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 Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    “Sexual Harassment” is any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples of Sexual Harassment include instances in which: … (ii) The behavior is so severe or pervasive that it has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s work or educatio... Read More
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code – Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    Harassment is defined as any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct. Harassment comes in many forms and can be based on various protected categories. No definition can be all encompassing. Harassment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability,... Read More
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code- Bullying/Cyberbullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    Bullying and cyberbullying is prohibited. Bullying may involve situations that include, but are not limited to: Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves. Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bully... Read More
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code- Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    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
  • The Helmsman: Student Organization Conduct Expectations- Demeaning Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    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
  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Posting of Signs and Banners

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus. Read More
  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Peaceable Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    Peaceful assembly is allowed on campus with approval from the University Police who can assist with identifying appropriate venues/locations for such activities. At the same time, it is affirmed that this University should not be expected to provide a platform for persons who would be obscene, who would advocate imm... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Administrative Policies – Bias Incident Response

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    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
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code- Acts of Intolerance

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    Acts of intolerance are prohibited. An act of intolerance can include either overt or covert actions, including verbal attacks and/or physical assaults on students and/or their property (including campus housing doors), which interfere with the educational process at Furman or cause harm. Acts of intolerance are def... Read More
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Procedures- The University’s Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    Students are guaranteed freedom of inquiry and expression. Read More
  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Peaceable Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 24, 2018

    One of the marks of a vital university is freedom of inquiry and expression. Indeed, such a freedom is the mark of a free and democratic society. Education, as contrasted with indoctrination, must provide the student with a wide spectrum of views on vital issues. It is the responsibility of the University, as well a... 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