The goal of Francis Marion University is to operate, and plan for the future, during the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak. The university is officially closed under an executive order, but some administrative offices are open and necessary facility maintenance services continue.

Planning is underway for the fall. FMU is planning to return to campus of classes in the fall, but new processes and policies, currently in development, will be in place. Considerations regarding the safety of the entire FMU community are at the forefront of the planning process.

The spring semester was completed using online instruction. Three hundred forty-three students graduated on May 9. No physical ceremony was held, but a special event is planned for Sept. 12. Details will be coming soon.

The first of three summer school sessions, the Maymester, begins May 12. Registration for Summer I and Summer II are still open. Classes for all summer sessions will utilize online instruction.

New students, both incoming high school students and transfers, are still be accepted. Registration for fall classes is underway for all students. Reservations are being accepted for space in campus housing. Information for all relevant student services is available at the links below.


The FMU campus is still closed by executive order of the governor. However, the university is planning to open in August for fall classes on campus. Special procedures and policies are being developed to ensure the safety of the entire FMU community.

Unfortunately, FMU had to postpone its May commencement. A new event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m.  in Florence. This time and venue will give the spring class of 2020 an opportunity to celebrate their graduation milestone in a unique way, while observing necessary distancing requirements.

No, it’s still up to individuals.However, as a precaution, we are urging all residential students to vacate campus housing.

We understand that some students may have no other accommodations.  Students who need to remain on campus should return the Intent to Remain on Campus form as quickly as possible. Of course, the possibility of future directives from the state or federal governments may mean that FMU cannot guarantee that students will be allowed to stay for the remainder of semester.

Online instruction can be accessed from anywhere. But we realize that may not be the best choice for everyone, and we will be providing all the normal support for residential students who remain. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to have off-campus guests. Meals will be provided on a carryout basis only, per Governor McMaster’s executive order. Most campus buildings will be closed for the remainder of the semester.

Contact the Housing Office (843-661-1330 or for more info to make a decision, and let us know your plans so we help you in the best way possible.

Yes, Rogers Library on FMU’s main campus will operate under amended hours for summer classes. As part of the University’s COVID-19 response, library access is limited to only FMU students, faculty, and staff at this time. Visit the Rogers Library Webpage for hours of operation and additional online resources.

A reliable Internet connection is important. Students who are nearby can use connections on campus. The Rogers Library at FMU, and the Academic Computing Center, will be open. Other strategies may be necessary for those who are farther away. Some providers across the state, and beyond, are opening up free access for a period of time. Contact them directly.

Visit this post to more information, and for more help from FMU, contact the Campus Technology Help Desk at 843-661-1111.

Yes, FMU will have summer courses. The Late Spring and Summer I sessions will be held online. No decision has been made about the Summer II session.

For more information about Summer sessions at FMU, visit our  Summer Semesters webpage.

FMU offered students the option of continuing with standard grading for the spring semester, or choosing a Satisfactory’/Unsatisfactory grade. The option was available on a course-by-course basis.

More details about this change can be found in this message from FMU’s Registrar, Ann Williams.

There will be no in-person orientations this summer. New students should, however, register for orientation online which will also allow them to register for fall classes. Virtual orientation materials will be available to all students who register for orientation, and FMU admissions counselors are always available to answer questions.

FMU is currently accepting reservations for fall housing on campus. Only accepted students who have signed up for orientation are eligible. Contact the FMU Housing Office for more information at 843-661-1330 or


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) directs institutions receiving funds under the Act to submit reports describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). FMU’s reports can be accessed below.

Swampfox Alerts

Francis Marion University’s SwampFox Alerts system provides the University with a fast and efficient means for notifying the FMU community — students, faculty and staff — when campus emergencies occur. The alert system can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It sends messages via text, email, social media, on campus message boards, and to University-owned computers.

Depending upon the nature of an emergency, the system may send users multiple messages, adding updated information as it becomes available. SwampFox Alerts are used for public safety emergencies and for official university information such as closings. It is only used in the case of an emergency.

Click the link below to find out more about FMU’s SwampFox Alerts system.