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Classes for the spring 2021 semester began Jan. 19. The last day of classes will be Friday, April 23 and final exams will be held Monday, April 26 through Saturday, May 1. Based on guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Salve Regina will not have a spring break this year. Options surrounding the Easter holiday will be determined at a later point in time given the fluid nature of the pandemic.

As always, our plans 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

Health Services

All undergraduate students, including off-campus students, are strongly encouraged to utilize Health Services for evaluation and symptomatic testing. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Health Services hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. Staff are using both telemedicine and in-person appointments to meet the needs of students. 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.

Mail and Packages

The package pickup area has moved indoors for the spring semester. Once inside, please follow the roped-off area to the side door past the Copy Center. Once your packages have been picked up, you must leave directly through the emergency exit straight ahead. If the lobby is crowded, you may be asked to wait outside until the area clears.

Please make sure all of your packages have arrived before claiming them, thus limiting your trips to Mail Services. 

Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Prepaid returns may be dropped off for carrier pickup. Stamps and postage will not be available for the spring semester.

Students’ mailing address:
Full first and last name
100 Ochre Point Ave
Newport RI 02840-4192

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

Current hours are posted on the library's website. The library is offering curbside pickup for holds, and 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 lower-level weight room and the second-floor fitness center are open by appointment only from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weight room is limited to 10 people per hour and the fitness center is limited to five people per hour.

Masks are required while in the facility and exercising. Masks must tie around the head and neck or loop around the ears, 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.

Students, faculty and staff can schedule 45-minute appointments through the fitness center’s Microsoft Booking page.

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 quarantine off campus at your own expense 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 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.