Dear Salve Regina community,
As you may be aware, due to increasing coronavirus cases in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo recently announced additional restrictions that will impact our operations after Thanksgiving break. As a result, we will need to make some important changes to comply with these new state regulations.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, all classes and labs will be offered remotely for the remainder of the semester. Final exams will be offered remotely as well. Residence halls will remain open for the remainder of the semester, and students who previously opted to remain on campus are able to stay if they so choose. Further details and frequently asked questions are outlined below.
We know that these new restrictions are disappointing and frustrating. We will continue to navigate this fluid situation as best we can to ensure the health and safety of our campus community, and deeply appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 30
- All classes, labs and final exams will be offered remotely for the remainder of the semester.
- Residence halls will remain open for the remainder of the semester. Students who previously opted to remain on campus for Thanksgiving break are able to stay.
- Faculty who have bandwidth issues at home will have the option to teach remotely in their assigned classroom.
- Employees will telecommute whenever possible. (Details will be outlined in a follow-up message to faculty and staff.)
Resident Students: Share Your Plans
Given these new restrictions, the Office of Residence Life is asking all resident students to reassess their plans for Thanksgiving break. If you have not notified us of your plans, or if you would like to change your current response, please complete the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.
- Resident students who are opting to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break and for the remainder of the semester should complete the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.
- Resident students who had planned to remain on campus are welcome to change their option and return home at Thanksgiving break. Students should update their choice using the Thanksgiving break form under “Applications” in My Housing by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.
As a reminder, students who choose to remain on campus should make a commitment to not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday through the end of exams according to their schedules.
Dining options and activities will be available throughout Thanksgiving break and for the remainder of the semester. 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 email@example.com.
Reminder: Current Rhode Island Guidelines
- The social gathering size is limited to the people you live with. Any adult who lives alone or is a single parent can gather with one other household, as long as the gathering is not more than five people.
- A stay-at-home advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Unless you are going to and from work or running essential errands, you should be in your own residence during this time.
- Masks are required at all times when you are with anyone you don’t live with. This applies any time you leave your home.
- All restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities and personal services close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants may offer takeout and drive-through after that time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be prorated room and board refunds for the remaining weeks of the semester?
Given that the University remains open and students are remaining in the residence halls, we are unable to offer room and board reimbursements for time off campus.
Will students continue with off-campus placements (i.e. student teachers and nursing students)?
This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students should work directly with their faculty members to determine whether their placements will continue in person.
Will in-person events, activities and meetings take place?
In-person events, activities and meetings that adhere to state and University guidelines will continue through the end of the semester. Attendance is limited to resident students who are remaining on campus and off-campus/commuter students who did not travel during Thanksgiving break.
Will campus buildings such as Gerety Hall, McKillop Library and Rodgers Recreation Center remain accessible?
Rodgers Recreation Center will be closed beginning Thursday, Nov. 26 in accordance with state guidelines. All other campus buildings will remain accessible to resident students who are remaining on campus and off-campus/commuter students who did not travel during Thanksgiving break.
Will the University continue to provide symptomatic testing to students who are remaining on campus or in Newport?
All undergraduate students, including off-campus students, may utilize Health Services for evaluation and symptomatic testing through Dec. 18. During business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), call Health Services at (401) 341-2904. Outside of business hours and on weekends, call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325.
Hours for Thanksgiving break: Please note that the respiratory clinic will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29 for symptomatic testing only.
Can resident students and students who live locally continue to work on campus after Thanksgiving break?
Although this may not be an option in all cases, student employees will be encouraged to complete their work remotely wherever possible. Student employees should work directly with their supervisor to determine their eligibility for remote work.