Furman University

Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Website: http://www.furman.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • The Helmsman: Sexual Misconduct Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    “Sexual Harassment” is any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples of Sexual Harassment include instances in which: … (2) The behavior is so severe or pervasive that it has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, on‐campus living, or participation in a University activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment include: (A) one or more instances of Sexual Assault; (B) persistent unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship; (C) unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; (D) unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities; (E) repeated and unwelcome sexually‐oriented teasing, joking, or flirting; and (F) verbal abuse of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment also includes acts of intimidation, bullying, aggression or hostility based on gender or gender‐stereotyping, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Peaceable Assembly 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    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 immorality or who would incite to violence. … There shall be no use of violence, force, obscene or indecorous language or conduct in protest or demonstrations.

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  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code – Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and is covered by the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    Harassment is defined as unwelcome behaviors or persistent inappropriate comments which questions, pesters and/or harasses others for information about an individual, and/or verbally or in a threatening manner bullies, torments, heckles or persecutes an individual in such a way as to create a disruption to the academic/campus community where: … Such conduct has the effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s professional or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading employment or educational environment.

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  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code- Acts of Intolerance 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    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 defined as malicious behaviors that can be motivated by prejudice toward a person or group. They also include malicious behaviors that because of their intent and/or outcome can cause harm, threaten and/or be personally directed against or target an individual or group. These behaviors are based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

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  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Posting of Signs and Banners 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus.

    Promotion of alcohol beverages, illegal drugs, or any other illegal activities in text, graphic or any other form is prohibited.

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  • The Helmsman: Bullying/Cyberbullying 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    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 bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
    • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.

    Bullying can take many forms. Examples include:

    • Verbal: name-calling, teasing.
    • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships.
    • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving.
    • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others.

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  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Code- Solicitation 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    Solicitation, defined as approaching any individual with a request or plea, is not allowed on campus, to include campus housing. No individuals or groups will be given permission to solicit on a door-to-door basis. With advanced written permission, the Trone Student Center will assist Furman individuals, groups and vendors who wish to set up tables in high-traffic areas.

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  • The Helmsman: Student Organization Conduct Expectations- Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    Student organizations will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or sexual misconduct by any of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions, activities, events or themes, whether on or off campus, which are demeaning to women, men or minority groups including, but not limited to verbal harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct by individuals or members acting together

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Green Light Policies
  • The Helmsman: Student Conduct Procedures- The University’s Rights and Responsibilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    Students are guaranteed freedom of inquiry and expression.

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  • The Helmsman: Administrative Policies- Peaceable Assembly 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 19, 2015

    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 as one of its purposes, to help the student learn to distinguish fact from myth, objectivity from bias, tolerance from intolerance. The student should learn to think rationally and reach valid conclusions. The student who is not exposed to varying views on an issue may be denied opportunity to learn the elements of rational thinking. Consequently, the student could miss one of the most important aims of education. Only in a spirit of free inquiry can the student be prepared to assume the responsibilities of constructive citizenship.

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  • 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 years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating […]

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  • 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 years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility,” […]

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