March 27 | Commencement Postponed
We are postponing the 2020 University Commencement and diploma ceremonies because we cannot assume it will be safe to bring together the graduates, their families, and the campus community in May. Read full details in Father McShane's message. We regret this set of circumstances and promise to reschedule as soon as we are assured by the CDC and state authorities that it is safe to do so.
"This year [on this Palm Sunday morning], I will pray for the grace to feel and know that the Lord is walking with me—and with all of us as we walk through our shared experience of the very real human passion/suffering that we find ourselves wrestling with." -- Joseph M. McShane, S. J., A Pastoral Message to the Fordham Family, April 5.
Governor Cuomo announced an executive order on Friday, March 20, mandating that all New York state businesses and non-profit organizations move 100% of their workforce off site, with a narrow handful of exceptions by 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
We are asking managers to implement a reduction in the on-site workforce per the order, with the exception of “essential” staff, as designated by the item numbers within the executive order. The spirit of the order is to have as few people on site as possible.
On March 16, we had the first confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 at Fordham, of an undergraduate who has been at home since March 10. The University checked class records to inform their classmates and others they may have been exposed. The student did not exhibit symptoms until March 15, thus the likelihood that they were contagious while on campus is low.
The number of cases in New York City is growing quickly. Therefore, unless we become aware of a person with a confirmed case who has been on campus within two weeks of their diagnosis, we will not be issuing updates on each new case. There are more than 20,000 students, faculty, and staff in the campus community, and it is a statistical certainty that more of us will show symptoms in the coming weeks.
SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
All face-to-face instruction on all Fordham’s New York area campuses has been suspended and the University will extend online instruction through the end of the spring semester. Students who have clinical and field practicum requirements should refer to their School for guidance and policies.
ALL EVENTS CANCELED—FORDHAM ATHLETICS COMPLETELY SUSPENDED
All University events are canceled through May 11. The Atlantic 10 Conference canceled all spring athletic competition (non-conference and conference), and all 2020 A10 spring championships, due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. The decision was made in consultation with the A-10 Presidents’ Council and Athletic Directors. In concurrence with that decision, Fordham has suspended all club sports and intercollegiate athletics for the rest of the semester, and all student athletes living in residence halls were directed to return home. The NCAA also canceled its March Madness basketball tournament. The 2020 University Commencement and diploma ceremonies scheduled for May 16 have been postponed.
The University will restore campus operations to normal as soon as we, in consultation with local health authorities, believe it is wise to do so.