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Fall 2021 Planning

UPDATED June 1, 2021 – The COVID Response Steering Committee and the Public Health and Safety Advisory Group, along with other teams across campus, are planning for the fall 2021 semester. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and our campus operational phases. A high vaccination rate among our students and employees will ultimately allow us to adjust our COVID public health protocols and reduce restrictions in the weeks ahead. 

  • Furman plans to hold all in-person classes and is working to determine classroom capacity, given the expected state of disease prevalence and the number of students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated by August. Furman will continue to follow the phased operations plan, with adjustments based on the above.
  • Some form of masking and physical distancing may be in place in certain circumstances, depending on CDC guidance. Ideally, there will be little or no need to mask or physically distance if there is a high level of vaccination on campus.
  • Furman also is planning for off-campus activities in the fall. Community service, internships and research activities will follow all university and local protocols. To the extent that the health and regulatory conditions in the host countries permit it, study away will operate through our affiliate programs this fall.
  • The university will increase activities and gathering sizes for student organizations, service groups and fraternity and sorority life. Additionally, we plan to resume club sports competition and travel. Dining and housing will make adjustments toward “normal,” according to the current conditions and campus operational phase.
  • Furman’s Division I Athletics Program will follow Furman’s campus operational phase and NCAA and Southern Conference guidance, and plans to resume normal competition in the fall.
  • Following the recommendations and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association (ACHA), South Carolina health officials, and Furman’s faculty epidemiologists, Furman will require all students to be immunized against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester. This requirement will result in a high rate of vaccinations, which will allow us to return to normal operations in the fall. There are currently no plans to require the vaccination for employees, but faculty and staff who have not yet received the vaccination are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible. More information is available here.
  • Furman is not planning to offer remote learning as an “option” for the 2021 Fall semester like we did this past year. Rather, requests to be a remote learner will be considered as part of an accommodation due to a disability. The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Students requesting this accommodation will need to complete the Initial Contact  Form. Documentation can be attached to the initial contact form or can be submitted to SOAR at a later time. Documentation guidelines for various disabilities are also located on the  SOAR website.  All documentation can be emailed to SOAR@furman.edu or faxed to 864-294-3044. Documentation must establish a connection between the impairment and the specific need for remote learning. After receipt of the Initial Contact Form and documentation, the information will be reviewed, and the student will be contacted to meet to determine if the impairment rises to the level of a disability requiring accommodation, which could include remote learning options.