Furman University Responds to Allegations of a Professor Having White Supremacist Connections

Furman University is responding to reports of a professor allegedly participating in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and being associated with other organizations connected with white supremacist groups, WYFF reported.Furman University

"I and others immediately began investigating this information,” Furman President Dr. Elizabeth Davis wrote in a letter to school employees. “As we continue to look into this matter, this professor will not teach or be on campus as we process these difficult circumstances and determine next steps.

"The views of the organizers of the Unite the Right rally do not reflect the values that I hold, and they are not the values that we have committed to in our vision, mission and values statements. They are harmful to members of our community, diminish a sense of belonging, and inhibit each individual's opportunity to thrive. It is our responsibility when matters like these come to light to engage in robust dialogue about what belonging and thriving mean on our campus and beyond. As we continue to struggle with this difficult situation, we intend to engage our campus in further conversation."

Counseling centers will be available to help students and faculty, Davis said.