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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 10/9/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 10/9/2020)

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Office of the President

Dear Fairfield University Community,

I write to you today with a significant update on our Covid-19 response.

As we have understood from the very outset of this pandemic, the situation is highly fluid. In order to maintain academic continuity, to foster community vibrancy, and to insure the safety of our community, we are required at times to respond swiftly.

At the start of the fall semester, comprehensive repopulation testing helped us to bring students, faculty and staff back to campus. Since that time, a combination of random testing, health monitoring, contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine protocols have helped to sustain our campus operations and teaching and learning community. As an additional precaution, we have taken immediate steps to quarantine and suspend public interactions when and where necessary. Throughout the first six weeks of our semester, we experienced steady but limited numbers of Covid-19 cases; and at the beginning of this week, we witnessed a significant downward trend in Covid-19 cases among our student population.

However, over the last 48 hours, we have seen a significant increase in positive Covid-19 cases within specific populations of the Fairfield University student community. While overall campus rates remain low, aggressive mitigation strategies are warranted to manage the outbreak in these identified populations, and to limit further infection.

With this targeted approach in mind, and in consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health, we will be implementing the following effective 8:00 pm this evening:

  1. Off-campus students will be restricted from the University campus for the next 14 days, until October 23, during which time they will be learning remotely. They will be expected to limit their interactions to their housemates only.
  2. All NCAA sports and club sports have been paused for the next 14 days, therefore the Walsh Athletic Center and the Recreational Complex will be closed.

Further details on the strategies we will be implementing can be found in Vice President for Student Life Karen Donoghue’s communication to our students here. Fairfield University will continue to work closely with local and state officials to further our mitigation efforts.

In closing, I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is essential that our University community remain vigilant and proactive in our approach to this situation, to ensure that we can continue to perform our mission as the modern Jesuit, Catholic University. As I have often noted, Fairfield’s strong sense of community, our optimism, and our resilience are at the heart of our identity as an institution. I am confident that this strength of character, and our determination to keep one another safe and well, will see us through the challenges that we face at this time. Thank you all for your extraordinary efforts, your goodwill, and fellowship.

With very best wishes and utmost gratitude,

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
President
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Covid-19 Update Student Communication (Email - Sent 10/9/2020)

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Covid-19 Update Student Communication (Email - Sent 10/9/2020)

Dear Students,

It’s with deep concern that I have to write you today regarding the recent increase in positive cases in the last 48 hours within specific populations of the Fairfield University student community. This is a critical moment for each of you and the rest of the University community. In consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department, we have conducted an analysis of the new cases and are putting in place the following aggressive mitigation strategies to isolate these pockets of students and contain the spread.

STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVE, OFF CAMPUS BEACH STUDENTS
Effective at 8pm this evening, Off Campus Boarders (i.e. beach students), are restricted from campus and associated class related off campus sites for the next 14 days, through October 23rd. All beach residents will revert to entirely online classes. We are working with the Provost’s office to make the necessary notifications to your faculty members. At the end of the 14-day period students will be able to return to campus life in person.

Off-campus residents must stay in their houses or yards and only interact with the roommates of their individual residence. There should be no mingling between houses. Students should only leave for essential reasons. If beach students do choose to go home or a comparable location, a negative Covid-19 PCR test is required prior to returning to campus.

All on-campus residents are restricted from visiting students who live in the beach area. Failure to comply with this directive will result in student conduct action.

Please direct follow up questions from beach students to beach@fairfield.edu.

RECREATION AND ATHLETICS
All NCAA sports, club sports and intramurals have been put on pause for the next 14 days. In addition, the facilities associated with these activities will also be closed which include Walsh Athletic Center and the RecPlex. Casual and University organized outdoor recreational activities will be permitted.

TESTING
Extensive, ongoing testing protocols will continue, with a significant increase in those areas that have experienced higher level of positive cases. Information will be forthcoming to appropriate population with mandatory compliance. Students choosing to return home or a comparable location during this period (and therefore cannot participate in the mandatory testing compliance) must present documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at the end of the 14 day period to return to campus. Results should be submitted to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

HEALTH AND SYMPTOM MONITORING
We implore all students engage in the rigorous adherence to our COVID-19 Student Directives, namely the need to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth and maintaining six feet of physical distancing at all times. Additionally, students must remain mindful of not travelling to states on the CT Travel Advisory. It is very important that students engage in the daily self-monitoring of symptoms, even on those days when you may not need to visit campus. The majority of our students are seeing very mild symptoms, so please do not ignore any symptoms you might have.

Symptoms to monitor time include:

  • Fever (100.4 F)
  • 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

Should you experience any symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241. If you are experiencing emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion or inability to wake or stay awake, call 9-1-1.

RESPONDING TO THE OUTBREAK AND LOOKING AHEAD
We have been working with the Fairfield Health Department on a daily basis to contain the virus and prevent further spreading. There is a zero tolerance policy with students not following mitigation strategies. Failure to comply with all mandates issued by the University and public health authorities ultimately may result in permanent separation (i.e. expulsion) from the University.

I want to acknowledge that this is a hard situation and we appreciate your full cooperation. I ask that you follow these directives to keep you and our community safe. Please join me for a zoom meeting this afternoon at 4:30pm and please bring forward any questions at this time.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue

A Message to All Fairfield Students (Email - Sent 10/6/2020)

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A Message to All Fairfield Students (Email - Sent 10/6/2020)

Dear Fairfield University Students,

As previously communicated, we continue to carefully monitor the health of our community through a number of sophisticated dashboards, analytics and metrics. Overall, the dashboard demonstrates a decrease in our positivity rate and in the number of students in need of isolation/surveillance beds on campus. The majority of students in isolation or under surveillance have already been released from our care and have resumed normal University activities.

In response to the overall trends, the University is reinstating the “grab and sit”option in all dining room facilities. However, the following mitigation strategies will remain in place:

  1. Restriction of guests in all University Housing: Students can only have guests from their own University housing community in their units. For example, Townhouse residents can only have two other students from other Townhouses in their house. Regis Hall can only have two other students from Regis Hall in their room.
  2. Reduced density in Recreation Center and Walsh Athletic Center.
  3. Rigorous enforcement of mask wearing (on and off campus), social distancing, and hand washing.
  4. Daily health monitoring via LiveSafe.
  5. Extensive weekly testing through our testing Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

As a reminder, in addition to the mitigation strategies above, the Covid-19 Directives remain in place.

In addition, while the overall campus community is seeing a decrease in cases, Claver Hall (a building with less than 200 students) continues to experience a disproportionate number of positive cases despite the same reopening preparation as all other residence halls and community living spaces. In coordination with the Fairfield Health Department and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of those in Claver Hall, as well as the campus community, further direct mitigation strategies will be implemented for Claver starting today. Specific details have been communicated to residents in Claver.

Thank you in advance for your efforts to keep Fairfield University safe and as healthy as possible.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue

Claver Hall Student Communication (Email - Sent 10/6/2020)

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Claver Hall Student Communication (Email - Sent 10/6/2020)

Dear Claver Hall Residents:

As I discussed at the residence hall meeting on Friday, October 2, 2020, Claver Hall has experienced a higher rate of Covid-19 positive cases and students in need of surveillance than any other residential community on campus. In consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department, we have conducted an analysis of the disproportionate positive cases in Claver. While the overall campus community is seeing a decrease in cases, Claver Hall continues to experience positive cases despite the same reopening preparation as all other dorms and community living spaces. In the interest of your well-being and the safety of our entire community, we are putting the following mitigation strategies in place for Claver Hall residents for the next 14 days, effective today, Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 8 p.m. through October 20, 2020 (ending October 21, 2020).

Remote Learning: All Claver residents will revert to entirely online classes for the next 14 days. We are working with the Provost’s office to make the necessary notifications to your faculty members. At the end of the 14 day period students will be able to resume in person experience.

STAY-IN-YOUR-SUITE DIRECTIVE: As a Claver resident, you will be restricted to your room and only have interaction with your suitemates. You will only be permitted to leave you room to participate in mandatory testing and to pick up “grab and go” lunch and dinner from the Conference Center Dining room. Please use the back door entrance to the conference center (near big windows facing the pond) during the following times:

  • Lunch: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5-7 p.m.

Breakfast will be delivered to the first-floor lounge at 8 a.m. and a night time snack will be available for pick up at 10 p.m. in the first-floor lounge daily. Students will not be able to utilize UBER EATS or other delivery services during this time.

You have the option of returning home for this 14-day period. However once home, you must remain there for the entire 14 days. Please inform your area coordinator if you chose to go home for this period of restricted movement via emailing ajacome@fairfield.edu. Students choosing to return home must present documentation of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken at the end of the 14-day period to return to campus (on 10/29 or 10/30).

Security will be monitoring the building 24/7 to ensure compliance. Non-compliance will be addressed by the student conduct process. Students will be required to swipe in and out of the building when picking up meals.

Laundry will be coordinated through Stags laundry service. Pick up will be available twice a week and more details will be forthcoming.

TESTING: Testing is a key mitigation measure, and it is working effectively in identifying the virus in our community so that we can react accordingly. Claver Hall residents will be tested two times during the 14-day restricted movement period unless you choose to go home.

RESOURCES: The next 14 days will be challenging. Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Ministry, and Residence Life staff will check in regularly to assist over the next two weeks. Recreation will share additional virtual resources.

SELF MONITORING: Symptoms to monitor for during this time include fever (100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath and all symptoms listed on your LiveSafe Health Monitoring App. Should you experience any symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241 if you are living on campus or your Primary Care Physician if you are at home. If you are experiencing emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion or inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face, call Public Safety at 203-254-4090.

EXEMPTIONS RELATED TO PREVIOUS INFECTION: Students with documentation of Covid-19 positive within the previous 90 days will be exempt from this restriction of movement. Students with previous infection should contact the Student Health Center to secure formal exemption status.

I want to acknowledge that this is a hard situation and we appreciate your full cooperation. I ask that you follow these directives to keep you and our community safe. Please join me for a zoom meeting this evening at 8pm and please bring forward any questions at this time. This meeting is open to Claver Hall residents and their families.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue

A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Email - Sent 9/25/2020)

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A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Email - Sent 9/25/2020)

Dear Families,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to connect with several families regarding their student’s experience. I’ve been fortunate to hear narratives regarding their students’ successful transition to campus, the nuances of navigating campus with a mask and the joys of getting along with their roommate(s). I’ve also had the chance to talk through some concerns regarding finding ways to socialize within the Covid-19 guidelines, ensuring our events (in person and virtual) are known by our students and how to remain safe. I write to all of you as an acknowledgement that we hear you and remain committed to ensuring a vibrant, safe campus community.

We are carefully monitoring the health of our community through a number of means and metrics. The University Dashboard is published twice per week. It includes the results of diagnostic testing (those who present with symptoms and/or are tested through contact tracing), as well as our University surveillance testing (random sample of our population) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which currently tests over 1,000 campus community members per week.

As today’s dashboard demonstrates, we continue to see an increase in the number of positive diagnostic tests among students this week, which has resulted in an increase in the number of these students’ direct contacts who are now under surveillance by the University. However, our surveillance testing positive testing rate remains well below state and town averages. The majority of our cases are from known sources and appear to be clustered around specific social activity among friend groups. It’s gratifying to see that almost all of our cases are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

The University revised our status from green to yellow last week in accordance with criteria we have published on our website, we are implementing a number of additional targeted mitigation strategies to further limit any growth in cases. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our status and mitigation strategies as needed.

There are several rumors going around campus regarding number of cases, secret locations for students under surveillance, and reaching capacity for isolation beds. These are baseless rumors and not helpful. We are working hard to ensure the community understands where to access correct information or whom to ask when they have a question.

Overall, I have been impressed with how the majority of our students have adapted and am encouraged that our students are following Covid-19 directives. As we said from the start, we are in this together, and continue to prioritize the health and wellness of our campus community.

All of our up to date information can be found on our Stags Come Home page. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions of concerns.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03, MA
Vice President for Student Life

A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Email - Sent 9/18/2020)

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A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Email - Sent 9/18/2020)

Dear Fairfield University Students,

As promised, we are carefully monitoring the health of our community through a number of means and metrics. As today’s dashboard update demonstrates, we saw an increase in the incidence of positive diagnostic tests among students this week, as well as an increase in the number of these students’ direct contacts who are now under surveillance by the University. The majority of these cases are from known sources and appear to be clustered around a specific activity. Although some of these individuals are experiencing some symptoms, their overall health and progress is good. Given the nature of this increase, the University is revising our status from green to yellow, and implementing a number of targeted mitigation strategies.

Moving forward, the University Dashboard will be published twice per week. It will include diagnostic testing as well as our University surveillance testing, Testing Tuesday and Testing Wednesday, which tests approximately 1,000 campus community members per week.

In consideration of the increase of positive cases and our desire to contain the virus and protect our community, Fairfield University is instituting the following mitigation strategies for the next seven days because we need your help:

  • Restriction of guests in all University Housing: Starting immediately, students can only have guests from their own University housing community in their units. For example, Townhouse residents can only have 2 other students from other Townhouses in their house. Regis Hall can only have 2 other students from Regis Hall in their room.
  • Dining room will go to “grab and go” only starting on Saturday, September 19.
  • Reduced density in Recreation Center and Walsh Athletic Center.
  • Rigorous enforcement of mask wearing (on and off campus), social distancing, and hand washing.

FUSA will be hosting a Covid-19 updates webinar on Monday at 5 p.m. Please register here.

An update will be provided on Tuesday. Thank you in advance for your efforts to keep Fairfield University safe and as healthy as possible.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03, MA
Vice President for Student Life

A Message from the Dean of Students (Email - Sent 9/9/2020)

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A Message from the Dean of Students (Email - Sent 9/9/2020)

Dear Students,

As we enter the second week of the semester, several individuals in our campus community have tested positive for Covid-19 and additional individuals have had sufficient exposure so as to be determined a contact. This is not unexpected and we are well-prepared to respond. Over the past six months, the University has developed policies and protocols which address individuals impacted by this pandemic and are designed to reduce the spread of the virus within our community. Those protocols are working as designed.

Any student who tests positive for Covid-19 either through our weekly Testing Tuesday’s or by diagnostic testing in the Student Health Center will go into isolation in a designated location on campus or at their permanent home residence. If a student does test positive, they will not be self-isolating within their residence halls.

Once the student tests positive, the contact tracing process will begin. The student with Covid-19 will be interviewed in order to identify others that have been exposed through close contact with this individual while they were infectious. Close contact is being within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or longer. This would include any roommates or household contacts. When a student is a “contact” (i.e. exposed), that student will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a designated location on campus or at their permanent home residence. Any member of the University community who is identified through contact tracing as a possible exposure, will be notified and guidance will be provided.

Residential students cannot quarantine or isolate in their assigned space on campus. Students in quarantine or isolation cannot attend classes in person and are expected to participate virtually if health permits. The Student Health Center will provide notification so that faculty can be informed of students who need temporary learning in a virtual environment while in quarantine or isolation. Any spaces that a student put into isolation has occupied will be cleaned and sanitized.

As a reminder, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and maintain hand hygiene will reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please protect yourself and others by practicing these public health directives.

For more questions and to review the Covid-19 dashboard please visit our Stags Come Home website at fairfield.edu/reopen.

Sincerely,

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 8/26/2020)

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A Message From the President (Email - Sent 8/26/2020)

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Office of the President

Dear Members of the Fairfield Community,

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

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For more information regarding Covid-19 and the University's plan to return to campus, please visit the Stags Come Home page.

A Message from the Dean of Students (Email - Sent 8/24/2020)

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A Message from the Dean of Students (Email - Sent 8/24/2020)

Dear Students,

About a month ago I shared a message with you the preparations being made to welcome students back to campus. It is hard to believe how quickly a month has gone by. A week ago the first wave of students arrived on campus to begin their quarantine process. I write to you today as the remainder of the student body returns to our campus this week. We are ready for your return, but need to acknowledge that this preparedness is accompanied by significant trepidation and caution as we focus on the health and safety of our University community.

I imagine you’ve been paying attention to the news and have heard the reports of spikes in confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have coincided with the return of students to college campuses across the country. As a result of these spikes, many campuses have made the decision to move to remote rather than in-person instruction within days of students arriving on campus. While we know there will be positive cases of the virus by virtue of repopulating the campus, from what we have observed occurring on other campuses, we also know that these spikes can be attributed to the careless behavior of students who choose to party rather than abide by the directives put in place to keep their campus safe.

So my question to you is this: Do you want this to occur at Fairfield? Do you want to be barred from campus, or dismissed or expelled from the University? If your answer is no to either of these questions, then I have one simple request for you: Follow the directives issued by the University. Do not gather in groups greater than ten on or off-campus. Wear your face covering. Stay away from the Townhouses or the beach area unless you live there or are invited.

There will be zero tolerance for violation of the COVID-19 Student Directives, and less leniency for other violations of the Student Conduct Code and other University policies. There will be no warnings. The repercussions will be swift and direct for those who are non-compliant.

As a reminder:
  • Student gatherings of any kind – both on and off campus, with more than ten people are not permitted.
  • Students must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times except when in their assigned room in University housing, or where otherwise provided by applicable protocols (e.g., when eating in The Tully or other dining venues).
  • Off-campus and commuter students may not enter University housing.
  • No overnight guests.
If this is too much to ask, it is not too late for students to stay at home and complete their coursework remotely.

I am confident that the overwhelming majority of students will do what is required of them. To support these students in their effort to keep the community safe, we have increased public safety patrols on campus and the town of Fairfield has agreed to increase patrols in the beach area. Despite these enhancements, we know that it will not take many acts of indiscretion by others to potentially ruin the semester for everyone. Help uphold these health and safety protocols and hold your peers accountable. Stop them. Report them. Step up Stags! Reports of alleged violations can be submitted via LiveSafe or using the incident report form.

Lastly, the Office of the Dean of Students will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 26th at 11 a.m. EST. Pre-registration is required. You can register for the webinar here.

Our goal is to have a wonderful semester on campus and our community depends on you to do your part. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students

Grad Student Registration & Reopening Email (Email - Sent 8/24/2020)

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Grad Student Registration & Reopening Email (Email - Sent 8/24/2020)

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Office of the Provost

Dear Graduate Student:

Whether you are joining us on campus or online, we are looking forward to starting the fall 2020 semester with you on September 1. For the most up-to-date information about the University's reopen plans, please visit www.fairfield.edu/reopen. Information on this page applies to the entire campus community. Additionally, your graduate program director or assistant and associate deans can provide more information related to your specific program (i.e., which courses will be fully online or hybrid, possible ways to complete coursework remotely, etc).

Below is the most current information regarding the University’s registration and reopening processes:

  1. Course Registration: You can add/drop classes by visiting my.fairfield.edu and clicking the “Course Registration” button. If you encounter any issues, please contact the Office of the Registrar directly.
  2. Academic Calendar: Courses will begin on September 1, 2020 and run through the final exam period on December 22, 2020. The add/drop period ends on September 8, 2020. Fairfield will not have a fall semester break over Columbus Day weekend. The fall 2020 University calendar is available online for your convenience.
  3. Covid-19 Testing: If your graduate program requires some in-person, on-campus experiences, then you will need to complete a Covid-19 test before returning to campus. Graduate students who wish to be tested on-campus may schedule a time for their pre-arrival testing on one of the following days: August 25, August 26, August 29, or September 1 by visiting pickatime.com/fairfield. September 2 will be an open date for all University community members to schedule a test if they have not done so already. For additional information on testing at Fairfield, please visit the “Return to Campus Procedures” section of the Stags Come Home webpage. Additional questions should be directed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.
  4. Course Instruction Modality: Classes taught remotely or online can be offered synchronously (at the same day/time as listed in the schedule of classes, asynchronously, or through a mixture depending on the course. Faculty may use Blackboard, Zoom, Quip, and other technologies to teach your course. The modality is determined by each faculty member, so please consult with your professors about their approach to your course, including specific days you should come to campus if required.
  5. LiveSafe App: Download the free LiveSafe mobile app from the Apple app store or Google Play store. This app includes a daily health check that all members of the campus community will need to complete before being admitted onto campus. You will only need to complete the daily health check on days when you are coming to campus.
  6. Online-Only Students: If you are studying remotely this semester and are not coming to campus at any point, then a Covid-19 test is not required by the University.
  7. Masks must be worn at all times on campus.
  8. Social Distancing: Requirements for 6ft of social distance are in place in all classrooms, labs, and learning spaces. Seat capacities in classrooms have been adjusted to adhere to indoor social distancing requirements. Additionally, supplies have been added to learning spaces to ensure cleaning protocols are followed. Please consult with your faculty regarding any in-person or on-campus activities related to your courses.
  9. Academic Accommodations: If you are taking classes during the fall 2020 semester and would like guidance about academic accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility at ooa@fairfield.edu.
  10. Parking: Questions about parking should be directed to 203-254-4000, x2745.
  11. Academic and Student Support Services: A collection of resources are available online for your convenience.
We hope this information helps as you continue your educational journey at Fairfield. Your graduate program directors, assistant and associate deans, and I are here to help if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Walter Rankin, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate, Continuing, and Professional Studies

Contact Information for Graduate Programs

College of Arts & Sciences
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies
Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions
School of Engineering

Important Changes to Pre-Arrival Testing Plan (Email - Sent 8/18/2020)

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Important Changes to Pre-Arrival Testing Plan (Email - Sent 8/18/2020)

Important Changes to Pre-Arrival Testing Plan

Dear Members of the University Community:

Our Stags Come Home game plan was always predicated on a comprehensive pre-arrival testing regime for Covid-19.

Despite weeks of planning and careful vetting of vendors, members of the Fairfield University community have experienced an unacceptable number of issues with the laboratory used by our partner InHouse Physicians (IHP), to run our Covid-19 pre-arrival testing.

The laboratory has experienced a significant malfunction with its internal traceability system, leading to erroneous results and an inability to guarantee that test results were assigned to the correct identities. As a result, Fairfield has made the decision to terminate its relationship with the current testing laboratory.

If you have already taken an IHP saliva test and/or received a result from IHP, please disregard it.

None of these failures implicated the test approach that was chosen, rather the issues revolved around the administrative backbone of the laboratory that maintained traceability.

We sincerely apologize to students, parents, faculty and staff for any inconvenience.

Fairfield’s plan to protect our campus has many reinforcing layers. We are encouraged by early reports of the flawless execution of sentinel testing by our partner Broad Institute, and by our daily symptom reporting software LiveSafe.

Next Steps:
To maintain confidence in our overall process, and ensure that we have adequate testing resources available, Fairfield has pivoted to a new testing option.

  1. IHP will be providing on-site testing clinics using new state of the art Abbott Laboratory rapid testing machines — a nasal swab test that will provide results within 15 minutes. We have arranged to bring to our campus 35 Abbot testing machines and the necessary medical personnel to support their use. These tests have the capacity to process 800 tests a day. Individual appointments will be required to be scheduled to coincide with arrival dates. Information on how to make an appointment will be forthcoming.
  2. Any member of the Fairfield University community may obtain their own PCR Covid-19 test privately. Some labs may require that your personal physician write an order for your test. For employees on the University medical plan, Aetna will cover the cost of the test.
  • Students who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to covidhealth@fairfield.edu or fax to (203) 254-4263.
  • Faculty and staff who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to the Office of Human Resources at covidhr@fairfield.edu
  • The PCR Covid-19 test must be taken no more than 14 days prior to your arrival on campus.
  • We are in the process of scheduling the testing clinics, which will be held in Alumni Hall and at the Quick Center, beginning on Monday, August 24.
  • Anyone who receives a positive test result and lives within a 300-mile radius will be asked to return home if possible. Those students who test positive and are unable to return home will be quarantined on campus in accordance with CDC and State of Connecticut guidelines.

Details of the new testing plan will also be communicated via the town hall meeting on Thursday, August 20. An email with the link for this town hall meeting will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Karen A. Donoghue, '03, MA
Vice President for Student Life

Scott D. Esposito, '82, MS '87
Vice President for Human Resources

A Message from the Vice President of Human Resources (Email - Sent 8/17/2020)

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A Message from the Vice President of Human Resources (Email - Sent 8/17/2020)

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Office of Human Resources

As Fairfield University plans to bring its Stags home for the fall 2020 semester, a safe return to campus life is our utmost priority. For our faculty and staff members, we want to make sure you are equipped with the information you need to continue to remain an integral part of our campus community.

In keeping with State of Connecticut requirements for daily Covid-19 health monitoring and symptom reporting prior to entering their communal place of work or study, Fairfield University is rolling out a daily health monitoring questionnaire through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application. Available through the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, this convenient and free mobile app will allow for the daily health monitoring questionnaire to be filled out quickly and easily prior to your day on campus.

Prior to the start the Fall 2020 semester, we are asking all faculty and staff to download the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application. Essential to providing a safe on-campus experience, this application is required for all faculty and staff to be able to complete a daily Covid-19 health monitoring questionnaire prior to their arrival on campus to start their day. For those unable to download the app, the survey is also available in an online format.

You may be asked to provide proof of questionnaire completion during your work day, so please be sure to save a copy of your questionnaire results. If the results indicate symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and thus produce a red ‘X’ on your screen, we ask that you notify your supervisor or school’s dean, as appropriate, stay home, and contact your health care provider.

These are extraordinary times. However, I am confident that we will each do our part to make our transition back to in-person campus operations as safe as possible.

In closing, I ask that you continue to visit fairfield.edu/reopen for the most current Fairfield University guidelines and procedures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sincerely,

Scott Esposito, '82, MS '87
Vice President, Human Resources

Fall 2020 Updates for Graduate Students (Email - Sent 8/17/2020)

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Fall 2020 Updates for Graduate Students (Email - Sent 8/17/2020)

Dear Graduate Students:

We hope you are doing well as we all look ahead to the fall 2020 semester under extraordinary circumstances. For the most up-to-date information about the University's reopening plans, please visit www.fairfield.edu/reopen. Additionally, your graduate program director or assistant and associate deans can provide more information related to your specific program (i.e., which courses will be fully online or hybrid, possible ways to complete coursework remotely, etc.).

To ensure the health and safety of our entire campus community, Fairfield has implemented the following guidelines:

  1. The University has implemented a new registration system called Course Scheduler. You will use this system to add and drop classes. You can access this system through your my.fairfield.edu portal, and instructions are available online. If you have questions about this system, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@fairfield.edu.
  2. Classes taught remotely or online can be offered synchronously (at the same day/time as listed in the schedule of classes), asynchronously, or through a mixture depending on the course. Faculty may use Blackboard, Zoom, Quip, and other technologies to teach your course. This is determined by each faculty member, so please consult with your specific faculty about their approach to your course.
  3. If your program requires some in-person, on-campus experiences, then you will need to complete a Covid-19 test before returning to campus. Please review the "Return to Campus Procedures" on the FAQ page at www.fairfield.edu/reopen for detailed information on requesting a test and downloading the LiveSafe app to complete a health monitoring check before any campus visit. Additional questions can be directed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.
  4. If you are studying remotely this semester and are not coming to campus at any point, then a Covid-19 test is not required by the University.
  5. Masks must be worn at all times on campus.
  6. Social distancing requirements are in place in all classrooms, labs, and learning spaces. 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. Your faculty will provide more information regarding any in-person or on-campus activities related to your courses.
  7. If you are taking classes in Fall 2020 and would like guidance about academic accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility at ooa@fairfield.edu.
  8. Questions about parking should be directed to 203-254-4000, x2745.
  9. The semester calendar has been amended slightly. Courses will begin on September 1, 2020 and run through the final exam period on December 22, 2020. Fairfield will not have a fall semester break over Columbus Day weekend. The Fall 2020 calendar is available online for your convenience.
  10. Academic and Student Support Services and a collection of student resources are also available online.

As a graduate student, you are an integral part of the Fairfield community, and we look forward to welcoming you at the start of the fall 2020 semester.

Sincerely,

Office of Graduate, Continuing, and Professional Studies
Fairfield University

“Hot Spots” Follow Up (Email - Sent 8/7/2020)

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“Hot Spots” Follow Up (Email - Sent 8/7/2020)

Dear Students from "Hot Spot" Areas,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. As a follow up to the email sent earlier this week, we wanted to provide a few updates/reminders.

Quarantine/Travel Plans

  • All students traveling from "hot spot" states as identified by the State of Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days at residence or hotel in Connecticut, in a state that is not on the “hot spot” list, or on campus.
  • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out a personalized link that was emailed to them the week of August 3 to identify their quarantine plan prior to matriculation back to campus life. Residential students will be able to select an option to quarantine on campus.
  • • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform if they are quarantining in the State of Connecticut.
  • The CT Travel Advisory is updated on a continuous basis. If your state is taken off prior to your arrival on campus, you are no longer required to quarantine. You will be assigned an updated move in time/date from the Office of Residence Life.

Housing/Move-In Updates

  • Students can bring no more than one family member or guest to assist on August 16. Guests accompanying their student from affected states are considered "unable to quarantine." If staying in Connecticut for more than 24 hours, guests from affected states must get a test 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform. NOTE: Parents and guests only need to be tested prior to their arrival if they plan on staying in the area for more than 24 hours.
  • The Office of Residence Life will email students from hot spot states early next week with move in times/dates.
    • Students quarantining on campus should prepare for the following: East Coast students will be assigned a morning time and West Coast students an afternoon time for move in on the 16th.
    • Students quarantining elsewhere (at residence or hotel in Connecticut, in a state that is not on the “hot spot” list) will be assigned a date/time during the original move in schedule.

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor daily developments in Connecticut and the surrounding states and inform you of necessary changes as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and patience for the safety limits we are designing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President, Student Life

International Student Re-Entry Process (Emails - Sent 8/6/2020 & 8/5/2020)

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International Student Re-Entry Process (Emails - Sent 8/6/2020 & 8/5/2020)

Dear International Students,

Please note the updated language for Sections 1 and 2, bolded and underlined below.

Section 1: Undergraduate University Housing students currently staying in the United States from States not designated as "hot spots" areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory.

If you plan to arrive from a non-COVID-19 U.S. hot spot within the U.S. and have spent at least 14 days in a non-U.S. hot spot prior to arrival, then new undergraduate international students are expected to arrive on Thursday, August 27, 2020 and follow the University's Fall Re-Entry protocols. Returning undergraduate international students should adhere to their Residence Life-assigned arrival date/time.

Section 2: Undergraduate University Housing students currently in the United States from States designated as “hot spots” areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory and students coming from international locations.

  1. Family members/ guests accompanying their student from affected states are considered “unable to quarantine.” Family Members/ guests must get a test 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform only if they will be in CT for more than 24 hours. Proof of a negative test must be emailed or faxed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus. Students can bring no more than one family member or guest to assist. Masks are required for all students, families, and guests arriving on campus and must be worn at all times.

Sincerely,


Kamala C. Kiem
Associate Dean of Students
Office of Student Engagement
International Student Life

Dear International Students,

I hope you are staying healthy and safe during the pandemic. This email is a follow up to the communication sent on July 28, 2020, regarding Fall Re-Entry. Due to your status as an international student, please disregard the recent University email relating to travel from U.S. hot spots that you received today. Please scroll to the section relevant to your situation, paying particular attention to the instructions applicable to students coming from U.S. hot spots or international locations.

  • Section 1: Undergraduate University Housing students currently in the United States from States not designated as "hot spots” areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory.
  • Section 2: Undergraduate University Housing students currently in the United States from States designated as “hot spots” areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory and students coming from international locations.
  • Section 3: Information for Graduate Students
  • Section 4: Information for F-Visa students

Section 1: Undergraduate University Housing students currently staying in the United States from States not designated as "hot spots" areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory.

If you plan to arrive from a non-COVID-19 U.S. hot spot within the U.S. and have spent at least 14 days in a non-U.S. hot spot prior to arrival, then you are expected to arrive on Thursday, August 27, 2020 and follow the University's Fall Re-Entry protocols.

Section 2: Undergraduate University Housing students currently in the United States from States designated as “hot spots” areas as identified by the C.T. Travel Advisory and students coming from international locations.

  1. You will be required to undergo additional testing and quarantine before your matriculation to campus life. You must complete the International Student Quarantine Accommodations Form by Friday, August 7, 2020, to request to move on Sunday, August 16, 2020, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST.
  2. If you are able to produce a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival, you will move into your permanent residence hall location. Proof of a negative test must be emailed or faxed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus. An additional test will be done approximately seven days later. Please note: If you test positive prior to your travels, you will need to stay where you are until you test negative. If you are in route upon receipt of your positive test, we will provide accommodations in our isolation rooms.
  3. If you are unable to get tested within 72 hours prior to arrival, then you will enter our quarantine/isolation rooms upon arrival. A testing kit will be in your quarantine room for you to complete immediately. You cannot leave the room for any reason while we await the results of your test (approximately five to seven days). You will live in a single room with a bathroom (meals will be provided to your room). Students who produce a negative test may be able to go into a modified quarantine, allowing them to move into their permanent residence, where they will be able to leave their rooms to pick up their meals and go outside. If a student tests positive, you will continue to stay in isolation for a minimum of 10 days with your health monitored by our Health Center staff. After our Health Center has cleared you, you will move into your permanent assignment.
  4. All students traveling from U.S. “hot spots” must fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform. If you are coming from an international country, you do not need to complete the travel form.
  5. Twenty-four hours before coming to campus, students must begin to complete the daily health monitoring through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application.
  6. If at any point a student does not feel well, students should contact DPS at 203-254-4090.
  7. 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).
  8. Family members/ guests accompanying their student from affected states are considered “unable to quarantine.” Family Members/ guests must get a test 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform. Proof of a negative test must be emailed or faxed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus. Students can bring no more than one family member or guest to assist. Masks are required for all students, families, and guests arriving on campus and must be worn at all times.

We recognize that strict quarantine is challenging but it is essential for the safety of our community. Students who cannot follow the on-campus quarantine requirement should look at other options for quarantining or consider virtual learning. Students in violation of quarantine will be subject to disciplinary action which could result in an immediate removal from university housing for the entire semester.

Section 3: Graduate Students:

Graduate students returning to the U.S. or coming in from U.S. hot spots are required to arrive in the State of Connecticut by August 16, 2020, and quarantine. Quarantine means you should stay in in your off-campus housing for 14 days before returning to the University for any on-campus activities or courses, monitor your health, and follow directions from your state or local health department.

Twenty-four hours before coming to campus, students must begin to complete the daily health monitoring through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application.

Section 4: F-Visa Students

Please ensure you have completed all the necessary action items to be in active status. If you have any questions about your status, please email international@fairfield.edu.

We recognize that many of our new international students may find it challenging to get to the United States due to U.S. travel bans, travel restrictions, and visa issues. If you are unable to arrive in the U.S., you can take your courses online while in your home country. Please note: If you are not in F-active status, you can take online classes; however, please ensure your home country allows you to take online courses from a U.S. higher education institution without needing to be in active F-active status.

Travel signatures: Please note that you do not need a travel signature if the last travel signature on your I-20 is within a year of your scheduled arrival date. If you need one, then please complete this form: https://fairfield.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/310966

Getting a new or renewing your visa: If you believe that you may face difficulty getting a visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate due to the evolving changes to U.S. immigration guidance for F students, then we can provide an additional letter of support to assist you with the visa process. Please email international@fairfield.edu to request this letter.

Resources:

Your health and safety are our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor daily developments in Connecticut and the surrounding states and inform you of necessary changes as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and patience for the safety limits we are designing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the international@fairfield.edu or covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,


Kamala C. Kiem
Associate Dean of Students
Office of Student Engagement
International Student Life

A Message from the Vice President of Student Affairs (Email - Sent 8/7/2020)

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A Message from the Vice President of Student Affairs (Email - Sent 8/7/2020)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. As we prepare to bring our Stags home for the fall semester, we have recently informed our students of new quarantine, testing, and self-monitoring protocols for those traveling from states designated as "hot spot" areas by the CT Travel Advisory.

Students travelling from states designated as "hot spot" areas as identifiedby t he CT Travel Advisory require a special testing protocol and quarantine prior to their matriculation back to campus life. All students should follow the CT Travel Advisory and make travel plans accordingly moving forward.

If you live or have traveled to a state and/or recently spent more than 24 hours in a state listed on the CT Travel Advisory, please read this message fully and follow all necessary conditions to ensure a smooth, safe transition for our entire campus population. These requirements are in line with all guidance required by the State of Connecticut.

Quarantine/Travel Plans

  • All students traveling from "hot spot" states as identified by the State of Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days either at residence or hotel in CT or at a state that is not on the "hot spot" list, or on-campus.
  • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out a personalized link that was emailed to them the week of August 3 to identify their quarantine plan prior to matriculation back to campus life. Residential students will be able to select an option to quarantine on campus.
  • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform if they are quarantining in the State of Connecticut.
  • The CT Travel Advisory is updated on a continuous basis. If your state is taken off prior to your arrival on campus, you are no longer required to quarantine. You will be assigned an updated move in time/date from the Office of Residence Life.

Testing/Self-monitoring for Residential Students who would like to quarantine on campus

  • All students received a communication from Fairfield University Human Resources on August 3 regarding registering for the University provided testing kit.
  • Students should follow instructions and register immediately to receive the kit. Once the kit arrives in the mail, students are asked to complete it and send it back to allow for the appropriate time for processing.
  • The Student Health Center will receive the results of the initial test. Students with a positive initial test should go into isolation, consult with their doctor, and not come to campus.
  • If students have a negative test, they will be permitted to move on campus and enter into quarantine.
  • Three days after arrival while in quarantine, students will be retested. Students who produce a negative test will go into a modified quarantine which allows students to leave their rooms to pick up their meals and go outside.
  • An additional test will be done seven days later.
  • If at any point a student tests positive, they will move into a designated isolation room.
  • 24 hours prior to coming to campus, students must begin to complete the daily health monitoring through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application.

On-Campus/Move-In for Residential Students

Students from "hot spot" states will be able to move onto campus on August 16. By filling out the personalized link that was emailed to them the week of August 3, the Office of Residence life will assign each student with a move in time on August 16.

  • 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 can bring no more than one family member or guest to assist. Guests accompanying their student from affected states are considered "unable to quarantine." If staying in Connecticut for more than 24 hours, guests from affected states must get a test 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform. NOTE: Parents and guests only need to be tested prior to their arrival if they plan on staying in the area for more than 24 hours.
  • Proof of a negative test must be emailed or faxed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus.
  • Masks are required for all students, families, and guests arriving on campus and must be worn at all times.
  • Students who cannot move in on August 16 are required to make their own quarantine plans, following guidance as outlined by the State of Connecticut.
  • Students will receive a move-in confirmation on August 14 to be shown at the University Entrance checkpoint.

Quarantine for Residential Students

  • Upon arrival, when belongings are safely in the room, students will go into strict quarantine immediately. Quarantine means students must remain in their room at all times except to use the restroom or to pick up your meals wearing a mask.
    • The University will provide meals, and details are forthcoming.
  • If at any point a student does not feel well, students should contact DPS at 203-254-4090.
  • 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).
  • After two negative tests and an official approval of modified quarantine, students can leave their rooms and walk freely outside throughout campus while social distancing and wearing a mask. Students cannot go into any residential, academic, or any recreational facility.
  • Students cannot leave campus until after 14 days upon arrival and three negative tests, which will have been provided by the University.
  • In most circumstances, students will be in quarantine by themselves but in some scenarios they may be with a roommate/suitemate.
  • All students must fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform.
  • All students coming from a hot spot state must fill out a unique link that will be emailed to them by August 7 to assist with for a safe arrival.

We recognize that strict quarantine is challenging but it is essential for the safety of our community. Students who cannot follow the on-campus quarantine requirement should look at other options for quarantining or consider virtual learning until their state is no longer considered a “hot spot” on the CT travel advisory. Students in violation of quarantine will be subject to disciplinary action which could result in an immediate removal of campus housing for the entire semester.

The health and safety of your students is our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor daily developments in Connecticut and the surrounding states and inform you of necessary changes as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and patience for the safety limits we are designing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President, Student Life

Fairfield University: CT Travel Advisory Survey (Email - Sent 8/4/2020)

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Fairfield University: CT Travel Advisory Survey (Email - Sent 8/4/2020)

Dear Fairfield University Students,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. Students traveling from States designated as “hot spots” areas as identified by the CT Travel Advisory require a special testing protocol and quarantine prior to your matriculation back to campus life. All students should follow the CT Travel Advisory and make travel plans accordingly moving forward.

If you live or have recently spent more than 24 hours in a state listed on the CT Travel Advisory, please read this message fully and follow all necessary conditions to ensure a smooth, safe transition for our entire campus population. These requirements are in line with all guidance required by the State of Connecticut.

Quarantine/Travel Plans

  • All students traveling from “hot spots” cannot attend classes without a 14 day quarantine. Quarantine can either be on campus for residential students or at a private residence/hotel in a location not listed on the CT Travel Advisory.
  • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out this survey by August 7 to identify their quarantine plan prior to matriculation back to campus life. Residential students will be able to select an option to quarantine on campus.
  • All students traveling from "hot spots" must fill out the CT Travel Advisory form online at ct.gov/travelform if they are quarantining in the State of Connecticut.
  • The CT Travel Advisory is updated on a continuous basis. If your state is taken off the list prior to your arrival on campus/ start of classes, you are no longer required to quarantine. In this circumstance, residential students will be assigned an updated move in time/date from the Office of Residence Life.

Testing/Self-monitoring for Residential Students who would like to quarantine on campus

  • All students received a communication from Fairfield University Human Resources on August 3 regarding registering for the University provided testing kit.
  • Please follow instructions and register immediately to receive the kit. Once the kit arrives in the mail, complete it and send it back to allow for the appropriate time for processing.
  • The Student Health Center will receive the results of the initial test. Students with a positive initial test should go into isolation, consult with your doctor and not come to campus.
  • If you have a negative test, you will be permitted to move on campus and enter in quarantine. Quarantine means you must remain in your room at all times except to use the restroom wearing a mask or to pick up your meals.
  • Three days after arrival while in quarantine, students will be retested. Students who produce a negative test will go into a modified quarantine which allows students to leave their rooms and go outside.
  • An additional test will be done seven days later.
  • If at any point a student tests positive, they will move into a designated isolation room.
  • Family members/ guests accompanying their student from affected states are considered "unable to quarantine." Family Members/ guests must be tested 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform. Proof of a negative test must be emailed or faxed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus.
  • 24 hours prior to coming to campus, students must begin to complete the daily health monitoring through the LiveSafe campus safety smartphone application.

On-Campus/Move-In for Residential Students

  • Students from "hot spot" states will be able to move onto campus on August 16. By filling out this survey, the Office of Residence life will assign each student with a move in time on August 16.
    • 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 can bring no more than one family member or guest to assist. Family members/ guests must be tested 72 hours prior to arrival in CT and complete the online travel form at ct.gov/travelform. Proof of a negative test must be emailed to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to arrival to campus.
    • Masks are required for all students, families, and guests arriving on campus and must be worn at all times.
    • Students who cannot move in on August 16 are required to make their own quarantine plans, following guidance as outlined by the State of Connecticut.
    • Students will receive a MOVE IN confirmation on August 14 to be shown at the check point.

Quarantine for Residential Students

  • Upon your arrival and belongings are safely in the room, students will go into strict quarantine immediately. Quarantine means you must remain in your room at all times except to use the restroom wearing a mask or to pick up your meals.
    • The University will provide meals, and details are forthcoming.
  • If at any point a student does not feel well, students should contact DPS at 203-254-4090.
  • 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).
  • After two negative tests and an official approval of modified quarantine, students can leave their rooms and walk freely outside throughout campus while social distancing and wearing a mask. Students cannot go into any residential, academic or any recreational facility.
  • Students cannot leave campus until after 14 days upon arrival and three negative tests which have been provided by the University.
  • In most circumstances, students will be in quarantine by themselves but in some scenarios they may be with a roommate/suitemate.
  • We recognize that strict quarantine is challenging but it is essential for the safety of our community. Students who cannot follow the on-campus quarantine requirement should look at other options for quarantining or consider virtual learning until their state is no longer considered a “hot spot” on the CT travel advisory. Students in violation of quarantine will be subject to disciplinary action which could result in an immediate removal of campus housing for the entire semester.

Your health and safety are our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor daily developments in Connecticut and the surrounding states and inform you of necessary changes as soon as possible.

To complete Fairfield University's Hot Spot Area Survey, please click on the following link: Covid-19 Hot Spot Survey.

We appreciate your understanding and patience for the safety limits we are designing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President, Student Life

Returning to Campus – Action Required (Email - Sent 8/3/2020)

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Returning to Campus – Action Required (Email - Sent 8/3/2020)

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Office of Human Resources

Dear Fairfield Students, Faculty and Staff:

The past few months have been challenging as we all have had to manage our daily lives in the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic. First and foremost, I want everyone to know that your continued safety and health are 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. In this letter, we will also describe the recurring, interval testing and daily health monitoring process that will take place during the semester.

The testing will screen and identify students, faculty, and staff with asymptomatic infections who could spread the infection to others. We have partnered with InHouse Physicians (IHP) to provide this testing service. IHP has over 30 years of experience in protecting the health and wellbeing of workforces around the globe. In terms of testing kit selections, we 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."

Important — Immediate Action is Required to Receive Your Test Kit
Upon receipt of this letter, please register and complete the waiver agreement as soon as possible. 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 on the HIPAA Secure Patient Portal. 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
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.

Students
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 the planned campus return date.

Please note: Students traveling from states listed on the CT Travel Advisory may be subject to following a special testing protocol. To view the list of states on the CT Travel Advisory, go to the CT State Website's Travel Advisory for CT Visitors page.

As the testing protocols are subject to change, the most up to date information is available at the University’s Covid-19 webpage. Please check it prior to your return to campus.

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.

Two other elements associated with the University’s Covid-19 protection and prevention program are ongoing interval testing and daily health monitoring.

Weekly Asymptomatic Interval Testing
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.

Daily Health Monitoring
Monitoring your current health status each day prior to engaging in learning or work activities provides another layer of safety. Should community members exhibit symptoms associated with Covid-19, they can take immediate measures to isolate themselves until they can consult with a health care professional, for faculty or staff, or the Student Health Center, for students.

The University has selected the LiveSafe platform for the health monitoring program. 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 App Store or Google Play
  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 that app.
  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.

Only community members coming to campus need to complete the daily health monitoring prior to arrival. When you enter campus, you may be asked to show the green check mark indicating you are safe to enter campus. Your support and cooperation are greatly appreciated as we work together to successfully start our fall semester.

Stay well and enjoy the remaining days of summer,

Sincerely,

Scott Esposito, '82, MS '87
Vice President, Human Resources

Important Information Regarding Return to Campus (Email - Sent 7/22/2020)

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Important Information Regarding Return to Campus (Email - Sent 7/22/2020)

Dear Students,

I want to start this message by officially welcoming the class of 2024 to the University community. During my time as dean of students, it has become customary for me to send periodic messages to the student body. As the newest members of the student body, I hope you will find these messages both informative and insightful throughout your journey at Fairfield.

If one thing is clear, it is that much has changed since our campus was abuzz in the spring and we last held in-person classes on campus. Today, we find ourselves living in a society full of uncertainty, concern, fear, and anger. Nonetheless, as we prepare for the start of the new academic year, we must embrace the hope and optimism also being generated.

Our Covid-19 Task Force, and its many working groups, has been meeting frequently to prepare the campus for the return of students, faculty, and staff. The focus throughout the planning process has been to create a safe environment that will allow the education and formation of our students to continue. In taking this step, we must understand that we are no longer living in so-called normal times and we must now embark on a new course of operating. The heart of the Fairfield community and the importance of a Jesuit education remains the same; however, our way of proceeding will be different. This new path requires us to consider others before ourselves; to be people for and with others. It implores us to take appropriate action to protect ourselves and other members of our community – our Fairfield University community.

A return to campus requires us to make crucial changes in the way we go about our daily lives. It will be incumbent upon you as students to embrace your responsibility and make the appropriate changes. Change is never easy. In most situations, change is quite challenging. Together, I am confident that we can adjust to our new circumstance. We know you are capable of this. We know that you are ready to do what is right. Let’s make it happen!

There is a general consensus that college students will not play it safe, ignore the fact that there is an ongoing public health crisis, and will return to campus only to engage in activities that could cost someone their life. I pray that these naysayers are wrong. I ask for your cooperation in proving them wrong. I believe that each Fairfield student understands the tenuous environment that we are living in and how important it is for each and every member of the Fairfield University community to be safe and follow the rules. There will be no tolerance for non-compliance with policies and directives related to the safe re-opening of our campus. We will not hesitate to remove non-compliant individuals from campus.

In the days and weeks ahead, we will be sharing with you detailed information about your return to campus – most notably through our new Stags Come Home checklist which will be launched later this week. In the meantime, we encourage you to contact the University with any questions or concerns you have.

I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Sincerely,

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students

A Message From the Vice President of Student Life (Email - Sent 7/8/2020)

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A Message From the Vice President of Student Life (Email - Sent 7/8/2020)

Dear Students:

As Fairfield University plans to Bring its Stags Home for the fall 2020 semester, a safe return to campus life is our most important priority. We want to make sure our community members have all the information they need to maintain the vibrancy of our campus life, but do so as safely as possible.

Staying Safe: In order to keep our community safe, there will be several new requirements and expectations within our community.

  • Health Monitoring/ Symptom Monitoring: 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 6 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.
  • Testing and contract tracing: 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 health center.
  • Personal Hygiene: While increased cleaning protocols will take place, we also ask that our students, engage in increased personal hygiene. This includes washing hands for at least 20 seconds; refrained contact with eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing and sneezing into tissues or arms; and staying home from class or work when feeling ill.
  • Masks: 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.

Campus Preparation:
Fairfield University’s Facilities Department is 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.

  • Classrooms: The Division of Facilities Management reviewed the floorplans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory and simulation space in the various academic buildings. Team members determined 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 insure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.
  • Residence halls: 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 residence room.
  • Dining: Fairfield University dining has reduced the capacity in their main dining room to ensure 6 foot distancing between small groups when eating. Fairfield has identified additional eating locations throughout campus. Students will be assigned to one dining location and will have the option for Grab and Sit or Grab and Go.
  • Mailroom: In order to facilitate mail and package deliveries to Fairfield University students in a pandemic environment, while at the same time achieving social distancing and avoiding lines for pick up, Fairfield University 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.
  • Wellness Center: We have moved the Health Center to the new state of the art wellness center in the heart of campus, attached to Jogues hall within the residential quad. In addition to Covid related health concerns, they will provide comprehensive health services and mental health support for all students seven days a week.
  • Recreational complex: The Rec Plex will allow authorized users (student, faculty & staff) access to the facility on a limited first come, first served basis. The capacity of the building and for each particular area and/or program is based on state of Connecticut, and university, social distancing guidelines. Significant cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been put in place.

Transition Back: 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 Check List: An individual check list 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.
  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 requirements, procedures and necessary follow up.

Our actions and guidance are guided by our deep commitment to the health and safety of our community. We are working to provide as much clarity as possible as we continue to follow and respond to the ongoing guidance and directions from the state, the CDC and other related organizations. You play a vital role in ensuring the safety of our community. By following simple guidelines and using common sense we can keep each other safe. I look forward to welcoming you to our campus this fall.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue

Message From the President: University Update (News@ Email - Sent 5/1/2020)

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Message From the President: University Update (News@ Email - Sent 5/1/2020)

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Dear Members of the Fairfield University Community:

First, I want to thank you all for your ingenuity and aplomb in managing a very challenging and eventful spring semester. Despite the many complexities we have had to face, together we have united as a community to uphold our traditional commitment to excellence in all things. We managed to continue our work, our learning, and — to the degree possible virtually — to gather our community.

Soon we will confer degrees upon the Class of 2020 — a class, and an achievement, that will always be remembered and celebrated with pride when recounting the history of our University; we look forward to celebrating in person, in the coming months.

On a similar, laudatory note, I want to highlight and commend all those who have been so resourceful and innovative in supporting our end-of-semester programming. Our Fairfield StartUp Showcase entrepreneurship competition was moved to an online format, and we witnessed a tremendously successful degree of online engagement with that program; the same was true for our undergraduate Innovative Research Symposium. Similarly, we have reached out through webinars, emails, and video tours to our incoming Class of 2024 and their parents, and we will conduct first-year Orientation in this manner as well.

In addition to offering these celebratory thoughts, I also want to bring you up to date on a few other developments as we continue to move forward. Earlier this week, we informed students and families of the appropriate adjustments we have made to their residence and student services fees for this past semester. The formula that we developed had to be tailored to a myriad of living and dining considerations — as well as compliant with federal guidelines — so it did take some time, and we are pleased to have the process well underway.

Also this week, we have written to our residential students and their families regarding a process and timetable for these students to come to campus and retrieve their belongings, beginning May 7 and continuing through May 29. The safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff were paramount among our concerns while developing this plan, which also needed to be in line with the standards set in place by the State of Connecticut concerning appropriate social distancing, and in accord with the mandates and timetable set forth by the Health Department of the Town of Fairfield. The details are quite specific, but rest assured, we have thought through all the contingencies, and where students and families are not able to return to campus, we have a process in place to safely gather and return their belongings to them.

As with all matters these days, the situation remains fluid, but we have proven to be very adaptable. Notably, we are looking forward to a busy summer semester, with more than 100 undergraduate courses offered online. The first tranche of summer courses will be exclusively online while we await developments to see at what point, and in what manner, we will be able to resume classes on campus.

I want to assure you that it is our intention to return to on-campus teaching and instruction in the fall of this year. Naturally, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and families remain the primary considerations in every decision that we make, so we will continue to monitor the situation closely — and abide by governmental health directives — as we work on a continuous basis with state and local authorities. Additionally, our University task force is hard at work developing appropriate scenarios to ensure that we can re-open safely; I’m very much looking forward to being together again, as I’m sure are all of you, so we must find a way to do this responsibly, and I believe that we will.

In closing, my thanks and best wishes to you all. I know that many of our families are facing hardships at this time, and I want to assure you that we are very mindful of this. But, in my years at Fairfield, I have been repeatedly impressed by the resilience, generosity, and optimism of this community, and I know that this fortitude and faith — the essential characteristics of Fairfield’s spirit as the modern Jesuit, Catholic university — will carry us forward to even greater heights.  

With very best wishes to you all,

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
President
Professor of Politics

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Move-Out Email, Residence Life (Email - Sent 4/30/2020)

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Move-Out Email, Residence Life (Email - Sent 4/30/2020)

Dear Residential Student:

The Office of Residence Life is coordinating a move out process starting Thursday, May 7th through Friday, May 29th that will enable you to reclaim your belongings and return your keys. It is important for the safety of all residential students and their families, students adhere to the process that Residence Life has created. It allows a student to pre-select a date and time for removing their belongings while respecting social distancing mandates outlined by the Town of Fairfield and State of Connecticut.

On Friday, May 1st, the Office of Residence Life will send out a form for students to request a move out time and date.

Please review the following:

  • Students can select a day starting Thursday, May 7th through Friday, May 29th
  • There are four blocks of times daily for move out: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Selections will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • For the safety of the community, we must limit move-out dates and times, and no overnight stay can be permitted given the health emergency.
  • The Office of Residence Life will send a confirmation email verifying your selection date and time.
  • You will not be allowed to enter campus until you receive an approval email from the Office of Residence Life confirming your date and time.

Preparing for move out:

  • Students can bring no more than two family members or guests to assist with move out.
  • Bring your residence hall key and Stag Card. If you have misplaced your Stag Card or key, please contact moveout@fairfield.edu at least 48 hours prior to coming to campus.
  • Once your move out is complete, you will drop your key off at the designated key location in your building/area. Signs will be posted highlighting these areas in the building.
  • To the best of your ability, please clean your room and remove all trash. Empty contents of your fridge and leave your fridge plugged in.
  • Check to ensure that you have all of your belongings before dropping off your key.

Mandatory safety requirements:

  • 24 hours prior to coming to campus all students and their guests must complete the Covid-19 Site Entry Questionnaire and Screening form. This online form will be provided to students and their guests in advance of their move out date and time.
  • All students and their guests coming on campus will be required to stop at the front gate, show identification, your Office of Residence Life approval email and verify that they have a facemask or cloth face-covering.
  • Students and their guests are required to wear a mask when on campus at all times.
  • One guest can accompany students into the unit or residence hall while the other remains at the vehicle loading the belongings.
  • If you or your guests are not feeling well, please call the Office of Residence Life to reschedule your move out date and time. Do not come to campus while you are ill.
  • If you or your guests develops symptoms within 48 hours of the move out, please report it to the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 (2241).

Students unable to request a move out time have the following options:

  1. If you are unable to move out at this time and you would like to give permission for your roommate or a friend to pack up your belongings, please fill out the form here.
  2. We've coordinated with Dorm Room Movers to allow their background checked movers access to rooms in order to pack your items for storage and shipping without you present. These costs are not covered by the University. Please click here to review your options.
    • On your day of pickup, they'll send you a private link to live video chat with your movers while they pack and pick up your belongings.
    • We will work directly with Dorm Room Movers to schedule your service and you'll receive a 3-hour timeslot for your Zoom call once your date is confirmed. Please do not call Dorm Room Movers with questions about scheduling.
    • Students need to enter in the following coupon code for a discounted registration fee of $25: "fairfield"
  3. Please email moveout@fairfield.edu if you cannot request a move out date and time within the specified time frame to make other arrangements.

Your health and safety are our highest priority. As such, we have consulted with the Fairfield Health Department in creating this detailed procedure, and will continue to monitor daily developments in Connecticut and the surrounding states. Notwithstanding, in these uncertain times, should you (and/or your guests) choose to participate in this move out process, you are assuming all risks (including exposure) in connection with this activity as further explained in the Covid-19 Site Entry Questionnaire and Screening Form.

We appreciate your understanding and patience for the safety limits we are designing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residential Life via email at moveout@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,
Ophelie Rowe-Allen
Director of Residence Life

A Message from the Vice President of Finance and CFO (Email - Sent 4/29/2020)

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A Message from the Vice President of Finance and CFO (Email - Sent 4/29/2020)

Dear Students and Families,

We are writing today to provide you with details regarding equitable adjustments for room and board. Thank you for your patience as we worked through the details of this complex process.

As you know, President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, referenced equitable adjustments for room and board in his message on March 22, 2020. Shortly after this message, on March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump. One component of the CARES Act is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund which provides grants for students, for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, guidance on how to implement these cash grants was not communicated until weeks later.

In an effort to ensure we administer both the equitable room and board adjustments as well as the cash grants under the CARES Act in a manner consistent with these guidelines, the processing of these transactions was delayed weeks longer than we originally anticipated.

The cash grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund allocated to Fairfield University will be distributed in the following two ways:

  • A cash grant of $250.00 to students who are Title IV-eligible, as per the FAFSA, and are on the University Meal Plan, for the unanticipated cost of food they had to purchase upon return to their home town. Students will not need to apply for these funds.
  • A cash grant to students who are Title IV-eligible, and who apply for additional assistance for other expenses related to the disruption of campus operations such as rent, technology, health care, and childcare. To request this form of cash grant, additional information will be forthcoming.

It is important to understand that the cash grants appear to be taxable income. However, the guidance continues to evolve and further clarification is expected from the government.

We have also finalized the room, board, and parking pass adjustments for eligible students who were not studying abroad. Students studying abroad will receive a separate communication. The amount of the adjustment a student receives will be based on eligibility, housing type, meal plan option, and parking. These adjustments will either post to your student account or, in certain circumstances, may result in a direct payment.

Adjustments will be provided as described below to students who incurred these costs out-of-pocket. In instances where the University provided for housing and/or dining, those students will not be eligible for the adjustment.

For the Majority of Students (students who did not return to campus after the Spring Break week ended March 15, 2020):

Housing adjustments will be based on room type and are adjusted for fixed and direct costs associated with managing the University housing program. These costs include principal and interest payments due on outstanding bond obligations for dorm construction and renovation, and costs for key personnel, and have been factored in at a rate of 12.5%.

Residence Halls: $1,775.00
Apartments/Townhouses: $2,425.00
Primary Residential Meal Plan: $1,275.00
Parking Pass: $25.00

Students who left campus housing after March 16 will receive reduced adjustments in weekly increments based on departure dates.

Commuter Meal Plans:
45 Meal Plan +$200 Dining Dollars: $345.00
65 Meal Plan + $250 Dining Dollars: $470.00
Residential Meal Plan: $1,275.00
7/Week Meal Plan + $600 Dining Dollars: $1,475.00
Unlimited Meal Plan: $1,550.00

Examples:
Example 1: Title IV-Eligible First-Year Student in a Residence Hall, on the Primary Meal Plan

Cash Grant for Food Expenses in Home Town: $250.00
Residence Hall Adjustment: $1,775.00
Primary Residential Meal Plan Adjustment: $1,275.00
Parking Pass: $0.00

Total $3,300.00

Example 2: Title IV-Eligible Junior in a Townhouse, no meal plan, with a car on campus

Cash Grant for Food Expenses in Home Town: $0.00
Townhouse Adjustment: $2,425.00
Meal Plan Adjustment: $0.00
Parking Pass: $25.00

Total $2,450.00

Adjustments in the form of credits will first apply to any outstanding balance, and then on account (applicable to your Summer 2020 charges or your Fall 2020 Semester bill), and will appear separately on your student account as follows:

  • HRCV – Residence Hall Campus Closure
  • HACV – Apartment Hsg Campus Closure
  • HTCV – Townhouse Campus Closure
  • HMCV – Meal Plan Campus Closure
  • HCCV – Commuter Meal Campus Closure
  • MSCV – Parking Reg Campus Closure

If you are a senior who has applied for graduation and does not owe a balance, you will automatically receive the adjustment in the form of a check, mailed to the address we have on record.

We realize that this is complicated and that many of you may have questions. Please email residencelife@fairfield.edu and we will direct your question to the appropriate office for response.

Our teams are working as quickly as possible to apply these adjustments.
Finally, some families have expressed an interest in supporting students significantly impacted by the crisis, and have asked to donate room and board adjustments as a charitable gift that will support urgent needs, including financial aid, student health programming, academic preparedness, and spirituality. If you would like to participate, you can request a gift receipt from University Advancement for this tax-deductible contribution. To learn more, please contact Julie Tuozzoli, Director of Parent Philanthropy and Engagement at parents@fairfield.edu.

We understand this is an uncertain time for everyone, and we are working diligently for not only today’s students, but also those who will join the Fairfield community this fall and years to come.

Best Regards,

Mike Trafecante
Vice President and CFO

A Message From the President (Email - Sent 4/9/2020)

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Dear Fairfield University Community:

As we enter the fullness of Holy Week and Passover celebrations, we recognize that we do so at a time of uncertainty, more aware than ever of how deeply we depend upon and care for our loved ones, families, and neighbors. This is truly a week of contemplation for us all, and I wish you and your families the very best at this time.

I want to thank you all for your extraordinary efforts to ensure that the work of Fairfield University continues. So many throughout our institution are doing astonishing things to make certain that we keep on teaching, learning, and tending to our community. In simplest terms, we are doing everything we can at this time to be, in the fullest sense, the modern, Jesuit and Catholic University that we are called to be.

We have migrated our entire community to online education almost overnight so that our students and faculty can continue their learning relationships; we are reaching out to our accepted students through virtual methods on the exciting journey they are about to embark upon as they discern their paths forward, hopefully choosing Fairfield for their higher education experience. We are engaging through video and social media, through live virtual sessions and chat. While it is just beginning to feel like a new normal, it is a normal that Fairfield has quickly adapted to. Tomorrow, I will share my thoughts virtually, as I would have in person, to our admitted students and their parents — focusing on the enduring value, over time, of a Fairfield degree. I encourage you to view the video here.

We undertake all of this because there is a mission that we share — to transform the world through education. We do this not alone, but as one of hundreds of Jesuit schools and colleges around the world, and as part of the larger Ignatian mission of service to humanity.

Recently, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., shared reflections on the work of the Society across the world during this pandemic, which you can read here. I particularly want to share with you all today the tone of optimism and clarity that struck me upon reading it. Fr. Sosa noted:

This crisis is a spiritual and intellectual challenge for us. Listening to the Spirit, trusting in God and allowing ourselves to be guided by him does not exempt us from the effort to understand in depth the causes of this crisis, its consequences and the ways to make it an occasion to advance towards a more just and humane world. The apostolic body of the Society rests and walks on its two legs: spiritual depth and, also, intellectual depth.

As a University, we in particular are called to undertake this challenge: to work as scholars, scientists, and teachers to understand the causes and consequences of this crisis, and to use it as an occasion to advance toward a more just and humane world. We are a University that walks on two legs, spiritual and intellectual. Our response to this crisis — the alacrity, generosity, and good spirit you have all shown at this moment — is surely proof of this.

I wish you all a fruitful, safe, and enriching Easter. Again, I send you all my deepest gratitude and appreciation.

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
President
Professor of Politics

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

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

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Dear Members of the Fairfield University Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Fairfield University Community –

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

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

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

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

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

In addition, please note the following changes to operations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Members of the Fairfield Community,

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

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

Coronavirus Preparedness Update (Announcement - 03/5/2020)

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Coronavirus Preparedness Update (Announcement - 03/5/2020)

SUBJECT: CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS UPDATE

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

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

ACTIONS TAKEN

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

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

STUDY ABROAD

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

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

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

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

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

SPRING BREAK

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

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

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

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

GOOD HYGEINE AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR

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

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

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

IN CLOSING

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

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

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University Announcement

Dear Study Abroad Students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM www.who.int

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

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

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

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

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

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

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

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

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

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

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University Announcement

Fairfield University Community:

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

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

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

Please visit the information page for additional information and resources.

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

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

Florence University of the Arts Program Closure

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Office of the Provost

Dear University Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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Office of the Provost

Dear Students and Parents –

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Information About Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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Dear Fairfield University and Prep Communities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Coronavirus Update for Parents

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM www.who.int

Wash your hands frequently

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

Practice respiratory hygiene

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

Maintain social distancing

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

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

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

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

We also advised students of the following:

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

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

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

 

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

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Subject: 2019 Coronavirus Update

Dear Students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM www.who.int

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

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

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

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

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

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

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

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

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

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

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Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Dear Fairfield University and Prep Communities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You should:

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

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

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

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

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