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.
All students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to the Ram Pledge, Fordham University’s agreement of community responsibility. Face coverings, social distancing, and holding one another accountable are a priority as we all work together to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Failure to adhere to the Ram Pledge will be considered a violation of the University Code Conduct.
As a member of the Fordham community, I take the following actions on and off campus to help safeguard the students, faculty, and staff at the University:
- I will wear a mask/face covering at all times when in public places on the Fordham campus, both indoors and outdoors, and when taking part in University activities off campus;
- I will wash my hands frequently and thoroughly (for 20 seconds, minimum), especially after contact with surfaces and items in public areas, after eating, coughing, sneezing, or wiping one’s nose;
- I will maintain appropriate social distancing at all times on and off campus;
- I will self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and complete daily VitalCheck screenings;
- I will follow the directions of University officials regarding face coverings, testing, screening, and quarantine (if necessary), and cooperate with the University’s contact tracing efforts, if called upon to do so;
- I will follow University protocols for COVID-19 testing, and report results promptly, if those tests are conducted by my personal physician or other non-University healthcare provider;
- I will follow Fordham’s and New York state’s isolation and quarantine protocols;
- I will follow University and public health guidance regarding the seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available, and regarding a COVID-19 vaccine once a medically recommended vaccine becomes available (accommodations will be considered for those who request them);
- I will comply with all signage and rules regarding access to campus buildings and ingress, egress, and seating in those buildings;
- I will abide by University protocol for campus visitors, and will ask them to submit to COVID-19 screening as required by Fordham officials;
- Fordham is taking exhaustive measures to protect the campus community, and I understand that COVID-19 poses a serious threat to health and safety.
I will make conscious choices, on and off campus, to help to limit the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. I will act in the spirit of a person for others, knowing that I am helping to protect the campus community from illness.
The visitation policy in the residence halls provides resident students the opportunity to permit guests 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 2020-2021 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 strictly 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 no guests (persons not affiliated with the University) or student visitors (students who do not reside in a given residence hall) will be allowed inside any residence hall or housing area. Residents assigned to a specific residence hall will be permitted inter-room/suite/apartment visitation inside that hall.
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 in order to 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.
During the ongoing health emergency: Watchman Guards overseen by the Department of Public Safety and Desk Assistants will manage entry and exit at each residence hall and housing area entrance 24 hours a day.
During the ongoing health emergency: all students at all hours must swipe their identification cards at the front entrance to the residence hall to which they are assigned upon entry.
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 scanning their Fordham University identification card. 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.
As a guideline and in light of the ongoing health emergency, the number of visiting students from other rooms/suites/apartments that may enter another living unit is limited to one per resident at any time, excluding the hosts/occupants of the unit. Resident student hosts must limit the amount of time spent with visiting guests. The residence hall staff reserves the right to exercise discretion in applying this guideline, which caps overall visitation in all residence hall living areas at no more than 10 people at a time.
Failure to Comply: In light of the ongoing health emergency, guests found in University housing areas during the time of curtailed visitation or who appear otherwise to be in violation of University or Residential Life policies will be directed by staff to leave campus immediately and/or may be banned from campus. Resident hosts will be held accountable for guest presence and behavior and may be subject to loss of guest privileges, educational sanctions, probation, or other disciplinary sanctions. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to limit or restrict guest visitation privileges during high activity periods and during break/close-down periods (i.e. Homecoming, Spring Weekend, Special Events, Mid-term and Final Exams).
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.
All students, staff, faculty, and administrators are required to practice proper physical/social distancing from others in the community while outside of their assigned private residences/residence hall rooms and/or private office. In accordance with New York State and CDC guidelines, this is to protect the health and safety of all members of the community. This policy is especially critical to maintain safe and healthy residence halls for resident students during the ongoing health emergency related to COVID-19.
Residence Hall lounges and other common areas will have strict caps on occupancy or may be required to remain closed for the duration of the ongoing health emergency. Residential Life staff will enforce these rules in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety. Signage at the entrances to residence hall common areas will communicate rules for each space’s use by resident students.
Students are encouraged to make use of larger areas when congregating beyond immediate roommate, suitemate, and apartment-mate groups, including outdoor areas.
Masks/face coverings are required. As the Ram Pledge to which all our residents have agreed states: I will wear a mask/face covering at all times when in public places on the Fordham campus, both indoors and outdoors, and when taking part in University activities off campus.
In addition to observing capacity limits as posted for each space, community members must limit time in laundry, entryway, and common kitchen areas and must wear masks/face coverings in transit in and out of these areas and the residence hall itself, including hallways, stairways, and elevators.
Failure to Comply: Students engaging in risky behavior that exposes themselves or others unnecessarily to infection may be subject to the student conduct process or possible interim removal from campus for required 14-day quarantine.
Fordham students are expected to adhere to the University Code of Conduct established by Fordham University on as well as off campus. This applies to students in Fordham off-campus housing as well as students residing in non-University housing off Fordham property. The University reserves the right to investigate and subsequently apply University discipline in certain off-campus situations.
Important Note Related to the Ongoing Health Emergency
This policy has been substantially updated to establish additional rules prohibiting high-risk off-campus activity and to clearly communicate possible penalties associated with high-risk activity.
Off-Campus High-Risk Activity Related to the Ongoing COVID-19 Health Emergency
To maintain the University’s ability to continue with in-person classroom instruction as well as residence in the housing program, it must establish and strictly enforce these updated rules:
- Students are not permitted to organize, advertise, or engage in high risk activities on or off the campus. This includes organizing, advertising, or attending off-campus parties or social gatherings of more than ten people. If students participate in, advertise, or organize gatherings of more than ten people, they will be referred to the Student Conduct Process.
- As the City of New York and New York State transition to later phases on their reopening plans, the University will continue to prohibit gatherings of more than ten people in off-campus residences mindful of the special considerations required to safely maintain in-person classroom instruction and residential living.
- This requirement will be in effect until further notice and applies to all enrolled students.
- Policies regarding off-campus noise and disorderly conduct remain in effect at all times. Students in both on and off-campus residential settings are expected to at all time respect the University’s neighbors and the right of surrounding communities to peace and quiet.
- Students must adhere to applicable New York State and City of New York guidelines for face coverings in all situations in which social distance is not possible.
- In certain instances, Fordham University will cooperate with local law enforcement officials in instituting these procedures for addressing students in the local neighborhood engaged in high-risk activity or other disorderly conduct.
- Students should be aware that New York City Police Officers, at their discretion, will intervene when students are observed to be engaging in unlawful conduct and may confiscate their student identification cards. At the same time, the officer will make a report as to the behavior of the student and submit both the card(s) and the report(s) to the Fordham Department of Public Safety. Students who have been apprehended in violation of the law should be able to retrieve their IDs at the Department of Public Safety no later than one day after the violation.
- NYPD reports may be sent to the Office of the Dean of Students for the campus and the student may be held responsible through the Student Conduct Process.
- Nothing contained in this policy will be deemed to preclude the imposition of additional University sanctions for other violations of the Code of Conduct which might arise simultaneously or in proximity to these offenses. Nothing in this policy should be construed to afford the student a right to protection against lawful, criminal prosecution by New York City Police or other appropriate civil authorities. The University reserves the right to remove and disenroll any student who has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of any felony or misdemeanor crime.
- The University also reserves the right to notify parents in some instances, and in accordance with the policies set forth in this handbook. A student will be considered a dependent, enabling notification of parents, unless the student can establish proof to the contrary directly to the Dean of Students.
- Appropriate sanctions for engaging in high-risk activities related to the ongoing health emergency may include but are not limited to:
- interim dismissal from University housing to mitigate any threat to the residential community posed by participation in high-risk activity,
- suspension from the University (including classes) pending the outcome of the student conduct process;
- suspension of access to campus and Fordham University property;
- other sanctions as appropriate.