Furman University is an academic community committed to the goal of educating students to become responsible citizens and leaders in the human community. The University aims to develop individual excellence and to prepare students for life after college. Therefore, Furman is committed to having a campus environment which will neither tolerate nor condone discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

Policies, Reporting, Title IX & Support Services

Click here for Furman's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as reporting mechanisms and available support resources. Furman University's Title IX coordinators are also listed.

Mission & Purpose for SHARP

The first meeting of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) committee occurred on January 14, 2005. The charge of this committee was to examine three specific areas regarding sexual harassment and rape prevention:

    • Education: How should the University better inform students about issues? 
    • Programming: What activities and events help engage the campus community in discussions regarding discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct?
    • Resources: What resources should the University make available?

      Today, this committee is comprised of staff, students, faculty and Greenville community members committed to educating our campus community about discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and preventing such incidents from occurring. Whatever our level of experience, we will share in the satisfaction of planning programs and special events, educating the campus community about resources, and supporting survivors of sexual misconduct. This committee has representatives from a diverse segment of student organizations, academic and administrative departments.

      2014-15 committee members

      Faculty & Staff
      Students
      Connie Carson, VP for Student Life (Co-Chair)
      Lynne Shackelford, Faculty - English (Co-Chair)

      Jessica Berkey, Student Activities & Trone Center
      Stephanie Boyd, Alcohol & Drug Education
      Kristen Davis, Human Resources
      David Enter, Associate Director, University Police
      Paula Gabbert, Associate Academic Dean
      Mary Haselden, Health Services
      Scott Henderson, Faculty - Education
      Kristin Irwin, Career Services
      Cynthia King, Faculty - Communication Studies
      Melissa Nichols, Julie Valentine Center
      Margaret Praytor, Counseling Center
      Aaron Simmons, Faculty - Philosophy
      Marian Strobel, Faculty - History

      Jayde Barton
      Anna Brown
      Mary Katherine Gleason
      Caley Howland
      Samantha Menapace
      Emilee O'Brien
      Gregory Scrivens
      Rachael Simpson
      Caitlin Vaka
      Emma Zyriek

      Sub-Committees

      Student Education and Awareness

      The purpose of this sub-committee is to implement campus programs; create and distribute educational materials to students; develop awareness programs to help students understand the definitions of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, rape prevention and student conduct processes; publicize reporting mechanisms and campus support resources; and to develop peer education programs and awareness campaigns.

      Student Support Services

      The purpose of this sub-committee is to research and augment campus support services for students, including advocacy and training.

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