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COVID-19 Community Safety Expectations for Students

The following policies are in effect during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency and will be strictly enforced. Additional requirements and policies may be implemented based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or New York State Department of Health (DOH) and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Visitation/Guest Policy

The visitation policy in the residence halls provides resident students the opportunity to permit currently-registered Fordham students with an active VitalCheck account (which demonstrates compliance with the vaccination mandate) in their rooms. While providing for this interaction, the policy is also sensitive to every resident's need for a level of privacy in a community environment, the balancing of rights among resident students, and the need for safety and security.

During the Ongoing Health Emergency: For the 2021-2022 academic year and during the period residence on campus is resumed, this revised and updated policy will be in effect and visitation and guests in residence halls will be limited to maximize health and safety, to assist in conducting in-person classes and in maintaining student residence, and to adhere to applicable New York State laws and guidelines.

After your move-in date , only currently-registered Fordham students with an active VitalCheck account (which demonstrates compliance with the vaccination mandate) will be allowed inside any residence hall or housing area. Residents are permitted inter-hall/suite/apartment visitation.

Roommates are expected to confer about all visitors and guests in advance of a visit and agree that a visitor or guest is not an imposition.

A Watchman Guard and/or Desk Assistant provide security coverage for each residence hall and greet students and visitors and check their identification as they enter the building. The Watchman Guards are supervised by the Office of Public Safety and work in conjunction with your residence hall staff. The Office of Residential Life supervises the Desk Assistants.

All Fordham University students, including the residents of a given building, must present their ID as they enter a residence hall. Residence halls may only be entered or exited through designated entrance doors; windows and fire escapes are not to be used for this purpose.

Students who wish to enter their own residence hall are allowed to do so by simply tapping their Fordham University identification card at the reader. Hosts assume responsibility for the conduct of guests and commit themselves to explaining Residential Life and University policies to the guest. All visitors must leave rooms to which they are not assigned in residence halls before 3:30 a.m. unless they have been issued a guest pass by the residence hall staff. Guest passes will be limited to no more than 10% of the population assigned to the residence hall and guest passes will only be issued to currently-registered Fordham students with an active VitalCheck account (which demonstrates compliance with the vaccination mandate).

For guidelines and limits related to the number of currently-registered students permitted in any given residence hall living area, please refer to the campus Residential Life handbook.

Violations of the revised Visitation/Guest Policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Process and sanctions will reflect the importance of this policy in safeguarding the health and well-being of our residence hall communities.

Unvaccinated Students with Medical or Religious Exemptions

Students with an approved exemption from the requirement to have a Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to attend in person classes, live in University housing (if otherwise qualified) and participate in most standard university activities on and off campus.

The following is required of unvaccinated students to access campus for any reason:

  • Negative test results from an authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab Covid-19 test (NOT an antigen or antibody test - rapid tests cannot be accepted for pre-arrival testing) within the 7-day period before initially coming to campus or entering any Fordham property for the first time.

  • Submit negative test results from an authorized Covid-19 test every 7 days (PCR or antigen/rapid accepted for weekly testing)

  • Wearing of facial coverings in public places on the Fordham campus, both indoors and outdoors, and when taking part in University activities off-campus

  • Social distancing at all times in adherence with current guidelines for unvaccinated people

  • Quarantine in adherence with current guidelines for unvaccinated people if a close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19

In addition, on August 4, 2021, the New York City Department of Health announced that people are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the following activities in New York City:

  • Indoor dining
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor entertainment and performances

Unvaccinated students cannot consume food inside any dining venue on any Fordham campus, and must take any food purchased on campus to go. Similarly, unvaccinated students cannot enter any fitness center on any Fordham campus, including the Lombardi Center, RamFit Center or Lincoln Center Fitness. Access to indoor university events clearly will be determined on a case by case basis.

In the event of a Covid outbreak on campus, at the discretion of the medical staff and under the guidance of the New York State Department of Health, unvaccinated students may be temporarily excluded from classes, residence halls or the entire Fordham campus.

Additional requirements may be implemented based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or New York state Department of Health (DOH) and will be communicated as soon as possible.