Furman Housing

Housing, Dining and PAC

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Spring '21 Semester Return FAQs

View the answers to the most common questions related to housing and the return to campus this spring.

Read the Spring Semester Return FAQ

Return to Campus

The move-in dates for new and returning students are:

  • January 15th:    Transfer and new students move in
  • January 16th:    Returning students moving into a new Spring housing assignment
  • January 17th:    Returning students arrive

Students electing to take all classes online and not return to campus in the spring submitted these decisions by the November 13th deadline. If any student has concerns about the choice they made, they should contact furman.focused@furman.edu – we understand circumstances can change unexpectedly. 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.

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 spring 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 moving into campus housing 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.  Except for families assisting with 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

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

Spring Move In

Furman’s spring arrival process will support a safe and healthy campus opening while embracing and celebrating the Furman spirit.
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 10 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.

Winter Break Cleaning and Disinfecting

The Furman custodial team has been busy since students’ departure in November, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all residence halls and apartments.

Reduced Density

To support physical distancing, Housing and Residence Life has reduced the population of residence hall rooms where necessary. Additionally, the furniture is arranged 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 physical distancing.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

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.

Face Coverings

Students must use face coverings in the common spaces and hallways of residence hall buildings and North Village apartments, including laundry rooms and lounges.

Visitation Policy

Visit the Paladin Promise Enforcement for more information.

Quarantine & Isolation

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.  See our health resources for more information.

Dining

Access

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.

Safety Measures

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.

Food Service and Locations

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.

  • The Dining Hall will be full service, but with limited seating capacity. The food will be made from scratch and will offer vegan, vegetarian, made without gluten, special dietary needs and the high quality farm to fork offerings. Reusable grocery bags will be distributed to all students to carry the containers of food.
  • Hartness Pavilion, located in the upstairs of the Dining Hall, will serve the same food as the Dining Hall. This location will be a quicker grab-n-go service, but will also offer limited seating. Meal swipes/Meal Exchange/Food points accepted.
  • Bread & Bowl will serve fresh salads, hot & cold sandwiches and personal pizzas (including gluten free). Meal swipes/Meal Exchanges/Food points accepted.
  • The P-Den will be open with Chick-Fil-A, Moe’s Southwest Grille and Sushi with Gusto. Meal Exchange/Food points accepted.
  • The Paddock Restaurant will serve as the convenience store during fall semester. Food points accepted.
  • The Library Café will serve freshly made bagels, bagel sandwiches, Upcountry Provisions pastry and baked goods, coffee drinks and smoothies. Grab-n-go cooler will have salads, sandwiches and sushi. Food points accepted.
  • Milford Mall Tent will be available for lunch only Monday through Friday. This new option will feature street foods from around the world in a quick grab-n-go environment. Tacos, Banh mi, BBQ (Korean and American), etc. Meal Exchange/Food points accepted.
  • Additional picnic tables will be placed outside on the lawn by the lake or sit on the patio at the Paddock.

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 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.

GET Mobile App

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.

Physical Activities Center

Access

Fitness center and dance studio access will be limited to students only for the spring 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.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required for indoor exercise.

Fitness Center

A majority of the fitness equipment has been relocated to the basketball court to allow for proper physical distancing. A valid Furman ID will be required to checkout a towel or sports equipment. Bicycles are still available for check-out.  Drinking fountains will be turned off, so students should bring their own drinking water.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday  12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The 2nd floor of the fitness center is closed from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for an HSC class on Fridays.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

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 closed and hydrostatically cleaned twice per day at the following times:

Monday – Thursday 12:20 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. & 3:50 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more details that include closures during the normal hours above due to cleaning and Health Science classes, check the PAC Hours.

Dance Studio

The dance studio is open during hours of operation for individual or group use (capacity limit is 13).  A valid Furman ID is needed to check out the key for the room.

Locker Rooms

The locker rooms will be opened on a limited basis for swimmers only.

Pool

The lap pool and therapy pool will be open for students from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday.  Reservations for both pools will be required by calling 864.294.3581 or visiting rec.furman.edu.  Reservations will be limited to 24 hours in advance.
Lap pool – 6 at a time
Therapy pool – 4 at a time

Reservation schedule:
5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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 spring semester, please email furman.focused@furman.edu