The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a central resource to connect students with university and community resources in support of their educational experience. Alongside other members of the University community, our office strives to create community standards which encourage a safe, respectful, healthy, and inclusive atmosphere, open communication, values-based decision-making, ethical behavior, leadership, and resiliency. The Office advocates for students by listening to and addressing their concerns, and assisting them in resolving personal and university concerns that affect their educational experience and the University community at large. The Office partners and shares responsibilities with key stakeholders, including parents and guardians, faculty, and campus staff, to enhance learning, support success, and respond to the evolving needs of current and future Fairfield University students.
The Office of the Dean of Students oversees:
Fairfield University holds high expectations of how we live and interact with one another, as the successes and failures of each member of our community shape our institution. Respect for self and respect for others, both within and outside the University community, lie at the heart of our standards of conduct. Students are held accountable for their behavior both on and off campus as a necessary part of our community life. The Student Code of Conduct process
At Fairfield University, we are committed to providing a learning environment free of sexual misconduct. If you or a friend are a victim of sexual misconduct, please know you are not alone, and it is not your fault. There are many resources available to you, both confidential and non-confidential.
College can be a very stressful time. For some students, it can be extremely overwhelming to handle the pressures of both academic and personal life. At Fairfield University, we recognize some students will need help as they cope with the demands of college life. The Office of the Dean of Students is an available resource for faculty, students, and parents when dealing with students of concern.
The Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) provides for the confidentiality of student educational records. Fairfield University may not disclose information in a student's educational record to anyone, without the permission of the student, unless disclosure is permitted by an exception set forth in FERPA, 20 U.S.C.A., Sec. 1232 et seq.
If a student would like to grant permission to Fairfield University officials to disclose and/or discuss contents contained in education records at Fairfield University they must complete and sign a release.
As parents, it is important for you to be aware of issues your student may face while in college. All parents, especially first-year parents, are invited to participate in monthly webinars on topics of interest.
The Office of the Dean of Students frequently sends messages to students, faculty and staff via e-mail, campus mail, or U.S. mail.
During the final weeks of the academic year, the University will recognize members of the senior class who have made an impact during their four years at Fairfield University.
This handbook contains many of the policies and procedures for students at Fairfield University. In addition, this handbook contains information about Fairfield's history, mission, and culture, as well as a number of the services and resources which are available to students.
From their service to our country, veterans bring a wide range of experiences to both their academic pursuits and to the overall Fairfield University student body.
From admission, to financial aid, to assistance in transitioning into college, we’re available to support all our veterans and help them achieve their educational goals.
Fairfield’s vibrant community welcomes all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability/disability status, religion, and tradition. Fostering inclusion and understanding across the many human differences that often divide and marginalize, the Fairfield community is united in its reverence for the human dignity of every person. We recognize that viable solutions to enduring problems emerge when people with diverse backgrounds and skills work together with mutual respect, toward common goals.