Furman University is an academic community committed to the goal of educating men and women 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 discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as reporting mechanisms and available support resources. Furman University's Title IX coordinators are also listed.

Mission & Purpose

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 athletics, student government, student media, Greek organizations, feminist initiative, Housing and Residence Life, University Police, the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Student Life, Human Resources and the faculty. It represents diverse interests and perspectives working towards common goals.

      2013-14 committee members

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

      Pam Barkett, Human Resources
      Jessica Berkey, Student Activities
      Stephanie Boyd, Alcohol & Drug Programs
      Erik Ching, Faculty - History
      Chris Colvin, Athletics
      David Enter, University Police
      Paula Gabbert, Academic Dean
      Mary Haselden, Health Services
      Kristin Irwin, Career Services
      Margaret Praytor, Counseling Center
      Melissa Nichols, Julie Valentine Center
      Aaron Simmons, Faculty - Philosophy
      Marian Strobel, Faculty - History
      Kadir Yildirim, Faculty - Political Science

      Joseph Annibale
      Jayde Barton
      Austin Charles
      Peter Dimery
      Mary Katherine Gleason
      Matt Philips
      Caroline Savini
      Gillian Small
      Rene Travis
      Caitlin Vaka
      Harini Vakamudi
      Mary Catherine Wilder

      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 Resources

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

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