June 7, 2021

Guidance on adjustments to COVID-19 campus summer operations

Dear Campus Community,

As promised, we are sharing the following adjustments to our COVID-19 protocols for the summer.

Through June 13:

The masking requirement indoors has not changed just yet. Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) is still required indoors. Masks are still required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, inside any campus building.

Effective June 14 through July 31, and consistent with the revised CDC guidelines:

Masking and distancing both indoors and outdoors will no longer be required on campus for those who have submitted documentation of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the Earle Student Health Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff). Individuals must be two weeks past their final dose to be considered fully vaccinated.

  • This summer, faculty or staff may choose to require students to wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) in their offices, labs, classrooms or studios.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing at all times indoors, and outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. The only exceptions are for:

  • Faculty and staff alone in their assigned office.
  • Students inside their assigned housing space. Masking is still required for all unvaccinated students when in common areas, hallways, stairwells and bathrooms in the residence halls.

Furman is supportive of members of our community who will choose to continue to wear masks.

Individuals who choose to wear masks should not be questioned about them, nor should they be discouraged or prohibited from wearing them. It should also not be assumed that these individuals are not vaccinated.

Supervisors should not ask employees about their vaccination status. Please remember that there are a number of reasons that an employee may choose not to be vaccinated. Employees must be treated equally, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Human Resources.

Faculty and staff should not ask students about their vaccination status. Please remember that there are a number of reasons that a student may choose not to be vaccinated, including disability, medical contraindication, or religious or strong personal objection. Faculty and staff may not ask students why they are not vaccinated, and all students must be treated equally, regardless of vaccination status.

  • This summer, if knowing the vaccination status of a group of students (e.g., research group) would allow a faculty or staff member to more effectively manage a lab, studio, or field trip/excursion, please email furman.focused@furman.edu with your request.

Our Guidelines on University-Sponsored Field Trips and Community Activities and Guidance on Eating & Drinking Off Campus will remain in effect for the summer.

Summer camps and conferences will continue to operate according to their established guidelines. Questions can be directed to summer.programs@furman.edu.

Campus visitors may continue to access the lake and other outdoor facilities. The Barnes & Noble Bookstore is also accessible to visitors. All other visitors who access indoor spaces must be invited guests (e.g., camps and conferences, admissions tours, new student orientation). Large public events will be permitted as of August 1.

Effective August 1

As long as our vaccination rates on campus reach a high level and our disease prevalence on campus remains low, we will move to the GREEN: Normal Operations phase.

Thank you for your patience while we organized and developed this modified guidance.

If you have any questions, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.

Sincerely,

The COVID Response Committee