Dear Salve Regina students,
I hope this message finds you well, and I am excited to experience the energy you bring to campus. Although you will be living and learning at Salve Regina during a pandemic, if we work together, you will have endless opportunities to connect with one another, develop new relationships and have some fun.
As you know, the Delta variant is affecting communities across the United States, including Newport County, where the transmission rate is currently “high” according to CDC data. Our careful and deliberate plan for mitigation, including our vaccine requirement and the recently announced pre-arrival testing, has positioned us to weather this latest storm.
Your commitment to the common good is also essential to operating campus as normally and safely as possible. As such, we are once again asking all students to sign the Salve Regina University Pledge for the Protection of our Community prior to arriving on campus. Our layered approach to ensuring a successful semester relies on your dedication to following University and state guidelines and encouraging your peers to share that responsibility.
In the pledge, we ask you to:
- Monitor your health regularly and consult with Health Services if you experience symptoms of COVID-19.
- Follow isolation guidelines if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are asymptomatic.
- If you are not vaccinated, maintain social distance, wear a mask indoors and participate in regular surveillance testing.
- Regularly wash or sanitize your hands and consider obtaining the flu vaccine.
- Maintain a daily log of contacts and share information for contact tracing with University and Rhode Island Department of Health officials.
- Recognize that Salve Regina may change protocols and expectations at any time and commit to following any new required practices.
In the mercy tradition, please join me in signing the Salve Pledge. Let’s work hard to take care of our community, especially our most vulnerable, and remember that many have family members at home who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical conditions. Together, we can stay healthier.
I appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust our guidance in accordance with ever-changing data. We will continue to keep you informed as early and often as possible.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students