Counseling Center

The Furman Counseling Center focuses on helping students function and develop in the stimulating and stressful environment of college. Counselors assist students with a variety of concerns. Problems range in intensity from relatively mild distress to severe and chronic psychological disorders. Examples of complaints that students bring to us include: adjusting to college, depression, eating disorders, stress, worry and anxiety, alcohol or other substance abuse, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, family problems, and concerns related to values and identity. Although most services are provided through individual appointments, our staff offers programs on various mental health related topics as an educational resource. Visit the Counseling Center.

Alcohol and Drug Education Programs

The Student Life Office coordinates a proactive, comprehensive approach to meeting students’ health and wellness needs by addressing the dangers of alcohol and drug use. The mission of the office is to prevent and reduce underage drinking, high-risk drinking, and the related social harm for students. The office works collaboratively with the university and surrounding community to promote low-risk alcohol and drug choices and support responsible decision-making by Furman students.

PHOKUS

PHOKUS (Promoting Healthy Options through Knowledge, Understanding, and Service) is a student organization that focuses on peer health education, including alcohol education. Alcohol Education Week, student presentations on alcohol, and educational presenters are just the few ways PHOKUS members teach Furman students about the dangers of binge drinking, the campus alcohol policy, and the consequences of drinking and driving. Students interested in joining PHOKUS should contact Student Health Services.

SHARP

Furman is committed to having a campus environment that will neither tolerate nor condone sexual violence. The university believes strongly in addressing student health concerns directly and confronting dangerous behaviors. We encourage students to seek help in situations where a student’s health is endangered, and our first priority in these cases is to encourage student safety. It is important for students to receive both immediate attention in dangerous situations as well as follow-up support. The amnesty policy (student handbook) exists to encourage students to take official action in sexual misconduct incidents. Acquaintance rape is the most prevalent form of rape on college campuses. More than 90 percent of campus rapes are committed by dates, friends, acquaintances, or friends of friends. Regardless of the relationship, if a person uses coercion or force to accomplish a sexual act, it is rape. The same criminal laws and penalties apply in cases of acquaintance rape as in cases of stranger rape. Many victims mistakenly believe they are to blame because they agreed to meet their assailant at a party, accept a ride, stop for a casual conversation, or allow the assailant into their residence. Rape is never an excusable behavior. It is important to remember that regardless of the relationship, the rapist, not the victim, is responsible.

On-campus resources

  • Alcohol and Drug Education Coordinator 864.294.2292
  • Chaplain’s Office 864.294.2133
  • Furman University Counseling Center 864.294.3031
  • Furman University Police 864.294.2111
  • Furman University Student Health Services 864.294.2180
  • Housing and Residence Life 864.294.2092
  • Student Life 864.294.2202
  • Student Success Coordinator 864.294.2072

Off-campus resources

The Phoenix Center located at 1400 Cleveland Street in Greenville is the legislated authority on substance abuse in Greenville County by South Carolina Act 301 and is the county’s largest provider of substance abuse services. At the Phoenix Center, effective and confidential client care is the first priority. With a dedicated staff and innovative programs, the Phoenix Center takes a proactive approach to fighting alcohol and other drug addictions. The Phoenix Center believes that substance abuse is preventable, addiction is treatable, and recovery works and offers an extensive range of services to meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

The Phoenix Center, PO Box 1948, Greenville, SC 29602, 864.467.3790

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