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Law School Coronavirus Updates


Message from Dean Diller, August 11, 2021:


As we prepare for our return, I wanted to share the University’s health protocols for the fall semester. We will provide a robust learning environment that is much closer to our pre-pandemic norm, but because of the COVID Delta variant, the University is taking extra precautions.  

As you know, we are a fully vaccinated community. Fordham requires everyone to be vaccinated – students, faculty, staff, and the limited number of visitors permitted onto campus – and only a tiny number of people have been granted an exemption for health or religious reasons. Further, the Law School building, which is less than a decade old, has excellent ventilation. The HVAC system will run 24 hours a day with 100% outdoor air, and all air is filtered with MERV 14 two-stage filters. 

In addition to the vaccination requirement and increased ventilation, the University has adopted the measures described below to help protect the health of our community and our families. Please be respectful of the reality that many members of our community have particular risks, whether to themselves or to loved ones. Please note that the University is not requiring social distancing, consistent with current advice from outside consultants and the current health guidelines.

I know things will look a little different from what we had hoped, but adding these protections will help safeguard our community without unduly impacting the learning process and our connections with each other.


Fall 2021 FAQs


Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

  • Given the increasing prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the University requires all members of the campus community to wear masks while indoors, with the exception of individuals who are alone in a room.

What type of clearance do I need to enter campus?

  • To enter campus, all students must respond to a daily questionnaire from VitalCheck, a health screening program.  A response is required even on days you will not come to campus.  If you have uploaded your proof of vaccination in the health care portal in fordham.edu, you will begin to receive the questionnaire on August 15.  After responding each day, you will either receive a VitalCheck day pass that will sync with your Fordham ID for building access or you will be asked to schedule a telehealth appointment with a VitalCheck physician. You will receive more detailed information about VitalCheck from the University shortly.  Please contact studentvitalcheck@fordham.edu with questions.  

What should I do if I experience COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms should avoid other people, not come to campus, and must report this information through the daily check-in with VitalCheck. This will lead to a quick consultation with VitalCheck personnel, who will provide further advice and instructions for testing.

  • To speed up contact tracing, please also call the University Contact Tracing team, at (914) 367-3001 or (914) 367-3190.  Someone will answer these telephone numbers from 7 AM to 10 PM.  During the remaining hours of the day -- 10 PM to 7 AM -- please contact the Public Safety desk at (718) 817-2222.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Individuals who test positive must self-isolate for ten days and cannot come back to campus until they are cleared by VitalCheck.

  • To speed up contact tracing, please also call the University Contact Tracing team, at (914) 367-3001 or (914) 367-3190.  Someone will answer these telephone numbers from 7 AM to 10 PM.  During the remaining hours of the day -- 10 PM to 7 AM -- please contact the Public Safety desk at (718) 817-2222.

What should I do if I am exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Individuals who are exposed to someone who tests positive must report this information to VitalCheck and follow the advice, which may include testing and quarantine; VitalCheck will clear individuals to return to campus.

  • The University will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals as needed.

Can I get tested on campus?

  • The University offers on-campus testing for symptomatic individuals and people notified by the University Contact Tracing team of possible COVID-19 exposure. Please see the University’s testing website for more details.  The results for individuals tested on campus are automatically uploaded to VitalCheck.  Students tested at an off-campus facility must upload test results through the health portal.

If I leave the country during the semester, are there any steps I need to take upon return?

  • Individuals who leave the country must get a COVID test (antigen or PCR) three to five days after returning to the United States.  During this time, individuals can continue normal activities, including coming into the Law School building, unless they are experiencing symptoms or received a positive test.  

Where can I eat and drink?

  • Individuals may eat and drink in the building, but consistent with the University’s recommendation that everyone wear masks, please put masks back on as soon as possible. 

Will classes be recorded?

  • At the Law School, we will not be recording classes as a routine matter.  Students excluded from the building due to COVID illness or exposure may ask instructors to record any missed classes. The Administration encourages faculty to record in such a situation, but faculty members retain discretion about whether to record a class.

What are the class attendance policies?

  • Students are expected to attend class unless VitalCheck prohibits a student from coming onto campus.

  • Please follow instructors’ individual policies for attendance; some instructors, for example, ask that students inform the instructor ahead of time when the student will be absent.

What happens if a student violates the COVID-19 protocols? 

 

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