Current Students

Disability Support Services(DSS) facilitates effective, reasonable classroom accommodations for all students on campus who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility criteria, and request accommodations.

Students are encouraged to meet with each professor to review accommodation requests and how they will pertain to each class. Students should talk to professors about how their disability affects learning and how the accommodations will be implemented at the beginning of each semester.

If you are currently registered with our office, please see the exam schedule and resources. If you would like to register with our office, please see the exam schedule and resources. If you would like to register with our office for the first time, please contact DSS.

Disability Accommodation

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is committed to providing accommodations and services to qualified students with disabilities in order to provide equal access to the benefits, rights, and privileges of Fairfield University's services, programs, and activities. In determining reasonable accommodations, the University is guided by the federal definition of 'disability' that describes an individual with a disability as someone:

  • who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual
  • a record of such impairment; or
  • is regarded as having such and impairment.

Any student with a disability may request accommodations. In order to establish disability status and eligibility for specific accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids/services, disability documentation is reviewed by the director and determinations of accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis based on the functional limitations of the disability.

In the event of a dispute about whether a student is eligible for an academic accommodation or about the provision of an accommodation by the University, the student should contact DSS for more information regarding the grievance process.

Fairfield University Grievance Policy

  • Employees and students are encouraged to attempt initially to resolve complaints at the lowest level through the administrative structure of the employment unit or academic department. Supervisors or administrators, including faculty, always should contact Disability Support Services (DSS) before attempting to resolve any complaints.
  • You may initiate formal complaint procedures by filing a complaint with DSS, whether or not you have attempted resolution through informal procedures.
  • All complaints must be filed within 30 calendar days of the alleged discrimination.
  • DSS strongly encourages the use of its Complaint Form, however, DSS also will accept written documents which include: the complainant’s name, contact info and signature, a description of the conduct believed to be discriminatory, harassing and/or retaliatory with approximate date(s) when these actions occurred, and the name(s) of the respondent(s).
  • DSS will meet with the complainant within 5 days.
  • If DSS determines that a complaint is suitable for negotiated resolution, then this option will be discussed and offered to the complainant who will be given 5 days to decide whether to exercise this option.
    • If the complainant opts for negotiated resolution, within 10 days of the complainant’s decision, DSS will notify the respondent that they have been named in a complaint and advise them of the nature of the allegation.
        • Negotiated resolution should be completed no later than 30 days from the date the respondent agrees to this process.
        • At any time, either party may elect to terminate the process.
  • If DSS determines that negotiated resolution is not suitable, or if a negotiated resolution is not agreed upon by both parties or is not successful, DSS will conduct an investigation.
    • DSS has the authority to initiate an administrative review of a department or area at any time. Administrative reviews will normally be completed within 60 days from inception and will result in a written report.
  • If the complainant meets informally with a Title IX Officer, or any other university official and asks that the information disclosed be kept confidential, the university official contacted informally by the complainant must determine whether to keep the information confidential or whether it must be communicated to the Director of Disability Support Services.
  • If the complainant decides not to file a complaint of discrimination, the Title IX Officer will inform the Director of Disability Support Services.
  • The formal complaint must be filed by the complainant no later than 90 days after the last date of discrimination or harassing behavior by providing the Title IX Officer with a signed, written document detailing the allegations, naming the respondent and providing as much detail as possible about the charges. The Title IX Officer may extend this period no more than 90 days if an informal resolution procedure is in process.
  • Upon receipt of the complaint, the Title IX Officer shall determine whether this policy applies and will dismiss a complaint if the policy does not apply.
  • If the Title IX Officer determines this policy applies, the Title IX Officer shall conduct an investigation of the complaint in any manner they deem appropriate.
  • Not later than 60 days after the complaint commencement date, the Title IX Officer shall provide the appropriate office with authority over the respondent with a confidential written report of the Title IX Officer’s recommendations and findings, with a copy to the DEO (Director of Equal Opportunity) and the appropriate vice president organizationally above the respondent.

Exam Scheduling Policy

Request for Testing Accommodations:
Students are to fill out and return the completed Exam Accommodation Form to the DSS one week in advance of the test. Late submission of an Exam Accommodation Form may result in the re-scheduling of an exam or the loss of accommodations for that exam.

Exam Materials:
You are responsible for your personal exam materials. If you forget personal exam materials (i.e. calculator) and you leave before the exam starts to retrieve them, when you return you will only be given the remainder of your allotted time.

Time Allotted on Examinations:
Students are given the time indicated on the Exam Accommodation Form for completing an exam. The proctor will stop the test at the designated end time. No additional warnings are provided.

Arrive on Time:
The test begins at the time originally requested, regardless of the time a student actually arrives, similar to what would be expected in the classroom. Arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled start time of exam.

Cancellation:
Students should call DSS at ext. 2615 if unable to make an exam due to an illness, an emergency, or if taking the exam in class. There is no guarantee that the instructor will permit a make up exam. This policy also applies to lateness due to illness - students unable to take an exam due to illness or emergency should contact their instructor immediately. Students are responsible for coordinating the makeup of any missed exam or quiz with their instructor.

Hours of Operation:
During the regular school year the DSS office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exams must be completed by 4:00 p.m.

Cheating:
Any student observed utilizing any unauthorized resources during an exam will be reported to his/her instructor. Any unauthorized notes and any scrap paper used during the exam will be copied and returned with the exam to the instructor. The student is not permitted to touch/move the camera that is located in the exam room. If the student is caught moving the camera, s/he will be reported to the instructor and may be charged with academic misconduct. A staff member may come into the exam room at any time to perform a random integrity check. Any suspected evidence of cheating will be documented by the exam scheduling coordinator or other full time staff and reported to the appropriate faculty members. Students must also uphold all codes of academic honesty stated in the Fairfield University Student Handbook.

Questions/Clarifications:
If you are unclear about the exam instructions, stop the exam and seek assistance from an DSS staff member. The DSS staff member will attempt to contact your professor or give you a form to complete explaining the problem or question which will then be returned with the exam.

Additional Resources through Disability Support Services

  • One-on-one Meetings Weekly
  • Time Management
  • Study Skills
  • Organization and Planning
  • Effective Note Taking

Academic and Student Resources

  • Academic Skills Development
  • Peer Group Tutorial Program
  • Faculty Advisors and Faculty Office Hours
  • Math Center (fairfield.edu/mathcenter)
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (203) 254-4000, ext. 2146
  • Public Safety (203) 254-4090
  • Health Center (203) 254-4000, ext. 2241
  • Campus Ministry (203) 254-4000, ext. 3045