person with a disability at all times.  An Assistance Animal is not a Pet.
  2. Pet.  A “Pet” is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A Pet is not considered a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal. Students are not permitted to keep or bring Pets onto University property (other than fish in containers not to exceed 10 gallons, which are permitted in University Housing), with the exception that Pets are permitted on University property in outdoor areas that are open to the public (such as on the paths around Furman Lake), provided that they are controlled by a leash, harness, or other tether and the presence of and behavior of the Pet are in compliance with applicable state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  3. Service Animal.  A “Service Animal,” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”), is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  In some cases, a miniature horse may be permitted as a Service Animal.  Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as Service Animals. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.  Examples of such work or tasks include guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, and/or performing other duties. The potential crime-deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for purposes of this definition.  Service Animals are working animals, not Pets.

Section II. Documentation Requirements and Approval Process

Service Animals

Furman welcomes the use of Service Animals by students who qualify under the ADA as having a disability.  A disability under the ADA includes a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

It is not necessary that the dog be certified or licensed as a Service Animal.  No request to bring a Service Animal on campus is required, no registration of the animal is required, and no documentation supporting the need for a Service Animal is required (although the University will accept and consider documentation voluntarily provided by the student).  However, when the need for a Service Animal is not readily apparent, University staff may make the following two inquiries of the student:

        1.  Is the animal required because of a disability?
        2.  What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

Although not required to do so, students who wish to bring Service Animals to campus are encouraged to voluntarily make that known to the Student Office for Accessibility Resources (“SOAR”).  Advance notice can allow for effective communication with University staff and more flexibility in meeting a student’s specific needs in University Housing.

If applicable, the University will inform the student’s roommate(s), suitemate(s), and/or apartmentmate(s) that a Service Animal will be residing in their shared assigned living space.  The information shared will be limited to notice about the animal’s presence and will not include information about the student’s disability or the specific reason that the animal is required.

A Service Animal will not be permitted if the animal is not under the control of the student (e.g., uncontrolled barking, wandering, displaying aggressive behavior) and the student does not take effective action to control it; if the specific animal in question poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures or if it has a history of such behavior; or if it is not housebroken.

It is recommended, but not required, that Service Animals wear some type of commonly recognized identification symbol indicating that the animal is a working animal.

Assistance Animals

The University is pleased to allow the use of Assistance Animals by students who qualify under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) and its implementing regulations as having a disability.  A disability under the FHA includes a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  The disability must be of lengthy or perpetual duration in order to be covered by the FHA.

Students must request the use of Assistance Animals through SOAR.  Students may make their requests by completing and submitting the appropriate Housing Accommodation Form as well as an Assistance Animal Verification Form (accessible from the SOAR website: http://www2.furman.edu/sites/disability/Pages/default.aspx).  Students should complete this form at least 30 days prior to their desired move-in date (or, if the need for the Assistance Animal arises after the student’s move-in date, then as soon as possible after the need arises) so that the University can best accommodate the student and the animal.  Please note that students may not keep an Assistance Animal in University Housing at any time before a request for an Assistance Animal is approved pursuant to this policy.

Students must present documentation demonstrating that:

  • The student has a disability.  (Please note that emotional discomfort resulting from living in University Housing without one’s Pet does not qualify as a disability.)
  • The Assistance Animal is necessary for the student to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy, or to participate in, University Housing.  
  • There is a relationship or nexus between the student’s disability and the assistance the animal provides.  

The University will evaluate all requests, on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, to determine whether the use of an Assistance Animal is a reasonable accommodation.  In doing so, the University must balance the needs of the student with the impact of animals on other campus patrons.  As part of the accommodation review process, the requesting student and SOAR may engage in further discussions.

The University will consider the following criteria in determining whether the use of an Assistance Animal is a reasonable accommodation:

  • The size of the animal in relation to available assigned housing space;
  • Whether the animal’s presence would force another individual from individual housing (due to, e.g., serious allergies);
  • Whether the animal’s presence violates other individuals’ right to peace and quiet enjoyment;
  • Whether the animal’s vaccinations are up to date;
  • Whether the animal is housebroken or is unable to live with other individuals in a reasonable manner.

The use of an Assistance Animal is not reasonable and therefore will not be permitted (irrespective of the consideration of the above-listed factors):

  • If allowing the Assistance Animal would impose an undue financial or administrative burden on the University or fundamentally alter the nature of University Housing, which is unique in a number of respects, including the mandatory assignment of roommates for many individuals and the mandate that certain individuals must share a room, suite, or apartment in certain residences;
  • If the specific animal in question poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures; or
  • If the specific animal in question has caused substantial physical damage to the property of others (beyond reasonable wear and tear) the reoccurrence of which cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures.

The University will make a determination regarding the accommodation request as soon as is reasonably practicable following receipt of the request and will notify the student in writing as to whether the request has been granted or denied. If the request is granted, the University will inform the student’s roommate(s), suitemate(s), and/or apartmentmate(s), if applicable, that an Assistance Animal will be residing in their shared assigned living space.  The information shared will be limited to notice about the animal’s presence and will not include information about the student’s disability or the specific reason that the animal is required.  (Please note that to ensure that the presence of Assistance Animals is not an undue administrative burden or a fundamental alteration of University Housing, Furman may (but is not required to) assign a student with an Assistance Animal to a single room without a roommate.)  If the request is denied, the University will notify the requesting student of the reasons for the denial.

It is recommended, but not required, that Assistance Animals wear some type of commonly recognized identification symbol indicating that the animal is a working animal.

An Assistance Animal is allowed in University Housing only as long as it is necessary because of the student’s disability.  If an approved Assistance Animal is no longer needed or no longer in residence, the student must notify SOAR in writing.

To replace an Assistance Animal, the new animal must be necessary because of the student’s disability, and the student must again follow the procedures set forth in this policy for requesting an Assistance Animal.

 

Section III. Places of Access

Service Animals are permitted to accompany students with disabilities in all areas of the University campus, including University Housing, where students are allowed to go.

However, the University may prohibit the use of Service Animals in certain locations where health or safety restrictions prevent their presence, where Service Animals may be in danger, or where the use of Service Animals may cause health or safety issues, for example: laboratories, food preparation areas, mechanical rooms, or other places where the health or safety of others may be compromised.  The Director of SOAR and other appropriate individuals will be consulted when determining if the presence of the Service Animal can be allowed.  If the animal cannot be present, every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations to help the student have equal access to the required tasks.

Approved Assistance Animals are permitted to accompany students with disabilities in (and only in) University Housing.  Specifically, Assistance Animals may access only the student’s personal residence unit; the hallways, elevators, stairwells, and entryways necessary for the animal’s entrance to and exit from the student’s residence unit; and certain designated outdoor areas appropriate for the animal’s natural relief.   Assistance Animals are not permitted in other areas of the campus (e.g., libraries, academic buildings, the Student Center).


Section IV. Rules and Responsibilities Regarding Service Animals and Assistance Animals

All students are responsible for complying with University policies and procedures.

Care and Supervision of Service Animals and Assistance Animals

The student is fully responsible for the care and supervision of the animal and for the animal’s health, hygiene, and well-being, including toileting, feeding, grooming, veterinary care, and cleaning up after the animal, in each case including any associated costs.

Animals must be housebroken (e.g., trained so that, absent illness or accident, an animal controls its waste elimination).  The student must, where appropriate, toilet the animal in certain designated outdoor areas appropriate for the animal’s natural relief.  Outdoor animal waste, such as dog feces, must be immediately retrieved by student, placed in a sturdy plastic bag that is then securely tied and disposed of in an outside trash dumpster. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag that is then securely tied and disposed of in an outside trash dumpster.

Animals must be current on all state and local vaccination requirements and should have the normal vaccines required for a healthy animal.

The student is responsible for compliance with state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances concerning animals.  It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand these laws, regulations, and ordinances.  The University may require documentation of compliance with such ordinances, laws, and regulations.

The student must abide by all equally applicable residential policies, such as assuring that the animal does not interfere with the routine activities of the residence or cause difficulties for those who reside there.

For the avoidance of doubt, University personnel are not required to provide food or care for a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal, including but not limited to, removing the animal during emergency evacuation events.  Emergency personnel will determine whether to remove the animal and may not be held responsible for the care, damage to, or loss of the animal.

Control of Service Animals and Assistance Animals

The student must be in full control of the animal at all times.  The animal may not be left unattended at any time, except for animals left in the student’s University residence by the student (such as an Assistance Animal left in a student’s apartment while the student is attending classes or other activities), which may be for no longer than a reasonable period of time.  For the avoidance of doubt and without limiting the generality of the foregoing sentence, a student may not leave a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal overnight in University Housing to be cared for by any individual other than the student.

When a Service Animal it outside the student’s personal residence unit, it must have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the student is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the Service Animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the Service Animal must be otherwise under the student’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).

When an Assistance Animal is outside the student’s personal residence unit, it must be in an animal carrier or controlled by a leash or a harness.  An Assistance Animal may not go loose or run at large.  When an Assistance Animal is left alone in the student’s University residence, it must be contained.

Injury or Damage Caused by Service Animals and Assistance Animals

The student is fully responsible for any injury caused by the animal.

The student is fully responsible for any property damage (beyond reasonable wear and tear) caused by the animal and must pay the associated costs (such as the replacement of furniture, carpet, windows, wall covering, and the like), to the same extent that other individuals are charged for damages beyond reasonable wear and tear, at the time of repair or move-out, whichever is first.

If fleas, ticks, or other pests are detected (as a result of routine inspection or otherwise), the residence will be appropriately treated by a University-approved pest control service. The student will be billed for the expense of any pest treatment above and beyond standard pest management in the residence halls.

The University will have the right to bill the student’s account for unmet obligations under this section.

Other University Policies

Students with Service Animals and Assistance Animals must continue to abide by all other University policies.


Section V. Notice to Others Regarding the Presence of Service Animals and Assistance Animals

If the animal resides with the student on campus, it may be necessary for Housing and Residence Life staff to provide notice to certain members of the campus community living and working in close proximity to the animal (such as employees and/or potential and/or actual roommate(s)/neighbor(s)).  The information shared will be limited to notice about the animal’s presence and will not include information about the student’s disability or the specific reason that the animal is required.


Section VI.  Removal of Service Animals and Assistance Animals

The University may remove (or require the student to remove) a Service Animal if the University detects mistreatment, abuse, or neglect of the Service Animal; if the animal is out of control (e.g., uncontrolled barking, wandering, displaying aggressive behavior) and the student does not take effective action to control it; if the specific animal in question poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures; if the specific animal in question has caused substantial physical damage to the property of others (beyond reasonable wear and tear) the reoccurrence of which cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures; if it is not housebroken; or if the student does not comply with his or her obligations under this policy.

The University may remove (or require the student to remove) an Assistance Animal (and/or may discipline the student (or other responsible individual) pursuant to the University’s Student Handbook) if the University detects evidence of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect of the Assistance Animal; if the animal’s presence results in an undue financial or administrative burden on the University or a fundamental alteration of the nature of University Housing; if the specific animal in question poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures; if the specific animal in question has caused substantial physical damage to the property of others (beyond reasonable wear and tear) the reoccurrence of which cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other policies, practices, and procedures; if the animal is not housebroken; if the animal is out of control (e.g., uncontrolled barking, wandering, running at large, displaying aggressive behavior) and the student does not take effective action to control it; if the animal or its presence creates an unmanageable disturbance or interference with the community; or if the student does not comply with his or her obligations under this policy.

The University will base such individualized determinations upon consideration of the behavior of the particular animal and resident on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with SOAR, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the student, and other parties as appropriate.  The University will not base this determination on speculation or fear about the harm or damages an animal may cause.

Should an animal be removed for any reason, the student is expected to fulfill his or her housing, academic, and other obligations as applicable.  Moreover, a student’s failure to comply with his or her obligations under this policy may be reviewed through the University’s student conduct system.


Section VII. Conflicts and Complaints

Individuals who come into contact with a Service Animal or Assistance Animal regularly and who experience reactions to the animal (for example, as a result of respiratory disease, asthma, allergies, or a fear of dogs) should request accommodations through SOAR.  SOAR will resolve any conflict in a timely manner and will consider the conflicting needs and/or accommodations of all persons involved.

Students other than the animal’s owner may make a complaint about a violation of this policy (e.g., about excessive noise, aggressive behavior, or lack of hygiene) to the Department of Housing and Residence Life.  The complaint will be handled under the University’s discipline procedures.  Note that Service and Assistance Animals on campus have been approved as an accommodation for a student with a disability; therefore, third-party complaints may not be submitted about the mere presence of the animal.


Section VIII. Appeals and Grievances

Students who are dissatisfied by a decision made in accordance with this policy may appeal through the University’s Student Disability Grievance Procedure.


Section IX.  Service Animals in Training

The University recognizes the importance of and welcomes Service Animal in Training.  A “Service Animal in Training” is a dog that is being individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.  Individuals who are qualified to train animals to aid and guide persons with disabilities are, while engaged in the training of a Service Animal in Training, afforded the same rights as those individuals who require the assistance of a Service Animal with respect to access to University facilities.  Trainers must register Service Animals in Training with SOAR and comply with the rules and responsibilities set forth in this policy with respect to Service Animals (including but not limited to those set forth in Section IV of this policy).  The portions of Sections VI through VIII of this policy that apply to Service Animals apply to Service Animals in Training as well.


Questions about this policy may be directed to SOAR at soar@furman.edu or to the University’s Title IX and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Melissa Nichols, at melissa.nichols@furman.edu.

 

Sexual Offender’s Law

Any student designated by law enforcement agencies as a sex offender is required by law (SC 23-3-450) to register with local law enforcement agencies where they reside, even in temporary residence locations such as a college residence hall or apartment. Each academic year, the registration should be completed with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and updated as required by state law.  The South Carolina Sex Offender Registry can be found at: http://scor.sled.sc.gov/GeographicalSearch.aspx.

 

Student Businesses

Furman University believes student entrepreneurship fosters creativity, business management and ethical leadership, and thus is supportive of such engaged learning. Students interested in launching and/or operating a business on campus must submit a formal proposal to the Director of Auxiliary Services. The Director of Auxiliary Services will provide feedback and advise the students regarding further work necessary for consideration or recommend the proposal to be reviewed by the Student Businesses Committee. This committee is co-chaired by the Director of Auxiliary Services and the Faculty Chair of the Business and Accounting Department. A $75 administrative fee is required to supplement the cost of this review. Student businesses may only be operated by enrolled undergraduate students in good standing with the University. Approval is only granted for one year and students must submit a request to have their business plan reviewed by the Committee for an annual extension. Student business owners/operators must adhere to Furman’s solicitation policy, University Policy 72.1 (electronic communication and web content), and Housing and Residence Life policies. Furman University reserves the right to revoke its approval of a student business at any time.

 

Student Disability Grievance Procedure

Furman University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with, or denied the benefits of any University programs or activities due to his or her disability. The University will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any discrimination and to correct discriminatory effects on the affected individual and others, if appropriate.


The University has adopted this internal Student Disability Grievance Procedure to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) or Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title III”) or otherwise alleging disability-related discrimination or harassment. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, and Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities (including universities) that provide places of public accommodation. These laws and accompanying regulations may be examined in the office of the Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator, whom the University has designated to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504 and Title III (“the ADA Coordinator”). The following is the ADA Coordinator’s contact information:

Melissa Nichols, Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Trone Student Center, Suite 215
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
864.294.2221
melissa.nichols@furman.edu


Who May Grieve?

Any student currently enrolled at the University who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of disability by a University employee (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, or other agent of the University), University student, or, in certain circumstances, by a visitor to the University, may use this process to file a grievance (the “Grievant”).


What May Be Grieved?


An action or decision may be grieved if it involves alleged discrimination or harassment by a University employee; University student; or, in certain circumstances, by a visitor to the University against a student on the basis of that student’s disability. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, unfavorable treatment of a student because of his or her disability, denial and/or inappropriate implementation of reasonable accommodations, and lack of physical access to University facilities or programs.  Other alleged violations of the ADA and/or Section 504 may also be grieved under this Policy, including perceived retaliation due to a pending disability discrimination complaint.


Time Limit for Filing a Grievance


A grievance may be filed at any time.  However, the University strongly encourages individuals to file grievances promptly.  A delay in filing a grievance may limit the University’s ability to investigate, as well as to address discrimination and its effects.


Confidentiality and Prohibition Against Retaliation


The University will treat all information submitted in connection with a grievance as confidential.  Subject to FERPA and other applicable privacy laws, however, the University official investigating the grievance will inform individuals with a legitimate need to know of the grievance and may provide them related information as necessary to allow the University official to conduct a meaningful and thorough investigation. The University official investigating the grievance will inform all involved parties of the need to maintain the confidentiality of such information.


The University prohibits retaliation for submitting a grievance or participating in a grievance investigation. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and adverse actions. The University official investigating the grievance will advise all involved parties of this strict prohibition against retaliation.


Informal Grievance Procedure


The Informal Grievance Procedure is designed to facilitate a satisfactory resolution of the grievance in an informal manner. The Grievant has the option to forego the Informal Grievance Procedure and move immediately to the Formal Grievance Procedure.


A Grievant initiates the Informal Grievance Procedure by contacting the Director of the Student Office of Accessibility Resources (SOAR) (the “SOAR Director”). If the SOAR Director is the subject of the grievance, the Grievant initiates the Informal Grievance Procedure by contacting the ADA Coordinator, who will assign an administrator in lieu of the SOAR Director. The Grievant may contact the appropriate official by e-mail, phone, or in person. To initiate the Informal Grievance Procedure, a Grievant is not required to submit the grievance in writing, but the SOAR Director/assigned administrator may ask the Grievant to do so or to submit other evidence, if necessary to facilitate a satisfactory resolution.


The SOAR Director/assigned administrator will attempt to expeditiously facilitate a satisfactory resolution. The SOAR Director/assigned administrator may meet in person with the Grievant, confer with the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed, attempt to arrange a meeting between the Grievant and the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed, or take any other steps the SOAR Director/assigned administrator believes will be useful in promoting resolution.


Within 21 calendar days after the Grievant initially contacts the SOAR Director/assigned administrator regarding the grievance, the SOAR Director/assigned administrator will inform the Grievant and, as appropriate, the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed in writing of the outcome of the Informal Grievance Procedure.


Formal Grievance Procedure


If the Grievant is not satisfied with the resolution reached using the Informal Grievance Procedure, or if the Grievant chooses not to use the Informal Grievance Procedure, the Grievant may initiate the Formal Grievance Procedure by submitting a written complaint to the ADA Coordinator. The Grievant may, but is not required to, use the attached Student Disability Grievance Form.  If the ADA Coordinator is the subject of the grievance, the Grievant initiates the Formal Grievance Procedure by contacting the senior officer in Human Resources (currently the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources), who will assign an administrator in lieu of the ADA Coordinator.  A Grievant who chooses to initiate the Formal Grievance Procedure after participating in the Informal Grievance Procedure must do so within 14 calendar days of receipt of the SOAR Director’s/assigned administrator’s written notification of the outcome of the Informal Grievance Procedure.  The written complaint must:

  • be dated;
  • state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the date of the alleged action;
  • state how the action is discriminatory (or how the decision is unreasonable if it is a denial of a requested accommodation);
  • name the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed;
  • state the requested remedy; and
  • be signed by the Grievant.

Within seven calendar days of receiving the written complaint, the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will provide written notification of receipt of the complaint to the Grievant and to the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed. The ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will also conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of the complaint, affording all relevant persons an opportunity to present witnesses and submit evidence regarding the allegations. Within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint, the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will provide the Grievant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed a written decision regarding the grievance. The decision will include findings of fact, a conclusion, and, if applicable, an explanation of remedies.  If the individual against whom the complaint is filed is a student, the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will, if applicable, refer the decision to the student conduct system for the determination and imposition of sanctions.  If the individual against whom the complaint is filed is a member of the faculty, the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will, if applicable, refer the decision to the Dean of the Faculty for the determination and imposition of disciplinary sanctions. If the individual against whom the complaint is filed is a staff member, the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator will, if applicable, refer the decision to the senior officer in Human Resources for the determination and imposition of disciplinary sanctions.


Appeal


The Grievant or the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed may appeal within ten calendar days of receiving the ADA Coordinator’s/assigned administrator’s written decision and/or any associated disciplinary sanctions by writing to (1) the Associate Academic Dean, if the grievance involves an issue related to academic accommodations or alleged discrimination by a faculty member (2) the Vice President for Student Life, if the grievance does not involve an issue related to academic accommodations (the “Appeals Officer”). If the individual designated to be the Appeals Officer is the subject of the grievance, the Grievant may file an appeal by submitting a written appeal to the senior officer in Human Resources, who will assign an Appeals Officer.  The written appeal must clearly set forth the grounds for the appeal and must include all supporting evidence. Generally, the Appeals Officer will limit his or her review of the ADA Coordinator’s/assigned administrator’s decision to determining whether the ADA Coordinator/assigned administrator considered the proper facts and whether there were any procedural irregularities. Within 21 days of receipt of the appeal, the Appeals Officer will provide the Grievant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed a written decision regarding the appeal. The decision of the Appeals Officer is final, and the University will disregard any subsequent appeals (in any form) to any University representative, including the University President.


Adjustment of Deadlines


The ADA Coordinator or the Appeals Officer may change the above deadlines for good cause, such as semester or summer breaks. Likewise, if the application of time deadlines creates a hardship due to the urgency of the matter or the proximity of an event, then at the request of the Grievant, the ADA Coordinator or the Appeals Officer will determine whether an expedited procedure can be created.


Interim Measures


If necessary while any grievance investigation is ongoing, the University will take interim measures to stop discrimination and prevent its recurrence and to correct discriminatory effects on the complainant and others. Such interim measures may include, but are not limited to, limiting interaction between the parties, arranging for the provision of temporary accommodations, or staying a course grade.


Confidentiality of Records


Once the ADA Coordinator or the Appeals Officer has made the final decision regarding the grievance, the records related to the grievance will be confidentially maintained for three years in the ADA Coordinator’s Office or electronically.


Disability Accommodations


The University will make arrangements to ensure that students with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations as needed to participate in this Student Disability Grievance Procedure. Requests for accommodations must be made to the SOAR Director, whose office is located in the SOAR office in the first floor of the Earle Student Health Center building. The SOAR Director will review the supporting disability-related documentation, make a decision about the request, notify the student about the decision, and, if applicable, make arrangements for approved accommodations. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for individuals who are deaf, providing recordings of materials for individuals who are blind, and assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings.

 

External Complaints


The availability and use of this Student Disability Grievance Procedure does not prevent a student from filing a complaint of discrimination with external agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

 

Student Identification Cards

When students first arrive on campus, they will receive a non-transferable identification card which will be used throughout their enrollment. The card entitles students to all university services and programs. A fee is charged to replace lost identification cards.

 

Student Information

Notice of Student Rights with Respect to Education Records (FERPA)

A. Student Information Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its subsequent regulations provides students of Furman University certain rights with respect to their education records:

  1. Students have the right to inspect and review their own education records (with certain limited exceptions) within 45 days of the date that the University receives the student’s request for access. A student wishing to inspect or review his or her education records must submit a request in writing to the appropriate office identified below identifying the records the student wishes to inspect and review. Arrangements for access will be made, and the student will be notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected and reviewed. 
    • Requests for education records should be made to the following offices: 
      • Requests for academic records should be directed to Enrollment Services - University Registrar (Administration Building, 864-294-2030). 
      • Requests for records related to academic misconduct should be directed to the Office of the Academic Deans - Associate Academic Dean (Administration Building, 864-294-2064). 
      • Requests for records related to student conduct should be directed to the Division of Student Life - Vice President for Student Life (Trone Student Center, 864-294-2202). 
    • Requests for any records not specifically listed here should be directed to the University Registrar. 
  2. Students have the right to ask the University to amend education records that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights. 
    • Process for Requesting an Amendment of an Education Record: 
      • A student must first confer informally with the custodian of the education record. (The custodian of the education record is the University official heading the applicable office identified in the preceding section; this individual is responsible for creating and maintaining the education record.) The student must (a) clearly identify the part of the education record he or she wants amended and (b) explain why this disputed part is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his or her privacy rights. The custodian of the education record shall decide whether to amend the record as requested within a reasonable time after he or she receives the request. If the custodian of the education record decides to amend the record, he or she will amend the education record and notify the student that the record has been amended as requested. If the custodian of the record decides not to amend the record as requested, he or she shall inform the student of his or her decision and of the student’s right to a hearing pursuant to the provisions in the following section. 
      • If a student is not satisfied with the decision of the custodian of the record, he or she may submit a written request for hearing to the Associate Academic Dean. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided to the student at that time. 
  3. Students have the right to provide consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information contained in their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 
    • The University can make disclosures such as the following without students’ consent: 
      • Disclosures to “school officials” with a “legitimate educational interest” in the information. A “school official” is any person employed by the University; any person or company under the direct control of the University with respect to the use and maintenance of the education records and with whom the University has contracted to provide a service or function that the University would otherwise use its own employees to provide (such as an attorney or an auditor); any person serving on the University’s Board of Trustees; or any student serving on an official committee, such as a conduct board or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a “legitimate educational interest” in a student’s education record if the official needs to review the education record in order to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility; if the official is acting for the educational benefit of the student; or if the information in the record is necessary to perform a task related to the discipline of a student or to provide a service or benefit relating to the student or the student’s family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid. 
      • Disclosures of students’ “Public Information,” as that term is used in Section (B) below. 
      • Disclosures to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, after first making a reasonable effort to notify the student (except as prohibited by the order or subpoena).
      • Disclosures to parents of a student if the student is a dependent for federal tax purposes. 
      • Disclosures to parents of students under the age of 21 regarding the student’s violation(s) of the University’s drug and alcohol policy, provided that the student has been found responsible by the University for such violations. 
      • Disclosures in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of or the conditions for the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. 
      • Disclosures to another higher education institution where a student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled, so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer. 
      • Disclosures to appropriate parties in connection with a health or safety emergency if knowledge of the information in the education record is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. 
    • Information on other disclosures that can be made without students’ consent is available from the University Registrar. 
  4. Students may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure on the part of the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA and its implementing regulations. Inquiries should be directed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605. 

B. Notice of Intent to Disclose Certain Public Information:

As required by FERPA, Furman University hereby provides current students notice of its intent to disclose the following personally identifiable information relating to them: name, name of parents or spouse, local address and telephone number, home address and telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, field of study, class year, enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, honors, and awards received, most recent previous educational institution attended, and photograph (“Public Information”).

This allows for the routine release of information that will help the student, such as to potential employers and to other interested and appropriate parties.

Students who desire that their Public Information not be released without their consent can manage access to this information via the MyFurman online tool where changes will be applied prospectively.

 

Student Media

The Furman University student communications media function as a means of bringing student concerns to the attention of the faculty and University authorities, of helping the University community formulate opinion on various campus and off-campus issues, and of providing a forum for debate. The student communications media will operate free of censorship. (The term “censorship” in reference to student communications media shall mean any attempt to threaten or coerce any editor, manager or staff member of a student-run publication in order to prevent the dissemination of any factual account or the expression of any opinion, or generally, to hinder the free flow of ideas.) Student communications media are governed by the constitution of the Furman University Student Media Board (on file in the Office of Student Life). The board’s responsibilities include the appointment and removal (as needed) of editors and managers. Editors and managers will be responsible for developing their own editorial policies and methods of news coverage within the framework of the philosophies and objectives of the University. Because Furman University, designated publisher of the student publications, may have to bear the legal responsibilities for the contents of the publications, certain policies are considered inherent in the editorial freedom granted to student editors and managers. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Avoidance of publication of statements of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, harassing statements, the use of innuendo and attacks on personal integrity.
  2. Observation of any applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission.
  3. A show of regard for Furman University standards, philosophies and objectives.
  4. A statement on the editorial page that the opinions there expressed are not necessarily those of the University or the student body.

 

Student Tailgates

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.

Logistics

  • 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

Tailgating Tips

Great games start with good sportsmanship, and good sportsmanship starts in the tailgating location.  Please follow these guidelines on game days.

  1. Plan ahead. Pack food, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy prior to the game.
  2. Focus on camaraderie and share your Paladin spirit with family and friends.
  3. Use only your reserved tailgate spot.
  4. Know the stadium restrictions, and do not bring items to the gates that are prohibited. Prohibited items include alcohol, weapons, food, strollers and umbrellas.
  5. 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, University policy and/or federal, state or local laws, the more stringent policy will control for the Tailgating at Major Athletic Events Policy.

Authority

Furman University reserves the right to cancel or end a tailgate early as necessary.