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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 for the fall 2020 semester and beyond, 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.

Return to Campus Procedures

The continued safety and health of our campus community is always our highest priority. In addition to the other Covid-19 precautionary measures we are implementing campus wide, we will require that all students, faculty and staff participate in a free Covid-19 testing program as part of our Phase III reopening plan. This extensive institutional program is above and beyond what is required by the state regulations.

The testing will screen and identify students, faculty and staff with asymptomatic infections who could spread the infection to others. In terms of testing kit selections, Fairfield opted for an approved viral diagnostic RT-PCR self-administered saliva test — it’s quick, reliable and painless! Fairfield University community members will receive test results directly via secure email. Please note, if the Covid-19 test is positive (indicating current Covid-19 infection), an IHP physician will contact the faculty, staff member or student by phone. This physician will conduct a telehealth visit to provide professional guidance. Individuals testing positive should isolate at home and should not come to campus. An IHP physician will also conduct a second telehealth visit focused on assessing clearance to "return to work" or "return to learn.”

Upon receipt of this letter, register and complete the waiver agreement. The testing kit will be mailed out to you within 36 hours along with instruction on how to perform the test.

Once the kit is received, it will need to be registered. Complete the test and mail it back in the pre-paid pouch provided. If you are not returning to campus for the fall semester, you do not need to be tested at the present time.

Faculty and staff members need to be tested and cleared within the 14 days prior to returning to campus. To allow for mailing time and processing time, the test sample should be collected and mailed back between 10 and 14 days prior to the planned campus return date. Essential employees currently working on campus should submit the test sample upon receipt or as soon as possible.

It is essential for our collective health and wellbeing that you comply with these testing requirements. Community members should be prepared to provide proof of negative test results to be admitted to campus. If you have any questions, you may contact the University’s dedicated email at covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Students need to be tested and cleared within the 14 days prior to arrival on campus. To allow for mailing time and processing time, the test sample should be collected and mailed back between 10 and 14 days prior to your planned campus arrival date.

It is essential for our collective health and wellbeing that you comply with these testing requirements. Community members should be prepared to provide proof of negative test results to be admitted to campus. If you have any questions, you may contact the University’s dedicated email at covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Students traveling from states listed on the Connecticut Travel Advisory may be subject to following a special testing protocol.

International students traveling to campus from another country will be asked to quarantine for 14 days before interacting with anyone on campus. As with all students, testing will be required prior to arrival. The University will provide meals and services to these students during their quarantine.

The University has arranged for a test to be delivered to all students traveling from "hot spot" states prior to arrival. Students with a negative test will be able to move onto campus on August 16 and will be required to go into quarantine. The University will provide meals directly to their rooms. These students are not permitted to leave their rooms, except to use the restroom with a mask. There will be daily check-ins from University personnel and an expectation that students take their temperature twice a day (students must bring their own thermometer). Twenty-four hours prior to coming to campus, students must begin to complete the daily health monitoring questionnaire through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application.

Seventy-two hours after arrival while in quarantine, students will be retested. An additional test will be done seven days later. If at any point a student tests positive, they will move to a designated isolation room.

Students travelling from states designated as "hot spots" areas who live off campus have been advised of all CT travel advisory requirements and have been encouraged to quarantine in a hotel room or a private residence. Off-campus students cannot come to campus until 14 days after arrival to the state.

Students travelling from States designated as "hot spots" areas have been advised to fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform.

As an additional measure to safeguard the community, the University will also test 5-10% of our community members each week. Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP) and the Broad Institute’s “Safe for School Program” has been selected to provide this approved viral diagnostic RT-PCR testing program. Students, faculty, and staff will receive an email if they are selected for this weekly, random testing. Testing will occur by appointment as an on-campus event. This test is a nasal swab which is self-collected while observed by a trained Health Care Provider. Detailed information on this testing protocol will be provided to individuals selected for testing.

The University has selected the LiveSafe mobile application to conduct daily health monitoring for students, faculty, and staff. LiveSafe is already widely used across campus, and the health monitoring feature we will be using is integrated into our suite of applications. The instruction for downloading and using the application are provided below.

  1. Download LiveSafe from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you are a visitor or are unable to download the app, the daily health monitoring questionnaire can be accessed online
  2. Once downloaded, register with your name, phone number and university email address
  3. Select you affiliation (Student, Faculty/Staff or Visitor)
  4. Select Organization
    • Type "Fairfield University" in search bar
  5. Confirm registration with confirmation email

The Health Survey can be found on the home screen of the app, and can be filled out as follows.

  1. Open Health Verification Survey
  2. Enter name, university email
  3. Select affiliation
  4. Answer questionnaire
  5. Hit "Submit"
  6. Follow instructions on screen if you receive an “unhealthy” response.

New & Returning Students

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs may host in-person meetings as long as your club ensures that the number of people in a given meeting space does not exceed the Latest Guidance on Social Gatherings from the State of Connecticut or the individual Social Distancing Capacity for that space as determined by the University (whichever is the lowest of the two numbers). For students who cannot attend in person, clubs should make accommodations for them to join the meeting virtually. Everyone at the meeting must abide by all University Covid-19 guidelines, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times. Club leaders must maintain an accurate list of attendees for all in-person meetings for contact tracing purposes.

Clubs may host in-person events as long as your club ensures that the number of people in that space does not exceed the Latest Guidance on Social Gatherings from the State of Connecticut or the individual Social Distancing Capacity for that space as determined by the University (whichever is the lowest of the two numbers). For students who cannot attend in person, clubs should make accommodations for them to join the event virtually. Everyone at the event must abide by all University Covid-19 guidelines, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times. For contact tracing purposes, please have all attendees RSVP to your event on Life@Fairfield and utilize the Event Pass to confirm their reservation as they enter the event and “swipe” them in at the event.

To determine how many people you can host in a given space, identify the lowest capacity number between the CT Social Gathering Guidelines and the University Social Distancing Capacity for that space, and use that number as the maximum head count. For example, if the University Social Distancing Capacity for the room you reserved is 55 occupants, but the CT Social Gatherings Guidelines for indoor spaces recommends 25 people, then 25 attendees is the maximum number of people that can be in that reserved space. Conversely, if the University Social Distancing Capacity of the room you reserved is 10 occupants, but the CT Social Gatherings Guidelines for indoor spaces is at 25, 10 people will be the maximum number of people that can be in the reserved space at one time.

Zoom can be used to host online club meetings and events. We recommend creating an event in your respective club portal in Life@Fairfield and including the Zoom link in the event descriptions so students can easily access the link.

While food and/or beverages are not permitted to be served at in-person meetings, clubs wishing to have food at a club event must contact the Council of Student Organizations and the Office of Student Engagement for approval. Each request will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, clubs are not permitted to host off-campus club events, meetings, or fundraisers for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester.

Clubs wishing to host a bake sale or other fundraiser must contact the Council of Student Organizations and the Office of Student Engagement for approval. Each request will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Additional guidelines for fundraisers will be provided at a later date.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, the University is not permitting outside vendors for clubs to bring to campus for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester, except in rare circumstances. Clubs seeking an exception to this rule should make a formal request to COSO and the Office of Student Engagement.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, the University will not approve any club travel — within the state of Connecticut, within the United States, or internationally — for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester. Additionally, any club requests to rent a van, shuttle, bus, or other vehicle for the Fall 2020 semester will not be approved.

The Fall Activities Fair will be an in-person event and will include virtual components. Any club that does not want to participate in person may opt to be present virtually. Please contact the Council of Student Organizations if you have any questions. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

To limit the exposure of Covid-19, flyers, posters, and/or banners will not be posted across campus or in residence halls for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester. We recommend regularly updating your respective club portals in Life@Fairfield, utilizing a social media platform, and/or working with the Council of Student Organizations to create a Digital Board Display to advertise your club meeting or event.

Clubs who have traditionally held in-person practices/rehearsals should contact the council of Student Organizations and the Office of Student Engagement for approval.  Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the nature of the activity.

All clubs are required to have a PayPal account which will be used for the distribution of cash advances or reimbursements. Please contact the Council of Student Organizations with any questions. Money for dues should be sent via PayPal to our account, @FUSAPayPal, and we will ensure that it gets deposited into your club savings. Any receipts should be uploaded to the Purchase Request that you initially created on Life@Fairfield for that specific purchase.

The Council of Student Organizations will be hosting office hours on Zoom. Each board member will have a specific day, time, and Zoom link that will be shared with all clubs. If you wish to meet with a board member in person, please email the Council of Student Organizations; all requests will be vetted by the Office of Student Engagement for approval.

Club lockers will be managed by the Council of Student Organizations and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. After each use of your club locker, please ensure that you wipe it down using disinfectant wipes, which can be found in the FUSA Office in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center.

Academic Calendar

Fairfield will resume classes on Tuesday, September 1. Students will begin moving into residence halls on Monday, August 24 to allow for a successful and safe reopening. The University is continuing to work with the State of Connecticut to ensure we are meeting all guidelines in this process. Specific details regarding the move-in process, including actual dates and class-year particulars, will be communicated in mid-July

Fairfield University is meeting or exceeding guidelines outlined by the State of Connecticut regarding a safe reopening of colleges and universities. There will be several important communications going out over the next few weeks that we will require your participation to ensure a smooth reopening including:

  1. Covid-19 Checklist: An individual checklist will be created for all students to ensure compliance with additional educational safety programs, documents and student handbook updates.
  2. Invitation to Self-identify: The CDC has identified age and preexisting health conditions that are associated with a greater risk of complications or serious illness caused by Covid-19. The University will be inviting students to self-identify health conditions and request accommodations.
  3. Student Personal Quarantine & Isolation Plan Questionnaire: Administered only to residential students, students will be asked to fill out the questionnaire prior to their arrival on campus for the fall semester.
  4. Fall move-in plan: Beginning on August 24, Fairfield will open for residential students to move into their residence halls. Specific details regarding dates, times, and early belonging drop-off will be provided.
  5. Testing Requirements: A detailed message will be sent to all students regarding testing requirements, procedures, and necessary follow-up testing.

To maximize the time and opportunity for engaged learning in the classroom, Fairfield will not have a fall semester break over Columbus Day weekend. After Thanksgiving, students will be able to finish the fall semester either on campus or from home. The semester will conclude on Monday, December 21, consistent with Fairfield’s current academic calendar.

Academics

Fairfield faculty are working to ensure a high quality of instruction to be delivered this fall through various engagement formats and unique academic opportunities that will include in-person instruction and remote modules.

For all undergraduate classes, professors are developing on-campus learning experiences consistent with the curriculum and course goals. These on-campus learning experiences are part of a flexible hybrid approach to learning which will also include virtual learning experiences.

Our Facilities Management Department has reviewed the floor plans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory, and simulation space in the various academic buildings to determine appropriate spacing in each location to accommodate six-foot distancing among each student and the instructor. Faculty will use this information as they construct the weekly course meetings for the fall semester to properly accommodate and ensure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.

The furniture in all classrooms is being reorganized to accommodate the required 6 feet of physical distance between students. As a result, the number of students meeting at any one time in a classroom will be approximately 50% the typical classroom capacity.

Based on State of Connecticut recommendations, seat capacities in classrooms have been adjusted to adhere to proper indoor social distancing requirements. Additionally, required supplies have been added to learning spaces to ensure cleaning protocols are followed.

Campus Life

Beginning at least 24 hours prior to return to campus, all students will monitor their health daily for symptoms consistent with Covid-19 with a university provided mobile application. Students will also monitor for any close contact or exposures to infectious individuals diagnosed with Covid-19. The definition of “close contact” is within six feet for 10 minutes or longer. Students will also monitor for any international travel within the past 14 days or any other “hot spots” listed by the CDC.

Students living in University housing are discouraged from going home on weekends. We highly recommend that all students — those living in University housing, living at home with their families, and living off-campus — refrain from travel during the semester for their own safety and for the safety of others in the campus community. If students do chose to travel, they must keep in mind that they may be subject to quarantine upon their return based on current CT and federal travel advisories.

Fairfield University will continue to offer a range of programming both in-person, hybrid, and virtually following all social distancing requirements. Stay up-to-date on programming by visiting www.fairfield.edu/lifeatfairfield and check your email for #TheWeekender.

A safe on-campus experience at Fairfield is our utmost priority. Fairfield will be providing cloth masks for all community members. Masks must be worn at all times in public including classrooms or when around other people. Individuals without masks will be asked to leave classes or dining halls etc. Once a community member enters a private space — a residence hall bedroom, a private office, or while eating — masks may be removed.

Fairfield University has cancelled our 2020 Alumni & Family Weekend. Save the date for the 2021 Alumni & Family Weekend on October 15 – 17, 2021.

Residence Life

According to the State of Connecticut guidelines, students living together in a room, suite, or apartment are considered a family unit. Therefore, we are encouraging all students to wear masks and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet when interacting with others outside of their room or unit.

Residence hall spaces will remain at anticipated occupancy with access granted for residents only. Enhanced cleaning and physical adjustments have been made to reduce risk and students will be required to wear masks unless they are in the privacy of their own room.

The Office of Residence Life is working closely with the Student Health Center and Facilities Management to ensure that all the amenities and high touch surfaces are cleaned regularly throughout the day.

If students are considering not to reside on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year, they should notify the Office of Residence Life. Instructions will be sent to students in early August on the notification process.

Students are required to go through the Office of Accessibility for all housing accommodation needs. The Office of Accessibility works closely with the Office of Residence Life to provide reasonable accommodations for students.

Campus Services

Fairfield’s Facilities Management Department has been reviewing all offices, classrooms, meeting spaces, dining facilities, and multipurpose spaces throughout campus to determine the physical adjustments necessary to ensure all state-mandated social distancing expectations. We will be engaging in more frequent and thorough cleaning protocols, paying particular attention to high-touch areas such as door handles.

All students on special diets will dine in the Barone Campus Center Simply Servings Allergy station located in the Tully Dining Commons. Students will need to register and fill out the required form and return the form to the Student Health Center in Jogues Hall. Once completed, contact Fairfield’s campus Nutritionist Mackenzie Gordon at mgordon@fairfield.edu so she can assist with your plan. For more information, visit www.fairfield.edu/foodallergies.

Schedules for first-year students will be available at the beginning of August. Each student will be emailed her/his schedule, and then each student will have the opportunity later in August to connect with a faculty advisor to discuss the schedule. It is recommended that students purchase course materials through Follett, as they have been in direct contact with professors and will have all that you need for each course. It is strongly recommended that you have textbooks sent to your home in advance of the school year to avoid waiting in lines for pick up.

Follett also offers a Price Match program in store in which they will price match any verified price from Amazon or Barnes and Noble within 14 days on your textbooks; see store for details. www.fairfieldbookstore.com

Tel: 203.254.4262
Fax: 203.254.4252

In order to facilitate mail and package deliveries to students while achieving social distancing and avoiding lines, Fairfield has partnered with Amazon and TZ lockers to install over 350 lockers in the Barone Campus Center. The installation of these “smart lockers” will enable students to pick up packages 24/7.
The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is currently closed. Please refer to the DNL Report for information regarding how to access the Library’s online resources and services and to stay informed about Library operations.

Fairfield University dining has reduced the capacity in their main dining room to ensure six-foot distancing between small groups when eating. Fairfield has also identified additional eating locations throughout campus, in which students will be assigned to one dining location and will have the option for Grab and Sit or Grab and Go meal options.

The University offers a shuttle that travels into downtown Fairfield every 30 minutes, making periodic stops at the Fairfield Center train station, the Fairfield University downtown bookstore, Super Stop & Shop, the CVS drugstore/Marshalls plaza, and then back to campus. The campus shuttle departs from the front of the John A. Barone Campus Center traffic circle on weekdays beginning at 7 a.m. The last run of the campus shuttle is for drop off only, concluding at 10 p.m. On weekdays and holidays, shuttle service begins at 12 p.m.

For more information on campus shuttle service, as well as schedules and routes, please visit www.fairfield.edu/transportation.

Students will have access to the RecPlex, but will be required to follow all building policies and guidelines related to Covid-19. The Recreation Department is currently monitoring State guidelines, which include the following regulations: members are required to wear masks when entering and exiting the facility, moving about the facility, and while conversing at a close distance with others in the facility. Students will be required to bring their own water bottles, as fountains will be turned off, and are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat or blanket for stretching between workouts.

Beginning Monday August 3, masks or face coverings must be worn at all times and in all areas of the facility.

Locker rooms will be available for changing, but showers and towel service will NOT be available.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts has moved their Summer Intensives to online platforms, while their Missoula Children’s Theatre summer camps are canceled. The Quick Center will have further updates regarding future events, performances, and programming coming soon.

The Fairfield University Arts Museum will provide updates on future programming and events throughout the summer.

Athletics

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global Covid-19 pandemic, as voted upon by the MAAC Council of Presidents. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the presidents at a later date.

The MAAC-sponsored fall sports at Fairfield University that will be affected by this decision are men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, Fairfield's field hockey program, which competes in the Northeast Conference (NEC), will not participate in competition this fall.

However, the MAAC Council of Presidents voted to allow athletically related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes, provided they are structured in accordance with each institution's procedures and applicable state regulations. Fairfield Athletics will continue to provide athletic, academic, and mental health support for all of its student-athletes.

All intercollegiate competitions this fall — both regular-season contests and scrimmages — for all other Fairfield varsity sports are also canceled. The status of Fairfield's winter sports schedule — specifically, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming and diving — will be addressed at a later date.

The Recreation Department is currently planning to proceed with LIMITED RECREATION programming, as the State of Connecticut has not put in place any restrictions for these types of programs. However, strict social distancing measures will be enforced, and the Recreation Department is actively determining what types of modifications will be enacted to safely administer these programs.

Fitness and group exercise classes will be moved to the fieldhouse in order to accommodate a maximum of 25 participants, which will need to observe 12 feet of social distance. Club sports (practice and competition), will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, given the level of physical contact present in each sport (REMOVE)

*Reservations will be required to participate in a Fitness & Group Exercise Class. NO walk-ups allowed.

https://www.imleagues.com/spa/fitness/NblTOB3eLBXooPrZrMWXTgMM/home (LINK to IMLEAGUES to Sign up for Classes)

Club teams will not be permitted to travel on buses or use campus vans. Club sport practices will be limited to small groups of 10 individuals or less, and participants will be required to wear masks while not on the field/court. Intramural sports will also be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, given the level of physical content present in each sport.

*Club Sport competitions for the Fall 2020 semester has been canceled.

In accordance with recommendations from the State of Connecticut, individualized offerings, such as tennis, badminton, or Pickleball, be considered. Further modifications to sports such as basketball, football, or soccer may focus on skills challenges instead of full competition. The Recreation Department will also continue to offer fitness and group exercise classes remotely, as well as a wide variety of e-sports competitions for students who are uncomfortable entering the RecPlex.

Health Concerns

A Covid-19 diagnostic test will be required for all members of the Fairfield University community — students, faculty, and staff — that must be taken 14 days prior to return to campus. Contracting with a licensed physician and laboratory service as part of an extra precaution for our community, this test will be an at-home kit provided to students, faculty, and staff by the University that must be completed in order to return for the fall 2020 semester. Employees and students will receive their test results prior to their return date to ensure they have the information they need to make their arrival to Fairfield safely.

Additionally, once our students and staff have returned to campus, Fairfield will continue to test 10% of its population each week to monitor the general health and safety of our community.

There will be state-required Covid-19 testing of all residential students prior to their return and select off campus populations. There will also be retests weekly for up to 10% of the residential students and select off campus populations throughout the semester. Specific details regarding testing will be forthcoming from the Student Health Center.
All students are required to notify the Student Health Center of Covid-19 infection after a positive Covid-19 virus test result or Covid-19 exposure. The Student Health Center will instruct such students to isolate or quarantine as appropriate. Some students may be able to return home in a safe manner to an acceptable home environment for isolation or quarantine. Students unable to return home safely and students without an acceptable home environment (a living situation with immunocompromised family/guardians) will be accommodated on-campus.  A protocol is in place for coordination of services and health care monitoring.

People with Covid-19 have a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have Covid-19:

  • 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 or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with symptoms should be tested. Students with close contact to a person infectious with Covid-19 should be tested.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
  • Covid-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms

It may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.

People infected with Covid-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. People with mild illness may be able to manage at home. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions and hospitalization. There is no post exposure medication available for exposed individuals.

CDC recommends certain actions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live with you, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms daily and have a digital thermometer on hand
  • Although there is no Covid-19 vaccine, annual vaccination for seasonal influenza is recommended by CDC

Students who think they may have been exposed to Covid-19 should contact the Student Health Center by phone.

Students who think they may have symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate themselves where they live (avoiding close contact with others) and should contact the Student Health Center by phone.

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.

Students may contact the Student Health Center (203-254-4000, ext. 2241) or Counseling and Psychological Services (203-254-4000, ext. 2146).

The Student Health Center is strongly recommending all students and employees receive the annual seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine as per CDC guidance. The seasonal flu vaccine is particularly important for individuals with high risk medical conditions (such as asthma) and all individuals living in a residential college setting. Although there is not a vaccine for Covid-19, a robust campus community flu vaccination rate will decrease the incidence of respiratory symptoms and cough on campus. This is generally helpful in the Covid-19 era. Individuals vaccinated for flu are less likely to experience an extended illness or hospitalization, transmit flu to vulnerable individuals and/or require special diagnostic testing to distinguish flu from Covid-19. The Student Health Center is also recommending that students bring a digital thermometer to campus this fall for personal use. On-campus seasonal flu vaccine clinics are planned for the fall semester. Please call the Student Health Center with any questions about the flu vaccine and flu vaccine availability.

For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/flu.

People of any age with weakened immune systems and/or certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19. Those students at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19 are highly recommended to live at home and pursue remote learning options if possible.  For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

While we recognize the value of in-person instruction, those students who identify as immunocompromised are highly recommended to live at home and pursue remote learning options if possible.

Fairfield has recently moved its Student Health Center to a new, state-of-the-art facility 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 all students seven days a week.

Deferring Admission / Financial Aid

Yes, students may apply to defer their enrollment for the period of a semester or a year. Students looking to defer their enrollment should email Alison Hildenbrand, director of Admission, at ahildenbrand@fairfield.edu.

Their email request should include information about their plans during the period of deferral. During the deferral period, students may not enroll at another institution, though if they wish to pursue some academic work during the deferral this time, they may not earn any more than 11 credits. If more than 11 credits are earned, the student will need to reapply as a transfer student. If a student has earned a merit scholarship, their merit award will be honored when they do enroll at Fairfield University.

If a family has been affected by Covid-19 and has not yet appealed their need based financial aid award, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine their eligibility to appeal their financial aid award.

The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at 203-254-4000 x4125 or at finaid@fairfield.edu.

Study Abroad

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Fairfield has made the decision to suspend the fall 2020 study abroad term. Global Fairfield will be in touch with students who were committed to a fall abroad experience individually in the coming weeks, at which time details about deposit, academic needs, application deferment and next steps will be discussed.

Global Fairfield and our partners abroad are working to assess the spring 2021 term options and placement availability. Our priority is to provide you with an optimal global experience. We know how much a term abroad means to our students and greatly appreciate your understanding and patience during this process. We look forward to being in touch with you soon to discuss your spring 2021 plan.

New Students

The Office of Student Engagement is exploring options to continue providing robust first-year and transfer student transitional support services in a socially-distanced setting. Supplemental virtual engagement opportunities for students and their families will be offered between Virtual Orientation in June and Move-In in August.
Offices across campus are collaborating to develop and implement a Fall Welcome program for new first-year and transfer students at the end of August. Between when they move onto campus to their first day of classes on September 1, students will remain engaged virtually and in-person, have opportunities to learn more about campus and their peers. Commuters and online learners will be asked to participate virtually.

Graduate Students

At Fairfield, our priority is to ensure that graduate students have all the tools they need to succeed, both in their on-campus experience and in the workplace. Thus, we will continue to bolster professional development opportunities, as well as support the work of our Graduate Student Senate in the programming they produce for graduate students. Be sure to log in to Life@Fairfield to check for news and upcoming events, as well as your Fairfield email for any other events and opportunities for graduate students.
The Office of Student Engagement is working closely with campus partners to provide a robust offering of virtual engagement opportunities for graduate students, starting with our online orientation experience for new graduate students in August.

Off-Campus Students

Please refer to your lease for your specific move-in date for your off-campus residence, and contact your landlord if you have questions. The University does not have oversight of off-campus residences.

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

If you are arriving to Fairfield from a state listed on the CT Travel Advisory as a "hot spot" state, please quarantine in a location that is not listed on the state’s travel advisory.

If you plan on quarantining in your off-campus residence in Fairfield, please keep the following in mind:

  • The State of Connecticut requires a 14-day quarantine period, starting on the date of your arrival in Connecticut.
  • Please do not share a bedroom or bathroom with others.
  • Please stay in your quarantine location for the entire quarantine period.
  • If you have housemates, please arrange for them to help you with meal deliveries, wear a mask or face covering when in their presence, and limit interactions with others.
  • If the quarantine period overlaps with the start of classes, you must notify your professors that you will not attend classes in person because you are quarantining and will need to participate remotely until you are cleared to return to campus. Please follow the directives from the Student Health Center in order to be cleared to return to campus.

Yes, you may come to campus to use resources such as the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the RecPlex, and the Barone Campus Center. All students not living in University housing are not permitted to enter University housing buildings (residence halls, Town Houses and apartments).

This is allowed as long as you follow all directives in your lease, as well as the directives outlined by the Town of Fairfield and the State of Connecticut. Directives are subject to change at any time, so please make sure to review the guidelines for the town and state on the sites linked below:

ct.gov

www.fairfieldct.org

Yes, all students are required to fill out the daily check in on the app.

Develop a Covid-19 plan now — discuss what you will do if you are exposed and or test positive for the virus with your housemates and families.

Move-in/Fall Welcome

The Office of Residence Life will open all residence halls starting August 24 - 30. 

Students will receive an assigned date and time. Dates and times are assigned based on social distancing requirements outlined by the State of Connecticut.

The week of August 3, students will have received an assigned date and time to move in, as well as more details about the process on move-in day. Dates and times are assigned based on social distancing requirements outlined by the State of Connecticut. There are six blocks of times daily to move in starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. Students will have 90 minutes to move in belongings and must adhere to this timeframe to allow for appropriate cleaning to occur between each time block.

Students cannot enter campus before the time they are scheduled to move in, unless they have made arrangements through the Stag Express program. Otherwise, the Office of Residence Life will not be able to accommodate any requests for a specific move-in day or time, and students are expected to arrive on their specifically-scheduled date/time.

Stag Express is an opportunity for residential students to drop off their belongings into their Residence Hall rooms between August 8 and August 18.

  • Students wishing to participate in the Stag Express program must have submitted their request by Tuesday, August 4 at 11:59pm.
  • The Office of Residence Life will not be able to approve any date beyond August 18. Students will not be able to change their date after selecting a time slot. If a student is unable to come at the time they have selected, they will need to wait until their scheduled move-in time and day to come to campus.
  • Students will have one hour to drop off their belongings. Students will not be able to set up their rooms during this time and will not have access to carts for dropping off belongings at this time.
  • A Residence Life staff member will open all Residence Hall doors for students and will lock the room upon completion.
  • Students can bring no more than two family members or guest to assist with Stag Express.
  • Masks are required for all students, families, and guests arriving on campus and must be worn at all times.
  • Students and Guests will not be allowed to enter campus until you receive an approval email from the Office of Residence Life confirming your date and time and successfully completing the daily health questionnaire.
  • All students and their guests coming on campus will be required to stop at the DPS check point, show identification, your Office of Residence Life approval email, and verify that they have a facemask or cloth face-covering.
  • If you or your guests are not feeling well, please do not come to campus.

Students currently in "hot spot" areas are ineligible for Stag Express and will be denied. Please refer to the protocol for students coming from states part of the CT Travel Advisory in the ‘Return to Campus Procedures’ section of this FAQ page for further instruction.

Mandatory safety requirements:

Proof of a negative Covid-19 test provided to the Student Health Center

- Students can bring no more than two family members or guests to assist with move-in
- Students must follow all REQUIRED testing protocols before arriving to campus
- Masks are required for all students, families, and guest arriving to campus and must be worn at all times
- Families and Guests will not be allowed to enter campus until you receive an approval email from the Office of Residence Life confirming your date and time and successfully complete the Covid-19 Site Entry Questionnaire and Screening form 24 hours prior to coming to campus. All students and their guests coming on campus will be required to stop at the DPS check point, show identification, your Office of Residence Life approval email, and verify that they have a facemask or cloth face-covering
- One guest can accompany students into the unit or residence hall while the other remains at the vehicle unloading the belongings
- Please limit your belongings to one carload

The Office of Residence Life will be hosting a Move-in Logistics Zoom webinars on what to expect on Move-In Day and for Fall Welcome:

Offices across campus are collaborating to develop and implement a Fall Welcome program for new first-year and transfer students at the end of August. Between when they move onto campus to their first day of classes on September 1, students will remain engaged virtually and in-person, have opportunities to learn more about campus and their peers. Commuters and online learners will be asked to participate virtually.

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

With the safety of our faculty and staff our highest priority, we will be returning employees to Fairfield University in phases according to state guidelines.

The University will continue to permit telecommuting where possible, except for those whose presence is required on campus to perform their jobs.

When employees return to campus, they will find a number of changes that are designed and implemented to ensure the safest possible work environment and protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • The University will communicate which gates are to be used for access to campus, and for the time being, entry to campus may be limited to employees and authorized visitors. All cars will be subject to stop upon entry, employees may be asked for identification and confirmation of a face mask or covering.
  • All employees will also be requested to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect exposure. Employees who are home when they feel unwell should not report to campus to work; they should notify their manager and consult with their healthcare provider. Employees who feel unwell while at work should notify their manager, return home, and consult with their healthcare provider.
  • Employee health checks, as well as contact tracing, may be used in order to detect and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Fairfield’s Facilities Management Department has been reviewing all offices, classrooms, meeting spaces, dining facilities, and multipurpose spaces throughout campus to determine the physical adjustments necessary to ensure all state-mandated social distancing expectations. We will be engaging in more frequent and thorough cleaning protocols, paying particular attention to high-touch areas such as door handles.

Our Facilities Management Department has reviewed the floor plans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory, and simulation space in the various academic buildings to determine appropriate spacing in each location to accommodate six-foot distancing among each student and the instructor. Faculty will use this information as they construct the weekly course meetings for the fall semester to properly accommodate and ensure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.

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.

Employees working on campus must wear a face mask or other cloth face covering that completely covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn from the time employees enter the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle/workstation, and any time they are leaving their work station and moving around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom, etc.). Employees working in congregate settings — areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings — must wear a face mask or covering.

If an employee works with cleaning chemicals, they are also required to wear gloves and eye protections. Employees may choose to wear their own face mask or face covering, if desired. If an employee cannot wear a face mask due to personal health or medical concerns, they are asked to contact HR to discuss options. If an employee works alone in a segregated space (e.g., a cubicle with walls, private offices, etc.), they may remove their mask while at work.

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

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.

With the health and safety of our employees in mind, Fairfield will continue with use of Zoom, Skype, and other remote meeting tools to reduce the number of in-person meetings where possible. When in-person meetings are held, the number of participants will be reduced.

Additionally, there will be a reduction in nonessential travel, both domestically and internationally.

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 Student Health Center is strongly recommending all students and employees receive the annual seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine as per CDC guidance. The seasonal flu vaccine is particularly important for individuals with high risk medical conditions (such as asthma) and all individuals living in a residential college setting. Although there is not a vaccine for Covid-19, a robust campus community flu vaccination rate will decrease the incidence of respiratory symptoms and cough on campus. This is generally helpful in the Covid-19 era. Individuals vaccinated for flu are less likely to experience an extended illness or hospitalization, transmit flu to vulnerable individuals and/or require special diagnostic testing to distinguish flu from Covid-19. The Student Health Center is also recommending that students bring a digital thermometer to campus this fall for personal use. On-campus seasonal flu vaccine clinics are planned for the fall semester. Please call the Student Health Center with any questions about the flu vaccine and flu vaccine availability.

For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/flu.

As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Faculty and staff who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have access to the RecPlex starting August 3, 2020, through December 23, 2020, at no additional charge. Faculty and Staff will be able to purchase six-month memberships for themselves ONLY, beginning January 1 – June 30, 2021.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021. Allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.

Alumni & Friends

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.

In an effort to follow state and federal guidelines, and maintain the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, current access to the campus is limited to only those who have been invited to the University. All others attempting to gain access to the campus without an invitation or appointment, will be turned away at the gate.

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.

As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Members who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have four months of access to the RecPlex, at no additional charge during this academic year. The RecPlex will be phasing in members, starting with students, faculty, and staff in the fall. During the second phase (Beginning January, 2021), we will begin to allow alumni, prep alumni, president, and loyola circle members access to the RecPlex. We will continuously evaluate state and university guidelines to determine an exact date for our phase two reopening.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021. Allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.

Facilities

In anticipation of reopening campus to Fairfield students, faculty, and staff, the University’s facilities department has 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 have been 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.

Our Facilities Management Department has reviewed the floor plans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory, and simulation space in the various academic buildings to determine appropriate spacing in each location to accommodate six-foot distancing among each student and the instructor. Faculty will use this information as they construct the weekly course meetings for the fall semester to properly accommodate and ensure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.

The furniture in all classrooms is being reorganized to accommodate the required 6 feet of physical distance between students. As a result, the number of students meeting at any one time in a classroom will be approximately 50% the typical classroom capacity. Additionally, excess furniture has been removed. Every classroom has been supplied with hand sanitizer as well as wipes for cleaning surfaces. Hand sanitizers have been placed in public areas across campus.

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.

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