May 28, 2020

President Davis announces limited library service, admissions tours

President Davis announces limited library service, admissions tours

Dear Furman Faculty and Staff,

First, I’d like to thank the Staff Advisory Council, the Faculty Executive Committee and the Faculty Administrative Liaison Committee for organizing and facilitating the virtual staff and faculty forums held earlier this week. I appreciated the opportunity, along with my colleagues on the senior administration team, to answer the many thoughtful questions we received.

As discussed in those forums and a communication last week, we are planning to reopen the campus for in-person instruction in the fall semester. The Fall Semester Planning Team, led jointly by Dean of Faculty Jeremy Cass, Dean of Students Jason Cassidy and Chief of Police John Milby, and composed of members representing areas across campus, is making detailed plans for a safe and successful semester.

Today I am pleased to announce two important steps toward that goal that will begin Monday, June 1.

Library service
Our library staff will begin curbside service for faculty and staff who request physical items from the Main, Music, and Science Libraries. To use this service, go to this link and fill out the form.

The staff requires a minimum of 48 hours to process the request. Your items will be retrieved from the stacks, checked out to you, labeled with your name, and placed on a cart on the James B. Duke Library patio for your retrieval at the time specified on your form. Items checked out will be due six months after checkout. If you wish to return your items, you may place them in the book drop on the Duke Library patio.

Click on this link to see a map and driving directions to pick up your items. This service will be available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admissions tours
After extensive planning to ensure everyone’s safety, Admissions will again start hosting in-person tours, an important signal to prospective students and their families that we are on track for a thoughtful and planned opening of the campus in the fall.

The tours will be limited to one family per admissions counselor, and will be scheduled at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. No residence halls will be shown, but guests will see inside a few academic buildings and the Trone Student Center, following social distancing and health and safety guidelines.

We will require touring families to wear masks, which we will provide along with bottles of hand sanitizer, and they will be asked to answer screening questions both before their visit and when they arrive on campus for their tour. Admissions will continue to offer virtual tours for families who cannot or prefer not to visit campus in person. More information is available here.

Thanks to everyone in the Library and Admissions for their diligence and thoughtful planning as we take these steps toward reopening in the fall.

As a reminder, any faculty or staff wishing to enter the Townes Science Center should email Associate Provost John Wheeler. For access to other academic buildings, email Jeremy Cass. Please continue to contact your vice president or designee for access to office spaces and other buildings.

We will announce soon more details of our plans, procedures and timing for the fall reopening of campus. Please continue to visit our COVID-19 website for regular updates.

Take care and be well.