Dear colleagues,
 
I am pleased to inform you that Fordham is lifting its year-long suspension of university-sponsored travel. By this, I am referring to academic or business-related travel undertaken by Fordham faculty, staff, or students that is authorized, funded, or administered by the University.
 
In April 2020, Fordham suspended all university-sponsored travel in order to reduce the likelihood of a Fordham traveler contracting COVID-19 and inadvertently transmitting it to others upon their return. In light of new guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, Fordham has revised its policy regarding university-sponsored travel.
 
Effective July 1, 2021, Fordham will permit university-sponsored travel under the following conditions:

Domestic Travel
  • Faculty, staff, and students are permitted to engage in university-sponsored domestic travel for educational purposes, research, or to fulfill professional responsibilities. Domestic travel is limited to locations within the United States and its territories.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated. Fordham requires that all students are fully vaccinated prior to travel.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must wear a facemask while on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, per current CDC guidance. In addition, travelers must follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine.
  • Upon return to New York, all travelers must comply with current NYS Dept. of Health and Fordham guidance.
International Travel
  • Faculty, staff, and students must gain prior approval from their dean or vice president to engage in university-sponsored international travel.
  • The proposed travel must be deemed essential, i.e., the purpose of the travel is core to the mission of the University, and the associated work cannot be accomplished by any means other than the proposed trip.
  • The proposed travel is limited to countries for which the CDC has classified as Level-3 risk or lower AND the U.S. State Department has classified as Level-3 risk or lower.
  • Unauthorized international travel, for which the traveler has not received written prior approval from their dean or vice president, will not be reimbursed by the University.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated. Fordham requires that all students are fully vaccinated prior to travel.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must wear a facemask while on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, per current CDC guidance. In addition, travelers must follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine. Current CDC requirements require proof of a negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the U.S.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers may return to campus without testing or self-quarantine if they are asymptomatic after international travel.
  • Fordham requires that all unvaccinated international travelers self-quarantine for 7 days upon their arrival in New York and get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days.
  • Upon return to New York, all travelers must comply with current NYS Dept. of Health and Fordham guidance.
With the lifting of the University’s suspension of sponsored travel, I hope that members of the Fordham community will be able to resume many vital aspects of University life, while keeping themselves, loved ones, and colleagues safe.
 
Currently, Fordham is examining whether it can safely restart the London undergraduate program this fall. Of particular concern to Fordham’s London program is the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant across England along with Monday's decision by the UK government to delay by four weeks the date at which remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. We have informed interested students that Fordham will be rendering a final decision for its Fall London program by June 29, 2021.
 
May you and yours be of good health and good cheer.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dennis C. Jacobs
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs