The mission of the Furman Academic Program is to prepare law students to become legal academics. One of the values of the academy is promoting robust debate around difficult and pressing issues. As part of that mission, the Program is firmly committed to expanding diversity within the legal academy. We seek to foster a breadth of emerging scholarly voices and nurture academic leaders capable of respecting and engaging with students of all backgrounds and experiences—including in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and learning differences, and religious and political beliefs.
In training future academics, the Program aims to foster an inclusive community that affirms each person’s right of belonging. Applicants with a history of intolerant conduct, including hate speech, bullying, or personal ridicule, are presumptively disqualified from candidacy. An applicant who has engaged in such conduct or speech in the past may submit an explanatory statement for consideration if such behavior is atypical or not indicative of present conduct or belief, and may be asked to address that conduct or speech as a condition of acceptance into the Program.
While in the Program, we expect all Furman Scholars and Fellows to hold themselves to the highest standards of behavior, befitting a future classroom leader and legal academic. Actions that reflect poorly on the Program, indicate an unfitness for legal academia, or that disparage or demean any person’s basic humanity are grounds for expulsion from the Program. If such behavior comes to our attention, the Program’s directors will consider appropriate disciplinary and restorative processes on a case-by-case basis.