We offer an educational residential experience rooted in a commitment to a safe and healthy community.
View the answers to the most common questions related to housing and the return to campus this spring.
Bringing students back to campus in stages reduces campus density and opportunities for viral transmission while allowing us to test and assess operational systems – including adherence to prevention measures, testing protocols, contact tracing, and quarantine and isolation procedures – and make adjustments as needed.
The phases and move-in dates for new and returning students are:
Some students in consultation with their families may choose to attend classes remotely this year for various reasons. If a student prefers to take all classes online from home and not return to live on campus, the student must notify the university by August 10 (extended deadline) by submitting their Fall Student Return Plan. Tuition for online courses will not be discounted, but students electing to live at home and take all classes online will not be charged for room and board. Students with a housing assignment for the fall semester who choose to live at home and take all classes online will have their housing assignment reserved for the spring 2021 semester.
In-person classes will be simultaneously streamed during the phased return. Second-and third-year students, including those who are commuters, must attend their courses remotely until September 11.
Furman will provide a room-and-board credit to families of second- and third-year students based on the phased move-in date. Any billing questions should be directed to email@example.com.
The following students have been approved for early arrivals and will receive check-in information from their supervisors and coaches: international students, teaching interns, ROTC, resident assistants (RAs), First Year Advisors (FRADs), Orientation Staff (O-staff), Pathways Peer Mentors, and fall and winter student-athletes. Housing and Residence Life will notify all students of their assigned move-in dates and times. The University remains in close communication with our international students providing the necessary support as they make their individual fall semester plans.
All students will be required to view the Return-to-Campus Guide for Students video and commit to the Paladin Promise. All students living in campus housing also will be required to sign their housing agreement before picking up their keys and attending in-person classes. Students will receive a separate email with instructions to view the training and complete this agreement and other forms. More information on athletic events and on- and off-campus student activities will be shared closer to the first move-in dates. Except for move in, the campus will remain closed to non-approved visitors as a precaution until area health metrics improve. We are also encouraging students to limit their off-campus travel as much as possible.
Housing and Residence Life will create an engaging and educational residential experience rooted in a commitment to a safe and healthy 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 late July, approved early arrivals, new and transfer students, and seniors will receive their assigned move-in date and time. In early September, sophomores and juniors will receive their assigned move-in date and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Housing and Residence Life custodians and Resident Assistants will conduct Health and Safety Inspections. Staff will wear personal protective equipment and maintain physical distancing.
The University’s custodians will clean shower and bathroom surfaces twice daily, seven days per week. Students are strongly encouraged to take responsibility for wiping surfaces after their showers with the provided disinfectants. Additionally, the Resident Assistant will have after-hours access to the custodial closet, where additional cleaning supplies are stored.
Residents should use totes for personal items to limit their contact with other bathroom surfaces, and avoid placing toothbrushes directly on counter surfaces.
In residence hall suites and apartments, residents should clean bathrooms using a cleaner that includes bleach or one that is labeled effective at killing COVID-19 and follow the recommended directions on the container – including the length of time you should leave the product on surfaces. Cleaning should occur at least daily and ideally after each use. Keeping a bottle of your chosen cleaner and spraying down the area used is a quick and easy way to clean and disinfect your bathroom. Review the list of CDC-approved cleaning products.
Students must use face coverings in the common spaces and hallways of residence hall buildings and North Village apartments, including laundry rooms and lounges.
Students will only be permitted inside the residence hall complex (i.e. South Housing or Clark Murphy Housing) to which they are assigned. In-complex peers may visit one another with a limit of one guest per resident at a time. When guests are present, all students must use face coverings and practice physical distancing. Residence hall students may visit with immediate family members in public spaces on campus, outside of the residence halls.
Visitors will be limited inside North Village apartments to one Furman student guest per resident at a time. The main shared living area occupancy will not exceed four people, and no more than four people will be in shared bedrooms, and no more than two people in private bedrooms at a time. Face coverings and physical distancing will be required in the shared space of apartments when guests are present.
Additionally, student residents at The Vinings may host up to one Furman visitor per resident in the apartment, with no more than four people in the main living area at a time. Face coverings and physical distancing will be required in the shared space of apartments when guests are present.
Students who are remote learners are not allowed on campus during the fall semester, thus they should not be visitors in campus housing.
A plan has been developed for the quarantine and isolation 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. More information is available here.
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, PalaDen Food Court, Library Cafe, and Milford Mall tent will be reserved exclusively for student use. Faculty and staff dining options are limited to Starbucks at Barnes and Noble, Traditions Grille (Golf Course) and lunch service under the DeSantis Pavilion at the Younts Conference Center, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.
Plexiglas will be installed at the cashier and serving stations for added safety. Additionally, students will use contactless scanners to record meal swipes. See below for information on how to download the GET app.
All food will be served to guests in disposable containers. Disposable utensils will be used.
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.
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 staff will sanitize the tables and let you know it has been cleaned by placing a card with a GREEN CHECK. If the table is dirty, it will have a RED X.
All students should download the GET Mobile app onto their Android or Apple phone prior to coming campus. Search the app store for GET mobile. Once you have downloaded the app onto your phone, select Furman University. You will be asked to login with your Furman credentials (Furman net ID and password). Create a 4 digit pin. Your meal plan and ID should now populate. When you enter the dh, open the GET app, and hit scan ID to reveal the bar code on your phone. Place it in front of the scanner and you are good to go! Use this at all dining locations on campus.
Fitness center and dance studio access will be limited to students only for the fall semester. Students must bring their Furman I.D. because the touch pads have been deactivated. Employees and public members will not have access at this time. Military Science will utilize the fitness center during the early morning hours.
A majority of the fitness equipment has been relocated to the basketball court to allow for proper physical distancing. Sporting equipment and towels will not be available. Bicycles are still available for check-out. Drinking fountains will be turned off, so students should bring their own drinking water.
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more details that include closures during the normal hours above due to cleaning and Health Science classes, check the PAC Hours.
Face coverings will be required for indoor exercise.
The locker rooms are closed and will be unavailable until further notice.
The swimming pool is closed and will be unavailable until further notice. The therapy pool will be open only for Sports Medicine.
Staff will wipe down equipment throughout the hours of operation and users will wipe down equipment after each use. In addition, the facility will be hydrostatically cleaned twice per day – once during the middle of operations and again at closing.
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.