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.
Am I required to be vaccinated?
Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester. All employees teaching and working in-person are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021, in anticipation of permanent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of one or more of the currently available vaccines.
Faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated should send an image of their completed vaccine card to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who have been fully vaccinated should upload an image of their completed vaccine card to the student health portal.
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. Prior to August 1, testing is required every week for unvaccinated employees and students. After August 1, testing will be required every week (on the 7th day) for students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption. The University will replace routine PCR tests with rapid antigen tests (backed by PCR tests, if necessary).
Is there testing on campus?
We provide on-campus testing for students and employees with results within 24 hours, or as quickly as possible thereafter.
As of May 27, the testing location for Rose Hill will move to the ground floor of O'Hare Hall, opposite the Ram Van. The summer testing schedule for both campuses is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find more information and sign up for testing at the University Health Services page.
You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard.
Will I have to wear a face-covering?
Unvaccinated students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption must continue to wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing, if possible, consistent with their activities.
Fully vaccinated students and employees are not required to wear masks in any location on campus, indoors or out, including residence and dining halls, athletics facilities, classrooms, offices, conference rooms, hallways, elevators, and other spaces. On-campus personnel may continue to wear masks if they prefer to do so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID Alert NY
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.
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.