I would like to welcome you back to the fall semester, and for those who have returned to on campus living, to our Rose Hill and Lincoln Center residential communities. It is good to see all of you around campus, after all that we have been through since last March.
Let me first congratulate you on your efforts in complying with the new guidelines and expectations that we have had to put in place this fall. While we have had some policy violations, which we are addressing, they have been few and far between. We understand how challenging the health and safety protocols are, and we appreciate very much your cooperation with them. Our collective compliance efforts as a community in the days and weeks ahead, both on and off campus, will be very important to our success, and the mutual desire we share to maintain the on-campus experience. I therefore remind you of the need to follow the various guidelines and policies that have been put in place to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Travel Reminder: With long weekends coming up this fall, we continue to encourage you not to travel, unless it is absolutely necessary, but we want you to be aware of the expectations and requirements should you choose to do so. We want to remind you that if you travel to states on New York’s restricted list, you will be required to follow the same back-to-campus quarantine procedures that were in place when you arrived for move-in. Beyond being a University expectation, this is New York state law, and there are stiff penalties for noncompliance.
Testing and Campus Access: You recently received a communication advising you to get a second test within two weeks of your arrival on campus. On-campus testing is available, and you can sign up for an appointment using the links provided in that communication, which can also be found here:
Please contact University Health Services with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. All members of the community will be expected to have a second test on file, along with quarantine documentation for anyone who came from a restricted state. Anyone who does not have a second test on file will have access to campus restricted as of Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (your Fordham ID will be deactivated). Access to campus will be restored when compliance requirements are met.
Again, welcome back to campus, and I look forward to seeing you out and about in our communities. Thank you.
Jeffrey L. Gray
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs