The mission of Student Life is to enhance the personal development, well-being and intellectual growth of our students.  We cultivate discovery, collaboration, civic engagement and the exchange of ideas through innovative programs and a diverse residential community experience.

We engage students and student organizations through programs, services and individualized opportunities that support the ideals of a liberal arts education.

We create a welcoming, vibrant environment where our students can flourish and develop as global citizens and leaders with a passion and tenacity for lifelong learning.

As such, student organizations, clubs and similarly organized groups are recognized by the University to allow current students to gather together in shared missions and intents.  These organizations contribute positively to the campus, adhere to expectations for the entire Furman community, and abide by all University policies governing both individual students and student organizations. 

Groups of students not officially recognized by the University may not affiliate themselves with Furman University, the Office of Student Activities or other official University organizations.  Many benefits are extended to officially recognized student organizations, such as the ability to reserve campus facilities, the ability to advertise for organization activities on campus, and the ability to apply for funding through the Student Government Association.

The Office of Student Activities desires to support and encourage all student organizations, student leaders and advisors at Furman University.  This goal will be achieved through personal relationships, training sessions and established expectations and policies. 
  1. University-Related Activity Defined
  2. General Policies for Student Organizations
  3. Student Organization Conduct Expectations
  4. Student Organization Conduct Procedures

University-Related Activity Defined

Furman University defines a University-related activity as any activity sponsored by Furman or by any organization recognized by Furman. The degree to which an organization is responsible for the activity of its members is not necessarily dependent upon the number of members engaging in the activity, but depends upon whether the activity is related to the organization as described in the two categories listed below. 

Student organizations may be held responsible for the acts of individual members:
  • When the acts grow out of, or are directly related to, the organization’s activities or an environment created or knowingly permitted by the organization; or 
  • When a member of an organization is violating local, state, or federal laws or University regulations and other members are present and failing to discourage such activity, thus silently condoning the behaviors. In addition to the group being held responsible, members and officers may also be held responsible as individuals for their roles in any violation of University policy.

General Policies for Student Organizations

Allocation Procedure for Student Government Funds

The allocation of all monies collected in the Student Government Fee is the final responsibility of the President of the university. The recommendations on allocations of monies to student organizations are initiated by the Student Government Association (SGA). Any qualified student organization may request allocations by presenting a written request and justification to SGA. Final SGA budget recommendations are then submitted to the Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee(s) for approval.

Facility Reservations and Use

University facilities may be scheduled only by recognized student organizations.  Request a reservation in the Trone Student Center.  To request a reservation in another campus facility, log into “My Furman” and click on “Events Calendar.”  

International Travel

A student organization planning travel outside the continental United States must adhere to the following guidelines:
  1. Prior to confirming reservations for international travel, general student organizations should get approval from the Office of Student Activities, in consultation with the Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education. Student organizations under the purview of the Religious Council must obtain preliminary approval from the Office of the Chaplain before submitting to the Office of Student Activities. 
  2. Each student attending must complete a Release Form, which the organization Advisor will make available on OrgSync. By signing this form, each attendee agrees to follow all Furman University policies and procedures as stated in the Student Handbook. The form is also available in the Office of Student Activities.
  3. A Furman University faculty, staff, campus minister, religious advisor, or designee must travel with the organization. The designee(s) must be approved by the Office of Student Activities and/or Office of the Chaplain prior to any trip commitment, and must have a current background check on file with the University before final approval. The designee must also meet with the Office of Study Away and International Education and complete any required training necessary for leading a trip abroad. 
  4. Travelers of Furman-sponsored trips are automatically eligible for coverage on Furman University’s International Sickness and Accident Policy. Students should review the summary of coverage for information on policy limits, exclusions and deductibles. All participants will sign a waiver form, which will be provided by the Faculty/Staff/Designee traveling with the trip. 
  5. All participants must complete a Medical Disclosure Form. 
  6. At times, students travel independently to international locations. Should a student choose to travel independently and not under the jurisdiction of Furman University, the following will apply: 
    • Trips cannot be advertised or promoted on campus via posters, flyers, etc.
    • Any off-campus publications or promotional materials that an organization does send out must have a printed disclaimer conveying that the trip is not sponsored by Furman University.
    • Student organization funds cannot be used for international travel. 
    • International Sickness and Accident insurance coverage will not be available through Furman University.


Furman University assumes no liability for any organization and/or group's actions on or off campus.

Member Accountability

A student organization shall accept responsibility for a member's behavior when:
  1. they are acting as a member of the organization rather than as an individual student;
  2. an event is held, officially or unofficially, in the name of the organization; and/or
  3. the action of the individual(s) is under such circumstances which draw attention to the organization rather than to themselves as individuals.
The liability of an organization for the behavior of its members and guests shall extend to responsibility for making certain that members do not violate federal, state and local laws, as well as University regulations, in their association with the organization.

Membership in Governing Councils

To be officially recognized by the University,

  1. All men's and women's social Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities must be members of the University's governing bodies for fraternities and sororities - Furman Panhellenic Council (FPC), Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) or National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).
  2. All organized religious organizations must be members of the University's governing body for religious organizations - Religious Council.
  3. All organized sports club organizations must be members of the University's governing body for sports club teams - Recreational Sports Council.
  4. All organized multicultural organizations must be members of the University's governing body for multicultural groups - Student Diversity Council.
  5. All student media organizations must be members of the University's governing body for student media groups - Student Media Board.

Posting of Signs and Banners

The University recognizes the need for registered student groups and other University sanctioned organizations and individuals to communicate their activities, services, and ideas to the campus community, as well as the need to provide a visually pleasing and organized setting for the campus community to receive such communication.

Only enrolled students, registered student organizations and campus departments may post signs or banners on campus. All items to be posted must have the name of the individual student or registered student organization and/or department clearly identified as the sponsor or the words “sponsored by (name of organization)” on each item.

The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus. Questions about any part of this policy should be referred to the Office of Student Life.

The following guidelines are intended to outline the procedures by which such organizations and individuals can display and promote campus-related events and programs.
  1. Promotion of alcohol beverages, illegal drugs, or any other illegal activities in text, graphic or any other form is prohibited. 
  2. Individuals or groups found damaging or tampering with another group’s publicity prior to an event’s occurrence, for any reason, unless otherwise instructed to remove the publicity, will potentially lose the privilege of posting publicity through that medium in the future and may be charged with a student conduct violation.
  3. Materials should not overlap or conceal other items. Persons who post are asked to be considerate of others who have posted. Posting is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is dependent upon space limitations. 
  4. Signs may be posted on bulletin boards in any academic building. Signs posted elsewhere in academic buildings will be removed. 
  5. Signs cannot be posted on exterior doors, windows, floors or painted surfaces. 
  6. Signs or flyers to be posted in the Trone Student Center stairwell mezzanine must be brought to the Information Center in the Hill Atrium and left with the attendant to be displayed. Flyers/signs must be 8-1/2” x 11” in size, and will be posted for two weeks, or until the end of the event, whichever comes first. Only one flyer per organization per event may be displayed.  Digital flyers may be submitted to the Associate Director of the Trone Student Center for posting on digital displays.
  7. Signs or flyers posted in campus housing must be approved by Housing and Residence Life before being posted and should conform to all of the guidelines of the Posting of Flyers Policy found in the Student Handbook. These flyers may only be hung on gripper strips. 
  8. All signs should be removed by the originating party within 24 hours after the event has concluded. 
  9. Posting of signs or banners in the dining hall is available at the banner area and the bulletin boards at the entrance of the dining hall. All signs and banners will be taken down for special events at the manager's discretion. Additional regulations include the following: 
    • No on-table promotions are allowed in any Dining Services operation except for Dining Services events. 
    • Informational flyers may be posted on the bulletin boards located at the entrances to the dining hall. 
    • Banners may not be any longer than floor level of the dining hall mezzanine. 
    • Banners may not be hung on railings. 
    • All banners must be dated, indicating the day the banner is hung. Banners will be removed after 7 days. If an individual and/or group wishes to keep the banner, it is the responsibility of the individual and/or group to return to the Dining Hall within the 7 day time period to take down the banner. Writing “do not move” on the banner does not grant the banner permanent residence. 
    • Dining Services is not responsible for hanging banners or deciding which banners are hung in which spot. 
    • Dining Services is not responsible for any lost or stolen banners. 
    • When setting up or removing a banner, all trash must be cleaned up by individual and/or group.
Violation of the Posting Policy may result in the removal of the items. Additionally, sponsoring individuals and/or organizations may be subject to follow-up with the Vice President for Student Life and/or designee. Responsibility for interpreting the University Posting Policy shall reside with the Vice President for Student Life and/or designee.

Recognition of Student Groups

The recognition process for a student organization is as follows:
  1. The organizations must present the following to the Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President:
    • A constitution in the following form submitted by at least 10 charter members (non-graduating students):
      • Name of organization
      • Purpose of the organization
      • Eligibility for membership (refer to SGA Constitution)
      • Description of the duties of each officer
      • Voting procedures
      • Schedule of meetings
      • Description of committees and their functions
      • Provisions for recall
      • Provisions for amendments to the constitution
    • Name, address and phone number of university faculty or staff advisor as well as the list of charter members.
    • The membership drive for new organizations shall be conducted by the charter members who provide leadership until the election of officers.
  2. The constitution, after being vetted by the Student Government Association’s Vice President and student organization oversight committee, is then presented to SGA.  The constitution receives one reading prior to approval. The student organization oversight committee, led by the SGA Vice President, may request that student organizations make changes to their constitution. The SGA may likewise request changes before approval.
  3. Request for funds by organizations is made to the Finance Committee of SGA. Approval of a constitution does not guarantee funding through the Student Government Association.
  4. Student organizations must register each year with the Student Government Association and with the Office of Student Activities through OrgSync.

Replacement Meals

Student organization picnics/cookouts used as replacement meals for students on a meal plan may only be authorized by the Director of Dining Services. Student organization leaders planning group events need to be aware of this information.

  • Only a standard menu, consisting of hamburgers, hotdogs, condiments, etc., is available.
  • A written request has to be prepared seven days prior to the event with meal plan ID numbers.
  • Only recognized organizations in existence for 12 months or more are eligible for one picnic meal per school year.
  • Contact the catering department to book the function.
Because of the transitory nature of some student groups, the following are not eligible for this program:
  • Individual classes
  • Intramural teams
When students without meal plans are included, the sponsoring organization will pay for their meals according to the current meal ticket fee.


Solicitation, defined as approaching someone with a request or plea, to include the use of tables for the same purpose, is not allowed on campus without prior written approval. No individuals or groups will be given permission to solicit on a door-to-door basis. Furman groups who wish to set up tables in high-traffic areas must contact the designated building facilitator to obtain the necessary permissions.

Religious student organizations are expected to conduct ministry in accordance with the Religious Council's Guidelines.

Student Media

All student media will operate under the Constitution of the Student Media Board.

Student Organization Conduct Expectations

These expectations and policies are designed to aid Furman University’s student organizations, student leaders, advisors and alumnae in reducing risk, promoting the health and safety of its students and protecting its student organizations.

Furman University expects that each member of a student organization takes responsibility for themselves and their actions as well as shows care and concern for others. Students are personally responsible for making safety a priority. These policies are intended to promote well-reasoned decision-making by student organization members and their guests.

Students are expected to abide by the organization conduct expectations outlined below, all individual student organization policies as outlined in their constitutions and/or national charters (if applicable), as well as Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG) policies. When multiple policies apply to a situation, the more stringent of policies will be enforced. Failure to comply with these risk management guidelines may result in student organization conduct action.


The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcohol beverages during a student organization event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the student organization, or at any event an observer would associate with the student organization, must be in compliance with any and all applicable country, federal, state, and local laws and university policies, and must comply with either the Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) or Third-Party Vendor guidelines as outlined in the Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG) policies.
Five Ways to Host a Social Event with Alcohol
There are five ways in which a student organization may host an event where alcohol is present. These options consider where the student organization plans on hosting the event (whether on campus, at a rented or reserved off-campus venue or in a fraternity house) and how the alcohol will be served (either by a Third-Party Vendor or “Bring Your Own Beverage”).
  1. Aramark Dining Services as the vendor at an on-campus venue 
  2. Third-Party Vendor (TPV) at an off-campus venue 
  3. Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) at an off-campus venue 
  4. Third-Party Vendor (TPV) at a fraternity house
  5. Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) at a fraternity house
An event in a fraternity house requires an Event Authorization Form to be submitted one week (7 days) in advance to the Office of Student Activities. An event on campus or at a rented/reserved venue off campus requires an Event Authorization Form to be submitted two weeks (14 days) in advance to the Office of Student Activities. All on-campus events with alcohol must be coordinated with Aramark Dining Services and include a University Police presence.

Failure to officially register a social event with alcohol within the indicated time period will result in the cancellation of the event (if discovered prior to the event) and/or conduct action including, but not limited to, a warning, fine, community service and/or social probation (if discovered after the event has occurred).

A "venue" is defined as a secured enclosed area with a designated entrance and exit that can be monitored.  Open areas such as fields or fence enclosures are not considered secured venues.

Risk Management Requirements for an Event with Alcohol at an Off-Campus Location
General Policies:
  • Bar Crawls: No organization may sponsor or participate in any activity that involves traveling in an organized manner to multiple drinking locations.
  • Chaperones: Though not required, organization advisors can serve as chaperones to Furman social events. Their role is to monitor the event as a sober party monitor. They should not serve in the capacity of bartender, designated driver, security, ID verification, etc.
  • Commercial Transportation: When commercial transportation is used, no alcohol will be transported in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Students must load buses from a location on campus. At this location, the organization must make arrangements for an approved security or police officer to monitor the loading process. A recognized organization advisor may substitute for the officer, but must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Activities. It is recommended that no special privileges or boarding times be given for transportation. An example might be assigning a “senior bus.”
  • Common Source Alcohol: The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcohol beverage (i.e. kegs, cases, boxes of wine, etc.) is prohibited. 
  • Co-Sponsorship with Alcohol Distributor: No student organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern (“tavern” defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. No student organization shall enter into an agreement with said establishment with regard to the sale or distribution of alcohol beverages. This shall include, but is not limited to, any of the following arrangements:
    • The student organization sells or otherwise shares a profit from the sale of alcohol or serves as a cosponsor of an event involving alcohol with an establishment whose primary business is the selling of alcohol beverages.
    • The student organization advertises or distributes advertising for programs or activities promoted by an establishment whose primary business function is the selling of alcohol beverages. 
    • The student organization receives free or discounted room rental rates or other goods or services in exchange for holding an event with alcohol or meeting a bar receipt minimum. 
However, an organization may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third-party vendor and guest list.  In essence, the student organization must be the sole sponsor of the event.
  • Cover Charges: No student organization shall collect a cover charge, donation, or admission fee, which entitles a guest to alcohol beverages or utilize alcohol beverages as contest prizes. Exemptions for charging admittance fees must be approved by the Office of Student Activities through the event registration process (i.e. chapter reunions, family weekend events, etc.).
  • Drinking Games: Organizations shall not permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes, but is not limited to, the competitive consumption of shots of alcohol beverages (i.e. “beer pong,” “quarters,” “century club,” “funneling,” etc.); the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age; dares; or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol.
  • Dry Recruitment: All recruitment activities associated with any student organization will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment activities associated with any organization may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor as defined in this policy. All student organization activities within 24 hours before, during, and 24 hours following selection (i.e. Bid Day) and initiation must also be dry. Violations of this policy may result in conduct action, including, but not limited to a fine, community service, social probation, recruitment restrictions, and/or possible notification of the national office, as applicable.  Furman University considers recruitment to be the informal or formal effort to recruit new members that occurs year round.
  • Insurance: The student organization must have the appropriate liability insurance to host social events with alcohol at an off-campus location.
  • Former Sorority/Fraternity Members: Alumni and/or former members may not attend any Greek events, unless requested in the event registration and approved. This does not apply to chapter advisors.
  • New Members and Alcohol: No alcohol shall be provided at any new member program, activity or ritual of the student organization. This includes, but is not limited to, activities associated with “Bid Day/Night;” “big/little” events or activities; “family” events or activities that include new members; and initiation. Furman University encourages all members of the organization to remain dry for a two-week period following bid day.
  • Open Parties: Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the student organization, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are forbidden.  Limited exceptions will be made for non-Greek, campus-wide events as approved by the AVP for Student Development.
  • Organization Representation: If 25% of a student organization or member class is present at an event and/or 25% of the participants are from a single student organization then the event is considered to be a student organization function and all general risk management requirements are expected to be implemented, including event registration.
  • Philanthropic Events: Furman student organizations are prohibited from co-sponsoring philanthropic events and/or fundraisers in conjunction with any alcohol beverage company, manufacturer or distributor.
  • Purchasing For A Minor: No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcohol beverages to any person under the legal drinking age.
  • Same Day Events Outside of Greenville: In the event a student organization holds a social function with alcohol away from Greenville and travel will occur on the same day as the event, all members and guests attending shall travel by bus or commercial transportation. Exceptions are permitted only with written approval from the Office of Student Activities.
  • Usage of Organization Funds: Alcohol beverages may not be purchased through or with student organization or any other University funds, nor may the purchase of alcohol beverages for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the group. At an event sponsored by a student organization involving alcohol beverages, the cost of the alcohol beverages may not be included in any admission, meal, or entertainment charge.
Prior to the Event:
  • Advertising: Any advertisement distributed or posted on campus shall not contain any explicit reference to alcohol beverages.
  • Event Authorization: Event authorization forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Student Activities seven (7) days prior to a house event and 14 days prior to a TPV.
  • Guest List: A guest list must be turned in to the Office of Student Activities 24 hours prior to any event. Furman allows for a maximum of two guests per member (or fire code capacity, whatever is smaller) at a BYOB event at an off-campus venue, a Third-Party Vendor event at a fraternity house or BYOB event at a fraternity house. The number of guests permitted at a Third-Party Vendor event at an off-campus venue must not exceed fire code capacity.  Limited exceptions will be made for non-Greek events as approved by the AVP for Student Development.
  • Pre-Partying: Consuming alcohol prior to any student organization social event or activity is prohibited. This includes the residence halls, apartments, fraternity houses and off-campus venues.
  • Risk Management Training: In order to be eligible to host a social event with alcohol, each organization’s appropriate officers (i.e. president, social chairman, risk manager) must attend a risk management workshop provided by the Division of Student Life. These workshops will be provided each semester to accommodate the election of new officers and ensure communication of current information and university policy. All new members of fraternities and sororities are required to attend a risk management workshop prior to the initiation date of the respective student organization. Requests for individual student organization workshops should be made to the Assistant Dean of Students / Alcohol and Drug Education Coordinator (office located in the Student Life Suite, Trone Student Center).
  • Security: Security must be hired for all BYOB events with 50 or more attendees.  The only exception is a closed event where only members of the organization are in attendance.  The security company must be SLED certified and approved by the Office of Student Activities.  At TPV events, organizations can hire off-duty police officers to serve in this capacity.
  • Sober Party Monitor (SPM) Training:  a minimum of 15% of each chapter must be trained as sober party monitors. Only these trained students can serve in this capacity during events. Training will be offered each semester.
  • Themes:  All event themes must be included on the event authorization form and approved by the Office of Student Activities prior to the advertising of or invitations to the event are distributed. Themes must be culturally appropriate.
During the Event:
  • Checking IDs: The student organization or venue is responsible for hiring security to check IDs at the door and physically identify those of legal drinking age with a wristband.  Wristbands will be provided by the Office of Student Activities upon registration approval. The organization must write the name of the inviting student on their guest's wristband.  Students may not check IDs; the Third-Party Vendor or security at the off-campus facility must check IDs.
  • Event Duration: Events may not last longer than four hours, including last call. All events must be concluded by 2 a.m. Exemptions must be approved by the Office of Student Activities through the event registration process.
  • Food/Alternative Beverages: Ample food and non-alcohol beverages are required at all Furman social events with alcohol. There must be unsalted food options and the non-alcohol beverages must be cold. These food and beverages must be provided free of charge.  Guests may also bring food and alternative non-alcohol beverages for the event.
  • Last Call: The service/consumption of alcohol must stop at least one hour before the event ends.
  • Outside Beverages: No outside unsealed beverages are to be brought into student organization events where alcohol is present. This includes, but is not limited to, water bottles, sodas, cups, etc.
  • Sober Party Monitors (SPM): Organizations must have trained SPMs for events. This should involve all members and new members on a rotation schedule from event to event. SPMs will not consume alcohol or illegal substances before or during the event. SPM duties should include overseeing the function to make sure attendees are adhering to safe social practices and following policies. It is recommended to have one SPM per 15-20 attendees. SPMs may not serve “shifts” throughout the event checking in hourly with paid security and must wear designated apparel at all times.
After the Event:
  • Designated Drivers: Designated drivers are allowed only when they are associated with a social event registered with the Office of Student Activities. There should be enough drivers to accommodate the safe transportation of all members and guests. This must involve the participation of all members on a rotation basis, though the University discourages the use of new members (see New Member Driving under Hazing Policy). Designated drivers must have a current driver’s license and personal auto insurance policy. The designated driver will obey all state, city and county safety and motor vehicle laws. The designated driver will not consume any alcohol or illegal substances before or during an event. No alcohol will be transported in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Designated drivers are to cease all transportation of members and guests by 2:30 a.m. Organizations are prohibited from utilizing only non-initiated, new, or non-members as designated drivers.
  • Guest Sign-In Form: Completed guest sign-in forms and Party Protocol Report Form must be turned in the next business day following any event.
Third-Party Vendor Requirements:
  • The appropriate local and state authority must properly license the Third Party Vendor (TPV). This might involve both a liquor license and a temporary license to sell on the premises where the function is to be held.
  • The TPV must be properly insured with a minimum of $1,000,000 of general liability insurance, evidenced by a properly completed certificate of insurance prepared by the insurance provider naming Furman University as the additional insured.
  • The TPV must agree to per-drink sales only, collected by the vendor, during the function. 
  • The TPV must assume, in writing, all the responsibilities that any other purveyor of alcohol beverages would assume in the normal course of business, including, but not limited to: 
    • Checking I.D. cards upon entry
    • Not serving minors 
    • Not serving individuals who appear to be too intoxicated 
    • Maintaining absolute control of ALL alcohol containers present.
  • Shots may not be served.
  • All of the above information shall be provided in writing by the TPV to the Office of Student Activities upon registration
BYOB Procedures:
  • Security must be present at all BYOB events with 50 or more attendees. The security company must be South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) certified and approved by the Office of Student Activities. 
  • A check-in and distribution system for alcohol at BYOB events is required. 
  • Only one beverage can be distributed to its owner at a time. 
  • Clear cups must be used for all beverages. Cans and bottles must be emptied into a clear cup.
  • Alcohol brought to the event by an individual is for that individual’s consumption and is not to be given away, sold or otherwise provided to others. The alcohol that each person may bring and consume to a BYOB event is no more than: six 12-ounce beers or four 187 mL (mini/individual containers) of wine for each person of legal drinking age who will be consuming alcohol at this event. Beverages must be no more than 5.0% alcohol for beer and 12% for wine. 
  • Beer or small individual serving bottles of wine are the only type of alcohol allowed at BYOB events. No glass bottles are allowed. No hard liquor is allowed. 
  • There shall be no beverages served from a bulk or common source of alcohol, including, but not limited to, a keg, punch bowl, box of wine or pitcher.

Drug-Free Campus

The possession, sale or use of any illegal drugs, controlled substances or prescription drugs without a valid medical prescription while on student organization premises, during a student organization event or at any event that an observer would associate with the student organization, is strictly prohibited.

Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Student organizations will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or sexual misconduct by any of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions, activities, events or themes, whether on or off campus, which are demeaning to women, men or minority groups including, but not limited to verbal harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct by individuals or members acting together. The employment or use of strippers, exotic dancers or similar, whether professional or amateur, at a student organization event is prohibited.  See the Sexual Misconduct Policy.


Furman University Statement on Hazing
Hazing is inconsistent with the values of Furman University and is a violation of South Carolina law. It is the responsibility of each student of a given organization to prevent and confront hazing within organizations. Any organization found responsible of hazing will be placed on probation or suspended from the University.
Hazing Policy
No organization, student or alumnus shall conduct or condone hazing activities. “Hazing” is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off campus, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization or on an athletic team.
Hazing includes any type of:
  • Action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.
  • Physical brutality including, but not limited to, whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity; 
  • Physical activity including, but not limited to, sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; 
  • Activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcohol beverage, drug, or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  • Activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision. Examples include but are not limited to quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; and late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities; and 
  • Activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Student Conduct Code or South Carolina State Law.
Definition of a New Member
At Furman, the term “new member” is used in place of the term “pledge.”  "New member” is defined as any person who has been accepted by, is in the process of qualifying for membership or gaining status in an organization, or is distinguished by the organization as having a lower standard due to seniority during the semester which they join. “New member education” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization. “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students.
Personal Hazing Offense
A person commits a hazing offense if the person:
  • engages in hazing;
  • solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
  • recklessly permits hazing to occur; or 
  • has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to Student Life office or other appropriate official of the institution. 
Organization Hazing Offense
An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing.
New Member Driving

New members of a fraternity, sorority or other student organization are eligible to serve as designated drivers to and from weekend registered events only. They are to be utilized on a rotating basis (i.e. not every weekend) and must work alongside initiated members who are also designated drivers. New members are ineligible to serve as designated drivers during weekday registered events. New members can serve as designated drivers 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the registered event and no later than 2:30 a.m.

New members may not drive initiated members to any other organizational activity (i.e. any activity that is a by-product of affiliation, dinner outing with an initiated member, or providing initiated members and initiated members' friends a ride to class or off-campus locations).

Consent Not a Defense
It is not a defense under this policy that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. South Carolina state law does not permit a person to consent to hazing.
It is both unlawful and a violation of Furman’s Student Conduct Code for members of the Furman community to retaliate against any individual who files a complaint, testifies, or participates in any manner in an investigation or proceeding. The respondent and/or those supporting the respondent are prohibited from retaliating (including intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual) because of the individual’s complaint or participation. Furman will vigorously enforce this prohibition against retaliation.
Furman’s Campus Conduct Hotline
To report any hazing activity, you may call Furman’s Campus Conduct Hotline at 866-943-5787.
Greek Hazing Hotline
If you are part of the Greek community and are uncomfortable about speaking to Furman officials about the hazing activity, you may call the Greek Hazing Hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (888-668-4293).

Off-Campus Property

Students are expected to abide by the Off-Campus Conduct policy (see Student Conduct Code). When complaints are received regarding an off-campus property which may be identified as a venue used by members of any student organization, student organization conduct action may be taken.  If the group involved is chartered by a national organization and recognized by Furman University, a letter will be forwarded to the national office. The letter would outline the cited complaints, would delineate Furman's concerns and would also state Furman's response to these complaints.
In addition, the University may arrange a meeting with representatives of the local law enforcement authorities, Student Life, University Police and the complainant to discuss the complaints and/or possible resolutions.

Violation of Federal, State or Local Law

Alleged violations of any federal, state or local law may be adjudicated as a University violation and can subject the organization or the individuals affiliated with the organization or event to University student conduct sanctions, as well as appropriate criminal or civil action.

Student Organization Conduct Procedures

The process for resolving alleged violations of the Student Organization Conduct Expectations is outlined in the Student Conduct Procedures in the Student Handbook. Any alleged violations of the General Policies for Student Organizations will be resolved by the Director of Student Activities and the Trone Student Center or his/her designee.

The Vice President for Student Life reserves the right to not recognize or to revoke any organization charter when it is deemed that the organization's goals are not compatible with the overall mission of Furman University.

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