Furman has several options for individuals to report perceived discrimination. These options are continually evolving. The information collected below is for the benefit of complainants and witnesses who may choose to report, but may not represent current university policy.
Furman University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in admission, treatment, or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.
An Equal Opportunity Employer, Furman also affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in its employment policies and practices. For concerns related to discrimination on the basis of disability, contact the director of the Student Office for Accessibility Resources, 864.294.2320, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613. For all other concerns, contact the assistant vice president for Human Resources at 864.294.2217, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613.
Acts of Intolerance
Students are prohibited from engaging in acts of intolerance. An act of intolerance can include either overt or covert actions, including verbal attacks and/or physical assaults on students and/or their property (including campus housing doors), which interfere with the educational process at Furman or cause harm.
Acts of intolerance are defined as malicious behaviors that can be motivated by prejudice toward a person or group. They also include malicious behaviors that because of their intent and/or outcome can cause harm, threaten and/or be personally directed against or target an individual or group. These behaviors are based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law.
Reports can be made to the Office of Student Life found in suite 215 of the Trone Student Center. Review Furman’s Student Handbook for more information.
Bias Incident Response Team
Furman University has established a Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), which may be convened to ensure that affected students, staff, faculty, and visitors to campus have access to appropriate resources and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents that may impact campus climate.
Reports can be made in several ways; for more information review the Bias Incident Response and Support protocol.
Furman University believes that all employees and students have the right to work and study in an environment free from all forms of adverse discrimination, including any form of harassment. Furman University will not tolerate any conduct (verbal or physical) that constitutes harassment by any administrator, faculty member, staff member, vendor, visitor or student. Review Furman’s harassment policies.
The goal of Furman’s ombudspersons program is to provide faculty and staff members with voluntary, informal, neutral and confidential assistance in resolving university-related issues or concerns. All ombudspersons follow the International Ombudsman Association Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Visit the Ombudspersons website.
Title IX (Sexual Harassment or Misconduct)
Complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct should be reported to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator of the complainant’s choice/preference and/or personal comfort level. The complainant may be a student, faculty, staff or visitor on campus. Review our Title IX policies.