Dear Salve Regina students,
As previously communicated, to protect our most vulnerable community members and ensure a fall semester that is free of most COVID-19 restrictions, Salve Regina is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Undergraduate students are asked to submit proof of vaccination by Aug. 1. To submit your vaccination record:
- Log in to the student health portal with your Salve Regina credentials.
- In the "My Forms" menu at the top of the page, select and complete the "COVID vaccination form."
Your vaccination record must show that you received one dose of Janssen (J&J) or both doses of Moderna or Pfizer. A WHO-approved vaccine is acceptable for international students.
Students with valid medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine may seek an exemption. Requests for exemptions should be submitted to Health Services by Aug. 1. Completed and signed forms should be uploaded to the COVID-19 vaccine form on the student health portal.
All students are reminded to arrive with a supply of masks regardless of their vaccination status. In Rhode Island, vaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks in certain settings, including on public transportation, when using transportation services such as Uber and in health care settings.
Full-time undergraduate students who provide their vaccination status by July 26 will be entered to win one of four $500 prizes. Students must be registered for the fall 2021 semester in order to qualify. Winners may choose to have their $500 prize loaded to their Salve Card for textbooks and expenses, or they can elect to receive $500 in Visa or Amazon gift cards.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am scheduled to receive my second dose of the vaccine after Aug. 1. What should I do?
We understand that recommended dosing schedules may prevent some students from being fully vaccinated by Aug. 1. If this applies to you, please email Health Services with your full name, student ID number and appointment date for tracking purposes. You should upload your vaccination record to the student health portal as soon as possible after receiving your second dose.
When will I know if I am approved for an exemption?
Health Services is reviewing all medical and religious exemption requests individually. Students will only be contacted if there is missing information, or if further discussion and/or documentation is needed. Students who are not contacted by Health Services should consider their exemption granted.
Health Services will contact all exempted students at a later date with additional instructions and guidelines.
If I receive an exemption, what guidelines do I need to follow?
Unvaccinated students will be required to undergo regular testing, practice social distancing and wear a mask whenever they are in indoor public spaces on campus, including classrooms, offices and athletic facilities. More information on our fall testing program will follow in a later update.
How will my financial aid be impacted if I decide to take a semester off?
Salve Regina is committed to addressing the financial needs of our students to the best of our ability. Students who are approved for a leave of absence by the Dean of Students Office should contact their financial aid counselor to discuss their individual circumstances.
In general, students who do not enroll for the fall semester will have their financial aid award honored for the spring semester, provided they have not enrolled at another institution, as that may impact their federal award. Students who are returning in the fall semester after a leave of absence must reapply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (all regular deadlines apply).