Fordham Forward FAQs for Student Testing and Quarantine
What testing is required of students coming to campus?
Commuter students from safe states not on the NYS travel restriction list will be required to provide a negative test for COVID-19 within 14 days before coming to campus. If you live in NYS, you can get free testing at a local NYS testing facility in your area. Commuters who do not present documentation prior to opening and who then must be tested upon arrival to campus will have to return home and attend classes online only pending test results.
How do I schedule a test on campus?
Testing is available at both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses.
At the testing sites at both campuses, students will be able to sign up for testing between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (employees have the option to sign up between 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. when students will not be in the testing sites, or a later time when students will also be in the testing site).
Students and employees may sign up for testing on either campus regardless of where they attend classes or work. Please use the link below to schedule an on-campus test:
Residents from states not on the New York State mandatory quarantine list?
Resident students who are not from states that must quarantine are required to provide a negative test for Covid-19 within 14 days before moving onto campus.
Residents from states on the New York State mandatory quarantine list and International students?
These students are required by NYS to quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine must be done off-campus to meet the environmental requirements of quarantine through NYS. Updated NY State guidance now says students should NOT leave quarantine for a test, so all will be tested upon arrival on campus. They can move into their residence hall at the end of the 14 days.
How do I get tested?
Students from states on the New York state restricted list will be tested at the end of their off-campus quarantine in New York. The test will be conducted on campus, and unless the results are positive, students may then enter campus for classes or to move into their residence hall.
Students from states not on the restricted list are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 off-campus within 14 days of arrival at Fordham. If not, the University will test them upon arrival. Please keep in mind that the University will need to test a large number of students from the quarantine states, and there may be long lines and delays at the on-campus testing site if they are not tested in advance.
Can students be tested at home and prior to arrival?
Students who are not from restricted states are strongly-encouraged to get tested at home prior to arrival if they can get the results. Testing at home will be more efficient for students and families and lessen the burden of on-campus testing. If students are not able to be tested at home, we will test them upon arrival and all students will also be tested as part of Fordham’s universal testing program within 0-14 days of arrival.
Here are some links to help you find a local testing site:
In addition, several major pharmacy and retail chains have opened testing sites, which can likely be found using the links above, but details are also available from the chains directly:
How old can home test results be?
Under the circumstances, we will be flexible and accept test results that are within 14 days of the administration of the test.
What type of off-campus test can we have done and submitted to Fordham?
We are asking all students to have an FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test. At this time, we cannot accept serology or antibody test results because the information regarding the presence of antibodies and whether or not those antibodies provide immunity is not known.
Can we submit results from a Rapid test?
Not at this time based on guidance from the FDA site. Currently, rapid antigen tests that have positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results need to be confirmed with a molecular test. Rapid tests cannot definitively rule out active coronavirus infection and are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular tests.
What if I have already had the virus; can I submit serology or antibody test results?
The information regarding the presence of antibodies and whether or not it provides immunity is not fully known, but recent guidance from CDC says that asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive should not be retested again within 3 months of the positive test. If you have tested positive in the past 3 months, please upload those test results in the same manner as you would upload results from a negative test conducted off campus and you will not need to have an additional test.
How do I upload the results from tests done in advance?
Students who adhere to our recommendation to get tested off campus prior to arrival can upload a copy of their negative test results using the student health portal. The Fordham Student Health Portal is found on my.fordham.edu under the My Apps tab. Students should log in to my.fordham.edu using their Fordham credentials, navigate to the student health section, and select the option to upload COVID-19 Results.
What do I do when I come to campus?
Students who uploaded their test results in advance can enter campus by following the published move-in procedures. (We recommend bringing a printed copy of the test results as a backup.) Residents who need on-campus testing should go directly to the testing site on their campus prior to moving into the residence hall. Commuters who need on-campus testing should go directly to the testing site on their campus prior to going to class.
What is the plan for on-going surveillance testing?
According to the CDC, universities may consider testing some or all asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff who have no known exposure to identify outbreaks and inform control measures. Fordham University will conduct random surveillance testing of members of the community who are on campus throughout the year. Not every member of the community will necessarily be selected for this ongoing testing.
What if the test results are positive?
Anyone with positive test results will have to remain home or in their quarantine location and will not be permitted access to campus.
Do I need to leave quarantine 7 days out from scheduled move-in to be tested?
Updated NY State guidance now says students should NOT leave quarantine for a test, so all will be tested upon arrival on campus.
What should I do if my state appears on the mandatory quarantine list?
As of 7.27.20, New York State requires that you complete a 14-day quarantine before entering campus. Residents from states appearing on New York State's mandatory quarantine list will not be permitted to come to campus without documentation of 14-day quarantine in a state that does not appear on the list. After the quarantine is completed and documentation is approved, these students may be tested when they arrive on campus. Students from quarantine states were sent an email on July 31 with further instructions as well as a link through which documentation of quarantine can be supplied to the University.
What will happen with students from states NOT on the mandatory quarantine list?
Residents from states not on the New York State mandatory quarantine list will be tested upon arrival IF they have not submitted/do not have documentation of prior negative test results. We are permitted by New York State to allow them onto campus to self-quarantine in their own rooms, since they are not under the quarantine requirements of NYS.
What documentation is accepted and how do we provide it?
Students from quarantine states were sent an email on July 31 with further instructions as well as a link through which documentation of quarantine can be supplied to the University.
Documentation that quarantine was completed in a hotel can be the receipt/invoice from that establishment, but students may also quarantine in non-quarantine areas with friends or relatives and/or in private homes. In cases in which quarantine is completed in a private home, the form will ask that you provide basic information (e.g. names and addresses) and the start/arrival date for the quarantine period.
Do parents need to test before assisting with any move-ins?
No, parents and family members assisting with any move-ins are not required to be tested before entering campus, but there will be prudent safety and social-distance measures in place for the duration of move-in.
Is COVID-19 testing required to participate in Belongings Move-in?
No, testing is required before the final move in but not before the Belongings Drop Off.
Though my home address is in a quarantine state, I never left New York City/another non-mandatory quarantine state during the ongoing health emergency to return home. What documentation do I need to exempt from the quarantine?
Students from quarantine states were sent an email on July 31 with further instructions as well as a link through which documentation of quarantine or continued residence in a non-quarantine state can be supplied to the University.
Can I quarantine at a private home in a distant state that does not appear on the mandatory quarantine list?
Students may only quarantine in a state that does not appear on the mandatory quarantine list, but may do so in a private home. Students from quarantine states were sent an email on July 31 with further instructions as well as a link through which documentation of quarantine can be supplied to the University. There, we will ask that you provide the name and address of the individual with whom you have completed quarantine and the start/end date for the quarantine period.
What hotels are close to campus and recommended?
Fordham maintains a list of close-by hotels, but it should be noted that quarantine can be completed in any location in any state that does not appear on New York State’s list.
Once I complete quarantine and am ready to move in, can my parents/family help me do so if I too come from a state on the mandatory quarantine list, or do I also have to quarantine?
In order to follow prudent safety guidelines, family members in this circumstance may unload cars outdoors and load items into the moving bins which we will have available in the lobby areas of buildings. However, we are asking individuals to remain in the lobby or outside only.