Recent Higher Education Act (HEA) provisions require institutions to prepare a statement of campus policies regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation procedures. The following links will provide a video and other pertinent information on our Emergency Management Plan and Preparation Guidelines.
Emergency Notification System (StagAlert)
Fairfield University's Emergency Notification System (StagAlert) permits the simultaneous distribution of broadcast e-mails, text messages, and voice calls (including voice mails for calls unanswered). The system is used to distribute emergency notifications only in situations where a clear and active (e.g. in progress) threat or emergency exists that impacts the community and where it is recommended that the recipients take some form of action in response to the active threat or emergency. Periodic updates regarding the status of the situation will be provided as needed.
Fairfield University wants to reiterate the steadfast commitment to the safety and security of our campus and ensuring the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a team of highly trained officers who are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The University also maintains a close working partnership with the Fairfield Police Department and Fairfield Fire Department to ensure that our community is safe both on- and off-campus.
Last week, the University announced a new safety app, LiveSafe. LiveSafe allows all users to have two-way, real-time communication with DPS. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who download the app have the ability to submit real-time tips—texts, photos, videos, and location information—anonymously, as well as request an in-person and virtual safe-walk service.
In addition to more upcoming active shooter trainings, DPS is available to provide tailored training to groups in their work areas and has provided the attached downloadable safety tips document for you to review. Please contact Frank Ficko to coordinate training at 203-254-4000 ext. 4090.
As a Jesuit institution dedicated to the care for the whole person, the safety of our community is a top priority.
For any concerns or questions, DPS can be reached 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 203-254-4000 ext. 4090.
The term Active Shooter refers to an individual or group of individuals who are actively engaged in the wanton killing or attempted killing of people within a congested area. The term can be applied to individuals who are using any device to cause death, whether it is a firearm or other object.
Rapid Response refers to the course of action taken by responding officers who will take necessary action to stop all active shooters. The action is only undertaken for dynamic situations involving immediate killing. At Fairfield University, rapid response will be undertaken by both Fairfield University Public Safety Officers and/or Town of Fairfield Police Officers.
It is important to remain calm. Notify 911 immediately and be prepared to report what is happening to include the number of shooters, description, types of weapons used, number of injured and your location.
Actions to take by either faculty, staff or students:
Please understand that responding officers will move quickly to the area where the active shooter is located. Expect officers to ask questions about the shooter (location, description, direction of travel) and to demand you keep your hands visible. Responding officers must not only identify the assailant, but must determine you are not involved in the situation. Be prepared to follow the commands of responding officers.
If you are in hiding, await announcements that the area is "All Clear" from proper public safety or police officers. Be sure to verify the individual making such an announcement is in fact an officer.
Taking some type of action is better than no action at all.
Please take a minute and review the tips for what you should do if you if you find yourself in an active shooter/active killing incident.
RUN – HIDE- FIGHT
REACTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
Shots Fired on Campus
Guidance for Surviving an Active Shooter Situation
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. Faculty and staff have participated in an informational program where emergency guides were reviewed and distributed for initial actions and response options in the event of an emergency.
The development of this plan is based on a realistic assessment of potential incidents that could affect our community and the capabilities to react to those situations. It is a comprehensive approach utilizing the Incident Command and National Incident Management System and may effectively be applied to any critical incident.
Fairfield University's Emergency Notification System (StagAlert) permits the simultaneous distribution of broadcast e-mails, text messages, and voice calls (including voice mails for calls unanswered). The system is used to distribute emergency notifications only in situations where a clear and active (e.g. in progress) threat or emergency exists that impacts the community and where it is recommended that the recipients take some form of action in response to the active threat or emergency.
Prevention, mitigation, planning, preparation, response, and recovery are all part of the elements of our Emergency Plan, which is reviewed and updated on a continuous basis.
In the event of an incident, the University works very closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to resolve any situation on campus and strives to restore normal operations.
Types of Incidents
For Incident Instructions and Updates
Emergency Shuttle Bus Locations
What to know:
What to have: