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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 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.

Access to Campus Buildings

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.

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.

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

Masks and social distancing are not required while indoors or outdoors on campus for members of the Salve Regina community who are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask indoors and within three feet of others outdoors, and practice social distancing around others. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more than 14 days have passed since your final dose.

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.

Food may be consumed on the first floor, and beverages can be consumed throughout the library. The library cafe is closed for the summer.

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

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.

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.