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Coronavirus FAQs for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies

The fall semester officially begins on September 1, 2021 and PCS is ready to welcome students back in-person, and online. ALL STUDENTS WHO COME TO CAMPUS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AND SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION BEFORE THE START OF CLASS. Complete information about the campus reopening can be found on the Fordham Forward website, but below you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

COVID 19 Regulations for Fall 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Fordham and are writing with information to help prepare you for a smooth arrival. This email contains important information for PCS students taking classes on campus, or coming to campus for any other reason. 

Mandatory Student VitalCheck Screening Program
The University has partnered with VitalCheck for its health screening program to help identify anyone in the Fordham community who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Participation in VitalCheck is required to access campus.

Here is how the VitalCheck process works:
Once you have submitted the vaccine information, you will be registered with VitalCheck and begin to receive daily notifications to self-certify your health.

  • The first email will come from VitalCheck Patient Support, customer-support@getvitalcheck.com.
  • You will be asked to respond to a series of questions related to your possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Once you attest to having none of the above conditions each day, you will receive the link to a dated color-coded clearance QR code you can open and display on your smartphone.
  • The system has also been integrated into Fordham ID Card Readers so your clearance will be signaled through the standard process of tapping your Fordham ID to the readers as you enter campus. 
  • You may be asked to display the QR code at various locations inside the campus such as classrooms, offices, dining areas or the fitness center.
  • You can customize the specific time of day, as well as the delivery method (text or email) of your daily notification by referring to your VitalCheck email.
  • You are required to self-certify daily, including weekends and holidays. If you do not self-certify daily, you may be logged out of your account. If you do not receive a notification on a given day, you can use a link from a previous day.

VitalCheck is available as an App in the Apple Store or Google Play:

  • You are not required to use the App.
  • It is best to access the app from the daily questionnaire if possible to ensure you are selecting the correct App.   
  • If you download and begin using the App, you will no longer receive a daily text message, but can set the notifications for the App to provide the daily reminder.
  • You can access the App at any time to respond to the daily questionnaire.
  • You will continue to receive the daily email unless you turn off that option in the daily questionnaire. 

If you are not immediately cleared by the VitalCheck daily health screening assessment:

  • VitalCheck will send a registration link to your smartphone and your email to schedule a telehealth clearance appointment with one of its physicians prior to your return to campus. 
  • You may also contact your personal healthcare provider instead of the VitalCheck telehealth provider. Students living in University Housing should contact Health Services by calling 718-817-4160 (RH) or 212-636-7160 (LC).
  • The VitalCheck telehealth physician may advise you of the next steps to follow which may include a recommendation and prescription to test you for COVID-19 at an authorized location or to quarantine for a period of time. 
  • This screening program utilizes your health insurance and you may be billed for a copay according to your health insurer's COVID-19 coverage for the telehealth appointment with a physician. Please note that copays may be waived for these COVID-19 related visits; please consult your insurance plan.
  • Once your medical clearance documentation has been processed, you will resume receiving VitalCheck’s daily health screening assessment and the dated clearance QR code to access Fordham’s campus

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • As required by New York State Department of Health, the lab will immediately notify the state and local health departments to cooperate with tracing efforts.
  • This includes notification of potential contacts, such as classmates, family or friends, who had close contact with you.
  • This process will be handled discreetly to maintain confidentiality as mandated by New York state and federal laws and regulations.
  • The University requires that students report any COVID-19 signs and symptoms and positive results immediately to University Health Services by calling 718-817-4160 (RH and WC) or 212-636-7160 (LC).

If your academic program is fully online and

  • you are not coming to campus, you do not need to participate in VitalCheck;
  • you do wish to come to campus, email StudentVitalCheck@fordham.edu and request to be added to VitalCheck.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the VitalCheck screening, please email StudentVitalCheck@fordham.edu. You can also visit the VitalCheck Health Screening Program website.

I won't be vaccinated by September 1. Do you have late start classes?
Yes, we do! PCS offers classes that begin as late as October 26. Check out our course booklet and speak to your advisor about our alternative format classes. Late start classes are a great way to stay on track toward meeting your academic goals!

Who may I contact with more questions?