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Aug. 5 - To the Salve Regina community: Pre-arrival testing for the fall semester

Dear Salve Regina community,

With the fall semester just weeks away, the continued health and safety of our campus community remains top of mind. Although this is an exciting time, we are closely monitoring both the national and statewide rise in COVID-19 cases sparked by the Delta variant.

To help ensure a safer start to our academic year, all students will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus and/or attending in-person classes regardless of their vaccination status.

All students need to participate in pre-arrival testing even if they are fully vaccinated. This applies to resident students, off-campus/commuter students and graduate students. Students will not be able to complete the move-in process or have their ID activated without proof of a negative test.

The University will accept a PCR or antigen (rapid) test administered through a testing site. Antibody tests and home testing kits will not be accepted. To find a testing site near you, contact your health care provider or visit your state health department’s website.

Fall Student-Athletes and Early Arrivals

Fall student-athletes and early arrivals (student leaders, Service Plunge, etc.) must be tested within the three days prior to their arrival date. 

  • Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible to check-in.
  • If you arrive without a negative test, you will be directed to a local rapid testing site. Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated and you will not be allowed to move in until you return with a negative test result.
  • If you have an approved vaccine exemption, you will be tested a second time as part of the check-in process.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible to check-in.

Resident Students

Resident students must be tested within the three days prior to their move-in date. 

  • Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible to check-in.
  • If you arrive without a negative test, you will be directed to a local rapid testing site. Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated and you will not be allowed to move in until you return with a negative test result.
  • If you have an approved vaccine exemption, you will be tested a second time as part of the check-in process.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible to check-in.

Off-Campus/Commuter Students

Off-campus and commuter students must be tested on or after Sunday, Sept. 5. 

  • Off-campus students and upper-level commuter students must check in at Rodgers Recreation Center between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 or 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
  • First-year commuter students must check in at Rodgers Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 or Wednesday, Sept. 1.
  • Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated until you check in.
  • Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible.
  • If you have an approved vaccine exemption, you will be tested a second time as part of the check-in process.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. However, you must check in at Rodgers to have your Salve Regina ID activated. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible.

Graduate Students

Graduate students who are taking in-person courses must be tested within the three days prior to attending their first class meeting. This includes students who are participating in the nursing colloquium or humanities residency this fall. 

  • You must email your negative result to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at gradoffice@salve.edu.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. However, you must email documentation of your positive result to gradoffice@salve.edu.

If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19 during pre-arrival testing, you will be expected to isolate at your permanent residence for 10 days prior to returning to campus. You should also contact your professors individually to develop a plan for your coursework during the isolation period. 

  • Resident students: Email documentation of your positive result to Health Services at healthservices@salve.edu and the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@salve.edu. You will also need to coordinate your move-in date with Residence Life.
  • Off-campus/commuter students: Email documentation of your positive result to Health Services at healthservices@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to return to campus/Newport. They will work with the Office of Information Technology to have your Salve Regina ID activated for the semester.
  • Graduate students: Email documentation of your positive result to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at gradoffice@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to start classes.

We wish you rest and relaxation in these waning weeks of summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone back on campus very soon. As always, your comments, questions or concerns may be submitted to coronavirus@salve.edu.