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 will be allowed to return to campus with social distancing measures in Phase Four of New York State's plan. New York City entered Phase Four of reopening on July 20.
Undergraduate students will be welcomed back to campus for the fall semester. Every student will be able to indicate their preference for learning fully online, in person, or a hybrid combination of the two (a form will be available on July 27, or shortly thereafter). Faculty will likewise be asked to indicate their preferences. Chairs and program directors will work with deans to determine which courses should be prioritized for in-person teaching such as science labs and performance-based classes in order to best serve our students. Academic Records will post the modality of all courses so that students can consider changing their registration to better align with their own plans and preferences.
Many graduate programs intend to continue remote learning through the fall semester to accommodate the needs of adult students, as well as international students. See below for links to individual school’s announcements:
- Gabelli School of Business
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Graduate School of Education
- Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
- Graduate School of Social Service
- School of Law
For the most up-to-date information, graduate students should refer to their college’s website.
What if the virus necessitates a shut-down of the campus mid-semester?
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 suspends 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 the academic calendar affected?
The semester schedule has not changed. However, the University will break at Thanksgiving, and undergraduate students will not return to campus physically until the spring semester begins. Remaining fall classes, reading days, and final exams will be held remotely.
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
Will the Library be open?
Fordham libraries will be open in advance of the start of classes. 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.
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.
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 the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission
Will I have a roommate?
The University will provide housing accommodations consistent with our residence hall design capacity. Resident students will have roommates and suitemates, but there will be no oversubscription (additional assignments to individual rooms when demand exceeds normal capacity) and rooms are capped at their normal design capacity.
When can I move in?
Resident students will soon receive information from the Office of Residential Life announcing a phased move-in process during which students who live within a reasonable distance from campus will be asked to schedule a time to move belongings onto campus prior to final arrival. All resident students will have extended move-in periods available to maintain prudent social distance.
What should I bring to campus in the fall?
We strongly recommend that you keep the personal belongings you bring to campus to a minimum. We want you to be comfortable, but we also want you to be prepared to move quickly if we find ourselves in a situation similar to last March, when circumstances beyond our control forced us to close the campus and clear out the residence halls without advanced warning.
Will visitors be allowed in the residence halls?
All visitation and overnight guest passes for the Fall semester for all non-Fordham individuals will be suspended; residence hall visitation will be limited and capped.
Are parents allowed in the residence halls?
Parents are allowed on campus following a health screening upon entering, but they are not allowed in the residence halls.
I will be attending Fordham in the fall but have decided not to live on campus for the fall semester. How do I take a temporary leave from housing?
Resident students who do not wish to return to campus housing, for whatever reason, and would like to consider a leave from campus housing, should contact the Office of Residential Life on their campus. We will work with each student on this and their plans for return at a time when it is most comfortable for each student.
Can I move into housing and then later decide that it is not for me and move out with a 100% refund?
The University will refund the housing fees on a pro-rated basis for anyone who moves out in the first 2 weeks of the semester and then refunds will be given according to the published refund schedule.
Will the gym be open?
Upon the governor’s approval, gyms, weight rooms, and athletic facilities will be open with appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures.
Will student clubs meet?
Yes. Student clubs and organizations are busy planning programs and events for you to engage with your peers, both in-person and online.
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.
I’m a commuter student. Will there be a place for me to study and relax in between classes?
In addition to the library, the Student Involvement areas on each campus are planning for spaces in which commuter students can study and rest between classes and socialize in a safe manner.
Will new student orientation be held in-person?
We are currently planning our programming, including orientation programs, around in-person and virtual components. Detailed information about Opening Day and orientation procedures, protocols, and schedules will be communicated with students and families in August.
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 working to encourage students and other members of the Fordham community to follow the safe practices outlined on these pages?
- We have developed policies that are specific to COVID-related expectations, which address the wearing of masks and face coverings, social distancing, and gathering, on and off-campus behavior, and more.
- Community members will be expected to sign The Ram Pledge that they understand and will adhere to these expectations, in their on-campus and off-campus behavior.
- We will have signage and awareness campaigns in place to remind the members of our community of these expectations.
Travel and Study Abroad
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 the 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 August 25, 2020, the University
- Will receive $4,073,592
- Has distributed to students: $2,757,108
- Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 1,940
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.
I’m a prospective student. Can I visit campus?
Admission offices offer a full complement of virtual events until further notice and plan to support self-guided tours with limited building access.
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.