Dear Campus Community,
Following the recommendations and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association (ACHA), South Carolina health officials, and our faculty epidemiologists, I am announcing today that Furman University will require all students to be immunized against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester. This requirement will result in a high rate of vaccinations, which will allow us to return to normal operations in the fall.
Students, faculty and staff will receive a follow-up communication later today with complete details, including instructions on submitting proof of vaccination by August 1. Students may request exemptions by this deadline for medical or religious reasons, or strong personal objection. While there are no plans to require the COVID-19 vaccination for Furman employees, I strongly urge those faculty and staff who have not yet received the vaccination to do so as soon as possible.
Also, effective June 14, masking and distancing both indoors and outdoors will no longer be required on campus for those who are fully vaccinated. We are able to make these changes due to new CDC guidelines, our community’s vigilance this past year, and the high vaccination rate among students on campus. Our planning teams are developing additional guidance on this change that will be made available by June 11.
It will be essential that we continue to increase vaccination rates to help ensure a safe, healthy and robust fall experience. Vaccination rates among Furman community members are available on Furman’s COVID Dashboard. Additional information is available on the Furman Focused website.
I am so proud of our campus community for all that you have done to help us navigate this pandemic together, and I am excited for the fall and our return to normal. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.