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 seeks first and foremost to serve its students in an educative role. The process asks students to reflect upon their behaviors and how it impacts the larger university community.
The Office of the Dean of Students has ultimate responsibility for enforcing University rules and regulations. There are three hearing bodies for student conduct cases:
An administrative hearing is a meeting between the student(s) and an administrative of the Dean of Students office or designee.
The Peer Conduct Board (PCB), composed entirely of students, is trained and supported under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Students in hearing student conduct matters of low severity. PCB serves as the Parking Appeal Board for the Department of Public Safety, mentors first-year students in the Stag Explorers program, and members serve as student representatives on Student Conduct Boards. PCB is an effective vehicle for students to engage in self-governance, student leadership, and building of overall communication skills.
Criteria and expectations for members of the Peer Conduct Board are as follows:
If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Dean of Students Allison Berger at (203) 254-4211.
The Student Conduct Board is a hearing body for alleged violations that, by themselves, could result in a student’s dismissal from the University. When classes are in session, the board is a five-member body consisting of two voting students, one voting academic dean or assistant dean, one voting faculty member, and a non-voting chairperson. When classes are not in session, or if the regular board members are not available, a board of four voting administrators and a non-voting chairperson may be constituted. The Student Conduct Board follows the procedures set forth in the Student Handbook.
The Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Board (DHSM Board) is a subset of the Student Conduct Board. Like the Student Conduct Board, the DHSM Board is a five-member body consisting of two voting students, one voting academic dean or assistant dean, one voting faculty member, and a non-voting chairperson. The DHSM Board members are specifically designated and undergo appropriate training to assist in the processing of formal complaints by students against students alleging discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and sexual assault. As a subset of the Student Conduct Board, the DHSM Board follows the same procedures followed by the Student Conduct Board and set forth in the Student Handbook.
Sanctions are educational devices to assist students in changing their behaviors and making smarter choices in the future. In the interest of clarity and transparency, Fairfield University has established general guidelines when determining sanctions for policy violations if a student is found responsible. Please note that no sanctions are imposed without a meeting with an agent of the Dean of Students Office and a determination of responsibility is found.
Disciplinary sanctions are intended to offer educational correctives to unacceptable behavior. For some infractions, the University has prescribed minimum or maximum sanctions (e.g., violation of alcohol or drug policies). The sanctions imposed will be determined based upon the severity of the infraction, the student’s prior record, and any other relevant circumstances. Failure to comply with sanctions is itself a violation of University policy and may result in probation, a hold placed on student records, and/or dismissal.
View the Sanctions Guidelines chart for a quick overview.
Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to:
If a student brings another student to the Health Center or calls Public Safety because of concerns about alcohol or drug consumption, if a student brings him/herself to the Health Center for such reasons or calls Public Safety for help, or if a student initiates getting help for another student by contacting University officials, those students generally will not be subject to formal disciplinary action. The fear of, or concern about, the potential student conduct process should not deter students from seeking appropriate medical or personal assistance.
Student disciplinary records remain on file for seven years after class graduation. Please contact the Dean of Students office at (203) 254-4211 if you would like a summary of your disciplinary record. A form will be provided to you and a copy of your photo identification or Stag Card is needed. Your record will include all reportable violations during your time at Fairfield University. Please allow 5-10 business days for processing and a fee might be charged.