Dear undergraduate students,
I would like to begin by thanking you for your courage and commitment to doing what is right. I know that our temporary pause has been challenging.
As those of you who chose to remain on campus are aware, my colleagues in student affairs and I have walked around campus and have had the pleasure of speaking with many of you. Your positive attitudes and acknowledgement of why this pause was necessary, and your understanding of Salve Regina’s efforts to keep our University community safe, are sincerely appreciated. I know we can get through this – we are almost there!
I also know that we do not want to do this again. Please, continue to wear masks and maintain proper distances. Our data indicates that this pause has helped shrink the number of direct contacts exposed via a positive case – and that helps shrink our positivity rate across campus. Compliance with established guidelines and safety measures will help keep exposure numbers low and help keep Salve Regina open.
I encourage you to take advantage of the virtual events and programming coming up tonight and throughout our temporary pause, as well as programming offered by your resident advisors.
A reminder that those students who are remaining on campus during the pause do not need to participate in reentry testing. Students who chose to leave campus during the pause or for the long weekend need to follow the instructions outlined in yesterday’s email. Also, please note that the campus bookstore will be closed this Saturday, Feb. 13.
Together, we can do this.
J. Malcolm Smith
Vice president for student affairs