Fordham Forward

As of May 15, 2023, Fordham will no longer require members of the University community or visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations and boosters will continue to be strongly recommended because they remain very effective in protecting each of us individually from serious illness and death.

Current Protocols

  • VACCINATIONS: All University faculty, students, and staff must be fully up-to-date as defined by the CDC as of Tuesday, November 1, 2022, which includes the updated bivalent booster. Please see the FAQs for more information on the updated vaccine requirements.
  • MASKING: The CDC's updated mask guidelines say that individuals may "wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk." Accordingly, at Fordham masks are recommended but not required in most settings with some exceptions for individuals fully up-to-date on vaccinations (meaning an individual has received a full series of COVID-19 vaccines, and a booster shot, if eligible).
  • TESTING: The University will offer on-demand testing and testing for suspected exposure, and for students only, diagnostic testing, but will discontinue surveillance and return-to-campus testing in the Fall semester.

  • DAILY SCREENINGS: Fordham will discontinue required daily screenings on VitalCheck as of August 8. VitalCheck will continue to send a daily notification which can be used to report symptoms and access telehealth appointments (particularly for employees and graduate students), but users will not have to respond to the daily affirmation to continue campus access. The University will continue to use VitalCheck to manage vaccine, testing and isolation requirements, and for integration with the ID card system for access to campus.

  • VISITOR POLICY: Beginning September 1, Fordham campuses will be open to non-Fordham visitors and guests, and to Fordham-sponsored external events. All visitors 6 months of age and older are expected to be up-to-date on vaccinations, as stated above, and the University will require proof of vaccination for entry to campus. More information and details on residence hall visitation and overnight guests will be provided soon by the Offices of Residential Life.

Frequently Asked Questions