Academics and the Classroom Experience
Our academic plan for the fall semester has been designed to maximize flexibility, minimize risk and respond to uncertainty. The plan accommodates a variety of possible scenarios, including staggered classes, students learning while in quarantine, faculty teaching while in quarantine, international students learning from their home nations, and students or faculty with health concerns choosing to learn or teach from home.
Move-In and the Residential Experience
To allow for social distancing, move-ins for new and returning students will be scheduled in three-hour shifts over multiple days. First-year and transfer students will move in Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2, while returning students will move in Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7. Shifts will run from 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. each day.
Life on Campus
- In general, in-person student activities, including traditional events such as Monster Bingo and the Friday Night Live series, will be offered during the fall semester within the limits of social distancing and in line with current health and safety guidelines.
- Gerety Hall will be open daily until midnight, and late-night food and entertainment options will be available.
- Student organizations will continue to have access to WebEx for meetings, but may also conduct in-person meetings so long as social distancing is maintained.
- Fall Festival Weekend, originally scheduled for the first weekend in October, has been postponed. The Office of Alumni, Parent and Family Programs hopes to offer a similar event during the spring 2021 semester, and will provide further information as it becomes available.
Miley and the Dining Experience
In general, the Miley dining hall will serve the same variety and rotation of menu items, and will continue to accommodate all dietary needs and restrictions. Takeout options will be available at every station and overflow seating will be available in the garden level of Miley Hall. Additional dining locations – Jazzman’s/Sandella’s, McKillop Library Cafe and Miley Mart/Starbucks – will retain their regular operating hours, and new online ordering options will be available.
Orientation and Week of Welcome
Our new students typically participate in a two-day Orientation program in the June timeframe, along with a two-day Explorientation program just before the fall semester begins. Both programs are designed to help students meet people, learn about Salve Regina and its campus and prepare for a successful first year in college. This year, our Orientation and Explorientation programs will be combined into a Week of Welcome, which will be held Sept. 3-8.
- Salve Regina's athletic conference, the Commonwealth Coast Conference, recently made the extremely difficult decision to suspend intercollegiate athletic competition for the fall 2020 semester.
- With improved public health conditions and relevant NCAA guidance, the conference hopes to begin competition for winter sports as early as Jan. 1, 2021.
- Spring sports currently remain on schedule, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play dates.
- Should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition during the spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly.