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Fordham Forward FAQs for Students and Families

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Campus Access
Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Procedures 
Academics
Campus Life
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CAMPUS ACCESS

How do I  gain access to campus for the spring semester?

1. Upload Proof of Vaccination/Booster and Negative Test

For the spring 2022 semester, a negative test and proof of a booster dose will be required in order to enter campus. Members of the community will have until January 23, 2022  to submit confirmation of their test and booster dose. The test and vaccine booster dose can be obtained at private healthcare facilities or on campus. 

The test must be a FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test, not an antigen or antibody test, and it must be performed no earlier than 72 hours prior to return and no more than 5 days after. 

Students, faculty, and staff who are already returning to campus (or who live within commuting distance), should get tested as soon as they can, to avoid long lines the week of January 18 and to isolate at home if needed.

To register for a booster or to test at either campus, please visit Health Services.

2. Complete the Daily VitalCheck Questionnaire

All employees who will be entering campus are required to participate in the VitalCheck surveillance monitoring program abd respond to the daily health screening questionnaire. 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. 

Learn more about the VitalCheck Health Screening Program.  

3. Wear a Mask 

Given the increasing prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, 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.

Free KN95 masks, which provide superior filtration of virus-laden droplets with minimal distortion of one’s voice, are available to all at the Public Safety offices at each campus.

Am I required to be vaccinated?

All faculty, staff, and staff are required to be vaccinated. Additionally, all faculty, staff, and students will also be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose prior to the start of classes for the spring 2022 semester or as soon as medically permissible. To register for a booster at either campus, please visit Health Services. Employees may request exemptions on medical and religious grounds here

Faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated should send an image of their completed vaccine card to hrvitalcheck@fordham.edu and covidresults@getvitalcheck.com.

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, 2021.

Is the vaccine and booster available at Fordham?

Yes. Fordham has been approved to provide the vaccine and booster by the NYC Department of Health to eligible Fordham community members. Walk-in vaccinations and boosters 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.

Am I required to be tested for COVID-19?

The University will require all students, faculty, and staff to test negative for COVID-19 upon returning to campus after the winter break. Members of the community will have until January 23, 2022 to submit confirmation of their test, after which access to campus will be denied. 

Fordham will also conduct surveillance COVID-19 testing throughout the semester.

Additionally, testing will be required every week (on the 7th day) for students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption.

Is there testing on campus?

The University will conduct surveillance COVID-19 testing throughout the semester and 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

You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard

Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Procedures

What if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, please upload a copy of those recent positive test results via VitalCheck, and you do not need to have a new test. VitalCheck is working on an upgrade, so, for now, upload your positive test image and select that it is a negative test (not a positive test).  

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms:

  • Call Health Services (718-817-4160, RH or W, or 212-636-7160, LC) or University Contact Tracing: (914) 367-3001 or (914) 367-3190 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., or (718) 817-2222 between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.; AND
  • Isolate for 5 days; AND
  • For an additional 5 days, wear a well-fitted, layered mask whenever they are around other individuals, indoors or outdoors

(Rapid antigen testing will be available and is recommended for those individuals who are concerned and want a test before leaving isolation.)

If you begin to show symptoms, you should report them to Health Services or University Contact Tracing 

If you develop symptoms after being asymptomatic and testing positive in the last several days, your five-day isolation must start over from the date symptoms begin. You must then follow the guidelines for someone who has tested positive and has symptoms below.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms:

  • Notify Health Services or University Contact Tracing; AND
  • Isolate at least 5 days from the start of the symptoms; AND
  • Complete the Google form attestation once you are symptom-free, so you may end your isolation; AND
  • If you leave isolation before 10 days past the start of isolation, wear a well-fitted, layered mask whenever you are around other individuals, indoors or outdoors until the 10th day.

What if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and have received a COVID-19 booster vaccination; OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the previous 6 months; OR completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months:

  • You do NOT need to quarantine. You should be tested approximately 5 days after exposure.

If you have close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines over 6 months ago and have NOT received a COVID-19 booster vaccination; OR have completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago and have NOT received a COVID-19 booster vaccination; OR are partially vaccinated (only 1 dose of a 2-dose vaccine series); OR are unvaccinated:

  • Notify Health Services or University Contact Tracing; AND
  • Quarantine for 5 days; AND
  • Get a PCR test on or off campus on day 5 and wait for the results; once negative results are received (likely late on day 6 or possibly on day 7), you can leave quarantine; AND
  • For an additional 5 days, wear a well-fitted, layered mask whenever you are around other individuals, indoors or outdoors.

For all contacts, regardless of vaccination status, if symptoms occur, you should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms that your symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

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.

ACADEMICS

Are there any changes to the Spring 2022 calendar?

Fordham is not modifying its academic calendar or altering the mode of instruction for its undergraduate or graduate programs. Fordham will continue to require daily VitalCheck screening, full vaccination of all individuals on campus, and that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces at all times.

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. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Given the increasing prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, 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.

Free KN95 masks, which provide superior filtration of virus-laden droplets with minimal distortion of one’s voice, are available to all at the Public Safety offices at each campus.

Can I eat or drink in the classroom?

Eating and drinking is  prohibited in all classrooms and instructional spaces (laboratories, libraries, etc...).

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

Are fitness centers open?

All campus fitness centers are closed through January 31, 2022.

Will events be held on campus?

  • The University will continue to prohibit events for non-University groups.
  • All indoor events in January at which food or beverages were to be served are cancelled; food and beverages may not be served at meetings in January.
  • Spectators will not be allowed to attend athletic competitions, and eating and drinking is prohibited at athletic events until further notice.

How is dining affected?

Eating and drinking is  prohibited in all classrooms and instructional spaces (laboratories, libraries, etc...).

Dining services will modify indoor dining as follows:

  • Offer optional grab n’ go meals;
  • Allow for limited indoor dining in the main cafeterias at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center with appropriate social distancing and density mitigation initiatives; and
  • Prohibit indoor dining in retail spaces that are too small to accommodate social distancing.

The University will consider expanding the use of other indoor spaces (such as lounge areas) for casual dining.

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. 

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

Students will be allowed up to 2 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
  • As of December 31, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $20,719,531
    • Has distributed to students: $12,932,863
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 4,873

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.