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 or Greer Memorial Hospital. Hospitals provide medication for pregnancy prevention and STDs at no charge. Personal health insurance information is not required.

What if I am uncomfortable in my housing assignment or classroom assignment?
Complainants will be provided assistance in changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault if requested by the complainant and if such changes are reasonably available.

What is the time limitation for reporting an incident and having the University adjudicate it? There are no statute of limitations on reporting any crime in South Carolina.  However, delays can hamper investigative efforts.  Furman cannot resolve a case involving a student who is no longer enrolled at 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?
Attorneys are not permitted.  However, both the complainant and the respondent may have a Furman support person (faculty, staff, administrator, student) present during the University disciplinary process.

Do I have to face the person I am accusing at a hearing?
The respondent has the right to question his or her accuser through questions posed to the Hearing Board. This right will not be denied. However, the complainant may request that accommodations be made to have separate rooms or a room partition for each party, or may request an alternative reasonable arrangement in order to minimize potential trauma 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 (Title IX Coordinators, Vice President for Student Life and designated staff, and University Police) 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.  Family members of students are not notified without the consent of the student. 

Will the University prosecute even if I don't want to?
In most sexual assault cases, complainants are given total control over what happens.  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 student'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) when the University and/or the Solicitor's office proceeds with adjudication or 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 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 force was used to determine if consent was offered.  The standard of evidence for the student conduct process is a preponderance of evidence.

If I am accused, how can I adequately defend myself?
The University is committed to managing a process that is fair to 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 force was used, to determine if consent was offered.  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 a student will not be admitted in a campus hearing.  In addition, the Hearing Board generally does not accept statements on sexual history unless the student introduces information about his or her own history.

What if the complainant was drinking alcohol and is under 21?
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 or whether or not the activity was consensual.  The standard of evidence for the student conduct process is a preponderance of evidence.

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