Desks spaced out in the Furman Hall classrooms

Academics & Classrooms

Course Formats

Classes this spring will be offered in-person, using our FurmanFlex format, which includes face-to-face (F2F) and remote learners. Furman will continue to offer online-only courses to provide alternatives for students and faculty.

If you are enrolled in a FurmanFlex course, you can expect the following:

  • Course listings include a classroom location and have a designated time for synchronous class meetings.
  • A portion of students will attend face to face at the scheduled class time: F2F Students
  • A portion of students may participate in the class remotely:
    Remote Students include:
    -Students with concerns and/or circumstances preventing a return to campus
    -International students who are unable to return to the US
    -Students in quarantine
  • For both F2F and Remote students, instructors have designed their courses to be engaging and accessible and in accordance with Furman’s high standards for instruction and engagement.

If you are enrolled in an online course, you can expect the following:

  • Course listings will indicate “ONL – ONLINE” as the class location and have a designated time for synchronous class meetings.
  • Class will be taught online for the duration of the semester.
  • Classes will retain scheduled meeting days and times and will be offered as synchronously as possible.
  • A portion of students will be remote-learners living on elsewhere

Schedule Adjustments

Course start and end times will follow the Fall 2020 schedule to allow for reduced density in classroom buildings and hallways and to allow students time to sanitize their workspaces.

  • MWF courses will begin at 8 a.m. and are 50 minutes in length for standard course periods. The MWF schedule will allow for 20 minutes between classes.
  • TR courses will begin at 8 a.m. and are 75 minutes in length for standard course periods.  The TR schedule will allow for 30 minutes between classes.

Spring Meeting Times

Meeting Period Days Start Time Original Start Time Updated End Time
A MWF 8:30 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:50 a.m.
B MWF 9:30 a.m. 9:10 a.m. 10 a.m.
C MWF 10:30 a.m. 10:20 a.m. 11:10 a.m.
D MWF 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:20 p.m.
Advising MWF 12:30 p.m. 12:40 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
E MWF 1:30 p.m. 1:50 p.m. 2:40 p.m.
F MWF 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:50 p.m.
G MWF 4 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 5 p.m.
H TR 8:30 a.m. 8 a.m. 9:15 a.m.
I TR 10 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11 a.m.
J TR 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m.
K TR 1 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
L TR 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
M TR 4 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 6 p.m.

Classroom Modifications

The planning team has developed a strategy that decreases class sizes and spreads out class locations to reduce density and to allow for appropriate physical distancing. The university invested nearly $1 million in cameras and other technology, which has been installed in nearly every classroom to support remote teaching, as necessary. Here is a short video demonstration of the new “remote ready” features of the classrooms.

All students and employees are required to wear cloth face coverings at all times when in campus buildings unless a specific exception is granted. Cloth face coverings should include at least two layers of fabric that fully cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face.

Classrooms, labs, and studios have been arranged to ensure appropriate physical distancing and other preventative measures. Additionally, there will be designated traffic flow patterns throughout all academic buildings to ensure appropriate hallway densities.

Labs

Prioritization on student and employee health and safety makes participating in traditional lab environments more challenging within the limited laboratory room spaces. Many curricular lab experiences will continue as planned, but in physically distanced and adjusted environments (lower density, required face masks or face shields). However, some lab-based courses (approximately 50%) will use an online format for the duration of the Spring semester. We recognize that the necessity of participating in labs in a virtual format will create non-trivial alterations to that experience. Nonetheless, we, are confident in our instructors’ ability to adapt and provide an effective learning experience similar to that which would occur under normal circumstances. Instructors are using a number of approaches to deliver engaging, virtual laboratory experiences to meet this goal. These innovative elements range from professional simulations (e.g., SimBio and Labster), posting videos of laboratory procedures along with data files that students analyze using appropriate statistical tests, customized Moodle activities in which students view photos/videos of specimens and complete interactive questions, to leveraging large online data sets for students to mine and answer important scientific (including public health) questions. Notably, instructors are finding and using a variety of course-specific tools to create virtual laboratory activities that achieve the necessary learning goals. Thus, if you need to take lab-based courses in an online format, we are confident that you will receive a valuable learning experience that will effectively prepare you for future academic and career pursuits.

Health professional schools are aware that student academic and experiential preparation will be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  The vast majority have already committed to allowing adjustments to curriculums and course delivery mechanisms when reviewing applications and assessing fulfillment of pre-requisite courses. Health professional school applications have been updated to include a section for applicants to make COVID-19 impact statements. Students applying to health professional schools should contact Dr. Banisaukas, who can provide specific information to those schools regarding online course and laboratory substitutions due to COVID-19 while at Furman.

CLP

The Cultural Life Program (CLP) engages students in a spectrum of issues, ideas, and artistic expressions from various disciplines and cultures. All students are expected to attain the requisite 32 CLP credits for graduation. For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, the vast majority of CLP programs will be hosted in an online-only format to allow for a large number of students to participate and to ensure remote learners may access them. Each event will have clear guidelines and expectations for attaining credit, which will be communicated to potential attendees.

As in years past, individual students and student groups can propose CLP events. To do so, please work with a faculty sponsor to develop and submit your event proposal.  Review the event and proposal guidelines.  Online events that are being hosted by other sources (e.g., a webinar presented by a research institute) can be proposed, as long as an effective system for checking attendance can be implemented.

Students can view their current CLP total in MyFurman. Returning students should note that four CLP event credits have been awarded for the Spring 2020 semester.

Support Services

The university will continue to offer academic and student support services, along with engaged learning, advising, mentoring and career services. Students can expect that many meetings will be conducted via Zoom to allow for physical distancing and reduce risk while eliminating the need to wear face masks during meetings. The Faculty Development Center continues to work closely with our excellent faculty to help ensure courses are robust in their delivery and content, regardless of the format.

Eating and Drinking During Class

  • For students who feel they must have access to water during class, they must use a personal bottle with a sealed lid and a self-contained “straw” or similar device for drinking the liquid by vacuum rather than “pouring” into the mouth.
  • The straw or similar device should be of a design that it can be slipped under the face covering to take a drink.
  • No other beverages and nothing that can be spilled from an open container creating a bio-hazard for others will be allowed.
  • The straw or similar device should be of a design that it can be slipped under the face covering to take a drink.
  • Faculty can use water bottles of similar design (self-contained “straw”).
  • Individuals should not eat in classrooms or academic buildings unless there is a medical emergency/medically approved necessity, and in those cases the individuals should separate themselves from others at distances of greater than 6 feet. The exception is faculty and staff may eat in their offices alone with the door closed.

Examples of appropriate water bottles:
Example of an appropriate water bottle with a straw Example of an appropriate water bottle with a straw

Academic Building Hours and Study Spaces

Furman has added spaces and hours to facilitate student learning in the Spring 2021 semester.
View our building hours and study spaces

Furman bell tower in the summer

2021 MayX & Summer FAQs

Have a question about MayX or Summer Courses?

Read our FAQs

The university will closely monitor the evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, along with rapidly developing scientific knowledge and medical resources, to determine the appropriateness for adjustments and contingencies. For general questions about the fall semester, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.