Dear Members of the Fordham Community,
As of today, Sunday, February 28, we are lifting the pause of in-person instruction and activities at the Rose Hill campus (the Lincoln Center campus will continue to operate with COVID-19 precautions in place).
As I announced last week, Governor Cuomo announced changes in the rules governing Universities’ responses to positive COVID-19 tests on campus, making the threshold for pausing in-person instruction and activities less than “5% of the total on-campus population” testing positive over a 14-day period, provided that at least 25 percent of the on-campus population is tested each week. We are well above the 25 percent testing threshold.
We are able to resume normal operations as the University’s two-week average of COVID-19 infections is below the state threshold of 5 percent for pausing operations.
The following activities are affected at Rose Hill, subject to the same COVID-19 precautions that were in place prior to the pause, and which remain in place at the Lincoln Center campus:
- In-person instruction will resume on Monday, March 1.
- Ram Van service will resume on Monday, March 1, at 7 a.m.
- In-person student activities will resume today.
- Sunday Mass will resume in the University Church today with appropriate COVID-19 precautions.
- Athletics practice and competition will resume today for all sports.
- Ramfit at Rose Hill will open and operate on its normal schedule on Monday, March 1.
- Indoor dining will commence at 35 percent of capacity today.
We continue to closely monitor the trend of new cases on campus, in consultation with New York City and state Departments of Health. The number of cases in the area adjacent to the Rose Hill campus remains concerning. I cannot stress strongly enough that our ability to offer in-person classes and activities is almost entirely dependent upon students especially observing strict COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask at all times on and off campus, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands frequently.
With your cooperation, the infection rate is low enough to allow us to resume in-person activity under the revised state guidelines. I thank you for your cooperation and hope you will continue to be mindful of COVID-19 precautions for the rest of the semester.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.