Feb. 3 - To the Salve Regina community: Urgent: Shelter-in-place order

Dear Salve Regina community,

We have seen more than 30 positive cases of coronavirus among our undergraduate population in the past seven days. While those cases have been addressed and students have been appropriately isolated, we are deeply concerned about this recent uptick and need to implement immediate measures to slow the spread in our community.

As a result, the University is implementing a shelter-in-place order for all undergraduate students effective at 10 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 3. This order will remain in effect until at least 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

This shelter-in-place order is a direct result of some students failing to comply with basic social gathering guidelines, and the seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated. Further spread of the virus within our campus community may compel Salve Regina to take additional measures, including the closing of campus.

Please read the following message carefully and in its entirety, as it contains essential information and instructions for the shelter-in-place period.
What Does This Mean?

  • All undergraduate students – including off-campus students – must remain in their residence unless they need to leave for essential items such as food and medicine, outdoor exercise, COVID-19 testing or official University business.
  • Additionally, a curfew will be in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
  • Violations will initiate an investigation by the Office of Safety and Security and the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.
  • If you need to leave your residence for a job or essential appointment, you must notify the University via this form. Failure to do so will initiate the formal conduct process.
  • Essential student employees may work on campus, while non-essential student employees will work remotely. Your supervisor will determine whether you are an essential employee.

Can I Go Home During This Time?

  • You are strongly encouraged to remain in your residence hall or off-campus residence. Travel during this time puts your families and home communities at unnecessary risk.
  • All students – including off-campus students – who return to their permanent residence must notify the University via the "February Departure Notification" form in My Housing. Failure to do so will initiate the formal conduct process.
  • Students will not be allowed back on campus unless they submit a negative test administered within 72 hours of their return. There will be no exceptions. Students will also be subject to onboarding testing upon return.

What if I Live Off Campus?

  • Off-campus students must remain in their residences. If you live in a multi-unit building, you may not socialize with residents of other apartments.
  • You may not come to campus unless you have a meal plan or need to utilize an essential service such as the mailroom or Health Services.
  • Our law enforcement partners on Aquidneck Island have been notified and will be watching for movement within the community. Violations of the shelter-in-place order will initiate an investigation by the Office of Safety and Security and the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.

What if I Live On Campus?

  • Resident students may not socialize outside of their rooms. You must remain in your room with only your roommate(s) present. Students in on-campus apartments may utilize their common rooms with only their suitemates present.
  • Resident students who leave campus and return to their permanent residence will not have building access until Monday, Feb. 15.
  • Room and board refunds will not be offered to resident students who return home.

What About Classes, Dining and Campus Facilities?

  • All classes and labs will be offered fully online. Students will attend class remotely from their residence hall room or off-campus residence.
  • Students who currently have off-campus placements – nursing clinicals, student teaching, etc. – may continue to attend those in-person. Please contact your faculty advisor with any questions.
  • The Miley dining hall will offer takeout only and Miley Mart/Starbucks will remain open for essentials. Jazzman/Sandella’s and the McKillop Library cafe will be closed.
  • All in-person meetings, events and programming, including athletic practices, will be suspended.
  • Gerety Hall, McKillop Library and Rodgers Recreation Center will be closed. Librarians will be available to assist remotely.
  • The asymptomatic testing site in Gerety Hall will remain open and operational.
  • Health Services and the respiratory clinic will remain open, as will the bookstore, mailroom and Technology Services Center.
  • Students will be permitted to exercise outdoors with proper social distancing. Students must exercise alone or with their roommate(s). 

Testing Reminders

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, you must call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 for an evaluation and testing appointment. Walk-ins are not permitted at Health Services or any of the University’s testing sites.
  • The University will continue its asymptomatic surveillance testing program, and responses to positive cases will continue uninterrupted.
  • Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory as required by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Students who do not comply with testing requirements will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for formal conduct action.
  • While testing is now widely available in Rhode Island, students are strongly encouraged to utilize the University’s testing program so that we can provide resources and track data.
  • If you test positive at an off-campus site, you must email coronavirus@salve.edu so that contact identification can be implemented immediately.

It is our sincere hope that this pause in our usual activities will bring down the number of positive cases on campus so that we can resume in-person learning. As a mercy institution, we are counting on all of our students to support one another and our surrounding communities for the common good.