Feb. 4 - To students and families: Frequently asked questions regarding our temporary pause

Dear Salve Regina students and families,

We realize that the shelter-in-place situation is difficult, but the safety and health of our community is our primary concern. As students at a mercy institution, we know that you understand the importance of your connection to one another, and that the actions of a few can have a profound impact on all of us. With this temporary pause, it is our hope that we will reduce the spread of coronavirus within our close-knit campus community and we will be able to offer our in-person classes and activities again soon.

As a reminder, the University’s shelter-in-place order is in effect until at least 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. During this time, all undergraduate students – including off-campus students – must remain in their residence unless they need to leave for essential items such as groceries and medicine, outdoor exercise, COVID-19 testing or official University business.

Read the full announcement of the shelter-in-place order.

Some frequently asked questions regarding the shelter-in-place order are listed below. Additional questions not addressed in this message may be submitted to the University’s coronavirus hotline at coronavirus@salve.edu.

What led to the shelter-in-place order being implemented?
This shelter-in-place order is a direct result of some students failing to comply with the social gathering guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 addendum to our student code of conduct. Our case investigations and contact tracing indicate that these gatherings – both on and off campus – are directly linked to the current spread among our undergraduate population. While those cases have been addressed and students have been appropriately isolated, Salve Regina needed to implement immediate measures to mitigate further spread.

How is Salve Regina addressing positive cases and close contacts?
Students who test positive enter isolation housing or return to their permanent residence for isolation and recuperation. Students who are identified as close contacts quarantine for 10 days per CDC guidelines. Some students are able to quarantine in their residence hall or off-campus residence, while others relocate to quarantine housing or return to their permanent residence.

While in isolation or quarantine housing, students can access their courses remotely. They have food delivered daily, are provided with basic supportive medicines, and have their health monitored via telemedicine each day.

I have tested positive for coronavirus within the last 90 days. Do I need to follow the shelter-in-place order?
All undergraduate students must comply with the shelter-in-place order, even if they have tested positive for coronavirus within the last 90 days.

Can I go home during the shelter-in-place period?
You are strongly encouraged to remain in your residence hall or off-campus residence. Travel during this time puts your family and home community at unnecessary risk.

If you go home at any time during the shelter-in-place period, you must notify the University via the "February Departure Notification" form in My Housing. This includes off-campus students. Failure to do so will initiate the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.

If I go home, can I be tested before I leave?
Salve Regina is unable to offer on-demand testing for students who return home, however local rapid testing is widely available without an appointment. Rapid testing sites in Newport include: 

  • Brown & Howard Wharf (off lower Thames Street) – Available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Edward King House, 35 King St. – Available from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays
  • Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. – Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

If I go home, when can I return to campus?
Resident students who leave campus at any time during the shelter-in-place period may not return to their residence hall until Monday, Feb. 15.

If I go home, do I need to be tested before I return?
If you go home at any time during the shelter-in-place period, you will not be allowed back on campus unless you submit a negative test administered within 72 hours of your return. This applies to both resident students and off-campus students, and there will be no exceptions. You will also be subject to onboarding testing upon return.

If I go home, will I receive a room and board refund?
Prorated room and board refunds will not be offered to resident students who go home during the shelter-in-place period. The shelter-in-place order is a temporary measure and residence halls will remain open. If the University received an order from the governor to close campus similar to last spring, prorated room and board refunds would be issued.

I have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 90 days. Do I need to be tested before I return?
If you tested positive in the past 90 days, you do not need to be tested before you return to campus or participate in onboarding testing.

If you tested positive through Salve Regina’s testing program, the University has documentation of your results. If you tested positive outside of Salve Regina’s testing program, documentation must be on file with Health Services. If you have not previously disclosed a positive result to the University, you can email documentation to healthservices@salve.edu.

Can I shelter in place at a residence hall or off-campus residence other than my own?
Students must shelter in place in their own residence hall room or off-campus residence.

Will asymptomatic surveillance testing continue during the shelter-in-place period?
Asymptomatic testing will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in Gerety Hall, Room 103. When you are called for testing, you will receive an email the day prior to your scheduled test date.

I have a meal plan. How will I get my meals?
The Miley dining hall is open regular hours for takeout only and Miley Mart/Starbucks is open regular hours for essentials. This applies to all students with a meal plan, including resident students living at the Newport Marriott and off-campus students with a meal plan. Jazzman/Sandella’s and the McKillop Library cafe are closed during the shelter-in-place period.

Will campus services be available?
Please refer to the campus status and updates page of the Back to Salve website, which is being updated with the latest information about campus services available during the shelter-in-place period.

Can I still do laundry?
Resident students may continue to utilize the laundry rooms on campus. Students should abide by social distancing when doing laundry.

Are University offices open?
University offices remain open and staff are available to assist students with essential business. Faculty will continue to utilize the campus as needed to support students and teach online.

I need access to classroom materials and projects. Can I pick them up?
Academic buildings will be accessible through 7 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). You will need your Salve Regina ID to access some buildings during these hours. Academic buildings will be locked to all students beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.

I am a graduate student. Will my in-person classes be offered remotely?
All in-person graduate classes will be held remotely during the shelter-in-place period. This includes classes held at the Center for Adult Education in Warwick.