Furman University

Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Furman University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    [T]he University has defined Sexual Misconduct broadly to include any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, and the University will properly address all allegations of Sexual Misconduct. … Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Bullying and/or Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Bullying and/or harassment is defined as an electronic, physical, verbal, or graphic conduct(s) that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it either causes actual harm to a person’s physical/mental wellbeing, property, or educational experience or causes a person to reasonably fear that imminent harm to her/hi... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Use of University Space- Solicitation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Whether internal or external, solicitation is not allowed on campus without prior written approval. Solicitation includes, but is not limited to, approaching someone with a request or plea, as well as setting up a table or other temporary structure for the same purpose. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Organization Conduct Expectations- Demeaning Behavior

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Any actions, activities, events or themes, whether on or off campus, which are demeaning and/or discriminatory based on a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation including, but not lim... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Posting of Signs and Banners

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    All items to be posted must have the name of the individual student or registered student organization and/or department clearly identified as the sponsor or the words “sponsored by (name of organization)” on each item. … The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Use of University Space

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    [T]he University reserves the absolute right as a private landowner to refuse any request for the use of its space that–in the University’s sole discretion–is either inconsistent with the mission, character, and values of the University, or that may present potential or actual adverse logistic or administrative cond... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code – Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Discriminatory Harassment of a Non-Sexual Nature includes electronic, verbal, physical, or graphic conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward a targeted student on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Administrative Policies – Bias Incident Response

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Acts that are an affront to this core value of the institution will not be tolerated. Accordingly, Furman has implemented a Bias Incident Response & Support (BIRS) plan. … BIRS is not a disciplinary procedure. Rather, the BIRS plan ensures that an individual who perceives they are the victim (Complainant) ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Acts of Intolerance

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    An act of intolerance is defined as any conduct that serves no scholarly purpose appropriate to the educational experience and demonstrates bias against others because of, but not limited to, their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Procedures- The University’s Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 16, 2019

    Students are guaranteed freedom of inquiry and expression. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Problems with University Bias Policies and Attempts to Improve Campus Climate

    November 19, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a "green light" rating from us—a distinction currently awarded to just 15 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the… Read more

  • Posting Policies Frequently Restrict Student Expression

    October 30, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a "green light" rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the… Read more