2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 28, 2022  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Activities and Programs

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in Student Life (DIISL) seek to create a living and learning environment that fosters belonging for historically underrepresented students and stimulates all students to thoughtfully reflect on diversity and inclusion in the liberal arts tradition of engaged citizenship. Staff collaborate with a variety of administrative units on campus to intentionally design a comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity; facilitate equity, access, social justice and inclusion; and, empower students to build a diverse and inclusive campus community.

The Assistant Vice President for Student Development provides oversight to the strategic direction of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in Student Life, represents the division’s interest on the university’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and serves on the Bias Incident Response Team. The Associate Director of Student Activities for Diversity Engagement develops programming within the student experience, provides direct support to individual students and advises the Student Diversity Council. The council is composed of student organizations that embrace a broad definition of culture to include world views formed by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, abilities, and sexual orientation. Organizations representing the rich diversity of religious identity are advised out of the Chaplaincy. The student organizations promote and sustain diversity through mutual support, communication, and co-sponsorship of events among all student organizations.

Heller Service Corps

Nearly 65% of the Furman student body participates in volunteer service with the 66 agencies of Heller Service Corps. Heller Service Corps is an umbrella organization pairing students with opportunities for service outside of the Furman campus. Through opportunities designed to engage students and support the community, volunteers can serve in the areas of recreation, education, medical, animal interest, special needs, sustainability, hispanic community engagement and community concerns. All students are encouraged to become involved with the service corps; transportation is available when necessary. For more information, visit www.hellerservicecorps.org or stop by the Heller office in the Trone Student Center.

The Shucker Center for Leadership Development

The Shucker Center for Leadership Development is named in honor of former Vice President for Student Services, Dr. Harry B. Shucker. The Shucker Leadership Institute is the flagship program of the Shucker Center and has existed in some capacity since 1995. Focal points of the SLI program include collaboration, community connections, personal growth and development, skill building and servant leadership. 25 incoming freshmen are selected in the fall of each year to become new fellows in the Shucker Leadership Institute. In the spring, the new fellows join approximately 25 other sophomore Shucker Fellows. All fellows have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of leadership concepts and are challenged to enact change through group leadership challenge project experiences. Other Shucker Center programs and offerings include the Furman Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Furman Student Leadership Awards, StrengthsQuest programs and Team Building services. For more information, visit: www2.furman.edu/studentlife/leadership/.

Student Activities & the Trone Student Center

The Trone Student Center is the focal point for students to become involved in campus life. Whether joining an organization, attending a CLP or simply meeting a friend for coffee, students can always find something that suits their needs at the Trone Student Center.

The focus of student activities at Furman is exciting and innovative programs that are planned and produced by students. Student Activities staff coordinates many of these campus programs and advises the Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB) as well as the new student orientation program.

FUSAB plans and produces a wide array of social, cultural and recreational programs each year, including concerts, comedians, movies, lectures, dances, special events and more. FUSAB also offers discount tickets to various concerts and events in the Greenville area. Students are selected each fall for membership in FUSAB.

Orientation is a comprehensive program designed to introduce incoming students to life at Furman. The new student website, www.furman.edu/newstudents, answers many pertinent questions about starting out at Furman, including details about summer orientation and many other tasks that students must accomplish before arriving on campus. A two-day summer orientation is an intense introduction to academics at Furman culminating with students entering initial course selections for the fall semester. The four-day fall orientation program, conducted immediately prior to the beginning of class, provides essential life skills, residential living information, and social interaction to all new students that will ensure a smooth transition from high school to Furman. For questions regarding Furman’s Orientation programs, please contact us by e-mail at orientation@furman.edu.

The Trone Student Center provides extensive recreational and extracurricular activities for students. In addition to meeting rooms and student gathering spaces, the Trone Student Center is home to a large variety of student organizations, including SGA, FUSAB, Student Diversity Council, Heller Service Corps, student publications, and the campus radio station. The PalaDen Food Court, Print & Post Express (P2X), a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and an information center are also located in the Trone Student Center, as are the offices of the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, Student Activities, Greek Life, Orientation, Volunteer Services, Career Engagement, Alcohol and Drug Education, Student Leadership Programs, Diversity and Inclusion, Study Away and International Education, Undergraduate Research and Internships, and the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

Religious Life

Furman encourages students to engage ethical issues and to explore mature spirituality. The Office of the Chaplain oversees religious life and ministry at Furman for all faith groups and provides Christian ministry to the Furman community, offering pastoral care and prophetic witness. Furman encourages an ecumenical spirit that affirms the diversity of religious traditions represented on campus. Stressing a collegial approach, the chaplains view ministry as a cooperative effort of clergy, students, faculty and staff.

Church affiliation and religious participation are encouraged. An ecumenical service of worship, led by the university chaplain, faculty and students, is held on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel as noted on the Office of the Chaplain’s webpage.

Complementing the leadership of the university chaplains, campus ministers offer leadership to individual groups and are available for pastoral care and counseling. Campus religious organizations include: Association of Hindu Students, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Canterbury (Episcopal), Catholic Campus Ministry, Cooperative Student Fellowship, Exploration of Vocation and Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gospel Ensemble, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Youth Core, International Justice Mission, Jewish Student Association, Latter Day Saints Student Association, Lutheran Student Association, Mere Christianity Forum, Muslim Student Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Presbyterian Student Association, Reformed University Fellowship, Secular Student Alliance, Wesley (United Methodist) and Young Life. These organizations provide opportunities for service, fellowship and seek to create an atmosphere conducive to spiritual and moral growth. Religious Council, composed of representatives from each religious organization, the secretary of religious affairs for the Student Government Association, and the chaplains, promote mutual understanding and cooperation among the various groups.

Student Organizations

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is Furman’s student-led governing body. SGA consists of various branches, each serving the student body in its own way. The Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB) coordinates a wide array of entertainment for students to enjoy. The Residential Life Council (RLC) serves as the primary liaison between students and the university housing and residence life staff striving to create a strong community among residents in campus housing. The Religious Council consists of a representative from each official religious organization and promotes inter-faith dialogue and events. The Recreational Sports and Intramural Councils oversee the creation and funding of all intramural and club sports teams. The Student Diversity Council, comprised of representatives from eight student organizations supporting multicultralism or diversity, strives to promote collaboration among these organizations and throughout the entire campus community.

SGA is comprised of representatives from all elements of the student body. Each class is represented by a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The SGA executive officers consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A Parliamentarian is also appointed to serve on the Council.

In addition to fulfilling its role as the coordinating body for SGA, the Council functions as the primary liaison between the faculty, administration, trustees and student body. All undergraduate students are members of the association, which is funded through a student government fee. The SGA Council conducts its business each Monday evening in open meetings. Student Life staff serve as advisors to SGA.

Club and Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports, Club Sports, the Paladin Outdoor Program (POP) and Challenge Course programs are all organized by Campus Recreation staff.

Intramural Sports includes seven activities for men and women: soccer (indoor and outdoor), basketball, softball, volleyball (indoor and sand) and bowling. Men and women participate together in softball and both types of volleyball. The Club Sports program provides opportunities for students to compete against other universities in activities such as powerlifting, cycling, rugby, soccer, triathlon, lacrosse and baseball.

Departmental Clubs and Organizations

Membership in departmental clubs and professional fraternities is by invitation, based on student interest. Organizations at Furman include the American Chemical Society, student affiliate chapter; student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery; the Bartram Society, earth and environmental sciences; Order of Furman Theatre; Le Salon Francais; Sigma Alpha Iota, national professional music fraternity; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, national professional music fraternity; Philosophy Club; Society of Physics Students; The Cicero Society, the Debating Society, and the Murrow Society in Communications Studies; the Psychology Club; Spanish Club; and the Political Thought Club.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Furman has a total of 14 fraternities and sororities and two governing councils: the Furman Panhellenic Council (FPC) and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). Over 50% of Furman’s student body participates in fraternity and sorority life.

The seven Panhellenic sororities chartered at Furman are Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Zeta Tau Alpha. The six fraternities that compose IFC are Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Furman recognizes a single NPHC organization as well, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Furman utilizes a deferred recruitment process, meaning that fraternity and sorority recruitment takes place at the start of the spring semester. In order to participate in recruitment, be eligible to receive a bid and/or join an organization, students must have earned 12 or more credits. Students wishing to join a fraternity must earn a minimum GPA of 2.25 or greater. Most individual organizations require a higher minimum GPA. Sorority grade requirements vary from chapter to chapter, but a GPA of 2.50 or greater is considered competitive.

The Associate Director for Student Activities & Greek Life Advisor oversees each of the governing councils, which act as umbrella organizations for the individual fraternities and sororities.

Furman University Student Activities Board

The Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB) plans and produces a wide array of social, cultural, and recreational programs each year.  Programs include, but are not limited to: concerts, comedians, movies, dances, special events, and more.  FUSAB annually sponsors the Homecoming Carnival, Winter Wonderland, and the Last Day of Class (LDOC) celebration.  Additionally, FUSAB also offers discounted tickets to various events in the Greenville area.  Students are selected each fall for membership in FUSAB.

Honor Societies

Furman’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest scholastic honorary in America, known as Gamma of South Carolina, accepts candidates for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music degrees who have completed at least 95 semester hours in liberal arts courses. Students are eligible for election on the basis of qualifications set by the chapter in accordance with the regulations of the national organization.

Phi Eta Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for college freshmen, founded in 1923. Its goal is to encourage high scholastic attainment among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

Organized in 1916, Pi Kappa Lambda is the national honor society in music. The Furman chapter, Gamma Beta, was chartered in 1970. Seniors and juniors with a minimum residence of six terms at Furman who are outstanding in musicianship and scholarship qualify for membership.

Organized in 1904, the Quaternion Club is an undergraduate-alumni organization for men. Undergraduate membership, limited to four juniors and eight seniors, is based on character, scholarship, leadership, loyalty, and service to the institution.

Founded in 1938, Senior Order is an organization for senior women who have shown outstanding abilities in their college careers and have rendered service in the college community. Membership is limited to no more than 15 students.

Omicron Delta Kappa is composed of junior and senior men and women who have shown qualities of character, leadership, scholarship and service to the university and its constituents. Omicron Delta Kappa’s main concern is leadership and service. Furman’s chapter sponsors the Babb and Reid awards to the outstanding female and male members of each class.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society that recognizes the outstanding achievement of those who make significant contributions to education. Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the teacher education program, membership is based on intellectual competence and scholarship; overall performance in the program of teacher education; leadership potential; and commitment to students and teaching. The Xi Epsilon chapter was installed in 1977.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is the national honorary society in Continuing Education, recognizing students who achieve academic excellence while facing the competing interests of home and careers. Furman’s chapter, Gamma Theta, was chartered in 1982.

Lambda Pi Eta is the national honor society in Communication Studies. Organized around and devoted to the Aristotelian virtues of Logos (reasoned discourse), Pathos (passionate concern), and Ethos (character and ethical discourse), Lambda Pi Eta is comprised of students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in Communication Studies and liberal education. The Nu Theta chapter was installed at Furman in 2001 and invites membership on the basis of qualifications set in accordance with the regulations of the national organization.

Among other national honor societies are Alpha Epsilon Delta, pre-health; Alpha Kappa Delta, sociology; Beta Beta Beta, biology; Eta Sigma Phi, classics; Omicron Delta Epsilon, economics; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Phi Sigma Iota, foreign language; Phi Sigma Tau, philosophy; Pi Gamma Mu, social science; Pi Kappa Lambda, music; Pi Mu Epsilon, mathematics; Psi Chi, psychology; Pi Sigma Alpha, political science; Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish; Sigma Pi Sigma, physics; and Sigma Tau Delta, English.

Religious Council

Furman’s Religious Council (RC) is a governing body comprised of 23 religious organizations including campus ministries, service-based groups, and topically-centered organizations. RC gathers bi-weekly to discuss and assist in program coordination of the member organizations and any phase of religious life on the campus which is in the interest of the student body. As a governing body representing a multi-faith community, Religious Council seeks to promote an open, inclusive, and respectful atmosphere within Furman’s wider community. 

Residential Life Council

The Residential Life Council (RLC) is a student organization that exists to serve the residents of Furman University. The goal is to make living at Furman the best it can be, acting as a liaison between students and housing to improve University policies and procedures and providing practical services to students, such as shuttles to the airport and free food during finals. Through serving the community and planning social events, RLC provides the perfect balance for students who are looking to get involved on campus in different ways. RLC has something for everyone, but at the same time, unites students who share the common interest of improving residential life at Furman. 

Student Diversity Council

The Student Diversity Council (SDC) is comprised of eight student organizations, which strive to affirm the diversity of the campus community in its many forms by embracing a broad definition of culture to include world views formed by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation, and religion.  These organizations promote and sustain diversity through mutual support, communication, and co-sponsorship of events.

Student Media

Student editors publish The Paladin, the weekly newspaper; Echo, the literary magazine; and Bonhomie, the yearbook. They also manage WPLS, an educational radio station. All publications are available at no cost to students.


Intercollegiate Athletics

Furman’s intercollegiate athletic program currently consists of ten women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball and ten for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. All twenty programs, known as the Paladins, compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Furman is a member of the Southern Conference and the athletic program has a national reputation for both its academic and competitive excellence.

Herman Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC)

Overseen by Campus Recreation staff, Furman has exceptional facilities for physical activities which include courts for handball, racquetball and paddleball; a swimming pool; a gym for basketball or volleyball; a dance studio; and a fitness center with a variety of exercise options. The fitness center has over 70 cadio machines including adaptive motion trainers (AMT), elliptical trainers, treadmills, stationary bicycles and rowing ergometers.  In addition there are numerous free weights and a variety of other strength-training machines.

Cultural Opportunities

Through the combined facilities of the university and the Greenville community, students may attend lectures, plays, concerts, recitals, art exhibits and other cultural programs.

Exhibits of works by Furman art students and faculty and touring exhibits are displayed in the Thompson Gallery located in the Thomas Anderson Roe Art Building.

Three or four plays a year, ranging from classical to modern, from musical review to mystery thriller, are presented in the Furman Theatre.

The Furman music department sponsors more than 200 concerts which are open to the public each year in a number of on-campus venues including McAlister Auditorium, Daniel Recital Hall, and the Daniel Memorial Chapel. This wide array of opportunities to experience high quality live music includes presentations by ensembles of all shapes and sizes, such as major choral and orchestral concerts, faculty recitals, chamber music programs, student recitals, and guest artist recitals. In addition, there is an active series of concerts in the community which include the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the Greenville Chorale.

Student Services

Malone Career Center

The Malone Center for Career Engagement empowers students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make plans and decisions related to career goals. The office is organized into two functional areas: Career Development and Employer and Graduate School Relations. Career development services include individual counseling, career assessments, job search and graduate school application assistance. Employer and Graduate School services are designed to connect Furman students with organizations seeking to hire full-time, permanent employees or recruit them for admission to graduate or professional schools. Programs include on-campus interviews, Career Fair, Graduate School Fair, Career Connections, business etiquette seminars, mock interviews, and online career development tools among others. Services are available to students and alumni at no cost.

Commuter Services

All students permitted to live off campus are urged to participate fully in extracurricular activities. Ample parking is available and post office boxes can be obtained in the Trone Student Center. Commuters may purchase food at the PalaDen also in the Trone Student Center or in the Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers counseling and mental health services to help students cope with college life. Counselors are available to assist students with a variety of concerns ranging from relatively mild distress to more serious psychological disorders. Services provided by the Counseling Center staff include individual counseling, support groups to enhance coping skills, mental health consultation, and educational programs on topics related to mental health and personal development. All professional services are offered on a confidential basis by appointment.

Dining Services

All resident students are required to subscribe to a meal plan. See the Expenses  section of this catalog for more information.

Missed meals may not be made up. Students who have an extraordinary situation that requires them to miss meals regularly during the term should consult with the food service director to discuss their options. Meal plans and identification cards are non-transferable. Students may not pass, loan or sell their meal plan or identification card to anyone. Transfer of a meal card may result in disciplinary action as set forth in The Helmsman, the student handbook.

The dining hall is open throughout the academic year except during university breaks.

Student Office for Accessibility Resources

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2009 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Furman is committed to providing students equal access to university programs and facilities regardless of disability. Information about university procedures related to accommodations under ADAAA may be obtained from the Director of Student Accessibility Resources, as well as from the Student Accessibility Resources web site at www.furman.edu/soar.

Student Health Services

The Earle Infirmary is the home of Student Health Services for Furman undergraduates.  Open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 6:00pm when residence halls are open, the infirmary is staffed by one full-time nurse practitioner, four full-time nurses, two part-time nurses, one full-time medical secretary and a team of part-time physicians.

Referrals to specialists or hospitals are made by the university physicians.  If hospitalization is required, the attending physician will make the necessary arrangements.  Families will be notified in case of serious illness or accident.  Medical Insurance information is available in the Expenses section of this catalog.

When the residence halls are closed, medical needs are the responsibility of the individual student.  A listing of options for afterhours care is available on the Health Services web site.  After hours care includes the North Greenville hospital emergency room, five minutes form campus in Travelers Rest.

For emergencies, call the University Police at 864-294-2111.

Housing and Residence Life

Residence halls and apartments are more than just places to study and sleep; they are communities where students learn to live with people of different values, behaviors and beliefs.

The university offers a variety of housing accommodations for approximately 2,600 students. Campus housing is available for freshmen in Blackwell, Geer, Judson, McBee, McGlothlin, Poteat, Ramsay and Townes halls. Campus housing is available for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Chiles, Gambrell, Haynsworth, Manly and Ramsay halls. Men and women are housed on alternating floors or wings. Four lakeside cottages are also available.

Other housing options typically available for juniors and seniors include North Village and the Vinings apartments. The Vinings apartment community is used as overflow housing for students only when housing demand exceeds on-campus capacity. Although a few single rooms on campus are available, most students are housed in double and triple rooms. Rooms may be re-configured to accommodate three people comfortably and safely when necessary.

In traditional residence halls, students are not permitted to visit on hallways or in the rooms of students of the opposite sex except during visitation hours, which occur from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. In co-educational halls, visitation regulations are the same as in other residence halls, and the staffs in both buildings are specially trained to offer activities that encourage healthy interaction between women and men. Students residing in North Village, the Vinings, and other campus apartments follow a self-regulated visitation program.

Housing and Residence Life staff communicates with new students about roommates, room assignments and policies. Housing regulations and expectations covering care of property, maintenance, safety and social conduct are published in Furman’s student handbook, The Helmsman.

All students must plan to live in campus housing for four years. Exceptions will be considered for students who are commuting from home, married, have a dependent to care for or who need a documented and approved medical or disability accommodation. All students living off-campus must have approval from Housing and Residence Life.

Veterans’ Affairs

Eligible veterans and dependents may certify their standing at Furman University through Military Science.

Student Rights and Regulations

Education Records

Furman University provides students’ access to their education records in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Students wishing to inspect their records may do so by going to the appropriate office and presenting their identification cards. Furman complies with all federal and state statutes regarding the confidentiality of student records. Students are afforded opportunities to challenge the accuracy of files or records. Requests for hearings should be made through Student Life.

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 Conduct

An institution, like an individual, has a character developed out of its accumulated experience and expressed in its purpose, goals and values. Furman’s character is reflected in part in the policies and regulations which govern its students. Elements which have helped shape those regulations include the size of the university, its co-educational status, the diversity of its student body, the liberal arts tradition, and our commitment to academic excellence.

Students who enroll at Furman must understand that they are part of a residential living and learning environment where they should respect the rights of all members of the university community. Furman expects that students will act in a manner that is respectful of the rights and privileges of others. The university has a responsibility to provide an environment which is conducive to the freedom to learn on the part of its students. In order to provide such conditions, Furman has developed policies and procedures designed to safeguard this freedom.

Responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the community rests with each individual member. Only if every member assumes responsibility for personal and group integrity and civility will the community best meet the developmental needs of its members. Each person must examine, evaluate and regulate his or her own behavior to be consistent with the expectations of the Furman community. The university maintains in its Student Conduct Code policies against the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the campus living and learning environment and the possession or use of illegal drugs. Furman students are required to be honest in their academic work and to obey all university policies and regulations.

Furman is not a sanctuary where students may escape the responsibilities imposed by law upon all citizens. The university does not condone the violation or attempted violation of federal, state or local laws. Alleged violations may be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement and the appropriate university official or through the student conduct process.

Regulations governing student conduct at Furman are ultimately the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Life. Students are expected to follow the rules set forth in this catalog and in Furman’s student handbook, The Helmsman. Violators of university regulations are subject to penalties which range from a reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

Furman’s student conduct system is educational, but does not condone inappropriate or illegal behavior. Irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated and will be addressed so that students understand the reasons for our policies and how their actions may adversely affect themselves and others.

Since Furman is a private institution, it reserves the right to refuse re-enrollment to a student whose personal or academic adjustment has been unsatisfactory. Acceptance for one term does not necessarily imply acceptance for succeeding terms. The university reserves the right to amend its rules, policies and procedures at any time.