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Whether you are a current undergraduate or graduate student, an incoming student, a parent or guardian, faculty member, staff member, or in any way involved in the Fairfield University community, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to remain an integral part of our campus life. Below you will find a host of helpful questions and answers regarding Fairfield’s plans, including important items on services, facilities, and events and programming.

As our community prepares to return to campus life, we will continue to update these FAQs, so please check back regularly for new and updated information.

Fall 2021

*Updated September 14, 2021

Prior to the start of the semester, all students are required to declare their vaccination status either by submitting proof of vaccination records (as described above) or formally declaring they do not intend to get vaccinated via their student checklist. Any student that has not submitted proof of vaccination or declared their status will be denied access to campus.

Out of an abundance of caution, all students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in repopulation Covid-19 testing during the first week of classes. Please use the appropriate link below based on your vaccination status at the time you will be tested to schedule a testing appointment.

All unvaccinated students and those who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks past receiving final vaccine dose) at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test (antibody tests will not be accepted) to Covid Health taken 72 hours prior to your move in date or first day of classes. Your test result must clearly show your name and the date it was taken. Without test verification, students living in University housing will not granted access on to campus or their assigned housing. Commuter and off-campus students will not be able to access campus.

Students with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days should NOT test. If you have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days, please submit of copy of your positive Covid-19 test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu to be exempted from testing.

Non-compliance with testing requirements will result in your restriction or removal from campus.

Reminder:  To meet the criteria for “fully vaccinated status” students must be at least two weeks out from the final vaccine dose in their Covid-19 vaccine series AND have submitted their vaccination documentation to covidhealth@fairfield.edu or uploaded this documentation to the Student Health Portal (there is no need to resubmit if you have already done so). 

 

Weekly surveillance testing is required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students. Non-compliant students could be required to leave campus for a minimum of one week and until compliance is achieved through a private test obtained off campus. The University reserves the right to increase the frequency of testing based on high-risk conditions within the community.

Students with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days should NOT test. If you have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days, please submit of copy of your positive Covid-19 test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu to be exempted from testing.

The CDC has recently updated their guidance regarding vaccinated individuals and Covid-19 exposures. Vaccinated individuals will be subject to diagnostic testing and masking guidance as recommended by the CDC if there has been a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. University Contact Tracer nurses will provide individualized guidance on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-Arrival Testing:  Students that are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus (either move in date or first day of classes). Please submit documentation of your negative test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Student without documentation of this will not be admitted to campus. Covid-19 antibody tests are not acceptable.

Repopulation Testing:  Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will need to be tested two times per week during the first half of September. Students must sign up for an appointment and participate in each of the following FOUR on-campus Covid-19 testing events at the Rec Plex on the following days:

  • Tuesday, September 7 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 14 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sign-Up for Appointment 

Weekly Surveillance Testing:  After September 10, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will be tested weekly on Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

*Graduate students unable to attend the above on-campus testing events must submit a negative, privately obtained Covid-19 PCR or antigen test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu in lieu of the on-campus test. 

The University will not be offering isolation or quarantine during the semester. All students should develop an isolation/quarantine plan prior to coming to campus this fall. 

All unvaccinated individuals will need to isolate or quarantine if exposed to or diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider. Vaccinated individuals will need to isolate if diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.

Faculty are planning for in-person learning experiences this fall. Remote learning will not be available. As is the case when students must miss class for medical/health-related reasons, students are responsible for making up missed work and should consult with their instructor(s) on how best to get caught up in their course(s).

Fairfield students will have access to Residence Halls spaces from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.. Between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. only residents in their specific area will have access.

Commuters and OCB (Beach) residents will have access to Residence Hall spaces to visit friends during 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. hours (return to pre-Covid).

Fairfield University is currently offering opportunities for students to study abroad at locations with strong Covid safety measures in place. Visit our Fairfield.studioabroad.com for more information.

General University Procedures

As per recent Town of Fairfield recommendations, all are required to wear a mask inside University facilities. Community members should wear a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. The masks should completely cover and fit to your nose and mouth. Gators, bandanas  and vented masks are not allowed.

Students who have been vaccinated should upload their medical documentation here. Any student that is having difficulty may call the Student Health Center for assistance or email the documentation to health@fairfield.edu and we will upload it.

For faculty and staff who have been vaccinate, please submit proof of vaccination to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

All students will need to present their Stag Cards when entering campus through the Checkpoints. At this time, only the main and Barlow Road entrances will be open. Only the main entrance will be open at all times. No one may not enter campus through an entrance that is closed. As always, please carry your Stag Card with you at all times and be prepared to present it upon request.

All University community members are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza (flu) as per CDC guidance. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. It will reduce the risk of serious flu illness and help prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with Covid-19. If you have not yet received your seasonal flu vaccine, please do so prior to your return to campus.

Travel has been identified as a risk for exposure to Covid-19 and the University continues to discourage unnecessary travel for community members at this time. Based on success with the Covid-19 vaccination program, experts have identified certain circumstances in which the risk of travel is lessened. The university has modified its policy on travel to align with this evolving public health guidance. Review CDC guidance for post-travel quarantine and testing.

Domestic and International Travel

As of April 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed its travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and Connecticut has adopted the CDC guidance.

Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Subject to local requirements of a traveler’s destination, the CDC advises that fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be tested before or after domestic travel, and do not need to quarantine upon arrival from domestic
  • For fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students coming from outside the United States, consistent with CDC guidance and the state advisory, Fairfield requires testing 3-5 days after travel and self-monitoring for symptoms.  If that test is positive, isolation is required.

Unvaccinated Individuals:

International Travel:

For unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students coming from outside the United States, who intends or is required to be on campus within 14 days of their arrival in Connecticut must either:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.

Domestic Travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel,even if your test is negative.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 daysafter travel.
Fairfield will allow University sponsored travel for faculty, staff, and students subject to obtaining approvals required under existing university policies and processes. We highly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated prior to traveling and require community members to be vaccinated if they are leaving the State of Connecticut.

Faculty, staff and students are subject to CDC public transportation requirements when traveling in addition to any requirements put forth by the destination.

Proof of vaccination will be required to participate in University sponsored travel.

As you are aware, the University will not be offering isolation or quarantine during the semester. All students have been informed to develop an isolation/quarantine plan prior to coming to campus this fall. In the unfortunate circumstance a student needs to quarantine/isolation, a nurse from the Student Health Center will review the students isolation/quarantine plans. The nurse can provide resources if it is not possible for a student to travel home and/or take public transportation.

The use of Public Transportation is ill advised for individuals in need of quarantine/isolation.

To best protect the health and safety of our employees, Fairfield has made several changes to campus facilities to ensure proper hygiene, education, and workspace well-being:

  • Signage has been installed throughout campus to remind employees of the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing protocols, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and personal protection requirements, as well as resource numbers to call for assistance (e.g., 211 State Covid-19 phone line).
  • Where necessary, we have reconfigured work areas to align with social distancing requirements.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensing stations have been installed throughout all campus buildings to encourage proper personal hygiene.

In anticipation of reopening campus to Fairfield students, faculty, and staff, the University’s facilities department surveyed the heating, cooling, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems of each building on campus to determine air change and ventilation rates, as HVAC systems can help mitigate the spread of viruses by ensuring the proper number of air changes in a space and by introducing the proper amounts of outside air into the space.

Newer buildings such as the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies have the code required air changes and are equipped with direct outside air systems (DOAS) that introduce conditioned (heated, cooled, and dehumidified) and filtered air into the space. Renovated buildings such as renovated Quad Dorms, Canisius Hall, and Donnarumma Hall have the air changes and included the introduction of DOAS units. The remaining campus buildings were evaluated to ensure that the HVAC systems are fully functional and achieving the required air changes as well as the outside air. On a selective basis for facilities with older HVAC systems, the University has introduced bi-polar ionization technology to further enhance the air quality. This technology has proved effective in the past on pathogen reduction, particle reduction and odor reduction.

After completing this comprehensive review of the HVAC systems for all campus buildings, the systems operate as designed and provide adequate air changes as well as the percentage of fresh outside air to maintain healthy environments. The dorms have operable windows and fan coil units that provide appropriate air changes regardless of whether they are air conditioned or not.

In order to address the increased need for cleaning and sanitization, Fairfield is providing cleaning sprays and disinfecting wipes near common areas and equipment such as printers, copiers, and coffee machines, so that shared equipment can be wiped down before and after use. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning on campus, with special attention given to shared spaces such as restrooms.

We also ask that employees refrain from using their colleagues’ desks, phones, and computers when possible. If such use occurs, please disinfect the shared item after.

Bathrooms in first-year and sophomore-year housing options will receive a thorough cleaning three times per week in addition to typical maintenance and cleaning. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed at sinks and urinals. Bathrooms in townhouses and on-campus apartments will also receive thorough cleaning in addition to being equipped with an array of cleaning supplies.

Events, Gatherings and Meetings

Participation in live events is a central component of the Fairfield University experience. Events build connections between members of our community, elevate the learning experience, and bring livelihood to our university. As we prepare for more in-person experiences, Fairfield University has developed the following recommendations to help inform decisions about events made by university departments, student organizations, individuals, and external entities.

Event organizers are responsible for considering ways to mitigate risk, as much as possible, when planning for in-person gatherings. Organizers are advised that the following simple activities at an event could cause the spread of the virus.

  • Having an indoor event with people closer to each other for more than 15 minutes at a time.
  • Eating Food
  • Talking loudly, singing, laughing.
  • Sharing materials and resources

Organizers should continually assess, based on most recent conditions and guidelines, the suitableness for hosting the event.

  • Events with larger than 1500 in attendance are prohibited until further notice.
  • Outdoor events are encouraged whenever possible. Masks are not required when outdoors.
  • Masks are required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • Seating charts are recommended to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Organizers should plan for contact tracing through the tracking of all participants, including name and phone number and/or email.
  • Organizers are encouraged to limit group size, and count attendees whenever possible.
  • Organizers are responsible for making safety announcements at the beginning of the event.
  • Attendees should maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing from others as much as possible.
  • Attendees should be encouraged to stay home if sick or exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Attendees should be encouraged to wash hands frequently or use sanitizer if available.

In general, Fairfield University is recommending all visitors be able to show proof vaccine or be able to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of a campus visit. The inviting party is responsible for communicating this information to their visitors.

Fairfield University has identified increase risk associated with Covid-19 exposure during undergraduate student facing events, gatherings and meetings. If the primary audience is undergraduate students, external visitors must be able to show proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to coming to campus. The inviting party is responsible for vetting visitors and ensuring compliance.

Testing & Contact Tracing

Out of an abundance of caution, all students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in repopulation Covid-19 testing during the first week of classes (September 7-10, 2021). Please use the appropriate link below based on your vaccination status at the time you will be tested to schedule a testing appointment.

All unvaccinated students and those who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks past receiving final vaccine dose) at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test (antibody tests will not be accepted) to Covid Health taken 72 hours prior to your move in date or first day of classes. Your test result must clearly show your name and the date it was taken. Without test verification, students living in University housing will not granted access on to campus or their assigned housing. Commuter and off-campus students will not be able to access campus.

Students with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days should NOT test. If you have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days, please submit of copy of your positive Covid-19 test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu to be exempted from testing.

Non-compliance with testing requirements will result in your restriction or removal from campus.

Reminder:  To meet the criteria for “fully vaccinated status” students must be at least two weeks out from the final vaccine dose in their Covid-19 vaccine series AND have submitted their vaccination documentation to covidhealth@fairfield.edu  or uploaded this documentation to the Student Health Portal (there is no need to resubmit if you have already done so). 

 

Pre-Arrival Testing:  Students that are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus (either move in date or first day of classes). Please submit documentation of your negative test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Student without documentation of this will not be admitted to campus. Covid-19 antibody tests are not acceptable.

Repopulation Testing:  Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will need to be tested two times per week during the first half of September. Students must sign up for an appointment and participate in each of the following FOUR on-campus Covid-19 testing events at the Rec Plex on the following days:

  • Tuesday, September 7 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 14 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sign-Up for Appointment 

Weekly Surveillance Testing:  After September 10, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will be tested weekly on Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Students with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days should NOT test. If you have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days, please submit of copy of your positive Covid-19 test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu to be exempted from testing.

*Graduate students unable to attend the above on-campus testing events must submit a negative, privately obtained Covid-19 PCR or antigen test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu in lieu of the on-campus test. 

Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with Covid-19 from those who are not infected. Students diagnosed with Covid-19 need to isolate away from others for at least 10 days and until cleared by the Student Health Center staff to return to the campus community.  This includes any vaccinated student with “break- through” infection. Students in isolation need to monitor their symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. 

Students need to have a personal isolation plan. Students may not isolate in the Residence Halls. Most students will be able to return home and stay in a separate room from other household members and use a separate bathroom, if possible. 

Quarantine: Quarantine for 10 days if you have been in close contact (within six feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has Covid-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had Covid-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. The Student Health Center will assist with this Covid-19 testing requirement. Unvaccinated students in quarantine will need to be cleared by the Student Health Center staff to return to the campus community. 

Students need to have a personal quarantine plan. Students may not quarantine in the University Residence Halls. Most students will be able to return home and stay in a separate room from other household members and use a separate bathroom, if possible.

Throughout the semester, the University will engage in contact tracing by Student Health Center registered nurses. In contact tracing, the Student Health Center Contact Tracer Registered Nurse will interview and work with any student diagnosed with Covid-19 to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. The Contact Tracer RN will then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure and inform them of CDC guidance/campus protocols regarding quarantine. 

Quarantine:

A student identified as a close contact to someone with Covid-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to quarantine:

  • Someone who has Covid-19 illness within the previous three months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without Covid-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Vaccinated students that are considered closed contacts do not need to quarantine. They will be required to wear a mask and test between day 3-5.
For Covid-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread Covid-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, if they are asymptomatic, 2 days before their specimen that tested positive was collected), until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms from Covid-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Covid-19 illness. Look for emergency warning signs for Covid-19. If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call Public Safety at 203-254-4090 or call 911. Notify the operator of your symptoms and that you may have Covid-19.

If feeling sick, students can visit the Student Health Center located in the heart of campus, attached to Jogues hall within the residential quad. In addition to Covid-19 related health concerns, they will provide comprehensive health services and mental health support for eligible students seven days a week. Please note: the Student Health Center has limited services during the summer months. Our registered nurse will be able to conduct a phone consultation and refer students to community health care providers as needed.

Yes, Covid-19 testing is available at the Student Health Center for eligible students with possible Covid-19 symptoms and for students exposed to someone with Covid-19.

Please note: the Student Health Center has limited services during the summer months Our registered nurse will be able to conduct a phone consultation and refer students to community health care providers as needed.

In addition to the Broad on-campus test, we will accept results from private Covid-19 PCR or antigen tests. Students who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to covidhealth@fairfield.edu or fax to (203) 254-4263.

For University Health Plan participants, the cost of these tests are covered under the University’s medical plan. Private test results only must be submitted to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

The University will not be offering isolation or quarantine during the semester. All students should develop an isolation/quarantine plan prior to coming to campus this fall.

All unvaccinated individuals will need to isolate or quarantine if exposed to or diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider. Vaccinated individuals will need to isolate if diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.

A student identified as a close contact to someone with Covid-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to quarantine:

  • Someone who has Covid-19 illness within the previous three months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without Covid-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

Faculty are planning for in-person learning experiences this fall. Remote learning will not be available. As is the case when students must miss class for medical/health-related reasons, students are responsible for making up missed work and should consult with their instructor(s) on how best to get caught up in their course(s).

Fairfield’s Tracking Dashboard includes both those participating in this surveillance testing and all other diagnostic/contact-traced testing. Fairfield has implemented a color-coded system that enables the University to respond appropriately to changing campus health conditions and enact mitigation efforts to contain the spread of the virus. 

Graduate Students

Out of an abundance of caution, all students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in repopulation Covid-19 testing during the first week of classes (September 7-10, 2021). Please use the appropriate link below based on your vaccination status at the time you will be tested to schedule a testing appointment.

Any community member who is unable to participate in on-campus repopulation testing must complete an external test no earlier than September 7 or 8. Once completed, please send test results to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Students with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 90 days should NOT test. If you have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days, please submit of copy of your positive Covid-19 test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu to be exempted from testing.

Non-compliance with testing requirements will result in your restriction or removal from campus.

Reminder:  To meet the criteria for “fully vaccinated status” students must be at least two weeks out from the final vaccine dose in their Covid-19 vaccine series AND have submitted their vaccination documentation to covidhealth@fairfield.edu  or uploaded this documentation to the Student Health Portal (there is no need to resubmit if you have already done so). 

Any graduate students in hybrid programs in the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies and the School of Education and Human Development will need to continue with weekly testing until otherwise notified. This is the case with faculty and staff coming to campus on an irregular basis, as well. These important measures help us better protect the health and welfare of all members of our community.

Please track your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and/or call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 x2241 for guidance.

 

You can find a comprehensive guide to academic and graduate student support services, including information for mental health counseling, health insurance, IT support, the Library, and other services, on the Graduate Student Life page.

Graduate students who complete the testing protocols described above are welcome to use these campus facilities. Online-only students or students in hybrid programs that require them to come to campus just a few times over the semester should (a) contact their Assistant or Associate Dean to confirm their visit; (b) submit a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test 72 hours in advance of coming to campus for the first time to covidhealth@fairfield.edu; (c) follow all other protocols in place on campus at the time of the intended visit.

Remote and fully online students who would like to come to the campus for any in-person activities may do so provided they complete the same protocols asked of our other campus members: 

  1. Contact your Assistant/Associate Dean first to submit a request
  2. Complete a negative Covid-19 PCR test through your personal healthcare provider and submit the results to covidhealth@fairfield.eduwithin 48 hours of your intended first visit
  3. Complete on-campus Covid-19 testing every week that you visit campus, even for a single day out of the week. 

Test results will be connected to your StagCard which will be required to enter the campus. Students who miss a weekly Covid-19 test on campus will have their StagCards inactivated and will not be permitted onto campus until completing steps 1-3 again. 

Graduate courses and programs have been designed with maximum flexibility to meet the academic needs of those areas, particularly those programs that have specific accreditation or licensure requirements. A course that is listed as “hybrid” in the Schedule will have some in-person, on-campus meetings and some online, virtual meetings. Your Assistant and Associate Deans, Program Directors, and Professors will provide you with more specific information regarding the structure of your course and days and times when you are expected to meet online or on campus.

Prospective Students

For updated visit information, please review our Campus Visit Information page. We also offer virtual options. Take a Fairfield Virtual Tour, schedule a virtual information session, or schedule a meeting with an Admission Counselor.

Employees

Work/Life

Out of an abundance of caution, the University is requiring that all faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, take a Covid-19 test within the first week of the semester. We highly encourage you to use our available and convenient on-campus testing, but if you are unable to make any of these test dates, please submit results of an external test to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.
Employee testing will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the RecPlex by appointment on the following days:
  • Monday, August 30
  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Wednesday, September 1
Employees who have had Covid-19 in the last 90 days are exempt from testing. They will need to submit proof to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.
To ease congestion at the gates, if you are vaccinated, you may stop by the designated table at the RecPlex testing center and pick up a vehicle hang tag that will allow you campus access through the check point without using your StagCard.

Employees are EXEMPT from testing if:

  1. They are not coming to campus at all, and/or
  2. They have submitted proof of a positive Covid-19 test taken within 90 days. Please note that vaccinated individuals must continue to test at this time.
  3. If they are fully vaccinated and submited proof of vaccination to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

All University community members are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza (flu) as per CDC guidance. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. It will reduce the risk of serious flu illness and help prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with Covid-19. If you have not yet received your seasonal flu vaccine, please do so prior to your return to campus.

Visitors are required to bring and wear face masks or face coverings, unless doing so would be contrary to their health and safety due to a medical condition. If an employee has a visitor on campus, they are responsible for ensuring their visitor’s compliance with PPE requirements.

For any questions regarding the proper use of PPE, please contact Joe Bouchard, Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Fire Marshall, at jmbouchard@fairfield.edu.

The CDC defines ‘immunocompromised’ persons as those considered to have the greatest risk of infection caused by airborne or waterborne microorganisms. If an employee believes they are an immunocompromised individual or at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19, please contact COVIDHR@fairfield.edu to request accommodation now or in the future.

The University’s transition to remote work was a response to a unique situation. Due to the scope and emergency nature of the pandemic, most employees were allowed to work from home on a temporary basis. However, remote work was never intended to replace working on campus permanently for any position, and the expectation is that all employees will return to work on campus.

Employees may address individual arrangements with their managers. Please remember that working from home is not and should not be viewed as an alternative to dependent care arrangements or to sick days, medical leave, or any other time off.

With rare exception, University roles are campus-based, and the expectation is that all employees will return to working on campus. However, we recognize that individual department needs may vary. We encourage employees to work with their managers to identify whether some modifications to in person work requirements may make sense.

We also encourage employees to review the University’s Telework Policy, which highlights some of the concerns and expectations related to remote work.

Faculty and staff should not bring their children to work during working hours. The University is a workplace, and the work of the campus is best accomplished in an environment that promotes employee health, safety, and student learning, with minimal disruption. This rule is intended to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community members and the children of those members. We recognize that unforeseen circumstances impacting daycare arrangements may arise. 

In such circumstances, employees should discuss arranging time off or other alternatives with their supervisors. Please review the University’s Children in the Workplace Policy for more information.

Working from out of state raises a number of tax, legal, and financial issues for both the employee and the University. The University is only registered to do business in a small number of states in addition to Connecticut. While some states granted exceptions last year due to the pandemic, most such “amnesty” exceptions have expired.

Please contact your manager and Human Resources to discuss any concerns. We also encourage employees to review the University’s Telework Policy, which highlights some of the concerns and expectations related to remote work.

ADA Accommodations

The University granted remote work requests based on a number of reasons last year, in light of the gravity of the pandemic. Now that vaccines are widely available and people are comfortable and familiar with following safety protocols, the need for such broad grants has lessened. Therefore, the University is returning to its standard practice of reviewing requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA accommodations must be based on an employee’s own health conditions – not on the health conditions or vulnerabilities of household/family members.

The employee should contact HR@fairfield.edu to initiate the request. They will be asked to submit documentation supporting the request, and reasonable accommodations will be discussed as appropriate.

The ADA protects all qualified employees who have a physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of a disability, or who are regarded as having a disability. If a condition affects an employee’s ability to perform essential job functions, he/she may request a reasonable accommodation.

Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.

Essential functions are tasks that are fundamental (i.e., not marginal) to the performance of the job.

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job and/or the work environment which enables an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as someone without a disability.

Safety Measures and Repopulating Workspaces

The University installed Plexiglas throughout campus while most employees were working remotely. However, if an employee feels that their workspace requires additional Plexiglas, please (1) discuss with manager and then (2) create a work order. Facilities will supply and install.

Please (1) discuss with manager and then (2) contact Curt Krushinsky at ckrushinsky@fairfield.edu regarding any office reconfigurations. Curt will create work orders if needed.

Employees are welcome to bring and use their own hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes for personal use, but it is not necessary. The University has supplied all work areas with hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting wipes. If more product is needed, please create a work order for replenishment by Facilities.

The University provided all employees with reusable cloth masks at the start of the pandemic. Employees may use those masks, or they may supply their own cloth or disposable masks.

Community members should wear a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. The masks should completely cover and fit to your nose and mouth. Gators, bandanas  and vented masks are not allowed.

We will continue to follow applicable safety guidelines, including those regarding social distancing, masking, and meeting sizes. We view safety as a shared responsibility among the community. If an employee is uncomfortable with the practices being followed in your department, they should speak with their manager. If the manager is unable to assist or if the employee has concerns outside their department, they may contact Human Resources at COVIDHR@fairfield.edu. Please be assured that employees will not suffer any negative repercussions as a result of raising safety concerns.

 

Testing and Vaccination Issues

Unvaccinated employees will be required to continue participating in the weekly testing program. Weekly testing will be on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the RecPlex by appointment.

Please send a copy of the vaccination record to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu. Once two weeks have passed from the documented date of complete vaccination, the employee will be excused from the University’s ongoing testing requirement. If the employee does not submit documentation of vaccination, continued testing will be required.

The employee is to report Covid-19 exposures or infection to Human Resources who will then notify the Student Health Center. Either the Student Health Center nurse or our contact tracer nurse will reach out to the identified employee and interview that employee to assess for on-campus exposures. From there, we reach out to the identified close contacts and advise these individuals of the appropriate actions to take and communicate our findings back to Human Resources.

Following CDC protocols, fully vaccinated employees identified as close contacts do not need to quarantine. They do need to continue to mask and monitor for symptoms. They also need to test on day 3-5 after last exposure. We will follow this testing requirement through to assure that the employee did test as directed. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees identified as close contacts do need to quarantine.

Regarding contact tracing in the community (i.e. the non-Fairfield University community)—this would fall under the auspices of the Health Department in the town of their residence.

IT Information

Please bring the loaner computer that you were provided, along with the power cord, to the Conference Room in Dolan Commons - DLC Room 101. Please do not return to Human Resources. ITS will be there to accept returned equipment from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Friday July 9 and Friday July 16.

No, once you return to working on campus, you must return all loaned equipment (e.g., computer, laptop, MiFi device, monitor, speaker, power cord, mouse). Please bring the equipment to DLC 101 as described above.

Please return all ITS loaned equipment by July 16.

Yes. Please email Janka@fairfield.edu to alert IT that you have been authorized to continue to work remotely and will need to continue to use the loaned equipment.

Please make sure to save all your files to your Dropbox folder while you still have the loaner computer. Once you have returned to working on campus, you can access the files via Dropbox. See https://wiki.fairfield.edu:8443/display/ITSKB/Dropbox+How-To+Articles

No. ITS does not sell computer equipment. For information regarding computer purchases, please visit https://wiki.fairfield.edu/display/ITSKB/Fairfield+University+Buy-A-Computer

Please contact the ITS Helpdesk at itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu or call 203.254.4069.

Alumni & Visitors

In keeping with our goal of maintaining academic continuity and a vibrant campus community, Fairfield University is open to visitors fall 2021. In order to ensure the health and safety of all on campus, the following visitor policy is effective as of September 14, 2021.

Individuals entering campus displaying a valid current parking decal, hangtag, or StagCard are recognized as being associated with Fairfield University, and are permitted to pass both Main Entrance and Barlow Entrance checkpoints without delay.

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

  • Parents, spouses, partners, children and other family members, unrelated housemates and guests of Fairfield University affiliated individuals
  • Potential future students
  • Alumni
  • Donors
  • Neighbors
  • The general public or local community members

Individuals and vehicles that do not possess or display those identifiers mentioned above are assumed to be visitors or to be carrying visitors, and will be subject to questioning by the checkpoint attendant or other University personnel to determine their purpose for being on campus and/or affiliation with the University.

Purpose is defined as the need or reason to be on campus. This may be for a University event, business, or other activity (e.g., sporting contest, Quick Center performance, job interview, Mass celebration, admissions tour, etc.). Affiliation is the inviting office, department or member of the University community.

The inviting office, department or member of the University community is responsible for informing or referring visitors to current Covid-19 guidelines. In addition:

  • In general, Fairfield University is recommending all visitors to be vaccinated or be able to provide proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of a campus visit. The inviting party is responsible for communicating this information to their visitors.
  • Fairfield University has identified increase risk associated with COVID-19 exposure during undergraduate student facing events, gatherings and meetings. If the primary audience is undergraduate students, external visitors must be able to show proof of vaccination or negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to coming to campus. Inviting party is responsible for vetting visitors and ensuring compliance.

Upon entry to campus, once purpose and affiliation is established, a “Covid-19 Guidelines” flyer will be issued to the individual(s) explaining both the conditions and restrictions for entering campus which they must adhere:

  • Visitors coming onto campus attest that they are not experiencing any of the following Covid-related symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell. sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Visitors are not allowed in the Library, academic, administrative or residential buildings except by prior invitation of an authorized University official
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times
  • Visitors are expected to promptly exit campus at the conclusion of their business or campus event
  • Students living on campus are not permitted to host non-student visitors in University housing
  • In addition to the mask requirement, all visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wash hands often

For instances when purpose and/or affiliation cannot be determined, the individual(s) and or vehicle(s) will be turned away and denied access onto campus. Checkpoint personnel have been instructed to contact Public Safety when met with resistance or non-compliance.

*These protocols are subject to change at any time.

As per recent Town of Fairfield recommendations, all are required to wear a mask inside University facilities. Community members should wear a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. The masks should completely cover and fit to your nose and mouth. Gators, bandanas  and vented masks are not allowed.

Fairfield strongly encourage all guests to be vaccinated. Per recent town of Fairfield guidance, visitors are required to wear masks while visiting campus.

Yes. All visitors will have to enter campus through our two open entrances – North Benson Road and Barlow Road – and will be asked their reason for visiting campus.

Yes. At this time visitors to campus may attend athletic events.

Yes, at this time visitors may attend Mass at Egan Chapel.

Yes, at this time alumni may use the RecPlex with a valid membership card.

Stags for Stags gifts support the current needs of students who are financially challenged by providing critical financial aid, physical and mental health care, academic response for online learning, and personalized spiritual guidance.

Visit fairfield.edu/stagsforstags to learn more.

Partnering with the Career Center is another great way to help Stags. You can help launch Fairfield students’ and recent graduates’ careers through the Hire a Stag program. The program encourages alumni and friends to post jobs and internships on Stags4Hire, participate in virtual or in-person events like Career Fairs, Job Mock Interviews, Job Shadow events, and much more.

Learn all of the ways you can assist with students’ careers by visiting the Career Center’s For Alumni page.

You can stay connected with us by visiting fairfield.edu/alumnievents and attending virtual gatherings, checking the Stags Come Home page for updates, or subscribing to receive Fairfield News@ publication.

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