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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the United States. There are no cases at Fairfield University or Fairfield Prep.

The University is closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation. Effective Monday, March 16 the University migrated to online instruction through the remainder of the spring semester. This page will be updated as additional guidance becomes available. Please scroll down for additional communications and Q&A.

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Communications

If you are a parent of a current student and have not yet received a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update from the University, please email update@fairfield.edu from the email address you would like to be notified on. Please provide your students name and class-year.

Student Support and Relief Fund

As Fairfield University navigates this extraordinary period of time, community members have asked what they can do to support students adversely impacted by the 2019-nCoV pandemic. Gifts to the Fairfield University Student Support and Relief Fund will support the current needs of students who are financially challenged under these circumstances, and those admitted students whose families might suffer additional financial hardship during this time.

Messages & Communications

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/22/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/22/2020)

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Dear Members of the Fairfield University Community:

This has been an extraordinary period for all of us, and so I want to begin by simply saying that our thoughts are with you all, and that I hope this message finds you and your families well.

I am greatly assured by how we have come together as a community during these unprecedented circumstances – how our faculty and staff have adapted to ensure that our work continues, how our students have remained engaged in their studies and have been so bright-spirited and kind in their response to the changes we have had to make. I am thankful too for the entire alumni, parents, and friends community for their willingness to work together so that we can move forward in fellowship as a University family. I thank you all so very much for this.

As you know, we have pivoted very swiftly to online learning and remote working environments, and I am grateful that this operation has gone as well as it has, thanks to all of your efforts. We have been monitoring national, state, and local developments around the clock in order to ensure that every step we take as we continue to operate as a University is undertaken with care, ensuring academic continuity and the health and welfare of all our students, faculty, staff, and families.

Over the past several days, the governor of the State of Connecticut has taken significant measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has put into place restrictions on workplace environments and social gatherings that impact the University. As a result, I am sharing with you a number of announcements:

  • Online Instruction Will Continue for Remainder of the Semester: When we first migrated to online instruction, it was with the idea that we would reevaluate as the situation progressed, and with the hope that we could bring learning back on campus. However, the governor’s latest order and extension through April 22 means any resumption of in-person or face-to-face instruction for the foreseeable future is unlikely. As a result, we will be continuing the use of online instruction and virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Our Residence Life Team will contact residential students tomorrow with instructions for making appointments to come to campus to collect belongings in an orderly fashion, in compliance with state and local recommendations for social distancing, and to make arrangements with students who will remain on campus.
  • Room and Board Adjustments: For our residential students, we intend to make certain equitable adjustments for room and board to families as a result of current events. In the coming weeks, we will provide specifics on the amounts and mechanisms for these adjustments.

Finally, I want to address Commencement for the Class of 2020. Commencement is the high point in the University calendar for all of us. In so many ways it is the culmination of years of hard work, of learning and growth, and a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and application of our graduates — sending them off into the world full of promise. I know how much this event means to you and your families, and I know how much it means to me, and to our faculty and staff. So, it is with the greatest reluctance that I have to say that based on current regulations set in place by state and federal authorities, we will not be able to hold our traditional Commencement exercises as scheduled for the third weekend In May.

However, it is my promise to you that we will hold them, in person, and you will get the chance to walk in your caps and gowns and receive your diplomas, and to enjoy the experience to the fullest extent possible. We have a committed team developing plans for how to arrange this, and we will keep you posted as these plans take shape.

In closing, I want to again reflect on our foundation. As a Jesuit, Catholic institution we are stewards of a centuries-old tradition. We have always adapted, and have found reserves of inner strength and inspiration from the revelation that came to St. Ignatius — that God wanted to transform Ignatius himself into a more authentic person through education, and that education was the way that God, through men and women, would transform our world for the better. This is, in essence, the guiding light of what we do.

In this moment, I am also reminded of Fairfield’s own unique history. Having been founded in the 1940s, Fairfield was built in the shadow of the Great Depression, and at a time of war. So many of the first generation of our students were young men returning from unimaginable upheaval. Yet here we are, stronger than ever. Resilience at times of great challenge and uncertainty, one could argue, is at the core of our character as a University, integral to who we are and what we do. What our founders drew upon during that early period of our growth was faith. We continue in that faith, share that faith, and with that faith in our hearts we will persevere and be a stronger University for it.

For more information on the University's response and Q&As please visit fairfield.edu/coronavirus.

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/17/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/17/2020)

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As we have completed our first full day of virtual academic instruction and operations, I want to thank our faculty, staff, and students for their resourcefulness, collaboration, and effort as we transition to this new environment. Over the past few weeks, all of us have been asked to rapidly modify how we work and learn. While we acknowledge it will not always be easy, I am reassured that we are a remarkably resilient, resourceful, caring, and responsible University family. We will find a way forward, negotiate the challenges and disruptions that are coming our way, make discoveries, and develop solutions. It is our civic responsibility as an institution to continue to do our part to protect the health and wellness of our campus and the surrounding community, as we all seek to "flatten the curve." Times like this provide us the opportunity to demonstrate our capacity for change, and our commitment to excellence. We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience while we prepare to provide services under these unique circumstances.

Yesterday, the governor of Connecticut issued an executive order to close all restaurants, bars, fitness studios, etc., and to limit events of more than 50 people. The town of Westport, adjacent to Fairfield, has been declared a state of emergency. The University is complying, and will continue to comply, with all directives from the state. Given the fluidity of the situation, we do not feel it is prudent to make pronouncements on events or operating procedures too far into the future. It continues to be our hope that students will return to campus this semester. As of now, we will continue online learning through March 29 at the very least. We plan to continually evaluate the situation and will keep our community updated.

The University's leadership team is monitoring the situation around the clock, to make the best possible adjustments to our teaching and working protocols, to ensure that everyone is safe, and to see that our operations as a University continue as well and seamlessly as possible. I have asked each of the divisional leaders in the administration to assess their needs, and to do what they can to minimize the number of employees on campus while ensuring that critical operations continue.

I would be remiss if I didn't reflect on the fact that we are a Jesuit and Catholic university, founded by a tremendously brave and innovative group of people who wanted to change the world; note that our first Jesuit school was underway in 1547. Today, as Fairfield celebrates the anniversary of its founding — we are 78-years young — we recognize that we are the inheritors and torch-bearers of the Jesuit tradition. We have seen many challenges along the way; we’ve endured many crises and triumphs, shocks and stirrings. Yet at every step, our founding tradition has inspired us to innovate, evolve, adapt, and thrive. As challenging as this moment will be, our tradition and our work has faced difficult challenges throughout our history and we have always risen to the occasion. I haven't the slightest doubt that we will rise to the occasion once again.

I realize this is uncharted territory for all of us — for our faculty and students, for our staff and administration, for our families and friends, alumni and neighbors. Personally, I want to reassure you that you are not alone in this, that we are in this together, and that together we will surmount the personal and institutional obstacles that come our way. All of you have my immense respect and gratitude.

For more information on the University's response and Q&As please visit fairfield.edu/coronavirus.

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/11/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/11/2020)

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Dear Fairfield University Community –

I am writing to provide you with an update on our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic.

Our University Preparedness Task Force has been carefully following the course of the coronavirus outbreak and has been in constant contact with state and local health officials. The policies and procedures described below have been thoughtfully considered by our Executive Leadership Team, in consultation with the Chair of our Board of Trustees and outside public health experts. Many college and university campuses around the country are instituting similar measures. By acting now, before our students return from spring break, we are doing our part to contribute to the preventative measures necessary for public health and wellness.

I want to emphasize that, at present, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19, nor anyone with symptoms requiring action on the Fairfield University campus. Out of an abundance of caution, however, we are proactively taking the following steps to ensure that all members of the Fairfield community stay as safe and healthy as possible during this evolving global health crisis.

Based on the information we have reviewed, the Executive Leadership Team has made the decision to migrate all programs and courses to online instruction beginning March 16 through March 29. Academic Deans will work within their respective schools to provide further details in the coming days.

We strongly urge all students who are home for spring break to remain home, and those returning from a spring break trip to travel home and not return to campus until March 29. Students with special circumstances requesting to return to campus or remain on-campus should advise Residence Life at breakhousing.fairfield.edu. Certain additional health-related provisions will be placed into effect during this period.

In addition, please note the following changes to operations:

  • The library, Recplex and other common areas on campus will be restricted to the campus community.
  • Events of more than 100 people will be postponed or cancelled; all other events will be evaluated.
  • All athletic events held on-campus will be closed to the public.
  • All non-essential University-related international and domestic travel is prohibited, and all personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • Support services like Counseling & Psychological Services, Academic Advising, and Accessibility will be made available virtually and students will be provided additional
  • information.
  • There will be no daily Mass at Egan Chapel after Thursday, March 12, and the suspension will continue until further notice.

Administrative offices will remain open, however any employee experiencing flu-like symptoms should remain home. Further, any employee with chronic medical conditions such as a compromised immune system, heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes should develop a work-from-home plan with his/her supervisor.

Fairfield has not taken this decision lightly. As we have already seen, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will update you by the end of the week with details related to academic continuity, co-curricular programming, housing and athletics, and more specific actions.

Times like this provide us the opportunity to demonstrate our capacity for change, and our commitment to excellence. We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience while we prepare to provide services under these unique circumstances.

For more information on Fairfield’s actions related to COVID-19 please visit fairfield.edu/coronavirus.

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/5/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 3/5/2020)

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Dear Members of the Fairfield Community,

Please listen to this important message from University President, Mark R. Nemec, PhD:

President's Message Vimeo Video

For more information regarding the 2019 Coronavirus, and to view all University Announcements from Fairfield University regarding this topic, please visit the Coronavirus Resource Page.

Coronavirus Preparedness Update (Announcement - 03/05/2020)

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Coronavirus Preparedness Update (Announcement - 03/05/2020)

SUBJECT: CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS UPDATE

We would like to provide you with an update on the actions the University has taken in response to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, as well as proactive planning measures for our campus community. This is a rapidly evolving situation. Fairfield has established an emergency preparedness team that is meeting daily and closely monitoring new guidance being issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While the immediate risk at Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep remains low, we are preparing for the possibility that the Coronavirus outbreak will cause a public health threat to the University community. The University has set-up a web-page dedicated to providing information from the CDC, WHO, among others, and provide the latest campus updates and Q&A.

As of today, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of this virus at Fairfield University.

ACTIONS TAKEN

  • Study Abroad: On February 25, the University announced that it was closing its Florence based study abroad program out of concern for the extent of the outbreak in that county, the potential for city and school closures, and the impact both would have on the continuity of academic programming for our students. At the time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had raised Italy’s travel alert level to two. This past Friday, that level was raised to a three when the country surpassed 1,000 cases, and on Wednesday, all schools and universities were closed. Students will resume their coursework at that time ensuring they remain on track for degree completion.
  • Spring Break: The University has issued a health advisory to all faculty, students and staff who may be traveling abroad in the coming weeks, and we have asked our community to be prudent, to use an abundance of caution, and to avoid areas that have been deemed to be regions of risk. Additionally, following best practice and guidelines, we have asked that anyone returning from a region impacted by the virus to self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon return.
  • Campus Cleanliness: The University has been utilizing extra sterilizing cleaning techniques for high traffic areas such as the RecPlex, Residence Hall bathrooms, the Dining Hall, and other areas. We have also distributed hand sanitizer stations around campus and advised everyone to adhere to appropriate hygiene regulations.
  • Spring Events and Conferences: The emergency preparedness team is evaluating all large, group based events occurring between now and commencement. At this time, no events have been cancelled or post-poned.
  • Training: Employees who are responsible for the safety of our community have been engaging in specific training related to Coronavirus preparedness.

We will continue to use recommended approaches and evolve our on-campus activity accordingly and in compliance with all state and federal guidance, as well as the measures provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

STUDY ABROAD

All 142 students have now returned home from our Florence, Italy program and will not be returning to campus before March 15, or after a 14-day self-quarantine period is over. While this is not a requirement by the CDC or World Health Organization, Fairfield has required that they remain off-campus for 14-days after they arrived in the US. Any student that does not comply with this University requirement will be subject to disciplinary action.

For students who remain abroad, we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation in each of their locations. Our commitment to ensuring our students’ safety and academic progression informed this decision and remains our top priority.

After careful consideration, and in consultation with government agencies and experts with respect to CDC and U.S. State Department elevated travel advisories related to COVID-19, Fairfield has made the decision to continue our other overseas programs as planned for the Spring 2020 term.

Should conditions in any of our other program locations change, Fairfield is prepared to suspend or alter these programs to ensure the safety and academic progression for the affected students. As this is a globally evolving situation, further closures, travel bans or quarantines may be implemented at any time. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as information becomes available.

With regard to all summer programs, Fairfield University is monitoring this rapidly evolving situation with particular consideration given to the CDC advisories related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and U.S. State Department elevated travel advisories. As of this writing, Italy is under a level 3 travel advisory. Based on our commitment to ensuring our students’ safety and their academic progression, Fairfield University has suspended our Summer program in Italy. After careful consideration, and in consultation with government agencies and experts, Fairfield has made the decision to continue our other programs as planned for the Summer 2020 term. Should conditions in any of our other program locations change Fairfield is prepared suspend or alter these programs to ensure both the safety and academic progression for the affected students.

SPRING BREAK

Due to this year's Coronavirus outbreak, any travel carries more risks than would otherwise be the case. The University has issued two travel advisories strongly encouraging all those who plan to travel outside of the United States over spring break to consider re-scheduling or cancelling their travel plans in light of the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

This is precautionary advice, based on our concerns regarding not only health and safety, but also entry and exit from varying countries, which is a fluid situation. While there are no specific travel restrictions at this time, we do know a number of countries are closely monitoring and considering public transportation bans and travel limitations.

Students, faculty, and staff returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries will be asked to self-quarantine, at home, for at least 14 days upon return home and must be symptom free.

Students, faculty, or staff who choose to leave the country should look to the CDC's travel hub before departing to ensure their destination is safe and to obtain safety and prevention tips.

GOOD HYGEINE AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following self-care measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue, discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing – maintain at least 3-feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animals, wet markets, or animal product markets
  • Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

Any person experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) should call (rather than visit) the University’s Health Center immediately or their local health provider.

IN CLOSING

We realize that this is an uncertain time. Fairfield’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our entire campus community. Please use our Coronavirus Information Page located on the Fairfield.edu website for resources and the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update for Study Abroad Students (Email - Sent 3/3/2020)

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Update for Study Abroad Students (Email - Sent 3/3/2020)

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Dear Study Abroad Students,

We are writing to update you with information regarding program continuation during the Spring 2020 term. As you are aware, Fairfield University has suspended our program in Italy. Our commitment to ensuring our students’ safety and academic progression informed this decision and remains our top priority.

Fairfield University is carefully monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. After careful consideration, and in consultation with government agencies and experts with respect to CDC and U.S. State Department elevated travel advisories related to COVID-19, Fairfield has made the decision to continue our other overseas programs as planned for the Spring 2020 term.

Should conditions in any of our other program locations change Fairfield is prepared to suspend or alter these programs to ensure the safety and academic progression for the affected students.

While there are no specific travel restrictions to our program locations other than Italy, some countries have made or may make decisions with very little notice that could affect your travel. As a precautionary measure, Fairfield University strongly recommends that travel outside of your immediate area be rescheduled or cancelled if at all possible.

We recognize that students may already have made travel plans however until things begin to stabilize caution is warranted. Please remember our policy of having a working phone available at all times and the requirement to log all travel dates and destinations so that we have a record of where you are. These steps will help us keep you abreast of conditions as they change.

As this is a globally evolving situation, further closures, travel bans or quarantines may be implemented at any time. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as information becomes available.

For further detailed information on 2019-nCoV please refer to the following websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/home.html

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en

https://it.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-rome-italy-february-23-2020/

At the current time, the World Health Organization recommends preventive steps to help protect and prevent the spread of the disease. We are sharing some of these recommendations to remind you to practice hand and respiratory hygiene and to seek medical attention if you have a fever and cough combined with difficult breathing.

FROM www.who.int

Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

If you are ill or become ill, please seek medical attention by first contacting by phone the CISI medical providers in your area to discuss your symptoms.

We recommend that you continue to monitor news reports and information as distributed by the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the Italian Ministry of Health.

Fairfield University Travel Advisory (Email - Sent 2/27/2020)

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Fairfield University Travel Advisory (Email - Sent 2/27/2020)

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University Announcement

Fairfield University Community:

We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, and to adapt our campus preparedness plan accordingly. With the safety of our students, faculty, and staff being of utmost importance, we are strongly encouraging all those who plan to travel outside of the United States over spring break to consider re-scheduling or cancelling their travel plans in light of the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

This is precautionary advice, based on our concerns regarding not only health and safety, but also entry and exit from varying countries, which is a fluid situation. While there are no specific travel restrictions at this time, we do know a number of countries are closely monitoring and considering public transportation bans and travel limitations.

We recognize that many individuals have made travel plans, however until things begin to stabilize caution is warranted.

Please visit the information page for additional information and resources.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Florence University of the Arts Program (Email - Sent 2/26/2020)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Florence University of the Arts Program (Email - Sent 2/26/2020)

Florence University of the Arts Program Closure

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University Announcement

Dear University Community,

As you know, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance for us here at Fairfield University. We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and yesterday made the decision to close the Florence University of the Arts study abroad program and require all students enrolled in this program to depart Italy by Saturday, February 29. This decision was made as a preventative measure similar to other colleges and universities in our area.

Students returning from Italy will have the ability to continue their studies at Fairfield University. The University is working through the logistics of allowing these students to return to Fairfield University’s campus no earlier than March 15, after our spring break, and resume classes on campus. Students will have the option of both online and hybrid courses to ensure they remain on track toward their graduation dates.

We appreciate your assistance in welcoming our 142 students back to campus.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Florence University of the Arts Program (Email - Sent 2/25/2020)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Florence University of the Arts Program (Email - Sent 2/25/2020)

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Dear Students and Parents –

As you know, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance for us here at Fairfield. We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to evaluate the outbreak's impact on our global and local learning communities.

I am writing to inform you that given the recent spread of the virus to Italy, effective immediately Fairfield University has decided to close the Florence University of the Arts study abroad program and require all students enrolled in this program to depart Italy. The University is working through the logistics of allowing these students to return to Fairfield University’s campus on March 15, after our spring break, and resume classes on campus. Students will have the option of both online and hybrid courses to ensure they remain on track toward their graduation dates.

We did not take this decision lightly. We know that the enriching learning experiences students gain from being in Florence for a semester are an important part of their formation. A number of factors went into this decision, including health and safety, risk of country quarantines, potential loss of academic credits, and timing within the semester.

Students will be contacted by our travel agent STA, who will change their return flights. Fairfield University will absorb the cost of any change fees.

Please realize that there is significant work being done to ensure that all 142 students currently enrolled in the Florence University of the Arts program transition back to campus and resume their coursework here. Our first priority is to safely return your students home; details regarding housing and academic scheduling will be forthcoming.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and hope that your students’ experiences over the last six-weeks have piqued their interest and curiosity for further global immersion in the future.

 

Update: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Email - Sent 2/25/2020)

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Update: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Email - Sent 2/25/2020)

Information About Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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University Announcement

Dear Fairfield University and Prep Communities:

We would like to take this opportunity to update the community on the evolving situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Fairfield University has established an emergency preparedness team comprised of leaders from across our campus, who are in consultation with outside experts, to evaluate the epidemic as it relates to our global and local campus communities.

At this time, based on information from the Center for Disease Control and educational partners from our study abroad locations, Fairfield is strongly recommending and encouraging our students, faculty and staff to be prudent in their travel choices – now – and during the upcoming spring break. As many of you know, this epidemic and how it is affecting travel across Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world is evolving. As countries are evaluating travel into – and out of – their regions, limitations and bans are being put into effect, often with little or no prior warning. Please consider both your departure and your return when travelling to countries currently under watch for Coronavirus.

Fairfield University and Prep have no confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time and we have no one under investigation. We do, however, have processes and protocols in place if this were to change.

Below are links to organizations that are providing regular updates on this evolving situation.

We strongly recommend you use this information in evaluating your travel plans:

Fairfield University will continue to update our Counseling and Health Services website with the most up-to-date information we have at any time, and we will continue to provide the community with information as it becomes available.

2019 Coronavirus Update for Parents (Email - Sent 2/24/2020)

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2019 Coronavirus Update for Parents (Email - Sent 2/24/2020)

2019 Coronavirus Update for Parents

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University Announcement

Dear Parents,

We are writing to share with you with information we have received regarding the recent outbreak of coronavirus. This weekend, a number of cases of the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in specific locations in Italy, specifically in the regions of Veneto, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and Lazio. The Italian government has taken pro-active measures to limit the spread of the virus and has ordered a quarantine in the towns where the outbreak has occurred. This quarantine area will change as circumstances dictate.

It is currently no longer possible to exit or enter the following locations:

  • In the Region of Veneto: Town of Vo’ Euganeo.
  • In the Region of Lombardia: The towns of Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo e San Fiorano.

While there are no specific travel restrictions to other parts of Italy, some cities have made the decision to temporarily close museums, churches and to cancel sporting events and concerts. As a precautionary measure, Fairfield University has strongly recommended to all students that travel outside of thier immediate area be rescheduled or cancelled if at all possible.

We recognize that students may already have made travel plans however until things begin to stabilize caution is warranted. We have reminded all students of our policy of having a working phone available at all times and the requirement to log all travel dates and destinations so that we have a record of where they are. These steps will help us keep everyone abreast of conditions as they change.

Fairfield University and Florence University of the Arts will continuously monitor reports and follow instructions as given by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the Italian Ministry of Health, the Department of Civil Protection, the Region of Tuscany and the US Department of State. At this time all schools, institutions and public services are running as scheduled in Florence. With the exception of all field learning activities, which have been temporarily suspended, all academic programming at FUA is continuing as normal.

As this is a globally evolving situation, further closures, travel bans or quarantines may be implemented at any time. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as information becomes available.

For further detailed information on 2019-nCoV please refer to the following websites:

At the current time, the World Health Organization recommends preventive steps to help protect and prevent the spread of the disease. We shared with all students the following recommendations to remind them to practice hand and respiratory hygiene and to seek medical attention if they have a fever and cough combined with difficult breathing.

FROM www.who.int

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Practice respiratory hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

We also advised students of the following:

If you are ill or become ill, please seek medical attention by first contacting by phone one of the CISI medical providers to discuss your symptoms. Due to the Italian government order to reduce the risk of contagion, access to Emergency Rooms of local hospitals is restricted unless referred there by your health care provider. The national help line for information and assistance related to Coronavirus COVID 19 is 1500. If you are in need of emergency medical attention, the number for an ambulance is 118.

We recommend that you continue to monitor news reports and information as distributed by the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the Italian Ministry of Health.

The safety and wellbing of our students is our top priority. We are also monitoring closely the potential of this evolving situation to impact their academic experience. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us.

 

2019 Coronavirus Update for Students (Email - Sent 2/24/2020)

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2019 Coronavirus Update for Students (Email - Sent 2/24/2020)

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University Announcement

Subject: 2019 Coronavirus Update

Dear Students,

We are writing to share with you with information we have received regarding the recent outbreak of coronavirus. This weekend, a number of cases of the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in specific locations in Italy, specifically in the regions of Veneto, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and Lazio. The Italian government has taken pro-active measures to limit the spread of the virus and has ordered a quarantine in the towns where the outbreak has occurred. This quarantine area will change as circumstances dictate.

It is currently no longer possible to exit or enter the following locations:

  • In the Region of Veneto: Town of Vo’ Euganeo.
  • In the Region of Lombardia: The towns of Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo e San Fiorano.

While there are no specific travel restrictions to other parts of Italy, some cities have made the decision to temporarily close museums, churches and to cancel sporting events and concerts. As a precautionary measure, Fairfield University strongly recommends that travel outside of your immediate area be rescheduled or cancelled if at all possible.

We recognize that students may already have made travel plans however until things begin to stabilize caution is warranted. Please remember our policy of having a working phone available at all times and the requirement to log all travel dates and destinations so that we have a record of where you are. These steps will help us keep you abreast of conditions as they change.

Fairfield University and Florence University of the Arts will continuously monitor reports and follow instructions as given by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the Italian Ministry of Health, the Department of Civil Protection, the Region of Tuscany and the US Department of State. All schools, institutions and public services are running as scheduled in Florence. With the exception of all field learning activities which have been temporarily suspended, all academic programming at FUA is continuing as normal.

As this is a globally evolving situation, further closures, travel bans or quarantines may be implemented at any time. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as information becomes available.

For further detailed information on (2019-nCoV) please refer to the following websites:

At the current time, the World Health Organization recommends preventive steps to help protect and prevent the spread of the disease. We are sharing some of these recommendations to remind you to practice hand and respiratory hygiene and to seek medical attention if you have a fever and cough combined with difficult breathing.

FROM www.who.int

Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

If you are ill or become ill, please seek medical attention by first contacting by phone one of the CISI medical providers to discuss your symptoms. Due to the Italian government order to reduce the risk of contagion, access to Emergency Rooms of local hospitals is restricted unless referred there by your health care provider. The national help line for information and assistance related to Coronavirus COVID 19 is 1500. If you are in need of emergency medical attention, the number for an ambulance is 118.

We recommend that you continue to monitor news reports and information as distributed by the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the Italian Ministry of Health.

Information and Guidelines: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Email - Sent 1/30/2020)

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Information and Guidelines: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Email - Sent 1/30/2020)

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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University Announcement

Dear Fairfield University and Prep Communities:

We are sharing the following information and guidelines from the American College Health Association as they relate to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Fairfield University and Prep have no confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time and have no patients under investigation.

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus
(2019-nCoV) for the Campus Community

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?
The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and transmission:
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:


The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.
  • Students who plan to study or travel abroad with university-sponsored programs should contact their program coordinator for updates and guidance.

Treatment:
People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. (source: CDC)

Prevention:
There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:
If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you:

  • Traveled to Wuhan, or
  • Visited an affected region in China, or
  • Had close contact with someone who had traveled to an affected region in China and had respiratory symptoms.

You should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office, emergency room or the Student Health Center, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • The Student Health Center phone number is 203-254-4000, Ext. 2241.
  • Full time undergraduate students are eligible for illness visits at the Student Health Center. Students in need of urgent medical care when the Student Health Center is closed should call Public Safety at 203-254-4090. When you call Public Safety, report your recent travel and symptoms.
  • If you are not eligible for Student Health Center services you should seek medical care right away with your private physician or a hospital emergency room.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the Student Health Center. Call instead: 203-254-4000, Ext. 2241.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

What is the campus health service doing about 2019-nCoV?
The Fairfield University Student Health Center has developed and implemented clinical 2019-nCoV protocols based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. The Student Health Center is in ongoing communication with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and following all response recommendations. The Student Health Center will continue to coordinate 2019-nCoV response efforts with University administration and stakeholders.

Please Note:The Student Health Center continues to recommend the annual seasonal influenza vaccine. As stated above, there is no available vaccine against the 2019-nCoV, but influenza (“flu”) activity remains widespread in Connecticut. Please phone the Student Health Center with any questions about influenza or the influenza vaccine: 203-254-4000, Ext. 2241.

Employees presenting with flu-like symptoms should consult with their healthcare provider before returning to work.

Fairfield University Question & Answer

We are calling on all members of our community, as men and woman for others, to take personal responsibility to do their part to contribute to the preventative measures necessary for public health and wellness. With that in mind, we strongly urge students, faculty and those immune-compromised individuals to remain home, or return home, after Spring break.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Fairfield University maintains its commitments to Diversity & Inclusive Excellence. Members of the Fairfield University community are committed to respecting and valuing one another, finding the common good rooted in us all. We are an inclusive community with Stags living, working and studying around the world. With this in mind, it is essential to stay committed to our Jesuit values of inclusion, respect and care for the whole person, especially during this time of heightened concern.

Campus Life

Yes, but an appointment must be made with Residence Life. Our Residence Life Team will contact residential students with instructions for making appointments to come to campus to collect belongings in an orderly fashion in compliance with state and local recommendations for social distancing, and to make arrangements with students who will remain on campus. Students or their families should NOT come to campus without making an appointment.

We recommend students clear their rooms of all belongings.

Student workers who are dependent on work study programs to meet some portion of their tuition costs will continue to be paid for the balance of the semester.

No. Students in need of technology to go online should contact the Dean of Students office 203-254-4211.

Commencement exercises and senior week activities have been post-poned. The University will communicate with the class of 2020 and their parents as soon as details are available.

Yes, hours of operation will be open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. seven days per week.

Students are required to call prior to visiting the health center to speak directly with an APRN about scheduling an appointment. Please call the health center if you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath and cough.

 

Given recent news about coronavirus, concern for your personal wellbeing or those of family members is understandable. Fairfield University Counseling & Psychological Services remains committed to supporting well-being of our students. In light of the campus transition to online course delivery, as well as recommendations from the CDC to limit personal contact to reduce the risk of infection, the following temporary service changes are in effect from March 16 – March 29, 2020:

  1. Counseling & Psychological Services will continue to provide essential clinical services, including individual counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management, and can provide these services remotely as necessary through a HIPAA compliant video platform for students.
  2. To schedule an appointment for psychotherapy and psychiatry appointments, please call 203-254-4000 ext 2146 or email counseling@fairfield.edu.
  3. Psychotherapy groups will be temporarily suspended during this time period. Group and workshop participants with questions may reach out to their group facilitator via email or phone.
  4. Counseling & Psychological Services remains available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for mental health emergencies: To access Counselor-On-Call, call Public Safety at 203-254-4090.

The Campus Mailroom will remain open Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Beginning Monday, March 16, incoming student packages from USPS, FedEx, Amazon and UPS will be sent to the student's home address at no cost to the student.

Since delivery staffing is limited, faculty and staff looking to confirm mailing arrangements (pickup vs. delivery) should contact the mailroom at ext. 2302.

Accessibility

If you have questions or concerns about your academic accommodations and how they will apply in your course, please take the following steps:

  1. First, please connect directly with your professor to discuss how the class will be implemented while in the online format.
  2. If after connecting with your professors, if you or your professors have any questions about how your accommodations, please email ooa@fairfied.edu.
  3. This will be the best way to reach the Office. Please be sure to include in your email date and times that you are available for a Zoom session as we will be conducting meetings via Zoom. 3) If you have questions about how to use Zoom or other technology that you might need to use to access your course, please email itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu.

Regarding students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations for the first time, please visit our Accessibility page for further information regarding the intake process and for our documentation guidelines. Students with disabilities may also email ooa@fairfield.edu for information regarding how to request accommodations.

Campus Services

No, the Early Learning Center will close effective Friday March 13 and remain closed.

There will be no daily or Sunday Mass. However, the University will be holding daily virtual mass at 12:10 p.m., Monday – Friday for the University community. More information can be found on Today@.

The Murphy Center will not hold in-person spiritual guidance, but will make accommodation for individuals to have virtual sessions.

The Museum and Quick Center will not offer programming until March 29.

As of March 18, 2020 the DiMenna-Nyselius Library is closed and staff are working remotely.

Please refer to the DNL Blog for information regarding how to access the Library’s online resources and services and to stay informed about Library operations.

The Innovation Lab and Café seating areas, located off of the Library lobby, are accessible daily from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. to Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff, by swiping their StagCard. Desktop computers are available in these spaces.

The University RecPlex is currently closed.

The on-campus shuttle will no longer run as of 11 a.m. on Monday, March 16. There will be no off-campus shuttle or town bus service.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, dining services offered at the Old DSB dining room will be take-out only; students will not be permitted to remain in the Old DSB dining room. Breakfast will be 8 – 10 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Dinner 4 – 6 p.m. All other dining locations on campus will be closed.

The downtown bookstore will be open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – to 6 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Starbucks in the downtown bookstore will be open Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – to 6 p.m and Satuday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Stag Spirit Shop will be open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. All other food service locations will be closed.

Academics

Fairfield courses

In response to the University’s mandate for instruction to move online/virtual, the Office of the Provost has approved the use of Pass/Fail as an option for final evaluation of student work for the spring 2020 term. This option is available for Fairfield classes already running and those just starting in the second 7 weeks.

The Pass/Fail option is only being offered for Fairfield courses taught by Fairfield faculty for the Spring 2020 semester. The Pass/Fail is not given at the request of the student. The option is implemented solely at the discretion of the faculty member and is applied to all students taking the course. All students in a course/section must be evaluated in the same way. Every student either receives a letter grade or Pass/Fail.

All face-to-face classes are suspended, as are all sub-group meetings. We have migrated to online instruction.

Please follow the guidelines and protocols set forth by your employer. As long as we remain in an online learning environment, housing will not be provided for students engaging in internships.

Undergraduate Nursing Clinicals are cancelled. Nursing students with questions can contact the Egan School Deans office or their faculty advisor.

Any questions related to peer tutoring should be directed to the office of Academic Support & Retention at asr@fairfield.edu.

Advising will occur virtually. Students should contact academic support staff and/or faculty advisors via email for appointments. Registration for all classes will proceed according to the current schedule.

Your immigration status will not be affected due to the shift to classes being online. However, if you are unable to return to the United States during this period and are concerned about your visa status, please email international@fairfield.edu.

Study Abroad

Yes. Our extended application deadline for Fall 2020 programs is April 17.

Applications to study abroad Fall 2020 are still open! We are excited to offer students the opportunity to study abroad in the following locations:

If you are interested in these programs, reach out to studyabroad@fairfield.edu with your availability so we can schedule an appointment for you to connect with a study abroad advisor! Applications are open until April 17.

You should register for Fairfield Fall 2020 term courses according to the registration schedule provided by the Office of the Registrar. You should also register for your Fall 2020 study abroad courses in your chosen program. If you have questions please contact your advisor in the Office of Study Abroad. You should also apply for your Fall 2020 on-campus housing through the Office of Residence Life. If your Fall 2020 study abroad program starts as planned, Fairfield University will withdraw you from your campus courses and housing.

A final decision on Fall 2020 term study abroad will be made no later than July 15, 2020. Please check here for updates.

The Pass/Fail option does not extend to Spring 2020 courses being taught by Fairfield Center programs abroad. This includes the following programs:

IAU, Aix-en-Provence, France
IQS, Barcelona, Spain
ACU, Brisbane, Australia
FUA, Florence, Italy
NUI, Galway, Ireland
QMUL, London, UK
Comillas, Madrid, Spain
ACU, Sydney, Australia

All students participating in Center programs receive Fairfield credit and grade for the term. The foreign university responsible for teaching out the Spring 2020 courses will issue a transcript with credits and grades earned by the students. These grades will be posted to the students’ Fairfield transcripts. Fairfield University may not edit, delete or change the grade notations on a foreign university transcript.

All students participating in Affiliate programs receive transfer credit for the term. The foreign university responsible for teaching out the Spring 2020 courses will issue a transcript with credits and grades earned by the students. In order to receive the transfer credits the student must earn the equivalent of "C" or higher from the foreign university. Fairfield University may not edit, delete or change the grade notations on a foreign university transcript.

Those students returning from study abroad who will be taught out for the Spring 2020 term with Fairfield University courses taught by Fairfield faculty may receive letter grades for some courses and Pass/Fail for other courses. As stated above, the evaluation issued is at the discretion of the Fairfield faculty teaching the course. All students in a course/section must be evaluated in the same way. Every student either receives a letter grade or Pass/Fail.

Law School Applications

The March 30 and April 25 LSAT has been canceled.  LSAC is updating this page regularly as new information emerges or as plans change. LSAC has announced an extraordinary policy: “Any candidate who registered for the March 2020 or April 2020 LSAT, and who has a canceled score from a previous LSAT, will now have the opportunity to review their canceled score and restore that canceled score to their record if they choose.” This is aimed primarily at current cycle applicants without an on-the-record LSAT score who wouldn’t otherwise have a score to submit to law schools (because of the March cancelation and likely April cancelation). It might also benefit those who have a recorded score but were hoping to boost it with a retake. The idea is that you’ll have a chance to see your canceled score and decide whether to revive it so that you can apply this cycle with that score. Applicants affected by this policy will receive an email from LSAC with their canceled score(s), and be provided an opportunity to, basically, uncancel it if they’d like.

Should you restore (uncancel)? Only if, (1) you are dead set on applying this cycle (even though it’s very late in the season), and (2) think that canceled score is good enough to make you a competitive applicant for both admission and scholarship at the schools you want to attend. The primary downside of this option is that you would be applying very late in the cycle, which alone diminishes your chances of admission and scholarship. Let’s be frank, this is a policy primarily for the law schools, so they can boost their application numbers. There are a limited number of candidates for whom this makes sense, all other things considered.

If you were already planning to apply in a future admissions cycle, and have a canceled score, you might see a slightly different benefit. If your canceled score turns out to be higher than you thought it was when you canceled it, this could eliminate the need to retake the test. If you don’t like the score, you don’t have to restore it.

Roughly 25% of ABA-approved law schools now accept the GRE, and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently announced an at-home testing option for those affected by COVID-19 cancellations. But there’s obviously more to this decision than just those two factors. Read more about how to decide between the two exams.

Most pre-law advisors are certain they will. Remember that the admissions process is never just a numbers game, even as the LSAT and GPA weigh heavily in decision-making. Admissions committees really do engage in holistic reviews of applications and take into account all the many factors that have gone into shaping applicants and their experiences, perspectives, and so on. Without question, the pandemic and the challenges it is presenting to all of us will play a role in the admissions process from here on out.

Many application deadlines had passed before the anti-COVID19 measures went into effect, and are therefore not impacted by the epidemic. For those with April deadlines, I expect to see most extending those dates either with a blanket deadline-change or on a case-by-case basis. If your ability to complete your application has been negatively affected by the current crisis, you should absolutely reach out to the particular law schools to ask about their own accommodations for late submissions. This includes those of you who were counting on applying with a March LSAT.

If you’ve already been admitted to one or more law schools and are still trying to decide which offer to accept, you may face a more difficult situation with regard to the seat deposit deadlines. The earliest of these are coming up in April. I have not heard of any law schools issuing global extensions of these deadlines, but admissions officials are always open to considering extensions on a case-by-case basis. If there are specific reasons your decision has been impacted by the crisis (apart from inability to visit schools—see below question), then definitely contact the schools to inquire about their flexibility. 

It’s of course true that law school visits are critical to the decision-making process. Getting that “feel” for a school can be so important to your experience over the subsequent three years. Now that visits to most schools are impossible, how do you research that “feel”? Many schools are offering virtual tours, and making faculty and current students available for video chats. You can also ask admissions offices to put you in touch with current students, especially those that match your interests or background in ways that might make their perspectives particularly useful to you. And you can also still reach out directly to Career/Placement offices at individual law schools, and to faculty—all should be available via email and/or phone.

But don’t expect law schools to extend their seat deposit deadlines just because you haven’t had a chance to visit. Since that situation won’t change before you need to deposit, an extension wouldn’t help too much.

Access Lex Institute, a non-profit organization focused on providing financial information to law school applicants, have put together a useful list of resources to answer possible questions. The following pages contain some of the most pertinent information:

First, remember that law-related internships are not the make or break of a law school application. In fact, admissions committees are not generally too concerned with whether you’ve completed such an internship or job—rather, they’re interested in learning more about whatever you’ve done, and what you’ve gotten out of it. So if your summer internship in a law office has been canceled, don’t worry about it having an impact on your application. Instead, pursue whatever opportunities are still available to you and are meaningful to you. That might mean finding an ad hoc job to replace some of your lost income, or volunteering to help folks more seriously impacted by the epidemic, or caring for family members. Whatever it is, it will add to the overall portrait you’ll be able to present to the admissions committees.

But law-related internship or job opportunities can be important for helping you decide whether a legal career is right for you. If a Summer 2020 internship was going to be the thing that helped you decide whether to apply in Fall 2020, you might want to consider pushing back your application to the following cycle. There are no downsides whatsoever to working for some period of time between college and law school, and for those of you who really aren’t sure yet whether this is the right path, a post-grad law-related job could help you decide.

No. LSAC has recently declared, “Law schools are fully aware of and understand that many undergraduate schools are going to some version of a pass/fail grading system for Spring 2020. In fact, many law schools are making the same decision for their current students. Law schools will be understanding of the situation and will not penalize any applicant for having Pass/Fail grades. LSAC will place a letter in the CAS report of every applicant enrolled during Spring 2020, to remind law schools going forward that the semester was one in which many schools changed their grading systems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Of course! If you’re a Fairfield student or alum, email Dr. Alphonso (galphonso@fairfield.edu) or Ms. Quinlivan (SQuinlivan@fairfield.edu) with any questions, or to make an appointment for a phone/Zoom meeting.

Athletics

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has cancelled all spring competition.

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