Supplemental Student Conduct Code related to COVID Health Measures

Overview

Abiding by the Paladin Promise and related health measures are essential to the health and safety of the Furman community, and ultimately the successful completion of any in-person, on-campus learning for the spring semester. Studying in person is a privilege that may be revoked for violation of Furman’s health measures and the Paladin Promise.

All alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code related to COVID health measures (“Health Measures”) are resolved by the Dean of Students office in accordance with Furman’s Student Conduct Code process unless notice is reasonably given for alteration. The University reserves the right to alter Health Measures with reasonable notice to the community based upon such factors that include but are not limited to new health guidance and current community conditions.

Health measure violations are not eligible for remediation.

Health Measure violations appearing on a student’s conduct record will be expunged upon the expiration of Furman’s health measures or graduation, whichever comes first. If any Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol consumption/possession, providing space for underage alcohol consumption, etc.) occurred concurrently, those violations will remain on the record unless a student successfully petitions for expungement (see Student Conduct Record Expungement). A successful expungement request would also expunge any Health Measure violations in accordance with the expungement process.

Action Items

Depending upon the type of violation, students may receive a warning, reflective activities, fines, testing, isolation periods, remote learning periods, probation, suspension, or expulsion for their failure to uphold Furman’s Health Measures. Parents may be notified of violations of Health Measures. Each incident is fact-specific; consequently, the University reserves the right to take any action—up to and including expulsion—for a first offense based upon aggravating factors such as, but not limited to, intentional or reckless disregard for Health Measures.

Progressive discipline decisions related to Health Measure violations will begin anew each semester unless an action item from a prior conduct resolution stated that the university would consider Health Measure violations from prior semesters. Subsequent violations of a different nature than prior violations will be reviewed by the university to determine if a pattern of behavior warrants escalating action items.

Supplemental Student Conduct Code

Section 1: Face Coverings

1. Appropriate face coverings are required indoors at all times unless:

a) A student is in his/her personal residence with only a roommate(s) or apartment-mate(s) present (suitemates are not exempt from the face covering requirement); or
b) A student is seated in a space not used for residential or classroom purposes and is actively dining.

2. Appropriate face coverings are required outdoors when physical distancing may not be consistently maintained (see “Physical Distancing”).

3. Appropriate face coverings are required when traveling in vehicles with others.

4. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when no other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed by the student include:

a) First offense – non-conduct warning.
b) Second offense – warning next violation will result in remote learning.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
d) Fourth offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
e) Fifth offense – suspension or expulsion.

5. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed by the student include:

a) First offense – conduct warning.
b) Second offense –reflection paper on health measures and warning next violation will result in remote learning.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
d) Fourth offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
e) Fifth offense – suspension or expulsion.

6. If a student’s first violation of this policy involved concurrent Student Conduct Code violations, any subsequent violation will proceed according to Section 5 above.

Section 2: Food & Beverage Service

Student and student organizations should not provide food or beverages to the campus community except when given permission by Bon Appetit or its designee.

Section 3: Inviting Others onto Campus

1. With the exception of limited university events/activities, the campus is closed to the public, which includes remote learner students, alumni, and individuals not associated with Furman.

a) Students may not invite the public onto campus except for those providing temporary transportation (Uber, Lyft, etc.), dining delivery (Door Dash, Grubhub, etc.), or grocery delivery (Publix, etc.). All other health measure policies regarding face coverings, physical distancing, etc. are required in such circumstances.
b) Regardless of this exception, no public individuals are allowed in the residence halls or academic spaces.

2. Family members may come to campus but are not allowed inside university buildings except as allowed by Housing & Residence Life for move-in and move-out (See “Visitation in the Residence Halls and Apartments”)

3. Student organizations may invite public individuals to campus for activities with prior approval from the Office of Student Involvement & Inclusion or its designee. For more information on the approval process, see “Student Organization Guidelines.”

4. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy by in-person or commuter students are:

a) First offense – conduct warning, $75 fine for testing, required testing on campus, and isolation until testing results are returned.
b) Second offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
d) Fourth offense – suspension or expulsion.

5. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy by remote learning students regardless of other violations:

a) First offense – disciplinary probation, $150 fine.
b) Second offense – suspension or expulsion.

Section 4: Off-Campus Conduct

1. Students may not engage in high-risk activities off campus. The term “student” includes remote learning students who engage in high-risk activities that also involve contact with commuter or on-campus students.

a) High-risk activities include, but are not limited to, bar crawls, parties, formals, and travel off-campus that does not adhere to travel guidelines.
b) In determining if an activity is high risk, the University will consider factors such as but not limited to the number of individual students involved (more than 8), density of individuals regardless of University-affiliation, presence of alcohol or drugs, and the non-use of protective health measures by the student.
c) Activities that are determined to be high risk may escalate the minimum action items outlined in Section 3.
d) Off-campus gatherings and trips with more than 8 students are prohibited.

2. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy by in-person or commuter students are:

a) First offense – conduct warning, $75 fine for testing, required testing on campus, and isolation until testing results are returned.
b) Second offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
d) Fourth offense – suspension or expulsion.

3. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy by remote learning students regardless of other violations:

a) First offense – disciplinary probation, $150 fine.
b) Second offense – suspension or expulsion.

4. Off-campus activities sponsored or endorsed by a student organization or any activity a reasonable person would associate with the organization are not allowed regardless of size

Section 5: On-Campus Gatherings

On-campus gatherings may not exceed 30 individuals whether indoors or outdoors without prior approval of the Furman staff person who operates that space and proper registration of the gathering with the Office of Student Involvement & Inclusion (for visitation guidelines in the residence halls and apartments see “Visitation in the Residence Halls and Apartments”).

As with every year, alcohol is not permitted on campus except inside of North Village and The Vinings Apartments regardless of age. university designated events may explicitly allow for alcohol consumption in accordance with the alcohol policy.

Section 6: Physical Distancing

1. A minimum of 6 feet of physical distance between individuals is required at all times unless a student is:

a) Passing through an indoor space that does not allow for physical distancing;
b) Riding with other students in a vehicle;
c) Occupying his/her personal residence with only a roommate(s) or apartment-mate(s) present (no exception is made for suitemates); or
d) Outdoors.

2. For the exceptions in section 1 above, a student must wear a facial covering unless he/she is occupying his/her personal residence with only a roommate(s) or apartment-mate(s) present. See “Face Coverings” for more information.

3. A student is presumed to have maintained physical distance if appropriately seated in a space—including but not limited to classrooms, dining facilities, Trone Student Center, Timmons Arena, and McAlister Auditorium—designated by the University as physically distanced.

4. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when no other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed by the student include:

a) First offense – non-conduct warning.
b) Second offense –warning next violation will result in remote learning.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
d) Fourth offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
e) Fifth offense – suspension or expulsion.

5. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed by the student include:

a) First offense – conduct warning.
b) Second offense –reflection paper on health measures and warning next violation will result in remote learning.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
d) Fourth offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
e) Fifth offense – suspension or expulsion.

6. If a student’s first violation of this policy involved concurrent Student Conduct Code violations, any subsequent violation will proceed according to Section 4 above.

Section 7: Quarantine & Isolation

Students assigned to quarantine or isolation may not leave the quarantine space until notified of permission by a university official responsible for enforcement of the University’s health measures.

Violations of quarantine or isolation receive a minimum of remote learning for a period of time no less than two weeks and a $300 fine. If a student cannot leave campus immediately due to health reasons, the remote period will be enforced upon the completion of quarantine or isolation.

Section 8: Visitation in the Residence Halls and Apartments

1. No more than 8 total individuals (including residents) may gather in North Village Apartments.

2. No more than 6 total individuals (including residents) may gather in The Vinings Apartments.

3. No more than 4 total individuals (including residents) may gather in South Housing or Clark Murphy Complex double rooms.

4. No more than 2 total individuals (including residents) may gather in South Housing or Clark Murphy Complex single rooms.

5. For the purposes of this policy, a gathering includes being inside the residence or apartment as well as lingering outside of the residence or apartment in a hallway, patio, or porch.

6. Remote students, staff, faculty, alumni, and individuals not associated with Furman are not allowed in the residence halls or apartments except as follows:

a) Staff may enter the residence halls or apartments in the performance of their job duties; and
b) Parents, caregivers, and family members may only enter the apartments or residence halls with permission from Housing and Residence Life for the purposes of moving in and moving out.

7. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when no other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed by the in-person or commuter student include:

a) First offense – non-conduct warning.
b) Second offense – conduct warning, $75 fine for testing, and required testing on campus.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
d) Fourth offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
e) Fifth offense – suspension or expulsion.

8. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy when other Student Conduct Code violations (e.g. underage alcohol, providing space for underage consumption, etc.) are committed concurrently by the in-person or commuter student include:

a) First offense – conduct warning, $75 fine for testing, and required testing on campus.
b) Second offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of two weeks.
c) Third offense – student is a remote learner and not permitted on-campus for any reason for a minimum period of the remainder of the semester.
d) Fourth offense – suspension or expulsion.

9. If a student’s first violation of this policy involved concurrent Student Conduct Code violations, any subsequent violation will proceed according to Section 8 above.

10. The minimum Action Items for violations of this policy by remote learning students regardless of other violations:

a) First offense – disciplinary probation, $150 fine.
b) Second offense – suspension or expulsion.

Make a Report

Individuals may make a report as follows:

Violation Type Office Phone Number
Student violation in academic building Associate Academic Dean 864.294.2064
Student violation in campus housing Housing and Residence Life 864.294.2092
Student violation in other buildings or outdoors Student Life 864.294.2202
Faculty violation Dean of Faculty 864.294.2007
Staff violation Human Resources 864.294.2217
Visitor or guest violation Furman Police 864.294.2111

Retaliation for filing a report is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate and escalated conduct action. Anonymous reports will limit the university’s ability to take any action; consequently, the university will grant anonymity to reporters who self-identify, but do not wish their identity to be known to the offending party.

Violations may also be reported to furman.focused@furman.edu or anonymously via the reporting feature of the LiveSafe app (Apple | Android).

The university will closely monitor the evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, along with rapidly developing scientific knowledge and medical resources, to determine the appropriateness for adjustments and contingencies. For general questions about the spring semester, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.