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A Day in the Life: College Students During a Pandemic

October 20, 2020

Three Fordham students, two in New York and one in Abu Dhabi, go through a typical day of online learning for the fall semester.

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Expectations Versus Reality: The Fall Semester

September 19, 2020

As students start classes from on-campus or remotely, some are finding that this new modality of learning is not quite what they expected.

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Fordham Needs to Keep Online Summer Classes Available Next Summer

September 17, 2020

A wider selection of summer courses also opens up the possibility of a diverse range of asynchronous classes.

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Playlist: Wake Me Up For Online School

September 15, 2020

Four writers came together to compile the ultimate "wake up" playlist to get you ready in the morning for online classes.

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Concerned and Optimistic: Students Prepare for an Unprecedented Semester

July 30, 2020

An in-depth guide to Fordham’s reopening plan and procedures. Students discuss the benefits and downsides of returning to campus in the fall.

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Following NY State Guidelines, Fordham Is Hesitant About an In-Person Fall

June 7, 2020

Fordham remains uncertain about an in-person fall 2020 semester, but is encouraging staff and faculty members to be flexible and prepared for all scenarios.

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Students Submit Pass/Fail Requests Prior to Finals

April 28, 2020

Due to the unprecedented time and remote learning period, Fordham extended the Pass/Fail option to include core curriculum and major requirements. By the April 24 deadline, 8,200 students had submitted Pass/Fail requests.

Barre-d From the Studio

April 26, 2020

Eleven Ailey/BFA students spoke to The Observer about transitioning to online instruction.

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What Your Zoom Background Says About You

April 22, 2020

If you use a virtual background during your Zoom calls, it means two things: You are rich enough to own a computer capable of handling virtual backgrounds, and you have something to hide.

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Fordham Opts Out of Using Exam Monitoring Software

April 22, 2020

As final exams begin, Fordham is encouraging faculty to be conscious of students who have had their lives disrupted due to the pandemic.

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Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

April 7, 2020

Concerns over Zoom privacy, data sharing and Zoombombing led to New York City schools banning the use of its service in the classroom; however, it still serves as Fordham and other universities’ primary online class congregation tool.

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Fordham Issues Partial Refunds to Students

April 1, 2020

Fordham has announced a partial refund to students due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that forced the university to suspend face-to-face classes. Fordham will reduce “room, board and selected fees by approximately 50% for the spring 2020 semester,” according to an email sent by the Office of Student Financial Services on March 31.