Oct. 28 - To students: Recent COVID-19 violations and Halloween reminders

Dear Salve Regina students,

The University is currently investigating a large social gathering that recently occurred off campus in violation of our student code of conduct, the COVID-19 addendum to the student code of conduct, the Salve Pledge and Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines regarding gatherings.

At this time, more than 40 students have been subjected to quarantine and testing, and will face disciplinary action for their participation in the unauthorized gathering. Sanctions will be imposed by the Dean of Students Office and will range from probation to dismissal from the University.

Salve Regina is taking this matter very seriously. The irresponsibility of these students has placed the University in jeopardy and the Dean of Students Office will continue to thoroughly investigate in order to identify all of those involved.

Reminders for Halloween Weekend

With Halloween weekend approaching, the University and Newport police will be actively enforcing COVID-19 regulations both on and off campus. Please keep the following in mind:  

  • Social gatherings in excess of 15 people are prohibited per the governor's executive order and are a violation of University policy. Newport police will be vigilant in their enforcement and will report any violations to the Dean of Students Office.
  • Masks are not just for the classroom and common areas. Wear your mask whenever you may have contact with another individual. Masks and social distancing continue to be our best defense against the spread of COVID-19.
  • Non-Salve Regina guests are not allowed in our residence halls at any time. This includes students from other institutions, significant others and family members. Remember that your room occupancy is limited to double the room residency.
  • Do not visit friends at other schools and do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Travel heightens your risk of exposure and, by extension, the spread of disease on campus.

Code of conduct violations will initiate the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office, and sanctions may include dismissal, suspension, removal from campus housing or a requirement to complete classes remotely.

Please think before you make your plans for the weekend.

J. Malcolm Smith
Vice President for Student Affairs