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We plan to offer the fall 2020 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.

Important Dates

  • Oct. 12 - Fall break
  • Nov. 25-29 - Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 11 - Last day of fall classes
  • Dec. 19 - Final exams end

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 face covering and maintain social distancing. Capacity is limited to 18 patrons at a time.

Textbooks are always 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

Health Services

Health Services hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. Telemedicine is the primary method of care and staff will evaluate the need for in-person appointments. Health Services is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for symptomatic COVID-19 testing by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call (401) 341-2904 or email

Health Services works with Newport Hospital to assist students outside of office hours. 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.


Students may pick up mail and packages at the receiving doors located next to the rear entrance of McKillop Library. Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The inside sales/pickup window will not be open for the fall semester. Stamps and postage are not available at this time.

Mailing address for students:
Full first and last name
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI 02840

Masks/Face Coverings

All members of the Salve Regina community are expected to follow state and University guidelines on masks and face coverings. 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. We have observed a recent uptick in littering around campus.

McKillop Library

Current hours are posted on the library's website. Many services are now contactless, including hold pickup, which is self-serve at the circulation desk, check in and check out. The library is also offering curbside pickup for holds. Librarians are available via chat, phone, email and in person for research help. For more information, visit the library's research and support guide.

Library staff have instituted distancing measures in study spaces to keep the campus community safe. Properly worn masks are required throughout the building at all times. Food may be consumed on the cafe side of the first floor and individuals can remove their masks while actively eating. Food is not permitted anywhere else in the library, but beverages can be consumed throughout. Individuals are asked to drink beverages through a straw under their mask or briefly remove their mask to sip and then put it back on.

Rodgers Recreation Center

The Rodgers Recreation Center's fitness centers are open to students only and by appointment only. The fitness centers are closed to faculty and staff until further notice. In addition, all locker rooms are closed until further notice.

Hours for both fitness centers are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. All appointments have a 45-minute time limit. The lower-level weight room is limited to 10 individuals and the second-floor fitness facility is limited to five individuals.

In addition, the main gymnasium now contains some self-powered cardio equipment along with "fitness to go" bins with resistance bands and small dumbbells to be utilized outdoors. Hours for these services vary daily.

Appointments may be scheduled up to two days in advance. To schedule an appointment, visit the fitness center's Microsoft Bookings site. You must show your confirmation email open entering Rodgers.

Masks are required throughout Rodgers and while exercising, and must be worn properly at all times. Masks with valves, bandanas and neck gaiters are not allowed while exercising, as the CDC has recommended against their use in confined locations.

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 McKillop 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.

Thanksgiving Break

Salve Regina is doing its best to keep students and families safe during these unpredictable times. The University is concerned about the rise in positive cases seen shortly after fall break and would like to avoid any unnecessary exposure for the campus community. Everyone is looking forward to this holiday, but Salve Regina is relying on students to make good decisions to protect their own well-being and that of others. The University is offering three options for Thanksgiving break and asks students to share their plans no later than Friday, Oct. 30.

Learn more about options for Thanksgiving break.

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 travel to an impacted state, quarantine rules will apply upon return.

In addition, Rhode Island is currently included in the travel advisories for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Students who travel to any of those states must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Connecticut and Massachusetts will also accept a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival or at any time following arrival.


The CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides federal funding to colleges and universities for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Institutional Aid

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 dedensification of our residence halls and to partially fund costs associated with changes in instructional methodology. Details are available included in the link below.

CARES Act institutional funding

Student Aid

Student aid (as of Oct. 20)

Final reporting - all funding has been exhausted as of Oct. 20.

  • 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 owe 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 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.