Student Organization Conduct Report

Involvement in a student organization is a powerful experience in the development of individuals. In order to allow our students to make a discerning choice about their involvement, Furman University began reporting conduct violations by organizations in the fall of 2016. The conduct report is updated at the end of each fall and spring academic semester; violations are made public for four years from the semester the violation occurred.

Below you will find a condensed report of violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual misconduct, physical violence, hazing, or demeaning behavior. These violations may stem from acts of individuals; however, in each instance, the behavior was either closely linked to organizational activity, occurred in an environment permitted by the organization, or represented illegal or otherwise prohibited behavior condoned by the organization’s membership. Consequently, the organization was held responsible in addition to any conduct action involving the individual(s) involved. The description of complaint section offers details from the initial complaint received by the institution. Consequently, it may differ slightly from the actual facts of the violation.

In addition to the corrective action taken by Furman that is outlined below, each organization may take additional steps to self-correct issues via an internal standards board, membership review conducted by the national office of the organization, or other similar processes. Those actions are not represented below.

Furman’s conduct process is designed to be educational, restorative, and consequential. Organizations are given the opportunity to learn from past mistakes and move forward positively. Consequently, a history of violations does not necessarily represent an on-going negative environment or culture within that organization. Concerning patterns of misconduct have and will continue to result in suspending or expelling University recognition.

Conduct Report

Organization Name Date of Incident & Resolution Violation(s) Description of Complaint
Pi Kappa Phi 2/3/2020 Hazing; Risk Management Policies During spring new member education, Pi Kappa Phi engaged in hazing. The hazing consisted of forced lineups in which new members were questioned on fraternity facts, being marched through the woods at 2 a.m. where intoxicated members (in various stages of undress) fabricated a story/puzzle of fraternity history that the new members were to solve as a private joke to the initiated members who knew it to be nonsense, being forced to sleep outside in tents during a snowstorm while initiated members drank inside the fraternity house, and being told to record videos of themselves singing to the song "Girl Gang."
Sigma Nu 1/10/2020 & 1/29/2020 Hazing During the fall semester, Sigma Nu extended bids to upperclassmen. During the new member education period, new members were required to drive current members on demand leading to sleep deprivation, devote time to meeting each brother weekly as opposed to the nationally endorsed new member education plan, and experienced non-injurious bodily contact (were told to run through a guantlet of initiated members who slapped their buttocks and pushed them "like in a mosh pit") as a precursor to the initiation ritual.
Kappa Alpha 4/5/2019 & 9/9/2019 (Delay due to on-going police investigation into the summer break) Sponsorship/hosting an unauthorized party; distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; providing environment for underage alcohol consumption; disorderly conduct; and failure to adhere to risk management practicies On April 5th, Kappa Alpha hosted an unregistered function in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The event contract included an open bar of beer, wine, and liquor paid for by the chapter. The April 5th event contract was substantially similar to the contract for a registered formal on April 6th that was rejected by the University for violations of risk management policies. The investigation revealed a pattern of unregistered events the night before a registered Kappa Alpha formal. At the April 5th event, wristbands were provided to every guest regardless of age. Attendees reported that members of Kappa Alpha gave them the wristbands, that the wristbands allowed them to order alcohol from the open bar, and that open bars had been a common practice at Kappa Alpha formals in the past. During the unregistered April 5th event, ambulances responded to a medical emergency that was determined to be unrelated to the event. However, while the ambulances were on site, EMTs identified a second medical emergency involving an underage member of Kappa Alpha. Beaufort County Sheriff's Office informed the University that the Kappa Alpha member was transported to the hospital due to his level of intoxication (blood alcohol level was measured at .29%).
Tau Kappa Epsilon 10/30/18 & 1/11/18 (Delay due to 9/22/18 police investigation and conduct resolution followed by exam period. Chapter activity suspended during conduct process.) Failure to comply; Disorderly conduct; Providing environment for underage [alcohol] consumption; Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; Sponsorship/hosting an unauthorized party; and Failure to adhere to risk management policies. While chapter social activity was suspended due to 9/22/18 incident, Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted a party in a North Village apartment in which underage potential new members were provided alcohol. An underage student was transported to the hospital due to alcohol consumption at the event. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Spring 2018 (reported 10/18/18) & 1/11/18 (Delay due to 9/22/18 police investigation and conduct resolution followed by  exam period. Chapter activity suspended during conduct process.) Hazing (organizational); Providing environment for underage [alcohol] consumption; Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; and Failure to adhere to risk management policies. A student came forward with information regarding hazing. The subsequent investigation found instances of personal servitude (cleaning rooms, doing laundry, etc.), physical hazing (requiring push-ups, planks, etc. if students got fraternity trivia questions wrong, as well as being required to sit in a steaming bathroom and being required to stand outside in the cold  without coats and sweatshirts), and alcohol consumption (new members given champagne to drink on "Bid Night"). Additionally, Tau Kappa Epsilon held unregistered recruitment events at their house during the fall 2017 semester in which alcohol was knowingly provided to underage men to pre-game going to other events/bars. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
Tau Kappa Epsilon 9/22/18 & 12/3/18 Failure to adhere to risk management policies; providing environment for underage alcohol consumption; distributing/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; possession of a common bulk container; and evidence of or participation in a drinking game. Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted a dry house party in which alcohol was furnished by the chapter to of-age and underage guests. Four women were transported to the hospital by Furman after attending the event. The women reported concerns their drinks had been tampered with. A joint investigation by Greenville County Sherriff's Office and Furman Police found no evidence that members of Tau Kappa Epsilon tampered with any drinks. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Sigma Nu 1/19/18 & 2/16/18 Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption. Security for a house party reported the chapter had exceeded guest limits and failed to assist in the control of underage alcohol consumption. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Pi Kappa Phi & Chi Omega 2/3/18 & 2/27/18 Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption. Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Omega had an unregistered mixer prior to a Pi Kappa Phi house party at which underage drinking occurred. During the party open and obvious underage drinking, including alleged drinking games, continued unabated. Additionally, Pi Kappa Phi failed to keep a guest list and used Sober Party Monitors who had not been trained. Furman Police transported an attendee who returned to campus with a .30 BAC. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Chi Omega & Pi Kappa Phi 1/19/18 & 2/16/18 Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption. Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Omega had an unregistered mixer prior to a Pi Kappa Phi house party at which underage drinking occurred. During the party open and obvious underage drinking, including alleged drinking games, continued unabated. Additionally, Pi Kappa Phi failed to keep a guest list and used Sober Party Monitors who had not been trained. Furman Police transported an attendee who returned to campus with a .30 BAC. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Sigma Nu 1/19/18 & 2/16/18 Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption. Security for a house party reported the chapter had exceeded guest limits and failed to assist in the control underage alcohol consumption. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Kappa Alpha 1/26/17 & 2/17/17 Hazing New members were blindfolded on bid day and driven to a location off campus for a ceremony, required to clean the house during pledging period, and had tracking apps placed on their phones in order to insure they were either meeting with initiated members or in class and not in their rooms between 8 a.m to 1:30 a.m. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
Alpha Kappa Alpha 2/25/17 & 4/26/17 Hazing New member candidates were required to go to nightly meetings where they must wear all black and no makeup. They were required to learn and perform chants and songs. Candidates were also required to call graduate members at certain times of the day.

Reporting violations occurring Fall 2016 to the start of Spring 2020.

Organizational Standing with the University

Organizations not currently in good standing due to past due sanctions, probationary status, or suspension, include:

  • Pi Kappa Phi – Probation
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon – Suspended until June 2023

Updated June 30, 2020.