As Stags head home for Thanksgiving break, Fairfield has put new guidelines in place to aid all students in the moving out process during the pandemic. These guidelines were especially important given the University’s rapid and sudden move to Code Orange last week. 

Before leaving, students who were not tested last week have the option of getting tested for COVID-19 to ensure that they’re negative. However, testing isn’t mandatory by any means, although it is strongly suggested. 

According to vice president for student life, Karen Donoghue, Fairfield recommends that students get tested, although it won’t be enforced on campus. 

Students who do not opt-in to getting tested prior to leaving campus are strongly encouraged to test immediately upon arrival at their Thanksgiving destination,” Donoghue said in an email on Nov. 13.

Students are also encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival at their destination.

Significant changes were made to Fairfield’s plan after Thanksgiving break. As of Nov. 13, students going home for Thanksgiving will not be permitted to return to campus at all for the remainder of the semester. Students who requested to come back after the holiday break will be contacted separately by the Office of Residence Life. Students currently in quarantine or isolation at the Conference Center or the Holiday Inn will also be contacted to coordinate their plans for departing campus.

Donoghue also made it clear that students will not be permitted to return to campus once they’ve gone home after Nov. 20, unless they receive permission from the Office of the Dean of Students.

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