Fordham Forward General FAQs
When are Fordham campuses reopening?
The restart of Fordham University conforms with the Governor’s plan to restart New York. To monitor and regulate the phased reopening process of the state, Gov. Cuomo has established regional “control rooms.” The plan to fully restart Fordham is designed around four phases. When authorized by our Regional Control Room to move to the next phase, Fordham will cautiously proceed.
We are currently in Phase Two of reopening. Learn more about Fordham's four phases.
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)
- 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
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. Learn more about the distribution of PPE.
Will my temperature be taken when I enter Fordham buildings?
Fordham will utilize a telehealth program to prescreen and monitor staff, and students. Visitors, guests, or members of the Fordham community who are not able to utilize the pre-screening program will be required to have a temperature check prior to being given access to campus. Learn more about the screening program.
Are students, faculty, and staff required to be tested for COVID-19? Will the University provide testing for COVID-19?
Fordham will have COVID-19 PCR diagnostic testing capabilities on campus. The University is actively exploring with partner organizations how it can develop sufficient capacity to test all members of the community, whether or not they are symptomatic. In any case, all students are strongly encouraged to get tested in their home community before they depart for campus. Students who test positive are required to stay home and isolate until cleared to come to campus.
Students who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individuals will be coordinated through University Health Services (UHS). UHS has partnered with Montefiore Medical Center and diagnostic testing is now available on-site at the Rose Hill campus; there are ongoing conversations with Mount Sinai West to provide similar services for the Lincoln Center campus.
Employees can receive testing via their individual healthcare providers.
Antibody testing is not recommended by the NYC or NYS Departments of Health, the CDC, or the American College Health Association (ACHA) and will not be conducted at this time.
I am traveling from another state or country to return to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?
International travel is an evolving situation. Fordham will follow the CDC’s recommendation that people quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the USA from international travel. New York State also requires individuals traveling from designated states to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New York. Such persons under quarantine will most probably be tested for COVID-19 and should not attend classes or engage in other campus activities.
How will the University monitor the Fordham community for symptoms of COVID-19?
Fordham will utilize a telehealth program to prescreen and monitor staff, students, and some visitors to campus. Visitors, guests, or members of the Fordham community who are not able to utilize the pre-screening program will be required to have a temperature check prior to being given access to campus. Learn more about the screening program.
Will independent contractors, such as bookstore and food services employees, also be screened before they return to campus?
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.
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.
- 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.
In coordination with the NYC and NYS contact tracing programs, Fordham will implement a digital contact tracing tool to assist personnel in the identification and notification of “at-risk” individuals who test positive and those Fordham contacts who have been exposed while on campus.
How will dining be affected?
In preparation for restarting Fordham Dining, 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
Will athletics events be held?
Athletics events will be held in Phase Four of Fordham’s campus reopening phases. The University will adopt a set of safety guidelines informed by guidance from New York State and City health officials, NCAA, Atlantic-10 Conference, and the Patriot League Conference. Learn more about the guidelines for athletic events.
Will Fordham host outside groups/events?
Once the campus reopens in Phase Four of Fordham’s campus reopening phases, some outside groups may host events. A centralized committee will be charged with reviewing all event proposals and a set of guidelines is being formalized for event planners that aligns with HR policies established for faculty, staff and visitors, specifically around testing and tracing and social distancing protocols.