October 30, 2020

Furman Focused Weekly Update

Dear Campus Community,

Only three more weeks until classes end. We know the daily grind is real and will continue to feel so until Thanksgiving break.  Students, pace yourself.  Don’t procrastinate.  Attack your work in manageable chunks.  Take time in between to relax, exercise, eat, sleep, and socialize (following the Paladin Promise expectations, of course). Finish strong!

Following are some important updates.

Spring semester planning

Next week, we will send instructions to all students asking for a decision about spring semester plans by November 13.  Students, please be ready to let us know whether you plan to be on campus next semester or learning remotely from home.  Our planning teams are refreshing the Furman Focused website with updated information that will be available later next week.

Safe Halloween 

College students often celebrate Halloween with costume parties, large gatherings, and going to bars.  We encourage you to remain vigilant and committed to the Paladin Promise this weekend.  We understand the desire to socialize and be with lots of friends to have fun.  But this year we are asking you to continue to put your Furman and Greenville community’s safety first.

Please keep your social groups small this weekend.  Wear your face coverings when hanging out and riding in cars together.  We have been able to avoid COVID outbreaks because of the amazing care and concern that students have invested in each other’s safety.  Let’s finish the semester that way.

Flu shots 

As part of the Paladin Promise, all members of the Furman community are expected to get the flu shot, absent any vaccination concerns. The flu vaccine is even more important this year because flu symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19. Symptomatic individuals must be tested for both because of this similarity.  Students may go to the Earle Student Health Center on Mondays, 1-4 p.m., to get a flu shot.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost.

Please 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 safe Halloween weekend.


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

Co-Chairs, Fall Planning Steering Committee