Student Handbook |Message to Students 

Dear Students,

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students, I would like to welcome you to Fairfield University. Whether you are a student from our newest class, the Class of 2022, or a returning or graduate student, there is a great sense of renewal that accompanies the beginning of each academic year and I encourage you to take part in the many enriching and exciting educational opportunities available at Fairfield. Jesuit institutions such as ours view learning as a dynamic experience, one that takes place within the unique interplay between curricular and co-curricular experiences. Along those lines, the Office of the Dean of Students is just one of many offices within the Division of Student Affairs here to assist you in making those important connections and succeeding in all your endeavors on campus. That is our commitment to living and learning, and to you.

The Student Handbook applies to all Fairfield University students. In addition to the policies, procedures, and residency and meal plan agreements contained herein, this Handbook provides valuable information about services and resources available to you. Your enrollment at the University implies that you accept and agree to comply with the entire contents of the Handbook, and that you agree to be bound by all policies, procedures, and agreements set forth herein. For that reason, you should read and familiarize yourself with this Handbook and make use of it over the course of the academic year. The Student Handbook may be revised from time to time during the academic year. Any such revisions will be posted here at

Fairfield University is your school, your community, and your home. When we speak of a Fairfield education, we often make reference to the concept of a holistic learning process. We are interested in students' needs, well-being, and formation, both within and outside the classroom, and you will see collaborative practices and programs that support this interest. Additionally, my office is committed to the holistic development of all students in a manner consistent with Jesuit ideology, which seeks to develop men and women who know themselves, advocate for others, and are invested in serving the broader community. We expect students to respect each other and the community in which they now belong. In addition to communicating the Student Conduct Code and other policies contained in this Handbook, the Office of the Dean of Students serves informational functions as well. As I often say to students, if you have a question and are not sure where to go for an answer, the Office of the Dean of Students is generally a good place to start!

Over the next academic year, I encourage you to make the most out of your Fairfield education by embracing our diverse community. Your presence and contributions to our community are what make Fairfield such a special place. I look forward to meeting you. Welcome!


Karen Donoghue

Karen Donoghue
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students