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Student Conduct Code

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.

Student Conduct Process

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:

  1. administrative (e.g., dean’s staff, designee of the dean’s office, such as the Office of Residence Life)
  2. the Peer Conduct Board
  3. the Student Conduct Board

Administrative Hearing

An administrative hearing is a meeting between the student(s) and an administrative of the Dean of Students office or designee.

Peer Conduct Board

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:

  • Good standing with the University
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Cannot be a Resident Assistant (RA)
  • Attend weekly PCB hearings during the academic year, held on Sundays from 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Serve on Student Conduct Boards
  • Attend all mandatory training sessions
  • Uphold confidentiality

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Dean of Students Allison Berger at (203) 254-4211.

Student Conduct Board

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.

No-Contact Order

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:

  • In-person, oral, written, or electronic communication on or off-campus
  • Electronic communication includes, but is not limited to, telephone calls, text messages, instant messages, emails, Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media
  • Destruction or vandalism of another person’s property
  • Use of threats or physical violence on or off campus

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:

  • Alcohol/Drug Education: Required attendance and participation in wellness classes. Review a list of our options.
  • Community Service: A number of hours of service to the University or the community. Unless otherwise stated, service hours must be completed within 45 days of their issuance. A reflection paper is required after the hours are completed. 
  • Disciplinary Probation: A probationary status with the University that means the student is not in good standing with the University because of his or her behavior. Disciplinary probation is intended to reflect the seriousness of the student’s misconduct. The student cannot hold a leadership position in any recognized student organization or athletic team and may be restricted from participating in University activities, including varsity athletics or club sports, and representing the University. Most importantly, further infractions while on probation will likely result in dismissal or expulsion. Disciplinary probation will continue for a minimum of two full academic semesters, unless the student is placed on probation before the halfway point of a particular semester. In those situations, probation will continue for the duration of that semester and one additional full semester. Probationary periods end only with the conclusion of regular academic semesters.
  • Dismissal: Withdrawal from the University for disciplinary reasons that is an interruption in progress towards a degree for an indefinite period of time that does allow the student to reapply to the University in the future. While dismissed, a student is not welcome on campus and is subject to arrest for trespassing. If a dismissed student has a need to come to campus, a request must be made to and approval given by the Department of Public Safety or the Office of the Dean of Students at least 48 hours in advance. Credits earned at another institution while dismissed cannot be transferred and applied toward a Fairfield degree.
  • Drug Testing: Random drug testing at the student’s expense. The results of such tests will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Educational Project: A writing assignment or research project related to the unacceptable behavior.
  • Education Program: An opportunity to plan a formal program with your community with your Area Coordinator, Resident Assistant or Residential Community Council.
  • Expulsion: Withdrawal from the University for disciplinary reasons that is permanent and prohibits the student from reapplying to the University in the future or earning a degree from any of its colleges or schools. Under expulsion, the student is not welcome on campus.
  • Fines or Restitution: A payment to the University or to an individual for unacceptable behavior or physical damage caused. Fine monies paid to the University are deposited into a restricted budget, administered by the Office of the Dean of Students, to support student life initiatives. They are not part of the University’s general fund. Restitution is used to cover the direct cost associated with repairs or replacement items. Fines must be paid within 20 days of their issuance.
  • Formal Warning Status: A formal warning status that will continue for a minimum of one full academic semester, unless the sanction takes place before the halfway point of a particular semester. In those situations, the formal warning status will continue for the duration of that semester only. Further infractions while on warning status will result in disciplinary probation.
  • Housing Change: A required move from one room to another, from an apartment or townhouse to a residence hall room; a revocation of off-campus or commuter status and return to an on-campus housing location; or a removal from campus housing for a stated period of time. If removed from campus housing, a student may not live in or visit University-owned residences.
  • Housing Probation: A notice that their current housing status is on probation and any future violation could result in loss of housing or change of assignment.
  • No-Contact Order: An order prohibiting a student from having contact, including but not limited to, physical, written, verbal, and/or electronic contact, with another student for a specified period of time.
  • Ride-Along: An opportunity for students to spend time with a Public Safety Officer.
  • Referrals: A referral for evaluation and/or counseling to individuals or organizations considered helpful to the student. Attendance or participation at such referrals, as well as recommendations for further evaluation or action, will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Restriction: A restriction from entering a particular residence hall(s), townhouse(s), apartment(s), or an individual floor; or a limitation or restriction on being able to live in townhouses, apartments, or as off-campus boarders, or participating in housing lotteries.
  • Warning: A notice that a particular action or type of behavior is unacceptable, and that continuation of similar behavior or future violations will result in more serious disciplinary action.

Helping Friends In Need

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

13678_ug_student-life-services_student_conduct-code_fr-doody_01312019.jpg 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.

Requesting Your Student Conduct Records

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.

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