Dear Shadman Sakib,
As we prepare for your arrival on campus for the fall semester, we wanted to remind you of the steps you need to take related to COVID-19 testing in advance of your return and provide you with some additional details regarding testing.
As we have conveyed in prior communications, all students, faculty, and staff who plan to return to campus for any reason or any length of time are required to be tested for COVID-19. The test must be a viral test, not an antibody test. Students who test positive will be required to delay returning to campus until they are free of symptoms and cleared by their healthcare provider.
How do I get tested?
Students from states on the New York state restricted list will be tested at the end of their off-campus quarantine. The test will be conducted on campus, and unless the results are positive, students may then enter campus for classes or to move into their residence hall.
Students from states not on the restricted list are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 off campus within 14 days of arrival at Fordham. If not, the University will test them upon arrival. Please keep in mind that the University will need to test a large number of students from the quarantine states, and there may be long lines and delays at the on-campus testing site if they are not tested in advance. Students can also sign up for testing the week of August 17 using the link below.
Here are some links to help you find a local testing site:
In addition, several major pharmacy and retail chains have opened testing sites, which can likely be found using the links above, but details are also available from the chains directly:
What type of off campus test can we have done and submit to Fordham?
We are asking all students to have a FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab test. At this time, we cannot accept serology or antibody test results because the information regarding the presence of antibodies and whether or not those antibodies provide immunity is not known.
How do I upload the results from tests done in advance?
Students who adhere to our recommendation to get tested off campus prior to arrival can upload a copy of their negative test results using the student health portal. The Fordham Student Health Portal is found on my.fordham.edu under the My Apps tab. Students should log into my.fordham.edu using their Fordham credentials, navigate to the student health section and select the option to upload COVID-19 Results.
How do I schedule a test on campus?
Testing will be available at both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses beginning August 15. Weekend testing will be available August 15-16 and 22-23 and testing will be open Monday through Friday beginning August 17, and for the remainder of the year.
At Rose Hill, students will be able to sign up for testing between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (employees have the option to sign up between 8:30 and 10 a.m. when students will not be in the testing sites, or a later time when students will also be in the testing site).
At Lincoln Center, students will be able to sign up for testing between 12 and 5 p.m. (employees have the option to sign up between 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. when students will not be in the testing sites, or a later time when students will also be in the testing site).
Students and employees may sign up for testing on either campus regardless of where they attend classes or work.
Please use the link below to schedule an on campus test:
What do I do when I come to campus?
Students who uploaded their test results in advance, can enter campus by following the published move-in procedures. (We recommend bringing a printed copy of the test results as a backup.) Residents who need on-campus testing should go directly to the testing site on their campus prior to moving into the residence hall. Commuters who need on-campus testing should go directly to the testing site on their campus prior to going to class.
What is the plan for on-going surveillance testing?
According to the CDC, universities may consider testing some or all asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff who have no known exposure to identify outbreaks and inform control measures. Fordham University will conduct random, surveillance testing of members of the community who are on campus throughout the year. Every member of the community may not be selected for this on-going testing.
We continue to update information on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Fordham Forward website which may contain answers to additional questions you may have.
Thank you for doing your part to advance the health and safety of our Fordham community.
Director of University Health Services