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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 continue to be driven by our dedication to maintaining the health and vitality of our community, and the guiding principles of upholding academic integrity, preserving a quality mercy education and protecting the transformative opportunities of a residential student experience.

Access to Campus Buildings

All students and employees are required to carry their Salve Regina ID at all times while on campus. As only current students, faculty and staff can access University buildings at this time, the Salve Regina ID is needed for card swipe or chip access to most academic and administrative buildings. The following entrances will be unlocked from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays: Antone Academic Center north entrance, Gerety Hall main entrance, McAuley Hall main entrance and O’Hare Academic Building main entrance.

In the interest of community health and safety, the University has developed a policy to properly screen all campus visitors and vendors. All scheduled and unscheduled campus visitors are required to check in with the respective University office prior to entering any campus building. Visitors may check in via email, phone, pre-determined meeting or knocking at an exterior door. Visitors should remain outside until a University employee can greet them with the necessary health screening form and pass.


While online ordering is still preferred, customers are welcome to visit the bookstore to shop for course materials, essentials and more. All customers must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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.

For more information, call (401) 847-9086 or email

Dining Services

All dining locations on campus are closed for the summer. Catering will be available throughout the summer months for meetings and events on campus. To learn more about catering options, visit the Sodexo website.

Health Services

Health Services is open limited hours Monday through Thursday for administrative purposes only. Clinical services, including symptomatic COVID-19 testing, are not available during the summer months. To find local testing sites, visit

To contact Health Services, call (401) 341-2904 or email 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.

New students should complete their electronic health record through Salve Regina’s health portal by Tuesday, June 15. Please do not send health forms by mail, fax or email. To learn more, visit

Please note: The COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended (requirements are subject to change). All students should submit their vaccine record to Health Services through the health portal. To submit your vaccine record, log in to the health portal with your Salve Regina credentials. In the "My Forms" menu at the top of the page, select and complete the "COVID vaccination form."

Mail and Packages

Package pickup is available for on-campus summer residents only. Students who are living in Newport for the summer must have packages directed to their local address. Packages for students not currently living on campus will be forwarded to their permanent address if arriving via the U.S. Postal Services. Packages arriving via FedEx, UPS, LaserShip or DHL will be refused.

The pickup area will remain at the side door near the Copy Center for the summer. Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Prepaid returns may be dropped off for carrier pickup. Stamps and postage will be available.

Masks on Campus

All members of the Salve Regina community are expected to follow state and University guidelines on wearing masks. You are required to wear a mask while in campus buildings, common areas and public outdoor campus spaces, and should wear a mask when off campus as well. Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth and chin without any gaps.

Masks with two or more layers of a washable, breathable fabric are recommended by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Remember that the use of gaiters or face shields is not recommended. If you choose to wear a disposable mask, please be sure to dispose of it properly. There has been a recent uptick in littering around campus.

McKillop Library

The library building and in-person services are accessible via card-swipe to Salve Regina faculty, staff, graduate students and summer student employees during our summer hours as listed on the library's website. Remote services such as curbside pickup and reference assistance via chat, phone and email are available to the entire Salve Regina community. For more information, see the library's research and support guide.

Properly worn masks and social distancing are required throughout the library at all times. Food may be consumed on the first floor, and beverages can be consumed throughout the library. Please note that masks should be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking. The library cafe is closed for the summer.

Rodgers Recreation Center

The lower-level weight room and the second-floor fitness center will be closed until further notice.

Salve Regina ID

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. Students who need a new ID should call ahead to (401) 341-2985 and enter the library from Lawrence Avenue.

Graduate students who do not live locally may send a passport-like photo that meets these guidelines to 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.

Travel and Travel Advisories

The University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel at this time. Travel heightens your risk of exposure and, by extension, the spread of disease on campus. Remember that Rhode Island’s travel advisory includes any state with a significant rate of transmission (positive test rates over 5 percent).

If you are traveling to a state on Rhode Island's travel advisory, you will need to follow quarantine and testing guidelines upon return. If Rhode Island is included in the travel advisory for the state you are traveling to, you are responsible for knowing that state's guidelines and for your own testing prior to arrival in that state.


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.

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%

Student Aid

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.