Student Handbook |Compliance Statements & Notifications 

Under the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, colleges and universities produce statistics and/or information on the following subjects: (1) retention and graduation rates; (2) financial assistance available to students; (3) crime statistics on campus; (4) athletic program participation rates and financial support pursuant to the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act; and (5) other institutional information, including cost of attendance, accreditation information, services available to students with disabilities, and withdrawal /refund policies. Information relating to the items contained in this last subparagraph is available generally in this Handbook, or through online resources on the University website. The following describes information and resources available to students seeking to access such information:

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

In compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, members of the Fairfield University community can visit the following website maintained by the Connecticut State Police for information concerning registered sex offenders: www.ct.gov/dps/site/default.asp.

Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989 requires the University to provide information to students about the health risks and legal consequences of substance abuse. This information, as well as the University's alcohol and drug policies, is outlined in the student conduct code.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)

In accordance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information regarding the intercollegiate athletics program is available for review upon reasonable advance request of the Director of Athletics.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Graduation and retention rate data appear in the Fact Book which is posted on the University website and are available from the Office of Institutional Research. 

Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) contains federal reporting and disclosure requirements. In order to make this information readily available, Fairfield University has created a web page at www.fairfield.edu/aboutfairfield/universityprofile/consumerinformation/ to provide access to this information.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Fairfield University complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This report contains a summary of Fairfield University's Department of Public Safety policies and procedures along with crime statistics as required. A copy of this report may be obtained at the department office in Loyola Hall, Room 2, or by calling the department at 203-254-4090.

The Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The University is in compliance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (PL 103-542).

Non-Discrimination Statement

Fairfield University admits students of any sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status, political ideology, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other University-administered programs.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Annual Notice

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as amended, Fairfield University provides the following notice to students regarding certain rights with respect to their educational records. FERPA rights apply to students "in attendance" (regardless of age) and former students. For purposes of the University's FERPA policy, a student is considered "in attendance" the day the student first attends a class at the University. That is the day that the FERPA rights described in this policy go into effect for the student.

The rights afforded to students with respect to their education records under FERPA are:

1.  The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. While students have the right to inspect and review their academic records and, in general, have the right to transcripts of their academic records, the University reserves the right to refuse to provide transcripts of academic records for reasons such as nonpayment of financial obligations.  


2.  The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

a.  One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (including but not limited to, an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or a provider of e-mail, network or other technological services (such as Google/Gmail); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

b.  FERPA does make exceptions for disseminating information to students' parents or legal guardians, including if the student is under 21 years old and the disclosure concerns the student's violation of University policy concerning the possession or use of alcohol or a controlled substance.

c.  FERPA permits the non-consensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records in connection with a health or safety emergency.

d.  FERPA permits the non-consensual disclosure of education records in compliance with a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.

e.  Another exception that permits disclosure without consent is the disclosure of directory information, which the law and Fairfield University define to include the following: a student's name, home address including e-mail address, telephone number, date and place of birth, visual image (photographs), dates of attendance, major and minor, enrollment status, class year, degrees/awards received, other institutions attended, and weight and height information for members of athletic teams.

This exception related to directory information is subject to the right of the student to object to the designation of any or all of the types of information listed above as directory information in his or her case, by giving notice in writing to the University Registrar on or before September 15 of any year. If such an objection is not received, Fairfield University will release directory information when appropriate.

f.  Another exception that permits disclosure without written consent is disclosure to another school where the student seeks to enroll, intends to enroll, or is already enrolled (if related to enrollment or transfer). No disclosure of academic progress will be made to those outside the institution, including parents, without the written consent of the student.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Questions regarding FERPA and the procedures followed by Fairfield University to comply with FERPA may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Information about FERPA can be found online at www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco.

Financial Aid Policies

Policies and procedures pertaining to all forms of financial assistance are established and published by the Office of Financial Aid, as set forth in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs and posted on the University website.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Peer-to-peer file sharing, which is defined here as the use of Fairfield University's computer network to illegally download or share any copyrighted material, including but not limited to video, music, or games is strictly prohibited. The distribution or sharing of copyrighted materials without the copyright owner's permission is a violation of the U.S. Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and is also a violation of Fairfield University's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Additionally, the programs that are used to share these files impede network traffic and can do harm to the entire network. The music and motion picture industries have taken legal action against students who share files of copyrighted materials illegally. Fairfield University is not a party to such legal action, but as a provider of the network service on which such illegal activity may take place, the University is required to comply and will comply with all lawful warrants, subpoenas, and court orders. In the typical circumstance, this will involve the University receiving information regarding a specific user's alleged violation, either in the form of a letter or subpoena. If lawfully issued, the University will pass this information on directly to the student with instructions for the student to respond to the allegations directly to the complainant.  The University will also take separate action under its own policies for any instances of illegal downloading or file sharing. Sanctions can include, but are not limited to, restrictions on the student's use of the University network. Students with questions about downloading or file sharing are encouraged to contact Information Technology Services.

Tuition and Fees

Policies and procedures pertaining to the payment of tuition and fees are established and published by the Office of the University Bursar, as set forth in the Undergraduate and Graduate online catalogs posted on the University website.

Grievance Process Complaints

Fairfield University endeavors to resolve all grievances, complaints, and disputes in a timely and fair manner. In the event a student believes a complaint remains unresolved after the conclusion of Fairfield University's grievance and/or dispute resolution processes (including all appeals), the student may request that the complaint be reviewed by the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education. The Office of Higher Education is responsible for quality review of independent colleges and will investigate complaints concerning matters within its statutory authority.

For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Office of Higher Education, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326; (800) 842-0229; www.ctohe.org/studentcomplaints.shtml

Fairfield University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Students may contact NEASC at
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100 Burlington, MA 01803; 855-886-3272; www.neasc.org.