Resources and Services
Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs and activities in an accessible setting. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and applicable state law, the University provides reasonable accommodations to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. The Office of Accessibility is responsible for evaluating and coordinating appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities or temporary impairments seeking accommodations because of a disability or temporary impairment must contact the Office as early as possible in the semester to complete the registration process for accommodations. Once a student with a disability has registered and has been approved for accommodations, the student is responsible for providing his or her accommodation letter to each of his or her professors. Students with accommodations are encouraged to set up a meeting with their professors at the beginning of the semester to discuss how their accommodations will be implemented. If a student with a disability feels discriminated against on the basis of their disability or feels that they have been denied access or accommodations they are legally entitled to, they are encouraged to review the University’s disability grievance procedure located in the Students with Disabilities section of the Student Handbook. Students can also contact The Office of Accessibility to learn more about the disability grievance procedure.
Students who have a declared major are assigned a faculty advisor in that academic discipline. Undeclared students are also assigned a faculty advisor. However, when these students declare a major, they will be reassigned to an advisor in the academic discipline chosen. Advisors are available to meet regularly with students, monitor progress, advise students at registration time, and discuss courses and programs of study, co-curricular involvement, and high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, capstones, and internships. Fairfield's faculty advisors, along with professional advising staff and peer mentors, promote a holistic approach to academic advising that encourages students to be actively engaged and to make thoughtful choices regarding their current and future plans.
All members of the faculty share personally and actively in the responsibility for providing students with educational, career, and personal guidance. One of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education is the personal interest each professor takes in students; the professor tries to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. This tradition is basic to Fairfield. Classes are not large, and there are ample opportunities for close student-teacher relationships. Members of the faculty make themselves available for informal discussions, advice, and encouragement well beyond their published office hours.
Academic Support and Retention
The Office of Academic Support and Retention provides individual and group services aimed at facilitating student transition and increasing student engagement and academic success. The Office supports a strong faculty advising model with supplemental resources aimed at elevating the importance of student mentoring and advising. Services are provided for first-year students transitioning to Fairfield University, undergraduate students who are undeclared, changing majors and/or schools and students seeking additional guidance as they develop their academic and professional goals. The Office supports and monitors students’ academic progress, offers tutorial programs and learning support resources, and coordinates with faculty advisors, deans’ offices, and campus resources to assist students in achieving academic success. Using a holistic advising model, the Office of Academic Support and Retention assists students in meeting their academic, personal, and professional goals through comprehensive and integrated services and resources.
Academic Support Programs
Academic Skills Development and Tutoring
The Office of Academic Support and Retention offers individual sessions and group workshops on academic skills development and learning support resources. The office also manages the tutoring program and recruits students who are proficient in their major concentration and/or other subjects and trains them to serve as peer tutors. Peer tutoring is group based, free of charge, and open to all students. Additional tutoring services are available through the University's individual schools in select subject areas.
Bannow Science Center
The Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center houses advanced instructional and research facilities that foster the development of science and engineering learning communities, engage students in experiential learning, and invite collaborative faculty and student research in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
Culpeper Language Resource Center
The Charles E. Culpeper Language Resource Center, located in Canisius 207, is designed to support and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages and their cultures. Students work interactively with computer and web-based materials. This allows them to take ownership of their learning experience and become lifelong learners. We provide one-on-one assistance in finding materials, and in accessing the online components of languages courses.
The Math Center offers free tutoring for core mathematics courses, including Precalculus, Calculus I and II, and Statistics. This is provided via individual and small group tutoring sessions For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit the website.
The Writing Center offers writing assistance and resources to all students. Tutors work with students on any writing project and at any stage of the project's development. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit the website.
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
Located on Loyola Drive, the Kelley Center houses the offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, Registrar, and the Academic and Career Development Center.
Arts and Minds Programs
Fairfield University serves as an important hub for students and visitors from the region seeking entertaining and inspiring cultural events and activities.
- The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts houses the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre, the Lawrence A. Wien Experimental Theatre, and Fairfield University Museum's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.
- Fairfield University Art Museum is comprised of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the Quick Center and the Bellarmine Hall Gallery, located in Bellarmine Hall. A showcase for significant art objects and rotating exhibits, the Fairfield University Museum displays a rich and varied collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts objects and serves as a learning laboratory for students and members of the regional community.
- The PepsiCo Theatre is home base for Theatre Fairfield, the University's performing arts club, and provides another venue for theatre and dance in an intimate setting.
In addition, various departments host exhibitions, lectures, and dramatic programs throughout the academic year, including the popular lecture series Open Visions Forum. These events are open to all members of the University community and many are free. All Fairfield students receive free or discounted tickets for arts events. For a cultural calendar, visit our website.
The Fairfield University Career Center provides opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of career development experiences to prepare them for careers after college. These offerings work in tandem with and augment their academic development. The Office identifies, cultivates and promotes corporate (profit, not-for-profit) part- and full-time employment and internship opportunities, and provides guidance on further educational opportunities post-Fairfield. Further, both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business provide career and professional development services for their students via centers within each dean's suite. Services among the various centers include: career exploration programming; professional workshops; employer immersion experiences; developmental resources, recruitment; employer engagement. The University Career Center and its resources are available to all students; however, career counselors are located in each center to support the specific school/college (Egan and Engineering counselors are located in the University Career Center).
The University Libraries are the intellectual heart of Fairfield University’s academic community and serve as a creative partner in the development and dissemination of knowledge that serves to connect ideas, people, and information across the Fairfield Community. The University Libraries provide access to over 1.3 million items and 59,370 journal subscriptions. The beautiful DiMenna-Nyselius Library is a signature building located at the heart of Fairfield’s physical campus. Carrels and tables, leisure seating, reservable collaboration spaces, and a café, offer a variety of spaces for both individual study and collaborative work. Workstations for the physically disabled are available throughout the library building. The building also houses a 90-seat auditorium.
Whether on or off campus, the Libraries’ comprehensive website provides access to curated resources from any desktop or mobile device. Research assistance is available in-person most hours that the library building is open and 24/7 via IM, email, or “live” chat. To ensure that students successfully transition to Fairfield, each first-year student is assigned a personal librarian, who serves as a point of academic support and introduces students to the collections and services of the University Libraries.
During the fall and spring semesters, library hours are:
- Monday through Thursday: 7:45am to 12:00am
- Friday: 7:45am to 10:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
- Sunday: 10:30am to 12:00am
The library building is open 24/7 during final exam periods.
Co-located in the library building are the ITS Help Desk, the Center for Academic Excellence, and the Writing Center.
Early Learning Center
The Center provides an early care and education program based on accepted and researched theories of child development; individualized programs designed to meet the needs of each child; a curriculum that is child-oriented; and teaching staff who have specialized educational training in child development and developmentally appropriate practice with young children, including health, safety, and nutritional guidelines.
The Center is open all year from 7:30am to 5:30pm for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Children may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis depending upon space availability. Registration takes place every March. For tuition details, registration requirements, or other information, call the Center at 203-254-4028 or visit the website.
Information Technology Services
The Information Technology Services (ITS) department offers networking, wireless and computer technology resources for the entire Fairfield University community.
Our goal is to maximize the use of technological innovations not in only the learning environment but in all of our business processes as well. ITS is responsible for managing the Banner platform, which securely houses all information on each individual student academic record, my.Fairfield, a web-based portal from which most university online resources can be accessed, and Workday, which securely houses financial and human resources data. The portal provides single sign-on capability so each student will need to log in only once from my.Fairfield to access course registration, review filing requirements, accept financial aid awards, participate in the housing processes, view and print academic schedules and grades, complete surveys, access student Gmail accounts, and access OrgSync and other student-related functions.
ITS maintains approximately 75 general-use classrooms across campus, as well as specialized instructional spaces and public-use computer labs. The public labs are accessible to all students with a valid StagCard. Our goal is to consistently furnish cutting-edge technology to support a collaborative teaching and learning environment, and to provide as much compatibility as possible across all platforms and devices that students might own.
For more information on Information Technology Services, please visit our website.
Through one-on-one and group collaboration, research into general and discipline-specific tech tools, the creation of documentation and training videos, visits to class meetings to assist students with assigned technology, and a wide variety of workshops offered in conjunction with the Center for Academic Excellence, Academic Computing supports instructors and students not just in the incorporation of computer- and mobile-based applications into teaching and learning, but also promote sound 21st-century pedagogical practices.
Academic Computing manages and supports the Blackboard Learn course management system, which offers a wide range of teaching tools.
Faculty/Staff and Student Networks
ITS is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades of both the student and faculty/staff networks on campus.
The ITS4U Help Desk provides free technology support for issues like wireless connectivity, warranty-covered hardware replacements (HP and Apple), malware prevention/cleanup, and limited software/hardware support for student-owned computers.
Academic Year Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-7:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm-8:00pm
Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Friday 8:00am-12:00pm
All students use their NetID to access my.Fairfield, a secure web portal used to view course schedules, access library services remotely, register for classes and parking permits, view and pay tuition bills, print unofficial transcripts, and much more.
FairfieldU Mobile App
Download the Fairfield University Modo Campus app today. Students can access their course schedule, view laundry and Stag Bus statuses, use Blackboard for coursework, and stay informed of all social and athletic events. In addition, students have access to the bookstore, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, OrgSync, Student Services, wellness and recreation information, and more.
A Fairfield University NetID is your username/password combination that provides access to a variety of online resources and services, including my.Fairfield and your student Gmail account. Your NetID is obtained through the claim process found here. You will need to claim your NetID in order to access all Fairfield online resources.
Note: All official university communications are sent to students' University Gmail accounts. No personal email accounts should be used. Your email address follows the format firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, if your name is Lucas F. Stag and your NetID is lucas.stag, your email address is email@example.com.
Project Excel is a TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program funded by the US Department of Education for first-generation college students, students whose families meet the federal guidelines for income, or individuals with disabilities. The program's overall objectives are to increase and support the retention of participants, ensure that participants are in good academic standing at the University and to have participants graduate in a timely way. Project Excel works to accomplish its objectives by providing an array of support services including academic advising and mentorship, academic tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship searches, financial aid and economic literacy education, and graduate and professional school planning assistance.
International students are served through the Office of Student Engagement, located in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center. This department sponsors a specialized orientation program for international students and provides assistance with legal forms and other documentation.
For information about Compliance Statements and Notifications, Student Resources, Policies and Procedures, Student Conduct Code, Residential Guidelines, and Clubs and Organizations, please see the Student Handbook.