Fordham Forward FAQs for Employees
How do I gain access to campus?
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 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. 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?
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.
Am I required to be vaccinated?
All employees teaching and working in-person are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, in anticipation of permanent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of one or more of the currently available vaccines. Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester. Employees may request exemptions on medical and religious grounds here.
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.
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 there testing on campus?
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.
You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard.
What symptoms are consistent with COVID-19?
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptomatic individuals with COVID-19 often exhibit one or more of the following: New cough, fever, chills, new loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose not attributable to allergies.
What should I do if I begin experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
As was true prior to the pandemic, if an employee feels ill they should stay home, practice self-care, and consult with their supervisor. During the pandemic, VitalCheck may direct an employee to undergo a COVID-19 test and potentially quarantine for a period of time. If a quarantined employee is asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms, they may choose to work online, in consultation with their supervisor, until VitalCheck authorizes them to return to campus. The following diagram illustrates the circumstances under which an employee, who becomes ill, may need to pivot between in-person and online working.
What will happen if a member of the Fordham community is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for an amount of time prescribed by VitalCheck or their physician. In coordination with the New York City and New York state contact tracing programs, Fordham will implement its contact tracing program to notify members of the University community who have been in close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual on campus. New York State defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period. Unvaccinated close contacts will be directed to self-quarantine so as to prevent further spread. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Guidance around quarantine and isolation is provided by the CDC. Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have COVID-19.
- Isolation separates sick people with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.
What would happen if an employee learned that they have been in “close contact” with a COVID-positive individual?
New York State defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period. A person who believes they have had a “close contact” should notify VitalCheck. For any known COVID-positive member of the Fordham community, a contact tracer will reach out to individuals who have been identified as a “confirmed close contact.”
VitalCheck will direct the individual to be tested or to quarantine, and will determine when an individual is cleared to return to campus. The following diagrams illustrate the circumstances under which an employee may need to pivot between working in-person and online.
What should a fully-vaccinated employee do if their child is quarantined for COVID-19, and the instructor needs to stay home as the primary caregiver?
The following diagram illustrates the circumstances under which an employee may need to pivot between working in-person and online.
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 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state Department of Health.
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.
If I am required to quarantine or isolate due to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation, will I have to use my annual sick leave?
Employees will be entitled to up to 14 calendar days (including weekends and holidays, if applicable) of job-protected paid sick leave if they or a minor dependent child are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19. Learn more about Fordham's Temporary Emergency Leave Guidelines.
Will my Fordham-sponsored healthcare plan cover medical expenses associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19?
Yes, you will have the same coverage that is currently available for any emergency or non-emergency illness, subject to the normal deductible, copay, or out-of-pocket amounts associated with your medical plan.
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.