The Observer

Stove’s Comedy Club at Lincoln Center is one of the student organizations
that has transitioned to online meetings.

Student Clubs and Organizations Responds to Distance Learning

April 1, 2020

All Fordham clubs and organizations were forced to suspend in-person meetings and either cancel or rework events planned months in advance. With little to no time to adjust to the switch to online communication, some clubs are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and continue regular operations while others pivoted in a completely different direction.

A red car with the rear hatch open as two people pack it with moving boxes in front of McMahon Hall

Abrupt Ending to the Spring Semester Sparks Move-Out Dilemma

March 30, 2020

When the novel coronavirus outbreak in New York City reached a state of emergency, the Office of Residential Life mandated residential students to return home immediately and not come back to campus. At Fordham University, many students consider the University to be their primary residence during the academic year, and the mandate left many students struggling to coordinate their housing and travel plans.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

McShane Delays Commencement Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 29, 2020

“It is my sad duty to inform you that 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,” wrote University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., in an email to the Fordham community on March 27.

The Freshens stand in the Ram Cafe, closed.

COVID-19 Impacts Student and Aramark Employees

March 24, 2020

Fordham’s decision to complete the spring semester online due to the outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted concerns about university employees’ incomes, as precautions taken by the state, city and university to limit exposure to the virus prevent student workers from completing their work-study hours and have led to dining staff layoffs.

Over 2,000 students have signed the petition as of March 18, demanding “partial tuition reimbursement along with a consideration of a room and board reimbursement.”

Students Petition After Face-to-Face Classes Canceled

March 19, 2020

After the cancellation of all in-person classes and all on-campus events for the duration of the semester, students concerned about potential reimbursement of their housing fees have created a petition on Change.org on March 13.

Due to the recent suspension of all on-campus events and face-to-face classes, Fordham will only continue to distribute information about community members who test positive if they have been on campus within two weeks of their diagnosis.

First Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed on Campus

March 19, 2020

On March 19, The Office of the President emailed the Fordham community confirming the first case of coronavirus in an undergraduate Fordham student. The student left campus on March 10 and began exhibiting symptoms of the virus on March 15.

Coronavirus Timeline: Events That Affect Fordham

Coronavirus Timeline: Events That Affect Fordham

March 17, 2020

A Special Report from the News Desk

Fordham will suspend all in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Fordham Suspends Face-to-Face Classes Through Spring Semester

March 13, 2020

After originally suspending in-person instruction until March 30, the university had extended the suspension to the duration of the semester.

All Study Abroad in Europe Canceled, Another Potential Fordham Exposure Revealed

All Study Abroad in Europe Canceled, Another Potential Fordham Exposure Revealed

March 11, 2020

Students who may have been in contact with the staff member were notified by Keith Eldredge, Fordham Lincoln Center assistant vice president and dean of students, and their rooms were deep-cleaned by custodial services.

United Student Government (USG), Rainbow Alliance and The Positive pushed for inclusivity of all genders on campus by advocating for gender-neutral bathrooms, use of chosen names on official Fordham documents, and safe housing for gender-netural and transgender students. 

Five Years Later, Gender-Inclusive Housing Options Announced

March 10, 2020

After a five-year debate about the rights and safety of transgender and gender non-conforming students, Fordham College Lincon Center announced that it will offer gender-neutral housing to its residents for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

When members of the Feminist Alliance E-Board graduated, the club went on a brief hiatus due to lack of student leadership.

Feminist Alliance Revived in Time for Women’s History Month

March 10, 2020

The goal of Feminist Alliance is to create a space for feminists to imagine their own perspective at Fordham and discuss issues in the world through an intersectional lens.

Students celebrate Fordham women who have inspired them at an annual luncheon at Fordham Lincoln Center for the first event of Women's Herstory Month.

OMA Celebrates Women’s Herstory Month

March 10, 2020

Due to the University’s postponement of on-campus events amid the coronavirus outbreak, future Women’s Herstory Month events will not take place as scheduled.