Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving break. Because of the rising rate of COVID-19 infections across the country, the University will require all students, faculty, and staff to test negative for COVID-19 upon returning to campus after the Thanksgiving break. The test can be obtained at private healthcare facilities or on campus. Private healthcare testing will avoid any lines and a possible extended wait for on-campus testing. The test must be an FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva or nasal swab. Antigen or antibody tests will not be accepted.

The University will continue the fully on-ground operations of the semester after the break on Monday, November 29, and students and personnel are NOT required to be remote while waiting for their test results. Tests must be performed between November 29 and December 10, 2021, and are required in order to enter campus on or after December 12, 2021. This testing requirement applies to all students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated (unvaccinated individuals must continue testing every 7 days as currently mandated). There is no charge for this re-entry screening test if performed on campus. Please note, most health insurance companies (including UHC) will not cover tests solely for screening purposes; they will only cover tests if you believe you have been exposed or are symptomatic.

Individuals who do not provide proof of a negative test on or before December 12, 2021, will not be able to access campus for the remainder of the calendar year. Anyone not needing to return to campus between December 12 and December 31 will not need to avail themselves of this otherwise required testing.

On-campus, testing will be conducted weekdays from 8 a.m. through 10 a.m. for all faculty, administrators, and staff. Students who require on-campus testing will be tested between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Students, faculty, and staff who are tested on campus will report to the testing trailer inside A Lot at Rose Hill, or to McMahon Hall 2nd floor at Lincoln Center. A link will soon be available on the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources webpage  to schedule appointments, and walk-ins will be accepted. Students, faculty, and staff MUST upload their tests to VitalCheck whether the test is done off campus or on campus. The prompt to upload the test will be available via the daily questionnaire beginning November 29. Again, off-campus testing is encouraged to avoid lines on campus.

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms who require a diagnostic test should not come to the screening test sites. Students should call University Health Services to schedule a test at an alternate location on campus: Rose Hill (718) 817-4160; Lincoln Center (212) 636-7160.

When Should I Test?
The CDC recommends that people who may have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure, and we encourage you to use this timeframe to help you decide when to be tested. For example, if you attend indoor social gatherings on November 24 or 25, consider testing on November 29 or 30. Or if you travel on November 29 to return to Fordham, consider waiting until the week of December 6.

What happens if my test is positive?

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must email contact-tracing_pub@fordham.edu and provide their names, FIDN number, cell numbers, and isolate for at least 10 days. While we have set aside limited housing on both campuses for resident students, we encourage students to complete their isolation at home unless there are extenuating circumstances.

What if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, please upload a copy of those recent positive test results via VitalCheck: you do not need to have a new test.

Spring Semester Testing
We will send an email with more details in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor conditions, but please be aware that we will likely be requiring a re-entry test for the start of the spring 2022 semester. Following Spring Break in March, we may also test students for re-entry, since employees will not be on Spring Break.

Sincerely,

John Carroll, Associate Vice President
Fordham Public Safety