Jan. 13 - To the Salve Regina community: Spring semester check-in and updated guidelines

Dear Salve Regina community,

The spring semester is nearly upon us, and while we are excited to begin, we also recognize that we are navigating a difficult point in this pandemic. However, data and predictive modeling suggest the omicron surge will peak this weekend or next week, and we anticipate a significant drop in cases leading into February if our community remains in compliance with the short-term measures outlined later in this message.

Check-In and Onboarding

Check-in and onboarding for undergraduate students will be held at the Rodgers Recreation Center throughout the weekend.

  • Resident students can confirm their check-in date and time in My Housing. Please be sure to arrive within your designated time slot.
  • Check-in for off-campus and commuter students will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16, and from 7 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 17.
  • Late check-ins will be accepted at the Dean of Students Office in Miley Hall, Room 118 on the following dates: Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 20.

Learn more about the check-in and onboarding process for undergraduate students.

Learn more about pre-semester guidelines for graduate students.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19 during pre-arrival testing will be expected to isolate at their permanent residence prior to returning to campus. Email documentation of your positive result to healthservices@salve.edu and residencelife@salve.edu (if you live on campus). You will also need to coordinate your arrival date with Residence Life.

Students who test positive through the onboarding testing administered by Salve Regina will be strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence for isolation. However, we will provide isolation housing if you cannot return to your permanent residence, have an exceptional travel distance or wish to remain on campus.

Booster Clinics This Weekend

Research clearly shows that boosters increase the immune response and prevent severe disease from COVID-19. As a result, students and employees are strongly encouraged to receive their booster and upload their booster record well in advance of the March 1 deadline.

Matt’s Local Pharmacy will sponsor booster clinics for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in the Rodgers Recreation Center on the following dates:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16
  • 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 17

Both Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available. Please bring your Salve Regina ID, insurance card and vaccine card. Once you are boosted, upload your booster record using the student health portal (undergraduate and graduate students) or the employee submission form (faculty and staff).

Short-Term Measures Through Feb. 1

The Salve Regina community can expect some adjustments to campus programming, social activities and athletic events through Feb. 1.

  • Large-scale events and programs that are open to the campus community and the general public will be held virtually.
  • Athletic competitions will be closed to spectators.
  • Miley dining hall will offer to-go options, and all dining locations on campus will have reduced seating capacity.
  • Non-Salve Regina guests will not be permitted in the residence halls (please note that this does not apply to families who are assisting with the move-in process).
  • Food and beverages will not be served at any meetings or gatherings.
  • External events using University facilities will be rescheduled.

We ask for your patience and cooperation with these short-term measures as we seek to preserve the traditional, in-person educational experience that Salve Regina is known for. As President Kelli J. Armstrong recently expressed in her monthly message to students, faculty and staff, we are confident that as the semester progresses, we will become increasingly free of these restraints.

The Academic Experience

Access to learning remains our top priority, and our contact tracing has produced no evidence of COVID-19 transmission within classrooms. However, we know that some students will need to miss classes for up to seven days. If you test positive or are required to quarantine due to close contact, work with your professor(s) to develop a plan for your coursework during the isolation period.

Academic supports will be based on individual circumstances. Students who experience significant disruption due to required isolation or quarantine should work with their professors and, if necessary, the dean of undergraduate studies or their graduate program director to find a resolution.

Faculty members who are required to isolate (or care for a dependent family member who is isolating) will utilize a fully remote modality to continue class instruction. Students should always monitor their salve.edu email for information as to whether a given course will run in person or virtually.

High-Quality Masks

Due to the increased contagiousness of the omicron variant, we are strongly encouraging students and employees to wear high-quality masks such as an N95, KN95, KF94 or a surgical mask whenever possible. As a reminder, masks are required in all indoor public spaces on campus regardless of vaccination status.

Regardless of which mask you choose, please ensure that your mask:

  • Completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Fits snugly against the side of your face and doesn’t have gaps.
  • Has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top of the mask.
  • Is worn under your scarf, ski mask or balaclava.

As we update plans in accordance with ever-changing recommendations, we pledge to keep you informed as early and as often as possible. As always, general comments, questions or concerns may be emailed to coronavirus@salve.edu.