October 8, 2021

Furman Focused update

Dear Campus Community, 

As we complete the seventh week of the fall semester and prepare for a much-deserved Fall Break, we want to commend our campus community. There were no positive student or employee COVID-19 cases on campus this past week. Many college campuses across the country cannot make this claim.  

Our high vaccination rate combined with masking in certain settings, and the diligence of our symptomatic students, faculty and staff in being tested, has allowed us to have a safe, traditional student experience this semester.  

As the winter weather (and flu season) approaches, we all must remain committed to visiting the Earle Student Health Center (students) or a healthcare provider (employees) when symptomatic, and we must continue to properly wear our masks (over our mouth and nose) when in academic buildings and settings, or in groups of over 50 individuals indoors. Please remember that eating is not permitted inside any academic building, except when eating in an office or designated faculty/staff break area. 

Planning for Homecoming Weekend  

  • Masking will be required for all visitors in campus housing. Per the Housing & Residence Life Guest Policy, resident students are expected to agree on who is allowed in their shared housing space. 
  • Masking will be required at all other indoor locations (except for the Dining Hall) for all individuals from Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m.  
  • Indoor events with food that mix students with the external community (e.g., alumni, campus visitors and the general public) are not permitted. These events should be planned at outdoor venues.  

Furman Focused updates moving to biweekly 

The Furman Focused updates are moving to every other week, unless otherwise needed. The next update is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21. Continue to check the Furman Focused Dashboard for updates each Monday and Thursday. 

Fall Break dining hours 

Friday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 12, CLOSED
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  

The Library Café
Friday, Oct. 8, Closes at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 12, CLOSED
Wednesday, Oct. 13, Normal hours 

The Paddock & Bread ‘N’ Bowl
Friday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 12, CLOSED
Wednesday, Oct. 13, Normal hours 

Daniel Dining Hall
Friday, Oct. 8, Closes at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 – Monday, Oct. 11
     Breakfast 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
     Lunch  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
     Dinner  5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, Oct. 12
     Breakfast  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
     Lunch  11 a.m. – 1p.m.
     Late Lunch  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
     Dinner  5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, Oct. 13, Normal hours  

Flu shots for employees  

Free flu shots are available at the on-site biometric screening events this month at Timmons Arena. No appointment needed. Contact Human Resources with any questions.  

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13 
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 
  • Saturday, Oct. 30 (Herring Center) 

We are closely monitoring the number of positive cases in our campus community to determine the appropriateness of any adjustments or contingencies. If you have any questions, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.  

Have a fun, safe Fall Break weekend! 


The COVID Response Committee