Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe, generating substantial concern and apprehension internationally and domestically. Francis Marion University officials have been monitoring the virus for the past few weeks and have engaged in discussions with other universities and state and national health officials. Continue to check the page for news regarding FMU’s response to COVID-19, and to access help links to additional information on the situation.

Latest News from FMU

FMU Campus Technology providing Internet connectivity assistance

FMU is delivering online instructions to students for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester as a part of the university’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Francis Marion’s Campus Technology office is working with other organizations around the state to ensure all students have consistent Internet access.

FMU facilities adjust hours of operation – March 26, 2020

Francis Marion University remains closed, however several facilities on campus will remain open for students in need of dining and academic resources. The Smith University Center will remain closed. The Patriot Bookstore will remain open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Rogers Library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each [...]

Letter from FMU Residence Life to students – March 23, 2020

Dear FMU Residential Students, The situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve in the United Sates and across South Carolina. Federal and state officials are taking increasingly strident measures to control the contagion. Many of these measures are directed at keeping populations as sparse as possible. This is the primary reason FMU [...]


Yes, Francis Marion University is closed at the order of the South Carolina governor. Students will finish the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester online.

FMU, in conjunction with other public universities around the state, has decided to postpone graduation ceremonies. This will not affect the ability of our graduating students to receive their degrees at the end of the semester. A decision on a new date for graduation will be made at the appropriate time.

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.

All housing is open so pick up belongings at your convenience. You may want to contact the Housing Office (843-661-1330) to schedule a time so that you can complete the checkout process smoothly.

Residents who vacate campus will receive partial reimbursement for housing and dining fees. At present, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is working with the public colleges and universities across the state to develop the model for reimbursement. To facilitate this process, students who are leaving campus housing should complete the Intent to Leave Campus form. Students leaving campus housing should remove all belongings and turn their key into the Housing Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

Contact the Housing Office (843-661-1330 or for more details.

While Francis Marion remains closed, campus dining services will hold limited hours of operation for students, faculty, and staff remaining on campus. Ervin Dining Hall will be open on Sunday (3/22) from 5pm to 7pm. Starting Monday (3/23), Ervin will be open for brunch from 11am to 1:30pm, and for dinner from 5pm to 7pm. The Grille will also be open from 11am to 1:30pm beginning Monday. All dining services on campus will operate as carry-out only for all meals.

No. Online instruction can be accessed from anywhere with cellular or internet connection.

Yes, Rogers Library on FMU’s main campus will operate under amended hours. 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 will be 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. For more help from FMU, contact the Campus Technology Help Desk at 843-661-1111.

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.