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Law School Coronavirus Updates

Spring 2022 FAQs

Will I need to get a booster shot before returning to campus?

  • Yes. All students, faculty, and staff must receive a COVID booster shot before returning to campus in January, or as soon as medically allowable thereafter. Upload booster documentation at the bottom of the VitalCheck daily attestation page. For details, see the Testing and Vaccine Resources page

Will I need to submit a COVID PCR test prior to returning?

  • Yes. All students, faculty, and staff must complete a COVID PCR test up to 72 hours before returning to campus, but no more than five days after, and in any event upload testing results no later than January 22. Upload test results at the bottom of the VitalCheck daily attestation page. For details, see the Testing and Vaccine Resources page. If you tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, you do not need a new test and instead should upload a copy of the positive test results on VitalCheck. VitalCheck is working on an upgrade to allow this; in the meantime, select the choice saying you had a negative test (not a positive test), and upload your positive test image.  

What happens if I don’t upload my testing results by January 23?

  • The University plans to deactivate the identification credentials as of January 23, 2022, for any person who has not uploaded testing results, and thus you will not be able to access the law School building.

Can I get the booster and PCR test on campus?

Will the University conduct surveillance testing during the semester?

  • Yes. Fordham will reintroduce surveillance COVID testing this semester. The University will circulate more information soon.

Are we required to wear masks and what type of masks are recommended to use?

  • 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.

  • Fordham urges everyone to use high-quality masks. Free KN95 masks will be available for students from the Office of Student Affairs, the circulation desk in the Maloney Library, and entrance guard stations. Larger quantities can be picked up at the Public Safety supervisors’ office at the Lowenstein entrance. Faculty and staff can find KN95 masks in the adjunct office on the 7th floor. If you are using a surgical mask, please see this video for instructions on the knot and tuck method of fitting the mask snugly against your face. 

Where can I eat and drink?

  • Unlike fall semester, food and drink will be allowed only in designated areas and not in classrooms, the library, and other public spaces. In the Law School, we are designating Schmeltzer and event space on the second floor as eating areas. Coffee will be available in Schmeltzer from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. 

What is the current policy on the number of days to isolate if I test positive?

For Fordham students or employees who have tested positive and are asymptomatic or experience mild to moderate symptoms, the isolation period would last a minimum of 5 full days. Isolation ends only if:

  • the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms have improved;

  • the individual has a negative rapid/antigen test taken on or after day 6 (Fordham can provide a free rapid test); and

  • VitalCheck clears them to return to campus.

If your rapid test is negative, please complete the Symptom-Free Attestation Form to notify the University. Once out of 5-day isolation, you should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.

If after 5 days of isolation your rapid test is positive or you are continuing to experience symptoms, you need to remain in isolation for 10 days. 

Please note, after a confirmed case of COVID-19, you may continue to test positive on a PCR test for up to 90 days. However, a rapid or antigen test is likely to be positive only if you are still at risk of spreading infection OR you have contracted COVID-19 again.

What if I am unable to attend classes in person due to protocols?
  • Students who are excluded from the building by VitalCheck should 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. Students excluded from the building due to COVID illness or exposure may ask instructors to record any missed classes and should contact Student Affairs. The Administration encourages faculty to record in such a situation, but faculty members retain discretion about whether to record a class.

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

 

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