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Aug. 27 - To the Salve Regina community: Important reminders for the fall semester

Summer is winding down and the start of the fall 2020 semester is just around the corner. All members of the University community are encouraged to read today’s message in its entirety, as it contains many pieces of key information and resources to keep in mind as we prepare to head back to Salve.

New information will continue to be added to the Back to Salve website as it becomes available. As always, general comments, questions or concerns may be submitted to coronavirus@salve.edu or (401) 341-2329.

Asymptomatic Testing

All students, faculty and staff will be tested as they return to campus this fall, with results available within 24-48 hours. Resident students will be tested during the move-in process. Undergraduate students living off campus, graduate students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments for testing at any time.

You must have a valid Salve Regina ID and complete a consent form to be tested. New students will receive their ID at the testing site. To complete your consent form in advance, choose the consent form for students or consent form for employees. If you need to complete your consent form at the testing site, please be sure to bring your smartphone.

You will be notified of negative test results via email from CareEvolve. You will receive two emails from CareEvolve – the first to establish your account and the second to log in for your test results. When prompted, enter the address as 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840 to access your results.

Learn more about asymptomatic testing.

Class Attendance

All students must have a negative test prior to attending in-person classes. Students who have not received their test results prior to the first day of classes should attend class remotely until a negative result is returned. Off-campus students and graduate students who have an appointment for Sept. 8 or 9 and wish to be tested earlier are welcome to cancel their existing appointment and reschedule.

Faculty who are teaching remotely and students who are learning remotely are exempt from the testing requirement.

Make an appointment for asymptomatic testing.

Social Gatherings

The limit for all indoor and outdoor social gatherings in Rhode Island is 15 people, and individuals are urged to limit their interactions to the same 15 people. Those who violate the limit on social gatherings could face a $500 fine, and state officials have indicated that they will hold students accountable for any actions that violate state guidelines.

Hosting or attending a large social gathering on or off campus also violates the addendum to Salve Regina’s student code of conduct and will result in multiple consequences. Sanctions may include removal from campus housing and/or a requirement to complete classes remotely (for off-campus students).

Health Screening Survey

A daily symptom check is critical to maintaining the health and safety of the Salve Regina community. All students, faculty and staff are expected to complete the Salve-Health screening survey daily. Anyone who intends to be on campus should be sure to complete the survey before leaving their residence.

Faculty, staff and students designated as early arrivals are already receiving daily notifications. All students who will be learning on campus will receive notifications beginning Sept. 1. Notifications are sent at 4:30 a.m. daily. This is early, but the survey has to serve all members of the community, including those who work early shifts, to ensure that essential operations are up and running prior to the start of classes each day.

Learn more about the health screening survey.

Pledge for the Protection of our Community

All students, faculty and staff should sign the Pledge for the Protection of our Community as soon as possible. The pledge covers several items that we must all commit to carrying out for ourselves and for our community. It asks you to pay attention to your health, take daily screenings, keep a log of close contacts, get tested when requested, wash hands, maintain appropriate social distance and wear your mask.

Access to Campus Buildings

In accordance with Salve Regina's pandemic illness plan, only current students, faculty and staff may access University buildings at this time. All members of the University community should carry their Salve Regina ID at all times in order to access academic and administrative buildings.

Graduate students who need to obtain a Salve Regina ID should send a passport-like photo that meets these guidelines to cardoffice@salve.edu from their Salve Regina email address. The card office will not accept photos from personal email addresses. IDs will be mailed to the address on file with the Office of the Registrar (please note that we cannot mail to P.O. boxes). If you have recently moved, please submit a change of address form to the Office of the Registrar.

On-Campus Spaces for Remote Classes

Students who need to attend class remotely while on campus have access to a number of designated locations, including McKillop Library, the Starbucks lounge in Miley Hall, Gerety Hall and Jazzman’s Cafe in the O’Hare Academic Building. In addition, students can utilize a variety of classroom spaces throughout Salve Regina’s academic buildings.

See the full list of available classroom spaces.

Classroom Dismissals

Classes that meet in odd-numbered classrooms in Antone Academic Center, McAuley Hall, McKillop Library, Ochre Court or O’Hare Academic Building on Mondays or Tuesdays will dismiss five minutes early. Classes that meet in even-numbered classrooms in these buildings on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays will dismiss five minutes early. All other buildings will follow the traditional time schedule.

Signage will be posted in each classroom to remind students and faculty of the policy.

Health Forms

All new students, including first-year, transfer and international students, are required to submit their medical information through Salve Regina's student health portal. If you have not yet completed your health record, please do so by Monday, Aug. 31. New students who do not submit a completed health record will be unable to move in to their residence hall on Sept. 1 or 2.

Learn more about student health records.

Speeding on Campus

Speeding is a concern on campus and throughout neighborhood streets. Please use caution and drive slowly on all city streets, especially those closest to campus such as Webster, Annandale, Narragansett and Middleton where there are few sidewalks and many families. Be cautious of fellow students walking throughout campus on Ochre Point, Ruggles, Shepard, Leroy and Webster, and make note of all crosswalks. Students, faculty and staff should use the main entrance to campus, with limited traffic on Webster Street.

Streets extending from Spring to lower Thames, such as McAllister, Lee, Holland, Hammond and Carey, are also narrow with obstructed views of stop signs and sidewalks. This section of Newport (Fifth Ward) is also heavily populated with families in addition to Salve Regina rental properties.