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Coronavirus FAQs for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies

The fall semester officially begins on August 26 and PCS is ready to welcome students back online, in-person, and in our hybrid courses. 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.

Classroom Capacity is a 15 person maximum. Always wear a face covering, maintain a physical distance, and kindly refrain from speaking.
Classroom layout showing 6 feet of spacing

How can I tell if my class is online or in-person?
You should check your student schedule -- go to the my.fordham.edu portal, click on the Student tab and then click on the link “Look Up Classes and Student Registration.” Click on the button for View Registration Information and then enter the term as Fall 2020. On the next page, you will see a link to the Student Schedule. Then you will see if a class is Virtual/Online or in-person as part of the flexible hybrid model.

The flexible hybrid model allows for part of the class to be taught in person, in a classroom in which the seats allow for social distancing, and part of the class to be taught remotely.

What if my course is listed as hybrid, but I want to be remote rather than come on campus?
You can request that you be allowed to take your hybrid/on-campus class remotely and fully online. You would need to be available during the scheduled class meeting times for synchronous sessions (usually through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate or Google Meet).

To make this request, go to your Student tab and look for the link “Enrollment Forms.” Click on the Mode of Delivery Change Request Form, complete it, and submit it. Your preference will be processed automatically and the instructor will be informed of your preference.

What do I need to do before coming on campus?
You must be tested for the COVID-19 virus (not antibodies) either before arriving at campus or upon arriving, and then again after a two-week period. You must also show that you have completed a health screening every time you seek to enter campus. Learn how to complete the daily health screening or determine whether you need to quarantine prior to arrival. If you live in New York state, you can get free testing at a local New York state testing facility in your area. You must make an appointment for getting tested at Fordham, and it may take up to 10 days to get your results from a New York state testing facility, so please get tested ASAP.

What if I have to switch to online during the semester?
You will need to fill out the online form, Mode of Delivery Change Request Form, and submit it. Go to your Student tab and look for the link “Enrollment Forms.” Click on the Mode of Delivery Change Request Form, complete it, and submit it. Your preference will be processed automatically and the instructor will be informed of your preference.

I don't have a laptop, and my Wi-Fi stinks. Can Fordham help?
Yes! You may borrow a laptop, tablet, webcam, and even a Wi-Fi hot spot if you need to supercharge your tech. We can also provide you with free software like MS Office, Grammarly, and G-Suite. Go to Student Technology Services to learn more about equipment loans and other ways Fordham can help.

What other type of tech support is available?
24-hour tech support for Banner issues can be found by calling 718-817-3999 or emailing HelpIT@fordham.edu. The call center provides more detailed support during the hours listed below.

ITCC Call Center Hours
Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Starting 8/22)

Students and Staff: 718-817-3999
Faculty only: 718-817-1111

Online Tech Help
Go to the Tech Help tab at my.fordham.edu for tech support and to request services.

Students and Staff: HelpIT@fordham.edu
Faculty only: facultyhotline@fordham.edu

I can't start on August 26. Do you have late start classes?
Yes, we do! PCS offers classes that begin as late as October 21. 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!

My question is not on this list. Who may I contact with more questions?