July 7, 2020

Adhering to health, safety guidelines essential to reopening

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting our state and our community especially hard. The number of people infected, the rate of infection and the hospitalization rates are climbing.

The increased presence of the virus in our community creates a higher risk, not only to health, but to the ongoing operations of our university and our ability to carry out our jobs.

Preparing the campus for safe, in-person instruction in the fall is imperative. Therefore, ensuring our campus community is as healthy as possible by following health and safety guidelines is crucial.

The utmost responsibility lies with each of us to be aware of the guidelines on our health and safety and healthy habits pages of our Furman Focused website, and to follow them. Among the guidelines, all employees are required to:

  • Wear cloth face coverings at all times when in campus buildings (unless working alone in your office or lab with the door closed) and when outside within 6 feet of others. This means cloth face coverings must be worn in any shared office or lab areas, restrooms, hallways or other common areas, even if other persons may not be in sight.
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Monitor health daily using the LiveSafe app (see the health and safety page) and quarantine if you’re feeling ill or have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
  • Wipe down high-touch points (printers, office equipment, etc.) after using them.
  • Remove unnecessary common touch points in offices and suites (brochures, books on tables, candy dishes, etc.).

If your department needs face coverings, hand sanitizer or other cleaning materials, please submit a work order request to Facilities Services.

We expect everyone to adhere to the Paladin Promise and take these measures very seriously, and to support each other so we can achieve full compliance. We will continue to monitor carefully the evolving conditions in the region. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life
Co-Chairs, Fall 2020 Planning Steering Committee