Fordham Forward FAQs for Faculty
Will the fall semester be held in person?
Fordham is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities this fall.
Will I be required to be vaccinated?
Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester, and it is the University’s strong expectation that all faculty, staff, and administrators likewise be fully vaccinated on or before the beginning of the fall term.
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 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 my students and I be required to wear face coverings?
Yes, all University staff, faculty, students, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering when in public spaces which includes hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounge areas, dining spaces, event spaces, classrooms, laboratories, libraries, shared offices, and conference rooms.
Will I be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
The University will distribute reusable/washable face coverings to all employees and students on Fordham campuses. Visitors should bring their own face coverings when visiting Fordham campuses, but Public Safety will have a supply of disposable face coverings for anyone in need. Other PPE will be provided as needed for specific areas and modes of work. Gloves are being supplied to public safety, custodial services, library services, and health services. Hand sanitizer stations and wipes dispensers will be deployed around campus.
Where can I find assistance in developing hybrid courses?
Some departments have already begun to lay plans for developing the asynchronous portions of multi-section courses collaboratively so that students enrolled in all sections of these courses will benefit from high-quality, team-taught content. Because creating videos and presentations, designing digital interactive experiences, and moderating online discussions are unfamiliar practices for many instructors, Fordham will provide substantially expanded pedagogical and technical support to all who teach.
What should I do when an undergraduate student who isn’t attending class or completing assignments doesn’t respond to repeated outreach?
Please share that information with the relevant class dean and Dean of Student Support and Success. In some cases, these are students with whom we have worked and we may be aware of the larger context, or other faculty may have shared similar information. The deans will follow up with the student by email and/or by phone. They may also contact other faculty who have the student in class, to see if there’s a larger pattern. As needed, they will work with the Office of the Dean of Students on further outreach (which may include contacting family members) and referrals to CPS or other offices at the university.
What should I do upon learning of a student's financial, housing, or other needs?
A variety of funds are available for students who are experiencing emergency financial hardship. Please reach out to the dean's office of the student’s school about the need who will serve as the liaison with the Financial Aid office and/or with the committee managing Student Emergency Funding.
What should I do upon learning that a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for an amount of time prescribed by the NYS Department of Health or their physician. In coordination with the NYC and NYS contact tracing programs, Fordham will implement its contact tracing program to assist personnel in the notification of members of the Fordham community who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive while on campus. Close contacts to the infected individual will be directed to quarantine themselves so as to prevent further spread.
What do I tell my students?
You may tell your students that a student in the class has tested positive for COVID-19; that the student is isolated; and that University staff are following up to do contact tracing and inform others. The isolation is necessary to ensure the infection is contained as much as possible.
Should I tell students to get another COVID-19 test?
Yes, but they should contact University Health Services (UHS) by phone or email, rather than going directly to the testing tent (at Rose Hill) or testing rooms (at Lincoln Center). UHS will advise the student where they should get the test.
Should I be tested?
Yes, out of an abundance of caution, you should be tested, either through your private physician or through VitalCheck. We ask that you not go for testing to the testing tent (Rose Hill) or testing rooms (Lincoln Center).
Will I have to be quarantined?
Please follow the guidance of the contract tracer or Fordham's Office of Public Safety.
Does Fordham now have instant point of care tests?
Yes, although a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test via VitalCheck or your personal healthcare provider is required to confirm negative results—the PCR test detects virus DNA and is more accurate than antigen tests in detecting a current infection.
Will contact tracers from both Fordham and New York City Contact Tracing reach out to students and myself?
Fordham contact tracers will certainly contact you and your students; New York City contact tracers may also follow up with you and you students.
Does Fordham report names of COVID-19 positive individuals to the New York state Department of Health dashboard?
No. The University only provides the state with numbers of tests and positive cases in various categories.
Does Fordham report names of COVID-19 positive individuals to the New York City Department of Health?
Yes, the University is required by law to provide the names of students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19. Fordham is also required to report the names of anyone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for more than 10 minutes (or in an enclosed classroom for more than 60 minutes), with or without face coverings, and to notify the city that these individuals are quarantining.
What if the COVID-19 positive student reveals their identity to me and other students in the class?
It is the student’s prerogative to speak about their COVID-19 positive status. The University is still obligated to ensure that the student’s medical information is protected, and so you may not share the identity of the student with colleagues or other students, or refer to the student’s medical status except to University or public health officials who need the information for contact tracing and quarantine protocols.
What if I have further questions?
If you can’t find the answer on the COVID-19 Guidelines pages, you may contact your department chair or associate chair, supervisor, or dean. You may also request a visit with a health provider through VitalCheck.