April 23, 2021

Furman Focused update: PURPLE Phase

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations! The streak will continue into a fifth consecutive week, as we will operate next week in the PURPLE: Basic Precautions phase on campus, while adhering to the YELLOW phase operations off campus.

COVID dashboard

We completed surveillance testing for 244 on-campus students this week, resulting in 1 asymptomatic positive. There were 0 positive cases reported by the Earle Student Health Center. Thank you to our entire community for your diligence and commitment to one another. The Furman Focused Dashboard and Campus Operational Phases were updated yesterday.

Surveillance testing

We will continue with our COVID surveillance testing next week, testing 15% of the student testing pool, on Wednesday only. That will be our final week of surveillance testing. Selected students will receive instructions on Monday.

Party on campus being investigated

The Student Life Office is investigating a large party that occurred in North Village on Wednesday night following the Yung Gravy concert. There were over 30 individuals present without wearing masks or distancing. As a result, additional testing will be carried out to address this incident. Being fully vaccinated or having tested positive for COVID in the previous 90 days does not give students license to abandon our COVID health and safety measures with only two weeks left in the semester. Those who violate our health and safety measures will be adjudicated through the student conduct process.

We are so pleased that there are in-person concerts, comedians, athletics events, awards ceremonies, and other end-of-the-year activities happening. However, gatherings like this one have the potential to bring these activities to an immediate stop. Our goal is to preserve in-person graduation for our seniors and we will take every appropriate action against such misbehavior to attain this goal.

Vaccination update

We are excited to report that 16.9 percent of the student body has submitted their completed vaccination cards to the ESHC. Students and employees who are fully vaccinated will no longer be included in our surveillance testing program and will not have to quarantine due to an exposure.

Students, faculty and staff may use https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov as a resource for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Students, faculty and staff who have received the complete dose of the COVID vaccination are encouraged to voluntarily share their vaccination record.

For employees, this information will not be shared or stored as part of personnel records, and no personnel actions will be taken based on whether employees have received the vaccine. Please submit only your vaccination record and do not include any medical information along with it.

Tip of the Week: Start preparing for the end of the spring semester

As seniors are preparing for life after graduation and other students are preparing for returning home, staying on campus for May Experience or traveling elsewhere, we encourage all students to prepare to travel safely. Here are some tips:

  • Get vaccinated because that’s the safest way to travel.
  • If you are not vaccinated yet and you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to traveling, you may want to get tested 24-48 hours prior to traveling. Furman will not be offering surveillance testing the last week of the semester, but SC DHEC offers free clinics near the campus frequently with 24-hour turnaround for results.
  • Familiarize yourself with the CDC’s travel recommendations.

Fall 2021 planning 

Furman plans for in-person classes and off-campus activities for the Fall 2021 semester. Read more information about plans for the fall semester.

Dins Day

Dins Day is this Tuesday, April 27. Students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to rally for Furman. Visit the Dins Day giving page to discover Dins Day events including Rock ‘n Roll Bingo, a virtual workout and cooking segments. And remember, whether you give to academics, athletics, centers and institutes, scholarships or student experiences, you are ensuring that we can continue to provide The Furman Advantage to every student.

Counseling Center walk-in hours

In addition to scheduled appointments, Furman’s Counseling Center is hosting their end-of-semester walk-in clinic until April 29. Same day, 30-minute, single sessions (online or in person) are geared toward students who are looking for a quick check-in with a counselor. Students may also utilize the 24/7 crisis/mental health support line at 864-294-3031, option #3 from anywhere at any time. Online self-help tools are always available as well.

Housing move out

Furman’s spring closing process will support a safe and healthy campus while embracing the Furman spirit. Students should limit the number of individuals who assist them with the move-out process to no more than two individuals, preferably family members. Students and their family members will be expected to wear masks and follow physical distancing guidelines during the move-out process. Family members are not permitted to stay overnight in campus housing.

Students, remember that you can reach out to your peers on the student advisory group to ask questions and send them suggestions to share with the steering committee.

Please continue to follow the Paladin Promise, complete your daily LiveSafe health survey, and check the Furman Focused website and your email for regular updates.

Have a fun, safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Steering Committee