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Fordham Forward FAQs for Students and Families

Topics

Returning to Campus
Vaccination
Testing and Quarantine
Academics
Campus Life
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

RETURNING TO CAMPUS

How do I  gain access to campus when I return for the fall semester?

1. Upload Proof of Vaccination

As of September 1, no unvaccinated student or employee will be allowed on campus unless they have received an official vaccine accommodation from Fordham. Please see below for information on Fordham's vaccination requirement.

2. Complete the Daily VitalCheck Questionnaire

All students who will be entering campus are required to participate in the VitalCheck surveillance monitoring program. Students who are registered for classes are automatically enrolled in the system, and beginning in early to mid August, you will receive a daily health screening questionnaire every day, as long as you continue to respond on a daily basis.

The screening is integrated with your ID card for access to campus, and when you swipe your ID, Public Safety personnel will be able to see that you have filled out your VitalCheck questionnaire and that you are vaccinated. 

Make sure you are responding to the daily VitalCheck prompt at least 30 minutes before entering campus to allow the system to update. In the event that you do not allow 30 minutes, you will be required to swipe your ID and show the daily VitalCheck pass on your mobile phone. You are also required to show your daily VitalCheck pass upon request by any staff or faculty member.

Learn more about the VitalCheck Health Screening Program.  

3. Arrive Early

You can expect some delays and backup getting into Fordham buildings for the first couple of weeks of the semester as our community acclimates to the new entry process. Please build in extra time to your schedule. 

Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

The University requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks indoors at all times, unless they are alone in a room (roommates in University housing can choose to be unmasked in their residence hall rooms). Fully vaccinated individuals can choose to not wear masks outdoors on campus; unvaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times indoors and outdoors on campus.

VACCINATION

Will I be required to be vaccinated?

Fordham University is requiring all students who are taking in-person classes, living in University housing, or entering the campus for any reason to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the opening of the fall 2021 semester, and to upload their vaccine records by August 1. Non-compliance will result in physical access restrictions to campus, classes and housing.

Upload your vaccine information as an immunization record via the Student Health portal, which is found in the My Apps link after logging into the New Portal at the top of www.fordham.edu.

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who have received an accommodation from the University will not be permitted to dine indoors, use indoor athletic facilities, nor take part in indoor entertainment events per the New York City policy requiring proof of vaccination for such venues. The policy, known as Key to NYC, went into effect on August 16.

Is the vaccine available at Fordham?

Yes. Fordham has been approved to provide the vaccine by the NYC Department of Health to eligible Fordham community members. The University community is notified via email when vaccines are available on campus. During those availabilities, walk-in vaccinations are available, and you may register here at any time by visiting COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources. The vaccines have been tested extensively and are safe and effective. Here are the Center for Disease Control's key things to know about COVID-19 vaccinations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html

TESTING AND QUARANTINE

Am I required to be tested for COVID-19?

Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated students and employees will not be required to be tested for COVID-19. Testing will be required every week (on the 7th day) for students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption.

Is testing available at Fordham?

Testing for students who are symptomatic or have been exposed is available 7 days/week. Students should call Health Services (RH: 718-817-4160, LC: 212-636-7160) to alert them and get directions on when and where to go for testing.  In most situations, students are charged $35 for a test and, if charged, they are given a receipt which they can submit to their insurance.

The University conducts weekly Covid-19 testing among the small number of unvaccinated students and employees who have official vaccine exemptions, and on individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in contact with a COVID-positive person. 

Learn more on the Health Services webpage

I am traveling from another state or country to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine. Quarantine is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months.  These quarantine recommendations are not required by Fordham, and students who wish to self-quarantine must make their own arrangements to do so off campus.

Students living overseas who are not vaccinated before they arrive in the U.S. will be required to notify Fordham in advance so they can be vaccinated upon arrival. Those students will be required to test weekly until they are 2 weeks past their final vaccine dose. Students living overseas can find more detailed information online.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • As required by New York State Department of Health, the lab will immediately notify the state and local health departments to cooperate with tracing efforts.
  • This includes notification of potential contacts, such as classmates, family or friends, who had close contact with you.
  • This process will be handled discreetly to maintain confidentiality as mandated by New York state and federal laws and regulations.
  • The University requires that students report any COVID-19 signs and symptoms and positive results immediately to University Health Services by calling 718-817-4160 (RH and WC) or 212-636-7160 (LC).

What is the specific period of isolation if I have tested positive? When does it start and end?

Isolation is for 10 days beginning on the date the positive COVID was tested.  

Are visitors allowed on campus? 

Campuses will remain closed to non-Fordham individuals for the fall with the following exceptions:

  • Fully vaccinated University and Prep parents may visit campus and indoor spaces on select occasions;
  • Fully vaccinated University and Prep alumni may attend Fordham-sponsored on-campus events;
  • Fully vaccinated guest speakers may visit campus and indoor spaces;
  • Fully vaccinated guests may attend Mass at the University Church;
  • Fully vaccinated guests may attend athletic events;
  • Fully vaccinated prospective students and family members on Admission tours;
  • Fully vaccinated contractors and vendors doing business on campus;
  • And, students and staff of Fordham Prep.

The University will continue to bar external groups from meeting or renting space on campus, indoor or out, through the fall semester. This prohibition includes filming and photography by outside groups. 

ACADEMICS

Will the fall semester be held in person?
Fordham is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities this fall.

If I am unable to return to campus, can I continue to attend class remotely?

Some but not all degree programs may be able to accommodate a limited number of students who are unable to attend class in person. Before exploring potential accommodations for remote learning, the student wil need to seek approval from the University. 

Eligibility criteria for remote learning are:
 
-The petitioner is at high-risk for severe medical complications if they were to contract COVID-19 on campus;
    
or
 
-The petitioner is unable to secure a student visa in time to begin classes in New York City.

Any student petitioning for remote learning will need to provide appropriate documentation to support their case. Students approved for remote learning will be few in number and will likely have a very limited set of course options available to them. A student who is not approved for remote learning will not be able to access their courses remotely and may choose to defer or take a leave of absence. 

If approved, the student’s academic dean will explore what kinds of accommodations for remote learning are feasible such as:

  • Approaching particular instructors about changing the modality of their course sections. 
  • Reassigning the handful of approved remote learners to the fewest possible number of course sections, so as to minimize the occurrence of sections where there is a mix of in-person and remote learners.
  • Upgrading the educational technology in select classrooms so that those instructors who will be teaching a mix of in-person and remote learners can benefit from enhanced video and audio capabilities.
  • Consolidating a group of remote learners into a single course section and designate it as a fully online course section.

Are there social distancing measures in classrooms?

On June 15, 2021, the State of New York lifted the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions after reaching a statewide vaccination rate of 70 percent. All interior spaces will return to pre-COVID seat spacing and occupation capacity, including elevators, stairwells, hallways, and all other spaces. 

Will there be study abroad programs?

Fordham is proceeding, with appropriate caution, to plan for an on-ground London program this fall. The mass vaccination efforts in the UK, combined with our ability to implement the full complement of testing, mitigation, and quarantining protocols, offer hope for running a safe London program with a fully vaccinated fall cohort. Fordham will continue to monitor conditions in the UK and will inform registered students no later than June 15, 2021, of the University’s definitive plans for reopening Fordham London. Regrettably, Fordham will need to continue the suspension of all other study-abroad programs through 2021 as we wait for indicators that the threat of the pandemic has given way to mass global vaccination efforts.

CAMPUS LIFE

Can family members accompany me to new student orientation?

Family members or other guests accompanying their student to Orientation (and we hope they do!) must be vaccinated and bring documentation of vaccination with them to campus.

Can family members assist with move in to the residence halls?

Students will be allowed up to 3 helpers provided the helpers are vaccinated and bring documentation of vaccination with them to campus.

Can I have other visitors in the residence halls?

Fordham students with an active VitalCheck account (which demonstrates compliance with the vaccination requirement) are the only ones who will be allowed as guests and visitors in university housing (other than vaccinated parents or other helpers for the move in and move out process); no one other than Fordham students with an active VitalCheck account will be allowed as guests or visitors.

What should I do if I don’t feel well?

Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold, and may include fever and coughing) should self-isolate and call (rather than visit) University Health Services (UHS) immediately:

Lincoln Center: 212-636-7160
Rose Hill: 718-817-4160

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Am I eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under HEERF?
Fordham University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Form and is eligible to receive the following funding:

  • $8,147,184 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 10,067
  • $12,071,949 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than $6,000,000 of the funds received under the CRRSA Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 22,823
  • $21,291,879 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 22,823

As it relates to Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

  • As of March 31, 2021, the University:
    • Will receive $4,073,592
    • Has distributed to students: $3,630,099
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 2,419
  • As of June 30, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $20,719,531
    • Has distributed to students: $7,578,856
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 3,507
  • As of September 30, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $20,719,531
    • Has distributed to students: $8,008,956
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 3,719

The University has set aside funds to provide emergency assistance to students who are enrolled. Funds may be used for any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) and childcare.

Students should complete the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Application, to request assistance. The request includes a detailed statement and an itemized list of eligible expenses incurred (in some cases receipts may be required later). The Office of Student Financial Services will review and respond to each request as quickly as possible.

View more on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.