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Fairfield University
    Office of the President    
Dear Fairfield University Community,

I write to you today with a significant update on our Covid-19 response.

As we have understood from the very outset of this pandemic, the situation is highly fluid. In order to maintain academic continuity, to foster community vibrancy, and to insure the safety of our community, we are required at times to respond swiftly.

At the start of the fall semester, comprehensive repopulation testing helped us to bring students, faculty and staff back to campus. Since that time, a combination of random testing, health monitoring, contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine protocols have helped to sustain our campus operations and teaching and learning community. As an additional precaution, we have taken immediate steps to quarantine and suspend public interactions when and where necessary. Throughout the first six weeks of our semester, we experienced steady but limited numbers of Covid-19 cases; and at the beginning of this week, we witnessed a significant downward trend in Covid-19 cases among our student population.

However, over the last 48 hours, we have seen a significant increase in positive Covid-19 cases within specific populations of the Fairfield University student community. While overall campus rates remain low, aggressive mitigation strategies are warranted to manage the outbreak in these identified populations, and to limit further infection.

With this targeted approach in mind, and in consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health, we will be implementing the following effective 8:00 pm this evening:
  1. Off-campus students will be restricted from the University campus for the next 14 days, until October 23, during which time they will be learning remotely. They will be expected to limit their interactions to their housemates only.
  2. All NCAA sports and club sports have been paused for the next 14 days, therefore the Walsh Athletic Center and the Recreational Complex will be closed.
Further details on the strategies we will be implementing can be found in Vice President for Student Life Karen Donoghue’s communication to our students here. Fairfield University will continue to work closely with local and state officials to further our mitigation efforts.

In closing, I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is essential that our University community remain vigilant and proactive in our approach to this situation, to ensure that we can continue to perform our mission as the modern Jesuit, Catholic University. As I have often noted, Fairfield’s strong sense of community, our optimism, and our resilience are at the heart of our identity as an institution. I am confident that this strength of character, and our determination to keep one another safe and well, will see us through the challenges that we face at this time. Thank you all for your extraordinary efforts, your goodwill, and fellowship.

With very best wishes and utmost gratitude,

Mark R. Nemec
Mark R. Nemec, PhD
Professor of Politics
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
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