Academic Integrity

Furman University is an academic community where men and women pursue a life of scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth. The foundation of this community is a spirit of personal honesty and responsibility, as well as mutual trust and respect. In order to maintain trust between members of the university community, faculty and students must adhere to certain basic ethical principles in regard to academic integrity. A violation of academic integrity in any form is a fundamental offense against the integrity of the entire academic community and is always a threat to the standards of the college and to the standing of every student. In taking tests and examinations, doing homework, laboratory work and writing papers, students are expected to perform with honor.

One of the most common forms of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of another's expression or ideas as if they were one's own. In other words, it is a form of cheating and as such is not tolerated in academic communities. To avoid plagiarism, students should acknowledge their sources, using whatever form of documentation is appropriate to the discipline in which their work is being done. In particular, they must be careful to indicate the use of directly quoted material by appropriate punctuation (quotation marks) and forms of citation. They should be aware, however, that undocumented paraphrase and summary also constitute plagiarism. Whatever is borrowed from a source must be acknowledged. Outside the academic community, plagiarism (among other things) is prosecutable under copyright laws. Within the academic community, it is subject to severe penalties which range from failure of the assignment in question to failure of the course in which the plagiarism has been committed. Repeated and/or flagrant plagiarism may be punished by dismissal from the University.

The ultimate responsibility for behaving with integrity rests with the student. If at any time students are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism or about any other form of academic dishonesty, it is their obligation to consult with their faculty so that they fully understand what is expected of them. Additional information about Furman's policy and expectations in this area may be found on the University web site on academic integrity. Honesty within our academic community is not simply a matter of rules and procedures; it is an opportunity to put personal responsibility and integrity into action. When students accept the implicit bonds of trust within an academic community, they liberate themselves to pursue their academic goals in an atmosphere of mutual confidence and respect.

Administrative Withdrawal

Occasionally, a student's behavior constitutes a danger to other persons and/or property or is disruptive to the community, other individuals or educational processes of the University. In such cases, the Vice President for Student Life or designee, in concurrence with other professional resources, may impose administrative withdrawal from the University. A student withdrawn under this procedure may not be re-enrolled in the University without approval of the Vice President for Student Life or designee. Prior to approval, the Vice President for Student Life or designee may outline certain requirements to be completed by the student and/or parents or guardians.
  • The student may not be eligible to attend classes and may not be allowed to continue residing in university housing unless approved by the Vice President for Student Life or designee.
  • Parents and family will be notified by the Vice President for Student Life or designee in the case of an administrative withdrawal due to disruptive behavior to others, the community or the educational process.
Appeal of administrative withdrawal
If the student wishes to appeal a decision to invoke administrative withdrawal, the University shall give the student 72 hours in which to request a "show cause" hearing to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate why the action should not take place. The student and the student's parents/legal guardians will be given an opportunity to meet with the Vice President for Student Life or designee. All pertinent information will be reviewed with the student and the student will have the opportunity to respond to all information discussed and may present additional information, including an independent psychiatric or psychological evaluation.


General Policy Statement

The service and consumption of alcohol beverages on the campus of Furman University has been delegated by the Board of Trustees to the administrative jurisdiction of the President of the University. Consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and with oversight from the Board of Trustees, the President (or their authorized designee) shall establish administrative policies relating, among other things, to the venues at which alcoholic beverages may be served or consumed, the requisite supervisory protocols for such venues, and any special conditions for particular events. This administrative policy has been adopted subject to (i) the continuing applicability of the University’s student conduct and student organization codes currently in effect relating to the service and consumption of alcohol beverages by students of the University and (ii) the Board of Trustees’ directive that the University will neither apply for nor obtain in its own name any license for the service of alcohol beverages. The President or their designee shall report to the Board of Trustees (or its designated Committee), at least annually, any revision or other change to this administrative policy or to any of the other policies or protocols of the University relating to the service or consumption of alcohol beverages.
Approved Venues

The following locations and venues at the University are authorized for service and consumption of alcoholic beverages, provided that such activity at the venue is supervised and regulated by the University’s food service provider, ARAMARK, or other University approved catering service, utilizing the third party’s alcohol licenses.
  • Amphitheatre 
  • Cherrydale Alumni Center 
  • Hartness Pavilion, Trustee and Faculty Dining Rooms 
  • Furman University Golf Course 
  • Garden Room of the Chapel 
  • Herring Center for Continuing Education 
  • Paladin Tower at the Football Stadium 
  • Timmons Arena 
  • The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability 
  • The Vinings Clubhouse 
  • Trone Student Center 
  • Younts Conference Center
Religious Ceremonies
When approved and supervised by the Associate Vice President for Religious Life or their authorized designee, wine may be used during religious ceremonies in the Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel.
Special Conditions for Student Events
Student Government Association recognized student organizations may host events involving alcohol in the above referenced venues and locations on campus. Approved student organizations are required to follow the procedures outlined in the Furman University Student Handbook and by their national organization risk management policies. All approved student events must be supervised by the Furman University Police or their designees at the expense of the organization and the service of alcohol must be supervised and regulated by ARAMARK or other University approved catering service, utilizing the third party’s alcohol licenses.
Special Events Approved by President
For any event not directly involving attendance and participation by students, the President of the University, on a case-by-case basis, may authorize the service and consumption of alcohol at other venues on the Furman campus to persons of legal drinking age.
Student Housing
The consumption of alcohol beverages in the North Village and Vinings apartment complexes is permitted inside the individual apartment units by persons of legal drinking age; however, the consumption of alcohol at these complexes is not allowed outside the apartment units. Individual student and student organizations use of alcohol, including at these housing complexes, are otherwise under the governance set forth in the Student Handbook.

Grievance Process

Disputes may occasionally arise between members of the Furman University community. Students having serious complaints about any matter at the University are strongly urged to attempt an informal reconciliation with the parties involved. Complaints should be presented openly, without fear of reprisal and as soon as possible following an incident.

If a student elects not to pursue the matter informally or if the informal resolution does not resolve the differences, the student may initiate a formal written complaint to the Vice President for Student Life. Written complaints which involve only students will follow the student conduct code as stated in the Student Handbook. Written complaints submitted which involve a faculty or staff member will be referred to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. (See Furman University Policies and Procedures Manual, Section 095.1, numbers 1 through 3.)

If, at any step in the process, a designated decision maker was involved in the substance of the grievance, those individuals will not participate in any way in the disposition of the grievance. Anyone who submits a good faith complaint, either informally or formally, will be protected from retaliation or discipline. Anyone who willfully makes accusations that are proven to be false will be charged with a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

Inclement Weather

Decision-making process and notification
Class schedule changes are decided by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean or their designee, who will be provided information on weather and road conditions from various sources. If during the evening hours, it is known that the weather will affect campus classes and activities the following day, efforts will be made to make a decision by 10:00 p.m. so it can be included in the local newscast. Efforts will be made to make a decision by 6:00 a.m. for adverse weather occurring during the night. Between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., the weather and temperatures can change unexpectedly, having an adverse affect on road conditions. Since people generally listen to only the initial announcement, the University cannot make immediate changes. Common sense safety precautions should be taken.
  • Notification will be made to local radio and TV stations by Marketing and Public Relations (MPR).
  • MPR will also post this decision on Furman's web page.
  • Messages will be sent through our Immediate Response Information System (IRIS). Check campus WebAdvisor to be sure your IRIS information is current.
  • Individuals may call the University's weather line at 864.294.3766 for a recorded message.
Operating hours of Dining Hall, Duke Library and Trone Student Center
At the end of the recording at 864.294.3766, the caller will be advised for the Library, Dining Hall and Trone Student Center hours, to press "0" now. This will take the caller to another recording with that information. Each of these areas has access to their recording to make updates as needed.

Delay in starting classes and reporting for work
If a decision is made to delay classes, the announcement will indicate a specific time for the start of classes and reporting to work. These times will be based on one of the class starting times as outlined below. Students should go to the class that starts at the time the University has opened.
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.
  • Decisions about evening classes are made separate from day classes.
Campus activities
If inclement weather affecting road conditions occurs during the weekday afternoon or on a weekend, individuals will be advised to contact sponsors of various campus events and activities for information.

Special work requirements
Some areas on campus (i.e. University Police, Student Health Services, Trone Student Center, Dining Hall, Housing and Residence Life, Library and Facilities Services) must continue to provide services. Each of these areas has developed staffing plans for inclement weather and should review their plan with all employees in their department at this time. Employees should be directed to contact their supervisor for work hour information. University Police do not know and cannot authorize work schedules for other departments.

Interim Withdrawal

As a general rule, the status of students accused of violating University regulations shall not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges against said student. However, the Vice President for Student Life or their designee may impose an interim withdrawal upon finding that the student's presence on campus constitutes a threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused or of any member or guest of the university community or that said student's presence threatens the orderly progression of university academic or extracurricular activities. The student may not be eligible to attend classes and may not be allowed to continue residing in university housing unless approved by the Vice President for Student Life or designee. A student conduct hearing shall be scheduled within five (5) class days with the appropriate student conduct body and said student shall be notified of the hearing date, time and location.

If the student wishes to appeal a decision to invoke interim withdrawal, a "show cause" hearing must be requested within 72 hours of receipt of the letter outlining the decision. The hearing will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate why the interim action should not take place. The student and the student's parents/legal guardians will be given an opportunity to meet with the Vice President for Student Life or designee. All pertinent information will be reviewed with the student and the student will have the opportunity to respond to all information discussed and may present additional information, including an independent psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

Missing Student

Most missing student reports occur in the University environment as a result of a student changing their normal routine and failing to inform roommates or friends of this change. Upon receiving a missing student report, the University Police Department will conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the report and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student.  If not located within 24 hours, Furman Police are required to place the missing person on a national police alert system (NCIC). The parent/guardian of the student will be notified when the situation deems necessary.  Missing student reports should be referred to the University Police at 864.294.2111.

Peaceable Assembly

Peaceable assembly is allowed on campus with approval from the University Police who can assist with identifying appropriate venues/locations for such activities. At the same time, it is affirmed that this University should not be expected to provide a platform for persons who would be obscene, who would advocate immorality or who would incite to violence. Such persons are offensive to the purposes of a liberal arts college that aspires to academic excellence, and the University will not be a platform for such purposes.

One of the marks of a vital university is freedom of inquiry and expression. Indeed, such a freedom is the mark of a free and democratic society. Education, as contrasted with indoctrination, must provide the student with a wide spectrum of views on vital issues. It is the responsibility of the University, as well as one of its purposes, to help the student learn to distinguish fact from myth, objectivity from bias, tolerance from intolerance. The student should learn to think rationally and reach valid conclusions. The student who is not exposed to varying views on an issue may be denied opportunity to learn the elements of rational thinking. Consequently, the student could miss one of the most important aims of education. Only in a spirit of free inquiry can the student be prepared to assume the responsibilities of constructive citizenship. It is further affirmed that the appearance of guest speakers does not imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed by the speakers, either by the sponsoring group or the University. The University will not serve as a legal shield for speakers in any matter related to their statements or actions on the campus.

Violence or the use of force is not anticipated on the Furman campus. However, in the event either should occur, all members of the Furman student body, faculty and administration should be fully aware of the policies enumerated below:

  1. The right to peaceable protest will be protected but students or others on campus are not guaranteed and will not be permitted the right to interfere with orderly administrative and educational processes. There shall be no use of violence, force, obscene or indecorous language or conduct in protest or demonstrations.
  2. The right of approved speakers to present their views on campus without heckling or disturbance will be protected.
  3. Approved business, professional, industrial, governmental or other recruiters or representatives will be permitted to carry out mutual objectives on campus without handicap or prevention.
  4. Any Furman student found responsible for violating any of these policies may be subject, after proper hearing with due process through the Student Conduct System, to suspension or expulsion, depending upon the flagrancy of violation.
  5. Anyone who is not a student or employee of Furman University will be denied entrance to the campus or required to depart from the campus if it is reasonably expected that the person will violate or advocate violation of any of these policies.
  6. If it becomes necessary to call upon civil authorities for assistance in maintaining order on campus, these civil authorities will be obeyed. 

Posting of Signs and Banners

The University recognizes the need for registered student groups and other University sanctioned organizations and individuals to communicate their activities, services, and ideas to the campus community, as well as the need to provide a visually pleasing and organized setting for the campus community to receive such communication.

Only enrolled students, registered student organizations and campus departments may post signs or banners on campus. All items to be posted must have the name of the individual student or registered student organization and/or department clearly identified as the sponsor or the words “sponsored by (name of organization)” on each item.

The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus. Questions about any part of this policy should be referred to the Office of Student Life.

The following guidelines are intended to outline the procedures by which such organizations and individuals can display and promote campus-related events and programs.
  1. Promotion of alcohol beverages, illegal drugs, or any other illegal activities in text, graphic or any other form is prohibited. 
  2. Individuals or groups found damaging or tampering with another group’s publicity prior to an event’s occurrence, for any reason, unless otherwise instructed to remove the publicity, will potentially lose the privilege of posting publicity through that medium in the future and may be charged with a student conduct violation.
  3. Materials should not overlap or conceal other items. Persons who post are asked to be considerate of others who have posted. Posting is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is dependent upon space limitations. 
  4. Signs may be posted on bulletin boards in any academic building. Signs posted elsewhere in academic buildings will be removed
  5. Signs cannot be posted on exterior doors, windows, floors or painted surfaces. 
  6. Signs or flyers to be posted in the Trone Student Center stairwell mezzanine must be brought to the Information Center in the Hill Atrium and left with the attendant to be displayed. Flyers/signs must be 8-1/2” x 11” in size, and will be posted for two weeks, or until the end of the event, whichever comes first. Only one flyer per organization per event may be displayed.  Digital flyers may be submitted to the Associate Director of the Trone Student Center for posting on digital displays.
  7. Signs or flyers posted in campus housing must be approved by Housing and Residence Life before being posted and should conform to all of the guidelines of the Posting of Flyers Policy found in the Student Handbook. These flyers may only be hung on gripper strips. 
  8. All signs should be removed by the originating party within 24 hours after the event has concluded. 
  9. Posting of signs or banners in the dining hall is available at the banner area and the bulletin boards at the entrance of the dining hall. All signs and banners will be taken down for special events at the manager's discretion. Additional regulations include the following: 
    • No on-table promotions are allowed in any Dining Services operation except for Dining Services events. 
    • Informational flyers may be posted on the bulletin boards located at the entrances to the dining hall. 
    • Banners may not be any longer than floor level of the dining hall mezzanine. 
    • Banners may not be hung on railings. 
    • All banners must be dated, indicating the day the banner is hung. Banners will be removed after 7 days. If an individual and/or group wishes to keep the banner, it is the responsibility of the individual and/or group to return to the Dining Hall within the 7 day time period to take down the banner. Writing “do not move” on the banner does not grant the banner permanent residence. 
    • Dining Services is not responsible for hanging banners or deciding which banners are hung in which spot. 
    • Dining Services is not responsible for any lost or stolen banners. 
    • When setting up or removing a banner, all trash must be cleaned up by individual and/or group.
Violation of the Posting Policy may result in the removal of the items. Additionally, sponsoring individuals and/or organizations may be subject to follow-up with the Vice President for Student Life and/or designee. Responsibility for interpreting the University Posting Policy shall reside with the Vice President for Student Life and/or designee.

Responsibility for Student Properties

Although precaution is taken to maintain adequate security, the University cannot assume responsibility for the loss of or damage to student possessions. Students or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses.

When students are driving personal vehicles in relationship to University activities and are involved in an accident, the student's personal automobile insurance will be the primary insurance. This is an insurance industry standard applicable to all personal vehicles used for business reasons. The University's automobile insurance will act as secondary coverage if limits exceed the coverage on a student's vehicle.

Risk management/off-campus programs and release forms

As the University's engaged learning programs have grown, so have off campus activities supporting these programs. As described in File 367.1 of the University Policies and Procedures, insurance coverage is in place for programs that take place on or off campus. Risks involved with off campus programs are greater and more difficult to control, and additional precautions are needed to best protect the University, its students, faculty, and staff. Program directors are responsible for assessing the risks involved with the management of their off campus programs and for collecting and maintaining files of Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements according to the following guidelines. Risk Management and off campus programs are described in File 367.5 of the University Policies and Procedures.

  1. Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements are not required for faculty and staff travel. Furman employees are covered by insurance and this coverage includes General Liability, Foreign Liability, Excess Liability, and Workers' Compensation insurance.
  2. Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements are required any time a student leaves campus as part of some Furman-related course, organization, or activity. This includes, but is not limited to, internships, off-campus research, courses involved in service learning, and class field trips. In addition, this applies to activities that are not officially sponsored by the University if the off-campus activity or event is directed by or required by a University official/employee.
  3. Signatory Requirements:
    • Consent, General Requirement, and Indemnity Agreements for students traveling to other countries, and all students under the age of 18 will require the signatures of parents or guardians.
    • Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements for students 18 and older who are traveling within the United States will require the signature of the student traveler only.
  4. Courses or programs that require students to leave campus several times during the term for field trips or similar activities may fulfill this requirement by securing one release at the beginning of the term. The release should be clearly worded to cover the activity for the full term of the course or program. Two examples of this are intern programs that require repetitive visits, and Heller Service Corps travel.
  5. Basic information required of all off campus programs, provides a "release" section, the language of which should not be altered unless approved by the Risk Manager or Legal Counsel. Additional space is provided for the program director to include other important provisions and agreements.
  6. The program director should keep a file of the Consent, General Release, and Indemnity Agreements for no less than six (6) years.
  7. Questions about the administration of this policy should be directed to the Risk Manager at Facilities Services.

Sexual Offender's law

Any student designated by law enforcement agencies as a sex offender is required by law (SC 23-3-450) to register with local law enforcement agencies where they reside, even in temporary residence locations such as a college residence hall or apartment. Each academic year, the registration should be completed with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and updated as needed.

Student Businesses

Furman University believes student entrepreneurship fosters creativity, business management and ethical leadership, and thus is supportive of such engaged learning. Students interested in launching and/or operating a business on campus must submit a formal proposal to the Director of Auxiliary Services. The Director of Auxiliary Services will provide feedback and advise the students regarding further work necessary for consideration or recommend the proposal to be reviewed by the Student Businesses Committee. This committee is co-chaired by the Director of Auxiliary Services and the Faculty Chair of the Business and Accounting Department. A $75 administrative fee is required to supplement the cost of this review. Student businesses may only be operated by enrolled undergraduate students in good standing with the University. Approval is only granted for one year and students must submit a request to have their business plan reviewed by the Committee for an annual extension. Student business owners/operators must adhere to Furman's solicitation policy, University Policy 72.1 (electronic communication and web content), and Housing and Residence Life policies. Furman University reserves the right to revoke its approval of a student business at any time.

Student Information

Release of student information (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act provides for students' access to their records. All information, excluding public information, contained in student records is considered protected information. Students wishing to inspect their records may do so by going to the appropriate office and presenting their identification cards. Students are guaranteed opportunities to challenge the accuracy of files or records. Requests for hearings are made through Student Life.

  1. Students of Furman University have the right to inspect and review their own education records (providing they have not waived this right) within 45 days of the date the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar's Office or other appropriate University officials a written request identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. Arrangements for access will be made and the student notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. To challenge the accuracy of an education record, a student first confers informally with the custodian of the record (the University official responsible for creating and maintaining the record). The student should clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and explain why the disputed portion is inaccurate or misleading. If the record custodian agrees to amend the record, they will make the correction and notify the student that the change has been made. If the University official does not agree to the amendment, the student may submit a written request for resolution to the Associate Academic Dean. The Associate Academic Dean will arrange a formal hearing involving officials of the University who have no personal or official interest in the challenged item. Decisions of the hearing panel will be final and will be documented and communicated in accordance with the provisions of FERPA.
  3. Non-public, personally identifiable information about a student will not be released from an education record without the prior written consent of the student except as permitted by law.
    • Disclosure of non-public, personally identifiable student information without consent is permitted to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in the information. A school official is a person employed by the University; a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney or auditor); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a conduct board or grievance committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest in a student's educational record if acting for the educational benefit of the student or if the information in the record is necessary to perform a task related to the discipline of a student, or provide a service or benefit relating to the student or student's family, such as health care, counseling, job placement or financial aid.
    • Disclosure without consent is permitted in efforts to comply with a legally issued subpoena or court order after first notifying the student, except as prohibited by law.
    • Protected information may also be disclosed to the parents or spouse of dependent students. Furman will rely on current records or the requester to establish student financial dependency status. Further, the University reserves the right to notify parents of those dependent students and ALL students under age 21 of violations of the campus drug and alcohol policy in compliance with FERPA regulations.
    • Disclosures connected to financial aid awards to determine eligibility and/or to enforce the terms and conditions of aid received and information released to another higher education institution where a student seeks or intends to enroll are also permitted without consent.
    • The privacy of all records may be broken at a time of emergency defined in terms of the following considerations: the seriousness of a threat to health, safety or well-being; the need for access to the record in meeting the emergency; whether the person requesting the records is in a position to deal with the emergency; and the extent to which time is of the essence in dealing with the emergency.
  4. Students may file a statement with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure on the part of the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Inquiries should be directed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400  Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605. 

Notice of intent to publish certain personally identifiable information/public information

As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Furman University informs current students of its intent to publish certain personally identifiable information, heretofore known as Public Information, which includes the following: student name, name of parents or spouse, local address and telephone number, home address and telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, field of study, class year, participation in officially recognized activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational institution attended, and identification photograph. This allows for the routine release of information to potential employers and other interested and appropriate parties that will assist the student. Students who desire that the information described above not be released can manage access to this information via the MyFurman online tool.

Student media

The Furman University student communications media function as a means of bringing student concerns to the attention of the faculty and University authorities, of helping the University community formulate opinion on various campus and off-campus issues, and of providing a forum for debate. The student communications media will operate free of censorship. (The term "censorship" in reference to student communications media shall mean any attempt to threaten or coerce any editor, manager or staff member of a student-run publication in order to prevent the dissemination of any factual account or the expression of any opinion, or generally, to hinder the free flow of ideas.) Student communications media are governed by the constitution of the Furman University Student Media Board (on file in the Office of Student Life). The board's responsibilities include the appointment and removal (as needed) of editors and managers. Editors and managers will be responsible for developing their own editorial policies and methods of news coverage within the framework of the philosophies and objectives of the University. Because Furman University, designated publisher of the student publications, may have to bear the legal responsibilities for the contents of the publications, certain policies are considered inherent in the editorial freedom granted to student editors and managers. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Avoidance of publication of statements of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, harassing statements, the use of innuendo and attacks on personal integrity.
  2. Observation of any applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission.
  3. A show of regard for Furman University standards, philosophies and objectives.
  4. A statement on the editorial page that the opinions there expressed are not necessarily those of the University or the student body.

Threat to Self

The University's policy and the requirements outlined below are designed to help students and their families through a difficult time by ensuring the student's safety and assisting the student in minimizing the risk of suicide or self-injury. The policy and requirements are in no way intended to punish or further distress an already troubled student. The policy is intended to provide a structure for responding to behavior that is of concern to students and faculty/staff and is not intended to supersede confidentiality and reporting obligations that apply to health professionals. The University cannot ignore risks to personal health and safety and must take every reasonable step to assist a student who attempts or threatens suicide or engages in self-injurious behavior. The University must consider not only the well-being of the individual student, but also the well-being of the entire campus community. Any student who comes to the attention of the University administration due to an attempt or threat of suicide or acts of deliberate self-injury may be subject to the following guidelines:

  1. The University's first priority in these situations will be assessment of the student's medical needs and any ongoing risk of harm to self or others. Appropriate professionals should be consulted in order to gather expert opinions about the medical and mental health needs of the student and the level of risk associated with various options.
  2. Students who exhibit behavior that indicates risk to self will be referred for professional assessment at the earliest possible time and at their own expense. The assessment may involve medical evaluation by a physician to evaluate health status and may require mental health assessment by a licensed mental health professional. The licensed mental health professional may be either a University Counseling Center staff member or a licensed therapist of the student's choice. Students referred for assessment due to concerns about risk of self-harm may be asked to sign a release permitting communication between the professionals conducting these assessments and appropriate University officials.
  3. Once the student has been evaluated and the results have been shared with the University, the Vice President for Student Life or designee will determine the recommended course of action. The Vice President for Student Life or designee may consult with other University personnel in considering various factors. Consideration will be given to the recommendations of evaluating and treating professionals based on their assessment of the student's condition and needs. Additional consideration must be given to the capability of current resources to meet the student's needs and concern for the well-being of the entire campus community. Students who have been subject to this policy and who continue enrollment at the University will be expected to comply with the general standards of the student conduct code. Continued enrollment will be contingent upon the student's success in controlling the behavior of concern.

Use of Furman symbols and logos

The University recognizes the need for registered student groups and other University sanctioned organizations and individuals to be allowed creative freedom to communicate their activities, services, and ideas to the campus community. It is also considered important for said groups to use Furman University symbols and logos appropriately. Information on the display and/or use of University symbols and/or logos may be accessed here.

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