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Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Procedures 
On-Campus Guidelines

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 upcoming 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:

  • Notify your supervisor; 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; AND
  • Receive an antigen test at the University (which will be placed in your record), and return to work.

(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 University Contact Tracing by calling (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.

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 your supervisor; AND
  • Isolate at least 5 days from the start of the symptoms; AND
  • Complete the Google form attestation once they are symptom-free, so they may end their 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 your supervisor; AND
  • Quarantine for 5 days; AND
  • Get a Broad PCR test 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.

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 should a fully-vaccinated employee do if their child is quarantined for COVID-19, and they need to stay home as the primary caregiver?

  • Notify supervisor
  • Notify Dan Wexler in Human Resources and provide appropriate documentation
  • Stay home to care for quarantined child
  • Work/teach online if possible

Fordham has also identified resources for short-term childcare during the semester. 

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.

On-Campus Guidelines

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.

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. 

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.