Students and Families

Topics

Campus Access
Isolation and Quarantine Procedures 
Academics
Campus Life
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CAMPUS ACCESS

Am I required to be vaccinated?

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.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals 12 and older are eligible for the updated (bivalent) booster that is effective against multiple COVID variants, and in order to be considered up to date with vaccines, they should receive the updated booster if it has been 2 months or longer since their last COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals under 18 can only receive the Pfizer updated booster. The updated Moderna booster is only available for those 18 and over. Being up-to-date on the vaccine is particularly important because it will be more effective against new variants of the virus, helping us to both keep our community safe, and to function with less disruption.

Individuals can upload proof of vaccination to VitalCheck by clicking on the link text “Has your vaccination status recently changed?” on the daily VitalCheck email/text message.

Is the vaccine and booster available at Fordham?

The University has the new updated vaccines in stock and will administer them free of charge. You can sign up for the vaccine on the Testing and Vaccine Resources Page. (The updated vaccines are also available in the New York City area.) Members of the campus community must receive the updated vaccine as soon as they are eligible—individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days will have the deadline for compliance adjusted accordingly.

How do I  gain access to campus?

Fordham will discontinue required daily screenings on VitalCheck as of August 1, but will continue to use VitalCheck to manage vaccine and testing requirements, and for integration with the ID card system for access to campus.

While daily screening will not be required for all individuals, Vitalcheck will continue to send a daily reminder text that can be accessed by anyone who has and needs to report symptoms and access telehealth appointments (particularly for employees and graduate students). Asymptotic individuals will no longer have to complete the daily attestation.

To access campus, make sure to upload proof of vaccination/booster.

Am I required to be tested for COVID-19?

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. (Employees who have COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus, but should see their healthcare providers for diagnostic testing.)

Fordham recommends that everyone returning to campus for the Fall semester take a COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) prior to arrival on campus, especially individuals who are traveling from outside of the New York metropolitan area. Anyone who receives a positive test result should complete their isolation before coming to campus.

You can track the number of COVID-19 positive cases on Fordham's COVID-19 Dashboard

Am I required to wear a mask?

On campus, masks are recommended but not required in classrooms, labs, work settings, and public spaces for individuals fully up-to-date on vaccinations. (The CDC's mask guidelines say that individuals may "wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.") All individuals may wear masks in any setting if they choose to do so. Faculty may require masks in classrooms and laboratory settings, if they believe the particular circumstances warrant such measures. 

NOTE: Faculty may require masks in classrooms and laboratory settings, if they believe the particular circumstances warrant such measures.

Exceptions:

  • Masks remain mandatory on Ram Vans and in University Health Service locations (offices, and testing and vaccination sites).

Isolation and Quarantine Procedures

What if I  test positive for COVID-19?

Day zero is the first day of symptoms, or if no symptoms, day zero is the first day of a positive test. If asymptomatic at first, and symptoms develop later, reset day zero to the day of symptom onset. Start isolation on day zero.

  1. Isolation period
    1. If mild or no symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days, then mask through at least day 10.
      You may end isolation after day 5 IF: you are fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
    2. If moderate symptoms, or an impaired immune system, isolate for 10 (or more) days. Moderate is determined if there are lower respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or other significant pulmonary symptoms, but oxygen levels remain at 94% or above on room air.
    3. If you have severe symptoms (oxygen less than 94% on room air, lung infiltrates on x-ray, hospitalization, impaired immune system), consult with your doctor before ending isolation; you may need a viral test before being cleared from isolation.
    4. Complete the Google form attestation confirming symptoms are improved and no fever within 24 hours to end isolation.
    5. A negative test is no longer needed to leave isolation.
  2. Masking period if symptomatic or positive test (using a high quality well-fitting mask such as an N95 or KN95
  3. If mild/moderate illness, mask at least 10 full days from day 0, if you are not using antigen tests to determine ongoing infectiousness.
  4. If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them after day 5. If you have recovered from mild to moderate illness, have no fever and are not using fever-reducing medicine, and have TWO negative tests done 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. If your test is positive, you may still be infectious, and should continue wearing a mask until you have TWO negative tests in a row which are done 48 hours apart. This may mean you need to wear a mask beyond day 10.

What if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Day zero is the day of exposure.

  1. Regardless of vaccination status, there is no isolation period. Everyone must wear a mask for 10 days (using a high quality well-fitting mask such as an N95 or KN95)
    1.  If no symptoms occur, it is recommended you take an antigen test at day 5.
      1. If the test is positive, isolate and move to the isolation algorithm.
      2. If the test is negative, continue masking for a total of 10 days.
    2. If symptoms occur:
      1. If the test is positive, move to the isolation process.
      2. If the test is negative, continue to mask and test again 48 hours after symptoms develop. If negative, must still mask for a total of 10 days.
  2. Individuals may obtain a free PCR test on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm.
    1. RH testing- First trailer in parking lot A.
    2. LC testing- Lowenstein South Lounge.
  3. For all contacts, regardless of vaccination status, if symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

I am traveling from another state or country to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine. Quarantine is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months.  These quarantine recommendations are not required by Fordham, and students who wish to self-quarantine must make their own arrangements to do so off campus.

Students living overseas who are not vaccinated before they arrive in the U.S. will be required to notify Fordham in advance so they can be vaccinated upon arrival. Those students will be required to test weekly until they are 2 weeks past their final vaccine dose. Students living overseas can find more detailed information online.

ACADEMICS

Are there social distancing measures in classrooms?

On June 15, 2021, the State of New York lifted the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions after reaching a statewide vaccination rate of 70 percent. All interior spaces will return to pre-COVID seat spacing and occupation capacity, including elevators, stairwells, hallways, and all other spaces. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

The CDC's updated mask guidelines say that individuals may now "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 classrooms, labs, work settings, and public spaces 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). All individuals may wear masks in any setting if they choose to do so.

NOTE: Faculty may require masks in classrooms and laboratory settings, if they believe the particular circumstances warrant such measures.

Exceptions:

  • Masks remain mandatory on Ram Vans and in University Health Service locations (offices, and testing and vaccination sites).

Can I eat or drink in the classroom?

Eating and drinking is allowed in classrooms at the discretion of the faculty member.

CAMPUS LIFE

Are fitness centers open?

All campus fitness centers are open.

Are visitors allowed on campus? 

Beginning September 1, Fordham campuses will be open to non-Fordham visitors and guests, as well as 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 proof of vaccination will be required. More information and details on residence hall visitation and overnight guests will be provided soon by the Offices of Residential Life.

As always, our policies and protocols are subject to change, based on conditions on and off campus, and any new federal, state, or local regulations. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

What should I do if I don’t feel well?

Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold, and may include fever and coughing) should self-isolate and call (rather than visit) University Health Services (UHS) immediately:

Lincoln Center: 212-636-7160
Rose Hill: 718-817-4160

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Am I eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under HEERF?
Fordham University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Form and is eligible to receive the following funding:

  • $8,147,184 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 10,067
  • $12,071,949 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than $6,000,000 of the funds received under the CRRSA Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 22,823
  • $21,291,879 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
      • Potential eligible students: 22,823

As it relates to Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

  • As of March 31, 2021, the University:
    • Will receive $4,073,592
    • Has distributed to students: $3,630,099
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 2,419
  • As of June 30, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $18,795,751
    • Has distributed to students: $7,578,856
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 3,507
  • As of September 30, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $18,795,751
    • Has distributed to students: $8,008,956
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 3,719
  • As of December 31, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $18,795,751
    • Has distributed to students: $12,932,863
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 4,873
  • As of March 31, 2022, the University
    • Will receive $18,795,751
    • Has distributed to students: $18,795,751
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 5,266

The funding the University put aside to provide emergency assistance to students has been fully expended.

View the 00272200_HEERF_Q32022_101022 Report

View the 00272200_HEERF_Q22022_071022 Report

View more on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.