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June 23 - To students and families: Updated 2020-2021 housing plan

Dear Salve Regina students and families,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the start of summer. I know that you have been concerned with housing for the upcoming academic year. I want to thank you for your patience as we try to accommodate your housing preferences, while also developing a housing plan that adequately addresses the health and safety of all during these unusual circumstances.

Salve Regina University is blessed to have a truly unique campus. At the same time, it has presented us with some challenges in terms of residential living space. I want to share our updated 2020-2021 housing plan with you and also let you know that some of you may experience adjustments that you were not anticipating. As always, we will do our best to ensure that your residential experience is a positive one.

The updated 2020-2021 housing plan is based on several factors, including the creation of a safe environment for our students, the desire for building a sense of community among resident groupings and existing housing options.

It is important to note that all first-year students will remain on campus. Adjustments for returning students were required to comply with recommendations for social distancing by the R.I. Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any student occupying a space on campus that needed adjustment will be contacted directly by the Office of Residence Life. First-year student placements will made toward the end of July as other housing plans are solidified.

Housing Plan

The housing plan for the academic year 2020-2021 maintains the occupancy for all rooms designed as singles and doubles; these rooms follow the guidelines for social distancing provided by the R.I. Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rooms sized larger than double occupancy will be modified based upon the dimensions of the room and the setup required for proper social distancing. In this plan, many triples and quads will be reduced to doubles. A total of 34 spaces will be designated as either triples or quads. These rooms are unusually large, and many are located within one of our Gilded Age properties.

Hunt Hall will serve as a first-year residence. Sophomore students who were scheduled to live in Hunt Hall, or any of the rooms that were modified to a lower occupancy, will shift to on-campus apartments. The room rate for sophomore students will remain the same regardless of the shift to an apartment residency.

Junior and senior students who were planning to live on campus have been selected for a hotel option. The University is currently working with several local hotels to provide living spaces with double occupancy. The hotel options under consideration also include parking for all students residing in the hotels (with valid sticker) as well as access to the RIPTA bus lines. Resident Advisors will also be living in the hotels to assist students with any specific needs.

Again, any student impacted by this updated housing plan will be contacted directly by the Office of Residence Life. We ask for your patience as we navigate you through this process and work to ensure a safe and enjoyable living experience for all students. Our staff will be available to address specific concerns as best we can. Please note that we anticipate many calls regarding housing options and we will return messages as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We look forward to speaking with you and to welcoming you back to Newport in the fall. Details on the move-in process will be provided at a later date once rooms have been assigned.

Sincerely,

James Mournighan
Director of Residence Life
(401) 341-2210
residencelife@salve.edu