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.

Barrier Reporting Form

For reporting any physical barriers or accessibility issues that you notice on campus.

Special Exception Parking & Housing Requests


The Special Accommodations Committee is composed of representatives from several departments on campus and is responsible for reviewing all Special Housing and Parking accommodation requests. The committee meets regularly and on an as-needed basis. Completed request forms can be faxed to the Special Accommodations Committee at (203) 254-5545 or delivered to Dolan Hall Room 120.

Exam Scheduling Policy


Please send the following information to DSS@fairfield.edu to schedule an exam at DSS:

1. Student's name

2. Professor's name and e-mail

3. Date the student will be taking the exam

4. Amount of time the class receives to take the exam

5. Any accommodations the student receives (ex. 50% extended time)

6. Start and end time of exam (Exams at DSS can be proctored Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm. Please plan accordingly  so extended time will not interfere with another class).

7. Materials allowed to be used (ex. graphing calculator, 3x5 index card, etc.)

Request for Testing Accommodations:
Students are encouraged to fill out and return the completed Exam Accommodation Form to the DSS one week in advance of the test. Requests should be made in advance to reserve a seat in the exam room and to allow enough time for DSS to e-mail the student's professor and for the exam to be delivered to DSS. Late submission of an exam request may result in the re-scheduling of an exam or the loss of accommodations for that exam.

Exam Materials:
Students are responsible for their personal exam materials. If a student forgets personal exam materials (i.e. calculator) and they leave before the exam starts to retrieve them, when they return they will only be given the remainder of their allotted time. DSS and the offices located nearby are not responsible for providing students with these personal exam materials.

Time Allotted on Examinations:
Students are given the time indicated in their exam request e-mail for completing an exam unless instructed to otherwise by the professor. The proctor will stop the test at the designated end time. No additional warnings are provided. Students can use the clock in the exam room to self-monitor their time.

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. It is recommended for students to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of an 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 scheduled to be completed by 4 p.m.

Academic Misconduct:
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 a student is unclear about the exam instructions, the student should stop the exam and seek assistance from an DSS staff member. The DSS staff member will attempt to contact the student's professor or have the student write a note to the professor 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