Furman Paladin Statute

Paladin Promise Enforcement

Abiding by the Paladin Promise is essential to the health and safety of the Furman community, and ultimately the successful completion of any in-person, on-campus learning for the fall semester.

Good Neighbor/Reporting Violations

Any student or employee is encouraged to respectfully approach another individual or group who is not upholding the Paladin Promise (i.e. wearing face coverings, keeping 6-feet apart, exceeding room capacities, etc.) and request that they immediately modify their behavior to align with their agreed-upon behavior.  Members of the Furman community are encouraged to give individuals the benefit of the doubt the first time.  Our primary goal is to educate and modify behavior.

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 fall semester, please email furman.focused@furman.edu

Make a Report

If this does not resolve the matter, or if reminding the offending party to uphold the Paladin Promise is not a reasonable option, 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).

Access to and Protocols for Academic Buildings and Classrooms

Any faculty or staff member is expected to deny entry to any individual who enters a classroom, lab, office, or studio without an appropriately placed cloth face covering (unless documentation of an applicable exception is provided). Faculty and staff should report instances of non-compliance of personal distancing, quarantine protocols, or other safety measures immediately to the Associate Academic Dean’s office, which will review the matter and determine with the Student Life office if a disciplinary referral is required.  Reminding an individual to wear a face covering who is immediately compliant does not warrant an official report.

Access to and Protocols for Non-Academic Buildings and Outdoors

Any staff member is expected to deny entry to any individual who enters a building without an appropriately placed cloth face covering. Staff members should report instances of non-compliance of personal distancing, quarantine protocols, or other safety measures immediately to the Student Life office, which will review the matter and determine if disciplinary action is required. Reminding an individual to wear a face covering who is immediately compliant does not warrant an official report.

Campus Housing Visitation Policy

The temporary visitation policy for Housing is available here. Violations of this policy will be resolved by the Housing and Residence Life office. Repeated violations may be referred to the Student Life office who will review the matter and determine if a disciplinary referral is required.

Off-Campus

Students and student organizations are not allowed to host other Furman community members off-campus at the present time, except for gatherings of less than eight in their parent or caregiver’s home. Non-compliance should be reported to the Student Life office who will review the matter and determine if disciplinary action is required.

Social Activities, Events, Gatherings, and Parties

The purpose of defining a maximum size for social gatherings, and enforcing physical distancing and the use of face coverings regardless of group size, is to reduce opportunities for COVID-19 transmission.  Our success in controlling viral spread is dependent upon students minimizing exposures through smaller social circles and group interactions.

Students gathering with eight or fewer of their peers should still follow physical distancing protocols and other safety measures.

On- or off-campus social gatherings or parties larger than eight individuals, except for appropriately registered and reserved activities, may not be hosted or attended by students or student organizations regardless of social distancing or other protective measures.  If students or student organizations, including those students living off-campus, put other Furman students at risk they will be subject to student conduct action for violating the Endangerment Policy. Sanctions may include immediate suspension, expulsion, or loss of recognition from the university.  The university will determine if such acts constituted student organization activity or individual behavior in accordance with our published policies.  Non-compliance should be reported to the Student Life office who will review the matter and determine if disciplinary action is required.

Student organization will need to register any in-person activities (other than regularly scheduled meetings) on syncDIN. Prior to registration, contact the person who reserves the space to receive approval for use. The facility operator may require additional information before accepting a reservation. No off-campus activities are allowed. At present, student organizations may not host any activity, etc. with alcohol. It is required the student organization’s advisor be present for any activity, etc. hosted outside with more than 30 individuals.

Organizations must seek prior approval from the Office of Student Involvement and Inclusion to bring external groups or speakers to campus and should expect to submit justification why their inclusion cannot be accomplished virtually.

Student Conduct Code Charges

Students and student organizations referred for disciplinary action for not adhering to the Paladin Promise may face the following charges for violating the Student Conduct Code, including but not limited to:

Student Conduct Code Sanctions

Students reported for not adhering to the Paladin Promise for not wearing face coverings, not physical distancing, or attending a gathering that exceeds guest limits without any other conduct violations may face the following action items, including but not limited to:

 

Offense Disciplinary Action
1st Offense: Warning and education
2nd Offense: Notification that a future incident would result in being a remote learner for the semester.
3rd Offense: Remote learner for the rest of the semester. Students living in campus housing must move out within 24 hours and finish the semester as remote learners only. Any lost room and board fees will not be refunded. Commuters must finish the semester as remote learners only.
4th Offense: Semester suspension. Any lost tuition, room, and board fees will not be refunded.

Students referred for disciplinary action for not adhering to the Paladin Promise and determined to be responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code may face the following action items, including but not limited to:

Offense Violations Disciplinary Action
Sophomores and juniors on-campus without permission before 9/11 Paladin Promise, Failure to Comply Warning, remote learner for the semester, suspension, or expulsion
Remote learner on-campus without permission Paladin Promise, Failure to Comply Warning, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion
Hosting an unapproved guest Paladin Promise, Failure to Comply Warning, remote learner for the semester, suspension, or expulsion
Attending a gathering that exceeds guest limits, with other violations Paladin Promise, Failure to Comply Warning, remote learner for the semester, suspension, or expulsion
Hosting a gathering that exceeds guest limit, with other violations Paladin Promise, Disorderly Conduct or Endangerment Remote learner for some or all of the semester, suspension, or expulsion
Break quarantine or isolation Paladin Promise, Endangerment Remote learner for some or all of the semester, suspension, or expulsion

While the above outlines sanctions that may typically be assigned to a student or student organization found responsible for violating university policy, each incident will have its sanctions determined on its merits. The university in its sole discretion will determine if such acts constituted student organization activity or individual behavior.

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 fall semester, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.