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At Fairfield University, we are committed to providing a learning environment free of sexual misconduct. If you or a friend are a victim of sexual misconduct, please know you are not alone, and it is not your fault. There are many resources available to you, both confidential and non-confidential.

If you are in immediate danger, please call Public Safety at 203-254-4090 or 9-1-1.
Public Safety can connect you with a University counselor 24/7.

What is sexual violence and sexual harassment?

Sexual violence, or sexual assault, is any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone’s will. This includes engaging in any sexual activity without effective consent, ranging from non-consensual sexual contact to non-consensual sexual intercourse. Consent cannot be obtained through the use of force, threat, or coercion, or from someone who is incapacitated—including through consumption of drugs or alcohol.

What constitutes sexual misconduct at Fairfield University encompasses a wide range of behaviors, including, but not limited to, harassment of a sexual nature, stalking, intimate partner violence, intimidation and sexual exploitation. The University prohibits all forms of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.

We ensure that:

  • Survivors are provided with clear information and support.
  • The accused are held accountable.
  • Prevention education is provided to all staff and the student body on an ongoing basis.
  • Professional staff treat complainants with dignity and respect, with the intent that re-victimization does not occur during the process.