March 31, 2021

Furman Focused Update: Weekend Planning

Dear Campus Community,

Congratulations again on reaching the PURPLE Phase this week. We are in the home stretch with only 38 days until commencement. We know this weekend will provide a well-deserved break with no classes on Friday, April 2.

Due to the long weekend for students, and any employees who use one of their floating holidays, there will be some adjustments to campus operations (read below). Please note that we will not send a weekly update on Friday, though the Dashboard and Campus Operational Phases will be updated online.

Although we discourage traveling off campus, we realize that some students will travel home to be with family for the long weekend. Students and employees who plan to travel are encouraged to review Furman’s Travel Policy and Guidelines as they make preparations. Furman will not require a negative COVID test to return to campus after the weekend, but we will increase surveillance monitoring next week.

To remain in the PURPLE Phase, we must continue to maintain the low prevalence of disease on campus. Traveling off campus or into the Greenville community this weekend without exercising precautions will pose a risk to our campus community. Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 or who are a close contact with an individual with COVID-19 while at home should not return to campus. Instead, they should contact the Earle Student Health Center at furmanstudenthealth@prismahealth.org for instructions.

Vaccine accessible to students

Effective today, South Carolina DHEC begins Phase 2 for COVID vaccinations, which includes those aged 16 and older. More information regarding Phase 2 is available here. Students, faculty and staff may use https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov as a resource for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Be patient, yet persistent, as millions of individuals in South Carolina are now eligible.

Furman continues to explore opportunities for providing access to the vaccine on campus, but this should not delay individuals from pursuing this on their own. Remember, 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 who have received the complete dose of the COVID vaccination are encouraged to voluntarily share their vaccination record. Email a copy of your documented vaccination after completion of the required dose(s) to furmanstudenthealth@prismahealth.org. Faculty and staff may send their documentation to humanresources@furman.eduThis information will not be shared or stored as part of personnel records.

Please make note of the following adjusted hours for campus operations this weekend.

PAC Hours

  • Friday, April 2: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 4: 12 noon–7 p.m.

Earle Student Health Center Hours

  • Friday, April 2: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Duke Library Hours

  • Friday, April 2: CLOSED
  • Saturday, April 3: CLOSED
  • Sunday, April 4: CLOSED

Dining Hall Hours

  • Thursday, April 1: closes at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; 5–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; 5–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 4: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (Easter brunch with carving station); 5–8 p.m.

Bread & Bowl Hours

  • Thursday, April 1: closes at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 4: CLOSED

The Library Café Hours 

  • Thursday, April 1: closes at 5 p.m. and reopens Monday morning

PalaDen Food Court Hours

  • Thursday, April 1: normal operating hours
  • Friday, April 2: normal operating hours
  • Saturday, April 3: CLOSED
  • Sunday, April 4: CLOSED

Athletic events this weekend

Come out and support your Dins at home this weekend.

  • Thursday, April 1: Men’s Soccer v. Wofford at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2: Softball v. UNCG at 1 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2: Men’s Tennis v. Mercer at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: Men’s Tennis v. Samford at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 3: Softball v. UNCG at 12 noon
  • Saturday, April 3: Women’s Lacrosse v. Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m.

Pop Up Bistro tonight

Tonight’s Pop Up Bistro will be held in Hartness Pavilion from 6-8 p.m. It’s breakfast for dinner and a special guest will be in attendance. Come on over.

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 long weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Steering Committee