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Nov. 17 - To the Salve Regina community: Frequently asked questions for Thanksgiving break

Dear Salve Regina community,

We know that last Friday’s message caused some confusion regarding the best choices for students and families at Thanksgiving and through the remainder of the semester. Thank you to those who have reached out with questions.

We have adapted our policies amid increasing coronavirus cases nationwide and are expecting further restrictions not only in Rhode Island, but also within the home states of our students. We have clarified our policies below and included some answers to frequently asked questions.

As always, our decisions are based not only on the latest information we have available, but also on what we feel is best for the health and safety of our University community as a whole.

Options for Thanksgiving Break

All undergraduate students, including resident students, commuter students and those renting units off campus, must choose one of two options. These options have been further clarified based on what we know at this point in time, including data that shows nearly all of our positive cases on campus can be linked to travel (mainly on weekends) or exposure through family members.

Option to Go Remote

Students can opt to go fully remote after Thanksgiving through the end of the semester. This means that students cannot travel back to campus after the Thanksgiving break. All classes and labs will be taken remotely. 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 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Off-campus students and commuter students who plan to travel during Thanksgiving break will need to choose this option and submit this form by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Option to Stay on Campus/Attend Classes in Person

Students can opt to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break and not travel for the remainder of the semester. This means that students will be making a commitment to not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday through the end of classes/exams according to their schedules.

Unfortunately, given the increase in cases due to family exposure and small gatherings, students who are Rhode Island residents will not be allowed to leave campus for dinner with families and then return. To reiterate, this option also does not support leaving campus for weekend travel between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester for any resident student choosing this option.

Resident students choosing this option must complete the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 4 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 same form by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Commuter students and off-campus students who will not be traveling over the holiday and who intend to remain in Newport should submit this form by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. Again, anyone that is planning to travel will need to choose the remote option following Thanksgiving. This is for the health and safety of all.

Dining options and activities will be available during the holiday and break period. Students living off campus who are not traveling and who wish to partake in Thanksgiving meals or activities are welcome to do so and should notify the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@salve.edu.

We understand that there is no perfect solution for every family and that these options may not be ideal. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to face the difficult decisions necessary to keep our community safe and capable of returning in the spring.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a Rhode Island resident. Do I need to choose one of the options for Thanksgiving break?
Yes. Rhode Island residents who choose to stay on campus are expected to comply with state guidelines and not travel at all during Thanksgiving break. Rhode Island residents who choose the remote option cannot return to campus after the break.

I am an off-campus student. Do I need to choose one of the options for Thanksgiving break?
Yes. Off-campus students are expected to comply with both University and state guidelines and not travel during Thanksgiving break. Off-campus students who travel for Thanksgiving and return to their rental after break will need to choose the remote option for the remainder of the semester.

I am a commuter student. Do I need to choose one of the options for Thanksgiving break?
Yes. Commuter students are expected to comply with state guidelines and not travel during Thanksgiving break. Commuter students who travel for Thanksgiving will need to choose the remote option for the remainder of the semester.

If I stay on campus for Thanksgiving break, can I leave during the break to visit family and friends?
Unfortunately, leaving campus to visit family and friends during break periods has proven to put others at risk. If you feel you cannot commit to staying on campus through the remaining weeks of the semester, you should consider choosing the remote option.

If I stay on campus after Thanksgiving break, can I go home on the weekends?
As stated earlier, leaving campus to visit family and friends has proven to put others at risk. If you cannot commit to staying on campus through the remaining weeks of the semester, including weekends, you should consider choosing the remote option.

If I stay on campus after Thanksgiving break, will my classes be held in person?
Classes will continue to be held in person unless the vast majority of students in the class are remote. If that is the case, a decision may be made to hold the class remotely for the remainder of the semester, but your residence hall and other facilities will remain open.

I am choosing to go remote after Thanksgiving. Will I be able to complete my classes or labs in person?
Students who choose the remote option will not be allowed to return to campus to complete any classes or labs in person.

I am currently in quarantine due to close contact with a positive case. Can I return to campus after Thanksgiving?
Students who are currently in quarantine due to close contact with a positive case still need to choose an option. Consultation will be provided with each student based on quarantine dates to determine what is most appropriate given the circumstances at hand.

Are faculty and staff held to the same standards as students?
Although living situations are obviously different, Salve Regina’s faculty and staff are expected to adhere to both state and University guidelines regarding travel. Faculty and staff will receive updated guidelines for Thanksgiving and the remaining weeks of the semester later this week as state announcements are made.

My home state does not have travel restrictions with Rhode Island. Can I visit family and friends during Thanksgiving break?
Unfortunately, leaving campus to visit family and friends during break periods has proven to put others at risk. If you feel you cannot commit to staying on campus through the remaining weeks of the semester, you should consider choosing the remote option.

I live off campus and plan to go home for Thanksgiving break. Does this mean that I cannot return to campus for class and work?
This is a similar dilemma that faculty and staff are facing with travel and adhering to guidelines. Unfortunately, traveling to visit family and friends during break has proven to put others at risk. If you are a student and live off campus and travel, you need to choose the remote option. This could impact your work on campus.