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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Latest Update

We recognize that our community will have many questions in the days and weeks ahead. 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 Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.)

  • The Counseling Center is offering remote mental health support to students through its virtual office.
  • As classrooms and fields have temporarily been replaced by home offices and backyards, our faculty and coaches share a video message of encouragement. Watch the video.
  • See an update below in the Q&A about the housing lottery and summer housing.
  • President Elizabeth Davis shared a video message with the campus community on March 30.
  • For the latest on executive orders affecting the state of emergency in South Carolina, please visit the website for the Office of the Governor.
  • University officials grant temporary amendments to the pass-no pass grading option for the spring 2020 semester. Download the amendments as a PDF.
  • Student Life sent this reminder about Title IX and the Sexual Misconduct Policy to students and parents on Friday, March 27.
  • Furman has learned that several students have tested positive for COVID-19. All are recovering at home.
  • A campus communication was posted March 20 with new details about prorated reimbursements for room, meal plans and other incidental charges, and a plan for students who haven’t already done so to retrieve their personal items from campus.
  • 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 and Golf Course are closed to the public until further notice. This includes the walking trails around the lake.
  • All Furman-sponsored events are canceled or being postponed through at least June 3.
  • 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.
  • The university is remaining open, but all employees who can work from home are required to do so. Please see this campus communication for more details.
  • For faculty and staff, Human Resources has listed FAQs on its website.

Recent Campus Communications

April 3, 2020

Updates on housing, virtual activities

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April 2, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic presents financial challenges

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April 1, 2020

Furman faculty and coaches share a video message of encouragement

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Questions and Answers for Students

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?

Furman University will reimburse room and board at a prorated level and is currently processing refunds as expediently as possible. Reimbursement for room and board will be prorated from March 16 to May 5, and students who receive refunds will see them on their accounts by April 9. 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?

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 return your Rental Textbooks, visit this Barnes & Noble website. A free UPS label may be printed out by this semester’s rental due date, May 6, 2020.

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 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.

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.