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Title IX

Furman University neither tolerates nor condones sexual harassment, gender discrimination or sexual misconduct. These actions are contradictory to our values. We are committed to creating a safe and supportive campus, and to educating individuals to become responsible citizens and leaders. This site includes reporting access, support and resources information, policies, risk reduction information, and key on- and off-campus contacts.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (20 USC 1681)

Report Sexual Misconduct

Complaints 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. You may file a complaint by meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator of your choice or by completing a Sexual Misconduct Report Form. Also see Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Options at Furman below.

Title IX Team

If you have questions about Title IX and would like to contact someone directly, please reach out to any of our team members below.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Options at Furman University

Learn more about the options available to students and how to receive the help and resources you need to support your success at Furman. How you proceed is up to you.

REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

A student can choose to report the incident to local law enforcement or to the Furman University Policy Department who can assist them in getting in touch with local law enforcement. FUPD has offices on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SUPPORTIVE MEASURES

These non-punitive, non-disciplinary services are available to students REGARDLESS of whether or not they pursue other options.  Some examples of supportive measures include counseling services, changing class sections, academic or residential accommodations, and no contact orders.

ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTION PROCESS

This allows parties to determine if there is an agreed-upon resolution that would resolve the reporting party’s concerns without going through the formal grievance process. These resolutions could include restricting participation in certain activities & organizations, changing residence halls, counseling, and more.

FORMAL GRIEVANCE (DISCIPLINARY) PROCESS

The formal process involves a full investigation in which a hearing board determines whether it is more likely than not the sexual misconduct policy was violated.

COMBINATION OF OPTIONS

A student might want to report to law enforcement & pursue the formal grievance process, or they may want supportive measures and to pursue the Alternative Resolution Process.

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT

Complaints 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. You can file a complaint by meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator of your choice or by completing a Sexual Misconduct Report Form.

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Sexual Misconduct Policy

Furman University is committed to maintaining and strengthening an environment founded on civility and respect.

Read the policy

Title IX Support & Resources

There are a number of support options and resources available to help answer common questions about sexual assault, education, prevention and reporting.

Title IX Resources
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Prevention, Education, & Training

There are a number of educational and prevention opportunities available to the campus. The community can also review the training materials used for participants in the Title IX grievance process.

See Education and Training

Additional Information & Resources for Staff

Whether you need to contact us directly, or have other questions about Title IX resources and individual accommodations, please see the links below for pertinent information.

Learn about campus, community resources, and education.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I've been harassed, discriminated against on the basis of my gender or subjected to sexual misconduct?

You should bring your situation to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or any of the Deputy Coordinators listed on this page.

How can I file a complaint?

Complaints 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. You can file a complaint by meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator of your choice or by completing a Sexual Misconduct Report Form.

Who are Furman University's Title IX Coordinators? What do they do?

The Title IX Coordinator has responsibility for overseeing all Title IX compliance, including complaints of sexual misconduct.  All instances of harassment or sexual misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator.