Fordham Forward FAQs for Students and Families
When do classes begin?
Classes begin August 26 for undergraduates. Fordham's graduate schools may have different start dates. Please see Academic Calendars.
Will my classes be held in person?
Students enrolled in on-ground degree programs will be allowed to attend class in person during Phase Four of Fordham’s reopening. We have developed a comprehensive plan for successfully restarting operations on our New York campuses and welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus. Fordham’s movement through the phases will be coordinated with the Governor’s office in conjunction with the reopening of New York State.
In order to be prepared for whatever the fall may hold, nearly every course at Fordham will adopt a flexible hybrid learning environment. This means that courses will have both synchronous and asynchronous elements. If a resurgence of the virus necessitates that Fordham suspend all face-to-face instruction for a period, the asynchronous portions of courses would be unaffected, while the synchronous portions would continue via videoconferencing technology with minimal disruption.
How is Fordham enacting social distancing measures in classrooms?
The judicious and safe use of learning spaces (classrooms, studios, teaching labs, etc.) requires attention to social distancing standards and other health and safety policies and protocols. The flexible hybrid learning environment plays a critical role in de-densifying classroom occupancy on campus. Other measures to reduce the density in classrooms include:
- Reducing seating capacity within each classroom to approximately one-third of its original value, as dictated by the 6-foot social distance standard
- Identify and assess non-academic space and possible off-campus space for repurposing as temporary classrooms to support the academic mission
- Adjust the quantity and placement of furniture (desks, podia, etc.) to achieve social distancing standard in each classroom
- Upgrade, as needed, the technology in classrooms and learning spaces to ensure academic readiness for flexible hybrid pedagogy
How is Fordham enacting social distancing measures in the residence halls?
Fordham’s Housing Operations staff have created several different occupancy scenarios to reduce density within the residence halls informed by the review of room configuration guidelines from other universities and states that have proceeded ahead of New York in re-opening. Measures include:
- Eliminating converted triple spaces in all first-year halls
- Invoking contingency plans to provide additional housing in case demand for housing exceeds supply due to reductions in overall occupancy
- Suspending all non-resident guest visitations and capping inter-residence hall visitation at least through the Fall semester
- Introducing new policies and procedures for student programming to allow for the development of community while reducing likelihood of COVID-19 transmission
Will the Library be open?
Fordham libraries will be open for faculty and graduate students in Phase Three and for undergraduates in Phase Four of Fordham’s reopening. Six-foot distancing protocols will be facilitated by removing tables and chairs. Group study rooms, elevators, lavatories, staff rooms, and lobbies will have signs indicating maximum capacity.
Will the gym be open?
Gyms, weight rooms, and athletic facilities will be open in Phase Four of Fordham’s reopening with appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures.
How will internships be affected?
Many internships are being offered as remote opportunities, reducing the barrier of physical location in selecting an internship. Handshake (through Career Services) will continue to serve as the main hub for these opportunities and updates.
Will student clubs meet?
Yes. Student clubs will reimagine events and meetings using physical distancing, and virtual options will be provided for larger groups and/or students who are unable to participate in person.
Will the University Church and other places of worship hold regular services?
Places of Worship will be identified and designated for interfaith needs. More information will be forthcoming.
Will new student orientation be held in-person?
Traditional New Student Orientation events will be reimagined as virtual or hybrid events to allow students various ways to participate. Detailed information about Opening Day and orientation procedures, protocols, and schedules will be communicated with students and families in August.
I’m a prospective student. Can I visit campus?
Admission offices offer a full complement of virtual events until further notice and will support self-guided tours with limited building access in Phase Four of Fordham’s reopening.
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
How is the University helping students for whom the pandemic has caused undue financial hardship?
The University has established the Student Emergency Fund and is seeking donations to help students facing financial challenges brought on by the spread of the coronavirus in New York City such as campus closures and the transition to distance learning. 100% of contributions to this fund will aid these students as they confront travel expenses, sudden loss of housing, medical emergencies or mental health crises, temporary loss of income, short-term food needs, and much more. You should contact your dean’s office about applying for these funds.
Will the University continue to operate study abroad programs this fall?
While Fordham has been working diligently to create a multi-faceted plan for social distancing, sanitation, testing, contact tracing and isolation protocols on each of our New York campuses, it has become increasingly clear that we cannot provide this critical level of precautionary care at each of our many study abroad locations. Therefore, in the interest of the health and safety of our students, we have decided to extend the suspension of all study abroad options through the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
All Fall 2020 study abroad students can defer their applications to the Spring 2021 semester without reapplying or paying another application fee or deposit to Fordham.
You should already be registered for classes at Fordham in NY and have a housing plan in place, but if you have any questions or need assistance with making arrangements to resume your studies at Fordham in NY, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-817-3464. You can also schedule a phone appointment with a staff member.
For Fordham students currently in NYC, are there restrictions for traveling on a university-sponsored program or trip?
To mitigate the risk of increased personal and communal viral exposure to COVID-19, the University has decided to extend the suspension of sponsored domestic and international travel for all students through the fall semester. The University will update its travel guidance and isolation requirements in response to changes in environmental conditions, CDC travel health notices, and New York State Department of Health recommendations.
What is the CARES Act?
In response to the severe economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, the U.S. federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. The act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency aid to students currently enrolled at eligible colleges and universities.
The CARES Act funds are to provide financial support for students enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care).
Am I eligible to receive aid under the CARES Act?
Fordham University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Form and is eligible to receive up to $8,147,184. Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Potential eligible students: 10,067
As it relates to Emergency Financial Aid Grants, as of June 26, 2020, the University
- Will receive $4,073,592
- Has distributed to students: $2,638,608
- Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 1,775
The University has set aside funds to assist students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The CARES Act identifies the following as eligible expenses: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
Students should complete the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES Act): Emergency Grants to Students 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.