Contacts Resources

S.A.F.E. Resources for Survivors

 

  

Confidential On-Campus Resources
Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Professional and confidential counseling;
    psychologist on-call 24 hours a day by calling 203-254-4090
  • Counseling available to friends and survivors
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2146
Confidential Advisor
  • Assists with understanding all options available to survivors or friends of survivors, including accompaniment through this often difficult journey
  • Helps seek professional support (on and off campus)
  • Helps seek medical evaluation and treatment (on and off campus)
  • Assists with evidence collection
  • Assists with reporting internally or through the Department of Public Safety
    More information on how the Confidential Advisor can assist is below.

Mary Ellen Spitzfaden

(203) 254-4000 ext. 2146

Clergy (203) 254-4000 ext. 3405  
Student Health Center  
  • Advocates for survivors
  • Provides all available options/next steps to survivors or friends of survivors
  • Accompanies survivors on their healing journey
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2241
Confidential Off-Campus Resources
The Center for Family Justice
(off-campus hotline to trained Crisis Counselor)  
(203) 333-2233
Español Hotline (888) 568-8332 
The Triangle Community Center (203) 853-0600
Non-Confidential On-Campus Resources
Public Safety
  • Provides assistance with medical treatment and assistance in pursuing legal action both on and off campus
  • Will take a report from a student and a specially trained officer will conduct an investigation which involves asking the student to describe the assailant and what happened. An officer may ask questions about the scene of the crime, any witnesses, and what happened before and after.
(203) 254-4090, 24/7
Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Christine Brown, J.D. (203) 254-4000
ext. 3329
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, William Johnson (203) 254-4000
ext. 2890
Office of Dean of Students

Karen Donoghue, Dean of Students
William Johnson, Associate Dean of Students
Allison Berger, Assistant Dean of Students

  • Offers information to students about options through the internal conduct systems, as well as guidance and support regarding academic and housing concerns
  • Provides students with details for stay-away orders and other immediate concerns
(203) 254-4211
Residence Life
(203) 254-4215
Off-Campus Resources
Fairfield Police 911 or (203) 254-4800
Bridgeport Hospital (203) 384-3566
State of CT Office of the Victim Advocate (confidential) (888) 771-3126
Connecticut State Police
(203) 695-2500
Other Resources

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
(confidential)

(860) 282-9881

Statewide 24-Hour Toll-Free Hotline
(confidential)    

(888) 999-5545 English
(888) 568-8332 Español   

Immigration Services (USCIS)
Nationwide help for immigration services and benefits

(800) 375-5283
Government Resources: 
State of CT Office of Victim Services (800) 822-8428
State of CT Victim Compensation Program
(888) 286-7347
Fairfield University Sexual Assault Response Team 
The University has trained members of the Department of Public Safety to be first responders to survivors of sexual misconduct.

Director: Todd Pelazza

 
SART Officers: Robert Didato, Dave Courier, Patrick Jacquot  

Title IX Compliance

The University encourages any student who has been a victim of sexual assault or harrassment to report the incident to the University's Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Public Safety, or the Office of the Dean of Students.

Sexual misconduct is a form of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX and other federal and state laws. Fairfield University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, and has compliance processes in place. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be made to the University's Title IX Compliance Coordinator/Investigator.

Christine Donahue Brown, J.D., Title IX Compliance Coordinator


Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President & Director of Risk Management and Insurance
Phone: (203) 254-4000, ext. 3329
E-mail: cbrown@fairfield.edu

William Johnson, Title IX Deputy Coordinator


Associate Dean of Students
Phone: (203) 254-4211
E-mail: wjohnson@fairfield.edu

Confidential Advisor's Role

Mary Ellen Spitzfaden is the University's designated confidential advisor to whom victims of sexual assault can report anonymously or directly. Below are the ways she assists students:

  • Inform victims of their reporting options and the consequences of those options, including, but not limited to, the option to conduct a victim-centered, trauma informed interview (a.k.a. forensic interview) with the confidential advisor; the option to have the forensic interview be recorded; the option to receive a copy of the recorded forensic interview; the option to notify a responsible employee and initiate a campus disciplinary proceeding; the option to notify local law enforcement and initiate a criminal investigation; and the option to grant law enforcement officials access to the forensic interview;
  • Assist the victim in conducting a  forensic interview , making notifications, and granting access to the forensic interview, as directed by the victim;
  • Act as liaison with the Department of Public Safety or local law enforcement when directed by the victim and assist the victim, as appropriate, in contacting and reporting to the department of public safety or local law enforcement;
  • Arrange reasonable accommodations through the University to allow the victim to change living arrangements, class schedules, obtain accessibility services, and other available changes;
  • Advise the victim of both the victim's rights and the University's responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining or cease and desist orders, or similar lawful orders issued by the University or a criminal, civil or tribal court;
  • Assist the victim in the Student Conduct process, as directed by the victim.

Sexual Assault Campus Resource Team  (S.A.C.R.T.)

Our Sexual Assault Campus Resource Team works to provide students with a collaborative, survivor-centered, team response to sexual assault and ensure a transition from victim to survivor for every individual whose life is impacted by sexual violence. S.A.C.R.T. members provide counseling, medical attention, judicial services, advocacy, referrals, and general information regarding sexual assault. We strive to empower the survivor to make her/his own decisions by providing on- and off-campus resources, and then offer support as needed.

Administration Karen Donoghue lf_saferesources_KarenDonoghue
Counseling & Psychological Services Susan Birge lf_saferesources_SusanBirge
Health Center Julia Duffy lf_saferesources_JuliaDuffy
Center for Family Justice Amanda Posila  
Title IX Compliance Coordinator Christine Donahue Brown, J.D.  ‌‌
Department of Public Safety Todd Pelazza lf_saferesources_ToddPelazza
Fairfield Police Department Det. Kerry Dalling
(203) 254-4840
 
Academic Senior Staff Mark Ligas  ‌lf_saferesources_MarkLigas
Faculty Representative Philip Lane  
Student Conduct William Johnson lf_saferesources_WillJohnson
Residence Life Ophelie Rowe-Allen  lf_saferesources_OphelieRoweAllen
FUSA Student Government    

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