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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Latest Update

Furman is planning to reopen the campus for in-person instruction for Fall 2020. Meanwhile, we know our community has many questions related to the pandemic. This website will include all the latest information and announcements regarding our institutional response to COVID-19. Please refer to this website and check your email regularly for updates. (Updated Monday, May 18, 4:15 p.m.)

  • In an effort to address the unprecedented financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Furman University on May 18 announced that it would cut the salaries of the president and senior administrators, implement furloughs and budget reductions, and discontinue the baseball and men’s lacrosse programs.
  • President Davis also announced May 18 that plans are underway to reopen campus in the fall for in-person instruction. Details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
  • The Office of Admissions will re-open campus visits beginning June 1, 2020. Furman has partnered with Prisma Health to ensure all recommended social distancing guidelines are part of our campus visits. To schedule a tour, and to review the safety protocols in place, please see our Campus Visit information.
  • International study away programs for Fall 2020 have been canceled. See this May 15 campus communication for details.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, and to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Greenville community, the Furman campus remains closed to the public until further notice. This includes the walking trails around the lake and the Physical Activities Center.
  • The Furman Alumni Association unveiled a virtual tribute board to celebrate the Class of 2020. See this May 4 campus communication for more details.
  • All summer on-campus events, except tours scheduled with the Office of Admissions, have been canceled. See this April 29 campus communication for details.
  • All summer sessions will be taught remotely. See this April 13 update for more.
  • In an April 24 video address to the Furman Family, President Davis addressed a number of questions about university operations during the pandemic and announced plans for a virtual celebration for graduating seniors on May 9. Read the transcript of her video.
  • The Furman Golf Course reopened for modified play on May 1, the university announced on April 20. Read the new guidelines and restrictions.
  • Virtual events and programs are available. See the Virtual Activities and Programming website for more details.
  • The university has created the For Furman Fund for anyone who wants to provide financial support for students or the university during the pandemic.
  • The Counseling Center is offering remote mental health support to students through its virtual office.
  • Visit the website for the Office of the Governor for the latest on executive orders affecting the state of emergency in South Carolina.
  • Commencement will be postponed; graduation will be celebrated at a later date in a way that will properly recognize our seniors’ achievements. We will announce those plans as soon as possible.
  • Human Resources has listed FAQs on its website for faculty and staff.

Furman from Home

While the pandemic is keeping Paladins away from campus, Furman is always home. Read how the Furman Family is handing the pandemic wherever they are.

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Recent Campus Communications

May 18, 2020

Steps to address financial crisis, reopen in the fall 

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May 15, 2020

Fall 2020 international study away programs canceled

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May 4, 2020

Virtual tribute board for graduates unveiled

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Questions and Answers for Students

How can I support Furman students and the university during the pandemic?

The university has created the For Furman Fund to help the university respond  quickly to students with emergent needs and unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19. The fund will provide assistance for:

  • Travel expenses for students unable to move home, shipment of items necessary for coursework, and storage of items for those far from home
  • Support to Career Services to counsel students remotely as they continue their educational journey
  • Student and faculty resources for remote learning and instruction, including technology where needed for online coursework
  • Scholarships to help ensure students can continue to attend and work toward a Furman degree

To support students during this time, please do so through our secure online giving form. Your gift will make an immediate impact on students.

For more information, or if you have other ways you might be able to assist students during this time, email alumni@furman.edu.

What mental health resources are available while I am away from campus?

If you are currently in South Carolina and have visited the Counseling Center this academic year, the Counseling Center staff can provide you with limited telehealth services. Due to licensing regulations, the staff cannot provide ongoing counseling by phone or video across state jurisdictions.

If you reside outside of the State of South Carolina, have accessed therapy appointments regularly this semester and would like to continue, we recommend that you connect with a local provider. Visit PsychologyToday.com, where you can search by area code, specialty, and insurance accepted; or contact your insurance company for a list of providers in your area. Low costs options include community or county mental health centers.

To access self-help resources, visit the Counseling Center website for a list of national resources and apps for managing stress and anxiety. Also use the Well Track app (free to Furman students)

If you have an appointment with a Counseling Center psychiatrist during the upcoming weeks, your prescriber will attempt to reach you by phone on the day of your appointment or sooner to plan for your continued care. Please have your pharmacy information on hand at the time of the call. Your prescriber will make two attempts to contact you. If you miss both calls, connect with a local prescriber for medication management.

If your medication is managed by the Counseling Center, but you do not have a follow-up scheduled with the prescriber, you will need to connect with a local prescriber. Take your pill bottle to the appointment to document dosage.

If your medication is managed by Earle Student Health Center, contact them for medication management.

If you are considering medication, connect with a prescriber (such as a psychiatrist, a primary care physician, or an urgent care provider) at home to obtain medication.

The Counseling Center is currently available by phone (864.294.3031) to assist you with exploring the options above.

How can I stay involved with groups and activities?

Don’t let this period of social distancing stop you from connecting with one another! The university has pulled together a number of virtual activities and engagement opportunities. Check the Virtual Activities and Programming website often, as we’ll be updating this site frequently with new suggestions!

Is your organization sponsoring a virtual event or meet up? Or have you stumbled upon something fun online? We want to hear what you’re doing. Please email suggestions and information to virtualengagement@furman.edu.

When can I return to campus to retrieve my personal items?

Students may return to campus to move out now through Sunday, April 5. For the latest on executive orders affecting the state of emergency in South Carolina, please visit the website for the Office of the Governor.

Check-out will occur daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If you or your family are not feeling well or you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, a cough and shortness of breath, please do not return to campus at this time. See extension request instructions below.

Students will utilize Express Check-out, which means you return your room/apartment key(s) to the key box located outside of the Housing and Residence Life office (located at North Village J).

Please do your best to remove all belongings, dispose of any trash, and clean your room/apartment as best you can.

To allow for social distancing as advised by the CDC, students may only bring two additional individuals with them to campus to assist with the move. Please coordinate with your roommate(s) so you and your families are not all moving out at the same time.

It is strongly recommended that you not stay in campus housing overnight. Please explore options for staying in hotels if an overnight stay is necessary. However, if you are coming from a long distance and have no other option off campus, please exercise Furman’s commitment to social distancing while here and make every effort to minimize your time on campus.

Students unable to move out by April 5 for any reason may request an extension by completing the “Move-out Extension Request” form in the “Applications” dropdown menu in the form at Housing Self-Service Portal.

Additional check-out information can be located in your Housing Self-Service Portal under the “Messages” and “Information” banners. If you have any additional housing-related questions, please emailHousingandResidenceLife@furman.edu.

How can I retrieve athletic, music, or other personal property and equipment from campus buildings?

Music students who need access to the Daniel Music Building to retrieve personal property or equipment must obtain permission from the department chair in order to be granted access to the Music Building.

The Department Chair granting access should email Chief John Milby (john.milby@furman.edu) or call the Furman Police at 864-294-2111 and provide the name of the authorized student, the location where the student is to be permitted access and a description of the property to be retrieved. When a student is granted permission, the duty officer will be dispatched to meet the student at the building, grant access and stand by while the student retrieves their property.

Student athletes who need access to athletic buildings to retrieve property must receive permission from their coaches in order to access athletic buildings. Coaches granting access should email Chief John Milby (john.milby@furman.edu) or call the Furman Police at 864-294-2111 and provide the name of the authorized student, the location where the student is to be permitted access and a description of the property to be retrieved. When a student is granted permission, the duty officer will be dispatched to meet the student at the building, grant access and stand by while the student retrieves their property.

All other students who need access to academic buildings to retrieve personal property or equipment must receive permission from their professors. Professors granting access should email Chief John Milby (john.milby@furman.edu) or call the Furman Police at 864-294-2111 and provide the name of the authorized student, the location where the student is to be permitted access and a description of the property to be retrieved. When a student is granted permission, the duty officer will be dispatched to meet the student at the building, grant access and stand by while the student retrieves their property.

Will I receive a refund for room and board and study away?

All refunds have been processed as of April 16. Checks were mailed on that day to accounts that do not have direct deposit.

Furman University reimbursed room and board at a prorated level. Reimbursement for room and board was prorated from March 16 to May 5. Please ensure that your direct deposit information is current in MyFurman to facilitate electronic transfer of funds.

For more information, please see Enrollment Services or email enroll@furman.edu.

How can I buy or return course materials and textbooks?

The textbook rental return date for Spring Semester 2020 has been extended to 6/15/20. You can return your rentals by following these steps: https://furman.bncollege.com/shop/furman/page/rental-book-return

Barnes & Noble at Furman is offering FREE eBook access through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Students may visit furman.bncollege.com and click on the header to gain access through VitalSource, our eTextbook partner.

Barnes & Noble is also offering free shipping for any customers needing school supplies, textbooks, and merchandise. The team is available to assist via phone, email, and via the website. “$0 for Ground Shipping” will be displayed at check out.

To sell back your books for cash, visit this Barnes & Noble website.

COVID-19 Operations

In response to the continued developments of COVID-19, our bookstore is closed until further notice. Please check our website for updates.

We will have limited access to email but will respond as soon as we are able. Thank you for your continued patience during this time.

What will happen to my mail? What if I've had packages shipped to campus?

P2X is beginning the process of shipping all mail and packages that have been received to your home address. You should stop having packages shipped to campus. If you have a monthly recurring shipment, please make arrangements to cancel or redirect.

What academic support resources are available to me?

The staff members of the Center for Academic Success are ready to help you achieve successful outcomes in your courses through academic coaching on time management, general study skills training and syllabus mapping. They are also ready to help you adjust your approach to studying and learning as you face an unexpected transition to a new learning environment.

If you are currently connected to one of our staff members in the center, you may continue to communicate with that individual by email, phone or video conference about your academic progress.

If you feel that you would benefit from a connection to a staff member in the center, please email Ms. Kelsey Davis (kelsey.davis@furman.edu).

Our peer tutoring program will continue through video conference. Please contact Ms. Davis (kelsey.davis@furman.edu) if you feel that you would benefit from sessions with a peer tutor. This service is free for all Furman students.

In addition, you might find this compilation of tips and resources and these Zoom tips for students helpful.

Will the Writing and Media Lab be open?

The Writing and Media Lab will have student consultants available to help with writing via video conferencing, phone or email. Students who need help with a written assignment can schedule an online writing consultation on the Writing and Media Lab website. Writing help will be appointment-only at first, but we plan to make virtual drop-in times available. If you have any questions about writing support, email Ms. Jean Schwab (jean.schwab@furman.edu).

Will I still receive my academic accommodations in a remote instruction environment?

If you have academic accommodations in place for your current courses, those accommodations apply to a remote learning environment.

As always, you should maintain open lines of communication with your professors about your accommodations, especially if you have questions about how they might be affected by remote learning.

The SOAR office remains in operation and can address any accommodation needs that you may have.

Please review these materials and contact Ms. Judy Bagley (judy.bagley@furman.edu) if you have any questions.

How can I get internet access at home if I don't have it?

Reliable internet access is important for remote instruction, which begins next week. Several service providers are offering special discounts to families and individuals who are not currently connected in their homes. For example, Spectrum is offering 60 days of free access for remote education. Call 844-579-3743 for more details.

What’s the next step in the fall housing lottery, and for summer housing?

The summer housing application deadline has been extended to May 1. Please be advised that because of the pandemic, decisions about summer classes and housing might change. Keep checking your email for updated information.

The housing lottery’s Step 3 (Room Selection) is being delayed until a later date to align with the new summer housing deadline. More information will be shared mid-April about the path forward in the housing lottery.

For questions related to housing, please email HousingandResidenceLife@furman.edu.

Keeping Yourself Healthy

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick (do not go to class or work).
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice good hygiene and other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, getting plenty of sleep, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Prisma Health's Virtual Visits

Prisma Health has made its new Virtual Visits free to anyone seeking care for potential COVID-19. Prisma Health Virtual Visits include a new on-demand video option in addition to the existing online visit option. Use promo code COVID19.

Go to Prisma Health's Virtual Visit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention News Feed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.