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Fordham University Bans Students Drinking Water From Their Own Bottles in Buildings Due to COVID

Fordham University Bans Students Drinking Water From Their Own Bottles in Buildings Due to COVID

“Food and drink are not allowed in classrooms and instructional spaces such as libraries or laboratories.”

It’s not really clear how this is supposed to help anything. Have we reached the ‘dart board’ phase of the pandemic?

The College Fix reports:

Fordham bans students from drinking water in buildings because .03 percent of school has COVID

Fordham University will slow the spread of COVID by banning students from drinking water out of their own bottles, according to the latest policy update.

In addition to increased testing after a “spike in cases” of the omicron variant, which afflicts people with runny noses and coughs, the Catholic university will stomp out coronavirus with a few more restrictions, the campus paper reported.

The Observer reported:

Fordham also updated its policies for eating and drinking in spaces on campus. Eating or drinking will be prohibited at athletic events until further notice. Food and drink are not allowed in classrooms and instructional spaces such as libraries or laboratories. Throughout the month of January, eating and drinking will also not be permitted at any events or meetings. Additionally, the university canceled all indoor events scheduled for January where food or beverages were to be served.

The student body is more than 99 percent vaccinated as of September, and “no unvaccinated individuals [are] allowed on campus except for individuals with official accommodations or those still completing their vaccination series.”

The Catholic university has been struck by an outbreak of 58 cases of COVID in the past 14 days.

However, 18,984 of the other on-campus university community members have not tested positive, yielding an infection rate of .03 percent.

At least one student finds the restrictions on the 99 percent vaccinated campus reasonable, up until a point.


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The last sentence implies that part of this article got clipped.

They should just post movie/stadium placards on the lecture halls:
“No outside food or drink permitted!”

There are two possible stupid reasons for this.

1) They think the virus is transmitted via surfaces.

2) They don’t want people lowing their masks to eat or drink.

    Jai Nitai in reply to gibbie. | January 10, 2022 at 1:47 am

    So, 58 students who were vaccinated somehow or other tested positive for covid-19. Now Fordham University thinks it might be the bottled water. Sounds very intelligent.
    Jai Nitai Gauranga.

    GWB in reply to gibbie. | January 10, 2022 at 9:33 am

    It’s #2. I’m betting they have had people “abusing” that concept, and it became widespread, so they’re ratcheting up the somewhat pointless restrictions because someone found a way around them. It’s technically slightly less stupid than the other possibilities, but that’s a pretty dang low bar.

    (And it’s VERY school administrator level of thought. The students have found a loophole on our totally unrealistic restriction, therefore we must now eliminate an entire category of thing. Because we’re administrators and know what we’re doing.)

In terms of drinking bans, could be worse. Prohibition and segregation come to mind. Give it a minute, I guess,

Steven Brizel | January 10, 2022 at 9:02 am

Where are students supposed to eat in the cold winter months? It is presently 29 degrees in NYC

Antifundamentalist | January 10, 2022 at 10:19 am

“Indoor events” like scheduled meals in the dining halls?

Sounds like they will be taking lots of bathroom breaks until the administration puts cameras in the stalls to make sure no one is grabbing a swig. 10:1 the pres has an espresso machine in he/she/its office.