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
- 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
|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
Mary Katherine Gleason
Mary Catherine Wilder
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.
The purpose of this sub-committee is to research and augment campus support services for students.