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July 21 - To the Salve Regina community: Move-in, Orientation and mandated quarantines

The summer months are flying by, and in just a few short weeks, Salve Regina will welcome students back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. This week’s update will focus on move-in for new and returning students, mandated quarantines, Orientation and Week of Welcome, and the residential experience for the 2020-2021 academic year.

As a reminder, the University has scheduled two town hall meetings for students and families in order to provide the latest information and address questions. The first will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 and you can register here. The second will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 and an invitation is forthcoming.

Move-In for New and Returning Students

To allow for social distancing, move-ins for new and returning students will be scheduled in three-hour shifts over multiple days. First-year and transfer students will move in Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2, while returning students will move in Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7. Shifts will run from 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. each day.

Later this month, the Office of Residence Life will provide a scheduling tool in MyHousing for students to choose a move-in date and time. This will be similar to the procedure used in late spring for the retrieval of personal items.

Two family members from the same household will be allowed to accompany each student during the move-in process. When families arrive on campus, they should proceed directly to the parking area adjacent to their residence hall, where they will receive further instruction from Residence Life and Safety and Security staff. Students and families will be required to wear face coverings during move-in.

Students who will be living at the Newport Marriott during the upcoming academic year will receive a separate communication outlining their move-in dates and process.

What to Bring (And What Not to Bring)

All residence hall rooms are furnished with the following items (one per student): bed, closet or wardrobe, bureau, desk and chair. Rooms are also equipped with an internet jack and have access to wireless internet.

Salve Regina’s list of what to bring and what not to bring has been updated, and students should also remember to bring a supply of face coverings, a thermometer for daily temperature checks and a “go-bag” with clothing, toiletries and learning materials should they need to quickly quarantine or isolate outside of their residence hall room. All belongings should fit in one vehicle.

14-Day Quarantine

The governor of Rhode Island recently mandated a 14-day quarantine for the following:

  • Students arriving from outside the 50 states and District of Columbia
  • Students arriving from states with a positive test rate of 5 percent or higher. See the current list of states.
  • Students who have been exposed to coronavirus in the days prior to their arrival

The option to supply a negative test in lieu of quarantining does not apply to students returning to institutions of higher education.

Resident students who need to quarantine as a result of this mandate will return to campus on the following dates:

  • Peer mentors and Orientation leaders – Arrive on campus Aug. 10, quarantined until Aug. 24
  • New international students and returning international student mentors – Arrive on campus Aug. 18, quarantined until Sept. 1
  • New domestic students – Arrive on campus Aug. 20, quarantined until Sept. 3
  • Returning domestic and international students – Arrive on campus Aug. 26, quarantined until Sept. 9

Students to whom this mandate applies will be contacted by the Office of Residence Life (domestic students) or Office of International Programs (international students). Salve Regina will support all resident students in quarantine with their daily needs.

Off-campus students returning from affected areas should plan to complete their quarantine period by Sept. 9. Students who need to quarantine on campus should plan to return Aug. 20 and quarantine until Sept. 3. Impacted students will receive a survey in the coming days to identify off-campus residents who need to quarantine on campus.

More detailed information will be sent to affected students and their families later this week.

Orientation and Week of Welcome

New Salve Regina students typically participate in a two-day Orientation program in the June timeframe, along with a two-day Explorientation program just before the fall semester begins. Both programs are designed to help new students meet people, learn about Salve Regina and its campus and prepare for a successful first year in college.

This year, Orientation and Explorientation will be combined into a Week of Welcome, which will be held Sept. 3-8. More detailed information regarding Week of Welcome will be sent to new students and their families later this week.

Life in the Residence Halls

Students will be required to wear face coverings in common areas and encouraged to wear them in their rooms when others are present. Non-Salve Regina guests will not be allowed in residence halls, and while Salve Regina students will be able to visit other campus residences, room occupancy will be limited to double the room residency.

Residence halls and the rooms at Newport Marriott will remain open for Thanksgiving, spring and Easter breaks to give students the opportunity to remain on campus rather than travel. Students will be asked to complete an extended stay form in order to track those who remain on campus. Although travel is not prohibited at this time, non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Students should not travel to areas that require a quarantine upon return to Rhode Island.

All residence halls will be deep cleaned and disinfected before students return to campus. Once students have moved in, all common bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at least once per day, and high touch locations will receive extra service. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be available to all resident students through their Resident Advisors, and soap will be provided in all bathrooms, including private bathrooms.

Philo Streaming Service

Beginning this fall, resident students, including students living at the Newport Marriott, will have access to live and on-demand TV through Philo, which features more than 50 channels and unlimited DVR. To learn more and register, visit philo.tv/oncampus and log in with your Salve Regina email address.

Life on Campus

In general, in-person student activities, including traditional events such as Monster Bingo and the Friday Night Live series, will be offered during the fall semester within the limits of social distancing and in line with current health and safety guidelines.

Gerety Hall will be open daily until midnight, and late-night food and entertainment options will be available. Student organizations will continue to have access to WebEx for meetings, but may also conduct in-person meetings so long as social distancing is maintained.

Fall Festival Weekend, originally scheduled for the first weekend in October, has been postponed. The Office of Alumni, Parent and Family Programs hopes to offer a similar event during the spring 2021 semester, and will provide further information as it becomes available.

More detailed information regarding dining options and life on campus will be sent later this summer.

Salve Regina will continue to provide weekly updates pertaining to the 2020-2021 academic year throughout the summer, most often on Tuesday afternoons. New information will also be added to the Back to Salve website as details are finalized.

For questions regarding the move-in process and residential experience, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (401) 341-2210 or residencelife@salve.edu. For questions regarding Orientation and Week of Welcome, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at (401) 341-2915 or studentactivities@salve.edu. For general comments, questions or concerns, please email coronavirus@salve.edu or call (401) 341-2329.