August 17, 2020

Paladin Promise updates

Editor’s note: Furman sent similar messages with specific information to new students and others who may be arriving later or learning remotely.

Dear Students,

Welcome back!  We are so excited to have students back on campus, and are eager to welcome the rest of your peers in just a few more weeks.  As you prepare to start your classes tomorrow, we want to share some early observations and clarify a few things, so please read to the end of this email.

Many are very skeptical about the ability of college students to place the health and safety of others before their own desires.  We don’t feel that way.  What we have observed in the last several days leads us to believe in you and your peers.  Maintaining your commitment to the Paladin Promise will lead to a successful fall semester!

Early arrival second- and third-year students

Just a reminder that early arrival second- and third-year students will need to participate in classes remotely only until September 14.  This also applies to other academic-related experiences, such as research and music lessons.

You may utilize non-academic facilities and in-person services, such as the PAC, dining facilities, library, and the Trone Student Center. Students who have been approved as early arrivals may also begin any employment on campus.

Face Coverings

We are pleased with the overall commitment to wearing face coverings that we’ve observed since last Wednesday.  This must remain a priority.  Please don’t get relaxed.

To clarify, you and your roommates may remove your face coverings when inside your apartment (though regular use is still recommended).  However, when you have an approved guest present, everyone must wear face coverings. 

When you are outdoors and alone, you may remove your face covering.  When you are outdoors and more than 6 feet apart from others, you may remove your face covering, though it’s strongly recommended that you still wear your face covering when with others because keeping that separation is tough.  And roommates must still wear face coverings when together outdoors.  We realize you live together, but remember, others will see you and not know that you are roommates.

In other words, you should wear your face covering at all times unless you are outside alone, in your room alone, or in your room with your roommate.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing (more than 6 feet apart) is hard.  Really hard.  However, this will be a major factor that determines whether we will remain in person for the entirety of the semester.  Want to reduce the chance that you must quarantine for 14 days this semester?  Then minimize the number of individuals with whom you have close contact within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (face coverings or not) – the people with whom you eat, visit with in the apartments, or ride with in cars.  The number of contacts can add up quickly and all of these contacts must quarantine when one student tests positive for COVID-19.  Furman only has so many quarantine spaces, and exhausting those spaces is one reason we would not be able to remain in person for the semester, so please do your part to minimize close contacts each day!

Our success in controlling viral spread is dependent upon students minimizing exposures through smaller social circles and group interactions.  As such, we suggest that you form small groups (3-4 students) that you eat meals with during the semester and keep those same groups.  In other words, try not to eat with three different friends for each meal in the DH.

Housing Visitation Policy

Visitors will be limited inside North Village apartments to one Furman student guest per resident at a time. The main shared living area occupancy will not exceed four people, and no more than four people will be in shared bedrooms, and no more than two people in private bedrooms at a time.

Student residents at The Vinings may host up to one Furman student guest per resident in the apartment, with no more than four people in the main living area at a time.

Remember, all students must wear face coverings and practice physical distancing when guests are present. You may visit with immediate family members in public spaces on campus, outside of campus housing.

Second- and third-year students who are not approved early arrivals are not allowed on campus for any reason until September 11, so they may not be your invited guest.  Remote learners are not allowed on campus at all during the fall semester.  If any of these students are discovered in your apartment, you will jeopardize your privilege of remaining on campus for the semester.

Social Gatherings and Parties

Large social gatherings not following health protocols and safety measures have already created viral outbreaks on campuses throughout the country, which increases the risk of others being exposed and health systems been overloaded with cases.  Let’s do our part together to avoid outbreaks, fulfilling our promise to each other.

As such, off-campus social gatherings or parties larger than eight individuals may not be hosted by students or student organizations regardless of physical distancing or other protective measures.  If students or student organizations, including those students living off campus, put other Furman students at risk, they will be subject to student conduct action for violating the Endangerment Policy. Sanctions may include immediate suspension, expulsion, or loss of recognition from the university.

Reporting Paladin Promise Violations

The community has been submitting LiveSafe tips for the last several days with reports of Paladin Promise violations.  Familiarize yourself with our plan to enforce the Paladin Promise.  Suspension and expulsion is a possible outcome for not doing your part.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.  And as always, periodically check the Furman Focused website.  We will provide more information very soon about reserving space on campus for organization meetings and late night study spaces available to students.

Let’s do this together.  Go Dins!

Sincerely,

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

Co-Chairs, Fall Semester Planning Team Steering Committee

 

Remote Learners

Dear Students,

We are excited about the beginning of the new year. You and approximately 11.5% of your peers are remote learners this fall. The following information will help you navigate this unusual semester. Please read to the end of this email.

Academic Success and Remote Learning

As you begin your classes remotely, it will be especially important to maintain open and active lines of communication with your professors. Study your syllabi carefully, and reach out to your professors with specific questions and challenges so that you can start your courses on solid footing. Please remember that remote learners have virtual access to our full range of academic support services, including the Peer Assisted Learning (tutoring) program. Please contact Kelsey Davis, Director of the Center for Academic Success, or Jean Schwab, Director of Peer Assisted Learning, if you need to get connected to any specific resources that can help you be successful. If you are having textbook access issues, please contact your professors immediately.

Campus Access

The purpose of providing a remote-learning option was to allow students who have concerns about their health and safety a way to continue their academic coursework and other academic-related experiences at their homes. Consequently, you should not be on campus for any reason during the fall semester.  Your Furman ID has been deactivated for the fall semester, removing access to Furman facilities

Remote learners may not visit their peers living in campus housing this semester.  If remote learners are discovered in campus housing, the residents in those spaces will jeopardize their privilege of remaining on campus for the semester.

Remote Support Services

Even though you may not access the campus in person, all of the support and enrichment services and resources are available to you remotely – Counseling Center, Duke Library, Center for Academic Success, Academic Advising, SOAR, Malone Career Center, Title IX, Spiritual Life, Student Life, Internship Office, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Social Gatherings and Parties

Large social gatherings not following health protocols and safety measures have already created viral outbreaks on campuses throughout the country, which increases the risk of others being exposed and health systems been overloaded with cases.  Let’s do our part together to avoid outbreaks, fulfilling our promise to each other.

As such, off-campus social gatherings or parties larger than eight individuals may not be hosted by students or student organizations regardless of physical distancing or other protective measures.  If students or student organizations, including those students living off campus, put other Furman students at risk, they will be subject to student conduct action for violating the Endangerment Policy. Sanctions may include immediate suspension, expulsion, or loss of recognition from the university.

Reporting Paladin Promise Violations

The community has been submitting LiveSafe tips for the last several days with reports of Paladin Promise violations.  Familiarize yourself with our plan to enforce the Paladin Promise.  Suspension and expulsion is a possible outcome for not doing your part.  Also, the Student Handbook still applies to students living off campus.

Many are very skeptical about the ability of college students to place the health and safety of others before their own desires.  We don’t feel that way.  What we have observed in the last several days leads us to believe in you and your peers.  Maintaining your commitment to the Paladin Promise will lead to a successful fall semester!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.  And as always, periodically check the Furman Focused website.

Let’s do this together.  Go Dins!

Sincerely,

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

Co-Chairs, Fall Semester Planning Team Steering Committee