Dear Salve Regina students,
For many of you, this is your first week back in Newport. We know that you are eager to catch up with friends, but many of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 guidelines have changed since last semester, and we also want to remind you of the expectations and sanctions outlined in the COVID-19 addendum to the student code of conduct.
As stated in the Salve Pledge, our layered approach to containing the spread of coronavirus relies on your commitment to adhering to University and state guidelines and encouraging your peers to share that responsibility.
As a reminder, prior to attending in-person classes, you must have a negative test administered at the Rodgers Recreation Center during onboarding testing or provide documentation of a positive test in the last 90 days. You must have your Salve Regina ID with you to attend class. All IDs will be checked at the entrances of classroom buildings to verify that you have complied with testing protocols.
Current Rhode Island Guidelines
- The social gathering size for off-campus residences is limited to the people you live with – your household. If you live alone, you may gather with one other household, as long as the gathering is not more than five people.
- A stay-at-home advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Unless you are going to and from work or running essential errands, you should be in your own residence during this time.
- Masks are required at all times when you are with anyone you don’t live with. This applies any time you leave your home.
- Restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities and personal services close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants may continue to offer takeout and drive-through after that time.
Hosting or attending gatherings off campus comes with consequences and potential health risks. Students who host or attend parties or social gatherings will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for formal disciplinary action, which may include dismissal, suspension, removal from campus housing or a requirement to complete classes remotely.
While resident students may visit other campus residences, room occupancy is limited to double the room residency. Non-Salve Regina guests are not allowed in the residence halls at any times. This includes package and food delivery personnel.
More than 75 percent of the student coronavirus cases reported during the fall semester were from students living off campus. You are at a higher risk for contracting and spreading coronavirus due to your mobility within the community, roommates who may not be Salve Regina students and a tendency to gather in inconsistent groups. You need to be vigilant about limiting unnecessary contacts outside of your immediate household.
Also remember that you are living alongside long-time and permanent residents of your neighborhoods, while you are transient members. You are expected to exercise good judgment and follow all COVID-19 guidelines when you are not on campus. Your neighbors will be concerned if they see you not wearing masks or walking in groups and not social distancing. Your neighbors are on high alert – if you host a party or gathering, Newport police and/or the Office of Safety and Security will be notified.
You should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet while on and off campus when applicable. Salve Regina has established social distancing measures such as specific directions of hallway and stairway travel, increased spacing in rooms, reduced room capacity, bathrooms designated for specific individuals and others. You are expected to follow these directions and all campus signage.
Non-Compliance and Sanctions
You are expected to be respectful to others who may remind you if you are not wearing a mask or observing social distancing practices. You will be held accountable for non-compliance, and we will enforce violations through our existing code of conduct. While minor violations may result in simple reminders to abide by the guidelines, more serious violations may initiate the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.
Our conduct process seeks to educate students about their responsibilities as members of the campus community. However, the pandemic may necessitate more serious consequences for certain behaviors, including dismissal, suspension, removal from campus housing or a requirement to complete classes remotely. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, hosting or attending parties and social gatherings on or off campus, refusing to wear a mask and/or repeatedly failing to comply with policies, failing to follow health protocols and violating guest visitation policies.
If you have questions or concerns about the expectations and sanctions outlined here, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (401) 341-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish you a safe, healthy and successful semester.