Jan. 12 - To graduate students: Updated COVID-19 guidelines for graduate students

Dear graduate students,

As we approach the start of the spring semester, we wanted to be sure you were aware of changes to the academic calendar and also share updates for pre-semester testing and isolation guidelines.

The new year has ushered in a new wave of information related to COVID-19. As always, we will respond to the fluid nature of the pandemic using the latest science and data to determine the best course of action for our community. We encourage you to check your email and social media regularly for updates.

Updated Guidelines for Pre-Semester Testing

If you are taking in-person courses during the spring semester, you must be tested within the three days prior to attending your first class meeting. This includes students who are participating in the humanities residency or nursing colloquium.

  • Given noted challenges to testing availability, we will now accept at-home rapid (antigen) tests for pre-semester testing. Please label your test with your name and the date it was taken, take a photo and email it to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at gradoffice@salve.edu.
  • We will also accept a PCR or antigen (rapid) test administered through a testing site, along with PCR tests from Let's Get Checked, a company that provides at-home testing kits to return via overnight shipping. 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.

Please be reminded that you should carry your Salve Regina ID at all times while on campus. If you need an ID, email a passport-like photo that meets these guidelines to cardoffice@salve.edu from your salve.edu address. The card office will not accept photos from personal email addresses. Your ID will be mailed to the address on file with the Office of the Registrar (we cannot mail to P.O. boxes). If you have recently moved, please submit a change of address form.

If You Test Positive

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-semester testing. However, you must email documentation of your positive result to gradoffice@salve.edu.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during pre-semester testing, email documentation of your positive result to gradoffice@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to start classes. If you used an at-home test, you are strongly encouraged to get a laboratory-verified result for your own official records, which may be needed for travel or work.

Upload Your Booster Record

Graduate students who are taking in-person courses must submit their booster record through the student health portal by March 1. In the "My Forms" menu at the top of the page, select and complete the "COVID booster form." Approved medical and religious exemptions remain in effect. If you will not be eligible for a booster by March 1, please contact Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu.

We will offer booster clinics on campus in January and February to assist students with compliance prior to the March 1 deadline. If you are not boosted by March 1, or if you have an approved exemption, you will be subject to regular surveillance testing.

Isolation Guidelines

Our emergency management team has determined that graduate students who are taking in-person courses should adhere to the following guidelines regarding isolation.

Isolation: If you test positive for COVID-19, you must remain off campus for seven days regardless of your vaccination status. We understand that employers may follow different policies, but this guideline aligns with the policies that are in place for our undergraduate population.

After seven days, if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms have resolved, you may return to campus. If you have a fever or other symptoms, continue to isolate until your symptoms resolve. As a reminder, masks are currently required in all indoor public spaces on campus, including classrooms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt within an ever-changing landscape. As members of a mercy community, we will continue to work together to keep Salve Regina strong. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus very soon and we are excited about the semester ahead.