Sexual Misconduct Policy

Furman University

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The University may address conduct that, although it does not rise to the level of constituting Sexual Misconduct as defined by this Policy, is nevertheless offensive and/or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. Addressing such conduct may not result in the imposition of discipline, but will be addressed through respectful confrontation, remedial actions, requiring the completion of educational programs (including but not limited to sexual misconduct prevention programs), and/or conflict resolution efforts. When appropriate, the University may also address misconduct that does not constitute Title IX Sexual Misconduct through referrals to student conduct or other University processes.


“Unwelcome Sexual Conduct” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, graphic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (i) such conduct does not constitute Sexual Harassment and (ii) either (1) or (2) below applies: ... (2) The behavior is both (i) severe, persistent, or pervasive and (ii) objectively offensive, such that it unreasonably limits or interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s education, on-campus living, or employment programs or activities by creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or demeaning environment.


Examples of this type of Unwelcome Sexual Conduct include:

  • persistent unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
  • unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors;
  • unwelcome commentary about an individual's body or sexual activities;
  • inappropriately touching an individual’s body;
  • unwelcome sexually oriented teasing, joking, flirting, or lewd comments, innuendos, or gestures; and
  • verbal abuse of a sexual nature.