Jan. 5 - To the Salve Regina community: Pre-semester testing, move-in and FAQ

Dear Salve Regina community,

Happy New Year! Beginning next week, we will welcome students back to campus for the spring 2021 semester. Today’s update will primarily focus on pre-semester testing and move-in to the residence halls, and will also address some frequently asked questions.

In addition, students and families are invited to join a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 13 in order to provide the latest information and address questions. An invitation is forthcoming.

Reminder: Pre-Semester Quarantine

As a reminder, all undergraduate students have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning for the spring semester. This includes off-campus students, Rhode Island residents, etc. Students who are unable to self-quarantine due to employment or other circumstances are asked to diligently restrict their social activities, wear a mask and properly distance from others.

Students returning to campus from outside the United States are required to complete a 14-day quarantine on campus or within Rhode Island before participating in campus activities.

Pre-Semester Testing

All undergraduate students, including off-campus students, are required to have two negative tests prior to attending in-person classes. Graduate students who plan to attend in-person classes at the Newport campus or the Center for Adult Education in Warwick are required to have one negative test (follow the instructions for test 2 below).

Test 1

Resident students must provide proof of a negative test administered in their home state within 72 hours prior to their move-in date. Off-campus/commuter students must provide proof of a negative test administered in their home state or in Rhode Island on or after Monday, Jan. 11.

  • The test must be a PCR or antigen (rapid) test, with PCR tests preferred. Antibody tests will not be accepted.
  • You must provide proof of your negative result during your appointment for test 2. Please bring a paper copy with you or be prepared to show a digital copy on your phone.
  • If your home state does not offer asymptomatic testing, you may still return to campus/Newport, but must quarantine in your residence hall or off-campus residence until you receive the results of test 2.
  • Students who test positive on test 1 must notify the University via email to coronavirus@salve.edu and will be expected to isolate at their permanent residence for 10 days prior to returning to campus.

Test 2

All undergraduate students, along with graduate students who plan to attend in-person classes, must be tested through Salve Regina’s onboarding testing program. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18 in the Rodgers Recreation Center gymnasium.

  • Resident students will be tested as part of the move-in process. Appointments are not necessary and resident students should not register for a testing date.
  • Off-campus/commuter students and graduate students may register for any available date, but should only register for one testing date.
  • While it is not required, staff and faculty, including adjunct faculty, are welcome to participate in onboarding testing. Employees may register for any of the available dates.

Please note: Resident students will be tested as part of the move-in process and should not register for a testing date through this form.

Register for student testing

Register for employee testing

Move-In to the Residence Halls

Move-ins for the spring semester will be scheduled in shifts over multiple days, with resident students returning between Thursday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 18. This includes students living at the Newport Marriott.

The My Housing portal is currently experiencing technical difficulties and staff are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Resident students will be notified via email as soon as the housing portal opens for move-in registration.

Daily Health Screenings

The daily health screening for students will resume Thursday, Jan. 14. The daily health screening for faculty and staff resumed Jan. 4. Changes to the daily health screening were implemented during winter break. New responses have been added and the order of options has changed. Please carefully review the updated survey so that you do not submit an incorrect response.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Salve Regina accept the antigen (rapid) test for test 1?
While PCR tests are strongly preferred, Salve Regina will also accept antigen (rapid) tests for test 1. Antibody tests will not be accepted.

My home state is not offering asymptomatic testing. What should I do about test 1?
If your home state does not offer asymptomatic testing, you may still return to campus/Newport, but must quarantine in your residence hall or off-campus residence until you receive the results of test 2.

My home state is not returning test results within 72 hours. What should I do about test 1?
You should be tested regardless of turnaround times. If your results are not returned within 72 hours, you may still return to campus/Newport, but must quarantine in your residence hall or off-campus residence until you receive the results of test 1 and/or 2.

I previously tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to participate in pre-semester testing?
If you tested positive for COVID-19 on or after Oct. 14, 2020, you do not need to participate in pre-semester testing. Students who tested positive through Salve Regina’s testing program do not need to provide documentation of their results.

Students who tested positive outside of Salve Regina’s testing program must provide paper or digital confirmation with their name and test date visible. Resident students may provide this confirmation during check-in on their move-in day. Off-campus/commuter students may provide this confirmation by visiting the testing site in Rodgers during any of the onboarding testing dates (no appointment necessary).

As a reminder, if you test positive in January, you must isolate for 10 days before returning to campus.

I have already been vaccinated for COVID-19. Do I still need to produce two negative tests?
Students who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 must still produce two negative tests prior to attending in-person classes.

I am a graduate student. Do I need to participate in pre-semester testing?
Graduate students who plan to attend in-person classes at the Newport campus or the Center for Adult Education in Warwick are required to have one negative test (follow the instructions for test 2 above).

New information will be added to the Back to Salve website as it becomes available. As always, you are encouraged to submit general comments, questions or concerns to coronavirus@salve.edu or (401) 341-2329.