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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never been worried about my safety here. There are plenty of preventative measures put in place and our campus police are the best kinds of people.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Furman University Police Department, or FUPO, is constantly patrolling campus. It always feels safe and there is even a texting safety system in place for emergencies.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have, thankfully, never been sexually assaulted or assaulted in general. I do occasionally feel unsafe walking to me car alone at night but that is do the society we live in versus the security of the campus. They did a fantastic job the during orientation telling us our options if we or we knew someone that was sexually assaulted or if there was a gunman, etc...

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus.


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There is no question that Furman's campus feels extremely safe. About half of the students never lock the doors to their rooms during the day or at night. Security may not be as tight as it is on other college campuses, but that's because there isn't really a need. Serious crimes rarely happen on campus, and if a student doesn't feel safe walking alone at night, they can always call on a Public Safety officer to escort them. Although not necessarily the wisest decision, students often feel that they don't have to exercise the same safety precautions as they would in the real world.

Public Safety maintains a highly visible presence on campus, which contributes to its feeling of safety. And while security is not a concern for most students, officers seem to do a good job of taking precautionary measures. Officers are constantly patrolling the campus and are quick to respond to any calls. Residence halls have additional security by requiring a swipe card or key to get into the building. However, doors are often propped open by students. Although Furman's campus is gated, and they close the back gate every night, the front gate is always open. But if Furman's security seems lax in some areas, that is only because there has never been a need for more rigorous safety precautions.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
(864) 294-2111
Safety Services
  • Code blue telephones
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Escort service
  • Investigative services
  • Security alarm systems
  • Shuttle services
  • Specialized education on a given topic by request
Health Center
Student Health Services
Earle Infirmary
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Counseling services
  • Health education
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical/acute care
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy center
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • You can simply dial 2111 from any University phone to reach Public Safety immediately.
  • Furman offers a free women's self defense course to students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 29 responses

  • 33% None
  • 12% Unlit pathways
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 46% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 29% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 68% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 29% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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