November 9, 2020

End of semester preparations

Dear Campus Community,

Only 11 days until the last day of classes. As many students living on campus are getting ready to leave campus no later than November 21, and return home or to other destinations, we want to help the community prepare accordingly.

Free voluntary testing for students and employees

We have made arrangements with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to offer free COVID testing to both the Furman and Greenville communities during the last week of classes.

The Furman testing site will be located at our current testing tents in the Daniel Chapel parking lot near Paladin Stadium, November 16-17, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Students and employees may voluntarily get tested at no cost, and may pre-register here to expedite the process.

The Greenville community testing site will be located in the parking lot near the Timmons Gate, November 16-20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic will be routed to prevent local community members from accessing other parts of campus. Students and employees may also access this testing site Nov. 18-20. Pre-register for the Greenville community testing here.

Pre-registration is not required. The test results will be available within 72 hours and accessible only to the individual, and not reported to the university. Results will be emailed to the address provided. Both the nasal and saliva tests will be available.

Students and employees testing positive are asked to immediately complete their LiveSafe Health Verification in order to facilitate contact tracing. Reporting a positive test result is especially important since members of the Furman community will have increased exposures to friends and family over the break. Recording a positive test with the Earle Student Health Center also results in exclusion from further asymptomatic testing for a period of 90 days.

Quarantine and isolation

Students who end up in quarantine or isolation that extends beyond November 21 will have the option to stay in campus housing, including meals provided at no additional cost. Students are encouraged to discuss plans with their families now in case they receive a positive test result. We encourage you to continue to minimize close contacts, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing to help keep your families safe and to avoid starting the Thanksgiving holiday in quarantine.

Paladin Promise violations “reset”

Students have asked for clarification on whether Paladin Promise violations during the fall semester will “reset” for the spring semester. Students who violated the Paladin Promise this semester – whether they received an informal warning or conduct action – will start with a “clean slate” for the spring semester, unless they received explicit notice that future conduct action would take into account fall violations.

Spring semester planning

All students should read critical information in the Spring Semester FAQs and complete and submit a Spring Semester Plans Form by November 13. If you have any questions related to campus housing, please email HousingandResidenceLife@furman.edu. If you have other Furman Focused related questions, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.

As always, we ask you to continue to follow the Paladin Promise, complete your daily LiveSafe health survey, get your flu shot, and check the Furman Focused website and your email for regular updates.

Be well, minimize those close contacts, and have a terrific week!

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Steering Committee