Fairfield University COVID-19 Updates & FAQ

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Spring Semester 2020 and Beyond

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:

  • InterviewStream helps students practice interviews and provides expert advice on-demand
  • 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 areer Peer Advisors, preparing for the next round of Sophomore Success, working on Alumni Job Shadow, and mapping out programming opportunities.

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.

Highlights

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.

CARES Act

On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by the President of the United States in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provided more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education.

On April 9, 2020 the Secretary of Education provided allocations to colleges and universities and instructed colleges and universities to provide no less than fifty percent of their allocation in emergency cash financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including, but not limited to expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

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

The Office of Residence Life coordinated a Move-Out process from May 7 - May 29, 2020 for 2800 residential students while respecting social distancing mandates. This process allowed students to come to campus with two guests and move out of their residence in two hours. Students unable to come to campus were able to independently contract with a moving company arranged by the University or have a friend pack up their belongings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residential Life via email at moveout@fairfield.edu.

We realize that under current circumstances families might require more time to return rented textbooks, therefore we have extended the deadline to Friday, June 5. If your textbooks are inaccessible, Follett has enacted a 15-day grace period that prevents students from being charged for rented books not returned on June 5. If you have rented textbooks that you can easily return, please sign into your rental account, and print the prepaid label provided for you to send them back.

Please make sure the email on your rental account is active and that you continue to monitor your inbox for updates. If you have any questions regarding rentals, returns, or your account, please refer to your Follett account or call (203) 255-7756 ext. 709.

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 should contact the Dean of Students office at 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 remote learning, 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 during remote learning.
  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.

The University is holding daily virtual mass Monday – Friday at 12:10 p.m. on Zoom and Saturday & Sunday at 11 a.m. on Zoom.
More information can be found on Today@.

The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering to provide support and spiritual connection for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and those in our surrounding communities, which include one-on-one spiritual direction, weekly virtual retreats, athlete support, and more.

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

For the Spring of 2020, students in any class which is designated to be graded by letter grades will have the option to be graded with Pass or Fail rather than a letter grade. Before making this choice for any or all of their courses, students are strongly urged to consult with their advisor and/or instructor(s). Students have until 5 p.m. of April 29, 2020 to opt-in to Pass/Fail. Students who opt in will be given a grade of Pass for any grade of D or better assigned in the chosen class(es). Grades of F will remain F.

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

Please follow the guidelines and protocols set forth by your employer. As long as we engage in remote learning housing will not be provided for students engaging in internships.

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 remote learning. 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 application deadline for Fall 2020 programs is May 1, 2020.

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

Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU Center program
Athens, Greece – CYA Select program
Florence, Italy – FUA Center program
Galway, Ireland – NUIG Center program
London, UK – QMUL Center program

Study Away

Honolulu, Hawaii
Washington Internship Institute

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!

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.

The deadline is July 15, 2020.

We are excited to offer students the opportunity to study abroad in the following locations:

Center Programs

Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU
Art History, Communication, French, Marketing, Management, International Studies, Politics and Studio Art
London, UK – QMUL
Humanities majors like: English, English Writing and History as well as International Studies, Politics and Psychology
Madrid, Spain
International Studies, Politics and Spanish
Sydney, Australia
Communication, Finance, Marketing, Management and Social Science

Approved Provider Programs

Athens, Greece – College Year Athens
Humanitarian Action, International Studies, Philosophy and Religion – Honors student approved
CIEE Programs
Many locations to choose from in Africa and Middle East, Latin America, Europe, South America and the Pacific Rim

Study Away Programs

Honolulu, Hawaii Chamindade University
Environmental Studies, Sciences
Washington Internship Institute (WII)
English, Journalism, History, Humanitarian Action, International Studies and Politics

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 July 15.

Yes, they are available at the Center locations and with some CIEE and of course, with WII.

Applicants should email the Study Abroad resource account, and we will send you the presentation. There will be a quiz to follow.

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.

University Communications

Since February, the University has provided frequent updates to the University Community on matters related to Covid-19.

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.

Important Links

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.

Stags for Stags

Given the urgent and unforeseen needs of our students, many members of our community are already reaching out to help. And, we are grateful to all who seek to help students despite changes in our own lives and circumstances. Please learn more about urgent giving priorities and consider a contribution today.

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