Furman University is an academic community committed to the goal of educating students to become responsible citizens and leaders in the human community. The University aims to develop individual excellence and to prepare students for life after college. Therefore, Furman is committed to having a campus environment which will neither tolerate nor condone discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

Mission & Purpose for SHARP

The first meeting of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) committee occurred on January 14, 2005. The charge of this committee was to examine three specific areas regarding sexual harassment and rape prevention:

  • Education: How should the University better inform students about issues? 
  • Programming: What activities and events help engage the campus community in discussions regarding discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct?
  • Resources: What resources should the University make available?

Today, this committee is comprised of staff, students, faculty and Greenville community members committed to educating our campus community about discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and preventing such incidents from occurring. Whatever our level of experience, we will share in the satisfaction of planning programs and special events, educating the campus community about resources, and supporting survivors of sexual misconduct. This committee has representatives from a diverse segment of student organizations, academic and administrative departments.

2016-17 committee members

Faculty & Staff Students
Connie Carson, VP for Student Life (Co-Chair)
Lynne Shackelford, Faculty - English (Co-Chair)

Erik Anderson, Faculty - Philosophy
Marisa Barthel, Community Member
Jessica Berkey, Student Activities & Trone Center
Stephanie Boyd, Alcohol & Drug Education
Susan Clark, Counseling Center
Kristen Davis, Human Resources
Paula Gabbert, Associate Academic Dean
Mary Haselden, Health Services
Scott Henderson, Faculty - Education
Kristin Irwin, Career Services
Cynthia King, Faculty - Communication Studies
John Milby, Captain - Furman Police
Melissa Nichols, TIXC (Ex-Officio)

LTC Gregory Scrivens, ROTC
Aaron Simmons, Faculty - Philosophy
Rachael Simpson, Athletics
Marian Strobel, Faculty - History
Jenna Vee Toney, Julie Valentine Center
Danai Agakidou
Madison Allen
Sarah Cooke
Olivia Corso
Katie Foster
Erin Jackson
Sam McCoy
Emilee O’Brien
Ellie Peoples
Lindy Perry
Aaron Prince
Liz Rand
Kathleen Smith
Kate Stevens
Lizzie Wakely
Lettie Woods
Andrew Wynkoop


Student Education and Awareness

The purpose of this sub-committee is to implement campus programs; create and distribute educational materials to students; develop awareness programs to help students understand the definitions of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, rape prevention and student conduct processes; publicize reporting mechanisms and campus support resources; and to develop peer education programs and awareness campaigns.

Student Support Services

The purpose of this sub-committee is to research and augment campus support services for students.


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