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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.

Fairfield University Department of Public Safety is a proprietary organization with 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.

The Department places strong emphasis in providing the community with medically trained officers equipped to handle emergencies. Each shift currently consists of two state-certified Emergency Medical Technicians on duty 24 hours a day. All officers are instructed in basic life support with annual in-service training seminars as well as CPR recertification.

Fairfield University Department of Public Safety continuously updates security and safety programs to the University's ever-changing needs. Fairfield has implemented a residence hall card access system, a whistle defense program, an emergency call box phone system, and a closed circuit television system. Community awareness of security related concerns are addressed through crime prevention seminars, security bulletins and use of the campus television network to mention a few.‌


ps_patchThe Department of Public Safety offers various crime prevention programs throughout the year. Many of these programs focus on awareness, prevention and risk reduction. These programs perform a critical role in maintaining a safe and secure environment while encouraging participation and interaction.

Crime Prevention Programs include:

  • First-Year Orientation
  • First Year Experience
  • Residence Hall Floor Initiatives
  • Safe Rides
  • International Student Orientation
  • Employee Orientation
  • RA and Area Coordinator Training
  • Personal Inventory Lists
  • Brown Bag Luncheons
  • Display Booths
  • Video on the University's Television network

Door to Door and Welcome Back details are held throughout the year to provide safety information
while encouraging student/officer interaction

For more information or to schedule a Crime Prevention Presentation, call Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or e-mail Asst. Director John Ritchie at


  • ps_boothLock your doors, even if you are away for a short time
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk on highly traveled roadways and stay in well-lit areas
  • Carry your keys in your hand to avoid fumbling with them
  • Keep personal property out of sight; avoid carrying purses whenever possible
  • Carry as little cash as possible
  • Do NOT prop outside doors
  • Report all suspicious activities and crimes
  • Don't leave drinks unattended or socialize with people you're not comfortable with
  • Be careful sharing personal information on the world wide web


Be Alert, Be Cautious and Be Responsible

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Fairfield University has established policies and procedures to address discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment complaints by students and employees. Under Title IX, “sexual harassment” includes incidences of sexual misconduct.

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