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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 no longer requires mandatory monthly COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated faculty, administrators, and staff. We recommend testing for everyone, including fully vaccinated people, who develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Unvaccinated members of the Fordham Community who have not been on campus during the spring semester must be tested seven days prior to their return, and registered on the VitalCheck daily screening questionnaire. 

It is the University’s strong expectation that all faculty, staff, and administrators will be fully vaccinated no later than the opening day of the fall semester. While Fordham hasn’t made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for employees, other schools and employers are beginning to do so, and we will be weighing whether we will follow their lead in the coming months. 

Unvaccinated individuals will be required to continue monthly testing over the summer and weekly when the fall semester begins. The testing location for Rose Hill is now located on the ground floor of O'Hare Hall, opposite the Ram Van. The testing for Lincoln Center will continue to be located at McMahon Hall Room 205/206. The summer testing schedule for both campuses is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

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 and be unmasked if they show proof of vaccination. Alternatively, they can provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival, and wear a mask while inside campus buildings.


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

Unvaccinated members of the community are required to wear face coverings indoors in all public spaces and in mixed settings. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering, but can wear a mask without question if they so choose. 

Face coverings are not required for unvaccinated individuals as follows:

  • When alone in private offices
  • Outdoors
  • Not required while eating and drinking, but social distancing must be maintained.

“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.