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A Message from the Dean of Students (Email- Sent 8/24/2021)

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A Message from the Dean of Students (Email- Sent 8/24/2021)

Dear Students,

I can’t believe “summer” is almost over! Many of our fall sport athletes have been on campus for a few weeks. This week, r.a.’s will arrive and begin to prepare our housing stock for move-in. I am guessing that most students are looking forward to the start of the academic year with a mix of excitement, optimism, and apprehension about the semester ahead.

Over the past 18 months, we have all been required to make regular changes to and adjust our daily routines as a result of Covid-19. We recognize that this has not been easy. The University is committed to an ongoing assessment of how Covid-19 is affecting our campus community, the town, the state, and the country, and will adjust accordingly as the semester moves forward in a manner that keeps our students and employees healthy. It is too early to tell exactly what those adjustments may be. I assure you that any decisions that are made will be communicated with you accordingly.

Below you will find questions related to some of the important topics you may be wondering about and should be aware of prior to your arrival on-campus. Please take the time to review each item below carefully and complete any task required of you.

Will masks be required on campus?

In accordance with the Town of Fairfield, it will be required for all individuals wear a mask when inside of any University facility. See the Covid-19 Student Directives for additional information.

Do students need to provide proof of vaccination?

Today, Pfizer received full FDA approval for its Covid-19 vaccine. We believe that this news will further encourage student to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others from Covid-19. Prior to returning to campus, students must a) declare that they do not plan to be vaccinated before the start of semester via the Student Checklist, or b) submit proof of vaccination, even if you have not yet received your second dose via the Student Health Portal. You will be denied access to campus without completing either of these two steps.

Questions about the Covid-19 vaccine can be directed to the Student Health Center.

What are the testing requirements for students upon their return to campus?

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

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

If I test positive for Covid-19, will the University provide isolation and quarantine housing?

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

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

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

How will access to campus be controlled this year?

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

Where can I find the most up to date policies and directives pertaining to students for the upcoming academic year?

The 2021-2022 Student Handbook is now available. While we suggest you read the entire Student Handbook, all students should take the time to review the following sections:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct
  • Residential Guidelines
  • Non-Discrimination and Harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct

Additionally, on the Student Handbook webpage you can find the Covid-19 Student Directives currently in place for the start of the academic year.

Have the issues with the online education modules been resolved?

We appreciate your patience as we worked with our vendor over the last two weeks to resolve the issues related to the online education modules. We are confident that the errors have been corrected and students should be able to access the website, see all of the courses assigned to them, and complete the courses as required. Follow this link to access the training modules.

Is the University placing any restrictions on University-sponsored travel this fall?

Travel has been identified as a risk for exposure to Covid-19 and the university continues to discourage unnecessary travel for community members at this time. Based on success with the Covid-19 vaccination program, experts have identified certain circumstances in which the risk of travel is lessened. The university has modified its policy on travel to align with this evolving public health guidance. Please see the #HealthyFairfield webpage for additional information.

How can I find more information about the return campus this fall?

The Student Life staff will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. During the webinar, members of the Student Life staff will address many of items above as well as additional subjects related to the experience of students outside of the class. To register for the webinar, please click here.

In closing, be sure to review your Student Checklist for any incomplete items. Note – the Student Checklist is updated periodically, not automatically, so there may be a delay between the time in which you complete an item and receiving a green check mark.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns. We looking forward to seeing you on campus soon.

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students

A Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Continuing and Professional Studies (Email- Sent 8/23/2021)

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A Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Continuing and Professional Studies (Email- Sent 8/23/2021)

Dear Graduate Students,

After a year of primarily virtual learning, we are excited to welcome our graduate students back to the Fairfield campus this Fall 2021. The University is committed to ongoing assessment of how Covid-19 is affecting our campus community, the town, the state, and the country, and we will adjust protocols accordingly as the semester moves forward in a manner that keeps our campus community as healthy as possible. Although it is too early to know exactly what these adjustments may be, we assure you that any decisions will be communicated with you accordingly. Updates will also be posted on the University Return to Campus webpage.

Below you will find questions related to some of the important topics you may be wondering about and should be aware of prior to your return to campus. Please take the time to review each item below carefully and complete any task required of you.

1. Will masks be required on campus?

In accordance with the Town of Fairfield, all individuals regardless of vaccination status MUST wear a mask when inside any University facility. Please see the Covid-19 Student Directives for additional information.

2. How do students provide proof of vaccination?

Pfizer recently received full FDA approval for its Covid-19 vaccine. We believe that this news will further encourage students to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others from Covid-19. Prior to returning to campus, students must (a) declare that they do not plan to be vaccinated before the start of semester via the Student Checklist, or (b) submit proof of vaccination, even if you have not yet received your second dose via the Student Health Portal. Graduate students can also submit documentation of their vaccination via email to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. All students will be denied access to campus without completing these steps.

Questions about the Covid-19 vaccine can be directed to the Student Health Center.

3. What are the Covid-19 testing requirements for graduate students upon their return to campus?

Out of an abundance of caution, all students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in repopulation Covid-19 testing during the first week of classes. Please use the appropriate link below based on your vaccination status at the time you will be tested to schedule a testing appointment. (Online-only graduate students who have no intention of coming physically onto campus do not have to complete these steps.)

A. Fully Vaccinated Students
Fully vaccinated students may choose a Covid-19 testing appointment on one of the following dates*:

  • Tuesday, September 7 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sign up link here

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

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

B. Special Testing Requirements for Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Students

  1. Pre-Arrival Testing: Students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus. Please submit documentation of your negative test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Students without documentation will not be admitted to campus. Covid-19 antibody tests are not acceptable.
  2. Repopulation Testing*: Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students may choose an appointment on one of the following dates:
    • Tuesday, September 7 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 8 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 9 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Friday, September 10 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Sign up link here
  3. Weekly Surveillance Testing*: After September 10, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will be tested weekly Tuesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

4. How will access to campus be controlled this year?

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

5. My courses are listed as “hybrid” in the Schedule of Classes. What does this mean?

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

6. Is the University placing any restrictions on University-sponsored travel this fall?

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

7. Can I come to campus to use the Library, RecPlex, or other study areas?

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

We are looking forward to the start of the semester as a community of women and men for others!

Sincerely yours,

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students
he/him/his

Walter Rankin, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate, Continuing & Professional Studies
he/him/his

A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Undergraduate Communication) (Email- Sent 8/23/2021)

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A Message from the Vice President for Student Life (Undergraduate Communication) (Email- Sent 8/23/2021)

Dear Undergraduate Students,

As we prepare to welcome back our students for the fall semester, I wanted to share important information on Covid-19 testing, campus access and masking requirements.

Covid-19 Testing:
The University will continue its partnership with the Broad Institute to provide lab-based Covid-19 PCR testing on campus. Students new to this process may go to: https://sites.broadinstitute.org/safe-for-school/ to read about the testing procedures (see “individual diagnostic testing” and “observed self-swab collection”). Testing will be conducted in the RecPlex Field House. Students MUST schedule an appointment using the online system. Appointments will be verified at the door. Students will receive a secure email communicating negative test results. The Student Health Center staff will contact any student with positive test results directly. This testing program is an important University protocol aimed at keeping our community safe and healthy. Compliance will be monitored and there is an established accountability protocol.

Out of an abundance of caution, the University is requiring that all students, regardless of vaccination status, take a Covid-19 test within the first week of classes.

Repopulation Testing for ALL students:

Students must sign up for and participate in on-campus Covid-19 repopulation testing the first week of classes.

Vaccinated students:
Vaccinated students may choose an appointment on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 7 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 8 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

SIGN UP LINK HERE

Students with fully vaccinated status will be exempt from weekly surveillance testing which will continue after this repopulation testing.

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

Special Testing Requirements for Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Students:

  1. Pre-Arrival Testing: Students that are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus (either move in date or first day of classes). Please submit documentation of your negative test to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Student without documentation of this will not be admitted to campus. Covid-19 antibody tests are not acceptable.
  2. Repopulation Testing: Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will need to be tested two times per week during the first half of September. Students must sign up for an appointment and participate in each of the following FOUR on-campus Covid-19 testing events at the Rec Plex on the following days:
    • Tuesday, September 7 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Friday, September 10 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 14 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Friday, September 17 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    SIGN UP LINK HERE
  3. Weekly Surveillance Testing: After September 17, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will be tested weekly on Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2021 Updates

Town of Fairfield, Connecticut, Seal 1639

Town of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, WESTPORT AND EASTON COME TOGETHER IN A REGIONAL APPROACH FOR INDOOR MASK POLICY

The Towns of Fairfield, Westport and Easton are coming together to issue temporary town wide mask policies effective Monday, August 23, as a regional response to the spread of the Delta variant. Neighboring cities, Norwalk and Bridgeport already have mask policies in place.

The regional policy requires all residents of these Towns who are over the age of two years, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, wear a mask when indoors in public places. This is supported by the recommendations of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

First Selectwoman Kupchick said, “Transmission doesn’t stop at our borders, and since the Governor has left it up to local authorities rather than a statewide approach, we are forced to look at a regional one”. “We expect that the Town of Fairfield will be moved into the State of Connecticut’s red category today indicating more average daily positive cases”, she continued. “The Fairfield Health Department’s contact tracers are interviewing families in which multiple household members, regardless of vaccination status, are testing positive presumably due to the high transmissibility of the predominant Delta variant. This masking policy is temporary, as we will continue to watch the data closely and modify as conditions improve.”

First Selectman Marpe remarked, “I am grateful that Westporters recognize the importance of wearing masks and getting vaccinated. It is for our physical and mental health and safety that we remain vigilant, and at the same time, be respectful to others who may have differing opinions. We have come a long way in combatting this virus. While this development may seem like a step backward, it is undoubtedlynecessary until the time comes when all have the capacity to be vaccinated and Covid-19 is a more manageable, non-life-threatening virus. We are stronger together.”

First Selectman Bindelglass added, “Particularly with school about to get started, we want to make sure that cases do not spike and jeopardize our ability to safely get the kids into their classrooms.”

Yesterday, Fairfield County was the fifth county in Connecticut to be moved into the “high transmission” category, the most severe as defined by the CDC. Hospitalizations in Fairfield County are currently at 82.

Town leaders want to remind residents that the most effective way to prevent serious illness and hospitalization is to get vaccinated. The State Department of Public Health reports that the large majority of hospitalizations in Connecticut and around the country are among unvaccinated individuals.

Vaccines are readily available at the major pharmacies and through healthcare systems/providers. Booster shots for immunocompromised individuals are already available now at local pharmacy clinics.

To find a location to get vaccinated nearest you, text your zip code to GETVAX.

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Town of Fairfield, Connecticut, Seal 1639

Town of Fairfield

Office of the First Selectwoman
Brenda L. Kupchick

Contact: Jackie L. Bertolone
203.256.3069
jbertolone@fairfieldct.org

August 12, 2021

STATEMENT

As First Selectwoman, and per the CDC’s new guidelines regarding masks, I strongly encourage residents wear masks indoors during this wave, which has resulted in higher rates of transmission. I have already witnessed an increased use of masks indoors throughout our community.

Public health professionals say we are in the early to mid-weeks of the current wave, which has been attributed to the circulating Delta variant. If it follows the European model, the spike in transmission should start to come down in a few weeks and then will plateau in areas of high vaccination rates.

As of August 4th, Fairfield’s vaccination rate is 68.32%.

Since Fairfield's positivity rate is low and our vaccination rate is high and continues to grow, I will not be instituting a mask mandate at this time. I will continue to monitor the situation with our Health Director and Emergency Management Director.

Vaccine “breakthrough" cases have occurred in Connecticut, and in the majority of cases, symptoms have been mild and have not resulted in severe illness or hospitalizations. The most severe cases tend to be in unvaccinated individuals.

Residents should get a Covid-19 test if they feel unwell, even if they are experiencing mild symptoms and are vaccinated as vaccinated individuals can still carry and transmit the virus to others. In addition to severe Covid-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, the Fairfield Health Department has seen many cases of people experiencing mild symptoms like sore throat, congestion/runny nose, loss of taste and smell, headache and/or fatigue.

Vaccination is the most important defense against severe illness and hospitalization from Covid-19. The CT Department of Public Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals get vaccinated as soon as possible to help stop the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.

Text your zip code to GETVAX to find a location near you.

The Griffin Health mobile vaccination van is coming to Fairfield on Tuesday, August 17th at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church giving out both Pfizer (which is approved for ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (approved for ages 18+) between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. ID and insurance are not required. Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is located at 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield.

If you test positive for Covid-19 or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive, please contact the Health Department for guidance at 203-256-3020 or visit: fairfieldct.org/covid19.

The current policy in effect from the State of Connecticut does not require masks outdoors. For indoor settings, those who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks, however those who are unvaccinated must wear masks. Masks are required to be worn by everyone in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.

Businesses have the option to require masks be worn by everyone in their establishments.

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Dear Graduate Students:

Fairfield is excited to welcome our community back this fall for our campus and online programs! For graduate students coming back to the Fairfield campus, we look forward to your arrival in a few short weeks. To start, congratulations to you and your peers for your commitment to keeping our community safe. As acknowledged by President Nemec earlier this week, we know that at least 85% of our campus community will be vaccinated by the start of the academic year. We also know that this number will continue to rise. Well done!

The following is important information to help prepare you for the fall. We encourage you to read it thoroughly to help you prepare for your return to campus, whether to use the classroom, Library, RecPlex, or other study areas.

Covid-19 Vaccination Status

  • Fairfield University is strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against Covid-19.
  • Vaccinated students must upload their vaccination card to the Student Health Portal found at www.fairfield.edu/immunization or submit to covidhealth@fairfield.edu (if not already uploaded or submitted). Students who have declared their intent to be vaccinated must provide proof of vaccination to be exempted from surveillance testing and certain other requirements.

Vaccine Declaration Requirement

  • All students (whether in online or campus programs) are required to declare their vaccination status either by (a) submitting proof of vaccination records as described above or (b) formally declaring they do not intend to get vaccinated via their student checklist under "Health & Immunization Records".
  • IMPORTANT: Any student who has not submitted proof of vaccination or declared their status will be denied access to campus. This includes any students who would like to come onto campus to use the Library, RecPlex, or other study spaces.

Covid-19 Testing

  • In order to be exempt from mandatory, regular Covid-19 surveillance testing, students coming to campus for classes or using on-campus services must meet criteria for fully vaccinated status. Students are considered fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test (antibody tests will not be accepted) taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus. Proof of your negative test must be submitted to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Without test verification, unvaccinated students will be denied access to campus.
  • The first surveillance test for students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will be on Tuesday, September 7. The University has partnered with the Broad Institute to provide lab-based PCR Covid-19 testing. Students needing to test will receive detailed information on the testing process.
  • As a reminder, at least weekly surveillance testing is required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students. Non-compliant students will have their StagCards deactivated and will not be allowed to return to the campus until compliance is achieved through a private test obtained off-campus. The University reserves the right to increase the frequency of testing based on high risk conditions within the community.
  • The CDC has recently updated their guidance regarding vaccinated individuals and Covid-19 exposures. Vaccinated individuals will be subject to diagnostic testing and masking guidance as recommended by the CDC, if there has been a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. University Contact Tracer nurses will provide individualized guidance on a case-by-case basis.

Isolation/Quarantine

  • The University will not be offering Isolation or Quarantine Housing during the semester. All students should develop an isolation/quarantine plan prior to coming to campus this fall.
  • All unvaccinated individuals will need to isolate or quarantine if exposed to or diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.
  • Vaccinated individuals will need to isolate if diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.
  • Faculty are planning for in-person learning experiences this fall for campus-based graduate programs. Some of your courses may be in a “hybrid” format which means required instruction and participation will be both on campus and online for those courses. Fully remote learning will only be available for programs designed to be fully online. As is the case when a student must miss class for medical/health-related reasons, the student is responsible for making up missed work and should consult with their instructor(s) on how best to get caught up in their course(s).

Additional Safety Measures

  • Masks are currently optional for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask indoors. We ask all community members to act with care, empathy, and compassion around one another, and respect those wearing masks.
  • All graduate students should conduct daily symptom self-monitoring and contact their healthcare provider if they are not feeling well. Covid-19 rapid diagnostic testing is available via appointment in the health center for those experiencing symptoms. We encourage students to use a digital thermometer to facilitate temperature monitoring.
  • In an effort to be fully transparent, the University’s website will host two dashboards throughout the fall: Community Vaccine Rates and Community Virus Rates.
  • Campus Gates: StagCards will be tapped/swiped when entering campus, and the North Benson and Barlow Road gates will be the only way to enter/exit campus.
  • Students should continue to wash their hands often and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Students must complete all REQUIRED tasks on the Stags Come Back Checklist before arriving to campus, particularly the items under the "Health & Immunization Records" tab.
  • The University reserves the right to adjust safety measures (such as mask wearing protocols) if there are high risk conditions (high virus rates, increase in hospitalization, recommendations by local and state health officials, CDC guidance, etc.). Therefore, please remember to bring masks back to campus this fall.

We appreciate your understanding and commitment to adapting to this year’s arrival process and on campus expectations for this fall. The health and safety of our campus and the quality of the experience will depend on everyone in our community coming together and doing their part. It’s important to acknowledge that we continue to live within an ever-changing environment due to the pandemic. Students are expected to attend to and comply with ongoing Covid-19 policy changes throughout the semester to ensure the success of our time together. In advance, we thank you for your partnership.

Best Regards,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President for Student Life

Walter Rankin
Vice Provost for Graduate, Continuing & Professional Studies

Dear Students,

Fairfield is excited to welcome our community back to campus this fall, and we look forward to your arrival to campus in a few short weeks. To start, congratulations to you and your peers for your commitment to keeping our community safe. As acknowledged by President Nemec earlier this week, we know that at least 85% of our campus community will be vaccinated by the start of the academic year. We also know that this number will continue to rise. This will afford us the opportunity to create a vibrant experience this fall including bringing back some of our favorite traditions and events. Well done!

The following is important information to help prepare you for the fall. We encourage you to read it thoroughly to ensure that you understand the requirements of your arrival plans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Status

  • Fairfield University is encouraging all students to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against Covid-19.
  • Vaccinated students must upload their vaccination card to the Student Health Portal found at www.fairfield.edu/immunization or submit to covidhealth@fairfield.edu (if not already uploaded or submitted). Students that have declared their intent to be vaccinated must provide proof of vaccination to be exempted from surveillance testing and certain other requirements.

Declaration Requirement

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

Covid-19 Testing

  • In order to be exempt from mandatory Covid-19 surveillance testing, students must meet criteria for fully vaccinated status. Students are considered fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Students that are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated at the time of their return to campus must submit a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test (antibody tests will not be accepted) taken 72 hours prior to arrival to campus (either move in date or first day of classes). Proof of your negative test must be submitted to covidhealth@fairfield.edu. Without test verification, residential students will not receive their room key and commuters/beach students will not be able to access campus. Your test result must clearly show your name and the date it was taken.
  • The first surveillance test for students that are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will be on Tuesday, September 7. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will also be tested on September 10, 14 and 17 as part of the onboarding process. The University has partnered with the Broad Institute to provide lab-based PCR Covid-19 testing. Students needing to test will receive detailed information on the testing process.
  • As a reminder, at least weekly surveillance testing is required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students. Non-compliant students could be required to leave campus for a minimum of one week and until compliance is achieved through a private test obtained off campus. The University reserves the right to increase the frequency of testing based on high risk conditions within the community.
  • The CDC has recently updated their guidance regarding vaccinated individuals and Covid-19 exposures. Vaccinated individuals will be subject to diagnostic testing and masking guidance as recommended by the CDC if there has been a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. University Contact Tracer nurses will provide individualized guidance on a case by case basis.

Move In/Residential Return to Campus Process

  • The Office of Residence Life will provide a detailed communication regarding the move in process. For planning purposes, please be advised of the following move in dates:
    • Saturday, September 4: Class of 2025 and transfer students
    • Sunday, September 5: Class of 2024
    • Monday, September 6: Class of 2023 and Class of 2022
  • Students will preselect their move in time block on their designated move in day.
  • Students are allowed two guests to accompany them on move in day and will have 90 minutes from their move in time to finish moving in.
  • Please note, only the student and one guest may move into their residence hall or apartment/townhouse unit. The other guest should help unload and stay with your vehicle.
  • All students should review the CDC guidance related to travel and follow specific recommendations pertaining to their vaccination status. The University will work directly with students that present a higher risk when returning to campus.
  • International students have received separate guidelines regarding their move in process which will differ than their domestic peers.

Isolation/Quarantine

  • The University will not be offering isolation or quarantine housing during the semester. All students should develop an isolation/quarantine plan prior to coming to campus this fall.
  • All unvaccinated individuals will need to isolate or quarantine if exposed to or diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.
  • Vaccinated individuals will need to isolate if diagnosed with Covid-19 for 10 days as directed by a health care provider.
  • Faculty are planning for in person learning experiences this fall. Remote learning will not be available. As is the case when a student must miss class for medical/health-related reasons, the student is responsible for making up missed work and should consult with their instructor(s) on how best to get caught up in their course(s).

Additional Safety Measures

  • Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask indoors. We ask all community members to act with care, empathy, and compassion around one another, and respect those wearing masks.
  • All students should conduct daily symptom self-monitoring and contact the Health Center if they are not feeling well. Covid-19 rapid diagnostic testing is available via appointment in the Health Center for those experiencing symptoms. Residential students should pack a digital thermometer to facilitate temperature monitoring.
  • In an effort to be fully transparent, the University’s website will host two dashboards throughout the fall: Community Vaccine Rates and Community Virus Rates.
  • Campus Gates: StagCards will be tapped/swiped when entering campus, and the North Benson and Barlow Road gates will be the only way to enter/exit campus.
  • Students should continue to wash their hands often and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Students must complete all REQUIRED tasks on the Stags Come Back Checklist before arriving to campus.
  • The University reserves the right to adjust safety measures (such as mask wearing protocols) if there are high risk conditions (high virus rates, increase in hospitalization, recommendations by local and state health officials, CDC guidance, etc.). Therefore, please remember to bring masks back to campus this fall.

We appreciate your understanding and commitment to adapting to this year’s arrival process and on campus expectations for this fall. The health and safety of our campus and the quality of the experience will depend on everyone in our community coming together and doing their part. It’s important to acknowledge that we continue to live within an ever-changing environment due to the pandemic. Students are expected to attend to and comply with ongoing Covid-19 policy changes throughout the semester to ensure the success of our time together. In advance, we thank you for your partnership.

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

Having reached the mid-point of the summer and looking forward to the start of the academic year in the fall, I am writing with an update.

On July 1, we were pleased to return to work with staff, faculty and some students in offices, laboratories and classrooms, along with first-year orientation programs, day camps, and admissions tours also happening on campus.

As part of this return to campus, Fairfield University required that all members of the campus community declare their vaccination status – by either submitting proof of vaccination, stating that they intend to be vaccinated, or declaring that they do not intend to be vaccinated for medical, religious or other reasons. As a result, we have full knowledge of and visibility into the vaccination status of individuals across campus, and are pleased to be operating with over 85% of the campus community vaccinated this summer. This is well above the current state vaccination rate of 70%, and above the CDC recommended 80% herd immunity rate the Governor referenced in his press briefing yesterday.

Fairfield continues to actively promote, incentivize, and encourage all of our faculty, staff and students to receive the vaccine. As participants in the White House’s Covid-19 College Vaccine Challenge, we have pursued a number of strategies to achieve herd immunity on campus. Our on-campus vaccine clinic in May helped to provide access to the vaccine for large numbers of students and employees. Communications from the Office of Human Resources to employees, and from the Dean of Students to students have informed members of our community of our return to campus requirements and expectations. Incentive programs and raffles prior to Orientation helped to educate our first-year students about our vaccination protocols.

I want to thank all members of the community for your active participation in our vaccination campaign efforts. I am pleased to share that your efforts to date have been worthwhile. Based on our current reported data, we know that at least 85% of our campus community will be vaccinated by the start of the academic year. Further, we know that percentage can only rise over the next month as there are still some members of the campus community from whom we have yet to hear. Currently, phone-a-thon programs, FUSA campaigns, and other targeted outreach initiatives are in place to reach those students and staff members with unknown vaccination status. I look forward to providing you another update as information from these individuals comes in and our vaccination rates increase.

If you have yet to let us know your personal vaccination status, please take the time now to email your information to covidhealth@fairfield.edu for students or covidhr@fairfield.edu for all employees.

Finally, although we are striving to have everyone on campus vaccinated, we recognize that there will be those who for medical, religious or socio-cultural reasons, choose not to be vaccinated. In fact, the CDC projects that even at universities that have mandated the vaccine upwards of 15% of the population will fall into this category. Fairfield, like all other colleges and universities, must maintain the health of our community while respecting the dignity and decision of every individual within that community. We are mindful that we still need to manage Covid, and are committed to doing so in a way that serves our campus and the community at large – just as we did this past academic year.

In closing, I offer my personal gratitude to all of you for working together to maintain a safe and respectful campus environment during this period. I am confident that the measures we have in place and our continued vigilance will ensure we maintain academic continuity and offer a first-rate student experience this coming year. I look forward to updating you further as we get closer to the beginning of the semester.

With very best wishes to you all,

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
President
Professor of Politics

Dear Students,

The University is planning on a fully open campus this fall, and is assuming that nearly all students, faculty, and staff will be vaccinated. Do your part and submit your vaccination records to covidhealth@fairfield.edu!

Why should I get vaccinated?

  1. The Covid Vaccine is safe and effective. It helps protect yourself and others from contracting Covid-19. It also decreases the chance of more harmful variants from developing.
  2. Masks are optional which allows you to show your smile as often as you want!
  3. It allows you and your classmates to have as normal as an experience as possible under the circumstances.

What happens if I choose not to get vaccinated?

  1. Weekly surveillance testing: Students must participate in weekly testing that will be available once a week during a time period chosen by the university. Non-compliant students might be required to leave campus for a minimum of one week and until compliance is achieved through a private vendor. Stag cards will be deactivated for non-compliant students.
  2. Quarantine/Isolation: Fairfield University will not be offering quarantine/isolation housing. Exposed and/or infected individuals must leave campus immediately and return home or find other off-campus accommodations for the duration of their quarantine or isolation. Please plan accordingly. This can be difficult to arrange, especially if you live far from campus.
  3. Academics Disruptions:
    1. Faculty are planning for an in person learning experience. Students in quarantine/isolation will not have remote learning options and will need to work directly with their faculty regarding missed work and assignments.
    2. Mandatory vaccination status might be required for some clinical and internship experiences. Failure to comply might disrupt academic progress towards degree completion.
  4. Masks: Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks indoors unless you are in the privacy of your private room/residence or when eating. This includes class, the recreational complex and all extra-curricular activities.
    1. Students can be asked to show proof of vaccination if they are not wearing a mask and non-compliant student will be referred to the Dean of Students office.
    2. At high risk events or activities (for example concerts, lectures, Presidential Ball, etc), unvaccinated individuals may be restricted to areas that allow for social distancing and mask wearing.
  5. Mitigation Strategies: In a case of an outbreak, unvaccinated individuals will be subject to certain mitigation strategies to minimize spread.

Please do your part and get vaccinated as soon as possible!

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Class of 2025 Student or Parent/Guardian,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus for the Class of 2025 Orientation next month! If you have not already registered for Orientation, please do so prior to May 25. Students are allowed to have one guest accompany them to their in-person orientation session in June. Students should complete the Orientation Registration Form via the First-Year Student Checklist, and guests who plan to attend must register ahead of time using the Parent/Guardian Orientation Registration Form, which can be found here. These are two separate forms.

Students are highly encouraged to attend an in-person orientation session, however, we recognize this might not be possible for everyone and have arranged for designated sessions to be recorded. Please complete the Orientation Registration Form on the First-Year Student Checklist for planning purposes. Students will also meet with their New Student Leader and a group of peers throughout the summer to start building connections and prepare for their transition to Fairfield.

Outlined below is information pertaining to Covid-19 vaccine/testing documentation required of all orientation attendees, including students and their guests, to ensure a safe and healthy orientation experience. Please review carefully and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

All orientation attendees are highly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before coming to campus for their session. We look to reopen the campus fully this fall and are designing the campus with the assumption people will be vaccinated. We have seen great success thus far with the percentage of the overall community vaccinated and need your assistance with continuing the momentum. The student experience will have adjustments for those not fully vaccinated which will include weekly surveillance testing and non-vaccinated students confirmed to have COVID-19 or exposed to COVID-19 will be required to isolate or quarantine at home or a privately secured location. Being fully vaccinated means being at least two weeks out from receiving the second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or at least two weeks after receiving the single Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shot.

Individuals who are not considered fully vaccinated will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR or Antigen Covid-19 test (Antibody tests will not be accepted) from a sample taken no earlier than 72 hours before their scheduled orientation session, or proof that they are exempt from testing due to a Covid-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days. All testing documentation must contain the individual’s full name, test date, and test result.

Students must upload proof of vaccination to their Student Health Portal or email testing/exemption documentation to covidhealth@fairfield.edu prior to getting to campus. Deadline details are below.

Non-student guests should bring all documentation with them to campus, which will be reviewed during the check-in process.

In addition to providing appropriate documentation, all attendees are asked to monitor their health and not come to campus if any of the following statements are true:

  • If they are experiencing a fever (100.4 F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If they were in close contact with an infectious individual diagnosed with Covid-19 or were advised to quarantine by a Public Health Official in the past 14 days.
  • Any attendees that have returned from international travel in the past 14 days should call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241 for an individual consultation and special clearance to come to campus.

Please note: Due to safety concerns, individuals who do not adhere to the Covid-19 documentation process as outlined in this email may not be able to participate in the on-campus orientation experience and will be asked to leave campus at once.

Fully Vaccinated

Session Date Last Dose Administered (no later than) Upload Deadline (Students)
Tuesday, June 22 Tuesday, June 8 Saturday, June 12
Wednesday, June 23 Wednesday, June 9 Sunday, June 13
Thursday, June 24 Thursday, June 10 Monday, June 14
Monday, June 28 Monday, June 14 Friday, June 18
Tuesday, June 29 Tuesday, June 15 Saturday, June 19
Wednesday, June 30 Wednesday, June 16 Sunday, June 20

Negative COVID-19 Test (PCR or Antigen)

Session Date Test Administered (no earlier than) Email Deadline (Students - no later than)
Tuesday, June 22 Saturday, June 19 Monday, June 21 by 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 23 Sunday, June 20 Tuesday, June 22 by 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 24 Monday, June 21 Wednesday, June 23 by 10 a.m.
Monday, June 28 Friday, June 25 Sunday, June 27 by 10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 29 Saturday, June 26 Monday, June 28 by 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 30 Sunday, June 27 Tuesday, June 29 by 10 a.m.

Testing/Vaccine Exemption Due to COVID-19 Diagnosis Within Past 90 Days (and medically cleared to exit isolation)

Session Date COVID-19 Diagnosis (no earlier than) Name
Tuesday, June 22 Wednesday, March 24 Saturday, June 12
Wednesday, June 23 Thursday, March 25 Sunday, June 13
Thursday, June 24 Friday, March 26 Monday, June 14
Monday, June 28 Tuesday, March 30 Friday, June 18
Tuesday, June 29 Wednesday, March 31 Saturday, June 19
Wednesday, June 30 Thursday, April 1 Sunday, June 20

General Accommodations

In addition to providing a safe and healthy environment, we are mindful that some attendees may require accommodations in order to fully participate in the orientation experience. Please send any accommodation requests, including but not limited to translation services or limited mobility support, to orientation@fairfield.edu by Monday, May 31, 2021.

Dear Fairfield University Community,

In an effort to continue to ensure the health and wellness of our campus community, Fairfield University and Griffin Hospital will host the first of two on-campus Pfizer vaccination clinics this Wednesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration for the upcoming clinic is now open for University and eligible Fairfield Prep students, and all employees.

Fifteen hundred vaccinations are available to be administered by Fairfield’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies students, faculty, and Griffin Hospital staff, in the University’s Field House in the Recreational Complex (RecPlex).

Eligibility

  • Any community member—University and eligible Prep students, and all employees—who is not currently in isolation or quarantine is eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Those who have received their first Pfizer vaccination and their provider has noted that April 21, 2021 is within the acceptable date range for the second dose, may receive the second vaccination at the on-campus clinic. It is required to bring all related documentation to the on-campus clinic. Second vaccinations will not be administered without this documentation.
  • Those who have recently had Covid-19 in the last 90 days should contact their health care provider.

What to Bring

  • All community members should bring their insurance cards and proof of identification to their appointment.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Registration for the second dose will be scheduled on-site at the vaccination clinic. For more information regarding the vaccination clinics, please visit fairfield.edu/reopen.

Office of Human Resources

Dear Fairfield University Students,

As previously communicated, we continue to carefully monitor the health of our community through various metrics paying particular attention to our weekly surveillance testing results. Overall, the dashboard demonstrates a lower positivity rate within our community than seen in the greater Fairfield community.

While the overall campus community is seeing favorable results, Campion Hall (a building with around 200 students) has seen 6 positive cases in the last 24 hours. Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department, we have put in place specific mitigation strategies for Campion Hall residents effective today, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 9:30 p.m. through Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Specific details have been communicated to residents in Campion.

All students should continue to monitor their health. Symptoms to monitor during this time include fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath and all symptoms listed on your LiveSafe Health Monitoring App. If you are currently experiencing or should you experience any symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241. Thank you in advance for your efforts to keep Fairfield University safe and as healthy as possible.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Undergraduate Students:

As the spring semester continues to unfold in a positive way, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community safe. In addition, I wanted to outline some important information regarding your upcoming Easter Break.

Easter Break, Thursday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 6:

  • As articulated in the academic calendar, students will have an extended Easter break starting on Thursday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 6.
  • All residence halls will remain open during this time period and dining will continue to be available. Students remaining on campus will be asked to fill out the following form for safety reasons: Stay on campus form
  • There will be limited services available which include the RecPlex and library. A complete list of services will be sent prior to Easter Break. Students will be able to leave campus during this time period following normal safety protocols.
Return to Campus and Testing Process, Must Return by Tuesday, April 6 at 8 p.m.:
  • All residential students must return to campus no later than Tuesday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
  • All students (residential, commuters, and beach students) must participate in mandatory re-entry testing on Tuesday, April 6, Wednesday, April 7, or Thursday, April 8 regardless of whether you left campus or not.
  • External tests will not be accepted to return to campus.

Study In Place, Tuesday, April 6 at 8 p.m. through Friday, April 9:

Following the return to campus, students will be required to “study in place” until all students have completed the testing process and results are received. The study in place will start on Tuesday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and last through Friday, April 9. The study in place will end on Saturday, April 10.

  • Faculty may schedule in-person make-up sessions on Saturday, April 10 or Sunday, April 11, particularly for simulation, lab, and clinical requirements. Your instructor(s) will provide more information if a make-up session is being offered.
  • With the exception of testing and in season NCAA Division I athletes, off campus beach, and commuter students will not be able to come to campus during this time.
  • During the “study in place” period, all meals will be provided for on campus residents regardless if you are on the University meal plan. Meals will be grab and go from specified University dining areas during regular hours.
  • We encourage all students to pick up groceries and have the appropriate supply of prescriptions/medications prior to coming to campus. If at all possible, please avoid scheduling any off-campus appointments during this time.
  • In order to keep our community safe while we await testing results, students will not be able to leave campus. Egan students with clinical placements off campus will get further guidance from their Dean’s office. Students can walk/run throughout campus to get exercise and fresh air. We ask students to follow all social distancing and face covering expectations when outside.
  • Learning experiences will be virtual during those dates. Academic buildings such as the Egan School and Dolan School will be available for quiet study/learning.
  • Student Engagement, Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry, Recreation, and Residence Life will be offering a variety of daily programming opportunities for students to connect with one other and their communities.
  • For this period, there will be a strict adherence to the capacities designated for rooms, apartments, townhouses, and other University-owned residences. No guests will be allowed, except those who live in your same residential community.
  • Any student that feels they qualify for an exception to the above restrictions set in place for this period must receive written approval from the Dean of Students Office. Please email us as soon as possible and include the subject "Study in Place Exception" in the email.

We appreciate your understanding and patience. Please know that we have designed these safety measures with your health and wellbeing as our top priority, while also adhering to state and local health regulations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

Karen Donoghue
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Graduate Students:

The testing protocols recommended by the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield, and Department of Health have not changed from the start of this semester; therefore, any graduate students in hybrid programs in the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies and the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions will need to continue with weekly testing until otherwise notified. This is the case with faculty and staff coming to campus on an irregular basis as well. These important measures help us better protect the health and welfare of all members of our community. 

We understand that some fully online and remote graduate students would also like to come to the campus to use the Library, RecPlex, or other study areas. At this time, we strongly recommend that students take advantage of the online resources available to them, including (a) Ask a Librarian, home delivery options, and other features provided by the Library; (b) remote fitness options provided by the RecPlex; (c) online mental health counseling through UWill; and (d) virtual events offered through the Quick Center for the Arts.  

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

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

Test results will be connected to your StagCard which will be required to enter the campus. Students who miss a weekly COVID-19 test on campus will have their StagCards inactivated and will not be permitted onto campus until completing steps 1-3 again. And all members of the campus community must also complete the LiveSafe app, wear a mask at all times, and follow posted social distancing guidelines. 

Fairfield University is proud of its campus members who have worked so diligently and effectively to help keep our community safe during this challenging time. The University will notify you if any changes occur to the testing protocols. 

Sincerely yours,

Walter Rankin, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate, Professional & Continuing Studies

Karen Donoghue '03
Vice President of Student Life 

Dear Graduate Student,

As you know, Fairfield University is working in close collaboration with the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield, and Department of Public Health to ensure a safe reopening of the campus. Our community consists of residential students, commuter students, and graduate students who all access the campus in different ways and at different times. Our primary goal is to ensure a safe environment that supports academic continuity. This message specifically relates to campus access and testing protocols for graduate students.

A. Graduate Students in Hybrid Courses
The first day of classes is January 25, 2021. All courses will be taught virtually for the first two weeks. As of February 10, 2021, some hybrid graduate courses in the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies and the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions will begin allowing some students to campus for labs, simulation work, and clinical requirements.

Students in these specific hybrid courses must complete two rounds of Covid-19 testing. The first round is the at-home Quest test to be completed and sent in five days prior to your first day planned on campus. Your Graduate Director or Professor will tell you when this first day will occur. The second test will be completed on-campus during one of the scheduled testing days on February 2, 3, 4, or 7. Students will receive a link to sign up for these tests. In rare cases, students who have (a) tested positive for Covid-19 within 90 days or (b) completed a Covid-19 PCR test off campus can send documentation to covidhealth@fairfield.edu in place of these University tests.

Testing compliance will be uploaded to a database and tagged to your student ID (StagCard). This will be swiped at the entry gate through the month of February. Students who do not meet the testing requirements will not be admitted to campus.

B. Graduate Students in Online/Remote Courses Only
The first day of classes is January 25, 2021. Students enrolled fully online will be permitted access to campus resources starting on March 1, 2021, pending additional guidance from the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield, and Department of Public Health. The Library and RecPlex both offer online resources and support, including a 24/7 Librarian and Zoom exercise classes. Additionally, the Quick Center for the Arts and Museum are hosting virtual events throughout the semester.

Students coming to campus as of March 1, 2021 will be required to follow all current safety protocols, including wearing a mask, maintaining 6+ feet of distance, and completing the LiveSafe app prior to being admitted to campus. Additional testing may be required.

Please note: This return to campus date and these procedures could be amended depending on the pandemic and guidance from the town of Fairfield and state of Connecticut.

C. Exceptions to Campus Access Policies and Procedures
Exceptions to these dates and policies will be considered by the Dean of Students only in exceptional circumstances for which the student shows an extraordinary need to come to campus.

Sincerely yours,

Walter Rankin, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate, Continuing & Professional Studies
Karen Donoghue '03
Vice President of Student Life

COVID-19 Student Directives and Student Checklist

Dear Students,

Happy new year! I pray that you have been able to enjoy time with family and friends during the break. Given the challenges we all faced during the fall semester and over the past year, I hope you were able to find time to rest and relax.

As we prepare to embark on another academic semester, it is important that we take time to reflect on our experience from last semester. Dr. Nemec has repeatedly challenged senior administrators to make note of what we have learned during this process of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. We can now highlight how much more we know about COVID-19, testing, quarantine and isolation, Zoom, remote learning, and the effects of all of these on our campus community and own personal wellbeing. The same holds true for the student body.

Over the past few weeks, our office has met with students, faculty, University administrators, and family members to discuss student expectations moving forward as a result of student behavior and student conduct during the fall semester. Individuals shared feelings ranging from general satisfaction to immense frustration, accompanied by suggestions on where improvements can be made to address behavioral and health and safety concerns, and improve the quality of experience for all members of our community. As a result of this input, we have revised the COVID-19 Student Directives for the spring semester to reflect our desire to provide students with a reasonable on-campus experience on balance with the appropriate measures to protect the health of our community members.

In the end, these Directives are only as good as the student body’s willingness to abide by them. As you will note, the Directives have not changed significantly from those introduced at the start of the academic year. What is different now is that you have had a semester to adjust to life in the current environment. You should have greater awareness of what is considered acceptable behavior and what is not. Thus, our expectations of your adherence to the Directives as well as the Student Conduct Code have increased concurrently.

As part of your final preparations for your return to campus, the University will once again be using the Stags Come Home checklist to help coordinate the safe return of students to campus. For first-year and transfer students, the checklist items have been integrated into your First-Year Student and Transfer Student Checklist, respectively. Students must review the COVID-19 online education module, and read and acknowledge the Social Pledge, COVID-19 Student Directives, the Student Handbook, and the University Honor Code prior to returning to campus. All students can access the checklist using this link or at my.Fairfield.edu.

Our goal is for each of you to have a positive and rewarding semester on campus. 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

Dear Students,

Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 brings good health to all and an end to the pandemic. While the vaccine brings great hope, we must continue our robust efforts to mitigate and contain the virus and create the safest campus environment possible, while providing a quality education, engagement among our community, and service in the spirit of social justice.

This communication will provide you with the necessary information to prepare for the start of the spring semester. Because the situation is so fluid, changes may be made to this guidance as necessary. First, the University will be conducting our repopulation Covid-19 testing at home prior to the return to campus rather than concurrent with students and employees returning to campus.

For this semester’s back-to-campus testing, we have selected Quest Diagnostics, a leading testing company, to provide an at-home, self-administered nasal swab test similar to the Broad test we have been using for our surveillance testing. It is essential that students carefully follow the instruction provided to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to campus.

A short-term testing exemption is available for students who have had Covid-19 within 90 days prior to their campus return date. Proper medical documentation should be sent to covidhr@fairfield.edu.

PROCEDURES FOR ORDERING AND REGISTERING TEST KITS
We are requesting that students order their test kits within the next 24 hours to ensure they are available in sufficient time to take and submit the tests prior to returning to campus.

  • You only need to order and take the test if you plan to return to campus; students learning remotely, or those who will return to campus at a later date, should not participate in this round of testing.
  • International students residing outside of the United States will not participate in the Quest testing program. They will receive additional information regarding their pre-arrival testing.

Instructions for taking and mailing the Covid-19 test will be provided in the kits and may also be accessed here. Once ordered, the kit will take two to three days to arrive. It is critical that tests be mailed immediately after administering the nasal swab to preserve the integrity of the sample. The timing of when to take and mail the test is explained in the repopulation plan section below.

REPOPULATION PLAN
Students Pre-Move-in

  • Residential students will move back to campus in two phases: Phase One on January 21 and January 23, and Phase Two on January 30 and January 31. A separate, detailed communication will cover the staged move-in process for students, including assigned move in dates.
  • In order to receive timely results, the Covid-19 test should ideally be taken and mailed five (5) days in advance of the planned move-in date, being mindful not to put the sample in a drop box on a Saturday or Sunday; for example, if your return date is Thursday, January 21 or Friday, January 22, you would take and mail the sample on Friday, January 15.
  • Students living at the beach are instructed to take their test five (5) days prior to coming back to the beach or immediately if they are presently residing there. A notification of test results will be sent via email and then may be accessed through the Quest portal using your login credentials.
  • A negative test is required and must be produced prior to returning to campus.
  • In the event that a student’s test result is not received prior to the designated move-in date, the Office of Residence Life will work with you to change your move-in date. Please contact studentmove@fairfield.edu, stay at home, or make alternate arrangements to stay in the local area until the results are received and you are cleared to return.
  • In the case of a positive test, a healthcare professional from Quest will be in contact to provide instruction and guidance on quarantine requirements and when it is safe to return to campus.

As we are operating in a most fluid situation, if there are any changes to this repopulation plan, you will be notified prior to January 15 so that the Covid-19 test submission dates can be appropriately revised.

 Students Post-Move-in

  • Once students have returned to campus, we will implement a second round of testing.
    All students will be tested on a pre-designated schedule prior to returning to classroom instruction.
  • Testing for Phase One returning students will take place on January 25 and January 26, while Phase Two returning students will be tested on February 2 and February 3. All beach students will be asked to come to campus for testing on February 4.
  • During this initial testing program, residential students will remain in a modified quarantine arrangement until all students have returned to campus, completed the testing process, and test results have been received. The quarantine is expected to last until February 8.
  • The quarantine includes an inability to leave campus, virtual classes, grab and go meals, no guests and visitors outside of those that live in your same residential community. The quarantine also prohibits beach residents from coming onto campus including varsity athletes.
  • Once this comprehensive testing program is complete, the University will continue with regular surveillance testing at a scope and frequency consistent with Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements.

ONGOING PROTOCOLS AND UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS
Students who access campus are reminded that daily health monitoring, social distancing, and masks will continue to be required into the spring semester. We are cautiously optimistic that our return to campus schedule and process will remain unaltered, however, we must maintain certain flexibility in order to best safeguard students. Additional communication will be forthcoming to update the campus community as necessary. By strictly following the campus repopulation plan and observing all of the safeguards in place, we will be together again very soon.

Please join us for the following Welcome Back webinars to aid in your transition back to campus. Registration is required. Webinars will be posted on fairfield.edu/reopen following the live sessions.

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

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and productive spring semester,

Karen Donoghue '03
Vice President of Student Life

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 brings good health to all and an end to the pandemic. While the vaccine brings great hope, we must all continue our robust efforts to mitigate and contain the virus, creating the safest campus environment as possible while providing a quality education, engagement among our community, and service in the spirit of social justice.

This communication will provide you with the necessary information to prepare for the start of the spring semester. First, the University will be conducting our repopulation Covid-19 testing at home prior to the return to campus rather than concurrent with students and employees returning to campus.

For this semester’s back-to-campus testing, we have selected Quest Diagnostics, a leading testing company, to provide an at-home, self-administered nasal swab test similar to the Broad test we have been using for our surveillance testing. It is essential that both students and employees carefully follow the instruction provided to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to campus.

A short-term testing exemption is available for students and employees who have had Covid-19 within 90 days prior to their campus return date. For employees, proper medical documentation should be sent to covidhr@fairfield.edu. Please note that a negative test is required and must be verified prior to returning to campus.

PROCEDURES FOR ORDERING AND REGISTERING TEST KITS
We are requesting that employees order their test kits within the next 24 hours to ensure they are available in sufficient time to take and submit the tests prior to returning to campus. You only need to order and take the test if you plan to return to campus. Employees working remotely, or those who will return to campus at a later date, should not participate in this round of testing.

Instructions for taking and mailing the Covid-19 test will be provided in the kits and may also be accessed here. Once ordered, the kit will take two to three days to arrive. It is critical that tests be mailed immediately after administering the nasal swab to preserve the integrity of the sample. The timing of when to take and mail the test is explained in the repopulation plan section below.

REPOPULATION PLAN
Residential students will move back to campus in two phases. You may view the student repopulation plan here. Please note that we are operating in a fluid environment and there could be changes to this repopulation plan.

Employees Return to Work

  • Employees who have continued to access and work on campus during the holiday break period should order and take their test immediately. Other employees who will be returning to work should take and mail the Covid-19 test five (5) days in advance of their planned return date, being mindful not to put the sample in a drop box on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Employees who are authorized by their leadership to work remotely, or those who have an existing accommodation, may continue to work under those arrangements going forward unless otherwise notified.
  • In the case of a positive test, a healthcare professional from Quest will be in contact to provide instruction and guidance on quarantine requirements and when it is safe to return to campus.
  • All employees working on campus will be tested prior to the students’ return beginning with student-facing employees on January 13.
  • Once the entire campus is repopulated, the University will continue with regular surveillance testing at a scope and frequency consistent with Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements.
  • Employees who access campus are reminded that daily health monitoring, social distancing, and masks will continue to be required into the spring semester.

ONGOING PROTOCOLS AND UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS
We are cautiously optimistic that our return to campus schedule and process will remain unaltered; however, we must maintain a certain flexibility in order to best safeguard students. Additional communication will be forthcoming to update the campus community as necessary. By strictly following the campus repopulation plan and observing all of the safeguards in place, we will be together again very soon.

While these webinars are geared towards students and their parents, employees are welcome to join to learn more about our students’ transition back to campus.

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

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and productive spring semester,

Scott Esposito ’82, MS’87
Vice President for Human Resources

2020 Updates

College Communities,

This has been an academic year like no other. Your campus administrators, faculty and staff have done a remarkable job of keeping our colleges and universities operating at a very high level during the most difficult of circumstances. While the year of instruction may have been unique, with a blend of in-person and remote learning, simply having our campuses open has led to the familiarity of atmosphere and energy you came to expect when you began your higher education experiences.

Much credit is also due to you, the students. In the face of an unprecedented year, you have taken incredible strides to slow the spread of COVID-19. While there has been a surge of cases in Connecticut and nationwide, we have seen encouraging results going back to the beginning of the school year.

Now that many of you are returning home for an extended part of the Winter, we at the state level, are asking you to take these critical steps to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • It is very important for you to quarantine away from your family for 14 days before mingling or socializing with family members in their home environment. The quarantine could be at college before leaving, or once they arrive home.
  • You should seek testing before leaving college or immediately on arriving home, and then again at about Day 7 of your quarantine if at all possible. You should complete the 14-day quarantine even if the tests are negative.
  • If you have family members at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions), you should consider completing your quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members.
  • It is important that those of you returning home from college not attend large social gatherings or reunions, which will pose a high risk for spreading COVID-19
  • Check travel restrictions for your destination before you go.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation. If you are infected with COVID-19, have symptoms, or are within a mandatory quarantine period due to close contact with a known case, you should avoid public transportation if at all possible.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer

Some of these steps may sound simple, and others may appear onerous, but these are the kinds of steps which, if taken altogether and seriously, it will lead to the best possible outcomes. It could mean a safe return to campaign later in the Winter, and it will means years of festive, meaningful, and memorable holiday gatherings for you and your families.

Sincerely,

Deidre S. Gifford, MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

Dear Fairfield University Students,

This is an important communication with information concerning departure procedures for leaving campus for the holiday, guidance on how best to protect you and your family at home, and changes to the post-Thanksgiving campus operations plan.

As we enter the final weeks of the semester, we are thankful for our students, faculty and staff who have worked so hard to maintain continuity in our academic programs and keep our campus safe. However, as our dashboard and state of Connecticut updates indicate, we are seeing concerning trends in the number of positive cases both on campus and in the local community in spite of our strict mitigation strategies that have been put in place. Many of these positive cases are from asymptomatic individuals, which makes identification even more challenging.

In response to these trends, we are making some modifications to our pre and post-Thanksgiving operations. Please review the following details carefully:

PRE-THANKSGIVING TESTING
The University has made additional testing available Monday, November 16, Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18, for any student who would like to take a test prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break and who did not have a test Tuesday, November 10 or Wednesday, November 11. In addition, a limited number of tests have been reserved for student-facing faculty and staff on each of those days. Students who do not opt in to getting tested prior to leaving campus are strongly encouraged to test immediately upon arrival at their Thanksgiving destination and then seven days later. The Connecticut Department of Public Health also advises students to quarantine for 14-days when they arrive home, view the Holiday Guidance PDF.

To sign up for a testing time and date, please click on the following button by Saturday, 4:30 p.m.:

For testing information, please click here.

UNIVERSITY HOUSING
Based on guidance from the State of CT, we are revising our post-Thanksgiving holiday campus operations plan. Students who return home for Thanksgiving break will no longer be permitted to come back to campus and must complete their semester remotely. Students who have already been approved to remain on campus during Thanksgiving break, may continue to do so.

  • Students leaving campus for the Thanksgiving Holiday, should plan their departure by November 20 at 6:30 p.m. The Office of Residence Life will communicate specific details related to the check-out process.
  • Students who requested to remain in University housing during and following the Thanksgiving holiday will be contacted by Residence Life separately with specific details.
  • Students currently in on-campus isolation or under surveillance (due to close contact with a Covid-19 case) have special status and will be contacted by Conference and Event Management for details regarding check-out timing and departure.
  • For students who would like to depart campus prior to Friday, November 20, please email studentmove@fairfield.edu with date and time you plan to depart. They will provide you with further instructions.

Please remember to bring home all academic materials and anything else you may need to complete the fall semester and in anticipation of remote learning at the start of the spring semester.

At the start of the academic year room and board charges were adjusted to reflect this current timeline, therefore no additional refunds or credits will be made. We are pleased that our reopen planning efforts and our ongoing monitoring and mitigation strategies have brought us this far into the semester and look forward to an in-person experience this spring.

WEBINARS
Please join us for two important upcoming webinars:

Thanksgiving & Fall Semester Move Out
Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, November 18 at Noon EST with Vice President of Student Life Karen Donoghue and Dean of Students Will Johnson, PhD. This webinar will provide an overview of Thanksgiving Move-out Plans and Semester Close.

Spring Semester Re-opening
Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, December 10 at Noon with President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, Provost Christine Siegel, PhD and Chief Operation Officer Kevin Lawlor. This webinar will provide an overview of the Spring Semester plans.

ACCESS TO CAMPUS
For the safety of the community, Fairfield University will be restricting access to campus from November 21, 2020 through the beginning of the spring semester. Students will not be able to gain access to campus without permission from the Dean of Students Office.

GUIDANCE FROM THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends and Fairfield University endorses the following recommendations once you return home or travel outside of CT from more than 24-hours.

  • Students should self-quarantine for fourteen days.
  • Students should get a Covid-19 PCR test after seven days to protect the health of friends, family, and destination community members.
  • Travel should be via private transportation if at all possible, and confirmed contacts of positive cases must avoid public transportation.

We encourage you to continue to focus on your academic courses and utilize the many campus support services such as Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Ministry, Accessibility, Academic Support and the many others offered to you.

With your commitment and dedication, and the tremendous work of our faculty and staff, we will complete this semester with 12-weeks of on-campus learning and activities as planned. We know this semester has been a challenging one for all of us, and we appreciate the resilience and patience exhibited by each of you.

As we enter our final weeks of the semester, we want to thank you again for your support throughout this semester. We look forward to an in-person experience this spring.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Best Wishes,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Students,

As Fairfield University plans to Bring our Stags Back for the spring 2021 semester, a safe return to campus life is our utmost 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.

IMPORTANT DATES
Spring 2021 Academic Semester
January 25 First day of classes for spring 2021.
*All coursework will be virtual the first two weeks of the spring semester.
February 8 First day for in-person learning experiences
April 1 –
April 6
Easter Holiday and extended break
May 4 Last day of undergraduate classes for spring 2021
May 13 Last day of undergraduate final exams
May 22 &
May 23
Commencement weekend
For spring 2021, Fairfield University will not observe the President’s Day holiday in February or the spring break week in March.

SPRING SEMESTER MOVE IN

The Fairfield University spring semester starts on January 25, 2021 virtually. Similar to the fall, the move-in process will be done in phases and will include a Covid-19 testing requirement. The move in process will start no earlier than January 21, 2021. We will communicate to students the week of January 4 regarding specific move in details, but please note the following:

  • Students residing in a hot spot state or country under the CT State Travel Advisory might require a two week quarantine prior to the traditional move in process.
  • All students will need to participate in a mandatory testing program during the move in process. No outside tests will be accepted.
  • Students will be sent a link the week of January 4 to set up their testing appointment/move in time for their designated move in process. Testing appointment/move in times will be available on a first come, first serve basis and spaced out appropriately to ensure social distancing requirements are met.

STAYING SAFE

In order to keep our community safe, students can expect the same safety requirements they experienced in the fall.

  • Daily Health Monitoring/Symptom Monitoring through the LiveSafe app
  • Surveillance Testing and Contact Tracing
  • Diligent Personal Hygiene
  • Mandatory Mask Compliance
  • Community Support of the COVID-19 Directives
  • Increased Cleaning of high touch areas and restrooms

Our actions and guidance are guided by our deep commitment to the health and safety of our community.

Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, December 10 at Noon with President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, Provost Christine Siegel, PhD and Chief Operations Officer Kevin Lawlor. This webinar will provide an overview of the Spring Semester plans.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus this spring.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Fairfield University Students,

As today’s dashboard update indicates, we saw a marked increase in the incidence of positive diagnostic and surveillance tests among students this week. Given the nature of this increase, the University is revising our status from yellow to orange, and implementing a number of targeted mitigation strategies for the next 14 days. These strategies will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary at that time.

CLASSES, GATHERINGS, AND PROGRAMMING
With the exception of academic learning experiences, all programs, activities, and ceremonies, including all Masses, will be transitioned to virtual. Gathering in groups of more than 5 either indoors or outdoors is not permitted at any time without the prior approval of authorized University personnel. The Recplex will close, and all associated club sports and intramurals will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, the Athletic Department has paused all team training for the next 14 days, with the exception of basketball, which is following strict Covid guidelines to prepare for the start of competition.

DINING
All dining facilities will move to “grab and go” for the next 14 days. Students may eat their meals outside or in University housing.

STAG BUS AND OFF CAMPUS VISITATION
The University is strongly discouraging residential students from leaving campus and traveling downtown or to the beach area. The off campus shuttle will be suspended until further notice.

RESIDENTIAL LIVING GUEST RESTRICTION AND CURFEW
Students may not host any additional students in their room, apartment, or townhouse for the next 14 days. There is a restriction of all guests in University housing. In addition, the University is putting in place a daily curfew. Students must be in their University housing assignment from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

STUDENT CONDUCT VIOLATIONS
There is a zero-tolerance policy with regards to 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. At a minimum, any student living in University housing found in violation of any university policy including Covid-19 restrictions or mitigation strategies will be removed from University housing for the remainder of the semester.

STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE, BEACH STUDENTS
Off-campus boarders (i.e. beach students), are restricted from campus until further notice. All beach residents will revert to entirely online classes.

HEALTH AND SYMPTOM MONITORING
We remind all students to rigorously adhere to our Covid-19 Student Directives, specifically the need to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, maintaining six feet of physical distancing at all times and frequently washing your hands. Additionally, students must remain mindful of not traveling to states on the CT Travel Advisory.

Also, students should 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 exhibit very mild symptoms, so please do not ignore any symptoms you might have. Symptoms to monitor 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.

LOOKING AHEAD
We have been working with the state and local health departments on a daily basis to contain the virus and prevent further spreading. I want to acknowledge that this situation creates unavoidable hardships, however we need your full cooperation to bend this curve. I ask that you follow these directives to keep you and our community safe. Please direct any questions you have to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Off-Campus Beach Students,

I am writing to you today regarding a recent increase in positive cases over the last 48 hours within the Fairfield University beach community. In addition to the mandatory testing happening today, November 5, we are reinstating a STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVE for all beach students effective at 1 p.m. this afternoon. The lifting of these sanctions is going to be heavily dependent on case counts, therefore details regarding the length of the directive will be communicated after testing results are determined. We must do this to bend this curve.

MANDATORY TESTING AND STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVE, OFF CAMPUS BEACH STUDENTS

Today we have arranged with the Broad Institute special Covid-19 testing in the Rec Plex for all beach students between 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This testing for all beach students is mandatory.

Effective at 1 p.m. this afternoon, Off Campus Boarders (i.e. beach students) must adhere to the following:

  • Stay in your houses or yards and only interact with the roommates of your individual residence. There should be no mingling between houses.
  • Revert to entirely online classes. Beach students are restricted from campus and associated class related off-campus sites. We are working with the Provost’s office to make the necessary notifications to your faculty members.
  • Nursing students (who are tested regularly) that have Clinical requirements may complete those requirements.
  • Students should only leave for essential reasons which includes medical appointments and groceries when delivery is not available, and should avoid travel into town.
If beach students do choose to go home or a comparable location (to a state not on the CT Travel Advisory list), a negative Covid-19 PCR test is required prior to returning to campus.

STAY-AT-HOME; QUARANTINE; ISOLATION

  • Please note a Stay-at-Home directive is not a quarantine. A quarantine directive is given by the Health Department if an individual is exposed to Covid-19 and has a higher risk of contracting the virus.
  • A stay-at-home directive is a proactive mandate to contain the spread within a community when an increase in cases is evident. If you have been contacted by the health department or Student Health Center to quarantine, please continue to follow that mandate.
  • If you are currently in isolation, you must continue to follow CDC mandates for individuals in isolation.
  • EXEMPTIONS: If you have had Covid-19 over the last 90-days and are now recovered, this stay-at-home mandate does not apply to you. You are exempt from restriction if you are designated by the Student Health Center as exempt. You may leave your residence for the following reasons if you are exempt:
    • Participation in academic requirements, such as classes and clinical
    • To pick up essentials

This afternoon Dean Berger will send out a confirmation email to students who are in the exempt category.

HEALTH AND SYMPTOM MONITORING

It is very important that students engage in the daily self-monitoring of symptoms. 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.

We recognize this directive creates hardships and challenges however we saw significant success with these types of mitigation strategies during the case surge a few weeks ago because of your cooperation. We are asking you to again to take these precautions in order to keep our community safe. Please direct follow up questions to beach@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Fairfield University Community,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. Along with many other states, the state of Connecticut is experiencing an alarming increase of Covid-19 cases. In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, Connecticut has updated their travel advisory list which included the addition of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The current list of hot spot states may be found on the Connecticut State portal website.

We recognize many of our community members live or travel frequently to locations on the travel advisory list. Fairfield University advises community members to restrict travel to these locations if at all possible. If it is absolutely essential that you travel to one of these locations, please familiarize yourself with the following State and University requirements.

  • Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island that is considered a hot spot state, or from a country issued with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country. Students are unable to quarantine on campus and must make other arrangements in a non-hot spot state.
  • A community member is exempt from the self-quarantine requirement if they (1) have had a PCR test for Covid-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut; (2) have received a negative Covid-19 test result; and (3) have provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to DPH.COVID-Travel@ct.gov and health@fairfield.edu (students) or covidhr@fairfield.edu (faculty/staff).
  • The Connecticut Travel Health Form must be submitted upon arrival in Connecticut for those returning to Connecticut after spending more than 24 hours in a hot spot State.
  • Community members traveling into Connecticut from a hot spot state who spent less than 24 hours in that state are not required to quarantine.
  • Students currently in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19 illness or exposure in a hot spot state should finish your quarantine in your current location. Additional information from the Student Health Center regarding the protocol to return to campus will be provided.
  • As stated in an email communication on October 15, 2020 regarding Thanksgiving, students travelling to hot spot states during Thanksgiving break will not be approved to return to campus for the remainder of the fall semester.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for following the State of Connecticut’s Executive Order Regarding Travel and Fairfield University guidelines. If you have questions please review the CT Travel Advisory website or reach out to covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

Dear Students,

I want to start off my communication with you this week with a thank you. Following my message last week, we found that the overwhelming majority of the student body – both on and off-campus acted in accordance with the directives that have been issued by the University. To me, this was a clear indication that Stags do care. As we move into this weekend, and the remaining weekends before Thanksgiving, please continue to stay the course. Do what is needed to keep our community healthy.

This week also mark the end of Claver Hall’s quarantine period and the stay-at-home directive issued to students living in the beach area. These two measures have resulted in a slowing of positive test being presented by students. The Rec Plex is re-opening tomorrow (yeah). It appears as though the surge has passed…but I remind you that it will return if individuals fail to remain diligent and adhere to our Covid-19 Student Directives. We are not out of the woods yet!

Many of you may be aware that the Town of Fairfield is now among several communities on the governor’s red alert list. This is an indication that the Covid-19 positivity rate in the Town is at a point for increased concern. There is no question that the surge that we experienced in our campus community contributed to this, although it is not the only factor. The state of Connecticut and other states in our region are also seeing increased positivity rates. Combined with our campus remaining in COVID-19 Status Level orange, this is another indicator that the rigorous observance of face covering and social gathering directives is of the utmost importance. Students who violate these directives will continue to be referred to our office for review and appropriate action.

And now a note about Halloween.

Halloween has historically been a time for revelry and celebration on our campus. This year will and must be very different. We strongly discourage any student-organized Halloween related gatherings on or off campus. We do, however, encourage students to partake in Halloween themed activities being offered by the University or to gather in small groups, with roommates. Stay tuned to next week’s issue of The Weekender for more information on these University activities. Do not let Halloween weekend ruin what is left of this semester.

Be well. Stay encouraged.

Dean Johnson

William H. Johnson, PhD
Dean of Students

Dear Residents of the Town of Fairfield,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and extended community is a top priority for Fairfield University as we continue operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to maintain academic continuity, foster community vibrancy, and ensure the ongoing safety of our wider community, Fairfield developed and enacted a six-layered, integrated approach that exceeded state requirements.

Fairfield University will remain vigilant and proactive in our approach to managing Covid-19 throughout this semester and as long as required. As the First Selectwoman has noted, yesterday the State Department of Public Health has moved the Town of Fairfield into the red-alert level.

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Dear Residential Student,

I hope this email finds you well and fully engaged in the fall semester. As we reach the midway point in the semester, I want to provide an update regarding Thanksgiving break and end-of-semester plans. As stated in previous communications, beginning on Monday, November 30, all classes will go completely virtual for the remainder of the semester, including during the final exam period. University housing will remain open. Recognizing the challenges with Covid-19 coupled with the flu season, residential students are encouraged to stay at home and complete their fall semester studies remotely. However, we understand there may be students who need to return after Thanksgiving break or are not able to go home at all.

Students requesting to return after Thanksgiving:

  • Students returning to campus after Thanksgiving break must fill out the following link by Friday, November 6:
  • Students travelling to States designated as "hot spots" areas as identified by the CT Travel Advisory will not be approved to return to campus after Thanksgiving break. Therefore any student from a hot spot state wishing to remain on campus after Thanksgiving must not leave.
  • Food will be "grab and go" from the Barone Campus Center Tully Dining Commons.
  • Students must return to campus on Sunday, November 29 from Noon-8 p.m.
  • Residence Halls close on December 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the winter break.

Students who are unable to leave during Thanksgiving break:

  • Students who must remain on campus during Thanksgiving break r stay later than Friday, November 20, 6:30 p.m., must fill out the following link by Friday, November 6:
  • Food options will be grab and go from the Barone Campus Center Snack bar during the week of November 21- 28.
  • Limited offices and resources will be available from Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29.
  • Residence Halls close on December 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the fall semester.

Testing and Quarantine:

  • There will be a mandatory University provided Covid-19 testing requirement for all students staying on campus after Thanksgiving break.
  • We expect results of these tests to be available within 48 hours. Students will be in quarantine (will only be able to leave their room for food and bathroom use) until a negative test result is produced.
  • Students should expect to be in quarantine for 1-3 days.
  • Covid-19 test results, other than the University-conducted tests upon return, will not be accepted.

Preparing for the end of the semester:

  • Residence Halls close on December 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the winter break.
  • Once a student leaves for the semester, they will be unable to enter University housing until the start of the spring semester. Students are highly encouraged to bring home personal items they might require during that time. Students will not have access to their rooms until the start of spring semester.
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccination: The Student Health Center is strongly recommending all students receive a seasonal influenza vaccine ASAP in accordance with CDC guidance. Getting vaccinated will protect you and our health care team who may mistake the flu symptoms for Covid-19.

We appreciate your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residential Life via email at studentmove@fairfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Karen Donoghue ’03
Vice President for Student Life

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
Professor of Politics

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.
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.

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.

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 their 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 wellbeing 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.

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.

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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We can stop the spread of Covid-19 by following key public health directives and using common sense. As part of the Fairfield community, students can keep themselves and others safe if we:

  • Show care, kindness, sensitivity, and respect for others
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  • Limit our social interactions
  • Always wear a face covering
  • Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from other people
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  • Avoid physical contact
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