Does a Furman University Police report automatically go to the Greenville area authorities?
University Police is required to advise the Solicitor's/Prosecutor's office and the State Law Enforcement Division/SLED (State Police) of reported sexual assaults.  Reports on other crimes and incidents would normally stay within the agency where it originated unless Furman could benefit from investigative assistance from another agency.

Can I submit a blind report at University Police? If so, how?
University Police has an anonymous tip line on their web site which can be used to report any student conduct or criminal violations.  The complainant can also make a confidential report with the Furman Police Chief or the Furman Police Investigator.

What medical services are available to me on and off campus? Is the morning after pill available?
Furman's Health Services has a nurse available from 8A-8P, M-F for advice and consultation.  They can provide a limited medical exam and evaluation, and can make referrals.  STD testing and or prophylactic treatment is available.  They can provide information regarding Plan B emergency contraception (which is available as a non-prescription at any pharmacy).  A women's clinic, as well as pregnancy testing, are both available. 

Medical exams and sexual assault kits may be done at Greenville Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital (Downtown or Eastside) or Greer Memorial Hospital. Hospitals provide a medical exam, forensic evidence collection and medication to prevent pregnancy and STDs at no charge. Personal health insurance information is not required.

What if I am uncomfortable in my housing assignment or classroom assignment?
The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Coordinator will work with the Complainant and Respondent to make immediate adjustments if such changes are reasonably available.

What is the time limitation for reporting an incident and having the University adjudicate it? There are no statutes of limitations on reporting a crime in South Carolina.  However, delays can hamper investigative efforts.  Furman is limited in its ability to resolve a case if the student or employee Respondent is no longer affiliated with the University (i.e. graduated, withdrew, transfer, etc.).

Am I allowed to have an attorney present with me during a University disciplinary hearing? If not, can I have any support person with me during a hearing and if so whom?
Both parties may have a support person of their choice present during any pre-hearing meetings, interviews, hearings or other proceedings.  Support persons may be friends, family members, victim advocates, lawyers or others.  Support persons may consult with the party provided that the consultation is not disruptive.  However, support persons may not have a speaking role.

Do I have to face the person I am accusing at a hearing?
During a hearing, the parties will be in separate rooms, but able to hear the full proceedings.  Any questions posed to the other party must be done through the Hearing Board.  The University makes every effort reasonable to minimize potential trauma and/or stress.

Will this incident be on my academic record?
If a student is found responsible for any conduct violations, including sexual misconduct, it will NOT be recorded on their academic transcript; however, it will be noted on the students' official conduct record.    

A Complainant's report is not on any official University record.

What should I do if I feel threatened?
Contact University Police immediately at 864.294.2111, as well as your University support person.

Are reports confidential?
All personal information in any report and complaint is confidential. Only a closed network of University officials (generally Title IX Coordinators, investigators and hearing board members) experienced in handling sensitive information, is made aware of a report and the names of those involved.  Identifying information is not released to the public, the media, or the campus community.  In some cases, a general campus crime alert may be distributed to the campus community if a potential threat to others exists.  In such a case, the University will protect the identity of the Complainant.  Family members of students are not notified without the consent of the student. 

Will the University adjudicate even if I don't want to?
In most sexual assault cases, Complainants are given total control over whether the University proceeds with an investigation.  It is the University's responsibility to make information about our campus process as understandable as possible and to provide contact information for off campus resources.  It is the Complainant's right to decide what action, if any, to take.  The staff may re-visit a report if an alleged perpetrator is named in a subsequent report or complaint.  At that time the complainant from the prior situation may wish to re-consider his/her original decision.  Again, University Police is required to advise the Solicitor's/Prosecutor's office and SLED of reported sexual assaults.  There may be occasion (i.e. repeat offender on campus or other potential threat to the university community) when the University and/or the Solicitor's office proceeds with prosecution regardless of whether the complainant wants to prosecute.

What is the difference between regretted sex and sexual assault?
Regretted sex stems from an act that was voluntary and consensual, but that in hindsight, a participant would have preferred hadn't occurred.  An assault involves force, incapacitation or a lack of effective consent.

If I am assaulted, how can I prove it if there were no witnesses?
The University is committed to supporting students who come forward with a complaint. The process is designed to collect as much relevant information as is available, to consider the statements of the parties involved, and render a fair and thoughtful decision.  Sexual misconduct cases are extremely private and the details are often embarrassing for both parties. The Hearing Board strives to ask questions related to whether or not consent was given to determine if consent was offered.  The standard of evidence for sexual misconduct cases is a preponderance of evidence (more likely than not).

If I am accused, how can I adequately defend myself?
The University is committed to managing a process that is fair to both the Complainant and the Respondent.  The process is designed to collect as much relevant information as is available, to consider the statements of the parties involved, and render a fair and thoughtful decision.  Sexual misconduct cases are extremely private and the details are often embarrassing for both parties.  The Hearing Board strives to ask questions related to whether or not consent was given.  The standard of evidence for the student conduct process is a preponderance of evidence.

Will my sexual history be brought up?
The non-pertinent prior sexual history of the parties will not be admitted in a sexual misconduct hearing.  In addition, the Hearing Board generally does not accept statements on sexual history unless the party introduces information about his or her own history and/or the information is relevant as determined by Furman's Sexual Misconduct Policy.

What if the complainant was drinking alcohol and is under 21?
The University considers the reporting and adjudicating of sexual misconduct cases to be of paramount importance.  Furman's Amnesty Policy would apply for Complainants who seek University assistance. 

How much of what happened the day or night of the incident will be reviewed?
Generally, the Hearing Board will try to determine what information is relevant to the case at hand.  The amount of the interaction directly before and after the alleged assault may be considered if it will help the Hearing Board reach an informed decision.

Don't hearing decisions come down to "He said, she said"?
Generally there are no witnesses to an alleged sexual assault.  The Hearing Board will determine, to the best of its ability, whether or not force was involved, whether the Complainant was incapacitated and whether the activity was consensual.  The standard of evidence for the sexual misconduct process is a preponderance of evidencem, which means the Hearing Board determines whether it is more likely than not that sexual misconduct occurred.

What are potential sanctions for sexual misconduct?
Sanctions for a finding of responsibility depend upon the nature and gravity of the misconduct, any record of prior discipline for Sexual Misconduct, or both. Sanctions are intended to end the misconduct and remedy the effects.


​Violation ​Recommended Range of Sanctions for Students Recommended Range of Sanctions for Employees
​Sexual Harassment ​parental notification, and/or educational sanctions (such as community service, reflection paper(s), and/or fines), social restrictions, disciplinary probation, expulsion or suspension from campus housing, suspension or expulsion from the University ​Written warning/probation, withholding a promotion or pay increase, reassigning employment, terminating employment, temporary suspension without pay, compensation adjustments
​Sexual Exploitation ​disciplinary probation, social restrictions, expulsion or suspension from campus housing, suspension or expulsion from the University ​Written warning/probation, withholding a promotion or pay increase, reassigning employment, terminating employment, temporary suspension without pay, compensation adjustments
​Sexual Intimidation, Stalking, Dating Violence and Domestic Violence
​disciplinary probation, social restrictions, expulsion or suspension from campus housing, completion of batterer intervention program, suspension or expulsion from the University ​Written warning/probation, withholding a promotion or pay increase, reassigning employment, terminating employment, temporary suspension without pay, compensation adjustments, completion of batterer intervention program
​Sexual Assault* ​disciplinary probation, social restrictions, expulsion or suspension from campus housing, suspension or expulsion from the University ​Terminating employment, temporary suspension without pay
 *To be clear, the appropriate sanctions for any penetrative sexual assault will include at a minimum a period of separation from the University.

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