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July 30 - To the Salve Regina community: Vaccine requirements for the fall semester

Dear Salve Regina community,

As previously communicated, to protect our most vulnerable community members and to ensure a fall semester with as few restrictions as possible, Salve Regina is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students and employees are asked to provide their vaccination status by Aug. 1.

To reiterate, all members of the Salve Regina community are required to be fully vaccinated or apply for an exemption prior to the fall semester. Students who fail to comply will be unable to attend classes and events, live or work on campus, and participate in University activities. Simply put, students who are not vaccinated or exempted will not have permission to access campus and may jeopardize their enrollment status.

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.

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 final dose.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

To submit your vaccination record: 

  • Log in to the 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."

Health Services will assess student requests for medical and religious exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be submitted by Aug. 1.

International students: If you are unable to access a WHO-approved vaccine prior to returning to the United States, you will be asked to vaccinate upon return to campus. Please click here for more details.

Graduate students: The vaccine requirement applies if you are taking in-person classes and/or need to access campus facilities during the academic year. Graduate and RN-BSN students who are fully online and have no need to access campus resources do not need to submit proof of vaccination.

Undergraduate students: You should arrive with a supply of masks regardless of your 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.

Faculty and Staff

All regular employees, including part-time staff, adjunct faculty and coaches, are required to be fully vaccinated unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. You may provide proof of vaccination securely and confidentially via the employee submission form. No other medical information should be provided.

Medical and religious exemptions will be considered on an individual basis. Please use the exemption request form to request an exemption based on a bona fide medical or religious reason. Forms should be printed, completed and returned the Office of Human Resources via mail or in person to ensure confidentiality.

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 final 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?

We will be following protocols that are in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Currently, individuals who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo regular testing and wear a mask whenever they are in public spaces on campus, including (but not limited to) classrooms, offices and athletic facilities. More information on our fall testing program will follow in a later update.

If I travel internationally prior to the fall semester, what guidelines do I need to follow?

We strongly encourage individuals to follow CDC guidelines following international travel. According to current guidelines: 

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for a full 14 days after travel.
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel.