March 19 - To undergraduate students and families: Travel and testing reminders

Dear undergraduate students and families,

We appreciate your continued commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our community throughout the spring semester. With the last day of undergraduate classes just five weeks away, we ask that you carefully consider your actions and interactions in the coming weeks, especially with regard to Easter break.

As has been the case throughout this academic year, the University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel during Easter break and for the remainder of the semester. Travel heightens your risk of exposure and, by extension, the spread of disease on campus.

If you absolutely must travel, remember to minimize your stops, delay your travel plans if you’re feeling sick and practice safety measures such as mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. These efforts are not only critical to keeping your family and hometown communities safe – they are essential to avoiding a spike in cases on campus after Easter break.

Students who do travel must obtain a negative rapid test prior to returning to campus/Newport. Local rapid testing sites are listed below. If you are positive, you must notify the University via email to and begin isolating immediately.

As a reminder, mandatory surveillance testing for all undergraduate students will continue after Easter break. Your rapid test does not exclude you from surveillance testing. Please monitor your email for notifications regarding your scheduled appointment.

We know that these choices are difficult to make, and we are grateful for your careful consideration regarding what is best for you, your family and the health and safety of the entire University community.

Local rapid testing sites (no appointment necessary):

  • Brown and Howard Wharf, off lower Thames Street in Newport, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Park Holm Senior Center, 1 Eisenhower St. in Newport, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Edward King House, 35 King St. in Newport, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays
  • Community Baptist Church, 40 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. in Newport, 3-6 p.m. Thursdays
  • Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road in Middletown, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

To locate additional testing sites, including those that offer PCR testing, visit