Public Safety

Department Overview

Clery Award

The Fairfield campus is a lot of things: a place to live, learn, and make your own. It's also an incredibly safe environment. The function of the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety is to ensure that the entire university community stays as free as possible from crime, while pursuing their academic endeavors to the fullest. Officers prevent, investigate and report any violations of State or Federal Law and/or University regulations on campus.

The Department of Public Safety provides:

  • 29 full-time members
  • Foot, vehicle and bicycle patrols
  • State certified Emergency Medical Technicians
  • S.M.A.R.T. (Sexual Misconduct and Assault Response Team)
  • 24 hour Escort Service
  • CPR and EMT-basic course offerings 

Campus safety and security systems include:

  • Residence hall card access system
  • Emergency call box phone system
  • Closed circuit television system
  • Whistle defense program
  • Connect-ed Emergency Notification system

Public Safety Vision Statement.

Crime prevention seminars, security bulletins, and information via the campus television network

* Security and Safety Programs are continuously updated to meet the University's ever changing needs

Contact: Todd A. Pelazza, Director‌
Location: Loyola Hall, Room 2
Phone: On-campus ext. 4090; Off-campus: (203) 254-4090
E-mail: tapelazza@fairfield.edu

Town of Fairfield Emergency Notification System
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Statistics

Fairfield University complies with the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act". This report contains a summary of Fairfield University's Department of Public Safety policies and procedures along with crime statistics as required. A copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the department at (203) 254-4090, or stopping by the office located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall. The office is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A daily Crime Log is maintained in the Department of Public Safety's Office and is available to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Logs for previous years are available upon request.

2017 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

Emergency Preparedness

The Department of Public Safety Officers are highly trained first responders and are prepared to take action to any emergency situation that may arise on campus. A Crisis Management Team as well as an Incident Management Team are in place to allow immediate response by individuals performing specific roles and functions already predefined. An Emergency Management Plan has been developed by the Department of Public Safety as part of our ongoing effort to protect Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff. 

StagAlert

Fairfield University utilizes an emergency notification system provided by Blackboard Connect, locally referred to as StagAlert, as one method to notify and relay information to students, faculty, and staff in the event of a significant emergency.

The StagAlert system is able to send messages simultaneously as voice calls, text messages, and e-mail messages. Depending on the nature of the situation, any or all of these methods may be used to communicate with the intended recipients.

Crime Prevention

The Department of Public Safety is authorized by Fairfield University to prevent, investigate, and report any violations of State or Federal Law and/or University regulations on campus. Department of Public Safety has a full time staff of 27. Officers conduct foot, vehicular, and bicycle patrols of the campus and resident areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Parking & Traffic

All student, faculty and staff vehicles must be registered with the Parking Office located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall. First-year and sophomore resident students are not authorized to have automobiles on campus (including weekends). Students who violate this policy will lose their privilege to register cars as juniors.

Training Programs

Fairfield University Department of Public Safety employs certified instructors in various areas that offer training to the campus community, general public and law enforcement affiliates. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get an escort?

Escorts are available 24 hrs a day by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090. An officer will ride or walk you to your desired destination.

 

How do I report an incident?

Incidents can be reported by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090, or by stopping by the office located on the ground floor of Loyola, Room 2. A Confidential Report Form is also available on the DPS website.

 

Where is Lost and Found?

There are three Lost and Found locations on campus: the Recreational Complex, the Barone Campus Center Mailroom and the Department of Public Safety Office. Items found are kept for 12 months until donated or discarded.

 

What should I do if I lose my room key or stag card?

Lost room keys should be reported to a Housing/Resident Life member as soon as possible. Report a lost or stolen Stag Card immediately to safeguard your accounts and access privileges. During business hours, report the loss to the Stag Card Office located in the Kelley Center. After regular business hours, report the loss to the Department of Public Safety or go to www.stagcardonline.com. There is a $25 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards.

 

What do I do if I was sexually assaulted?

Contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090. Counselors and Officers trained in Sexual Assault Response are on call and available 24 hrs a day. In addition, students may arrange to meet with Title IX Coordinator, Christine Brown at ext. 3329.

 

How do I get a Safe Ride to the Health Center?

For a ride to the Health Center, day or night, call ext. 2241

 

Can I get a ride to class if I am on crutches?

Public Safety can provide a ride to and from classes. Call the Health Center at ext. 2241 to arrange.

 

What do I do if I see something suspicious?

Report all suspicious activities and crimes to Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090. Call Public Safety:

  • If you witness a tense situation that's about to blow up
  • If you hear any unusual noises, such as screams or breaking glass
  • If you see a severely disgruntled or non-cooperative person
  • When things just don't seem right

Please be as detailed as possible when providing a physical description of a suspect or perpetrator.

  • Physical descriptions should include: height, weight, build, facial hair, complexion, jewelry and tattoos
  • Vehicle descriptions should include: make, model, color and approximate year of manufacture, marker plate, state of origin, and any notable damage

 

What do I do about roommate conflicts?

Roommate conflicts should be brought to the attention of your Resident Advisor as soon as possible

 

How do I participate in the Ride-Along Program?

Students wishing to participate in a Ride-Along Program can do so by scheduling an appointment with the Director of Public Safety, Todd Pelazza, by calling (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090, or fill out the Student Ride Along Program form.

 

How can I obtain a copy of the Jeanne Clery Report?

The Jeanne Clery Report is available for anyone who requests one by contacting the office at (203) 254-4090, or stopping by the office located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Room 2.

 

How can I view the Daily Campus Crime Log?

The Daily Campus Crime Log can be viewed at the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Room 2.

 

Are there any student employment opportunities?

Student employment opportunities are available periodically throughout the school year. Contact Assistant Director John Ritchie for current openings at (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090.

 

Are there any full-time employment opportunities?

Public Safety accepts applications for full-time employment throughout the year. Anyone interested can submit a resume with cover letter and three references to Fairfield University, Public Safety, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824. Strong consideration is given to individuals certified as Emergency Medical Technicians with a college degree and police or military background.

 

Am I permitted to have a vehicle on campus?

Freshman and sophomores are not permitted to have vehicles on campus (including weekends). All other student, faculty and staff vehicles must be registered through the parking office located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Room 2. Tel. (203) 254-4000, ext. 2745.

 

What do I do if my car was towed?

Owners of cars towed from campus must contact the towing company Advanced Auto Works located at 49 Halley Court in Fairfield. Tel. (203) 384-2886. Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. till noon. To retrieve a car, fees are $74.50 with a University ID and $99.50 without ID. Additional fees for storage and after hours pickup may apply. Advance Auto Works accepts credit cards and cash; no checks.

 

What do I do if my car was "booted" (immobilized with a wheel-lock device)?

If your car has a "boot" (wheel-lock) attached, you likely have unpaid parking tickets or are a chronic parking offender. To remove the device, report to the Department of Public Safety located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Room 2., or call (203) 254-4090 or ext. 4090. Attempting to remove the device on your own will result in damage to your vehicle.

 

How does my visitor obtain a guest pass for their vehicle?

Visitor parking is located in lots C2, C3 and K1 (see Parking Map). Parking in all other locations requires a temporary parking pass which can be obtained in the Parking Office during regular hours or in the Department of Public Safety, any time day or night. Both offices are located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Rm 2.

 

How do I update my emergency contact information?

Emergency Contact Information can be inserted or updated by accessing the link on the home page of your Stag Web account.

 

What do I do if my car battery is dead?

The Department of Public Safety has jump boxes available to sign out with a Fairfield University ID.

 

How do I obtain a copy of a motor vehicle accident report?

Bring your University ID to the Department of Public Safety, reports are ready in 3 days. To check the status of a report, please call ext. 4090.

 

Are classes delayed or cancelled?

Delays and cancellations are announced on the Fairfield University website www.fairfield.edu, the campus center information line at ext. 4222 as well as local radio stations 88.5 FM, 99.9 FM, 107.9 FM or 600 AM.

Stag Heroes

“Stag Heroes” refers to those members of the Fairfield community—be they students, staff, faculty or others—who have strapped on their capes and flown from their homes, dorms and offices to help with any one of the many charitable or service initiatives the University supports. Be it for Special Olympics, a local soup kitchen, an after-school program at a neighboring elementary school, or perhaps an international service trip, Stag Heroes are everywhere!

Message from the Director

Todd A. Pelazza
Director
Department of Public Safety
Fairfield University
tapelazza@fairfield.edu

ps_tpelazzoThank you for your interest in the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety.

We are proud to be a highly visible and proactive safety agency. The department protects personal safety, conducts criminal investigations, provides emergency medical care and enforces on-campus traffic and parking regulations.

We strive to be a service-oriented team, which sets us apart from the traditional roles of public safety. Some of these services include safety escorts, motor vehicle assists, crime prevention programs as well as Rape Aggression Defense instruction.

The Department of Public Safety contributes to the mission and goals of Fairfield University, both in spirit and in deed, through its policies, practices and actions.

Please explore our various links to learn more about the department. We invite you to visit our office located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall.

Bicycle Patrol

‌In 1992, the department implemented a Bike Patrol into its existing operations. These bikes serve as a supplement to the marked cruisers and foot patrol. By maneuvering over sidewalks and through paths, fields, and blocked roads on campus, Officers are able to respond to incidents quickly. This also creates increased presence, dialogue and interaction with the student's faculty and staff.

Bicycle Patrol Officers:

  • Patrol during all hours of the day and in almost any type of weather
  • Carry condensed medical kits and are Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Receive training in bike tactics and are nationally certified through the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association

Fairfield University's Bicycle Patrol has trained alongside Bicycle Patrol Officers from Danbury Police, New York City Housing Police, Darien Police, Yale University, Sacred Heart University Public Safety, Bridgeport University Security and Southern Connecticut State University Police.

The Team helped create patrols at Columbia University, Scarsdale Police, Stamford Police, Western Connecticut State University and Weston Police.

For assistance in launching a Bicycle Patrol Program:

Contact: Todd A. Pelazza, Director
Location: Loyola 2
Phone: On-Campus: ext. 4090; Off-Campus: (203) 254-4090

Contact Us

Contact Information

Department of Public Safety
Fairfield University
Loyola Hall Room 2, Ground Floor

On-campus: ext. 4090
Off-campus: (203) 254-4090
tapelazza@fairfield.edu

Director: Todd A Pelazza

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Contact Public Safety for a magnet with important phone numbers

 

Staff

Director:
Todd Pelazza

Associate Director:
Frank Ficko

Assistant Director:
John Ritchie

Administrative Coordinator:
Deborah Zsebik

Sergeants:
David Currier
Robert Didato
Mike Santos
Peter Baird

Officers:
Paul Amarante
James Cavallaro
Patrick Cleary
Darren Elderton
Charles Goodwin III
Patrick Jacquot
Adam Kostuk
Richard Santiago
Jim Blaskewicz
Elaine Brown
Daniel An
Justin Woodfield
Ed Baclawski
Jason Andrews
Jennifer Marsillo
Jim Simonelli

Traffic Officer:
Melanie Koonitsky

Parking Operations Assistant:
Mary Ann DeMasi

Dispatchers:
Tim Connell
Michelle Mueller
Jim O’Leary
Jared Blanchard
Julian Irizzary

 

Directions

The Department of Public Safety is located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall, Room 2

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From North Benson Road/main entrance: Enter through the main gate and follow Loyola Boulevard to the traffic circle. Turn right off the circle into the first parking lot. Loyola Hall is across the street.

From Barlow Road entrance: Take Bellarmine Road to the split. Stay right at the pond on to McInnes Road. Pass the Quick Center on your left. Continue on McInnes Road to the second stop sign. Turn left on to Loyola Boulevard and proceed to the traffic circle. Turn right off the circle into the first parking lot. Loyola Hall is across the street.

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