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March 17 – To students: Message from the provost

Dear Salve Regina students,

Covid-19 has altered your semester and created a sense of upheaval for all of us. For those who were enrolled in face-face classes, I know many of you have questions and concerns about transitioning to remote learning on Monday, March 30. I want to assure you that your faculty are preparing to support your learning during this challenging time, and our deep commitment to our shared Mercy tradition will animate all that we do as a community in the weeks ahead.

In this email, I want to update you on our plans to prepare you for your courses after spring break.

First, each of your professors will contact you by Wednesday, March 25 with the information you need for classes to resume remotely on Monday, March 30. All faculty have been asked to share with students how they plan to communicate with you while we are apart (email or Canvas), how they will deliver their course (for example, Canvas or WebEx), how you will participate in your course, and their plans for hosting office hours. Watch for these communications and, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your professors with your questions.    

Second, we understand that our transition to remote learning will create challenges with technology. The Office of Information Technology will be available to assist you in navigating your questions and challenges. Please email tsc@salve.edu with your questions or contact the HelpDesk at (401) 341-7777. 

Third, we know many of you continue to want academic support for your courses while you are away from campus, and we are developing plans to provide you with remote academic support. You will continue to have access to the online services of McKillop Library. We have contracted with a 24/7 online tutoring and writing support service called Smarthinking, which you will be able to access through your course Canvas pages. We are working to extend the Writing Center and subject tutoring services remotely as well.  Of course, Disability Services will continue to be available to all of our students working with that office.

Finally, the University has expanded its salve.edu/coronavirus site to include resources for students. Please bookmark this site and check frequently as new information is added as it becomes available.

In the coming weeks we are going to face many challenges together. Throughout that time, and in our Mercy tradition, compassion, for others and for ourselves as we struggle, will carry the day.

Please be rest assured, that I, the Academic Affairs team, and the entire University community are standing by your side ready to support you.

My best,

Nancy Schreiber