June 22, 2020

Furman announced a new website, Furman Focused: Fall 2020, detailing the preparations for the Fall 2020 semester.

Dear Campus Community,

As we prepare to return to in-person instruction this fall, we have launched a new website, Furman Focused: Fall 2020, that replaces our COVID-19 site and lists policies and procedures we’re implementing to increase safety and decrease the risk of spreading the virus. The website will include regular updates on our fall plans, which we announced on June 9.

Universities across the country are dealing with unprecedented challenges. Our goal with the Furman Focused website is to provide a resource for our community, offer a glimpse into how we are addressing these challenges from a community and campus perspective, and show how we are adapting to the conditions while staying focused on providing a thoroughly Furman education.

A steering committee working with multiple advisory groups and subcommittees, including faculty, staff and students from across the university, have informed our planning. We have also extensively engaged health care expertise through our faculty and our partnership with Prisma Health, which operates the university’s student health center and an employee clinic.

The Furman Focused website provides details about the fall schedule, health resources, healthy habits, social responsibilities, academics and classrooms, housing and dining, returning to work and an explanation of the principles that guide the university’s decisions. See this news release for more information on the website and Furman’s plans.

Our first priority is to safely teach students in-person, and we feel that it’s important to be transparent with our community about our process, the topics we’re addressing and our goals.  Furman faculty and staff have spent countless hours preparing for the Fall 2020 semester, and we will continue to work as long as necessary to make sure our students, employees and visitors have peace of mind when they’re on campus.

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, Fall Semester Planning Steering Committee