April 13, 2020

All classes for Summer Session I and Summer Session II will be taught remotely

All classes for Summer Session I and Summer Session II will be taught remotely

Dear Students,

As we continue to absorb the magnitude of the impact of COVID-19 on the Furman community, we note the effects of the pandemic on teaching and learning have been particularly pronounced. We have been encouraged and energized by your response to adversity, and we appreciate the way that our community continues to come together—from a distance—to support one another.

While no decision has been made about the reopening of campus after June 3rd, due to the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, all classes for Summer Session I and Summer Session II will be taught remotely.

The 2020 Summer Session will feature a robust selection of course offerings from departments across campus, many of which fulfill General Education Requirements. I encourage you to access the updated, and greatly expanded, course listings through MyFurman to determine if there are any courses that are of interest or utility to you as you progress along your Furman pathway.

As you consider enrolling in a summer course, please be aware of the following information:

1. Students are not required to take summer session courses; they are entirely optional.

2. The summer session includes two five-week sessions:

  • Session 1 begins on Monday, June 8, and concludes on Friday, July 10, 2020.
  • Session 2 begins on Monday, July 13, and concludes on Friday, August 14, 2020.

3. Students may enroll in up to 12 credits total over both summer sessions.

  • Students may enroll in up to 8 credits per summer session; however, students are strongly encouraged to only complete 4 credits per session due to the challenging nature of completing coursework with a compressed course timeline.
  • Students may not enroll in more than 12 credits in the summer session without the permission of the Associate Academic Dean.

4. Summer session courses are not covered by the comprehensive fee; students are billed separately for any credits enrolled in the summer session ($3,000 per 4-credit course or $750 per credit).

5. Courses that will meet synchronously will include class meeting times on the course listings.

  • Synchronous courses typically involve two-hour class periods that meet four to five days per week.

6. Courses that are being offered asynchronously do not have meeting times listed, though instructors may require individual or group virtual meetings during their courses.

The flexibilities with Furman’s pass-no pass grading option that were instituted for the spring 2020 semester will not apply to the 2020 Summer Session.

The 2020 Summer Session website has been recently updated and features important information for your consideration, including registration instructions and per-credit costs. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a 2020 Summer Session course, please visit the website and see the course listings in MyFurman soon. Please feel free to reach out to instructors directly with questions about their courses.

I am immensely proud of the ways in which our entire community, especially our students, has adapted to the challenges of adjusting to the realities of COVID-19. My colleagues and I are hopeful that our expanded summer 2020 offerings can help you navigate the challenging landscape that we are all experiencing in ways that help you get the most out of your Furman education.

With my best wishes for your continued health and safety,

Ken Peterson
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost