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Dec. 11 - To the Salve Regina community: Preparations for the spring semester

Dear Salve Regina community,

Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff throughout the fall semester. Overall, we have seen a relatively low number of positive cases thanks to the care and attention of our community.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate the shifting complexities of this pandemic. Today we would like to share some early information about our preparations for the spring 2021 semester.

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.

Academic Calendar

Classes for the spring 2021 semester will begin Tuesday, 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.

Commencement dates for the Class of 2021 and the postponed 2020 Commencement celebration remain the same at this time.

Pre-Semester Quarantine

International students who are traveling to campus from outside the United States will be required to quarantine on campus or in their off-campus residence beginning Monday, Jan. 4. Further details will be sent directly to impacted students.

All other undergraduate students are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning for the spring semester. This includes off-campus students, Rhode Island residents, etc.

This is a difficult ask, but we know that if students do not do their best to self-quarantine, the number of positive cases we will see upon return will be significantly higher. Students who are unable to self-quarantine due to employment or other circumstances are asked to diligently restrict their social activities, wear a mask and properly distance from others.

Pre-Semester Testing

All undergraduate students, including off-campus students, will be required to have two negative tests prior to attending in-person classes.

Test 1: Resident students will be required to submit a test administered within 72 hours prior to their move-in date. Off-campus students will be required to submit a test administered on or after Monday, Jan. 11. Further instructions for submitting these test results will be communicated in early January.

Test 2: All students will be tested through Salve Regina’s onboarding testing program upon arrival. Resident students will be tested on their move-in date. Testing schedules for off-campus students will be communicated in early January.

Move-In to the Residence Halls

Move-ins for the spring semester will be scheduled in shifts over multiple days, with resident students returning between Thursday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 18. This includes students living at the Newport Marriott.

In late December or early January, the Office of Residence Life will provide a scheduling tool in MyHousing for students to choose a move-in date and time. This will be similar to the procedure used for the fall semester. Further details will be communicated as they become available.

Spring Courses

All spring courses will continue to be offered in two modalities: in the classroom and remotely to allow for students to attend in person or virtually as circumstances change. While some spring courses will be offered exclusively online, the vast majority will be available in-person. Students can visit My Salve to see which courses will be taught online.

If you were a remote student this fall and are interested in returning to in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester, please email Page Cote at undergradstudies@salve.edu. If you are also seeking campus housing for the spring semester, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (401) 341-2210 or residencelife@salve.edu to discuss your options.

Students who have not yet registered for spring courses should contact their academic advisor to discuss their options.

Spring Testing

We are doubling our testing capacity for the spring semester and will continue to offer asymptomatic surveillance testing, regular testing of students with off-campus placements such as nursing clinicals and student teaching, and symptomatic testing for undergraduate students. Through our ongoing contract with the Broad Institute, we will continue to administer PCR tests, which are considered to be the most accurate and reliable method.

Winter and Spring Sports

The Commonwealth Coast Conference hopes to begin competition for winter sports as early as Feb. 15. Spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports programs to conduct athletic activities and competition in the spring 2021 semester, conference schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly.

New information will be added to the Back to Salve website as it becomes available. As always, you are encouraged to submit general comments, questions or concerns to coronavirus@salve.edu or (401) 341-2329.

Best wishes during finals and for a safe and restful holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the spring semester.