The Office of Student Involvement and Inclusion intends to foster a vibrant social experience through reimagined programs and events. Examples of potential activities include:
The Center for Inclusive Communities will also continue to celebrate the diverse identities within our community through heritage and awareness month programming.
We encourage student organizations to contact and work via their advisor to re-envision their events and activities to help keep members and peers engaged and safe.
Student organizations will have opportunities to meet both in-person and virtually, and we want students to safely socialize on campus. Student leaders should ensure physical distancing guidelines are observed, enforce the requirement to wear face coverings, and hold meetings virtually when appropriate in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for their membership. As organizational presidents and advisors work through the re-recognition process this fall, more information will be provided on both expectations and best practices to keep members safe.
Indoor, in-person meetings will be limited to 30 students or less, wearing face coverings and in spaces that allow for 6-feet physical distancing. Outdoor gatherings and activities are strongly encouraged for in-person activities, and virtual meetings are required for meetings of more than 30 students and strongly encouraged for all meetings. Classrooms and residence halls cannot be used for organization meetings because these spaces must be cleaned and disinfected each day for academic use.
Student organizations will need to register any in-person activities (other than regularly conducted meetings) on syncDIN. Organizations must seek prior approval from the Office of Student Involvement and Inclusion to bring external groups or speakers to campus and should expect to submit justification why their inclusion cannot be accomplished virtually.
Due to size, most fraternities and sororities will need to plan for chapter meetings to take place virtually or outside. Any in-person activities (brother/sisterhood events, philanthropy events, recruitment activities, etc.) will need to follow the established University guidelines described in the student organizations section
Fraternities and sororities eligible to participate in fall informal recruitment may begin offering bids to eligible new members once classes begin. However, all recruitment and new member events taking place in-person should occur after the second- and third-year students return to campus in September.
The National Panhellenic Council (NPC) and the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), in collaboration with individual fraternity/sorority headquarters, have developed guidelines for both in-person and virtual formal recruitment activities. Furman will continue to monitor guidance from these organizations and work with our chapters to develop a plan for spring semester formal recruitment.
Due to the travel required, club sports competition has been canceled for the fall semester.
Club sports teams that compete as individuals may still practice while adhering to physical distancing and other required safety measures (i.e. face coverings). These include equestrian, golf, outdoor swimming, tennis (singles), tennis (doubles) running, and cycling. Powerlifting may be allowed if all safety protocols can be achieved, including face covering, distancing, and no spotters.
Club presidents will be trained on how to observe physical distancing guidelines, how to enforce the requirement to wear face coverings, and how to clean equipment. Clear and standard practices will be established for these club sports teams so that students know how to practice safety.
Teams that may not practice include indoor swimming, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, volleyball, basketball, Aikido, lacrosse, and rugby. However, these teams may organize fitness and conditioning programs together that adhere to all of the physical distancing and safety measure guidance.
The lowest risk intramural activities are outdoor, solo activities. The following new intramural sports will be allowed this fall semester: Free Throw Derby, Frisbee Golf, Golf, Home Run Derby, and Tennis (singles). During competition, students may not share equipment, unless provisions are made to clean and disinfect between users.
All other intramural sports have been canceled for the fall semester.
The Housing and Residence Life team will train RAs and FRADs to deliver hall/building programs and activities in a variety of ways. Hall meetings and individual meetings with residents will be facilitated virtually and in small groups. Creative virtual and passive programming (i.e. bulletin boards, newsletters) will be delivered using GroupMe and other hall programs. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 30 or less, only where 6-feet physical distancing is possible, and face coverings required. Outdoor gatherings and activities are strongly encouraged.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to utilize the outdoors as much as possible. Walking, running, and cycling are appropriate activities. Use of the green spaces and fields for small gatherings is encouraged. The Amphitheatre is a recommended location for scheduled events and activities. Physical distancing of 6-feet or more is the standard outdoors. Face coverings are not required outside when physical distancing is maintained (individuals should always carry a face covering on their person).
For planning events or activities for groups over 30, find more information on our Campus Events page.
The Southern Conference has not made a decision about fall sports competitions yet. Once a decision has been made, more information will be made available regarding spectators (fans) and tailgating.
The university will closely monitor the evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, along with rapidly developing scientific knowledge and medical resources, to determine the appropriateness for adjustments and contingencies. For general questions about the fall semester, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.