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Return to Campus Guidelines

2021 Guidelines

Fordham continues to prioritize the health and safety of our community as we transition back to campus. The University’s planning efforts are informed by the New York State Reopening Guidelines and we will continue to modify our procedures and policies as these guidelines are revised. 

Those employees who require accommodation can utilize the University’s Reasonable Workplace Accommodation to request an accommodation for a disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Temporary COVID-19 Accommodation process expires on June 30, 2021. Please be advised that all medical information provided and requests for accommodations pursuant to the law will be evaluated by Human Resources’ occupational health partner.  Moreover, all health information is kept confidential within Human Resources.

COVID-19 Testing

The University conducts weekly Covid-19 testing among the small number of unvaccinated students and employees who have official vaccine exemptions, and on individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in contact with a COVID-positive person. Learn more on the Health Services webpage

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated by September 1, 2021.

If you plan to request a Reasonable Workplace Accommodation or an unpaid leave of absence for the Fall semester because you will not be getting vaccinated, please be sure to submit the necessary documents to Human Resources by August 2, 2021. If you have not been vaccinated but you have received an accommodation, you will be prompted to submit a new negative COVID-19 test result every seven days.

You will be asked to confirm your vaccination status through VitalCheck by uploading your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. To ease concerns about process and privacy, please refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Q&As, which will be available at a later time. 

Vendors and Contractors

Contractors and vendors approved by the University can access the campus if they show proof of vaccination. 


The cornerstone of good public health, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, is to wash your hands often. Although the transmission rate of COVID-19 from touching surfaces is very low, washing your hands is one of the most effective preventative measures you can take to ensure you remain healthy.  Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you don’t have access to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Physical Distancing

Unvaccinated members of the community will still require physical distancing of 6 ft. as a precaution.

Face Coverings

Given the increasing prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the University requires all members of the campus community to wear masks while indoors, with the exception of individuals who are alone in a room.

“Mask Break” Options

Unvaccinated employees working in shared space may require a “mask break.” Please discuss with your supervisor to identify outdoor or “mask” break room options. 

Outdoor Eating Areas

Below you will find the outdoor eating areas:

Lincoln Center

  • The Plaza

Rose Hill

  • Campbell Hall
  • Coffey Field - tables under the bleachers
  • Edward’s Parade - benches surrounding the perimeter
  • Freeman Hall Terrace
  • Hughes Hall
  • John Mulcahy Hall
  • Larkin Hall
  • Murphy Field
  • O’Hare Hall Terrace
  • Walsh Library


  • Courtyard

Protective Barriers

The University will remove all plexiglass barriers except those installed at security stations.


Central building ventilation systems will continue to operate in accordance with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and CDC guidelines.

Buildings with central ventilation equipment (HVAC) will operate continuously starting two hours before scheduled occupancy and ceasing two hours after the building is unoccupied; buildings without central HVAC will continue to use operable windows or window AC units on outdoor air settings. Interior open office cubicles with multiple occupants and no outside air or HVAC system will have portable air purifying equipment provided.