FMU's Return to Campus

Francis Marion University is planning to return to in-person instruction on the FMU campus for the fall 2020 semester. Although the situation surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak remains fluid, FMU is busy preparing campus for the coming semester. Supplies have been purchased, plans made, policies revised. The university is doing all it can to ensure the safety of the entire FMU community while returning to “normal” footing. FMU staff and faculty has been hard at work on plans for the re-opening for several months.

The document below lays out the various elements of the re-opening plan. It will be updated frequently as planning segments are completed and refined. Stay up to date on news about the re-opening through FMU’s website and university social media.

Campus Re-Opening Plan Fall 2020

Plan Component Return to Campus Equipment / Materials Finance
August 17 Final Plan Review Faculty Return
Residential Move-In
August 1 BOT Approval
Athletics Protocol
Student Workers & RA’s Return
July 15 Alternative Work Agreements for Faculty & Staff
Technology Plan Finalized
Personal Protection Protocol
Contact Tracing with DHEC
Counseling Plan

Housing & Residential Plan

Dining and Catering Plan
Expand Campus Staff to 75% Instructional Software and Equipment
Remaining PPE
On Campus Student Health Office – Finished
Quarantine Rooms – Finished
Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocation
July 1
Classroom Spacing Plan
Student Life Events Plan
Expand Campus Staff to 50%
Expand Facilities Staff to 75%
Protective Barriers in Place
June 15 Fall Calendar Affirmed
Academic Instruction Plan
Medical and Counseling Agreements
Sanitation Plan
Academic Department Offices Open
Richardson Center for the Child Open
Sanitation Supplies and Equipment CARES Stimulus Allocation
June 1 BOT Leadership Review
Deans & Chairs Review Plan
Administrative Offices – 2-3 per office.
Expand Facilities Staff to 50%
Masks and Gloves

What to expect when you arrive on campus in the fall

COVID-19 Response Office

For more information on FMU’s procedures and plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact the University’s COVID-19 Response reach out via email. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist students, faculty, and staff in finding the best resources and information on FMU’s response to the pandemic.

COVID-19 Response Office

COVID-19 Response Office

Office: University Center, Suite 205
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Phone: 843-661-4665

FMU Health Advisory

The goal of Francis Marion University is to operate, and plan for the future, during the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak. The safety of the entire FMU community are at the forefront of the planning process. Follow all health advisory updates and news from FMU on our Health Advisory Webpage.