Back to Salve: Resources for returning to campus during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >>

Salve Header Audience Menu

Salve Header Icon Menu

Campus Status and Updates

Back to Salve

There are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus at Salve Regina.

Salve Regina’s campus will formally reopen for new student move-in and Week of Welcome beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, with classes resuming Wednesday, Sept. 9. We plan to offer the fall semester in dual modality and to end the semester as scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 19. However, our plan will be flexible and responsive to changes in the pandemic and related local, state and national guidance.

The University anticipates substantial modifications to life on campus in the fall, including:

  • Physical changes to campus to reduce the population density of classrooms, residence halls and other communal spaces.
  • Large-scale deployment of classroom technology to support instruction whether students are in the classroom or participating remotely.
  • New cleaning and sanitation policies with a special emphasis on high-touch surfaces.
  • A University-wide commitment to health screenings, symptom monitoring and the common courtesy of face coverings.

Important Dates

  • Sept. 1-2 – Move-in for new students
  • Sept. 3-8 – Week of Welcome
  • Sept. 6-7 – Move-in for returning students
  • Sept. 8 – Convocation
  • Sept. 9 – Fall classes begin
  • Dec. 11 – Last day of fall classes
  • Dec. 19 – Final exams end

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. Employees should carry their University ID at all times in order to access academic and administrative buildings. Exceptions to this policy may apply to previously authorized vendors after proper verbal health screenings have been conducted.

The following card access permissions will be in place until further notice:

  • All academic and administrative buildings are locked down. Faculty and staff have blanket permissions to access these buildings using their University ID.
  • Residence halls have alternate access for those students currently residing on campus.


The bookstore is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. While online ordering is still preferred, customers are welcome to visit the bookstore to shop for course materials, summer essentials and more. All customers must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. Capacity is limited to 18 patrons at a time.

Textbooks for the fall 2020 semester are now available to rent or purchase in digital or printed format from the bookstore website. Orders can be shipped to your home or held at the bookstore to be picked up when you arrive for the fall semester. Students are encouraged to have orders shipped to their home to reduce contact and crowd size in the bookstore at the start of the semester.

Students are also 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 currently closed. Hours and procedures for the fall semester will be announced as they become available.

Face Coverings

Salve Regina employees and students must wear a mask or face covering while inside campus buildings and outdoors on campus in close proximity to others. This includes all common areas, hallways, lobbies, bathrooms, entranceways and exits. It does not apply to private office spaces or residence hall rooms where employees or students are alone.

Covering your face will not protect you from contracting the illness, but will prevent you from spreading viral particles to others if you are asymptomatic.

Financial Aid (CARES Act)

The CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides federal funding to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The fund provides financial assistance to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 are not eligible for emergency grants. Students who are in default on a Title IV loan (or who owe refund money on a Title IV grant) are also ineligible for CARES Act funding.

The following expenses can be 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 is separate from any institutional financial aid and priority will be given to those with the greatest demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA. These funds may not be used to pay for tuition and related fees. The U.S. Department of Education does 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 on May 14 with more information and a link to the application form. The survey closed May 31 and only students who applied were considered. Study abroad students with additional expenses were considered a special population and additional costs were reimbursed.

CARES Act funding (as of July 23)

  • Total funds received: $857,705
  • Total funds distributed: $856,191.50
  • Total number of undergraduate students eligible: 1,763
  • Total applications completed: 696
  • Total number funded: 737

Health Services

Health Services is open limited hours for administrative purposes only and clinical services are not available at this time. For questions regarding health forms, please call (401) 341-2904 or email and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.

Call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 for on-campus emergencies or 911 for off-campus emergencies.

McKillop Library

McKillop Library is closed to all users until further notice. Requests for print books and DVDs owned by the University may be made through the library's online catalog. When notified of their availability via email, items may be picked up from the hold shelf in the garden level (back door) of the library. Items may be returned to the book drop at the front of the library or mailed via U.S. Postal Service.

For a complete guide to library services that are currently available, visit

Rodgers Recreation Center

Rodgers Recreation Center is closed to all users until further notice. Hours and procedures for the fall semester will be announced as they become available.

Travel Advisories

Massachusetts recently added Rhode Island to its travel advisory. As a result, individuals traveling to or returning to Massachusetts from Rhode Island are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative coronavirus test.

Rhode Island's leadership has been very aggressive in seeking to curtail the spread of the virus, and Salve Regina is hopeful that the state will be removed from the Massachusetts travel advisory prior to the fall semester. However, while the advisory is in place, students are strongly encouraged to defer non-essential travel to Massachusetts. Students who must travel can schedule a test through the Rhode Island Department of Health at Results should be available within 24-48 hours.

Generally, this advisory does not apply to:

  • Transitory travel, meaning that family members should not be subject to quarantine or testing if they travel for less than 24 hours to assist with move-in. Family members who are planning to stay overnight should contact their chosen hotel for additional guidance.
  • Students who work in Massachusetts during the semester. Individuals who cross state lines for work are usually exempt from travel advisories, but students should consult with their employer for additional guidance.
  • Students and families who are passing through Massachusetts for a limited duration while traveling to Salve Regina.

Students and families should always refer to their home state's travel advisory for the latest guidelines.