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GSAS Plan for Academic Year 2020 - 2021

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Please be advised that the spring semester starts on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Fordham will be fully in academic session throughout the 2020-2021 academic year and has developed a plan, Fordham Forward, with details on reopening the campuses. In the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, we are working to prepare classes that offer you a student-centered experience that is holistic and multifaceted, grounded in Ignatian principles, and driven by a spirit of solidarity that will permit our community to emerge from this pandemic with dignity and strength.

In Person or Online?

To the greatest extent that the public health situation permits, teaching, research, co-curricular activities, and other University programs will take place in person and on campus. However, if individuals are unable to be physically present for health reasons or from difficulties traveling to campus, we are developing plans to respond flexibly, without interruption, and critically, without any sacrifice of quality.

Students and faculty have been asked to indicate their preferred mode of learning this fall, and we are making changes in course modality based on responses. While we wish that every student and every faculty member could join us on campus, we know that other circumstances may determine their ability to do so. Information on which courses will be offered fully online will be updated daily and available on the Academic Records web page

Whether you will be attending courses online, in person, or a combination of the two, we are striving to protect the health and well-being of every member of the Fordham community while fulfilling the promise of a transformative, personalized, Jesuit education.

Flexible Hybrid Learning

With this in mind, Fordham has adopted a Flexible Hybrid Model for teaching and learning in most academic courses. This model allows every course, student, and faculty member to adapt to circumstances that might change rapidly depending on personal situations or public health demands. 

Nearly every course will combine interactive components, such as discussions and small group work that will take place live, with asynchronous components that you will be able to access as your schedule allows. These two modes of learning will mutually reinforce one another, enriching your classroom experiences and enabling you to acquire knowledge at a pace curated and advanced by you. 

Returning to Campus

If you are returning to campus this fall, protocols and guidelines have been put in place that prioritize the health and safety of the entire Fordham Community. These include:

  • Testing
    The University has instituted mandatory universal testing for all faculty, students and staff. All students and employees who will be on campus will be required to get tested prior to arrival or when they arrive, and again at an interval to be determined after they have been on campus.
  • Quarantine
    Residents from states appearing on New York State's mandatory quarantine list will not be permitted to come to campus without documentation of 14 day quarantine in a state that does not appear on the list.
  • Daily Health Screening
    The University is partnering with VitalCheck, a screening program, to perform daily health screenings of all Fordham students, faculty, staff and administrators returning to campus.


We encourage you to reach out to the chairs of your individual departments with specific questions regarding your programs this fall, or you can contact the Dean’s Office at or call 718-817-4400.