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Aug. 19 - To the Salve Regina community: Update on campus life for the fall semester

Dear Salve Regina community,
 
We hope this message finds you well in these waning weeks of summer. Campus is coming alive as our fall athletes arrive for preseason training, and we look forward to seeing all of our students very soon.
 
Campus life is vital to every student’s college experience. As the fall semester approaches, we are focused on providing our students with a supportive, enriching and positive experience while also ensuring the health and safety of our community at large. Although the pandemic may continue to alter our plans to some degree, we are confident that together, we can ensure a vibrant start to the academic year. This week’s update offers a snapshot of what life on campus will look like this fall. Information regarding the academic experience on campus will be shared in a future update.
 
As a reminder, students need to provide verification of a negative COVID-19 test administered within the three days prior to arrival on campus or documentation of a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days. Both PCR or antigen (rapid) tests administered through a testing site, doctor’s office or pharmacy will be accepted. Testing often requires an appointment so please plan accordingly. 
 
All undergraduate students should also plan to arrive with a supply of masks regardless of their vaccination status. Due to high local transmission rates, masks are currently required for all community members on campus and guests of the University in all indoor settings. Students should be prepared for the possibility of an indoor mask mandate at Salve Regina should local transmission rates remain high into September.
 
A 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 and employees to sign the Salve Regina University Pledge for the Protection of our Community. Students need to sign prior to arriving on campus. Our layered approach to ensuring a successful semester relies on our collective dedication to following University and state guidelines and encouraging others to share that responsibility.
 
Residence Halls

  • New students will move in Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Wednesday, Sept. 1, and returning students will move in Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 6. Students should register for a move-in date and time as soon as possible. 
  • International students: If you are unable to access a WHO-approved vaccine prior to returning to the United States, you will be asked to vaccinate upon return to campus. Please click here for more details regarding move-in procedures.
  • First-year resident students will attend floor meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 1 and returning resident students will attend floor meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Resident advisors will advertise times. Additional social activities will also be taking place during the move-in period.
  • Room occupancy will continue to be limited to double the room residency (i.e. two in a single, four in a double).
  • Non-Salve Regina guests will once again be allowed in our residence halls. Guests will be expected to follow the visitor policy outlined in the student handbook.

Questions? Contact the Office of Residence Life at (401) 341-2210 or residencelife@salve.edu.
 
Dining

  • All dining locations on campus will be available and occupancies will return to regular capacity. Again, masks may be needed indoors unless actively eating or drinking should transmission rates be high.
  • The Miley dining hall will serve the same variety and rotation of menu items and will continue to accommodate all dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Additional dining locations – Jazzman/Sandella’s in O’Hare, McKillop Library cafe and Miley Mart/Starbucks – will retain their regular operating hours.
  • A new late-night dining option in Gerety Hall – the Nest – will be open from 8-11:30 p.m. daily.
  • Outdoor seating has also been added around campus to provide additional options for students to gather during warmer weather.
  • Sodexo will continue to utilize online ordering, which allows students to pay online for quick and convenient pickup at certain dining locations.

Questions? Contact Mark Rodrigues, Sodexo’s general manager, at (401) 341-2350 or mark.rodrigues@salve.edu.

Life on Campus  

  • Student activities, including traditional events such as Monster Bingo and the Friday Night Live series, will be offered in-person throughout the fall semester. 
  • Gerety Hall will be open daily until midnight, and late-night food and entertainment options will be available. New student spaces have also been added both indoors and outside.
  • Performances and special events will resume in person, and student organizations will hold in-person meetings.
  • Indoor/outdoor masking may be required at various points due to high local transmission rates, but the goal is to continue with in-person activities and entertainment as safely as possible. Digital signage and messaging will be employed to alert students to any masking policy changes based on anticipated changes in transmission rates during the semester.
  • Building access will require a valid Salve Regina ID.
  • The Rodgers Recreation Center’s fitness centers will be fully open no appointments are necessary.
  • Salve Regina’s 20 varsity sports will resume full conference and championship competition. Spectators are currently allowed.
  • Fall Festival Weekend, the University’s alumni homecoming and family weekend, will be held Oct. 29-31. 

 Questions? Contact the Dean of Students Office at (401) 341-2145 or deanofstudents@salve.edu.
 
Health and Safety

  • Salve Regina has renewed its contract with the Broad Institute to offer both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing on campus. 
  • As required by the Rhode Island Department of Health, students and employees who submitted a vaccine exemption request and are not vaccinated will participate in regular surveillance testing. The frequency will vary and will be tied to community transmission rates.
  • Students and employees will be notified via their salve.edu email address regarding testing times and appointments. 
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated may also be required to participate in surveillance testing should rates of community transmission increase. 
  • Students will be required to test regardless of vaccination status if they are a close contact to a positive student. Close contacts may also be required to quarantine depending on their vaccination status and/or current CDC and RIDOH guidelines.
  • Faculty and staff do not need to participate in onboarding testing prior to the start of the semester.
  • The testing center will begin its regular schedule on September 13. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Quarantine and isolation housing will continue to be available for suspected or confirmed student cases of COVID-19 when returning to one’s permanent residence is not possible due to distance or other circumstances.
  • Health Services will continue to offer telehealth and in-person consultations by appointment for students.
  • Cleaning and disinfection schedules across campus will continue to meet or exceed federal and state guidelines.
  • Disinfecting wipe stations and cleaning supplies will be available in classrooms, office spaces and common areas across campus.

 Questions? Contact Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu.
 
As the new academic year approaches, we will continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health. We ask for your patience as we update plans in accordance with ever-changing recommendations, and we pledge to keep you informed as early and as often as possible. Our regular updates will continue throughout the semester and we encourage families to also follow social media and SALVEtoday to remain informed of events and happenings on campus. There is a lot to look forward to.
 
As always, you are encouraged to submit general comments, questions or concerns to coronavirus@salve.edu.