Nov. 13 - To the Salve Regina community: Updated options for Thanksgiving break

Dear Salve Regina community,

With coronavirus cases on the rise nationwide and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo needing to impose further restrictions in the state, Salve Regina can no longer offer students the option to travel over Thanksgiving and return to campus after break.

While we know this is disappointing to our students who planned to return to campus, please know that our decisions are made with the latest information available, and always in the interest of your health and safety.

As a result, all undergraduate students must choose one of the following options for Thanksgiving break: 

  • Students can opt to go remote after Thanksgiving through the end of the semester. This means that students cannot travel back to campus/Newport after the Thanksgiving break. Given that the University remains open and classes are in session, we are unable to offer room and board reimbursements for time off campus. Students choosing this option must notify the University via this form by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • Students can opt to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break and not travel. This means that students will be staying the entire break on campus – not leaving Wednesday or Thursday and returning Friday or Saturday. Dining options and activities will be available during the holiday and break period. Students choosing this option must notify the University through the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Resident students who previously opted to travel over Thanksgiving and return to their residence hall should update their choice using the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Pre-Thanksgiving Testing

Due to a shortage of available testing in Rhode Island, Salve Regina will offer asymptomatic testing to undergraduate students who are returning home at Thanksgiving break. Appointments are required and will be offered Thursday, Nov. 19 and Monday, Nov. 23 in Gerety Hall, Room 103 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for these tests will open Sunday, Nov. 15. At approximately noon on Sunday, students will receive an email from SALVEtoday with the links to register for testing.

The fee is $25, which will be billed to your account. Students who have financial concerns should email for assistance. Please note that Salve Regina will continue to cover the cost of all other testing administered throughout the semester.

We are grateful for how well our students have navigated these difficult days of the pandemic, and have confidence that we will continue to keep one another safe in these last days of our fall semester.