Housing & Dining

Housing and Residence Life will create an engaging and educational residential experience rooted in a commitment to a safe and healthy community.


All students will commit to The Paladin Promise prior to move-in, a shared responsibility for the health of our whole campus, including students, faculty, staff, and the Greenville community.


Furman will open this fall with an arrival process that supports a safe and healthy campus opening while embracing and celebrating the Furman spirit.

In early July, students will receive their assigned move-in time.  Students should limit the number of individuals who accompany them for the move-in process, preferably no more than two family members.

Students are asked to adopt Furman’s personal and community protective measures at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Students and family members must follow the health screening process upon arrival to campus.  Students and their family members will be expected to wear masks while inside campus buildings during the move-in process.

Summer Cleaning and Disinfecting

The Furman custodial team has been busy for months thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all residence halls and apartments.

After students moved out in the spring, the units were left vacant for 72 hours, then custodians sprayed down all hard surfaces before carpenters entered to patch and paint.

After patching and painting was completed, the spaces were cleaned, and a QUAT-rated, CDC-approved 3M disinfectant was used where appropriate. After cleaning, all tiled floors were scrubbed and two coats of wax were applied.

  • All miscellaneous touch surfaces
  • Restrooms (counters, floors, showers/tubs, toilets sinks/fixtures, cabinets, racks)
  • Kitchens (cabinets, sinks, drawers, counters, floors, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens)
  • Foyer closets
  • All carpets vacuumed
  • All carpeted baseboards
  • All glass/windows, sills, and blinds
  • Bedrooms (bed frames, mattresses, desks, all drawers, TV stand/chest of drawers, closets/shelves)
  • Balconies (cobweb service, blown)

Reduced Density

To support physical distancing, Housing and Residence Life will reduce the population of residence hall rooms where necessary. Additionally, the furniture will be rearranged on all floors and building lounges and positioned in a manner that ensures social distancing is supported.

Common Spaces

Residents will be expected to use shared community spaces such as floor and building lounges adhering with published guidelines for cleaning, and occupancy limits, and mask use.

Floor, Roommate and Suitemate Agreements

Resident Assistants will guide their residents to adhere to the published cleaning standards, visitation expectations, and healthy living guidelines through the roommate agreement process. Violations of roommate agreements will be resolved through the roommate mediation process, and if necessary, through the student conduct process.

Health & Safety Checks

Housing and Residence Life custodians and Resident Assistants will conduct Health and Safety Inspections. Staff will wear personal protective equipment and maintain social distancing.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Housing and Residence Life custodians will work in partnership with residents to increase cleaning and disinfecting in residential buildings. Common area restrooms will be cleaned once daily and high-touch areas with be disinfected three times daily, seven days a week.

Isolation & Quarantine

A plan is being developed for the isolation and quarantine of residents who are exposed to, symptomatic of, or test positive with COVID-19. This will include procedures for health checks, meal delivery, remote learning, and other support services.

Winter Break Housing

A plan is being developed for identifying and accommodating students who must continue to reside on campus between the end of in-person classes and the opening of the spring semester in 2021.



The Dining Hall and the PalaDen Food Court will be reserved exclusively for student use.  Faculty and staff dining options will be limited.

Reduced Density

Dining Services will implement physical distancing measures and decrease seating capacity in all dining locations. Directional signage will be used to establish clear pathways for entrances, access to food stations, and exit areas.

To help reduce density in the Dining Hall, additional locations will be added for quick grab-n-go meals, including the Bread & Bowl and Hartness Pavilion.

Protective Barriers

Plexiglas will be installed at the cashier and serving stations for added safety.  Additionally, students will use contactless scanners to record meal swipes.

Disposable Containers and Utensils

All food will be served to guests in disposable containers.  Disposable utensils will be used.  All food stations will offer the same food options to shorten lines and waiting times. The allergen, gluten-free, and vegan stations will also be available.

No Self-Service

All self-service items, including the salad bar will be eliminated.  Salads will be freshly prepared and packaged in a to-go container.  All self-service dessert stations will no longer exist and will be converted into prepackaged, in-house baked items that will be individually wrapped. All beverage locations will be adjusted to be attendant-poured beverages.

Dining Staff

All employees will be required to follow Bon Appetit’s health screening procedures at the beginning of each workday.  Additionally, employees will wash their hands, and wear personal protection equipment while in dining facilities.

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.