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Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

BREAKING: 2020 Commencement Pushed to 2021

August 13, 2020

In an email to the Class of 2020 on Aug. 13, The Office of the President announced that the Class of 2020 will not be having an in-person graduation this fall.

An open McMahon Hall dorm room door

What Social Distancing Will Look Like at Lincoln Center

July 31, 2020

Fordham announced their plans for a social distant move-in and how they expect students to remain socially distant as the semester progresses.

An animated graph showing Fordham's tuition increases from 2010-2011 school year to 2020-2021

Tuition Increases by 3.33% Amid High Financial Tensions

June 17, 2020

Fordham raises tuition by 3.33%, despite concerns by students that the fall semester may fall short of their expectations.

screenshot of a petition asking fordham to donate to local organizations

Students Push Back Against the Administration’s Thoughts and Prayers

June 3, 2020

After McShane’s statement regarding the death of George Floyd was released on May 30, many students found a lack of a call to action amidst his words.

a screenshot of the petition asking the university to make a statement on recent incidents of police brutality

University Community Responds to George Floyd’s Death and the Black Lives Matter Movement

June 2, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd's death and as protests continue, the university sent out an official statement that many students feel was not enough.

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.

An empty shelf formerly holding hand sanitizer with a sign that limits hand sanitizer and antibacterial products to 3 per customer

Fordham Assures No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus on Campus

March 7, 2020

In an email to the Fordham community sent on March 7, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., addressed health and safety concerns.

Bishop DiMarzio, who collaborated with Fordham to create the CSAA in 2012. has been accused of sexually assaulting a student in 1975.

Bishop With Ties to Fordham Accused of Sexual Assault

December 4, 2019

Allegations of sexual assault against Nicholas DiMarzio, a bishop with ties to the local Catholic community, including Fordham, were revealed on Nov. 11.

Rafael Zapata, chief diversity officer of Fordham University, has used this year to begin the planning process for policy overhauls. These initiatives aim to decrease discrimination and exclusion on campus.

Administration Addresses Concerns About Diversity and Inclusion

May 1, 2019

Historically, conversations between Fordham’s student activists and its administration have ranged from the cordial to the contentious. However, under Fordham’s Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata, it appears as though the many conversations surrounding identity and inclusion on Fordham’s campus have finally come to a head.

Dean Keith Eldredge has been involved in planning this course since its inception.

Fordham Anticipates a Required Diversity Course in the Future

May 1, 2019

A task force called together by Father McShane developed the idea of a required credit-bearing diversity course for Fall 2019, but it is likely to undergo a three to five year delay. The program is a part of the newly implemented First Year Experience, a multifaceted interactive yearlong program for freshmen.

Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

April 14, 2019

Sydney Paige Monfries, a senior at Rose Hill, passed away on April 14 after falling from the clock and bell tower in Keating Hall.

Dennis Jacobs was appointed University Provost on Jan. 14. (COURTESY OF SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY)

Fordham Appoints New Provost Dennis Jacobs

January 23, 2019

Jacobs will take on the position from Interim Provost Jonathan Crystal, who held the post following the death of Provost Stephen Freedman in July 2018.