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Summer Protocols for Community*

Summer 2021 (May 24-July 6, 2021)

Fairfield University is committed to maintaining a safe, welcoming, academically engaged community over the summer. During this time, we will be hosting youth camps, offering select classes on-campus at the undergraduate and graduate levels, allowing research opportunities, and encouraging sports camps. The health and well-being of all community members is our most important priority. The following guidelines have been established based upon current information from the CDC, CT Governor’s Office, Fairfield Department of Public Health, and Fairfield University Public Health Advisory Committee.

Covid-19 Personal Health Verification

  • All students, staff, faculty, and visitors should review the following Covid-19 related public health directives prior to coming to campus:
  • Do not come to campus if you are feeling ill—seek medical care. For more information on Covid-19 symptoms: Symptoms of Covid-19 | CDC. Students testing positive for Covid-19 should notify covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Employees testing positive for Covid-19 should notify covidhr@fairfield.edu Do not come to campus if you have returned from international travel in the past ten days and must quarantine. For more information: After International Travel | CDC
  • Do not come to campus if you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 and must quarantine. For more information: Covid-19: When to Quarantine | CDC

Students, staff, and faculty who are fully vaccinated (defined as at least two weeks after the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine series) will have a less restrictive campus experience. For example, fully vaccinated status exempts one from the mandatory ten-day quarantine if exposed to an individual with Covid-19. Once vaccinated, faculty, staff, and students should simply send proof of vaccination to covidhr@fairfield.edu (faculty/staff) or covidhealth@fairfield.edu (students).

The vaccine is mandatory for all summer residential students. Requests for a medical or religious exemption to the Covid-19 vaccine requirement should be submitted to the Student Health Center. Please note: this vaccination requirement is specific to summer residential students only.

Those who are exempt from the vaccine due to religious or medical reasons will be required to participate in surveillance testing once a week at the on-campus clinic. Non-vaccinated residential summer students will need to isolate or quarantine at home (or at an alternative private accommodation) if contact traced or infected with Covid-19.

Non-vaccinated students engaged in research, internships and/or summer employment on campus will also be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

In addition to reviewing the Personal Health Verification guidance listed above, residential students must follow posted campus social distancing directives and facemasks must be worn at all times indoors.

The Covid-19 vaccine is strongly recommended. Fully vaccinated students do not have to comply with testing requirements. Access to certain areas on campus may be limited to vaccinated students.

Non-residential students who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to secure one negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test through their own healthcare provider 72 hours prior to coming to campus to help assure the safety of campus community. Please submit a copy of this test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Non-vaccinated students engaged in research, internships and/or summer employment on campus will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

In addition to reviewing the Personal Health Verification guidance listed above, non-residential students must follow posted campus social distancing directives and facemasks must be worn at all times indoors.

Campers under the age of 18 will need to submit ONE negative test prior to the start of the camp or proof of fully vaccinated status. Paper Health Verification/Attestation must be submitted the first day of camp. While on campus, masks must be worn at all times indoors.

The Covid-19 vaccine is strongly recommended. Employees who submit proof of vaccination are exempt from weekly surveillance testing requirements.

Employees who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine will need to participate in mandatory weekly surveillance testing for non-vaccinated.

In addition to reviewing the Personal Health Verification guidance listed above, faculty and staff must follow posted campus social distancing directives and facemasks must be worn at all times indoors, except in private offices.

The University recommends all visitors to receive their vaccination prior to coming to campus. If a visitor cannot be fully vaccinated prior to the visit, visitors will need to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test 72 hours prior to visit to help assure the safety of campus community.

Non-vaccinated visitors engaged in research, internships and/or summer employment on campus will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

In addition to reviewing the Personal Health Verification guidance listed above, pre-approved visitors must follow posted campus social distancing directives and facemasks must be worn at all times indoors.

To reduce the risk of bringing cases of Covid-19 to campus, only specifically pre-authorized groups will be allowed on campus for limited, specified engagements. Those groups must adhere to the following guidelines for the safety of the University Community.

The University recommends all visitors receive their vaccination prior to coming to campus. If a visitor cannot be fully vaccinated prior to the visit, visitors will need to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test 72 hours prior to visit to help assure the safety of campus community.

In addition to reviewing the Personal Health Verification guidance listed above, pre-approved visitors must follow posted campus social distancing directives and facemasks must be worn at all times indoors.

For Covid-19 safety purposes, a “visitor” is an individual who is not a Fairfield student, faculty member, or employee authorized to be present on campus this semester. Specifically, “visitors” include:

  • Parents, spouses, partners, children and other family members, unrelated housemates, and guests of Fairfield affiliated individuals
  • Potential future students and their families
  • Non-Fairfield research participants and test subjects
  • Alumni
  • Donors
  • Neighbors
  • The general public
  • Local community members

Restrictions

  • Students living on campus are not permitted to host visitors in their residences at all.
  • Visitors are not allowed in our library, in academic, administrative or residential buildings except by invitation of an authorized University official.
  • Visitors are allowed at University sponsored events by invitation only.

The Student Health Center will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – Noon with two Registered Nurses and one Front Desk Administrator. During summer hours, they will be responsible for telephone consultations, referrals to community health care providers for illness visits, contact tracing, surveillance testing oversight and immunization compliance.

On-campus dining options for the summer include the Levee and potential lunch offerings in Barone Campus Center.

*These protocols are subject to change at any time following guidance from the CDC, CT Governor’s Office, Fairfield Department of Public Health, and Fairfield University Public Health Advisory Committee.

College Vaccine Campus Challenge

President Biden wants as many Americans as possible to get vaccinated. Doing so is critical to saving lives and helping our country return to normal.

To do this, we need to reach young people where they are, with information they can use, through a messenger they rely on, and provide opportunities they can access – which is why we’re calling on campus communities across the nation to help.

The White House and the U.S. Department of Education are inviting college campuses across the country to join us in our efforts to end the pandemic by signing up College Vaccine Campus Challenge. Additional details on the challenge can be found at WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge.

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Submit Proof of Vaccination

As part of our return to campus in the fall, we encourage all members of our community to take their best shot at a mask-free future, and get vaccinated. Once vaccinated, faculty, staff, and students should simply send proof of vaccination to covidhr@fairfield.edu (faculty/staff) or covidhealth@fairfield.edu (students).

Summer 2021 Youth Programs

The Office of Conference & Event Management hosts a variety of youth programs on campus during the summer months. These include academic enrichment initiatives, theatre and arts programs, and athletic camps with participants age 6-17 years old.

All youth summer programs hosted on campus are required to be licensed with the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (including an inspection from the State during their program) and follow any youth program Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Summer 2019 (Pre-Covid) – 22 youth camp programs ranging from 1-week to multi-week programs, a combination of day and residential programs
  • Summer 2020 – Six youth camps (all athletic day camps with involvement from our athletic coaches, only one indoors – basketball camp), day camps only as mandated by the State of Connecticut Covid restrictions
  • Summer 2021 – 15 youth camp programs ranging from one week to multi-week programs. Day camps only (no residential programs) as a precaution for summer 2021.
  • Masks required (exception – eating/drinking)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing
  • Maintain cohort groups of 20 or fewer (from drop off to pick up and every point in between)
  • Screening staff and campers for signs of illness, follow travel advisories, and monitor contact
    • For campers: Attestation by parent or guardian on the first day of camp that their child is symptom free, hasn’t traveled internationally, or been in contact with anyone who’s positive for Covid or quarantining as a contact. Parents are expected to monitor their camper through the duration of the program and notify the camp in case of positive test or exposure.

The Office of Early Childhood has put together a guide for youth camps looking to operate during Covid-19 including all the requirements, restrictions, and a checklist to make sure camps are in compliance that we are sharing with camp partners to review and use as a guide in summer camp planning.

  • Testing requirement – All camp staff and campers must arrive to the first day of camp with a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the first day of camp. Staff and/or campers who are fully vaccinated (defined as at least two weeks after the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine series) are exempt from the testing requirement.
  • No youth residential programs this summer – The University will not host any youth residential programs in summer 2021. This decision was guided by multiple factors including current trends, the increased presence of variants in the state, vaccination levels for youth, local health regulations, and the risk factors associated with residential programs, the University will not host any youth residential programs in summer 2021. Many of our traditionally residential programs have transitioned to day program or virtual alternatives and we hope to be able to host overnight youth programs and return to normal summer operations in summer 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Response

Due to the national and international health concerns in relation to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Fairfield University amended its instructional and support modalities to: (1) ensure continuity of services to our students; (2) provide additional resources to support student academic, life, and wellbeing; and (3) support the efforts of our faculty and staff – all while following the health and safety directives of national, state, and local authorities.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the University migrated to remote instruction for 1,535 courses through the remainder of the spring semester. Fairfield University used its pre-existing infrastructure, and professional expertise and knowledge in online education, to transition courses to remote learning. Our approach to remote learning ensured academic instruction continued immediately following spring recess according to the academic calendar. All students were given the opportunity to earn their credits for the semester and stay on-track towards degree completion and their graduation date.

As an example of the University’s unique academic opportunities through remote instruction, the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies transitioned its clinical opportunities to a virtual experience. These remote clinical resources included the following: streamed simulations from the lab, connected students with standardized patients, implemented virtual unfolding patient case studies, and utilized additional technology to simulate direct patient care experiences. These streaming simulations ensured clinical hours could be maintained throughout the semester.

Furthermore, Fairfield has maintained a continuity of academic engagement with its current and incoming students through a variety of media. Our academic support services engaged with students through virtual sessions with areas such as the writing center, math center, peer tutoring, career development, and other support services like technology, research, and the library. Advising and registration for fall 2020 continued online and on-schedule as it has in the past.

For examples of specific academic programming outside the virtual classroom, see the “Innovative Research Symposium” and “Fairfield Startup Showcase” below.

Fairfield is committed to excellence in education at all times, whether it be face-to-face, online, or transitioning to remote learning as circumstances may require. This dedication remains steadfast as we continue to evolve our educational modality in response to the current landscape.

The University’s first summer session will be delivered through online learning. Fairfield will continue to evaluate this modality for the second session throughout the summer as the situation warrants.

Counseling & Psychological Services has provided individual and group telehealth through a HIPAA-compliant platform, in addition to a combination of remote programming and outreach consisting of: 1) evidence-based, 2) psychoeducational, and 3) therapeutic/holistic approaches to address adjusting to remote classes, anxiety, depression, family issues, and grief.

Our Division of Student Life continued to offer students a wide range of activities to support student formation in mind, body, and spirit as communicated via a bi-weekly e-Newsletter called #SEPARATEDTOGETHER.

The Department of Recreation has offered remote Yoga, Zumba, and strength programming. The Office of Student Engagement connects with students through social programs such as trivia nights and virtual BINGO.

On April 17, 2020 the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted their annual Celebration of Excellence. This event highlighted the achievements of our students on the margins (First Generation, Students of Color, LGBT, etc). In partnership with the Egan School of Nursing and the Office of Alumni Relations, we honored three graduating nursing seniors for their leadership on campus and beyond.

The Student Support and Relief Fund (a pre-existing fund established to provide financial assistance to students experiencing unexpected financial hardship) has been applied to help undergraduate and graduate students in need during Covid-19. Examples of student requests include, but are not limited to, cost-of-living expenses (food, utility bills, rental assistance, transportation), accidents, illness, medical treatment or medication, loss of essential personal items due to extenuating circumstances, and expenses due to the death of a family member or other family-related emergency.

The Orientation and on-boarding of the new class, Class of 2024, is now officially virtual. The Office of Student Engagements has coordinated three bounded orientation sessions for late June 2020 which consist of academic life, student life, and small group engagement sessions. Families will also have access to a series of pre-recorded sessions prior to these bounded-experiences and the option to attend several other sessions throughout the summer: honors college, living-learning communities, tips for a smooth and healthy transition, unity in welcome, varsity student-athlete breakfast, and more. The Class of 2024 will also be placed into orientation groups of 20 to 25 students facilitated by a New Student Leader. These groups will meet three to four times during the summer with outreach to students for one on-one-connections.

Additional student services that have moved to an online format include New Student Leader Orientation & Training; Leadership Development Opportunities; regular follow-up communication with graduate and international students regarding changes to campus operations, services, travel disclaimers, etc. as a result of Covid-19; and ongoing communication and the provision of critical information, event announcements, and engagement opportunities with students through social media.

Fairfield University's career centers have continued to offer students career counseling via e-mail, phone, and Zoom meetings. Guidance is offered with resumes, cover letters, assessments, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, and responding to any questions students may have. This includes simply calming nerves and listening to concerns. Quick Questions/Walk-In Hours have also been offered online.

An e-Newsletter has been, and will continue to be, sent to all students weekly encouraging students to contact their school's career counselors and how they can be reached: CAS: cascareers@fairfield.edu; Fairfield Dolan: dolancareer@fairfield.edu; SOE, ESON, and HS: careers@fairfield.edu. Directions on how to access Stags4Hire, search for jobs and internships, and tips on how to improve visibility with employers is also included.

Instagram has continued to be used as a vehicle for messaging tips, job opportunities, and general well wishes to keep students engaged.

Companies continue to request access to Stags4Hire so they can post jobs and internships. The numbers are not as robust as they had been in early March, however, they do continue to come in.

Recently added is Fairfield’s Micro-Internships offered through Dewey-Parker. Micro-Internships are paid opportunities that typically range from five to 40 hours of work, and can be completed remotely. Micro-Internships provide a chance for students to demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop professional networks.

Job and internship resources promoted to students include:

  • Don't Make These 5 Resume Mistakes, Tips for Virtual Interviews
  • Vault can be used to seek jobs, internships, and career preparation tips
  • LinkedIn is a great resource to connect with alumni and other contacts to learn more about industries and careers
  • LinkedIn Learning is available through my.fairfield.edu. The site contains brief, instructive videos about everything from improving Excel skills to drafting a cover letter to preparing for an interview
  • LiquidCompass for Nursing, CNA, PCA, and other health care positions across the country
  • What Can I do with this Major?

Senior Launch continued on Wednesday evenings following a brief break. Topics included job offers and negotiation, apartment hunting, and The Stew – a mixed bag of questions ranging from health insurance to rental insurance.

Additional events that have been offered to students include “How to Stand Out in a Video Interview,” and “How to Find a Job When the World is on Pause.”

Looking to the fall the Career Center is researching virtual career fairs, currently interviewing for career Peer Advisors, preparing for the next round of Sophomore Success, working on Alumni Job Shadow, and mapping out programming opportunities.

Fairfield Dolan Career Development Center
The Dolan Career Development Center has built an infrastructure to provide Dolan students with support amidst Covid-19 with the following remote and digital resources. Students can visit fairfield.edu/dolan-career to schedule an appointment or attend Zoom drop-in hours with Dolan Career Center staff.

Dolan Undergraduate and Graduate Professional Development Series (PDS)
Students can stay on track and complete their PDS requirements by substituting postponed workshops/events with LinkedIn Learning videos that include similar content. After watching the designated LinkedIn Learning video, students complete a reflection question(s) in order to earn PDS credit. For details contact dolancareer@fairfield.edu.

Online Dolan Events
Students can take advantage of Mock Interviews, Dolan Summer Master Class Certificate Programs, and more. For details and to register student should visit the Dolan portal on Life@Fairfield - Dolan School of Business.

Earn FREE Certifications
Students interested in gaining new skills to strengthen their resume and LinkedIn profile can complete the following online certificates free of charge.

During this time, the Office of Accessibility (OOA) continues to be dedicated to supporting the needs of students with disabilities in order to ensure equal access to their courses and campus life. The OOA continues to conduct intakes for students with disabilities requesting accommodations through an interactive virtual process. After completing the online accommodation request process, students are able to meet virtually with an OOA staff member to discuss their accommodation requests. In addition, the staff of the OOA remain committed to helping students implement their accommodations and have been and continue to be available to meet virtually with registered students regarding any concerns they have with their accommodations or courses.

Throughout the spring 2020 semester, OOA staff remained a resource to students to discuss accommodation concerns and to provide guidance regarding how the accommodations applied to their courses. The OOA also continued to enhance campus partnerships with Academic Computing and ITS to create guidance and online resources to support accommodations online and course accessibility, especially during the final exam period.

OOA staff worked collaboratively with students and faculty to ensure course accessibility and to address accommodation concerns. As summer courses are now beginning, OOA staff have reached out to students taking summer courses, reminding them to submit their faculty notification letter of accommodation to their professors and to reach out to OOA with any questions or concerns. OOA staff continue to work diligently with students regarding how to implement their accommodations in the online settings. OOA also continues to be a support and resource for graduate students and visiting students who are requesting accommodations or who have already registered for accommodations.

For incoming first-year students, the OOA offered virtual drop-in hours to address questions regarding the accommodation request process at Fairfield. The OOA created zoom meetings and waiting room experiences so that they could meet individually with students and their families while insuring privacy. Incoming first-year students are able to start the interactive accommodation request process by visiting the Office of Accessibility website or by emailing ooa@fairfield.edu for further information regarding how to request accommodations.

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Online Learning

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Online Learning

Fairfield University’s innovative approach to online learning and its pioneering use of digital collaboration tools have positioned our University on the cutting edge of online learning. By utilizing the latest technologies to develop an interactive, media-rich curriculum, we continue to create virtual environments that facilitate improved access to peers, teachers, and support structures while helping students learn more efficiently and effectively in an online space.

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Innovative Research Symposium

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Innovative Research Symposium

Fairfield’s annual Innovative Research Symposium moved from an in-person event to an online format to showcase the scholarly work of 315 students and 84 faculty mentors from across academic divisions. More than 200 research projects were featured on Quip, a collaborative platform allowing the Fairfield community to have an online dialogue with students about their research projects.

30 Zoom sessions took place in which 208 presentations occurred with 1,296 participants engaged in the online Symposium in these sessions and the concluding celebration with Pilobolus Dance Company. Four students and faculty mentors worked with Fairfield’s Media Center to record their presentations remotely to be shared online and across University social media channels.

The Symposium garnered more than 1,800 website pageviews, 5,000 video views, and reached more than 18,000 people through social media.

Fairfield StartUp Showcase

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Fairfield StartUp Showcase

This year’s annual entrepreneurship competition traditionally held in the Quick Center for the Arts transitioned online to showcase five student team pitches to an investor panel for seed money. The StartUp program released a seven-part video series documenting each team’s journey, showcasing the excitement as teams made their pitches through video conferencing, and revealed feedback from the investors. The public was asked to watch the videos and vote for the CTNext/CI Audience Favorite.

This year’s new Showcase format was received with tremendous excitement from the University community garnering more than 3,000 website pageviews, upwards of 2,600 video views, and reached more than 50,000 people on social media.

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