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.
A No Contact Order prohibits contact between students for a specific period of time. A No Contact Order is issued by the Office of the Dean of Students and is considered a sanction under Fairfield University’s Student Conduct Code. Sanctions are determined based of the severity of the infraction, the student’s prior record and other relevant circumstances.
Contact refers to any intentional words or actions including, but not limited to:
No Contact Orders prohibit contact by a third party acting on the individual’s behalf to intimidate, harass, threaten, coerce, or frighten. Third parties may include friends, family members, other students, or others, to make contact on one’s behalf in order to harass or intimidate others.
A No Contact Order remains in effect for a specified amount of time communicated by the Office of the Dean of Students. Failure to comply with an issued No Contact Order is actionable under the Student Conduct Code.
No Contact Orders are designed primarily to prevent intentional contact. Students who have been issued No Contact Orders should remove themselves immediately from the area if they encounter each other. Incidental contact is not considered a violation of a No Contact Order. This includes, but is not limited to, unintentionally passing the involved individuals on-campus or unexpectedly seeing an individual involved in the order on-campus building or residence hall. During incidental contact, students must remove themselves from the area as quickly as possible.
A student concerned for their safety should contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or dial 911.
If you have any questions regarding No Contact Orders, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (203) 254-4211.
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.
Restorative Mentoring is a student conduct sanction that encourages and provides an opportunity for dialogue, reflection, and conversation in the areas of student behavior, moral development, responsible community participation, and our Jesuit Mission.
Students will meet with the director of restorative mentoring to reflect on their choices. Students will be encouraged and learn how to make decisions more aligned with our Jesuit mission and their personal values.
One-on-one Meetings: All students sanctioned to complete a program within Restorative Mentoring are required to meet with the director of restorative mentoring at least once. Based on the reason the student was referred to the program, the director will determine how long students must engage in one-on-one meetings.
Restorative Moments: This program provides an opportunity for students to discuss within a select group new ways to plan healthy social and academic experiences at Fairfield. This program will generally occur twice per semester on a weekday evening or weekend morning.
Crossroads Retreat: This overnight retreat is held once a semester. It is designed for students who have violated a number of community standards and find themselves at risk of losing their opportunity to be members of the Fairfield community. The retreat has been designed to empower students to reflect on their behavior and to make respectful and responsible decisions in regards to their personal lives, and as members of the Fairfield University.
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.