Welcome to the Office of the Dean of Students


The Office of the Dean of Students primary responsibility is to enhance the quality of student life outside of the classroom. The Office of the Dean of Students collaborates with many departments within Student Affairs and the academic division to help students integrate their out of classroom experiences with their academic learning. We encourage every student to take advantage of the leadership development opportunities, co-curricular programming, diversity initiatives, and volunteer services that the Division of Student Affairs has to offer.

The Office of the Dean of Students is also concerned about the moral and ethical development of our students. We expect our students to play an active and respectful role in community life at Fairfield University and adhere to University Code of Conduct. We help students make responsible decisions through peer mentor programs, one-on-one meetings with agents of the Dean's office, and creative, educational programs.

The dean and staff are also responsible for coordinating policies and procedures concerning student conduct and the conduct process. The Office of the Dean of Students oversees:


On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students, I would like to welcome you to Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a great institution and I want to encourage you to take part in the many enriching and exciting educational opportunities that are available to you as a Fairfield University student. Jesuit institutions such as Fairfield University view learning as a dynamic experience, one that takes place within the unique interplay between curricular and co-curricular experiences. Along those lines, the Office of the Dean of Students is just one of many offices within the Division of Student Affairs that is here to assist you in making those important connections and succeeding in all your endeavors on campus. That is our commitment to living and learning, and to you, the students of our school.

The Student Handbook applies to all students of Fairfield University. In addition to the policies, procedures, and residency and meal plan agreements contained herein, this Handbook provides a wealth of information about services and resources available to you. When you enroll at Fairfield University, your enrollment implies that you accept and agree to comply with the entire contents of the Handbook, and that you agree to be bound by all policies, procedures, and agreements set forth herein. For that reason, you should read and familiarize yourself with this Handbook and make use of it over the course of the academic year. The Student Handbook may be revised from time to time during the course of the academic year. Any such revisions will be posted to the online version of the Student Handbook.

Fairfield University is your school, your community, and your home. When we speak of a Fairfield education, we often make reference to the concept of a holistic learning process. We are interested in students’ needs, well being, and formation both within and outside the classroom and you will see collaborative practices and programs that support this interest. Additionally, my office is committed to the holistic development of all students in a manner consistent with Jesuit ideology, which seeks to develop men and women who know themselves, advocate for others, and are invested in serving the broader community. We expect students to respect each other and the community in which they now belong. In addition to promulgating the code of conduct and many other policies contained in this Handbook, the Office of the Dean of Students serves informational functions as well. As I often say to students, if you have a question and are not sure where to go for an answer, the Office of the Dean of Students is generally a good place to start!

Over the next academic year, I encourage you to make the most out of your Fairfield University education by embracing our diverse community. Your presence and contributions to our community are what make Fairfield such a special place. I look forward to making your acquaintance either at Orientation or at Fall Welcome. May you have a most successful and engaging year.


Karen Donoghue
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Contact Information

Barone Campus Center, 4th floor
Main Number: (203) 254-4211
Fax: (203) 254-4014


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Dean of Students

William Johnson
Associate Dean of Students

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Assistant Dean of Students 
 ‌irc_mdoody Fr. Michael Doody
Director of Restorative Counseling


Caroline Fain
Program Assistant

 ds_mminerly  Madeline ‌Minerly
Program Assistant
 ds_rsherwood Rita Sherwood
Administrative Assistant

 Christine Brown


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