As always, our plans for campus operations will be flexible and responsive to changes in the pandemic and related local, state and national guidance. Our decisions will be driven by our dedication to maintaining the health and vitality of our community, upholding academic integrity, preserving a quality mercy education and protecting the transformative opportunities offered through a residential experience.
Office of Safety and Security
All students and employees are required to carry their Salve Regina ID at all times while on campus. The Salve Regina ID may be needed for card swipe or chip access at certain entrances to academic and administrative buildings. Entrances to campus residences are locked at all times and are only accessible to current residents of the building.
All scheduled and unscheduled campus visitors are strongly encouraged to check in with the respective University office prior to entering any campus building. Visitors may check in via email, phone or pre-determined meeting. All campus visitors are required to follow Salve Regina’s COVID-19 policies, which currently require indoor masking regardless of vaccination status.
While online ordering is still preferred, customers are welcome to visit the bookstore to shop for course materials, essentials and more. To see regular hours, visit the bookstore website.
Textbooks are also available to rent or purchase in digital or printed format from the bookstore website. Students are encouraged to consider rental or digital options to help lower the cost of textbooks. You may highlight and make notes in both used and new rented textbooks. You may also convert a rented textbook to a purchase any time during the semester by paying the difference between the rental and purchase price.
All dining locations on campus have resumed regular hours of operation and occupancies have returned to normal capacity. For hours, menus and more, visit salveregina.sodexomyway.com.
Masks are required in all dining locations unless actively eating or drinking. Sodexo is continuing to utilize online ordering, which allows students to pay online for quick and convenient pickup at certain dining locations.
Health Services is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only.
Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3 for evaluation and testing. During evenings and weekends, call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 for evaluation and possible transportation to an external testing site.
In emergency situations, students should go to the Newport Hospital emergency room, or call 911 or the University's emergency line at (401) 341-2325.
Mail Services receives mail and packages for resident students only. Off-campus/commuter students must receive mail and packages at their local address. Students will receive an email once mail or a package is ready for pickup. Delivery confirmation from Amazon, etc. does not mean your package has arrived at Mail Services and is ready to be picked up. Please bring your ID when picking up mail or a package.
The University mailing address for letters, mail and parcels is:
Recipient's first and last name
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840-4192
Mail Services offers a variety of mail and shipping services for the University community. Stamps and postage can be purchased at this location, as well as UPS and FedEx shipping. Prepaid returns may also be dropped off for USPS, UPS and FedEx pickup.
Following current Rhode Island Department of Health and CDC guidance, Salve Regina has instituted a mask requirement for all indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This temporary safety measure will remain in place until COVID-19 transmission rates have declined sufficiently in Newport County.
Members of the University community are also encouraged to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces off campus.
Masks should fit snugly but comfortably over the nose, mouth and chin without any gaps. Masks with two or more layers of a washable, breathable fabric are recommended. Gaiters and face shields are not recommended. If you choose to wear a disposable mask, please dispose of it properly.
McKillop Library is fully accessible to the Salve Regina community and has resumed regular hours as listed on the library's website. Librarians are ready to help with research strategies; finding articles, books and films in library databases and online; and to connect you with any other campus services you may need. Like other campus buildings, the library currently has a mask mandate, but distancing requirements have returned to a pre-pandemic normal.
The library cafe is open for business. Food may be consumed in the first-floor cafe area, and beverages can be consumed throughout the library.
New this year: Come by and check out the library's collection of board games, outdoor games, baking kits and sewing machines to fill your leisure time.
Hours of operation for the Rodgers Recreation Center's weight room and fitness center are:
- 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Masks are required at all times while in the facility and exercising, regardless of vaccination status, and must cover the mouth and nose at all times. Valved masks, bandanas and gaiters are not allowed while exercising, as the CDC has recommended against their use in confined locations.
All students and employees are required to carry their Salve Regina ID at all times while on campus. Students and employees who need to obtain a new Salve Regina ID can visit the card office, located in the garden level of McKillop Library, Room 002. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Graduate students who do not live locally may send a passport-like photo that meets these guidelines to email@example.com from their Salve Regina email address. 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.
To lower the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Health recommends all travelers follow quarantine and testing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- If you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to get tested or quarantine after arrival in Rhode Island.
- If you are not vaccinated, get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel and quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
All travelers should watch for symptoms for a full 14 days after travel. If you develop symptoms, isolate at home away from others and get tested right away.
The CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided federal funding to colleges and universities for specific expenses that were a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CARES Act I: Salve Regina received approximately $1.7 million from the Department of Education relating to the CARES Act. Funding came with the stipulation that 50 percent must first be given to students (see the student aid section below) and 50 percent could be used by the institution to defray extraordinary operating costs relating to the pandemic. Institutional aid was used to partially fund off-campus housing necessary in the de-densification of our residence halls and to partially fund costs associated with changes in instructional methodology. Details are available in the link below.
CARES Act II: Salve Regina received approximately $2.4 million from the Department of Education relating to the HEERF Act (also known as CRRSAA). Funding came with the stipulation that $857,705 must first be given to students (see the student aid section below) and the balance could be used by the institution to defray extraordinary operating costs relating to the pandemic. The institutional portion was used to partially defray losses due to the shutdown of the University in spring 2020. Details are available in the links below.
- HEERF quarterly reporting - Dec. 31, 2020
- HEERF quarterly reporting - March 31, 2021
- HEERF quarterly reporting - June 30, 2021
CRRSAA/HEERF II: The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020. Section 314 of the CRRSAA created a second Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund called HEERF II to provide emergency financial aid assistance to students. Funds could be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the pandemic, such as tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. The University received $857,705 to be allocated across students. Awards were distributed to eligible students based on an analysis of financial need, using information from a student’s financial aid application and/or appeal process, with priority given to Pell-eligible students and those experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Final reporting: All funding was exhausted as of April 12.
- Total funds received: $857,705
- Total funds distributed: $857,705
- Total number of students awarded: 890
- Total number of Pell-eligible students awarded: 408
- Percentage of HEERF II funding given to Pell-eligible students: 76%
Final reporting: All funding was exhausted as of Oct. 20, 2020.
- Total funds received: $857,705
- Total funds distributed: $857,705
- Total number of undergraduate students eligible: 1,763
- Total applications completed: 696
- Total number funded: 739
To receive funding through the CARES Act, undergraduate degree-seeking students must:
- Have been enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for the spring 2020 semester as of May 8 (last day of spring classes)
- Have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13 (last day of classes before spring break)
- Have completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be federally eligible and determined to have financial need
Students enrolled in a program that was offered exclusively online during the spring 2020 semester were not eligible for emergency grants. Students who were in default on a Title IV loan (or who owed refund money on a Title IV grant) were also ineligible for CARES Act funding.
The following expenses were considered for grant assistance if they were related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus: Food, housing (such as having to move off campus when residence halls closed), course materials, health care, child care, technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online) and/or transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled or having to return from study abroad because of program cancelation).
This funding was separate from any institutional financial aid and priority was given to those with the greatest demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA. These funds could not be used to pay for tuition and related fees. The U.S. Department of Education did not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.
Eligible undergraduate students were emailed May 14, 2020 with more information and a link to the application form. The survey closed May 31, 2020 and only students who applied were considered. Study abroad students with additional expenses were considered a special population and additional costs were reimbursed.
CARES/HEERF III: Salve Regina has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement form and has used funding designated under the CRRSAA and ARP programs to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
Salve Regina received approximately $4.2 million from the Department of Education relating to the HEERF Act. Funding came with the stipulation that $2.1 million must first be given to students and the balance could be used by the institution to defray extraordinary operating costs relating to the pandemic. The majority of the institutional portion was used as of November 2021. Funds could be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the pandemic, such as tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Awards were distributed to eligible students based on an analysis of financial need, using information from a student’s financial aid application and/or appeal process, with priority given to Pell-eligible students and those experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Details are available in the link below.
- Total funds received: $2,110,571
- Total funds distributed: $1,970,500
- Total number of undergraduate students eligible: 1,250
- Total applications completed: N/A
- Total number funded: 1,250