832.1 Nondiscrimination

Created by: Dana Trebing on 02/24/2005
Category: 8 - Human Resources; 30 - Employee Relations/Communications
Originator: Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Current File: 832.1
Adoption Date: 01/30/2014
Reviewed for Currency: 01/30/2014
Replaces File: 832.1
Date of Origin: 05/09/1974
Classification: Faculty; Human Resources
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832.1 Nondiscrimination


A. Background

Furman University can best fulfill its purpose and goals if its employment and admission practices are based on the recognition of merit, are equitable, and are designed to attract and develop the best suitable talent with the desired qualifications.  Furman affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion.


B. Policy

Furman University is committed to providing equal access to its educational programs, activities and facilities to students without discrimination on the basis of 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. Furman also affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in its employment practices.


C. Guidelines

1. The President assumes overall responsibility for implementation of and compliance with the nondiscrimination laws and practices.

2. It is the responsibility of all administrative officers to support Furman’s commitment to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

3. Primary responsibility for compliance with nondiscrimination rests with the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Admission, and the Vice President for Student Life. These four officers are charged with the following duties:

a. To identify and correct any practices that are inconsistent with this policy.

b. To establish strategic initiatives to eliminate any discovered institutional deficiencies.

c. To seek available members of groups not adequately represented.

d. To establish standards and procedures governing all employment practices.

e. To investigate instances of alleged discrimination and take corrective action as

4. The President appoints the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources to assist in the development and implementation of related initiatives. The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources is designated as the institution’s Equal Opportunity Officer, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Officer, and Title IX Coordinator. This officer monitors the establishment and attainment of goals for recruitment, hiring and promotion of employees, and student life activities and programs. This officer submits periodic status reports to appropriate parties. 

5. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will ensure that nondiscrimination and equal opportunity exist for faculty and applicants, and will establish, as warranted, diversity initiatives in faculty recruitment, programs, and activities.

6. The Associate Vice President for Admission will ensure that all activities associated with the admission process are nondiscriminatory.

7. The Vice President for Student Life will ensure that nondiscrimination exists for students in areas including housing, student activities, counseling, and programs.

8. In employment decisions, assignment to a particular title or rank shall be made in a nondiscriminatory manner.

9. The employment of students shall be conducted in the same nondiscriminatory manner as all other employment.

10. A present employee, former employee, student, applicant for employment, or applicant for admission to Furman University who believes that he or she has been subjected to discriminatory action may file a complaint. Complaints should be filed in accordance with procedures in File 153.1 (faculty), File 833.1 (staff) or the Helmsman (student handbook).

11. Employees, applicants, students, spectators, participants, and visitors who are disabled and need accommodation should contact the ADA Compliance Officer with their accommodation requests.  The ADA Compliance Officer or designee will review request and will assist in providing reasonable accommodation, consistent with the requirements of law.  See File 107.4 or the student ADA policy in the Helmsman (student handbook).

12. Employment advertising, employment applications, and related brochures shall include a statement indicating that Furman University is an equal opportunity employer.

13. See Policies 094.1 (Harassment) and 095.1 (Sexual Harassment) for additional information on nondiscrimination.