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Fordham Forward General FAQs

What is planned for the summer and fall semesters?

The summer semester will continue to be a hybrid semester with classes meeting in person, online, or both. For more details on summer, see the Students and Families FAQ.

For fall, Fordham is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities. The federal government now projects that every adult in the United States will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by this summer. Therefore, we anticipate that many of the COVID-19 constraints under which we operate today will be relaxed as the pandemic subsides following mass vaccination efforts.

Are students, faculty, and staff required to be tested for COVID-19? Will the University provide testing for COVID-19?

All students, faculty, and staff returning to campus for the spring semester will be REQUIRED to be tested with a FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test. They will not be allowed to enter campus or move into a residence hall without providing the negative test results in advance or bringing a copy of the results with them. They will then be tested again within the first week of arrival. 

As during the fall semester, all students, faculty, and staff accessing campus will be required to obtain a test once a month throughout the spring semester. The deadlines for mandatory testing are February 26, March 26, April 23. 

The University is offering testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only, excluding University holidays. You can find information and sign up for testing at the University Health Services page.

Employees: Please see the Employees FAQ for more testing information.

Students: Please see the Students and Families Testing and Quarantine FAQ for more testing information.

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

Is the vaccine available at Fordham?

Fordham has been approved to provide the vaccine by the NYC Department of Health to eligible Fordham community members, and began to receive a limited supply of vaccine the week of April 5.  Please check for the availability of an appointment on the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources page of the University Health Services website.. 

I am traveling from another state or country to return to Fordham in the spring. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?

Beginning April 1 travelers to New York from all other states will not be required to quarantine upon arrival to New York. Travelers from other countries are still required to quarantine upon arrival to New York. Students, faculty, and staff that are traveling from outside of the United States are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York, per New York state guidelines, but they can now “test-out” of quarantine by taking the following steps:

  • They must have negative test results of a FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test administered within three days prior to your departure;
  • Quarantine for three days upon arrival in New York (quarantine cannot be done in University housing);
  • On day 4, obtain another COVID test either on or off campus;
  • If the pre-departure test AND this second test come back negative, they may exit quarantine upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test;

In order to access campus, they must upload both test results.

 Please see the Students and Families Testing and Quarantine FAQ for more information.

What if someone on campus tests positive for 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. Close contacts to the infected individual will be directed to quarantine themselves so as to prevent further spread. Provisions for self-isolation and quarantine are as follows:

  • Commuter and resident students who are able to travel to their homes will be directed to isolate or quarantine at their off-campus residences.
  • Residents with a positive test for COVID-19 who are unable to travel home will be isolated in designated residence hall rooms. Residents who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual will quarantine in their rooms pending their test result if possible. We will supplement these spaces as needed with off campus accommodations.
  • We have made provisions to provide ongoing support services, medical oversight through health services and food delivery to isolated students.
  • Employees who become ill on campus will be provided with guidance by the Office of Human Resources Management and/or Public Safety on how to isolate/return home, as well as quarantine requirements.

Contact Tracing
When an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, contact tracing tracks down anyone who might have been exposed to the infected individual for long enough to have put them at risk of infection. In coordination with the NYC and NYS contact tracing programs, Fordham will deploy its own contact tracing program. Fordham students, faculty, or staff who have received a positive test for COVID-19 will be contacted by a contact tracer and asked to share details of any close contact (defined as anyone they have been within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes during the four days prior to the positive test result or the four days prior to the first onset of symptoms, whichever period is longer). Contacts will be notified by the contact tracer of their exposure and will be provided guidance regarding quarantine and testing.


Fordham strongly recommends that all members of the University community add the COVID Alert NY contact tracing app to their smartphones. COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The app keeps personal information confidential and does not track your movements.

What precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
As Fordham campuses reopen, the University is taking many measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 among our community including:

  • Operating at a lower density and instituting social distancing standards in all facilities
  • Undertaking enhanced cleaning measures
  • Requiring the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Instituting mandatory universal testing for all faculty, students and staff
  • Pursuing daily health screening to monitor, trace, and isolate potential infections
  • Educating around behaviors that minimize risk and support the health of students, employees, and our local community
  • Requiring every member of the campus community to follow the health and safety guidelines laid out in the Fordham Forward plan, and to sign The Ram Pledge

Will I have to wear a face-covering?
Yes, all University staff, faculty, students, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering when in public indoor spaces which include hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounge areas, dining spaces (except when eating/drinking), 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.

Will my temperature be taken when I enter Fordham buildings?
Fordham will utilize a screening program called VitalCheck to screen and monitor staff, and students. Visitors, guests, or members of the Fordham community who are not able to utilize the screening program will be required to have a temperature check prior to being given access to campus. Learn more about the VitalCheck screening program.

How will the University monitor the Fordham community for symptoms of COVID-19?
Fordham will utilize a screening program called VitalCheck to screen and monitor staff, students, and some visitors to campus. Visitors, guests, or members of the Fordham community who are not able to utilize the screening program will be required to have a temperature check prior to being given access to campus. Learn more about the VitalCheck screening program.

Will independent contractors, such as bookstore and food services employees, as well as other vendors that frequent campus also be screened before they arrive? 
Yes, all contract vendors who work on campus daily or on a regular basis will be required to adhere to all Fordham policies and protocols regarding testing and surveillance screening. Learn more about Vendor COVID_19 Guidelines.

How will visitors gain access to campus?

Visitors to any Fordham property will need to be screened prior to being given access to campus. Some visitors may be prescreened before arrival on campus. Visitors will undergo infrared temperature checks at designated entry points and face coverings will be available at entry points for all visitors.

How will dining be affected?
Fordham’s dining partner is focused on promoting social distancing, implementing new levels of food safety, and revising all locations to provide safe service to customers from healthy staff members. Location modifications include:

  • Installing new protective barriers to help protect staff and guests
  • Reducing seating capacity and increasing spacing to meet social-distancing guidelines
  • Installing floor markings in dining areas to help guests and staff maintain the approved furniture layout
  • Eliminating self-serve stations
  • Converting all point-of-sale equipment for “contactless” transactions
  • Providing tented areas at many venues to expand on outdoor dining options