Dec. 14 - To the Salve Regina community: Booster requirement and pre-arrival testing

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. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate the shifting complexities of this pandemic.

Today we are sharing details about our booster requirement and pre-arrival testing for the spring 2022 semester. Please note that this plan will be responsive to any changes in the pandemic and related local, state and national guidance.

Boosters Required by March 1

Clinical trials have shown that booster shots significantly increased the immune response in trial participants who finished a Pfizer or Moderna primary series six months earlier or who received a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine two months earlier.

Based on this evidence, Salve Regina will require a booster shot for all vaccinated students, faculty and staff by March 1, 2022

  • Approved medical and religious exemptions will remain in effect.
  • Students who will not be eligible for a booster by March 1 should contact Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu.
  • Employees who will not be eligible for a booster by March 1 should contact Human Resources at (401) 341-2137 or humanresources@salve.edu.

Undergraduate and graduate students must submit their booster record through the student health portal. In the "My Forms" menu at the top of the page, select and complete the "COVID booster form." The process for employees to submit their booster record is being finalized and will be communicated as soon as details are available.

Pre-Arrival Testing

To ensure a safer start to the spring semester, all students will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus and/or attending in-person classes regardless of their vaccination status.

All students must be tested within the three days prior to their arrival/check-in date. This applies to resident students, off-campus/commuter students and graduate students. Students may not return to their campus residence or have their ID activated without proof of a negative test. 

  • We will accept a PCR or antigen (rapid) test administered through a testing site. With a heavy demand for testing expected after the holidays, don't delay in scheduling your appointment. To find a testing site near you, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
  • We will also accept PCR tests from Let's Get Checked, a company that provides at-home testing kits to return via overnight shipping. If you plan to use this service, please order your kit well in advance, but be sure to swab and return no sooner than three days before your arrival/check-in date.
  • Other at-home testing kits will not be accepted.

Winter Athletes and Early Arrivals

  • Winter athletes and early arrivals, including RAs and transfer students, will check in on their designated arrival date. Please monitor your email for additional information.
  • You must be tested within the three days prior to your arrival date. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible.
  • If you arrive without a negative test, you will be directed to a local testing site. Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated until you return with a negative test result.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible.

Resident Students

  • Resident students will arrive on campus Saturday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, Jan. 9. You must register for a date and time in My Housing beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22.
  • You must be tested within the three days prior to your arrival date. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible to check-in.
  • If you arrive without a negative test, you will be directed to a local testing site. Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated and you will not be allowed to move in until you return with a negative test result.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible to check-in.

Off-Campus/Commuter Students

  • Off-campus and commuter students may check in beginning Saturday, Jan. 8. Dates and times are listed below. Your Salve Regina ID will not be activated until you check in.
  • You must be tested within the three days prior to your check-in date. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. However, you must check in to have your Salve Regina ID activated. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible.

Check-in dates: 

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Miley Hall, garden level
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, Rodgers Recreation Center
  • 7 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 10, Rodgers Recreation Center
  • After these dates, students will check in at the Dean of Students Office, located in Miley Hall, Room 118

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students who are taking in-person courses must be tested within the three days prior to attending their first class meeting. This includes students who are participating in the humanities residency, MFA residency or nursing colloquium.
  • Please email your negative result to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at gradoffice@salve.edu.
  • If you have not submitted your negative test, you may not come to campus. You should communicate directly to your instructor that you are unable to attend class.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. However, you must email documentation of your positive result to gradoffice@salve.edu

If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19 during pre-arrival testing, you will be expected to isolate at your permanent residence prior to returning to campus. If you are symptomatic, isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms first appeared and until your symptoms have improved. If you are asymptomatic, isolate for 10 days from the date of your test. You should also contact your professors individually to develop a plan for your coursework during the isolation period. 

  • Resident students: Email documentation of your positive result to healthservices@salve.edu and residencelife@salve.edu. You will also need to coordinate your arrival date with Residence Life.
  • Off-campus/commuter students: Email documentation of your positive result to healthservices@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to return to campus/Newport. They will work with the Office of Information Technology to have your Salve Regina ID activated for the semester.
  • Graduate students: Email documentation of your positive result to gradoffice@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to start classes.

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