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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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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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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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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:

President's Message Vimeo Video

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 - 03/05/2020)

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Coronavirus Preparedness Update (Announcement - 03/05/2020)

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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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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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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University Announcement

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

Information About Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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University Announcement

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 (Email - Sent 2/24/2020)

2019 Coronavirus Update for Parents

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University Announcement

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

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University Announcement

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

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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University Announcement

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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