November 4, 2020

Mandatory testing for juniors and seniors this Friday

Dear Campus Community,

We have learned of a “pub crawl” event that was open to the public downtown this past Saturday in which a significant number of juniors and seniors participated (some reports indicate as many as 100 or more students), including gathering in large groups at various locations and not adhering to our health and safety measures. We are still gathering facts.

Due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19 by known participants, we are quarantining all students who are known to have participated until cleared by contact tracing and testing.

Because some students have not been fully forthcoming during the contact tracing process, effective immediately all juniors and seniors will begin a low-to-no contact period (see attached guidance) extending through Sunday, November 8.  Additionally, all juniors and seniors will be tested this Friday, November 6, to assess the extent of spread.  More information about testing will be sent to these students tomorrow.

The weekly random asymptomatic disease monitoring will continue on Friday as well.  We will carefully review the results of all tests over the weekend and will communicate any appropriate next steps with the campus community.

To ensure that all students limit the number of close contacts they have for the next few days, carryout meals will be available in the normal dining facilities during normal times, but students will not be able to eat inside those facilities, starting with breakfast on Thursday.

All other campus facilities will be open during normal hours.

FurmanFlex instruction will continue as normal for all students with in-person classes.  That said, some instructors may choose to teach their FurmanFlex classes remotely tomorrow and Friday.  As always, that is the instructors’ choice, and they will notify students if they choose to teach remotely.

Students who have violated the Paladin Promise and may have jeopardized the health and safety of our campus community are subject to conduct action. Our primary concern is ensuring that we understand the situation, and we are doing everything we can to protect the community. We recognize these precautionary measures are inconvenient for the vast majority of the student body who have been fully committed to the Paladin Promise.

We urge any students who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are symptomatic to contact the Earle Student Health Center at furmanstudenthealth@prismahealth.org. Reports to the Earle Student Health Center initiate Furman’s virtual screening process to determine next steps to help to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please continue to check your email and the Furman Focused website for updates.

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Connie Carson
Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs of the COVID Response Steering Committee